The North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) recognizes and promotes excellence in the outdoor living & decking industry. Each year we celebrate and honor outstanding successes in the industry at a prestigious Industry Awards presentation & celebration.
The 10th Annual Awards Celebration was held on November 7th, 2019 in Louisville, KY. Professionals of all levels & categories, from across North America (and beyond) enter the deck competition. We invite you to scroll through the first, second and third place winners of NADRA’s 2019 National+ Deck Competition. Prepare yourself for some serious backyard envy. Enjoy!
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First Place Overall Winner: DeckRemodelers.com
Official Partner: Wolf Home Products, lighting After working with several architects, these homeowners finally contracted us to design and build the entire backyard from the back door to the back yard down to the calming view of the lake. The attention to every detail is evident from the deck, outdoor kitchen, concrete counter and privacy screen, fire lounge, hidden cabana, Equinox Louvered Roofs, grand staircase down to the unique pool and hardscape. Taking advantage of the space below the deck, we designed a hidden cabana, featuring a full bathroom and changing room, Ipe walls and custom frosted French doors. This allowed us to provide an unobstructed view from the deck and pool, down to the lake. The beautiful stone wall, to be used as a lighted art display, matches the stone pillars of the bar area and gourmet kitchen. The custom concrete bar was carefully placed as a transition between the decks. The louvered roofs provide the best of both worlds; open air space and dry heated areas when needed. The double helical staircase is curved to hug the fire lounge and provide a grand entrance from the pool to the deck. The curves and straight edges of the pool echo those on the deck.
Wood Deck Under $25k
Blue Chip Decks
This large two tier cedar tone deck features a large decorative pergola with 6×6 post sleeves, aluminum railing with glass panel inserts, wrapping staircases and two opposing privacy screens with decorative inserts.
Wood Deck $25k – $50k
WWG Design & Build Inc.
Partner: CAMO This large waterfront beauty held some interesting construction challenges. The first of the hurdles to master was the material transportation to the work zone. With no way to mechanically move the lumber to the lakeside, every piece had to be hand balmed from the rear of the house down the embankment and then down to the water’s edge. The design mandate was to create a platform that would allow uses of the area during the spring high water season. The high water level is 8 inches below the deck surface, but only for a few weeks each year. Once the deck area complete, we then had to figure out the meandering path and stair system to traverse the steep hill, which has large outcrops of granite bedrock. Due to the rock face angle, the ledger was tied into the granite using heavy masonry anchors and many small segments with multiple compound cuts. The deck materials are pressure-treated lumber, and the decking is Pre-coated all sides with a Cutek Extreme stain. Decking is fastened by Camo edge fastening system for clean barefoot approved finish.
Wood Deck $50k – $100k
USI Custom Outdoor Living, LLC
This project is an two level ipe deck with aluminum railing with cable rail. It’s completed with and UnderCover System under deck ceiling, Bromic outdoor heaters and a hottub.
Alternative Deck Under $25k
Partner: TimberTech This project was a replacement of an existing deck. We we’re able to build this deck in to the existing landscaping.
Alternative Deck $25k – $50k
Trex Transcend deck with Deckorators sunburst pattern. The radius work is all done in house to the 64th of an inch. This project also features large PVC wrapped columns and beams along with an extremely substantial lighting package. Every detail is absolutely flawless, it’s just very difficult to show everything we did in only 4 pictures.
Alternative Deck $50k – $100k
Partners: TimberTech, In-Lite, Regal Ideas, FastenMaster This TimberTech Azek deck was a challenge from the beginning due to the extreme slope it was designed to be on. Diamond Pier Pin foundations were used to anchor the deck into the 45 degree slope of the hill. once framed, there were several curved features added to enhance the look and design of the deck. Several PVC planks were heat manipulated into various shapes to create borders, line breaks, steps and benches in the design. The only seams in the deck are created intentionally, on a curved surface border to eliminate all butt joining of deck boards. This is why you see the difficult curves flow seamlessly through the deck as they take priority of the design creating more art than construction. The greatest feature, in my humble opinion, is the Regal ideas Crystal Rail with custom curved glass that lights up at night to display a one of a kind beautiful work of art. A 6′ fire feature anchors the reverse curved bench seating that migrates from the curved steps that flow right into the bench with a unique overlapping pattern. All end grains were heat folded and glued to keep them from separating.
Alternative Deck Over $100k
Partner: Wolf Home Products After working with several architects, these homeowners finally contracted us to design and build the entire backyard from the back door to the back yard down to the calming view of the lake. The attention to every detail is evident from the Zuri deck, outdoor kitchen, concrete counter and privacy screen, fire lounge, hidden cabana, Equinox Louvered Roofs, grand staircase down to the unique pool and hardscape. Taking advantage of the space below the deck, we designed a hidden cabana, featuring a full bathroom and changing room, Ipe walls and custom frosted French doors. This allowed us to provide an unobstructed view from the deck and pool, down to the lake. The beautiful stone wall, to be used as a lighted art display, matches the stone pillars of the bar area and gourmet kitchen. The custom concrete bar was carefully placed as a transition between the decks. The louvered roofs provide the best of both worlds; open air space and dry heated areas when needed. The double-helical staircase is curved to hug the fire lounge and provide a grand entrance from the pool to the deck. The curves and straight edges of the pool echo those on the deck.
Refinished / Restored Deck
All Decked Out
Partners: TimberTech, CAMO This project took an old deck that was drab, into this century and increased the value of this already gorgeous home overlooking the Ohio River! We did have the challenge of working off a small existing deck, we replaced the decking with composite and built on additional square footage on the top tier allowing for a living room complete with gas fireplace and TV and the other half of the top tier was transformed into an outdoor kitchen. The top level was then enhanced further by the addition of retractable screen along the edge of the home to allow protection from the elements/bugs when needed turning into an excellent screened in porch but with no compromised views like a typical screened room. We then added additional dry living space below the deck using a DekDrain system, which included additional seating and another tv for rainy days or a second sports game to view below. The outdoor kitchen and fireplace had custom stone veneer work. The island had granite countertops and the kitchen setup included a gas grill, refrigerator and additional side burner. The new deck paired perfectly with the new patio and pool addition to make a spectacular outdoor space!
Gable center with shed hipped sides with all dimensions maxed out to accomplish customer objective. the roof is 33×20 with all wide open spans. We have a floating PVC crown inside and out to hide RGB lighting. the entire ceiling is tongue and groove mahogany with PVC trimmed beams and overhangs
Decks & More Inc.
Partner: Haven Underdeck System **Use of space** Our client wanted a screened in porch, large deck, and outdoor Kitchen. Next, our Design team designed a Plan for an amazing Porch with Curved Ceiling inside the porch and easy access to the large Deck. The porch is 14ft x 19ft = 266 Sq ft and a Side deck 14ft x 40ft = 560 Sq ft. Creativity / Innovation a Curved Dome ceiling A high vaulted ceiling Integrating it into the home. **Evidence of craftsmanship ** 1. Curved Radius Roof 2. All columns finished in PVC, (Poly Vinyl Chloride) with Decorative trim work. **** 3. Outdoor Kitchen with Curved Cedar cover. **Degree of Difficulty** Next, we Centered the Dome ceiling and used the golden ratio = 1.610834 to obtain a proper proportion. and Finally, a Flex Trim for the Curve Dome ceiling. **Overall Visual Appeal** Curved Radius Roof Under deck System Outdoor Kitchen is simply amazing … Columns……….trimmed out with PVC Metal roofing for the dome ceiling. Thank You for our Client for hiring us, our design team, our carpenters, project manager, electricians, painter, and under deck installer. We truly appreciate all hard work and efforts.!!!
Partner: Trex Company Inc. 500 Sf Guitar Deck: The guitar design came from the owner’s love of music, especially rock-n-roll, as well as his ownership of a “Fender Stratorcaster”, the guitar the deck is modeled after, there was no better fit to be the center of the deck design. As an example of ‘Duck Architecture’ the goal was to highlight as many details on the guitar as possible, including the over all shape being the body of the guitar, the neck, frets, pick-ups, inlays and the change of color. Creating a space for the owner to entertain or relax was the main goal, but creating an artful conversation piece which highlights the owner’s interests became the true driving force behind the design.
Partner: Wolf Home Products The custom lighting design transitions this amazing space from day to dusk to evening without notice, with three fire elements and expertly placed LED light. Under the counter lights on the kitchen, bar and backsplash. Tempest torches are mounted on top of the backsplash in the kitchen overlooking the yard. Curved LED lights down the helical stairs accentuate the curve of the stairs. The extraordinary circular fire lounge features a round gas fire pit and a ring of LED lights that create a soft ambient feel. There is a full fireplace below the deck as well as LED lights in the ceiling of the Haven underdeck system.
Midcoast Marine Group, LLC
Partner: TimberTech Project consisted of Two Docks/Boardwalks on opposite sides of Orange Lake in New Port Richey, FL. First major difficulty/obstacle was this is in a spring feed lake; which means the bottom is solid limerock, each individual piling had to be drilled into the limerock then the annualar space concrete grouted between the wood piling and limerock. Water depths were up to 17′ deep and all of this was performed underwater by Barge & Crane. The Board-walkouts were built on a radius, so each piling had to be specifically placed to meet the radius, along with all the decking and framing requiring to be finish cut on a radius. In addition, with docks on a radius, roughly every 12′ a triangular section must be constructed perpendicular to the deck boards. These require over 136 precisely angled cuts to make the deck work around radius. You add in Stainless Cable Rails, LED Lighting, and then lastly two 7,000lbs Steel Powder Coated Canopy Structure, Fixed mounted to the top of the piling, & set on a Angled Tapered Pier. This was all built in the field and over the water. 7,000SF of Decking, 100+ Drilled Piling, 1,000LF of Railing, Cost $1Million & 7 Months of Construction.