2017 EBSCO Research Best Pick
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Exterior Design & Decks

7th 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.
  • 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 aspects of projects.
  • Employee Information
    Most employees have worked with Exterior Design & Decks for an average of eight years.
  • Additional Information
    The company specializes in working with a wide variety of materials and design options for both decks and screened porches.
  • Licenses
    RBCO003792

Select Quotes from Customer Interviews

A selection of 157 homeowner reviews:


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They were extremely professional, and they did a great job of cleaning every day before they left the job. I had a very good experience overall. They did an exterior screened porch and deck. I'd give them an A. I would highly recommend them.
Exterior Design & Decks rebuilt an old porch. Then they put in a screened-in area over the decking on half of the house. I felt that they were very thorough. They followed up on everything and had high-quality work. They were easy to work with and talk to. I'd give them an A. I've already recommended them.
They did everything they said they would do, and if we ran into any difficulties, they had ideas and followed through with them. We were extremely happy with the final product. It was a screened-in back porch. I'd give my overall experience an A+. I have already recommended them.
They asked us about everything and there were no surprises. They explained very well what the different choices were for everything, the exterior, interior, and the flooring. They would make a suggestion, if we asked, and left it up to us. We got exactly what we wanted and it's very good quality. It was sunroom work. They're an A+ company.
They said what it would cost, kept within the budget, started on time, and they ended on time. They did good work. They did a screen porch. I'd give them an A+ for the overall experience.
They were fast. I'd give them an A- grade.
They were good at getting ideas and the estimate throughout the whole process. They were very responsive, and everything they said they were going to do they did. They offered great suggestions and were very responsive to any needs I had. They get an A grade from me. I would recommend them.
They replaced my deck on the backside of the house. They replaced three posts under our sunroom and put new footings under there. The original builder didn't put the new footings under there. He came out, we told him what we wanted, and his two men crew came out and did everything that we asked them to do. That's the number one thing. I was always concerned about the new Georgia codes for decks. So I was always watching that, and it looked to me like they followed that pretty well. They earned an A.
They were very good. They renovated a screen porch and built a deck.
They built a deck for me. I had probably two or three different quotes. It was their responsiveness, professionalism, coming on time, meeting me with the busy schedule, and following through on all of the other punch list items as the contractor was working. They built a deck and also an underneath system where I had a patio. They installed fans and lighting. So a little bit more than a deck, an above deck as well as underneath. It keeps the patio dry and it's almost like another room without screens. I'd give them an A. I have no issues. I already have recommended them.
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