Designing Decks for 23 Years

Anyone considering a deck should give Rick Vaughan, owner of Sawdust Ltd., a call.

By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Home Improvement | Issue: October 2010

Rick Vaughan, owner of Sawdust Ltd., takes special care with each and every deck or pergola project he designs and installs.

Rick Vaughan, owner of Sawdust Ltd., takes special care with each and every deck or pergola project he designs and installs.

A deck can increase property value when it provides a transitional living area to tie the indoors and outdoors together. But, if not constructed properly, it can be a costly and useless reminder of what should have been done in the first place.

That’s why anyone considering a deck should give Rick Vaughan, owner of Sawdust Ltd., a call. Rick has been building decks professionally for 23 years. During this time he has designed and constructed open-air projects ranging from a couple hundred square feet to a thousand or more, with all kinds of railings, stairs, benches, lights, planters and other accessories.

“Design is one of the most important elements to consider,” says Rick. “The design determines how efficient the deck will be, and can actually extend its life.” The careful thought that he puts into it during the planning stage helps avoid mistakes that can come back to tap an owner’s wallet when the deck begins to age.

Whether working with a homeowner’s ideas or an open slate, Rick can come up with a creative design that’s just right and then build it safely and according to code. His attention to detail is unsurpassed. Every contract is handled as if he were building the project in his own back yard.

Materials make a big difference, too. The composite decks from Sawdust Ltd. are made of EverGrain decking products by Tamko and assembled with GRK fasteners. Both of these materials are recognized in the building industry for their quality and for providing the longest trouble-free enjoyment.

EverGrain decking has been featured on HGTV. These composite decks have the look and feel of real wood, but they don’t act like it. Homeowners never have to deal with staining, painting, splintering, splitting or insect damage. There is very little maintenance. EverGrain decking also withstands exposure to sunlight, snow, ice, sleet and rain. It absorbs little moisture and provides slip resistance.  

Nine color choices include classic, natural wood colors or deeper wood tones with highlights and color variations. EverGrain decking comes with a 25-year limited warranty against rotting, splintering, splitting and termite damage.

Another Sawdust Ltd. specialty is pergolas. These popular shade arbors can be part of a deck design or stand alone next to a pool or over an outdoor kitchen or fireplace. The pergolas that Sawdust Ltd. builds are made from the highest quality Western red cedar timbers. Some customers choose to allow the material to age naturally, while others enhance the color with a transparent penetrating oil finish.

Most local companies use 4x4 posts, 2x8 beams and 2x6 joists. Sawdust Ltd. uses 6x6 posts, 6x8 beams, 4x6 joists and 4x4 shade bars. This results in a more impressive and longer lasting pergola.

Kits that include pre-cut timbers and all the required hardware and instructions are available for contractors, landscapers or home owners to purchase through Sawdust Ltd. Rick's partner company Deckit, Inc. sells cedar timbers, decking materials and accessories at the best possible prices. Deckit also carries Wood Defender, a popular wood-staining product made by Standard Paints Inc. for fences and decks.

A photo gallery of finished projects at provides creative ideas for all kinds of decks, pergolas, custom structures and outdoor living spaces. Sawdust Ltd. serves Tulsa, Wagoner, Rogers, Creek, Okmulgee and Washington counties. Call (918) 660-0890 with any questions or to schedule an appointment. If email is more convenient, send to eat1@eau1eav1eaw1.

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Sawdust Ltd.

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About Author Deanna Rebro

Deanna Rebro has worked in the publishing industry 30+ years, including eight years writing for Value News. She has also worked in real estate for the past six years. Deanna graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio with a B.A. in Journalism. Outside of work, she serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for Pet Adoption League. “Every story I write is a learning experience,” she said.

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