Project of the Month: Dark Roast Deck in Annapolis, Maryland

If you’re looking to invest in an outdoor space, you may have weighed the pros and cons of a stone or paver patio vs. a wood or composite deck. While there are many factors to take into consideration, there are definitely some major pros about choosing to install a deck. Patios are generally less expensive than decks, but the ROI on a new deck addition runs much greater than one on a patio. Since a patio’s surface is exposed to harsh weather, it can be stained with mud, mildew and other natural stains such as leaves, unlike composite decking materials, like TimberTech!

Brian Hannon, one of Fence & Deck Connection’s extremely knowledgeable Sales Consultants, worked with homeowners in Annapolis, Maryland to reimagine their outdoor space. By expanding the deck footprint and eliminating the separate patio section, our customers are able to have a more cohesive relaxing, dining, and entertaining space!


Brian 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 Drawings

Once the design plans were approved, our crews were able to remove and haul away the existing deck and partial pavers and patio walling, before constructing a new deck frame, with one section of the deck raised higher than the other. The new larger deck supports 810 sq. ft. of TimberTech Reserve composite decking in the Dark Roast hue using hidden fasteners. Inspired by reclaimed wood, these boards feature a rough wire-brushed, low-gloss finish that highlights the classic cathedral wood grain pattern. In addition, they offer superior scratch resistance and feature Mold Guard™ Technology that protects the plank from the elements and everyday accidents endured by most decks. They have also been third party tested and proven to retain color and offer excellent fade resistance.

A seam board and feature board adds interest and offers an elevated look. Trex Transcends black composite railing with black round aluminum spindles encloses the two far sides of the deck, while leaving the remaining perimeter enclosed by three custom benches and a planter box matching the decking.

Two sets of steps were installed to provide access down to the backyard, and the inclusion of a TimberTech light package provides a beautiful after-dark ambiance. 11 bronze riser lights illuminate the main set of beautifully angled steps. Lastly, TimberTech Dark Roast fascia wraps the deck for a clean, finished look!