Project of the Month: Composite & Cable Rail Combo in Harwood Maryland

There are many ways to make your outdoor space unique – from the decking color, to the railing choices and deck layout to additional features and upgrades such as lighting packages. For homeowners, in Harwood, Maryland, they decided to take all of the above into consideration when redesigning their upper level deck and walkout. Andrew Vidulich worked with our clients to design a beautiful, spacious composite deck that requires less maintenance, provides an unrestricted view, and offers plenty of room for relaxing and entertaining.


Andrew met with our Anne Arundel County 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.


Once the design plans were approved, our crews were able to work their magic! We first removed and hauled away the existing structure and decking. We then installed new framing and 696 sq. ft. of TimberTech Dark Roast composite decking with a matching feature board, seam board, and fascia wrap Found in the TimberTech Pro Reserve collection, Dark Roast is a beautiful brown shade inspired by reclaimed wood, featuring a heavy wire-brushed, low-gloss finish and a 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.

Black Alta style Ultralox aluminum railing posts with horizontal cable rail safely encloses the new decking space. The Ultralox cable railing system is strong enough for commercial applications with elegance for any residential application. To illuminate the deck at night, low profile Ultralox lights were installed on the railing post caps. Similar to other types of aluminum railing products, cable railings are highly durable and can easily withstand exposure to all kinds of harsh weather patterns. All cable hardware used in cable railings is made from marine grade stainless steel, which is highly resistant to corrosion and requires minimal maintenance. Additionally, cable railings can easily blend in with any design or style of home, from contemporary homes to traditional homes, thanks to their clean lines — though it does offer a more modern look to the home’s exterior.

Also included in the client’s lighting package are black Pyxis riser lights placed on every other step of their new staircase, separated by a lower and upper landing. At the top of the steps is an Ultralox gate that matches the rest of the deck’s perimeter. Together, this entire light package provides a beautiful after-dark ambiance!