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
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.”
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.
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