For the second consecutive year, Feeney, Inc. has been awarded first place in the Manufacturer Project category of the 2017 National Deck Competition. Feeney won for its deck railing on a Connecticut home designed to emulate the look of a boat. The awards, which are hosted each year by the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA), were presented last month at the 2017 Remodeling Show/Deck Expo held in Nashville. "NADRA is proud to have Feeney as part of its membership roster. The winning project sets the bar high in creativity through the unique and distinctive architectural design, which incorporates multi-level decks throughout the home," said Mike Beaudry, executive vice president of NADRA.
NADRA Loves the Boat House
The “Boat House”, which overlooks the Niantic River in Waterford, Connecticut, utilized Feeney’s DesignRail® aluminum railing with stainless steel CableRail infill for the deck railings, highlighted with Feeney LED Rail Lighting under the top rail. An ipe wood top rail was used to create a more authentic boat look while also matching the decking for a seamless appearance. Feeney worked very closely with the general contractor, Jonathan Laschever of Laschever Building Company LLC, and others to create a railing solution that accentuated the unconventional shape of the home, including the curved bow at the top – one of the standouts of the design.
“The Boat House project was truly a work of art created by the home’s owner and Jonathan Laschever, and Feeney was honored to be involved,” said Andrew Penny, Vice President of Marketing and Advertising at Feeney, Inc. “We regularly receive photos of decks featuring our DesignRail® and CableRail railing products, and it is exciting to see the beautiful and creative spaces in which the railings are used. We are proud to be recognized by NADRA with such an important award.”
Winning Decks with CableRail
Feeney CableRail was also an essential component in FIVE other winning entries from Decks by Kiefer. The cable railing front porch of a Martinsville, NJ ranch house won first place in both categories for Wood Deck $25k-$50k and Open Porch. The back deck of the same Martinsville house, with its CableRail railing, won second place in the Wood Deck over $50k category. A deck in Stowe, VT with a gorgeous view won first place in the Wood Deck over $50k category as well as second place in the Open Porch category.
Submissions for the National Deck Competition were judged on the following criteria:
- Use of Space / Functionality
- Creativity / Innovation
- Evidence of Craftsmanship / Degree of Difficulty
- Overall Visual Appeal
The panel of judges included: Katy Tomasula, “Content Builder”; Andrew Clements of BrightClaim WarrantyLink Solutions; Patrick Adams, publisher of Deck Specialist, Merchant, Building Products Digest and building-products.com; Andrew Wormer, editor of Professional Deck Builder; Victor G. Faggella of Centurion Home Inspections, Inc.; and Corban Quigg of NTA, Inc. All entries were judged anonymously, and no identifying information could be included in the project photos. The contest was open to current NADRA members, and submitted deck projects had to be completed during 2017. See all NADRA winners
A Boat on Land Wins at R|D|J
The Boat House, with Feeney CableRail, DesignRail® and Feeney LED Lighting Kits, also won at the R|D|J Awards this year! Winners at the Remodeling | Deck Expo | JLC Live show were determined by popular vote from trade show attendees; 720 votes were cast in total. Entrants were broken down into six (6) categories; entrants could submit up one project for up to two categories:
- Backyard Transformation: deck, patio, pergola, fence, outdoor kitchen, firepit, pool, spa, play area, etc.
- Before & After: any type of renovation/remodel that is a true ugly duckling to beautiful swan story; before and after photos are required for this category
- Interior Remodel: kitchen, bath, master suite, game room, etc.
- Exterior Remodel: porch additions/overhauls, recladding, elevation changes, etc.
- Addition: an addition or multiple additions to an existing structure (this can be either interior or exterior additions)
- Overcoming All Obstacles: This is a special category dedicated to showing off the beautiful completed projects that maybe took a little more sweat than the others—the ones that had problem after problem or were especially difficult but that in the end had amazing results