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7th year as a Best Pick Call
"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
Company Information
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.
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.
Additional Information
The company specializes in working with a wide variety of materials and design options for both decks and screened porches.
Areas Served
North Atlanta, Cherokee, Dunwoody/Sandy Springs, Gwinnett/East Metro, Roswell, Alpharetta, Johns Creek & Cumming, Cobb/Marietta
A selection of 157 homeowner reviews:
“They did a great job for us. The quality of their workmanship was really tremendous. I was very pleased with the whole thing. The two young men that did the job were fantastic. It's a deck that we're very proud of, and it was first-class work. I'd grade the experience as an A. I have recommended them.”
“They were excellent. They deliver what they promise. I'd give them an A. I couldn't recommend them more. They were great. They worked long hours to finish the job on time. Everybody—from the people that installed the deck to the guys that came from management—was professional.”
“They did excellent work. They were here when they were supposed to be and got done when they were supposed to. It was excellent work all the way around. I'd absolutely give them an A+. Our deck is a sight to behold, and it's built like a tank.”
“They built resurfaced the deck. Their crew was amazing and very knowledgeable. I'd give them an A.”
“I liked the promptness. They showed up every day according to the schedule. I liked their quality of work, especially when I sat down with Rich and went over the estimate proposal. Everything was done according to spec. The main thing was the quality; it was a good job. They built a new deck. Overall, the experience would be an A. They cleaned up well after the job. Their staff was more than hospitable. They even followed up a couple of minor tweaks here and there, they came out promptly even after the job was done. I've already recommended them to a couple of people and I'm used as a reference as well. I would highly recommend them.”
“They were great with communication and did everything in a timely fashion. In the end, we were happy. We had a deck built. A+ for them. Everything was great. I think we already have recommended them.”
“I'm very pleased. In fact, I'm sitting on my sitting new spring porch, enjoying it right now. They did good work. I'm very pleased with the quality of the work. I couldn't ask for better. I don't have any negative comments. I'll give them a 100 plus rating on that, absolutely. I would say an A+ for the overall experience, absolutely. I have no problems. The guy that worked on it, Oliver, did great work.”
“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're very easy to work with. They rebuilt two decks and a spring room. I'd give my overall experience an A.”
“My work's not quite done yet. They still have to come back and put on a door. We still have to settle up, but so far, it's been really positive. They stuck to their timeline, they clean up after themselves, and they proactively communicated if there were changes they needed to do to the plan. They rebuilt a portion of our desk for us that had some wood rot. They deserve an A.”