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Expert Tips on Patios, Decks and Gazebos: An Interview with Marty LaValle Jr. of LaValle and Sons Construction

By Marty LaValle Jr.

Please tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

LaValle and Sons Construction is a full-service general contracting company dealing in residential, commercial and tenant improvements. We are family owned and operated. Martin Sr. opened the company in 1989 and I started full time in 1997. We still do business on a very personal level, dealing with all customers personally and directly. We strive to make every construction experience a pleasurable and easy one. We do every aspect of the construction project from the ground up. No job is too big or too small. we do everything from changing a light switch to building your dream home.

Can you briefly explain some of the best options that homeowners have for patios, decks and gazebos?

There are many options out there these days. Anything from solid wood structures to aluminum and vinyl structures, as well as concrete, wood or composite decking. It really depends on the location, the overall look you are going for and the type of structure.

Is there anything homeowners should do before they meet with a contractor about building one of those?

The first thing I would recommend is to look online and get a few ideas of how they would like it to look, decide what the primary reason for building the structure is, and of course check the contractor's credentials before scheduling to meet with them. Then when the contractor comes out everyone can brainstorm together to come up with the best options for the homeowner.

What are some of the most popular features that Southern California homeowners are asking for in a new patio or deck?

With the beautiful weather we have in Southern California, especially at night, the most common request is lighting features. Second with a patio or deck really being a highly used extension of your home, people want it to feel like it's part of the original home, whether that means building it to look just like the home or pulling features the homeowner likes from their home and incorporating that into the structures. Third, with the abundance of tract homes and 2-story homes in Southern California, a lot more people are wanting walking decks off of the second story. You get all the wonderful features of a covered patio downstairs and the extra area upstairs as well to enjoy the views.

What are the main things that influence what can or can't be built?

The number one thing that influences what can and can't be built is the local city codes and the zone you live in. Most ideas a homeowner has can be achieved but they might have to be altered slightly to meet any necessary requirements their local building and safety department may have.

What advice would you give homeowners about maintenance to help avoid repairs and prolong the life of their new outdoor addition?

The best advice I could give is to know the materials of the structures. Maintenance can vary dramatically depending on the materials and the coatings used on the structure. Let your contractor know what you are looking for in terms of maintenance and ask lots of questions about the material being used, such as what type of roofing, what kind of paint or coatings, what type of structural materials? Also ask about warranties.

What's the best way for people to reach your company?

We can be reached at our office number (661) 272-8952
Our website
By email lavalleandsons@roadrunner.com
Martin Lavalle Sr. (661) 733-2963
Martin Lavalle Jr. (661) 456-6004

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