Decks and Patios

The biggest reason design-build might be the best choice for you is it allows us to get to know your needs as a customer and then design a project that meets those needs within your budget.

Building Decks

Custom Design: Create custom deck designs tailored to the client’s preferences, considering factors like size, shape, elevation changes, and desired features such as built-in seating or planters.
Premium Materials: Utilize high-quality materials such as hardwoods (e.g., ipe, cedar), composite decking, or sustainable alternatives for both aesthetics and longevity.

Structural Integrity

Ensure proper support structures, framing, and anchoring to guarantee safety and stability, especially for elevated or multi-level decks.

Finishing Touches: Apply finishes like stains, sealants, or protective coatings to enhance durability and weather resistance. Incorporate features like railings, pergolas, or built-in lighting for added functionality and style.
Accessibility and Code Compliance: Design decks with accessibility in mind and ensure compliance with building codes, including requirements for railing height, spacing, and load capacities.

Constructing Upscale Patios

Material Selection: Offer a range of upscale materials such as natural stone (e.g., travertine, bluestone), pavers, or stamped concrete for the patio surface, considering factors like durability, aesthetics, and maintenance.
Site Preparation: Prepare the site by grading, leveling, and addressing drainage considerations to prevent water accumulation and ensure proper runoff.

Creative Layout and Design

Design a layout that maximizes usable space while integrating features like seating areas, fire pits, or outdoor kitchens. Consider elements like shape, pattern, and borders for visual interest.

Attention to Detail

Pay attention to craftsmanship and precision during installation, ensuring smooth transitions, tight joints, and even surfaces.

Finishing Touches:

Apply sealants or coatings to protect the surface and enhance color retention. Consider adding landscaping elements like planters, gardens, or greenery to complement the patio design.

Integration with Surroundings

Seamlessly integrate the patio into the overall landscape design, considering factors like flow, views, privacy, and connection to other outdoor spaces.

Each of these projects requires meticulous planning, skilled craftsmanship, attention to detail, and adherence to local regulations to deliver upscale outdoor spaces that meet the client’s expectations for both functionality and aesthetics. Let me know if you need further details on any specific aspect!

Not sure where to start? Contact us to set up an appointment or to discuss your project, we love to speak with our neighbors about our lifework.

A Few Examples of Design and Build Projects


“The experience of the remodel was a gratifying and growth-promoting one for me, and now we have this beautiful house to live in.” Jeanette S. (Ann Arbor)

Jeanette S.

“The kitchen is great. The additional window makes an amazing difference and we are pleased with how everything else came together.”Catherine S.

Catherine S.

“We appreciate your work on our house, and we felt your guys were awesome on the job site. I appreciate their pride in the work” Kevin F. (Ann Arbor)

Kevin F.

“The work is excellent, and we are very happy with it. MBK took care of every detail along the way, and accommodated our needs in scheduling work to be done.” Barbara L. (Ann Arbor)

Barbara L.

“Happy New Year Mike! Sally and I are very impressed with our new garage/workshop, and we know that we will be enjoying the new space  for many years to come.” Helmut B. (Chelsea)

Helmut B.



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