2018 Deck for a Soldier® build in New Jersey is Complete.

April 4th, 2018 Final UPDATE & Thank You:  
We finished up the Deck for A Soldier® project on Thursday with the electrician installing some lights in the ceiling of the front porch.  The soldier, his wife and their 15 year old son with Muscular Dystrophy are so very grateful for all that we did for them.  I would like to thank everyone who helped and donated time or materials to make this project possible. A compilation video of all photos is forthcoming. 
 
Material Donations:
  • Excelsior Lumber
  • Abbe Lumber
  • Fox Lumber
  • FastenMaster
  • Simpson Strong Tie
  • National Nail
  • Screw Products
  • Greenbay Decking
  • Trex – Railings
  • Mid State Lumber – Trex railings
  • MRS – Trex railings
  • Allied Supply
  • GAF Roofing
  • JayKay gutters
  • Zuidema Portable Toilets
  • Pinto Carting
  • Apex Electric – ceiling lights
  • Borough of Bloomingdale
  • Jeff Fleischer, Architect
  • Lunch was provided by Trex, AZEK, Fiberon, Back to Nature Decks (Mike Ebner) and the Soldier

Labor Donations:

  • C. Verblaauw & Sons, LLC:  Bruce Verblaauw, Dylan Villela, Mike DiGiacamo
  • Fiberon:  Lainie Sleppin, Dave Jarvis
  • AZEK: Kyle Garvey
  • Barrett Outdoors: Gustavo deLaCruz & 3 Helpers
  • All American Decks: Chad McConnell, Scott Nadrotowski, Leonel Enrique
  • My Deck: Ed Drake, Tyler Smith
  • Trex: Tim Schlosser, Mike Ryan
  • Excelsior Lumber: Sophia Bishop, Stacey Poplowski, Adam Spratt
  • Outdoor Escapes: Terran Certosimo
  • Wolf Home Products: Bob Lett
  • Legacy Services: Michael Beaudry
  • Back to Nature Decks: Mike Ebner, Cody Ebner, Phil Plano
  • Decks by Kiefer: Bob Kiefer, Andy Gorzillo, John Parkin
  • Artisan Builders Guild: Walter Jones, Clayton Wolfe
  • Ken Pritchard, Volunteer

Thank you!

Bruce Verblaauw – NADRA National Deck for  Soldier® Committee Chairman​, (201) 327-7864

March 21st, 2018 UPDATE: 
The NJ team got a head start on the Deck For A Soldier® project in Bloomingdale, NJ late last week.  The old, deteriorated porch and roof were removed.  New footings were dug and poured so the crew could start building the new porch and roof on Monday, 3/19.
Volunteers are lined up and on site this week to help get the new porch framed and decked. The railings are expected to be installed by the end of the week and be ready to start building the roof next week.

Volunteers are on site today until the snow kicks them out.

What an amazing group of members & volunteers. We can’t thank you enough for your time, materials and efforts on this build.

Be sure to check out the gallery below of current photos from this week.

Thank you!

Bruce Verblaauw – NADRA National Deck for  Soldier® Committee Chairman​, (201) 327-7864

March 13th, 2018 UPDATE:
NADRA Members in NJ could use your help with supplies for Deck for a Soldier® build. Tear down is happening this week.

If you would like to make a monetary pledge, you can do so HERE.   The local crew can then use this money to purchase the items below as a final effort to fulfill material needs for the soldiers new deck.

The materials needed are as follows:

2 – 14” or 16” x 4’ concrete form tubes
3 – 2” x 10” – 16’ treated ledger boards
3 – 2” x 12” – 12’ treated stair stringers
3 – 2” x 4” – 12’ treated ramp
14 – 2” x 4” – 16’ treated lattice framing
7 – 4” x 4” – 8’ treated roof posts
1 – roll 12” vinyl flashing
1 – set black gate hardware (2 hinges and gate latch) for lattice access gate

5 – 1” x 12”-18’ PVC Trim Boards preferably Versatex
2 – 1” x 8” – 18’ PVC Trim Boards Preferably Versatex so it will match much of the other trim that has already been pledged by the company

Following are the pledges for this D4S Project: Thank you for your support!

Material Pledges: 

Abbe Lumber – concrete, vinyl, aluminum and pre-bent flashing, nails, PVC privacy lattice

Fox Lumber – some pressure treated framing

Excelsior Lumber (MidState, Versatex) – Fir lumber, plywood,  PVC trim

Simpson StrongTie

FastenMaster

National Nail

Screw Products

GreenBay Decking

Trex Railing

Allied Supply – porch ceiling

GAF – roofing

Jay-Kay Gutters

Monetary Pledge: $250 from: Sean Smith, Homesmith, Inc.

Labor

Lainie – Fiberon

Gary Daley – GreenBay Decking

Pete Miller – MidState Lumber

Gus & Help -Barrett Outdoors

Excelsior Lumber Employees

Greg Hartmann – National Nail

Ed & Help – MyDeck

Joe. O – NJ Custom Decks

Josh & Vincent – FastenMaster

Bob Kiefer – Decks by Kiefer

Deck Remodelers

Legends Built

If you feel moved to get involved with this build, please reach out.

Respectfully,

Bruce Verblaauw  ​- NADRA National Deck for a Soldier® Committee Chairman​, (201) 327-7864

 

March 7th, 2018 UPDATE: 
CALLING ALL NADRA MEMBERS – Builders, Reps, Everyone!!!!!
As most of you know, we plan on starting the New Jersey Deck For A Soldier® project on March 19, 2018.  This is a replacement of a wrap around front porch with a roof over it in Bloomingdale, NJ.  Because of the porch and roof configuration, this will be one of the most labor intensive Deck for a Soldier® projects to date.  We will be starting with demo. on Monday, 3/19/18 and expect that the job will take 1.5 – 2 weeks to complete.  We will need as much help as possible from everyone involved in order to spread out the financial burden of the labor volunteers.  If you can help, please get back to me with information so I can try to set up a schedule and not have too many helpers one day and none the next.  I intend to have my guys there on the first day to get the demolition done and then we will step in as needed along the way.
Again, please help us out on this one as much as possible.  This soldier has been injured in combat and an outstanding member of his community and deserves our help.
If you would like to make a pledge for labor and/or materials, please click here: http://bit.ly/NADRAD4SPledgeForm.
 
If you would rather, you can email me at
bruceverb@njdecksandrailings.com or call me, this is my cell phone # 201-803-2909.
Respectfully,
 

Bruce Verblaauw  

​- NADRA National Deck for a Soldier® Committee Chairman​

C. Verblaauw & Sons, LLC (201) 327-7864

February 15th, 2018 UPDATE:  

The New Jersey crew is making some headway.  The building permit is in hand & the town graciously waived all related fees.  This is a wrap around porch and roof on a home in Bloomingdale, NJ. The soldier was honorably discharged with a severe back injury after serving two tours in Iraq. This Veteran has been commander of VFW and American Legion posts.  He has attended over 2000 Veteran funerals.  We are currently looking for labor and material pledges from NADRA members. Following are some of the materials we are in need of for this build:

  • 2 – 14″ – 16″ concrete form tubes
  • 24 – bags concrete mix
  • pressure treated 2″ x 8″ lumber
  • 300 – 320 sq. ft. of composite decking48 – 50 lineal feet of railing,
  • 6 – 8′ post wraps
  • Fir framing lumber for the roof and ceiling
  • plywood, felt paper, roof shingles, gutter and leader pipe,
  • PVC trim for fascias and beam wraps, flashing
  • vinyl siding
  • PVC lattice
  • hardware, nails and screws.

These materials are all approximate, we will supply exact amounts in the near future.  To make a pledge for material or labor, please click here:http://bit.ly/NADRAD4SPledgeForm.  Thank you for your consideration. We look forward to working on this build with you.

January 18th, 2018: UPDATE:

Call for Action!

The Northeast Region is getting things in order to start a Deck For A Soldier® build in New Jersey.  This is a wrap around porch and roof on a home in Bloomingdale, NJ. The soldier  was honorably discharged with a severe back injury after serving two tours in Iraq. This Veteran has been commander of VFW and American Legion posts.  He has attended over 2000 Veteran funerals. He has a son who is wheelchair bound with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.   We will be submitting the permit application in the next week or so.  We are asking for labor and material pledges for this project.  Following are some of the materials we will need:

Their deck is in bad shape and needs to be replaced.  This veteran has done two tours in Iraq and has been commander of VFW and American Legion posts.  He has attended over 2000 veteran funerals.

  • 2 – 14″ – 16″ concrete form tubes
  • 24 – bags concrete mix
  • pressure treated 2″ x 8″ lumber
  • 300 – 320 sq. ft. of composite decking48 – 50 lineal feet of railing,
  • 6 – 8′ post wraps
  • Fir framing lumber for the roof and ceiling
  • plywood, felt paper, roof shingles, gutter and leader pipe,
  • PVC trim for fascias and beam wraps, flashing
  • vinyl siding
  • PVC lattice
  • hardware, nails and screws.

These materials are all approximate, we will supply exact amounts in the near future.  To make a pledge, please click here:http://bit.ly/NADRAD4SPledgeForm.  

Thank you for all of your support!

NADRA Member Spotlight Winner: ABG Outdoor Solutions, Walter Jones

Company Name: ABG Outdoor Solutions
Member Name:  Walter Jones
Member Category: Builder, Designer & Retailer
Location: Randolph, NJ

What inspired you to join NADRA?  I filled out the application as a continuing effort to build awareness of our brand and of our mission, NADRA provides great exposure to potential clients, industry members, and manufactures, we appreciate the opportunity to share our dream!

When did you first get involved with this industry? With ABG in NJ 2011, prior to that I started in construction in the mid 90’s doing demo and general labor, I started working for a great contractor in Berkeley CA in 2001 and that launch the inspiration to commit myself to the industry and spark the possibilities of being an artist in the process, By 2004 I had begun doing “side projects,”  decks as well as outdoor features became a staple in my life.

What was the first thing you ever built? I had a small record store in Keyport, NJ in the mid 90’s and  I was very much into music and promoting touring bands, so from time to time I would put on shows, so I built music stages and skateboard ramps from time to time.

We want to get to know you, please tell us a little about your business:  ABG outdoor Solutions has been around since 2011 in New Jersey.

We are passionate about making outdoor living projects come true. We can make just about whatever you can conceive come to life, and we try to make sure our clients are completely informed each and every step of the way. Whether we are working on a deck building project, a shade structure or a new outdoor kitchen or fireplace, we’ll work hand-in-hand with our clients to ensure the final result turns out as planned.

Our Mission: ABG Outdoor Solutions is committed to the creation of the most beautiful, functional, and emotionally evocative outdoor spaces, while providing our clients, an easy process, high end products, seamless installation for years of enjoyment.

I have been with the company from conception of 2010 brought the company back from California which I had been working yet prior under a different name. 2014 We opened our showroom in Randolph NJ, Coming Spring 2018 look for our online store!

We are averaging 15 to 20 projects a year, Higher years reaching 25-35. Our goal is not quantity but quality we’ve shifted from model striving to do a lot and focusing on a model that wants to do less with more.

We specialize in outdoor deck environments that include outdoor kitchens, shade structures, stone features, and automation.

How do you define success?  I define success as the ability to drive my mental, physical, and spiritual self to experience life without regret. Live, love, learn. While providing the ability to give back fully and receive fluidly…

In short, I work to live a life of my own design, while being able to embrace things that unfold, and helping others along the way.

You must be the change you want to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

What advice would you like to share with fellow members that you have learned in your career? Make a plan, work your plan, always adjust your plan as needed. Adaptation is tough, but real. Also I am learning that you can only carry others so far, finding the right people is key to healthy growth.

If you could ask your fellow industry professionals one question, what might it be?  What drives you? Where are the most memorable places you have visited?

What would you do for a career if you weren’t doing this? I would do Consulting for product branding and product development. I would also become a CrossFit coach and travel 10 out of 12 months doing both!

A little more about Walter: 

I am currently excited to be working with NADRA to help create an education program for the Outdoor Living industry. The Building industry is in dire need to recapture the interest of our youth as our successors, so much is at stake if we lose site the artisanship and craft of everyday functions. I hope programs like these will become a gate way to much needed change.

I live to travel and explore, I am always working to improve my health physically and mentally.

Currently, Bonnie and I are plotting out all of the places we are going to live in the world so we have to visit them first. It also provides me with inspirational things to bring back to my community.

Website:  ABGOutdoorSolutions.com & ArcadiaRoofs.com/NJ

Connect with ABG Outdoor Solutions, LLC on Social Media:

Instagram: @ArcadiaRoofs_NJ

Member Spotlight: Robert Lascelle, MyDeck.com

NADRA Member Spotlight.
January 2017 Member Spotlight: Robert Lascelle, MyDeck.com

NADRA launched a member spotlight award for 2017. We are excited to showcase our first winner of 2017, Robert Lascelle from MyDeck.com.
Member Name:  Robert Lascelle
Company Name:  MyDeck.com
Member Category:  Deck Builder
Location:  Flemington, New Jersey
What inspired you to join NADRA?   Lainie chased me down for a long time and finally beat me down until I had to attend a meeting. So glad she did! NADRA has helped my business grow and I have lifelong friends within the organization.

What was the first thing you ever built?  It Was a deck of course, it was a pressure-treated deck in Pittstown, New Jerse y.
How do you define success?  I define success in business as the joy you feel from your work and also the joy you feel from your clients after a project is complete.

What advice would you like to share with fellow members that you have learned in your career?
Work on your business and not in it.

If you could ask your fellow industry professionals one question, what might it be? 

What single action have you done that has brought you the most success?
What would you do for a career if you weren’t doing this?
I would be a Sandyhook Harbor Pilot. I would have been one if I had not started my business at such an early age.
Tell us anything! Talk about your family, pets, travel, hobbies… I have an incredibly beautiful wife that has many skill sets including being a wonderful mother to my daughter Brooklyn and my stepson Cory. Brooklyn is 10 years old and enjoys gymnastics and animals. Cory just turned 18 and is heading into the Marines July 10, 2017.
My wife is a heavy equipment operator as her main job, she also performs autopsies at Hunterdon Medical Center. Lastly, she became a Hunterdon County  death investigator last year. I spend most of my time running my business and trying to be as good of a dad as I can to my children. I love being on the water and have two Jetski’s and purchased the boat of my dreams last year. I plan on taking the entire month of July off this summer to spend a lot of quality time on it with my family.
*A Member Spotlight winner will be chosen each month. For a chance to win, please fill out the questionnaire found here

Wolf Announces Facebook Sweepstakes Winner

South Plainfield, N.J. resident wins $2,500 WOLF™ PVC Decking package

September 26, 2011 – York, Pa. | WOLF, a leading provider of building products along the East Coast, today announced the winner of its first-ever Facebook sweepstakes. Robert McGregor, Jr., of South Plainfield, N.J., won a WOLF™ PVC Decking package valued at up to $2,500.

McGregor was selected at random from more than 1,200 entries submitted by visitors to WOLF’s Facebook page. All entrants will receive a coupon worth $100 off the purchase of WOLF™ PVC Decking. The sweepstakes entry period ended on August 31.

“WOLF Decking immediately became a favorite of our network of independent dealers,” said Jim Groff, WOLF’s chief marketing officer. “Given the overwhelming response to our Facebook giveaway, it appears that contractors and homeowners have also embraced the brand.”

Groff added WOLF will continue to develop special Facebook-only offers, including sweepstakes, for the company’s Facebook fans.

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