The photo on the left shows a post set in a bracket that has been mounted to the top of a footer. The photo on the right shows a post that has concrete poured around it, which can lead to a crack like you see here. When concrete is poured around a deck post in this way, the post will rot due to moisture buildup by the soil. Concrete tends to absorb moisture and wood expands when it gets wet, so these two factors combined will result in the wood breaking the concrete. By setting the post on top of footing, you're creating a solid foundation for the deck to stand on.
Shutters are a fantastic way to accessorize your home, especially if you use hinges and s-hooks, which add depth and character! We make our shutters out of a non-rot composite material and then we place the shutters on hinges and s-hooks so that they can be opened and closed. We also call them "Shutter-Dogs" :) To give your home more depth, ask your contractor to place your shutters on hinges or s-hooks rather than just sticking them onto the walls of your home!
Deck flashing can make or break the structure of your deck. Here's how it works: you have your main house structure, your band board, half an inch of sheathing, and then siding. This is my deck flashing process: we cut and remove the siding at the band board, insert a large L-piece of flashing, install siding, and place the floorboards on top so that when it rains, the water will exit away from the house. This is the end result you want because the water won't leak into the structure of your home causing rot. When deck flashing is poorly installed, water will go behind the deck and rot the structure of the house, which will result in deck failure.