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Reply John
7:48 PM on November 7, 2015 

Dean built our deck back in 2001. 14 years later, we noticed on corner settleing noticably. Dean and hhis son stopped over within a couple of days of my call, and discovered that critters digging below had undermined that section of the deck. Within hours, the deck was jacked back up to level and reinforced. Great to have someone stand by his work after so many years. The cost of the repair was very reasonable, and the peace of mind in having this problem solved is priceless. Thanks Dean!
Reply Lindsay and Dan
9:53 AM on October 23, 2014 

We are just thrilled with our second story Trex deck and stairs. Dean was great to work with; he walked through our ideas, shared his insight on design and materials and delivered a stunning finished product that feels sturdy and safe, on time and on budget. He was very accommodating when we decided to add more lighting, and was always available to answer questions or talk through concerns. His crew was very respectful and always on time. Rod even called me out to see the first few boards going in to see my reaction. His workmanship and attention to detail really shines when all the pieces come together. The jobsite was tidy every evening and was completely clean upon completion. We have enjoyed our mornings and evenings out there any chance we can. Any time we have visitors, the first thing they say is how beautiful our deck is. We’re so glad that we found Decks & Effects and recommend them to everyone.
Reply Patricia Kral
12:47 PM on June 4, 2014 

I am so happy with my kitchen remodel. Not only is it gorgeous, but Dean and his crew were able to complete the job in half the time anticipated. The craftmanship is outstanding and the communication all throughout the project was terrific. Not many contractors stay in touch and let you know what is going on step by step. I would highly recommend Dean to anyone looking for a fantstic job!!

Reply Jim B
9:46 AM on May 22, 2014 

Nice site. Hope we can get you into a new Dingo.

Jim @ Mentor MFG
Reply Chris Zeitler
2:29 PM on April 16, 2014 

Enjoyed having Dean on our jobsite! The planning, workmanship, and dedication to perfection are certainly a breath of fresh air! Makes us want to do more projects and have Dean back in charge! Thank you!!!
Reply TR Hach
8:11 AM on May 20, 2013 

Awesome job - once again! On time, and on budget!
Reply Janet and Dave
1:44 PM on April 30, 2013 

After reading all the wonderful testimonials from everyone I can say I certainly agree with them all! Dean built us the most spectacular privacy fence from a picture I found on the internet. It actually came out better than the picture. His craftsmanship is just unmatched to anyone we have ever done business with. He is courteous, polite, honest and hardworking. It was truly a pleasure working with him! We will surely use him in the future and would not hesitate to recommend him to family and friends!!
Reply Liz Kral & Jonathan Jarrous
9:22 AM on September 18, 2012 

Dean & Rod-

Thank you so much for the BEAUTIFUL deck! It looks amazing! We can tell that you both really put your best foot forward in making our design a reality and it truly shows in the great craftsmanship. Nowadays it can be really hard to find a contractor that does honest and loyal work and these guys make it their priority! We have been recommending Decks and Effects to all our neighbors and friends and plan on using them again in the near future!

Thanks again for everything!!!

-Liz & Jonathan
Reply Suzy
4:10 PM on June 19, 2012 


You are the best! I came to you with some bad scketches, some cut out photos from magazines, and a vision. You climbed into my brain and created the most beautiful basement I have ever seen. Anyone can make a cookie cutter room with store bought cabinets, but to take the pieces that I gave you and turn it into my little piece of heaven is amazing. I wish people could see what I gave you and what you did with it. The end result is breath-taking, but how you did it with what I provided is nothing less than mind blowing.

Your work ethic is amazing. I have never come across anyone that takes such pride in his work. You eagerly welcomed all the challenges I threw at you. You worked my project into all the other projects you had going at that time. I bounced ideas off you and you helped pick out my countertop and so many other little details that added just the right touches. You can't get that from just anyone.

When anyone sees my new basement, the first question is "Who did this?" Everyone is amazed when I show them what you had to go on and it leaves them with their mouths hanging open. It is always hard to believe that the creativity is not lost.

Thank you so much for everything you have done. You are a true gem in your profession and anyone would be lucky to hire you for any project (large or small).

Suzy Sistek
Reply Ralph & Nancy Soeder
10:31 PM on December 8, 2011 


We want to thank you so much for
our “AWESOME” basement that you and Roddie did for us.

It is absolutely beautiful. You take such pride in the work that you
do. You have great ideas and we are so
pleased with the outcome. We looked
forward each day coming home to see what you did that day. It was amazing to see this transformation
from what our basement looked like when you started and what it looks like
now. We look forward to sharing photos
with your website so others can see the great work you do.

You and Roddie are a GREAT team
and the “neatest” workers. We never had
to clean up anything. You were
impeccable and made sure everything always cleaned up. The Allure flooring is so nice and glad you
told us about it. You gave us everything
we wanted – bar and game area, living area, bathroom and exercise room. It is such an inviting area and we have had so
many compliments on it.

We are so glad we met you 3 years
ago when we had our home built in Heisley Park and contracted you to design and
build our deck. You have visions and
think of things we never would have.
Love the lights you added to the stairs of the deck and mixture of
composite and aluminum ballisters.

Called you when we needed
something to hang a swing from in our backyard and you build us our “arbola” as
we call it – since it is like an arbor/pergola.
It really accents the backyard.

We showed you a stained glass
piece we had for our basement and you suggested a picture box which you
constructed for us and we have added led lights to. This shows so well in our basement.

During this time we have become
good friends with you and your family.
We refer you to others and they also have contracted you to do work and
they are very happy with your work.
You are always available for phone calls/questions when we call you.

We had some ideas but it was your
vision that made everything possible.
We trust your judgment and recommendations. You are a very honest person and put your customer’s
needs first.

Thank you again and such a
pleasure having such a reliable person doing work for us. We treasure our friendship.

Ralph & Nancy Soeder

Reply Joe Hart & Tina Hannan
8:59 PM on November 4, 2011 


Thank you for the beautiful job you did on our deck this fall. We ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!! The layout is exactly what we were looking for (even though we didn't know what that was when we started the process with you!) and the finishing touches that you added are fantastic. The job was done on time and on budget and the craftmenship and professionalism that you and Roddy displayed throughout the entire process was beyond our wildest imagination. We recommend you to everyone we know! The deck has already added value to our home and we love to show it off so feel free to send any propective clients over for a look!

Thanks again for everything!

Joe & Tina
10:18 PM on May 15, 2011 

For many years now, we have contracted "Dean" owner of Decks and Effects, for all our remodeling and building needs. Over ten years ago, Dean built a beautiful deck off of our living room. When we decided to add onto our house last summer, our wonderful deck had to be removed. Dean, you built that deck so well, that we were able to remove it in one piece, with our machinery and carry it to our neighbors backyard. They just love it. How many people could say they were able to carry a deck, as we did without it falling apart ?

Last year, you totally remodeled our kitchen, and gave us so many wonderful idea's that we would have never thought of. Each and every day now we enjoy our new kitchen. We have been asked so many times, who did such wonderful work. Of course, your name comes up often. YOU TRULY CREATE "PERFECTION" in all your work.

Just Friday, you completed our wonderful, "PERGOLA." I couldn't believe how fast the Pergola was finished. I believe it was two or three days, and with all the rain we've had, that was a miracle in itself. You and your partner " Roddie" make a wonderful team. ANOTHER JOB OF PERFECTION ! Another beautiful addition to our home, it's FANTASTC, we are looking forward to the rain stopping and the summer starting, to enjoy our Pergola.

Dean, your not only a great designer but your work is done FAST, AND YOU ALWAYS HAVE THE AREA COMPLETELY CLEAN WHEN YOU LEAVE. We highly recommend you, your work and DECKS AND EFFECTS. You are trustworthy and we left our home open to you without a worry. We look forward to future projects and dealing with you. WE LOVE YOU, AND THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF OF HEARTS !
Reply Janet
7:52 PM on May 2, 2011 

I couldn't be happier with my new flooring! Dean--your craftmanship is beyond words! A professionalist at his best and a very trustworthy individual! I look forward to many quality projects ahead. I highly recommend Dean for all your construction needs! He's the best, forget the rest!
Reply Christine and Stuart
2:52 PM on March 5, 2011 

Dean is and will continue to be doing a complete home renovation for us. Our lower level is almost complete. He remodeled a bathroom, a family room and soudproofed our music room which can also be used as a home theater. He built our outside deck. He moved door entries, built walls, did all woodworking, created a fabulous shower and his professional soundpoofing would amaze you. I look forward to moving upstairs and having him do our Kitchen, additional bathrooms, bedrooms and living room. He will also be remodeling our entry. Dean has become a friend just from transforming a house to a lovey and state of the art home. His honesty, professionalism, innovativeness, and tremendous skillset has endeared him to us. We now consider him a friend. Dean is the best. I really mean the best...
Reply Shannon and Kathy Taylor
11:01 AM on October 24, 2010 


Thank you so much for the renovation of our new office space. The work that you and Roddy did is just amazing, not that we expected anything less, since you have been doing superior work for us for the past six years. We sent before and after pics to your email, if you wish to use them.

Our deck is so relaxing and enjoyable, especially in the summertime. Our fence keeps Grady and Deuce in check. Our basement still looks better than it did before it flooded. You get our recommendation to everyone needing your craft. THANK YOU SO MUCH for all that you have done. We love you guys.

Reply Renee DeGennaro-Baur
9:13 PM on September 11, 2010 

It's hard to put into words the gratitude we have for the work Deck's and Effects did on our kitchen. Dean took our small galley kitchen from frightful to delightful. I know it sounds like a commercial, but it is absolutely true! We literally had two dinky counter tops that were about 18"x18", six cabinets (that's top and bottom), and a pantry that was basically unusable due to the lack of shelving and its awkward depth. Now, our kitchen has a wall to wall countertops on one side and counters on both sides of the stove. We have more cabinetry than I can count, with undermounted lighting too! I'm so excited that my Kitchen Aid mixer has a home, and so do all of the rest of our wedding gifts. And, with all the counter space, I get to use them regularly, not just pull them out of boxes for special occasions. He tripled the size of our kitchen without adding square footage. Now that's craftmanship! We love you Dean-o! P.S. When are you coming back to do the bathrooms?
Reply Marlene Sapp
8:56 AM on August 17, 2010 

I recently contacted Deck & Effects to remove and rebuild my deck. I have been enjoying sitting on my deck an showing it off to family members and friends. I really feel that I got a "qualiy" built deck. Rodney was the man from Decks and Effects who accualty removed the old deck. Replaced all rotten wood and damaged siding. He worked very hard and was very concentious about his workmanship. He worked continuously in the 88-90 degree weather we were having. I cannot express enough how happy and sastsfied I am. THANK YOUR SO VERY MUCH FOR GIVING ME A QUALITY BUILT DECK THAT I CAN ENJOY AND BE VERY PROUD OF.
Reply William & Carole Hawke
6:17 PM on June 22, 2010 

We are very pleased with the deck that was installed by Decks and Effects. The workmanship was excellent and the job was completed in a timely fashion. We have received nothing but complements from family and friends when they've seen our new deck. We couldn't be happier with the way the deck turned out. It's exactly what we had hoped for. Thank you to both Dean and Rod for a job well done.


William and Carole Hawke
Reply John Boehm
10:26 AM on May 20, 2010 

We recently had work done by Decks & Effects and are very pleased with the results. From the time the job started until it was finished Dean and his crew were there every day.

The quality of the work was excellent. They worked meticulously on making our old drab walls look new again. Fixed the drywall that had nail heads popping out, holes from old fixtures, and corners that were crumbling from being banged up through the years. With the new paint on the walls it looks like a new house.


Dean and Rod installed and painted new crown molding, base molding and window/door casings that look fabulous. Dean also build a new fireplace mantel that brings new life back to our fireplace. With the new stair hand rails I hope to eliminate the falls of past years on the stairs.

It was great working with Dean and Rod and the rest of the crew. Rod’s dry wit was much appreciated and provided great comic relief. I would highly recommend Decks & Effects.
Reply Dave & Mary Lou Higgins
11:04 AM on April 23, 2010 

We highly recommend him! The workmanship is outstanding, the job was completed quickly and thoroughly. The area was cleaned with no mess left behind. We cannot express how pleased we were with this job. THANK YOU AGAIN DEAN!
Reply Laura via letter
1:51 PM on April 19, 2010 


Thanks again for putting in my counter. EVERY day is beter because of it! You're awesome!
Reply Barb B. via letter
1:49 PM on April 19, 2010 

Thanks! Everything that you did looks great. You're the best - Barb
Reply Melissa and Steve via email
1:47 PM on April 19, 2010 


Thank you so much for the bottle of wine. It was a very kind gesture. Thank you also for a job well done. Because of you, we now have a kitchen of which we may be very proud! It was good doing business with you and if we have any additional home renovations, we will give you a call!
Reply Nina and Jim Mylott
9:40 AM on April 19, 2010 

To say that we recently "finished our basement" is an understatement. Thanks to Dean's incredible craftmanship and his ability to translate a very unique concept into reality, we have a work of art that we will enjoy for a lifetime. We wanted to feel as if we had stepped back in time when we entered the lower level of our home. Dean really listened to what we said, patiently looked at sketch after horrible sketch, and executed the design flawlessly. He managed to bring an abstract vision that existed only in our minds to life. It is not often that something, or someone for that matter, exceeds your expectations. This was one of those times. There is not one single thing we would change. You can see our beautiful Tuscan Bistro/Bar on this website under "basements".

Dean is a perfectionist, a true professional and a gentleman. Thank you Dean!
Reply Lynne via facebook
8:46 PM on April 18, 2010 

I love my fence!!! Thank you Dean!!!!!!!!