Jc Sunderland 2018
This company is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! It took me approximately 1 year of inquiries and interviews/sales pitches from 11 companies (local & external So. Maryland), to discuss "3" Phases of work I wanted to be accomplished (26x26 Open Carport, 14 x 53 Roof Extension, 14x22 Large Deck--all considered to be large jobs by others with overly-inflated ridiculously pricing); FineDEcks listened to my wants & immediately built, via a 3D Artists conception model, what it would resemble! WOW! They hit the mark on the 1st try and attached an itemized invoicing of the costs associated! In addition, the crew were sensational to getting the job done! These guys, day-in and day-out, regardless of the weather, worked in a timely fashion, NEVER lolly-gagging (smoke breaks, sitting around, bullshitting) like I previously encountered with other companies. They are meticulous workers ensuring everything is & looks right & are more than willing to discuss/impart their knowledge of work to be performed. Work was completed on-time, on schedule! FineDecks , as long as they continue to be in business, has my loyalty for years to come. Honesty & Integrity, coupled w/salesmanship/pricing should be high on everyone's list. FineDecks should be on everyone's list to call....FindeDecks is on call for continued work for a Pool Pavilion and a Large Basketball Court I have planned...Love these Guys and what they actually represent to the public!
Retired Air Force 2018
Very satisfied with design, quality, and look of deck with porch. Installation crew didn't rush or take any short cuts and did precision work. Deck flooring is Trex Select. Mr. Clemens and crew were courteous throughout entire project. Highly recommend Fine Decks.
Rhenebery Owings 2018
After receiving several quotes and looking at finished products from other contractors to build a 16’x16’ screened in porch with a small 7’x8’ adjoining deck, we were unimpressed with the quality of their builds considering their high cost estimates. The other contractors also had their preferred products for railings and composite deck boards and were quoting us absurd upcharges to use the materials we wanted to make this project exactly what we wanted (i.e. a reinforced railing system, Screeneze screen system, and Trex Transcend decking). Similarly, if we wanted to upgrade the ceiling of the porch from traditional soffit material to a wood tongue and groove ceiling there was also an unreasonable upcharge in an attempt by the contractor to price us out of the extra work required to install. Frustrated with how this process was going we turned to the internet to hopefully find another contractor in our area. During our search, we were fortunate to stumble across Fine Decks, Inc. and Clemens, and were immediately impressed with the designs he showcased on his website (finedecks.com) and the comments/reviews left by his customers. We called Clemens and thankfully he was available to come and give us an estimate to build our porch. After dealing with the other contractors we knew what we wanted, but more importantly what we did not want, and as soon as we met Clemens, we knew Fine Decks, Inc was the contractor we were going to use.
While sharing his vision for the project, it was refreshing to hear Clemens honestly speak about the materials he uses and why he uses them, and it was evident he does not sacrifice quality for additional profit like the previous contractors we had talked to. There was no haggling with him to install a reinforced railing system, Screeneze screen system, Trex Transcend decking, or a wood ceiling, because he already goes the extra step to make sure quality matched our investment. After our initial meeting, Clemens created a 3D rendition of the project to give us a helpful visual of what would be built and provided a detailed cost estimate that was extremely fair and competitive. All previous quotes we received were a lump sum bottom-line value, but Clemens again went the extra step as a matter of habit to provide individual line item costs to maintain transparency with us as the customer. It can not be overstated that Clemens’ honesty, customer service, and attention to detail was the reason we signed the contract with Fine Decks, Inc.
Once the build started, he sent a crew of personable and professional craftsmen, and made daily stops at the work site to monitor progress. If we had any last-minute changes or ideas, he and his crew immediately incorporated them into the build without hassle. We have high standards as customers and if there was anything that did not meet our standard, Clemens always took it in stride and fixed any issues with the same care as if our porch and deck were his own.
While the process was long, it was 100% worth all the effort. The porch and deck are beautiful, and we look forward to the years spent enjoying it. We continuously receive compliments from family, friends, and neighbors and have already recommended Clemens and Fine Decks, Inc. This is the contractor that you want to choose. You will not be disappointed.
Bauer Huntingtown 2017
My husband and I hired Clemens of Fine Decks to build a 14'x29' covered deck with motorized screens. We hired Clemens based on several designs for covered decks he has online (he is also a photographer who teaches deck photography around the country) as well as the high recommendations he received from other clients. He did not disappoint us! He has an eye for details and creativity that go far above what the average deck builder can provide. His pricing is honest, fair and competitive. He was on site often and in touch with the builders daily. Even when we made last minute changes, he was not flustered nor stressed. In fact, I would say after 2 other projects we did on our home, this was by far the least stressful because of the professionalism and quality of the work. We have received multiple compliments on our deck already from neighbors, friends and family and look forward to many, many days to come on our deck. We cannot recommend Clemens and his team highly enough. Truly an outstanding company to work with.
Kapur Potomac 2017
I interviewed about eight different deck builders before deciding on Fine Decks for our project. Fine Decks is not the cheapest but by no means are they the most expensive. They are reasonable in terms of cost given the high quality craftsmanship and high end materials they use.
Simply put, Fine Decks builds AMAZING decks! The owner, Clemens came over, worked with us to design a solution which he presented to us with multiple drawings using deck building software at no charge. Once we fine tuned the solution, his deck building crew got the required permits and started building the deck. Building does take some time depending on the size and features. Our deck took about 3 months weather permitting. But at the same time, our neighbor, who had a simpler design also built by Clemens, took about 10 days. Our deck is rather complex, and we ran into bad weather in March. Our deck has two levels, stairs between levels and stairs to grade, a large 16' x 22' screened in pavilion with hip roof and electric retractable screen, sunk in hot tub, masonry fireplace with chimney, outdoor “L” shaped kitchen, built in planters, and is built using AZEK composite decking with Wolf railing.
The entire build process went smoothly. Whenever there was an issue, and there always are a few when building large projects, Clemens and his crew immediately worked to come up with a solution that satisfied our needs. The craftsmanship is amazing and it looks like this deck will last for several decades!
We highly recommend Fine Decks for your outdoor deck project! Best of luck.
Tomassoni Port Republic 2017
We highly recommend Fine Decks, Inc. They listened to us and made our vision a beautiful reality. Prior to building, Clemens used a super helpful software program that illustrates exactly what your deck will look like. They are highly professional and knowledgeable and were able to find beautiful solutions to many of our complicated areas of our house that needed special drainage areas and retaining walls and they even built the shed of all sheds underneath our deck. They came and worked every day, all day, until the job was done, on time, and on budget. They really wanted us to be happy with the final product and listened to us all the way through so that we really have the deck that we wanted and we enjoy it every day!
Fine Deck, Inc. built a screen porch and deck for us. The project turned out beautiful. What attracted us to the company were the great reviews on Houzz but after meeting the owner, Clemens, in person we knew this was our contractor. Clemens was very professional and had a good artistic eye. His team was very professional and meticulous headed by the foreman, Ivan. The project took approximately 3 months to complete. Upon completion they cleaned up everything. We get so many compliments on our new addition
Clemens with Fine Decks is one of the top deck builders in the world. His designs of decks are amazing! I use his designs to teach other deck builder how to design decks, He is the Guru! Weather you need custom deck, screened porch, patio cover, one-of-a-kind pergola or other unique project Fine Decks experienced artisans will build it Right! Even though his work is shown in every deck magazine he treats each customer with respect, courtesy, and honesty, and gives true value one client at a time. I highly recommend Fine Decks for all your outdoor living needs. Kim Katwijk, Olympia, WA, Contributing Editor to Professional Deck Builder Magazine, Instructor at Deck-Expo, JLC-Live and the Remodeling show
Several years ago, we had a pressure treated lumber deck replaced with composite decking by Fine Decks and the job was outstanding. Clemens is the best. He is professional, friendly, accommodating and has great ideas. His attention to detail and doing quality work is apparent. We sold that house last year and have moved in to a new house. We have contracted with Clemens to the deck on this house this Spring. We would not even consider using another company.
Fine Decks recently replaced our 22 year old deck with a new composite deck. From start to finish it was a great experience. Clemens is an expert in his field and offered several designs and suggestions for the job. The quality of materials and workmanship of the deck is excellent. His crew was professional, courteous, and are diligent workers. They kept the job site clean and organized, and knew what they were doing each day. The final result turned out exactly as the plans represented. I highly recommend Fine Decks and would use them again in the future.
If you need a deck, the best company for the job is Fine Decks. They are amazing. From the owner to the worker bees, all are professional, helpful and really make you feel good throughout the process and there are no hidden costs. I highly recommend them!
It is my pleasure to write a recommendation for Clemmens, Ivan, Jose, Phil, and the rest of the crew who worked on my project with Finedecks. Results speak for themselves, and all I can say is Wow! I really appreciate that Clemmens was able to provide a computer illustration of the project in advance. This gave me a very good idea of what to expect, and in the end there were no surprises. There is no substitute for experience, and I am very happy that I hired Finedecks for my project. Everything during design, permitting, and construction went smoothly. I never felt the need to micromanage anything. I have a beautiful deck and patio that I will enjoy for many years. Thank you Finedecks!
They built a back yard deck. Fine Decks provided a free estimate and design. They responded to all calls. Changed design after consulting with us. Worked promptly. Arranged for inspections. Cleaned up after themselves. They provided value at a reasonable price. Courteous and pleasant to work with.
Clements installed an iPea deck 6 years ago. Through the years, one of the railings had began to list a bit. Called Clements, he responded by e-mail with in a day and visited the deck the next day. He said his crew would be at my house between 7 and 9 the next day, and they were, exactly at 7:15AM. They were courteous, knowledgeable, extremely professional, and finished the work within several hours. They even took time to tighten all the biscuit screws in the deck, no small task. When finished, they cleaned the entire area.
I cannot recommend Fine Decks highly enough. Clements is truly a master deck builder, and his staff is well accomplished. The Dutchman did a great job! Thanks.
It's called "Fine Decks" for a reason. Five stars really isn't enough. We had high expectations going into this based on our initial meetings and Fine Decks' excellent web site. Clemens Jellema and his Fine Decks crew met and exceeded all of them. They built our Ipe deck like it was a piece of furniture. Ipe is an amazingly dense wood and difficult to work with. Fine Decks has a great deal of experience with Ipe. They demonstrated excellent craftmanship and a wonderful attention to detail in every phase. They built this deck the way I would have. I never thought I could find a contractor who could do this. I should also mention that I am very hard to please. What other contractors considered "extra", Fine Decks considered standard operating procedure (as it should be). For example, plugging every screw hole.
During the design phase, Clemens developed a 3-D rendering and then incorporated our changes and ideas into the design. He did all of this at no extra charge with very prompt and great communication. The crew worked hard throughout, keeping a neat and clean work site and starting and finishing on schedule. I should also mention that the price for this quality work was reasonable, competetive, and worth every penny.
The deck is rock solid and looks fantastic. It will still be standing when the house has crumbled. This is the best experience we have ever had with a contractor. Clemens Jellema is a consumate professional who has great talent and brings that talent to every phase of the job.
We feel completely confident in recommending Fine Decks for any deck project.
We hired Fine Decks Inc. after a considerable amount of research and viewing sample decks they built for Johnson Lumber Co. in Annapolis, MD. Clemens Jellema the owner/proprietor visited with us at home for over an hour, examined the condition of the deck that we wanted to refurbish and described the pros and cons of a variety of materials from Brazilian hardwoods and common pressure treated to the many brands of composite decking. He is extraordinarily knowledgeable and accommodated our request for several bids on different approaches. He was tolerant of our deliberate approach and the time we took making a decision. In particular, he answered all our questions about materials and installation during several weeks of communication by email. We finally decided on Fiberon Ipe decking and railing. He was precise about when the work could be done. Like the boss, the crew was extremely efficient and professional, working smoothly and finishing a day earlier than expected. They were careful to protect the turf grass around the deck as much as possible. The deck is BEAUTIFUL, everything we could have hoped for. This is an excellent company that we can recommend without reservation.
The gentlemen at fine decks were simple amazing. The deck and fencing, after 8 years still look fabulous. The work was as professional as one could ask for; the entire team were fast, complete and perfectionists.
We have recommended their services to many of our friends and will continue to do so. We couldn't be happier with our choice to work with Clemens and his team at Fine Decks.
Fine Decks built us a beautiful, well crafted deck that we love! The company is extremely professional and the work was done in a timely manner with no hidden surprises. The crew worked hard every day, was extremely pleasant and left our house clean at the end of the job. No hesitations recommending this stellar company.
Fine Decks designed and built our custom deck, which included a screened porch, a lower level storage room and patio. It was a pleasure working with Clemens and his crew from the initial computer-generated design to completion of the project. His team was very professional, timely and the project was completed on budget. We love our deck and would recommend Fine Decks to others.
The entire FineDecks team was highly professional. They installed two decks that are very attractively designed and well constructed with great attention to detail. They worked closely both with us as homeowners and with our hardscape contractor. Throughout the process they solicited our opinions and respected our requests for minor adjustments.
The results also were praised by the building inspector and by another construction professional.
I had a two story deck built on the back of my house. At first, I wasn't exactly sure what I wanted so I had to talk through some of my ideas. Within a few days, Clemens gave me a 3D slide show of a design. It was beautiful, impressive, and incorporated all of the ideas I had. They started the work the first week in January and completed the work by the end of the month. Clemens and his crew are outstanding and I would highly recommend them. They are patient, know what they are talking about, will provide accurate feedback, and are professional from start to finish.
From the initial assistance on design through the completion of the project, the professionalism, attention to detail, and overall quality of the work was outstanding. The deck project involved some unique aspects including a steep slope to contend with and reinforced support structure for a hot tub and pavilion structure. The help with the overall design was well thought out and constructed exactly as planned with no surprises along the way. The work crew was also very thorough in their clean up leaving no trace of any debris, etc. I would highly recommend Fine Decks to anyone wanting a quality product from a highly reliable company.
fine decks did a great job. the project was well planned and executed and completed on time with no surprises and no additional costs. the crew did excellent work and cleaned up every day. the crew jefe was a very experienced craftsman and paid close attention to detail. they built a beautiful deck and we are very pleased.
Fine Decks recently built a screened porch at our home. It is beautiful and seems very well constructed. The owner and crew were respectful and reliable. Even when his crew was doing other work for us, the owner came by to ensure the work was done to his high professional standards. We would highly recommend this company.
Fine Decks designed and built a beautiful Trex deck and a fiberglass pergola for us in 2009. It was painstakingly constructed exactly as planned. My wife and I consider it to be a wonderful place to relax in the evenings. I recommend this company very highly.
I had been living in my house for seven years and decided it was time to add a deck. I received several estimates from randomly selected companies from my Internet research. In the end, it came down to two contenders. I ultimately decided to work with Fine Decks primarily because I liked the overall deck design and I liked the passion and energy that Clemens (President) demonstrated when discussing the project. Given my relatively new knowledge of decking, Clemens ensured that I was familiar with available products as well as the process/timeline to construct the deck. Clemens ensures that his clients receive outstanding customer service and as a result, he does not have too many jobs going at once, which ensures personalized service. Once the job got underway, Clemens was seen at the site often, not just directing the crew but actually participating in the construction. I could go on and on about the professionalism and incredible customer service. In the end, I am more than pleased that I chose Fine Decks, happy with the process to build the deck and I absolutely love the end-product. I highly, highly recommend this company to anyone looking to build a deck.
We found Clemens in a book about decks, saw that he was local to us, and interviewed him. Out of the 3 builders we spoke with, he was the only one who 'got it'. We wanted a deck that was more creative than your standard decks, and the renditions he created blew us away.
On top of that, he and his crew were highly skilled in building our deck - an extremely high quality product that impresses all who see it. Without hesitation, we heartily recommend Clemens for your project.
We hired Fine Decks Inc to build a 34x12 deck. Mr. Jellema captured all the details that I wanted and provided a computerized image of the project which allowed me to have a good visual on how it would turn out including all materials involved. He was able to keep me within budget and achieve the outcome I wanted. The project was on time as promised, the job site was always kept clean and the employees were very professional and worked very well together. The final product has exceeded my expectations. I would definitely recommend and hire in the future.
I first met and subsequently hired Clemens Jellema, Fine Decks Inc. in 2001.
Clemens built a large two level Ipe wood deck and pool surround for our family. Over the next years he also built a screen porch and re-constructed our two level main entry stairs with a combination of Azek risers and Ipe treads. I recently hired Clemens to rebuild a ramp, stairs and deck for our neighborhood community club house.
Clemens designs and produces excellent detailed plans and then executes them in a highly professional manner at a fair price, particularly for the level of expertise and the quality of his finished product.
Additionally, I have found Clemens to be a person of real integrity and reliability. I recommend Clemens and Fine Decks Inc without reservation.
We probably have the most difficult back yard to work with (26 feet from the ground to the deck) and Fine Decks performed flawlessly. Of the three deck companies we interviewed, Fine Decks was the only one with the confidence and the plan to get the job done.
The crew were courteous and respectful and we were always made aware of what was occurring and what was coming up next. Fine decks handled all of the details and coordinated permits, engineering plans, cement pouring and even the crane that delivered the "super structure" our deck sits on.
Guests that spend time on our deck are thoroughly impressed with the fact that it doesn't "rock" and the attention to detail. I would highly recommend Fine Decks and wouldn't hesitate to call on them again.