Building A Natural Wood Deck in Basking Ridge, NJ

Building a Natural Wood Deck

Service: New Deck Build
Location: Basking Ridge, New Jersey
Materials Used: Western Red Cedar, Deck Under Carriage – Pressure Treated Lumber


Real estate is all about location, location, location. These homeowners listened to the experts; they live on a lovely lot which backs up to The Great Swamp. Although the name may sound otherwise, locals know that it’s a lovely, peaceful nature reserve in the heart of New Jersey’s commuter suburbs.

The Fowlie family had Monk’s painters at their home performing an exterior painting project. While we were there, they asked us about repairing their deck.  After we inspected the deck, we found considerable structural damage. Due to this, we concluded that repairs would not be a safe or wise investment for the customer. Instead, we recommended a new deck. The homeowners chose to match their natural surroundings and have us build a natural wood deck.

Building a Natural Wood Deck

After evaluating the homeowner’s needs and use for the space, project manager Angelo Santoro drew up designs for the new deck suggesting a single staircase leading to a pretty stamped concrete patio.

“It was a very interesting project because the homeowner chose to build a wood deck to blend more naturally with the 7,000 acre natural wildlife refuge, The Great Swamp. This new and improved deck goes the extra mile with nice detailing,” Santoro noted.

We found a good source of Western Red Cedar without knots or defects. We installed turned balusters and lattice to add lovely detailing. One main staircase made better use of space and saved on both material and labor costs.

Natural Wood Deck, Monk's Home Improvments



Monk’s Home Improvements handled everything including plans, permits, material and install. We also met the project budget and timeline. The deck was built in time for summer entertaining! The homeowners love their new wooden deck that blends beautifully with the nearby scenic wildlife refuge.

Visit the Building a Natural Wood Deck project page for all the before and after photos. Call 973-635-7900 to discuss your deck project. We can build a new deck from wood or composite material. We can also reface, refinish and stain decks.

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