5 Things to Consider Before Building a Deck

A deck adds a little something special to a home and increases its resale value should you choose to sell. Building a deck is an ideal opportunity to give your home a comfy, inviting spot surrounded by nature where you and your family can rest and relax after a long day, but before you have the deck built, there are a few things that you should consider that will help you build a beautiful outdoor area.


A well designed deck is an expression of your lifestyle and an extension of your home. Its decorative details, size and style should match your taste and fit the purpose of the deck. In addition to that, it should also complement the environment and connect to the natural elements of your home. The purpose of a deck dictates its features, shape as well as size.

A deck to hold family dinners:
The deck for this purpose should be built in such a way that the dinner table fits comfortably and leaves enough space for movement.

A deck to hold cocktail parties and barbecues:
Enough room should be left to act as the preparation station and servicing area. Built in perimeter seating should also be added

A deck to sit back and relax
Most decks are built for this purpose; to serve as a place where you can enjoy the outdoor air as you read a book or just relax. Such a deck should have a zone for low tables, lounge chairs and a sunny or shady spot. A fireplace could also be added to warm the chilly nights.


Before building the deck, you should consider the best materials to use. The aesthetic aspect of the materials is not all that matters; their maintenance, affordability and durability are important details to take into consideration. The three most common decking materials are:

Softwood Decking
Softwood decking is ideal for budget conscious homeowners. It includes fir, cedar, spruce and pine. It is renewable and requires little or no maintenance. Keep in mind, however, it is best to only use timber that is pressure treated.

Hardwood Decking
Hardwood decking such as balau, mahogany, ash and oak is harder to wear compared to softwood decking but is more expensive. It requires maintenance at least once in five years to protect from rot and prolong its life.

Composite Decking
This is a fairly new type of decking material. The boards are a blend of plastic resin with wood fibres and they have a raised grain pattern that looks like wood. They are durable and require low maintenance. A major drawback of composite decking is that they lack strength and they are more expensive.


The design and pattern of the deck is mainly determined by its location and budget. To avoid overspending when building a deck, you should have a set budget before you begin building.

How you intend to use the deck also determines its design as well as size. The number of people that will use the deck at any one time as well as the size of the hot tub, BBQ or patio furniture that it should accommodate will play a role in the design of the deck as well.

Finishing Touches

The right finishing details gives a deck its individuality. The furniture and the style of the home influences how the woodwork will be trimmed and which fixtures to use. Some of the finishing touches to consider are:

Riser Light
This makes the stairs to the deck safe to climb especially when it is dark.

Post Base Trim
This is a beautiful way to hide the imperfect cuts and give the deck a better finished look.

Post Cap
This feature keeps water from getting to the end grain.

Lattice Skirt
This keeps critters out and hides the structure but allows ventilation.

Rules and Regulations

The construction and other aspects of a deck including its size are covered by local building codes. There are also guidelines on the materials to use, the finishing, and the appearance of handrail that should be followed when constructing a deck. Decks are easily visible and violation of the rules and regulations can lead to disaster or even lead to the forced demolition of the structure.

Construction of a deck requires the use of special equipment and expertise that most homeowners may lack, hence the need to hire a construction company. Rogers Builders is the construction company that can fill any construction or renovation needs. Contact us today for all your deck construction needs.


5 Recession Resistant Renovations

During trying economic times, selling a house can be tough. With the right renovations done in just the right places, your house will still be a competitive seller. With these renovations you will be able to sell just about any house in any market. Using a trusted renovation and construction company like Rogers Builders, you can have these recession-resistant renovations done in no time.


Although bathrooms are among the smallest rooms in the house, they have a significant impact on the people living there. The number, size, and condition of the bathrooms in a home can also be a huge factor in how well the house sells. In fact, the state of your bathroom can make the difference between a property that is sold immediately and a property that takes years to sell. Making sure that your bathrooms are not only fully functional, but looks good is important to selling a house.


The siding of your home not only protects your structure but also serves a decorative function. With a better quality siding, you have improved aesthetic appearance that works for the longevity of the structure. You can upgrade the siding of your home without spending exorbitant amounts of money. You can use lightweight aluminum or choose vinyl to upgrade your siding.


Every house needs good flooring. It’s important because the floor is the most used aspect of every home. The floor is the one part of the house that everyone is in constant contact with just about every hour of the day. It is important to have flooring that is in good condition and up to date when you sell. With regular foot traffic, your carpet is expected to last for at least eight years. You have many flooring options including carpet, hardwood, tile and laminate just to name a few. Having good looking flooring can make your house easier to sell even in difficult markets.

Kitchen Remodels

Remodeling your kitchen is a brilliant way to add value to your property. The kitchen has small but essential elements that may become the focus of home buyers. Do not be caught up in upgrading every facet if you’re on a budget. Focus on big things like the counters and cabinets to make your kitchen stand out to potential purchasers.


Property inspection does not necessarily fall under renovation, but it is a good practice that you can carry out. Occasionally have your home inspected by professionals. The chimney, for instance, costs less to clean and clear the debris. However, if unattended, it can be a source of fire which can cause you unprecedented damage. Inspections also help detect small problems pertaining to foundation, roofing, and waterproofing so damage will be prevented. 

Making recession resistant renovations to your house can make it easier to sell during a tough market. Having renovations in key selling areas that last a long time can add a lot of value to your house and help you be sure that you’re making a good investment with those renovations. If you’re looking for a renovation or construction company to take care of these renovations for you, call Rogers Builders. We will work with you and provide you with excellent service at a reasonable price. 


10 Creative Ways to Make Your Yard More Private

Having neighbors is great, but sometimes they can get a little too friendly. You want your back yard to be a safe haven for you and your family, but sometimes it can be hard if there’s not a lot of cover between you and your neighbor’s yards. How can you fix this problem?

You could build walls that prevent anyone from peering into your backyard. Nevertheless, this is not cost effective, and it may make your house look like a fortress, not necessarily attractive. You can landscape to create a natural wall of foliage which is much more aesthetically appealing, and will serve the same function. Here are some other creative ways that you can make your backyard more private:

Tiered Hanging Pots and Vines

You can add privacy and shade to your yard by layering hanging pots. You can plant trailing and fast-growing vines in pots and use flowering vines such as morning glories which can reach 20 feet in a short period of time. Check with your local plant nursery and ask which are the best plants for this type of project. 

Bamboo Screening

Bamboo makes excellent tall, lush, and dense screens. It can grow in a planter or on the ground depending on your preference. Use it in an area of the yard that has high exposure to a busy road or a neighboring home. Bamboo also adds an exotic look and feel to your yard, as it is not often used.

Make a Garden Wall

You can get crafty and make your very own garden wall. It gives you room to grow a herb garden and also creates privacy. Garden walls will be more welcome by neighbors as well because it provides some natural scenery along with privacy.

Walls of Plants

A natural wall of plants is the most beautiful way of creating a quiet retreat in your backyard, though it will take some timefor them to grow large enough to provide proper coverage and privacy. Tall, bushy plants such as Skyrocket, Gold Cone, Emerald, and Italian Cypress are best for maximum privacy.

Tall Garden Pots

Garden pots are quite popular and add several feet of height to your plants, flowers, shrubs, and trees. Place them close together to create a charming wall wherever privacy is needed. The selection of designer pots these day is tremendous. You’re sure to find something that will fit perfectly with your back yard decor.

Hedge Walls

A wall of hedges creates more privacy compared to a fence, however, it takes time to grow. It is great for extending fence height by placing them along the inside border. Hedges will also need to be trimmed and maintained so they look neat and orderly rather than wild and unruly.

Sound Barrier

Your privacy extends beyond sight especially if you live in a close-knit community where you practically share the same yard with your neighbors. Consider adding a water feature as a sound barrier. It even becomes more efficient if you live along a busy road with lots of traffic noise.

Lattice Panels

Lattice is very easy to work with and can be cut to fit any space. It is ideal for growing trailing vines, therefore it is an easy way to grow a wall of greenery. Lattice is also an inexpensive option if you are trying to keep costs low.

Outdoor Privacy Curtains

Privacy curtains that are made out of outdoor fabric serve as an attractive way to create a private retreat. They create shade and privacy just when you need it. You can even change out the curtains to suit the changing seasons.

Outdoor Privacy Screens

A privacy screen is less permanent than a fence. It can be moved around the yard as you wish. It adds privacy to a small area without having to commit to fencing in the entire backyard. They are available in every material imaginable, and you can even make your own.

There are a number of ways to give yourself more privacy in your backyard, but if you need to build a wall or fence, consider Rogers Builders. Rogers Builders is experienced in any construction or renovation needs you may be considering. If you’re considering any sort of construction or renovation, contact us today.


Ideas for Small Bathrooms

If you live in the city, in a smaller house, or your house just happens to have a small bathroom, you may find it difficult to come up with ways to upgrade it and make it look nicer or more modern. It would be helpful to know how to make small bathrooms comfortable, beautiful, and useful despite the small size. Try these ideas from Rogers Builders to make your bathroom seem bigger and better. Saving space, using the right colors, and utilizing certain lighting with just a few clever designs ideas can help you achieve the look you’re going for.

Sometime in the morning, more than one person may be needing to use the sink to get ready for work or school. Most people opt to build two sinks to sort out this issue. Small bathrooms sometimes may not have the space to accommodate two sinks. The smart compromise is building one long sink with two faucets. This enable two people to use the one sink at the same time while utilizing less space than two sinks.

Towel racks are a big part of the bathroom and should be installed so that it is conveniently placed and saves on wall space. Towel bars can be installed on the washstand to prevent having the bars hung in inconvenient areas of the bathroom.

Furniture in the bathroom makes a tremendous difference in determining how your bathroom looks. Ensure that every piece of furniture in the bathroom has a function and does not take up unnecessary space. Big cabinets are not recommended as they would look too bulky in a smaller bathroom. Open shelving or floating shelves make storage fashionable, while wooden crates drilled into the wall, can be used instead of large furniture. Open shelves allow you to display the colorful towels and bathrobes making the bathroom feel more open.

Bright colors add warmth to anything. The play of colors and light in the bathroom can transform it from a sullen space, to a place that gets you amped and ready for the day. The colors should add depth to the bathroom and show creativity. Ensure that the flow of light is not interrupted by anything in the bathroom. The line of sight being clear makes the room appear larger while beautiful colors bring life into the bathroom. It is however important that you do not overwhelm the room, let everything; from the tiles to the walls, blend together.

The bathroom should be a place to prepare for a new day and unwind after a long busy day. You should make sure that it is a place you look forward to going by making it beautiful and full of warmth. If you have a small bathroom and you would like to try some of these ideas, contact Rogers Builders today to get the renovations done quickly and professionally.


Special Tax Week Post: Taking the Pain Out of Tax Season By Preparing Early

With this being tax week, we decided to feature a post that would be helpful for those of you who find tax season, well, taxing. Rogers Builders understands how overwhelming life can be sometimes, especially around April 15th, so we wanted to take this opportunity to showcase a few tax preparation tips that will get you off on the right foot for the 2017 tax season.


Taking the Pain Out of Tax Season By Preparing Early

Raise your hand if you put off doing your income taxes until the last minute every single year. Yeah, we thought so. If you are one of the millions of Americans who miss the tax deadline every year, then this post is for you. Tax season doesn’t have to be the hideous chore we all make it out to be. Put these simple suggestions into action and next year’s tax season will seem like a tea party.

Make Tax Time a Family Affair

Keeping track of all of the year’s expenditures, receipts, bills, payments and such can be an overwhelming job for just one person. This would be a great opportunity to teach teens how to budget and keep track of spending while they are secretly organizing your tax information all year long for you. Shhhh we won’t tell.

Double Check Everything

We realize tax preparation is one of those things that you just want to get done and over with so you can move on with life, however, one simple math error could end up costing you in the end. Take your time and get into the habit of double checking everything. You can add up receipts as the year goes by so when you reach tax time all you have to do is input your data.

Invest in a Tax Binder

We’ve all seen those scenes in movies where people are doing their taxes and they pull out 15 shoe boxes from the closet that are teeming with random papers and receipts. Trust us when we say, you don’t want to be that guy. Invest a little cash in a nice binder. That way you can keep everything in one place and even take it with you if need be as you collect documents throughout the year.

Start Using Bookkeeping Software for Your Small Business

Keeping track of expenses and spending throughout the year is a lot easier when you use bookkeeping software like Quickbooks. Dealing with your business transactions is more accurate when you do it little by little monthly rather than trying to do it all in a rush right before taxes are due. Investing in some type of bookkeeping software is one of the best moves you can make not only for your tax preparation but for your business as well.

There’s no reason that filing your taxes needs to be a huge ordeal. If you take a little bit of time every week throughout the year to take an accounting for your finances, organize receipts, and gather documents tax season should be easy like Sunday morning.

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3 Inexpensive Renovation Techniques

Oftentimes, a room may lose some of its glamour after a few years due to either outdated wall design or simply visual monotony. You may think that fixing this would be an expensive undertaking, however, a total room makeover does not have to be a capital intensive venture. Rather, by using some simple and cheap methods, transforming a room from dull to beautiful can only take a few bucks. Use these three inexpensive renovation techniques.

Faux Painting

Ranked among the most popular room makeover techniques, faux painting involves the use of special and decorative painting finishes and techniques that largely resemble wallpaper, to get a desired wall pattern or room decor. This involves either ragging, glazing, wood graining, sponging, or free hand design.

With faux painting, any number of finishes can be obtained on a flat surface. However, for a more textured feel and 3D design, layering of the finishes can achieve major transformations to a once dull room. By layering and 3D modelling with faux painting, desired effects such as crumbling masonry, a protruding stone from the wall or peeling paint can be achieved seamlessly. The finishes can also be designed to resemble popular patterns such as linen, denim, or grass cloth.

Drywall Textures

Drywall textures transform the outlook of a room by adding new design and architectural touches, or re-texturing the whole ceiling and wall. Via this approach, the whole outlook, of a room changes drastically, without doing major construction.

There are many ways of applying drywall textures during home renovation. Drywall texturing is a job that’s easy enough for you to do on your own, although you can find many guides and instructions to help you online. No matter what you want your drywall to look like you can find a way to make it work. Another common approach is when a new texture is pasted over old texture; such as adding a layer of hand-troweled joint compound to an old texture so as to resemble plaster. This approach gives a visually captivating outlook that majorly transforms how the room previously looked like.

Non-traditional Wall Coverings

Renovating a room does not necessarily mean that new plaster has to be raised up or new paint has to be splashed all over the walls. Rather, great wall coverings can be used instead to substitute the paint and plaster needed. This is a rather similar approach to buying and installing wallpapers, but wall coverings have much more promise and much more aesthetic value when used aptly.

Grasscloth, cork, and bright fabrics are some of the most popular wall coverings used during a room makeover.

Alternatively, some people prefer:

  • Foils– these are loved particularly for their silver reflective surfaces and the contemporary patterns you can get them etched with.
  • Paper-backed fabric– this particularly hides the defects on the wall and adds to the overall appearance of the room.
  • Cork– this is common in family rooms and offices due to the woodsy, cozy, and dark effect they offer.

Great room renovation at extremely low prices are possible. With a little know-how and some elbow grease, you can get your room looking great in no time! While great for small changes, if you need big renovations, contact a professional renovation or construction service, such as Rogers Builders. They will renovate your house the way you want, or even need help with smaller renovations. Contact Rogers Builders today to find out how they can help you with your needs.

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Shreveport Custom Built Homes: 8 Repairs To Prep Your House For Spring

Spring is a time to enjoy the beauty of nature after it’s been cold and before it gets too hot. Winter weather can have harmful effects on your house, and Spring provides a good time to do any work easily before it gets super hot. It’s like spring cleaning, but for house repairs!

Here are some tips from Rogers Builders, shreveport custom built homes construction company, to prep your house for spring.

Inspect and Repair the Roof

Check the roof carefully and patiently for missing, wrapped, or loose shingles. Make sure that these are replaced promptly. The chimney flashing and seals for the skylight should be intact. Call a professional to help fix these to prevent any leaks from the roof.

Repair gutters, making sure they are well secured on the house. If the gutters are intact, be sure to clear all debris from winter storms. Blocked and loose gutters will allow water to slip into unwanted places, even destroying the trim.

Waterproof your Basement

The roof is not the only place water can enter through. Shreveport custom built homes construction company, Rogers Builders, says that water entering through the basement can severely damage your home. If you have a basement you should make sure that your basement is kept dry by sealing any leakages with waterproofing masonry paint. Areas near the foundation should be filled and compacted with soil. Spring rains are known to cause flooding. This water can not only get into the house but also create a breeding ground for insects.

Check Your Drainage

Make sure that all drainage is working properly. Poor drainage can flood the basement. Make sure that all downspouts drain water away from the house. Clear the drainage of debris to allow water to flow freely. Check and make sure that the grading leads water away from the house.

Check Door and Window Seals

Use a screwdriver to probe the window and door exteriors for any loose caulking that may let in water. Ensure that everything is watertight and held into place.

Patch up

Cracks on the steps, driveway, or sidewalk may hold water and expand if left unpatched. Before the spring storms come, ensure that you get a professional to help you patch up and keep water out.

Cut Branches

Avoid danger and damage to your house by making sure all branches that hang near the house are cut. During a storm, branches may break and fall on the roof causing damage and injuries.

Check Leaking Pipes

Make sure that there are no leaking pipes. Winter may cause pipes to burst due to frozen water inside them. When used without being repaired, they will cause leakages that can damage your property. Check all plumbing and taps to ensure that water and waste is flowing as it should. Check the gas pipes to ensure that it is working well and without leaks. Although water freezing in pipes in Southern California is unlikely, it’s still good to routinely check them.

Air Conditioning

Roger Builders recommends that you get a technician to check and fix your air conditioning to make sure you are well ventilated when temperatures soar. It is also good to check and repair all other electrical appliances.

If you need professional help with some problems you encounter while doing your Spring prep, or if you are interested in renovating or doing construction on your house, contact Roger’s Builders today. If you are looking for the best in Shreveport custom built homes, Roger’s Builders has years of experience and wants to help you reach your goals for your house.