NADRA Members in Minnesota Build Deck for a Soldier®

 

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

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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

 

Stay tuned for more updates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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April Member Spotlight Winner – Rick Wooton

NADRA launched a member spotlight award for 2017. We are excited to showcase our next winner:

Member Name: Rick Wooton

Company Name:  Crossroad Remodeling, LLC crossroadsremodelingmn.com

Position: Owner

Member Category:

Location: Albertville, MN

At NADRA, we receive a number of completed questionnaire’s from members seeking a spotlight position. We were blown away when Rick, a builder member, registered to become a SILVER level Deck Safety Ambassador. We were floored. So we reached out to Rick and asked him “Why did you decide to make the commitment at the Silver level?” Here is what Rick told us:

This was the first year that I was able to experience the consequences of an unsafe deck. We normally build new construction decks and porches instead of resurfacing or rebuilding existing decks. Within the first month of this year we were called to a home where the homeowner had built his railing 24 inches tall on the stairs and his young daughter had fallen over the side. A few weeks later we were called out to a home where the ledger board was incorrectly installed so that over the years it had rotted so bad that when the new homeowners stepped onto the deck it fell 10 feet injuring both of them. Within a week of that experience we were called to a home where the whole deck was nailed together with no hangers and 8d nails. The deck was literally falling off of the house. In a heavy wind the staircase actually came down onto the home. It was at this point that we began to see how important it is that everyone be educated on deck safety and that those of us in the industry must push for this awareness.

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When did you first get involved with this industry? 28 years ago

What inspired you to join NADRA? NADRA’s dedication to the industry and to deck safety, encouraged us to seek the NADRA seal of approval in our business.

What was the first thing you ever built? A tree fort. It wouldn’t have supported a hummingbird much less met the NADRA leading standard of today.

We want to get to know you, please tell us a little about your business: This particular company is only two years old, but it was assembled with many years of deck building experience, quality help, and assistance from industry leaders such as NADRA and Fiberon.

How do you define success? Success for me is seeing a family enjoying an outdoor experience on a deck or patio we built.

What advice would you like to share with fellow members that you have learned in your career? Treat every customer, big or small, with the same level of professionalism.

If you could ask your fellow industry professionals one question, what might it be? What are they most passionate about in the deck building process? Selling it, building it or showing it?

A little more about Rick:  If I wasn’t successful or have a thriving business and I lost it all, I would still feel like the richest man alive when I come home to my wife and children.

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

Minneapolis Modern Dream Home, AGS Stainless, Inc.

Custom stainless rails seamlessly integrate interior and exterior spaces in Parade of Homes Masterpiece!

(Complete Project Case Study with images can be found here) Overlooking the scenic Minnehaha Creek sits one of the most unique and energy-efficient homes in the greater Minneapolis area. This 5,144 square foot home features elements such as: a glass bridge spanning two separate wings of the home, a two-story fireman’s pole, kids’ bedrooms with their own private lofts and a modern staircase with open risers. The home is also composed of structural insulated panels providing the best in energy efficiency, and was awarded the coveted “Dream Home” designation in the local Spring 2016 Parade of Homes tour. The award was the second for the environmentally-focused, Twin Cities-based building and remodeling firm Sustainable 9 Design + Build.

In the past, Sustainable 9 Design + Build utilized a local railing fabrication team to create custom railings for their homes. Increased new construction and remodeling activity happening throughout their Midwestern market backlogged those fabrication crews and caused them to demand premium prices. Time delays and increased costs simply were not an option on this custom home, so the Sustainable 9 team reached out to AGS Stainless.

“Before this project, we never considered the option of prefabricated railings – now I foresee us working with AGS Stainless on all our future remodeling and new construction projects,” explains Ryan Hanson, Partner at Sustainable 9 Design + Build. “The ease of installation, at nearly half the cost as custom fabricated railing and quick turnaround really helped us meet the project deadline and budget. Its modern aesthetic and overall high-quality look really resonated with potential homebuyers and existing customers too – so much so that we already have a few clients altering their existing remodeling projects to now include AGS Stainless railings.”

AGS’ Rainier cable railing with flat stainless steel top rail is showcased throughout the home, indoors and out. It’s even a feature of the “hiding forts” (lofts) within the kids’ bedrooms. “Cable railing was an ideal choice for those loft areas,” added Hanson. “It allowed the kids’ secret spots to not feel completely closed off from their bedrooms while still providing a level of safety in an elevated space.”

Another unique feature appreciated by kids both young-and-old is a two-story fireman’s pole. AGS Stainless designers worked closely with Sustainable 9 Design + Build to develop a custom locking access gate for this”transportation apparatus.” With the help of AGS’ Rainier cable railing, the project achieved an overall consistent look and feel that provides unobstructed views of all the natural beauty, both inside and out.

AGS Makes it Easy

Working AGS Stainless is straightforward and simple. They generate exact drawings and details for your project from initial approximate dimensions and photos submitted by the customer. Then, they work directly with the homeowner/contractor to make certain every detail is just right.”Each AGS Stainless railing system is designed and prefabricated at our facility located in the Pacific Northwest. Every individual nut, bolt and handrail fitting is just right.

Our unique process greatly reduces the labor expense normally associated with traditional custom-fabricated railing systems,” explains Kevin T. Harris, Director of Sales & Marketing at AGS Stainless. “This Minneapolis-area home perfectly depicts how Sustainable 9 Design + Build and every AGS Stainless customer essentially has their very own outsourced railing factory, complete with world-class welders and state-of-the-art fabrication machines to create a beautiful high quality railing system specific for their project.”

The Result  (View slideshow of photos)

In addition to the numerous compliments and customer inquiries regarding the railing system,the Sustainable 9 team was very impressed with how accurate and complete each railing section arrived to the job-site. “Initially, we had apprehension about ordering a customized railing system for a project sight-unseen but their team of designers – and overall customer service I might add – was absolutely great on guiding us through the installation which (Read on)

Project Details: 

Location: Edina, Minnesota

Specifications: 

New construction; 5,144 sqft – 5BR/5BA

Recognition: 

2016 Spring Parade of Homes “Dream Home”

Design/Build Team:

Sustainable 9 Design + Build (www.sustainable9.com) | Jalin Design (www.jalin-design.com)

Photography: Images by @Spacecrafting

Railing Products:

AGS Stainless (www.AGSstainless.com – 888-842-9492)

From a NADRA Builder: Stair Rail Safety Concerns

Hello fellow NADRA Members, I recently read an article on one of our manufacture members and wanted to pass

it on. I have been using EZ Stair products for years now, with the large number of decks we build the system works quickly

and adds to the overall quality and long term durability of our decks.  The new stair post mounting option discussed in this ICC-ES eNews article about stair rail safety concerns http://www.ez-stairs.com/imgfiles/pdf/EZ_Stairs_ESR.pdf  is another great use for these brackets.

How many of you have gone out to an existing deck to talk about replacement or re-skinning and found the stair posts to be strong, safe and capable from breaking someone’s fall?  Usually they are calling us because the stairs and rail are no longer safe.  It is amazing how the force on the top of the rail is multiplied by the lever action of the post against the stringer.

Quote from the article:

“The post acted as a lever against the stringer,

magnifying the load on each bolt. A 20-pound pull at the

guardrail level resulted in a 120-pound force at the base of the

post and caused the top bolt to pull through the stringer. Once

the top bolt had broken through, the bottom bolt was left to

resist the entire load. The mechanical advantage was further

amplified by the lower position of the bottom bolt, and the final

50-pound pull on the guard rail became a 1,200-pound force

at the base. This was enough to twist the stringer and cause it

to crack longitudinally”

 

Give it a read, it may change how you think about post mounting.  Is a bolt into a cut stringer going to hold up for long term?

 

Pat Noonan

NADRA Member, Deck and Basement Co.

Minneapolis MN

The Shoemakers Shoes

By NADRA Member, Rick AuBuchon, Legacy Decks, Minnesota

We have most certainly endured some mockery for the lack of deck at our house. This has, in fact, been a running family joke for the past two years or so since we moved into our new place. It may be because just when we think we know exactly what we want that we change our minds….or, perhaps it is that I am too busy designing beautiful backyard escapes for all of our amazing customers…but either way, I think my wife will soon hire it out if I don’t get one built. She would probably take anything at this point in time.

Alas, it seems we have joined the highly esteemed ranks of all those shoemakers out there, walking around with holes in their shoes.

When we do finally put one up, it will undoubtedly be GLORIOUS, but until then — may the mockery continue…

 

A note from NADRA HQ: Feel free to share your stories by commenting on this post. We want to hear about your outdoor living area! How many of you are on the same boat as Rick at Legacy? C’mon, tell the truth…

 

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