Exterior Design & Decks
7th year as a Best Pick
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Based on 157 reviews
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"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.”
“Everything was great. They did a deck for me. It was quick, it wasn't painful, and it looks nice. I'd give them an A. I already have recommend them.”
“They redid our deck. It was a deck renovation and they did a great job. They were really professional and you could tell that they knew what they were doing. I'd recommend them.”
“They got back to me quickly and did everything I asked them to do. I had no problems with them. They built a deck.”
“It was a very positive experience. They were on time, very informative, and they laid everything out for me. When the job was completed, it was exactly what they said they were going to do. They did a deck for us. They get an A grade from me.”
“They built a covered porch for us. They were very nice, very flexible, and very easy to work with. I'd give them an A.”
“They were prompt. When they said they were going to be here, they were going to be here. When they said they were going to get us the price estimate, they got it to us on or before when they said. Their work was good. They cleaned up after themselves, the work was great, and I had no problems with it. They did some deck work. They get an A from me. I already have recommended them.”
“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.”
“Exterior Design & Decks extended our deck. I would grade them as an A.”
“They redid my deck and the steps to the deck. I'd say they were an A because I haven't had to call them back for anything else.”
“Exterior Design & Decks replaced the deck and did some painting on our trim. We're really pleased about that. I would grade them as an A.”
“Exterior Design & Decks replaced our deck and the stairs leading to it. The customer service was terrific. They get an A.”
“Everything went OK. It was definitely a positive experience overall. They did it really quickly—very professional—and on the work, they paid a lot of attention to detail. They did a deck and a pergola, and I haven't had to call them back about anything since the work was complete. They get an A+.”
“Exterior Design & Decks did some work for me within the last several months. They were on time, professional, paid attention to detail, and certainly did good quality work. They replaced my deck and put on a new pergola. I would say they rate an A.”
“Exterior Design & Decks built a deck for us, and it was excellent. They did a terrific job. The county inspector looked at the deck and said, 'I wouldn't mind having this at my house.' I'd give them an A+.”
“They built a deck on our house. The quality of the work was good, and the owner was very receptive and responsive—A+.”
“We had an open deck on the back of our house, and Exterior Design & Decks extended the deck and built stairs down to the backyard. They were really good at helping us select materials and making sure we made good decisions. I'd absolutely give them an A.”
“They did some deck refinishing things—carpentry, electric, and some stonework. There were a few issues, but they handled them well before it was an issue to me. I'd give them an A without a question, and I told them I'd review them any time.”
“They were very easy to work with. They showed up, and we liked the workers—they were friendly. Once or twice, they left a little bit, but we reminded them because we knew rain was coming. Overall, they did a great job. We chose them because we knew a couple of people who'd their decks done. They should get an A.”
“Exterior Design & Decks was very good. I was happy with their work and their service. I probably got them out of the Home Reports. They put up the framing for a deck; it's about 32 by 25 feet. They finished in a reasonable amount of time. I am very detailed oriented, and they put up with me, which was good. I do a lot of research and ask a whole lot of questions; I guess, since I'm paying for it, I've got to. They put up with that, and it worked out fine. They did good work. Basically, it's two guys who did this. They do it all day, every day, so they get pretty good at it. I researched the company, and they have a good record. I've visited other decks they've built, and the other homeowners were satisfied with the work. I think they're a good company. They cleaned up after themselves when they were done. I think they've earned an A.”
“We did our deck—we literally took everything down and put it back up. Then, we did some stairs going down the other side of our house. They were efficient and arrived on time. I would give them an A- because I had questions about the wood, but he answered them.”
“They did a good job. I had a very positive experience all the way through. I chose them because of the sales rep. They put a deck in, and I liked the quality. I've called them back multiples to upgrade the stuff they did for us the last time they were out. I would give them an A.”
“I like the quality of the work they did. They built a deck for me. I have had to call them back since the work was complete, but they were responsive. Everything worked in the end. They get an A- from me.”
“Exterior Design & Decks built a deck for us. The project went well. We were, overall, happy with it. There was some issue with part of it, but they fixed it, so it wasn't a problem. I would say the communication was good. It was speedy, and I was impressed with the communication overall; I emailed back and forth with them a lot, and I always got a quick response. Good, quality work—I've gotten a lot of compliments on the deck so far. They would get an A.”

I liked the quality of work, their ideas, and their design. One of our friends said that, out of all the decks she'd ever seen, this was the nicest. It's very well done. I'd give Exterior Design an A+.

They were very good at listening and giving advice on how to make it functional. They built two decks, both of which were very well constructed and done on time. We're very satisfied and still enjoy the decks on a daily basis. They're an A.

We had the deck built by Exterior Design & Decks. We have two parts of our deck that are curved. I wanted a unique design. I was impressed—we were definitely happy with the end result, and the deck's going to be there a long time. It's very sturdy and good-looking. Exterior is an A+.

I love their work. The deck is my favorite place in the world. A+.

Exterior Design replaced the deck boards and rebuilt the deck, and I was very pleased with the work. They delivered what they promised, and I was very impressed with the crew that did the work.

I got a huge deck installed on the back of the house, and the company did an outstanding job—the name is Exterior Design & Decks. They completely stripped down and pressure washed the back steps, and then they re-stained and resealed it. I'd recommend that company.

They did a very nice job. It was to remove an old deck, leave the existing pad, and redesign it to function with the existing pad. Thomas is the one who came out and made up the design, and he was excellent. He listened to everything I needed to change about the deck and how I needed to keep it within a certain cost range, and he came up with a design that was the most functional.

Exterior Design replaced some boards on a deck, and they stained it. They did a fine job.