Q&A with Heartlands Owner, Larry Brost
In September, Qualified Remodeler Magazine reached out to us for their feature about under-deck systems. They only featured one other residential construction company in the article besides Heartlands. We appreciated the opportunity to contribute to this trusted resource for remodelers and home improvement professionals.
The associate editor of the magazine contacted our office and asked our owner, Larry, the following questions. Here is what Larry had to say about under-deck systems.
QR: Do they usually come knowing exactly what they want, or do you make recommendations upon seeing their home/outdoor space? Or is it a combination of things?
LB: It really depends on each customer whether they begin the process knowing what they want. Most of the time it is a combination, and we refine in various features and finishing touches as we plan and design. Of course, the budget comes into play as the design process develops as well.
QR: In what types of situations might you be creating a two-story deck with under-deck area?
LB: When finishing the under-deck, we try to blend interior spaces, such as a finished basement, and/or adjacent outdoor areas such as swimming pools, patios, firepit, etc. The customer might also desire to simply enjoy the landscape. Finishing the lower level without trying to complement it with other features of the customer’s home is very rare.
QR: Have you seen such spaces growing in popularity, decreasing, or no real change in demand?
LB: We have not noticed a change.
QR: What are the components needed for an under-deck system? Do those vary at all depending on the type of decking (composite, PVC, wood, etc.) used above?
LB: Depending on design and materials, the parts we use for an under-deck system vary.
QR: I see on your website that you list InsideOut and DuxxBak decking boards as a few under-deck systems you offer. How did you learn about those products, and what make them your preferred systems?
LB: The InsideOut system works well for our customers. The DuxxBak is a decking board with a built-in drain system, which works well and allows for varying lower level ceiling finish to no finish at all.
QR: Any recommendations or additional considerations due to the seasonality of the area you are located/working in?
Common elements to enjoy the space year-round include ceiling fans and heat sources. Other features like a TV, grilling area, refreshment area, etc. help the space become an area everyone can enjoy for years to come.