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Bookmark and Share Awarded Best in Class at the NJ State Competition
NADRA NJ Deck Competiton Winner, 12/15/2011 - a Sparta, NJ based Design and Build firm recently attended the NJ State Deck Competition in Woodbridge. This year’s competition was held in conjunction with, the annual North American Deck and Railing Association Holiday Dinner for the New Jersey Chapter. The Staff at gathered in support of their entries. For this year is the second consecutive winning year on the State as well as the National level. The projects from are, as always, the result of innovative designs and passionate execution. They convey the imaginative use of both materials and craftsmanship with a strong emphasis on detail. was awarded “2011 NJ Best Wood Deck under 500 square foot” The award was accepted by Sean McAleer the owner of The lead carpenter working on the winning project Frank Holmberg was also present to receive the award. Staff members contributing to the effort were all in attendance. The deck, constructed in cedar, is located in Tenafly NJ. It has three levels, a hot tub, 2 sets of cascading stairs and custom privacy walls. This deck was also selected as the National 2nd place winner, in October, at the NADRA National Competition held in Chicago.

The outdoor space, on this deck, is a stunning source for private relaxation and romance located only a few miles from NYC. The upper level offers a magnificent view as well as convenience to the kitchen while dining. Mid level provides for sunning and lounging offering a little more privacy while still maintaining the view. The lower hot tub level sits at 18 inches, or seat height above the adjacent level so access is ergonomic and as easy as sitting on a chair before sliding into the tub. This lowest level with its built in dressing screen was designed for maximum privacy from the neighbors while being oriented toward the setting sun and the night sky.

Sean McAleer owner of is an active member of N.A.D.R.A.. The North American Deck and Railing Association, is the voice of the deck & railing industry. They promote safety helping to guide code writing and regulations with ICC . They also provide a source of professional development so that members can exceed the expectations of their customers. The contest entries were judged on the use of space and functionality, evidence of craftsmanship and the degree of difficulty. The judges were also focused on creativity, innovation and overall project appeal. The entries were judged by Amy Weiss of House & Home Magazine, Nola Zusi from Builder Architect Magazine, Dominick Paragano, N.J.B.A. President, Alan Oakes, BPD Magazine and Shawn Miller NADRA President. There were awards given in eight categories this year.

Sean McAleer, the owner of has been designing and building decks exclusively since launching in 2004. His work was selected “Best Exotic Wood Construction 2010” at last year’s National level competition. is also the recipient of “2010 Best Natural Deck under 500 square feet in NJ” and the top NJ award on the State level, “Deck of the Year 2010.”

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