Recent Review: My wife and I have wanted a screened back porch for years and finally decided to make a move. I thought I would bid out the project and one of the companies I wanted to get a bid from was the Deck Specialist, Marlon Trippett, who had really good marks on Angie's List. Before I called him, I inadvertently ran into him at his display at a local home improvement floor show. My wife and I liked him immediately, both as a person and a seemingly knowledgeable building professional. He took our name and number as did about 4 or 5 other companies at the show. His company was one of two that actually called us back. We made an appointment for a home visit, and Marlon came to our house. He was personable, courteous, friendly, and was a good listener. He made recommendations, based on what we said we wanted and needed, that significantly improved on and surpassed the expectations we had developed in terms of the size and location of the porch. He took measurements, asked some more questions, offered some options, and then gave us an estimate on the spot. It was pretty much in line with our budget, but I didn't feel we should pull the trigger right away. He said he would send us a revised estimate via email with whatever discounts we might qualify for (including an Angie's List discount), and we could let him know our decision. No pressure, no hype, no big sales pitch... just a pro who apparently knew he was offering a really good product at a reasonable price. Once he left, we talked it over and decided that with his Angie's List creds and our quick assessment of him personally, we wanted him to build our porch. We never got another estimate. Marlon told us that payment would be made in thirds: one third at project beginning, one at the midpoint, and one when finished. We felt that this was a totally fair and equitable arrangement for a consumer and a committed builder; he can pay for the materials to start the job, and keep it going, and you know he doesn't get completely paid until the job is done. We were not on a really tight schedule, which was a good thing, because we experienced an unbelievably wet November and December here, and many days the conditions made it impossible to work. Nevertheless, on those days that allowed work to be done, the Deck Specialist crew was always prompt, friendly, courteous, considerate, tidy, and from what I know about building, meticulously professional. The two main guys, Wes and Jason, were great people to have working on your house. When the project seemed about to fall behind schedule, these guys, and some other folks from the Deck Specialist crew, worked on rainy days using tents and tarps. They also worked on some weekends when the weather forecast looked like it would be difficult to work early in the following week. Who does that? As the porch progressed, and we walked out onto it from our house each evening to "inspect" the work after they had gone, we got more and more excited, and more and more impressed by the quality of that work. Now that it's done, we could not be more pleased with the way the porch looks and feels and blends in with the rest of our home. It is everything we had originally imagined and more. We tell people that it seems this porch has been on the house as long as we've lived here (6 years) but we somehow just hadn't discovered it 'til now. Marlon came out to the house recently for the final payment and to see what we thought. He noticed some damage to the grass lawn next to the porch that had become muddy due to the incessant rainfall and its 'low' location, and the unavoidable need for worker traffic around the porch area. He offered to take care of it or give us a rebate so we could take care of it. We chose the latter. To the end he was attentive to our needs and insistent on being sure we were satisfied customers. This is the 7th or 8th time I have used Angie's List to find a professional service provider, but by far, the largest project in scope and cost. All of those experiences have been good, but none as gratifying as this one. We would recommend this company to anyone interested in great, conscientious, professional work at a reasonable price.