If you are considering a new deck or porch and your contractor’s proposal or plans note that #2 pressure treated deck materials are specified you may want to reconsider your choice of materials. Pressure treated (PT) pine, a popular outdoor product, is treated to resist pests, withstand rot, and rated for ground contact. Treating the lumber elevates the moisture content of the material which means the material will need to dry out after installation. As the material dries out it will begin to shrink, crack, and may even warp depending on grain and milling the material. Even Premium grade, or #1 grade, though a little more in cost and cleaner in appearance, behaves comparably.
I have seen countless decks that even when sealed or stained after drying out, lose that fresh appearance, shrink, warp, and crack in a few years. Before you sign on that dotted line you may wish to consider, if you want a quality wood deck that will keep up its just like new appearance, going with a vertical grain KDAT. So what is vertical grain you ask? Most common lumber sold is “flat sawn” where annual growth rings run roughly parallel to the face of the board. As a result of being milled this way the lumber tends to shrink across the width of the board and cup. Lumber suppliers can get more boards out of log using this method of milling. Vertical grain lumber is quartersawn which produces a “vertical grain” where the annual growth rings are vertical to the face of the board. This method of milling creates a board that is more stable as the boards tend to shrink across the thickness and stay flatter. Being pine, the material will still show some of the characteristics noted earlier but will show minimum shrinkage and warping. The KDAT process will enhance the appearance of your new deck and offer more stability within the material.
KDAT (Kiln Dried After Treatment) is a drying process which increases the stability and performance of a pressure treated deck. After the material has been milled and treated it goes through a drying process that reduces the moisture associated with treating. Controlled drying the material before installation provides more stability and durability and allows for finishing at time of installation. Most KDAT suppliers recommend that the material be finished immediately and protected from the elements to maintain its stability. If you wish to stain your new KDAT deck select a stain that has the longest manufacturers warranty, includes a UV protector and repels water well. If paint is your preferred finish make sure the painter begins with an oil based primer and then applies a high quality exterior grade acrylic latex paint.
The difference in cost between a standard pressure treated deck material and a vertical grain KDAT may run about 30 or 35 percent more (check with your local lumber supplier for accurate pricing) but will still run less than most composites and offer a natural beauty to your outdoor area.
Whether you choose to use wood or a composite for your new deck or porch be sure to research all the options that are available for your particular location, home, and maintenance needs with your contractor. Your new beautiful low maintenance deck or porch will provide years of enjoyment and add value to your home. Please work with a NARI Atlanta remodeling professional when you choose to add or renovate a deck or screen porch this summer or fall.
A NARI Atlanta remodeling company is in the national spotlight this month. Bires Remodeling led by Dean Bires,CR, a NARI Atlanta member since 2004, is honored to have one of its projects on the cover of Beautiful Kitchens & Baths, a Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Publication.
Kelly Carlisle of Design Galleria Kitchen and Bath Studio was the designer on the project. Dean has nothing but admiration for Kelly and has worked with her many times. “She is a young up-and-coming designer who is really making an impact.” says Bires.
Every detail of the kitchen was meticulously planned and executed. For instance, the open shelves left and right of the range hood are one of the many unique features. Their simple appearance disguises the complexity beneath. As Dean explained, “This effort required utmost precision to integrate the wires and connections that allowed for LED lighting and outlets to be installed flush to the underside of the shelves.”
The custom hood provides glamour and is showcased beautifully against a wall of Calacatta Manhattan marble. The marble splash was mitered to a thickness of 2” and book-matched to further amplify the centerline axis of the kitchen. The 2” build-out is what created the recessed niches to house the herringbone tile which, in turn, became the backdrop for the shelves.
This kitchen remodel was anything but cookie cutter. The entire project went smoothly, and was completed in 14 weeks. I was very impressed with the look and functionality. I am not surprised it was selected for publication, as Kelly did an amazing job on the design and our team executed every detail.” says Bires.
Bires Remodeling and Kelly Carlisle certainly make a great team as evidenced by the impact of this beautiful kitchen
Author: Donna Ballard for Bires Remodeling
Technological innovations designed to make meal planning and preparation more convenient are on the way to your kitchen. Integration is one trend, seen in refrigerators with built-in WiFi and touchscreens or a coffeemaker in the front of the door. Ranges and ovens are also getting high-tech makeovers, such as an oven pre-programmed with recipes and the capability of adding more, or a voice-activated grill that allows users to adjust the time and temperature of the item they’re preparing. It can also learn your preferences and send a text when your steak is a perfect medium rare.
Apps can remotely turn on a number of kitchen devices, including small appliances such as crock pots, so that a meal is ready when you arrive home.
For safety as well as convenience, a new induction range projects LED flames onto a pot when an eye or burner is on, since the electromagnetic field doesn’t emit a glow. Retailers are beginning to stock microwaves that radiate energy in a pattern resembling a tornado or cyclone instead of straight lines, which may heat foods more evenly. And soon your appliances may be one step ahead of you, capable of notifying a service technician when repairs are needed.
New kitchens and older ones being remodeled will include hidden storage compartments and charging stations for laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. These smart spaces can keep devices handy and charged but off the kitchen counters, where they might easily get splattered or knocked to the floor.
Many other innovations are being developed and making their way toward the consumer, and whether you classify them as luxuries or necessities, they’re bound to change kitchen design. To keep you informed of what’s new in kitchen technology and help you decide which ideas fit your lifestyle, consult a professional kitchen designer.
Find someone you feel comfortable working with by asking friends and acquaintances for recommendations. Once you have a few names, check out their websites and use search engines to learn more about them. Check out customer comments, and see if a designer lists any awards or is a member of a professional association. Also look for examples of their work on sites such as Pinterest or HOUZZ. After identifying consultants you’re interested in, arrange for an initial meeting. Some designers offer a free consultation, but you might get more personalized, in-depth advice from someone who charges for this get-acquainted visit. Look for someone who listens to you, asks questions, takes a lot of notes, and wants to understand the needs of the entire family. By getting to know you, the consultant will be better positioned to come up with personalized ideas and solutions.
Author: Caren Danneman, CKD, CBD