I am extremely pleased to let everyone know that the recent Deck for a Soldier® project for the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans, went very smoothly and was completed in just a few days after obtaining the permit. Several NADRA builders and suppliers all got together to create this beautiful curved deck on the home.
MVAC’s program director and administrators were extremely thankful and really could not believe that a program like ours exists. They were overwhelmed when they thought about how many veterans will use this great outdoor space.
I would like to thank, from the bottom of my heart, everyone involved in this project for their time and or materials. A special thank you goes out to Pat Noonan from Deck and Basement Co. for taking on the responsibilities of leading this project and Rick Wooton from Crossroads Remodeling for his contributions to the NADRA National Deck For A Soldier® committee. Many gave so freely to this project that it was inspiring to all. We certainly could not have gotten this project without the support of the best teams in the decking industry. NADRA Rocks!!
NADRA National Deck For A Soldier® Committee – Chairman
Listed below are all of the companies and individuals who donated their time and materials:
The crews in MN are wrapping up the build today! Below are some pictures. Final photos will be taken tonight when the build is complete.
A serious shout out to Bob Lett and Mark Fisher from Wolf Home Products! They FROZE and went the distance on this build, on top of almost $7K in materials. A very special thank you to Pat Noonan from Deck and Basement Co. who has tirelessly taken the lead role in putting this entire project together & kept it on track to finish before Christmas.
Gallery of images from the MN D4S Build:
December 19th, 2017 UPDATE
NADRA’s Deck for a Soldier® build in MN is moving along nicely. Our friends up North could use some cheering on. You can send encouragement by posting comments below. It’s been a cold few weeks and these guys are putting in some serious hours trying to wrap up this deck in time for Christmas.
Pat Noonan from Deck and Basement Co., his team & the crew at Jigsaw Builders installed the framing for the new deck last week. Pat Noonan took the lead in custom bending the decking for the curved front at Pro Deck Supply and Lumberyard. As you read this, the guys are on site installing the Wolf brand decking. Bob Lett, VP of National Sales for Wolf flew in to help with the build along with with Mark Fischer. The crew from Infinite Decks are assisting with the install as well.
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…
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!
Bruce Verblaauw – NADRA National Deck for a Soldier® Committee Chair
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.”
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!
NADRA National Deck for a Soldier Committee Chairman
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.
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?