Project of the Month: Antique Leather Deck in Elkridge, Maryland

Many homeowners underestimate the maintenance a wooden deck needs, and never consider replacing a wood deck with something like composite, which requires far less maintenance. When an older deck becomes unsafe or unsightly, composite decking becomes the easy choice for a deck that is barefoot-friendly, attractive, and durable for the long haul. 

David King one of Fence & Deck Connection’s extremely knowledgeable Sales Consultants, worked with homeowners in Eldridge, Maryland to transform an old, rotting wooden deck into a stunning new outdoor space that will last for decades. Below, you’ll see the original Howard County deck before the renovation.


David met with our clients to determine their vision for their deck, color and design options, and provide an overview of the decking materials and build process. Prior to our work, we helped to obtain a permit for the new deck. Generally, upon building a new deck for your home, you will be required to have a county permit. To obtain the permit, you need a copy of your property plat shows the property lines, and an indication of where the new deck will be constructed. You will also need a drawing of the deck to scale that clearly shows the dimensions of the deck, footer size and depth, beam size, joist size and spacing, decking material to be used, railing system and staircase location, if any.

CAD Drawing:

Once the design plans were approved, our crews then removed and hauled away the existing deck and stairs before replacing it with a 16′ x 20′ deck using TimberTech Reserve Antique Leather decking using hidden fasteners. An Antique Leather feature board was used on the outer perimeter of the deck, and directly in front of the existing sun room. Black aluminum Ultralox railing with tempered glass pickets offers a sophisticated accent and an unrestricted view of the yard below. An Antique Leather matching rail cap continues along the length of the railing, lending a nice place to rest your hands (and your drink) as you stand outside to enjoy the summer breeze.

A new set of 14 steps in Antique Leather with tan vinyl risers lead down to the backyard. The tan color, also used along the deck’s base, beautifully complements the warmth of the golden oak and natural cedar aesthetic that TimberTech Antique Leather offers. Last but not least, 10 black Pyxis riser lights illuminate the steps in the nighttime for a lovely after-dark ambiance.