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M.E. Contracting has been serving the Toronto area with premium Landscaping & deck design services for over a decade and tastes in decks have changed nearly as often as the weather in the spring.
Our Decking design and Build professionals pride themselves on tracking the latest trends in deck ideas – from outdoor bars and kitchens, to expansive fire-pits, hot tubs, fiberglass pools, Sport Court, comfortable outdoor family rooms, to gardening centers to everything in between.
We know how to look at your space and make a responsible recommendation that not only makes the best use of your space but also gives you a fabulous deck to enjoy for years to come. As such, we can lend the expertise necessary to make decks a success for all clients, taking into careful consideration their taste, budget, and other project influence’s, We have a variety of decking options including Azex Decking, Cedar Decking, Composite decking, Fiberon Decking, IPE Decking, PVC Decking, Timbertech Decking and Trex Decking.
Coming up with the perfect deck design is not only the first step in the planning process but the most important one as well. It needs to be functional, aesthetically pleasing, and something that you will be happy with for an extended period of time.
M.E. Contracting knows that deck design revolves around the most important question: how will you be using your deck?
M.E. Contracting’s success is in large part a result of us insisting on excellent communication and transparency with the client.
When we work on any pool design and construction project we employ a simple yet effective step by step process to ensure the client & M.E. Contracting team are on the same page.
Our process can be broken down to the following steps:
Each and every prospective client will first have a “discovery” conversation with the project manager to discuss the general aspects of the project.
Once we understand the project’s general outline we will schedule an on-premise consultation.
At the time of consultation the project manager will meet with the home owners, learn about the client’s “ideal project”, their “must-have”, their ideas, needs and the budget they have.
We will take notes, pictures and measurements. We will exchange ideas then use the information collected to create an estimate to match the family’s lifestyle, needs and budget.
M.E. Contracting’s project manager will use the notes, measurements and pictures he took at the initial consultation to create a perliminary design.
The design will take into consideration all aspects: structures, grading, existing trees, client’s needs, budget etc.
Once the initial design is complete, the client will be presented with the layout where they are encouraged to provide feedback so a final revision can be prepared for quoting.
Once the initial “rough” design has been agreed upon we will again meet with the client to discuss the various elements that go into the project such as materials, colour options etc.
We will develop the estimate accordingly and schedule a meeting to present and discuss the estimate with the client.
Once the final estimate is approved we will start working on the permit.
Each city or municipality has its own requirements, bylaws etc. therefore time to receive the permit can vary greatly.
Once ready to go, M.E. Contracting will schedule the construction of the project, prepare the crews, machinery, materials etc.
We will have a foreman, a project manager and the landscaping designer all working together to stay true to the design, timeline and budget
At first thought, a deck may seem like a simple concept to put together. It’s just some wood planks forming a rectangular extension of the house, right? Wrong! You have the ability to customize your deck design with countless options. There are different colours, shapes, and sizes to choose from to build the deck of your dreams.
Great decks are like great homes. They come in all manners of size, shape, and color, often using a wide range of creative building materials like metal, engineered wood, or even concrete, plus a number of distinct finishes to make them truly unique, but are often the “odd man” out after a few years of heavy use.
If your deck has suffered a similar fate, let the design professionals at M.E. Contracting help you choose from innovative design ideas to bring your deck back to life – and make it a favored outdoor destination for years to come. M.E. Contracting has the team that can help you add a deck as a new feature to your house or bring your existing deck back to life after years of wear and tear.
Making a decision regarding landscaping construction can be a lengthy process so we invite you to call and speak to a staff member. Meanwhile, we’ve put together a few answers to some of our commonly asked questions about landscaping design and construction below.
When considering the time it takes to complete a deck construction job, several factors must be considered: deck size, special features, job complexity, weather, and even time of year.
M.E. Contracting is proud of the diligent and thorough craftsmanship and care we put into every job we do. We are able to work within strict timelines, and can often construct a deck in about a week but most important for us is making sure that each deck we build is 100% before we sign off on it.
Like all home upgrades, decks require care and maintenance to keep them in good condition and provide added longevity.
The lifespan of your deck depends largely on the materials you use, and the long-term maintenance you provide.
Cedar decks are a very popular choice and giving them regularly yearly maintenance increases their life expectancy from 10 years to 40 years.
IPE decks easily last up to forty years with proper care, and decks created with chemically treated, pressurized wood can last up to fifty years.
There are a stunning array of options for the construction of your perfect deck! Depending on the style, size, budget, and personal aesthetics for the design in mind, many materials could be right for the job.
Here at M.E. Contracting we love using PVC / Composite boards as the material for the deck surface because we found these manufactured materials offer great design options as well as very low maintenance and upkeep therefore your deck is going to look great for many years (if not decades) to come!
Depends where you live (different municipality bylaws), some detached decks do not require building permits, such as small uncovered platform decks but for other types of decks, you may require a building permit.
Don’t let the permit scare you away from creating your dream deck! In fact, the process is affordable, straight forward and available online.
More so, M.E. Contracting’s knowledgeable staff has decades of experience working within these parameters. We will guide you and/or help you obtain the proper permit if needed.