Exterior Design & Decks
7th year as a Best Pick
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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.
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.
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 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.”
“They were very quick to get out to us and the quality of work was very good. It was a company patio and some landscaping for some erosion control. I would give them an A rating. I've already recommended them.”
“They were very professional, did their job, worked as long as they needed to in the evening, and they did a great job. They built a screen porch. They deserve an A. We had one little problem, the way the gable is situated on my roof caused little leak. They were absolutely over every time it rained to see where it was when we had a problem finding the leak. They did a great job, they were very persistent, and now it's all solved.”
“I had nothing but total satisfaction. They built a 14 by 14 screened in porch. I'd give them an A.”
“They did a screened in porch for us. I liked the reasonableness. We did a lot of things over email, back and forth getting pricing with them, and design ideas. It seemed to work pretty well. I'd give them an A.”
“They built a screened in porch for me. They were done quickly and they were open to communication. I'd give them an A.”
“Exterior Design & Decks did good work. They did a brand-new screened porch. It took a while because of the inspection. They had to wait on this and that, so I guess it took a few months. I'd give them an excellent grade.”
“Exterior Design & Decks was the company I used. They did a really good job. They did exactly what I wanted them to do. They did a screened-in porch and a deck. I actually already recommended them to someone.”
“Exterior Design & Decks did a fantastic job on the construction of our sunroom. The quality of their work was excellent; the attention to detail was very, very good; and it was precisely what we wanted and more. We chose them because they were the most reputable. They were also very professional, and they offered a five-year warranty on their work. I'd give them an A.”
“I liked everything—from A to Z, the whole package was quality work. I had a deck extended, and they covered it and screened it in. They deserve an A for their excellent work.”
“I liked Exterior Design & Decks' quality and precision. They provide real craftsmanship, they're easy to deal with, and they're a very reliable company. They get an A.”
“I loved the design they came up with. They did a screened porch for us, and it was really well done. They earned an A grade.”
“They were all good experiences. They did quality work, they were here when they said they were going to be here, and they made sure nothing was damaged. I would give them an A grade.”
“They did what they said they were going to do on time and without any surprises. They were a recommendation. I would rate Exterior Design & Decks as an A+ company.”
“They enclosed a patio, and they installed screens with glass sliders and headers for the back porch and my sitting room. It was a big job. They were great. I'd recommend them to anybody. Actually, I recommended them to a neighbor of mine. I'd give them an A.”
“I liked their professionalism, how they handled the job, and the finished product. I had Exterior Design rebuild a sunroom with an all-glass exterior after a tree fell on it. Everything went smoothly. They get an A+.”
“Exterior Design & Decks built a screened porch for me, and they did an excellent job. They were on time and cleaned up after themselves. It was a phenomenal job. They're really A+ material.”
“Exterior Design & Decks was spectacular in every regard. We had a deck that we expanded to turn into a screened porch with an outdoor kitchen. The work was high quality, and they did it on time. Their customer service did everything right—A+.”
“Exterior Design & Decks built a new screened porch for me, and they also built a gabled roof over my existing front porch. It surpassed my expectations—I just can't believe how well it turned out. They get an A+.”
“They built a screened porch, and the work was excellent.”
“Everything has gone well. They pretty much kept me informed about everything that they were doing, and if there were any issues, they addressed those. They were very, very helpful. They built a screen porch. At no point in time have I had to call them back since the work was complete. I'd grade them an A+.”
“They were on time, and they were within budget. The crew was consistently there day after day—on time and focused on their job. They were very skilled at what they were doing. They just did some work on an existing, elevated deck; they built the screened-in porch and roof systems on top of that. I'd give them an A.”
“They built a screened-in porch. The work is beautiful, and the finished product is wonderful. What I didn't like about it was that it took them three to four times longer than they thought it would. It was supposed to be three weeks, and it was really more like two and a half months. There was a little rain, but there were times when nobody would be out here for like four or five days in a row. Then, we would get a person or two, and when I would call and ask, they might send out seven more people and get a bunch done in a day. I just think they were scattered too thin. I felt like I had to call Val, my project manager, a lot to see what was going on or move things along, but he was always responsive and returned my calls. There were a couple of little details that needed fixed at the end, and he was good about getting all that taken care of. I heard about them through the Best Pick Reports. It was a positive experience, overall—just slow. I'd give them an A-.”

Exterior Design did a fantastic job—wonderful. They were always on time. I just love what they did. They were fantastic. I would give them the highest grade—A+.

I had a very positive experience. Everything they told me they were going to do was done promptly and efficiently. They built a screened porch off the end of my home with the roof of it as a deck for the master bedroom. Exterior Design & Decks is an A+.

“The work was very well done. Out of all the contractors we've had, Exterior Design was the best.”
“I like their attention to detail, and mostly, the custom stuff was always right. It was a pretty elaborate project, actually. It was a deck that has a water pipe underneath, so basically, they built a room underneath—like a three- or four-season room with glass all the way around. The deck is actually two parts; one is an open deck, and the other one has a roof and is screened in. There was one minor issue; they were at the final stages, and I had to call them about a shift that caused the door to jam, but they came out and fixed it with no problem. Basically, there was a post that was sitting on a brick, and the brick cracked, and they took care of it. I'd give them an A.”
“I'd give them an A. They've done one job for me, and they worked out great.”
“They did outstanding—it was very well done. Their work from the first project is what made us come back to them the second time. Both were good projects all around. Everybody was very professional, and we had no problems. They came back on a couple things and made sure they were corrected. I couldn't say anything better about them than that they were just outstanding to work with. I'll be using them here again in the future.”

They worked out very well. They basically took out the old deck and put the screened porch in, rebuilt the deck, and extended it out to the end of the house. They did a great job on it—an excellent job. I couldn’t have asked for anything more. I was quite pleased with their work.

It went fabulous. I would say A+. I just can’t say enough about the quality. Very well built, nice design, great cleanup.

We’re happy with what they’ve done for us here. They built a screened-in porch. They were extremely nice people to work with. They went above and beyond. I would certainly refer them to my friends.

It’s great. Part of the deck was already there, and then we asked them to put in screen and tile and to expand it a little bit. I’m very happy with their service.

I thought they did a great job. I was really happy with the service and the quality of the work they did. They built a screened porch for me, and they extended my deck.

They did a fabulous job. They did good work. They cleaned up after themselves. I really couldn’t have asked for a better company. They were responsive. They really had great service. I was very happy with them, and I will call them back again.

They did an outstanding job from start to finish. The planning was great; they kept me in the loop on everything. And the materials and workmanship were just outstanding. I can’t find anything to complain about.

I think very highly of them. They were punctual, professional, and I couldn’t be happier.

We added on a screened-in porch at the back of our house, and they were able to basically build the porch to make it look like it was part of the original house. They did an amazing job with it. Honestly, you look out and you would never know that this was an addition to the house. They were able to just blend it all in together. The quality was great.

Exterior Design & Decks, I thought they did a great job. Their design, the quality of the workmanship, the attention to detail all stood out. They put on a screened-in porch. I would give them a thumbs-up.

They did a screened-in back porch for us. They were great to work with....The design came out exactly as I envisioned. Their crew is great....The guys were really polite. We were thrilled with the job from start to finish.

They did an excellent job. Everything was excellent about them—they showed up on time and did a good job.

I was very pleased with the vast majority of it. I like that they had employees, not subcontractors, do most of the work, and I like that their guy who did most of the construction was really, really good. Sometimes, they could have had better communication—like the project manager letting me know when he's coming and what he needs and stuff like that. I would give them an A.

We had Rich Thomas with Exterior Design & Decks do our screened-in porch. We loved it. Great. They guys who worked on it were very professional and very good. It's been a few years. On a scale of one to ten, they would be a ten.

They did a great job, and I would very much recommend them.

They were thorough, on time, and confident. They did a nice job with making sure everything was straight and true, and they used good construction techniques and placed flashing. They did a nice job.

They screened in our porch. It was good, and they did fine. We're happy with it.

They did the back screened-in porch. They were on budget. They did the entire design from start to finish and did an excellent and timely job. I think that says it all.

They did a very good job. They were professional and cleaned up after themselves. No complaints whatsoever. I think someone else in the neighborhood has used them and met with them and talked with them. I liked them, and that's about it.

We were very satisfied with them. They were very reputable and came back to fix anything we needed. They built us a whole screened-in-porch, and we were very satisfied.

They did a pretty good job. I'm happy with their workmanship. I liked that they were always here working, just that they were here working all the time.

They re-did my deck, and I love it. I'm happy to have their service. I don't remember who I worked with there exactly; it's been a couple of years. All the people I worked with there had some ideas for my needs, they were able to design around my wishes, and they did the job right.

I would give them the highest score—an A+. They were wonderful. They did what they said they were going to do—they were on time, they did not take breaks, they were working the whole time—and they did an amazing amount of work in not a lot of time, I thought. Excellent. I had no complaints, none at all about them.

They did the pergola. They were great. They were on time, and they did a great job. They also did some work downstairs. They put an under-deck in and a column. It's the system that takes the rain water away and keeps it dry. They're good, and I'd give them a ten out of ten.

They were great. I believe they came in under cost, or maybe it was like right at what they said they were. They were quick and professional and came back when we had a problem.

It was excellent. I mean they did a great job, nothing bad throughout the whole experience. Originally, the first guy that came out and talked to me about it really knew his stuff. He helped me design and walked me through the process, and he said he was going to bid on it. They did a great job from start to finish.

They did help us come up with a design and the dimensions were available. It was wood paneling on the walls and the ceiling, and they did a good job.

They did an awesome job. Every time I would ask for a change they said, 'Our goal is to make you happy,' and it was just delightful. They gave me options, didn't rush me, and were wonderful to work with. We're very—I hate to say quiet-spoken—but he wasn't pushy or anything. He just gave me a lot of ideas, and I thought they were awesome.

They did the work, and, if you want my opinion, the work was of the extreme high quality. They were on schedule, even before schedule. I would say as far as the carpentry went, the quality of the installation and the materials used exceeded what was represented in the contract.

They're the ones that did the front porch, and I would say it was good. Very professional, and they completed the project in a timely manner. I moved here, and I don't remember how I chose them.

I thought they were good. They built a pergola over our patio. It looks good, and they were quick. Our job was pretty basic, but we were very happy.

We are very happy with them.

Exterior Design & Decks—they redid our front porch out front, made it a little bit bigger, did the steps, and put a roof over it. I did like them. It was their idea to extend the roof, and it's a really small porch, so there wasn't much that could be done by it, but we really, really enjoyed it. And I wouldn't hesitate to refer them or use them again. Everything is still holding up well with no problems, even though it's been a couple of years.

Our screened-in porch was great. I liked what they did. It turned out just like I wanted it. I mean, my husband designed what he wanted, and they built it just like he designed it. I don't have any complaints.

I'm actually sitting on the porch right now, and it's perfect. We love the porch. It's been a great porch. I can't even remember how they ended up getting the job. Everything is perfect.