Enter to Win a Member Spotlight Award

 

Current NADRA members may fill out the questionnaire for a chance to win a NADRA member spotlight award. (1) winner is chosen each month & will be recognized for their dedication to NADRA & the outdoor living industry. The spotlight winner will be included in:

– The Weekly Industry Brief

– Monthly eNewsletter

– Social Media

– NADRA’s Blog

– NADRA’s Homepage

Who is going to be the December spotlight winner? If you’d like to be considered, please fill out the online questionnaire. Don’t forget to follow up by emailing us your photos and company logo. Fill out the questionnaire here for a chance to win.

NADRA Member Spotlight

Company Name: Holloway Company
Member Name:   Ted Tidmore
Company Name: Holloway Company
Position:  Owner
Member Category:  Builder
Location:  Sterling, VA
What inspired you to join NADRA? We have a passion for designing and creating unique decks and integrating them into an overall outdoor oasis. We are well-known in our area for custom projects.
When did you first get involved with this industry?  1994
What was the first thing you ever built?  Patio with a small retaining wall and some landscaping. I always had a vision of doing what I’m doing now with outdoor projects.
We want to get to know you, please tell us a little about your business:   I started this company in 1994. I began mowing lawns, then added patios, and then small, basic carpentry items. I am now building large, custom and unique projects. Our specialty is custom, one-of-a-kind projects including hardscaping, carpentry, pools, and more.  We build approx. 50 decks per year.
 
How do you define success?  When the client sees their project come to life and it’s even more than they could have imagined. I am fortunate to have long-standing and loyal staff who are a large part of our success.
What advice would you like to share with fellow members that you have learned in your career?  Be selective in accepting new clients. Taking on new and exciting projects and integrating the industry’s latest innovations is what will continue to put you ahead.
If you could ask your fellow industry professionals one question, what might it be? What is the biggest obstacle you face in continued growth?
What would you do for a career if you weren’t doing this?   Ski instructor in Colorado
A little more about Ted:  I have 4 children, three dogs and a wonderful wife. We enjoy spending time together attending football games, camping, and skiing.

Connect with Holloway Company:

 Website:  HollowayCompany.com

Facebook:  Facebook.com/HollowayCompany/

*A Member Spotlight winner will be chosen each month. For a chance to win, please fill out the questionnaire found  here .

NADRA Members in Minnesota Build Deck for a Soldier®

 

DECEMBER 6TH, 2017   UPDATE

The MN D4S project is ready to rumble. 

Props need to go out to the Brawlers from Crossroads Remodeling for TCB on the existing dilapidated deck/porch that was there.  I brought lunch to give them some afternoon energy and they were raking up the last shards of wood, not quite sure how they did all that in 4 hours.

Craig and Craig (no joke) from GoliathTech got the build started installing their Helical footings with a balmy -2 windchill and snow on the ground.  Although with a fresh layer of ice out on the roads I think it took them way longer to drive there than it did to actually set the footings.

It took Mark from Infinite Decks about 2 minutes on the site to sell me on his curves.  We decided if we are going to do this thing it lets do it right, big and nice curves.  Check out his awesome renderings of the masterpiece we are about to create.

Looks like Santa Claus from the Deck Store in Apple Valley is going to give us an early Christmas present by donating all the green for the project.  Thanks Bob-we really appreciate your support!

Framing starts next week with the team from Deck and Basement and Jigsaw Builders-with a projected high of 15 on Tuesday they better be working fast to keep themselves warm…

-Pat Noonan

November 21st, 2017   UPDATE

Just a quick update as this Thanksgiving week winds down.  One of the things that we should all be thankful about are the men and women who keep our great country safe.  Please be sure to say a Thanksgiving prayer for all of our armed forces both home and abroad.

The Minnesota region has begun it’s Deck for a Soldier® project on a Veterans home.  They have torn down the old deck and are getting ready to begin the build once permits are in order.  They may still need a pledge of pressure treated lumber for the framing, so if you can help please click on this link  or contact myself or Pat Noonan.  We are also looking someone to pledge a plaque that would hang on or near this deck to acknowledge the NADRA Deck for a Soldier® program for donating the deck.  Again, please click on the provided link or contact one of us.

The Northeastern region is currently drawing up the plans and will get the permit paperwork submitted in the near future.  They are hoping to begin their build in January or February.  Once this project gets closer we will be looking for pledges for this project as well.

I hope that you all are able to spend quality time with friends and family over the Thanksgiving holiday.  Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Best Wishes,

Bruce Verblaauw – NADRA National Deck for a Soldier® Committee Chair

Cell 201-803-2909

November 17th, 2017 UPDATE:

Day 1: Tear Down:

NADRA Members, Crossroads Remodeling headed to the site for day 1 of the Deck For a Soldier® Transitional Housing project in Minneapolis. Rick and his team has a huge heart for this program.

Thank you NADRA, Pat Noonan and the other contributors for such an honorable program.” – Rick Wooton – Owner, Crossroads Remodeling

 November 15th, 2017 UPDATE:

NADRA Members begin building a deck for Minnesota Alliance Council for Veterans (MACV)
NADRA members in MN got together to plan this years Deck for a Soldier® build. They chose MACV as their recipient. This worthy organization runs multiple transitional living homes for Veterans in crisis to help them get back on their feet and back into their own independent housing.  One of their homes has an old deck that has been condemned by the City of Minneapolis and is literally falling apart.
Pat Noonan, Deck and Basement Company is leading the project with the support of many local members. Pat writes to the crews just this morning:
Welcome to NADRA and thank you for supporting this worthwhile organization. As a member for 10 years I can attest to the knowledge, friendships and networking I have gained since joining.  Great to hear that you may be interested in helping with our D4S project, I have attached information on the recipient and project details.  We are planning to demo on Friday and finalize plans early next week once we have existing deck removed.  I will send permit plans to you as soon as we have them.  Hoping to have permit and be ready for footings the week after Thanksgiving. Thanks for your support, feel free to reach out with any questions.”
Pat

 

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November 2nd, 2017 UPDATE:

Minnesota Deck for a Soldier® Update: Several deck builders are getting ready to get the ball rolling on a Deck for a Soldier® build for the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans at one of their Structured Independent Living Facilities. This is a non-profit organization that helps needy and homeless veterans get back on track. We are currently looking for material and labor pledges for this project. If you would like to become involved please click on the banner to make your pledge. 

Once you fill out the pledge form we can pass your information on to the lead builder, Pat Noonan. It is important for you to fill out this pledge form so your information goes into the Deck for a Soldier® database. For those of you that pledge, please feel free to market the fact that you support NADRA’s Deck for a Soldier® program. This can help you market your products while you help us market this great program. You can also find sponsorship opportunities on the pledge form at the bottom. Thank you in advance for supporting this great cause that is very near to all of our hearts!

Bruce Verblaauw
NADRA National Deck for a Soldier Committee Chairman

 

I was ready to do business with you, but… By: Kevin Jackson

 

I was ready to do business with you, but…

Regardless of your culture, upbringing, economic status or stage of life, we can all agree on one thing. If we are going to spend our hard-earned money with you or your company, you must first listen to us, meet us where we are, provide value to our lives, care about what we need, use the communication methods that are easy for us, do a really good job and stand by your product and workmanship. If we are super-lucky, you’ll also say thank you and follow up with us in a few months after the sale just to see how we’re doing!

Easy peasy, right? Sounds good, but all too often that’s not the customer experience journey that most of us encounter. Let’s talk about a few pitfalls that happen in today’s world before the customer’s pen even hits the contract.

Business owners, relax… watch your blood pressure… and please don’t shoot the messenger. I get it! I know you’re busy with what’s in front of you right now. However, you must always ask yourself, “Am I ever too busy to hear from my potential customer, as this could drastically affect my sustainable success?” Here’s a quick five reminders from my own (good and bad) personal experiences:

  1. Make customers feel good about what you are offering. Yes, they are buying your product or service, but they are also investing in you.
  2. Communicate properly (before, during and after the sale) regardless of how busy you are. C’mon people!! Follow up! Stay engaged! Customers want to know what’s going on!
  3. Show them that you care. Your website can say that you care, but if you don’t answer the customer’s questions, show up when you’re supposed to, etc. – You don’t care and the customer knows it (sometimes before you even sell them anything)!!
  4. Drop the ego. You may be the top salesperson in your organization or your friends may think you walk on water, but customers don’t have time for that!
  5. Instill trust and inspire the customer to become an advocate for you! That’s where you will win!

Friends, since Al Gore created the internet (ha!), consumers have had endless information available to them. As a result, they are educating themselves on how business should be conducted. Customers are also researching your products, services and ratings. They have become more demanding because of the “screen education degree” that they received from a YouTube video, slideshare or TV segment. Whether you like this or not, this new day requires business owners, organizations and their affiliates to step up their game (big time!). Company leadership must invest time to work “on” the business, instead of just working “in” the business.

They must train their employees that the customer experience is paramount and that without customers there is no need to worry about being busy when the dust settles. You either focus on your customers’ needs or you will eventually need customers!

The bottom line is that people must ultimately trust you before they do business with you. What a different world of commerce it would be if most entities understood and did something about this very basic principle. Will you do anything differently today knowing that customers think before they ink? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Kevin Jackson, The Positivity Guru

WOLF INTRODUCES WOLF OUTDOOR LIGHTING

N E W S   R E L E A S E
DATE:  August 2, 2017
CONTACT:  Jim Groff, 717.852.4842
jcgroff@wolfhomeproducts.com
www.wolfhomeproducts.com

WOLF HOME PRODUCTS INTRODUCES WOLF OUTDOOR LIGHTING

New deck and rail accents add style and simplicity to outdoor spaces

(YORK, Pa.) — Wolf Home Products today announced the launch of Wolf Outdoor Lighting, a series of easy-to-install deck and rail accent products that are available now in all of Wolf’s building products service areas. Wolf is a leading provider of building products and one of largest suppliers of kitchen and bath cabinets in the U.S.

Wolf Outdoor Lighting adds beauty and ambiance to any decking or railing layout with a simple “plug-and-play” assembly. This assembly, plus a single low-voltage power supply, enables homeowners to create a variety of configurations without the need for wire cutting, electricians, or permits. With LEDs rated for 50,000 hours, dusk-to-dawn light sensors, and remote dimmer switches, Wolf Outdoor Lighting is energy efficient as well as attractive.

 Wolf Outdoor Lighting products are compatible with all Wolf Rail and Westbury Rail products and include stair and side lights, under-rail lights, strip lights, post cap lights, as well as all wiring harnesses and connections. Other key features of Wolf Outdoor Lighting include:

  • Three options for post cap sizes (2”, 2.5”, 4”)
  • Available in three colors: white, black, and textured black
  • Most products available via Quick Ship delivery
  • Five-year warranty

By adding Wolf Outdoor Lighting, Wolf has further expanded the range of selection and accents that independent dealers can offer their customers. The company has launched Wolf-branded decking, railing, cabinets and trim — all successful, made-in-America product lines introduced in the past six years and available exclusively through 3,000+ independent dealers.

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About Wolf    Wolf Home Products supplies kitchen and bath, outdoor living and building products using its innovative business model. With more than 170 years of experience and a vast inventory of high-quality products, Wolf strives to accurately deliver orders in a fraction of the time to ensure unparalleled satisfaction and value. For more information, go to wolfhomeproducts.com.

Anatomy of an Inherently Dangerous Deck, Part I & II

Anatomy of an Inherently Dangerous Deck, Part II

By: Brian Foley

Whenever I go out of town, I notice the differences in deck construction, particularly in other states that don’t have a robust or uniform building code like Virginia.  One of the most common mistakes I can easily see from my informal windshield survey (or handlebar survey when I’m riding my bike) are notched guard posts.  Statistics from deck collapses nationwide verify that one of the weakest points on a deck is the connection of the guard post to the deck framing (the other is the ledger board connection; see the July 5, 2017 post below).

Per the building code, in a worst-case condition, a guard post must resist a horizontal outward force of 200 pounds at its top.  For a 36-inch tall guard, that translates to a rotational torque (moment) at the connection to the deck of 600 foot-pounds.  The most important part of a post at that connection is its thickness – the exact location of the notch!

Most guard posts are comprised of wood 4x4s which have actual dimensions of 3½ inches by 3½ inches.  The average notch I’ve seen is roughly half of the guard thickness which equates to a 1¾ inches.  However, I’ve seen some truly butchered posts that were notched in both directions into a 1-inch by 1-inch section.  Considering a post with half its thickness notched, its ability to resist the rotation is not reduced proportionally.  Due to the way a section is analyzed, the actual resistance is reduced by 75 percent.  That reduction increases exponentially for every additional loss of section.

If you’re building a deck, do NOT notch the guard post, and follow all the connection requirements from the Fairfax County Typical Deck Details to ensure your guard system is constructed safely and can resist the required loads.

Learn more about deck safety in Fairfax County

 

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Anatomy of an Inherently Dangerous Deck, Part I

By: Frank Woeste

Deck collapses caused by failure of a nailed deck-ledger-connection to the structure or house have been followed since 2002, when researchers at Virginia Tech began to investigate and test critical structural elements of a residential/multi-family deck. After several years of tracking deck collapses, it became apparent that the primary cause of deck collapses was the connection of the deck ledger to the house made with nails only. In fact, I believe 90% of all deck collapses result from the failure of the deck ledger-to house connection, and of the 90% most are caused by nailed-only ledgers.

The focus of this article is existing decks with a “nailed-only” ledger connection. As will be demonstrated, a homeowner, home inspector, property manager, or other professional can quickly determine if the deck is dangerous—nails only in a deck ledger constitutes a “dangerous deck.”

Background For decades, the residential codes have specified an occupant deck load of 40 pounds-per-square foot (psf), which translates into about one average-size person locating a space of 2-ft. by 2-ft. In addition, every edition of the International Residential Code (IRC) since 2000 has required that decks be positively anchored to the structure to resist both vertical and lateral loads. Assuming a deck that is 14-ft by 28-ft, the code design load would anticipate the deck could be safely occupied by 98 people. However, until 2007, the IRC did not prescriptively specify how contractors should fasten or connect the deck ledger to the house.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frank Woeste, P.E., is Professor
Emeritus, Virginia Tech University
and a wood construction consultant.
He can be contacted by e-mail: fwoeste@vt.edu

Balance well and win every time! By: Kevin Jackson

Balance Your Talents.

Connect. Give. Take. Learn. 

We’ve all seen the gymnast with perfect form, poise, preciseness and execution. They make it seem so easy and often this gives us a false sense that we could do exactly what they are doing without much effort.

However, we all quickly realize that in time our athletic ability is not what it used to be. Our discipline to be the best at our craft has slightly slipped. We are not as tenacious as we once were. Why? Because life happens around us. We get busy, we get distracted, our priorities change and this thing called balance comes into play in a huge way!

What do you mean KJ? I’m successful, my business is doing extremely well, so I must be in balance, right? Friends, you may be in balance while you’re on the balance beam, but when it is time for you to successfully stick your landing (when all the eyes are on you) how will you do? To prepare for a successful landing, let’s discuss some concepts that will change the way you think about personal development, leadership and business.

Let’s begin with the power of connection. How many of us are self-taught, self-made and have never relied on anyone else for an idea? Let me answer that for you! NADA!! Hence the power of surrounding ourselves with people who care about what we do. Those who are smarter than us and have the ingenuity and the passion to light something within us that will make us better. Often our busy lives become an excuse for not investing properly in the threads that make up the fabric of our sustainable success. Just because we have one thread, or two threads, we think we are okay. But in reality, we give up the opportunity to become a better person, a better team, a better business. Connections have always mattered and they will always matter going forward.
In addition, I always say, “live life with open palms”. It’s my opinion that those that take time to give will always find themselves on the leading edge of performance. Share your experience with a colleague, an apprentice, a mentee or with your entire industry. What you give will come back to you in spades, believe me.

In addition to giving, don’t be afraid to take a little (but make sure you give first – lol). Be mindful to check your ego at the door. Don’t be too proud, bull-headed, close-minded or busy to miss out on best practices, continuous improvement ideas, innovative techniques and things that will transform your life and your business. We are living with innovation every day. Don’t miss your genie in a bottle!

Lastly, keep your balance by committing to be a life-learner. Don’t just pay your membership fees to be emailed the organization’s amazing newsletters or to have your company listed in their directory. Learn something from the connections, the giving and taking of information and combine that with your desire to be the best and to remain the best in your field. That’s how you consistently stick your landing my friends! Now get out there, strike the balance that works for you and win!

Kevin Jackson

Positivity Guru, Value Adder, Keynote Speaker & SVP

thepositivityguru.com

Member Spotlight: Bill Zinnert, Diamond Decks

Member Name: Bill Zinnert

Company Name: Diamond Decks

Position: Owner

Member Category: Builder

Location: Severn, MD

When did you first get involved with this industry? 24 years ago

What inspired you to join NADRA?  Been a member for many years, and always look for marketing opportunities

What was the first thing you ever built? A fence at my first house

We want to get to know you, please tell us a little about your business: Diamond Decks has been operating as a deck builder for 24 years now. In 2008 we decided to make a change in the way the business is structured, and decided to narrow our focus to just Decks, Screened Porches, and some patios.

We are constantly refining our best practices to give our customers the best deck they can have.

In 2016, Diamond Decks was in the top 25 contractors in the nation, for sales of Fiberon Decking. We were actually #14 in the nation. We earned an all inclusive paid vacation to St Thomas along with the other top contractors, from Fiberon and the trip was awesome. It was nice feeling, to be recognized by a leading deck board manufacturer.

We were also one of the first deck builders to earn the “Master Deck Professional” certification through NADRA, and sent our field supervisor Dave Ross, through the class at the deck expo, to become certified.

New for 2017- Diamond decks is now a dealer for Equinox louvered roofs and we will be marketing them soon

How do you define success? Success does not necessarily have anything to do with your volume of sales, and the money you make. I believe it has more to do with being able to put together a solid team of people who work together to help other people out, and also being looked up to as someone they can count on to give them the honest truth.

What advice would you like to share with fellow members that you have learned in your career? You get more out of business, when you stop chasing that dollar, and do something that you are passionate about. The money will come.

What would you do for a career if you weren’t doing this? Probably a building inspector? or do some kind of deck design consulting, if there is a thing like that? or maybe a rock and roll star!

A little more about Bill:  Hobbies…….. If I am not working on something that has to do with business, which I actually like to do, I would be doing something with music. I play in a band, and if I am not playing somewhere, I am going to support my friends in a number of other bands, and sometimes sit in with them for a few songs.

Or visiting with friend somewhere, usually in Fenwick Del / Ocean City Md – Or having a live band and a party at my house
You can see the music theme……. My wife also goes to all my shows, and supports me in everything I do.

We have two kids 29 & 25. Our son, the oldest is an IT guy and is awesome at doing that, and our daughter is now a practicing Doctor of physical therapy. The good news is, they will both being moving out of the house in the next month. SWEET!!!!

We hope there is another NADRA cook out this year, we had a great time last year

Connect with Diamond Decks online:

www.diamonddecksmd.com
Facebook: DiamondDecksMD

NADRA Announces Official Hotel at Nashville, DeckExpo

NADRA is proud to announce our official hotel for Nashville, DeckExpo. The Westin.

The Westin Nashville hotel provides an aspirational and energetic atmosphere in addition to unmatched genuine service.

NADRA plans to hold a welcome party at the rooftop pool bar at The Westin on Wednesday, October 25th. (Registration details forthcoming)

Please don’t wait to reserve your rooms. Here is the link you’ll want to use. You will save on average over $200 per night booking here with NADRA.

With original outlets such as Nashville’s premier rooftop pool bar and lounge, L27; a resort-style spa, Rhapsody Spa; and 20,000 square feet of highly functional meeting space, guests will have many options to create a personalized and dynamic experience during their stay at The Westin Nashville.

Conveniently located adjacent to the Music City Center and steps from Nashville’s entertainment district, The Westin Nashville hotel provides the ultimate insider access to discovering Nashville.

Three signature restaurants provide unique dining experiences by offering Southern and American cuisine with an innovative twist. Join us for a craft cocktail or live entertainment at our social gathering lounge and eatery, Decker & Dyer. Enjoy a steak and fine wine at Oak Steakhouse Nashville, a Charleston import from the Indigo Road restaurant group. Or, sip a cocktail and mingle at our premier rooftop bar, L27, offering spectacular views of downtown Nashville.

We hope to see you in Nashville!


Member Spotlight: Pat Noonan, Deck & Basement Co.

Member Name: Pat Noonan

Company Name: Deck and Basement Company

Position: Owner

Member Category: Builder

Location: Minneapolis, MN

When did you first get involved with this industry? Childhood—my summer “outreach program” involved cleaning up my Dad’s job sites.

What inspired you to join NADRA?  I attended my first deck expo in 2007 and while there I met fantastic people, many of whom I still consider friends 10 years later. My membership to NADRA provides networking, education, and resources that have been a large factor in growing my business and career, and the friendships are priceless.

What was the first thing you ever built? During the summer of seventh grade, I pooled money from my friends and had my first contracting job building a half-pipe skateboard ramp. Soon after, a concussion ended my skateboarding career, but building always stuck with me.

We want to get to know you, please tell us a little about your business: Once I found my niche in deck building, I refocused my company to specialize in decks and custom outdoor projects. This year, Deck and Basement Company celebrates 16 years of business. We have become one of the largest deck builders in the state of Minnesota, completing 275 decks in 2016. We run a successful deck program for national home builders as well as a custom division focused on outdoor living environments and basement finishing. The solid team of professionals at Deck and Basement Company are my greatest asset.

In 2014, I formed a second business, ProDeck Supply, a specialty lumberyard offering premium deck materials to contractors and homeowners. We have developed a Deck Kit program which allows our customers to order a deck and stair package by size. We offer eight different sizes that come complete with premium materials cut to size and ready to assemble. This allows our clients to keep waste off the job site and keep crews building faster.

How do you define success? My wife and my sons telling me they are proud of me.

What advice would you like to share with fellow members that you have learned in your career? You will never know everything or always be right. There is rarely a day that goes by where I do not learn more about my industry; the guys that claim to “know it all” rarely do. There is never a job that is more important than family.

What would you do for a career if you weren’t doing this? Professional skateboarder…definitely a professional skateboarder.

A little more about Pat:  I am blessed with a fantastic team of professionals that have helped grow both Deck and Basement Company, and now ProDeck Supply. Both businesses I run with my wife Julie. Without her support, none of this would be possible. Someday I hope to pass this on to my sons, who enjoy coming in on the weekends to work with dad and ride the forklifts. In my spare time, I can be found cheering on my kids at different activities or sneaking away on a vacation with family.

Connect with Deck and Basement Company online:

Deck and Basement Company

www.deckandbasment.com

Facebook: @DeckandBasementCompany