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Senior Living Terrace

Senior Living Terrace

Blue Dog Exteriors has refurbished and installed various commercial & retirement home community projects. This project was about 10 years old and made from wood and then painted. The customer had to paint the wood every 3-5 years and it was very expensive due to all the details in the design. If you have a clientele that expects the best you would be wise to keep everything looking great. The wood eventually started to rot in various areas and repainting was not an option. The customer wanted the same design but all the wood removed and replaced with low maintenance products that don’t need painting every 3-5 years.

Blue Dog Exteriors has experience matching wood designs whether in railings, porch posts, arbours and complex privacy/security screens. Customers can’t tell the difference once the project is all completed.

We removed the wood and salvaged as much structural components as was feasible. The privacy panels were made in our shop and delivered to site for installation. It is always beneficial to pre-make as much in our shop as possible to reduce the on site time. Sometimes we travel a lengthy distance because some of our designs and installations are specialized, therefore, if we can cut down on travel time it is a savings for the customer. Also, most customers want you in and out as fast as possible so we try to oblige.

The project was completed in less than a week due to pre-making the various assemblies in our shop. All of the people in the community were thrilled with their new lounging area. Seniors love to talk and drink their favourite beverage so a new living space enhances their happiness.

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Kitchener Deck Project

Kitchener Deck Project

We received a call from a Kitchener customer to tear out their old weather beaten deck and replace it with a new low maintenance deck. The current deck was in bad shape and not built on a solid structural base. The new deck was going to be larger and the customer wanted nothing to do with painting or staining a deck. The last coating of stain looked good for a year and it needed more work this year. Everyone is too busy to spend 20-40 hours refinishing their deck and railings.
After a home consultation with the customer we recommended Azek Brownstone deck material with low maintenance and a lifetime warranty against fading, discolouration or chalking. Azek has proven technology and has been in the cellular pvc/vinyl deck board business for a long time. Azek has many colour options and the Brownstone suited our customer’s house colour. We completed a design with our software.

Blue Dog Exteriors got the go ahead. Most of the time we are not the lowest price but our customers have confidence in us after they see how thorough and professional we are throughout the process. Many sales people do not know the technical details on the products and some sales people look out for their own interests. Going to a big box store and talking to someone that sells 10,000 different stock items isn’t generally a good idea if you want something custom built. Also, many contractors don’t have the proper experience, products, insurance or liability coverage. During these tough economic times everybody wants to save a buck but the risks are not worth it if you plan to have it for the long term. We [...]

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Cambridge Deck Project

Cambridge Deck Project

When we get a call at Blue Dog Exteriors for a new deck project we first want to set up a meeting with the customer to review their needs, design ideas and layout preferences. It is a free at your home consultation. The consultation usually takes about an hour, however can vary depending on the complexity of your project. The goal of this consultation is to determine size, layout, products to be used and any other details necessary to provide you with the best design possible. We bring pictures, brochures and samples of products so that you can get some idea of what materials are available and the approximate cost of each. If you are able to give us a rough budget at this time it can help us to design your project accordingly. Most people don’t want to give budget information because they don’t know or they don’t want to set the price too low or high.
Once we have the dimensions and the chosen layout we use our deck software to design a preliminary deck layout. This is an example of one recently done in Cambridge.

Now that we have a layout based on the customers input and final changes the cost of your project will be quoted to you accordingly. Some customers want the quote using different materials for the decking, railing, with or without lighting etc.

Once all design changes and materials chosen the pricing is finalized. Now that the final price has been agreed upon we will return to your house for the final proposal and contract signing. At this meeting we will go through what you can expect once we start construction, an estimated start date, [...]