2016 EBSCO Research Best Pick

Exterior Design & Decks

6th year as a Best Pick

  • A-Rated
  • Verified License(s)
  • Verified General Liability
  • Verified Workers' Comp

We design and build distinctive outdoor living places, and according to our customers, we provided the finest home improvement experience they've had. We believe that communication before, during, and after construction is essential to customer satisfaction and peace of mind. We deliver what we sell.

Richard Thomas | President

Areas Served:

North Atlanta, Cherokee, Dunwoody/Sandy Springs, Gwinnett/East Metro, Roswell, Alpharetta, Johns Creek & Cumming, Cobb/Marietta

  • Services Offered
    Exterior Design & Decks builds outdoor living areas, including custom decks, screened porches, three- and four-season rooms, pergolas, fireplaces, and front porches.
  • Minimum Job
    All jobs require a $7,000 minimum.
  • Warranty
    Exterior Design & Decks offers a five-year warranty on all workmanship.
  • Company History
    The company is a first-generation family business owned by Richard Thomas and his son-in-law Valiant Nielsen. Exterior Design & Decks has been serving the metro-Atlanta area since 2003. Richard and Valiant are involved in all projects.
  • Employee Information
    Most employees have worked with Exterior Design & Decks for an average of eight years.
  • Product Information
    The company specializes in working with a wide variety of materials and design options for both decks and screened porches.
  • Licenses

Select Quotes from Customer Interviews

A selection of 145 homeowner reviews:


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They completed the work in time, and the contractors were very friendly. They tore down the old deck and put on a new one. I think it took about a week or longer. That was how long they told me it would take. I would rate them as an A.
The people from Exterior Design & Decks were responsive and on time. They put on a new deck. I think it took about a week. The cleanup was good. I chose them because some friends had used them. I'd give them an A.
I've had a very good experience with Exterior Design & Decks. Their people are timely, they stay on budget, and everything about them was good. He took down an old deck and put a new one up. It took maybe about five days. The cleanup was very good, too. It's an A grade from me.
I liked that they worked with the specific needs that we had. We needed everything to be wheelchair accessible, so they stamped the floor at the door that was supposed to be a little lower, and they lifted it up and made a slant at the last minute. They moved the outside door, and they did things for us that weren't in the original agreement. They really earned their A.
They built a screened-in deck. Technically it's a deck, but it's screened in. The overall craftsmanship is still pretty solid. I selected this company because of recommendations. I'd say an A suits them best.
Exterior Design & Decks did very good work and had good ideas. There was an old deck, and it was not up to code. He explained what the code was now and what I needed to do. The deck looks awesome, and the guy who was in charge of building it was very nice and worked very well. They deserve an A grade.
They did a great job. They were very, very good and very professional, and they did excellent work. They put our deck on for us, and then they restained and painted it. They get an A.
Exterior Design & Decks did a deck and a walk-out, daylight basement under the deck, and they did a nice job. They were very timely and very customer service oriented, and they did things well with good craftsmanship. They did A-level work.
Exterior Design & Decks was wonderful. The work went well, they were very quick, and it looks great. I'd give them an A.
They did my deck, and they did an excellent job. They came back for any problems I had in a timely manner, and I didn't have any complaints. I think I found them in the Best Pick Reports book. They get an A+ rating.

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