Deck of the Month: February 2024

Deck of the Month Winner for February 2024: Jake Z. and Deck It from Bolton, MA

Congratulations to Jake Z and his contracting business Deck It of Bolton, MA, the winner of our Deck of the Month award for February of 2024!

Our February 2024 Deck of the Month winner: Jake Z. and Deck It from Massachusetts

Deck It's Massive Three-Level Deck Rebuild

Jake's contracting business, Deck It, was hired by a retiring couple to take over their deck renovation. The couple had started the project as a DIY job, but quickly found themselves in over their heads tearing up deck boards on a massive deck with nearly 1200 square feet spread across three separate levels.

The couple said their existing deck was their dream deck - it was just too much work to maintain. They wanted to redo the space to save maintenance time and costs heading into retirement.

"They wanted to do it once and not worry about it," said Jake. The couple gravitated towards Trex composite decking and railing, which would dramatically lower their regular maintenance while lasting for years.

A three-level renovated deck using Trex decking and railing

Jake's company regularly works with DecksDirect to source materials - and he said the fast shipping and reliable timelines help Deck It keep their many deck projects on track.

"You guys are spot-on with delivery dates," said Jake. "You've never really failed to deliver on the timetable set when we purchased."

With DecksDirect's help, Deck It was able to take over and complete the deck renovation in just under two months from design through construction - a quick timeline for such a huge project. The completed deck has a second-story deck attached to the house, a Juliet balcony, a ground-level deck space, and a poolside deck including pools gates, with staircases between all three levels.

"The customers were a delight to work with from day 1," said Jake. The couple retired shortly after the deck was completed, and now the space is their favorite getaway.

"It's their vacation spot," said Jake. "They like staying at home. They have a nice pool and it's a great spot."

How To Get This Timeless Look & Function For Yourself

The finished deck maintains the traditional style, while modernizing the materials. While the biggest priority was on lowering regular maintenance, the extra bonus is the deck's timeless style. Not only will the materials hold their strength and function for years to come, they'll also never go out of style. This couple truly got a deck they could update once and then enjoy for decades.

Here's how you can get a similar timeless look and low-maintenance appeal for your own deck renovation:

Trex Transcend Lineage Decking in Biscayne

A furnished ground-level deck with a table and chairs that match the deck boards

If you're marveling at the rich color blends across these deck boards, you're not alone. This deck went luxe, using Trex's Transcend Lineage decking line, a premium new collection Trex launched just last year.

A Trex Lineage deck board in the Biscayne color, showing off the color mix and texture

Trex Transcend Lineage decking mixes a wide range of stylish, calming colors into each board for a deck that doesn't just imitate wood - it surpasses it in natural beauty. This deck uses the Biscayne finish, a light brown with gray-black undertones.

A close-up of the color mix and texture of Trex Transcend Lineage decking in the Biscayne finish

One bonus, as the lower level of this deck runs alongside a pool: Trex launched the Lineage line with a new capping technology that helps the boards stay cooler, even in direct sunlight - a huge benefit to barefoot pool-goers.

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Trex Composite Deck Railing

A set of deck stairs with black composite railing and bright white fascia and stair treads

Extending the luxury Lineage look is the sleek black deck railing. Black is a bold choice that screams "premium", and really gives this deck a showstopping look.

Black also tends to look very modern. But Jake and the homeowners opted for a Trex Transcend composite railing system with thick posts and a rounded-off top rail - decidedly traditional in shape. The combination of that traditional shape with a modern color really gives this deck a timeless feel that won't ever go out of style.

Trex Transcend composite railing in a sleek black color with black aluminum balusters
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Patio Furniture and Fire Table

A newly-renovated deck with a matching fire table and patio furniture

Another way this deck excels is through its use of space. With multiple different levels, it's easy for this deck to cordon of distinct areas with their own styles and functions.

The lower level is a fun-filled space built around the pool, with poolside lounge chairs and a basketball hoop.

One level up is a zen relaxing space with comfortable chairs, calming neutral colors, and unique textures.

And the top level is a grilling and eating area, complete with a beautiful fire table so guests can eat al fresco - even late into the night.

The good news is that you don't need a three-level deck to plan distinct functional spaces into your outdoor space. The furniture you include - and how you position it - will help define each area of your outdoor living space. If you're interested in better defining your outdoor space, check out our furniture and fire table options and dream of what your space could look and feel like:

Contrasting Deck Stairs

A beautiful poolside deck with three levels of composite decking up to a big house

With this deck existing across so many different vertical levels, the stairs are a key element to tie the entire space together. Jake and his team cleverly extended a consistent feel across the entire deck by using the same Trex Transcend Lineage Biscayne deck boards for the treads on each set of stairs.

But they also made the deck stairs an eye-catching feature all their own by using contrasting white stair riser boards and fascia boards. Creating that contrast really brightens up the space, and also helps to highlight the beauty of the Biscayne deck boards.

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Are you the proud owner of a newly-upgraded deck? Show off your sparkling outdoor oasis and win some free swag - submit your best photos and your deck could be a future Deck of the Month winner!

To enter, send your best deck photos to social@decksdirect.com and briefly tell us about your project. If your deck wins, we'll hook you up with some free DecksDirect swag and feature your photos on our site and social media profiles!

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To help your deck submission stand out, here are a couple of our favorite photo-taking tips:

  • Try several different angles: a high shot can show off more of your deck surface. A low shot lets everyone experience your deck the way you do when walking up to it. Try a couple different angles to really show off all aspects of your deck.
  • Include your decor and furniture: once you've completed your deck upgrade, don't take your photos until you've moved your furniture, grill, outdoor decorations and personal touches back into your space. We love seeing lived-in spaces that homeowners are already enjoying!
  • Wait for good weather: it's tempting to snap photos the moment you finish a project. But if it's raining or the sky is covered in dark and gloomy clouds, wait for a dry deck and brighter lighting to really show off the best side of your space.

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