Owner Tim Stephens hosts podcast with Jon & Dave of Pro Construction Guide!

pro-construction-guide-iconIt is always an honor to be asked to speak within a forum about the topics we love so much here at Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio. On September 12th, I was fortunate enough to be featured in a live podcast with Jon & Dave of Pro Construction Guide sponsored through the Home Depot.

This podcast is a radio show you can listen to from your computer, phone, tablet, or other device any time you want. You won’t want to miss what thousands of pros across America have already discovered; the Pro Construction Guide podcast brings the magazines and newsletters to life. Listen to the podcast for valuable insights from interviews of construction, remodeling, and maintenance pros. Hosts John and Dave bring decades of experience from the jobsite as they entertain while they educate.

West Central and SW Ohio composite deck builderIn this episode, I discuss why homeowner’s love composite decks and how easy they are to build. Since 1990, Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio has been building low maintenance synthetic decks, such as composite in and around the Dayton and Cincinnati area. During this time composites, and the nature of the material, have significantly reduced call backs and warranty claims.

Some of the many benefits of choosing synthetic decking include the lower maintenance aspect over that of traditional wood, it lasts longer, resists staining and scratching, and many come with anti-fade warranties depending on the specific brand. This means your synthetic deck will likely look as good 20 years from now as it does the day it was installed with minimal maintenance.

Kettering, OH dream deck winner

The first low-maintenance board to come out was called “composite” because it contains a combination of synthetic resin combined with wood fibers. As you can imagine, there are many different ways composites can be made. When it first came on the market 20 or so years ago, it had some problems with mold but those problems are long in the past. Today’s companies have identified the right mix of materials to create a great decking board and many come with a 20 -30 year warranty. These warranties may differ slightly from one manufacturer to the next but the protections afforded by the warranties protect against material defects and the aging woes of wood including checking, splitting, splintering, rotting or fungal decay. There is one protection that the high end, all-synthetic boards share which is warranted stain and fade protection. Keep in mind, low maintenance doesn’t mean NO maintenance and if you clean up and wipe away spills and messes, you should not need to worry but for warranted stain and fade protection. Here’s a rundown of the different types of synthetic decking currently available:

Mechanicsburg-OH-Staged-project-with-deck-and-pergola-Traditional Composite Decking

Composite decking material requires a lot less maintenance than its solid wood counterparts – even those treated with preservatives. Composites can be made to emulate the look of real wood, with wood graining that in a quality composite can rival the real thing. A high quality composite can also inhibit the growth of mold and mildew by the addition of mold inhibitors present in the makeup of the composite.

Composites can be cleaned by simple soap and water cleanup. If stains sit for a period of time, they may take a little more effort to clean. There are many good composite cleaners on the market. As with any deck that contains natural derivatives you will still have to contend with fading, scratching and dirt. Composites, even though they do require maintaining, do no compare with the chore of staining and painting on an annual basis that is necessary with a pressure treated or other entirely wooden deck.

Raised dining area on Spring Valley OH custom Fiberon DeckSolid PVC Decking

If composite is a great option, PVC is the big daddy. As mentioned above, their warranties often includes protection against material checking, splitting, splintering, rotting, termite attacks, fungal decay and even warranted protection against fading and staining. What’s the drawback? You guessed it – price. Because there are no natural fibers, all of these protections can be afforded and warranted. But the synthetic resin is a good bit more expensive than wood fibers. So, the top of the line product does have pricing at the top end of the synthetic decking price spectrum. It is always important to remember that over time, a PVC deck, like many other synthetics can pay for itself over time in what you would save from wooden deck upkeep, repair or even replacement.

Waynesville OH covered porch and deck pavilionsCapstock Decking

As mentioned during the podcast, capstock decking is the newest of all the synthetics and also a great choice for homeowner’s stuck between traditional composites and solid PVC. Capstock is a composite board capped with PVC so you get the best of both worlds. Capstock is made up of a proprietary PVC polymer shell and contains a composite wood and recycled plastic core. It is considered a composite decking material but boasts a durable PVC shell. It is also known as a composite hybrid, as well as being referred to as capstock decking. These products are being backed by some of the best warranties in the business, therefore we expect good things from Capstock products.The price? As you expected, the price is in the middle but not that much higher than composite.

Please visit https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/pro-construction-guide-podcast/id1028908337?mt=2&ign-mpt=uo%3D4 to listen to the podcast in its entirety.

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

If you are considering a deck of composite, PVC or capstock, contact Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio to help you decide which material is the best for you and your family.  Call us today at (937) 848-7040 or (513) 897-2040 and via email at: wcohio@archadeck.net.

“Let this be the year that Archadeck makes your outdoor living dreams come true.”

 

 

This Xenia Township deck gets a new lease on life from Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Xenia OH redeckingOur designs here at Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio are often so impressive that some may think all we cater to is building new large-scale combination outdoor living spaces. Fulfilling the dream of the ultimate backyard is something we cater to, the scale of what one customer imagines as their “dream” backyard can be quite different. That being said, we specialize in designing and building new outdoor living spaces and upgrading existing outdoor living spaces — in all shapes and sizes, big and small.

Remember, custom doesn’t only mean extravagant designs with an unlimited budget, but it always means a design tailored to your personal needs and tastes to fit your budget.

One of our most recent completed projects in Xenia Township, OH,  serves as a testament of how making small changes and upgrades to your existing outdoor structure can increase their aesthetics and function dramatically.

  • Before: The decking boards on this existing Xenia, OH, deck had lost their dazzle. Not only were they faded and beginning to warp, the curves and existing fascia board were also in need of attention.

Xenia OH redeckingXenia OH redecking

The improvements included in this project were performing structural rework around the integrated trees, adding a new TimberTech composite fascia, replacing numerous deck boards, adding the charming paver landing  and sealing the entire deck to tonally match the color used in the new TimberTech fascia. In addition we also created a small but charming paver surround/landing off the main exit of the deck.

Take a look at this amazing before & after image — wow!

xenia-oh-redecking

Our commitment to excellence in outdoor structure design and building ensures your unique project is built with attention to even the smallest details. We are the Dayton and Cincinnati area’s premier custom outdoor living space design and build firm. Contact us today to learn more at (937) 848-7040 or (513) 897-2040 and via email at:
wcohio@archadeck.net

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

“Let this be the year that Archadeck makes your outdoor living dreams come true.”

 

Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio Explains the Importance of Understanding Project Timelines

Father's Day 2016The prospect of getting a new, or updated, outdoor living space creates excitement.

Once you have made the decision to move ahead with building your new structure(s) or upgrading an existing structure, it is difficult to calm the anticipation looking ahead to the joys it will bring along with it. We totally understand this — after all we are just as excited as you are to know the enjoyment your completed project will bring. We are also humbled and proud to play a part in creating this happiness.

The prospect of getting a new, or updated, outdoor living space also creates impatience.

Impatience, in all its forms is just an extension of anticipation. At Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio we realize it is normal for our clients to want their project completed yesterday. However, it is also important to realize, as one of our valued customers, we want to provide you with the highest-quality structure to the best of our ability. And quality takes time. To ensure your finished outdoor living space brings extended enjoyment for years to come, not just “in the moment”, we have to make sure all the materials and craftsmanship meet our standard of excellence. In addition, when building a new deck, porch, patio or other structure there are mandatory permitting and inspections that must be covered. These are items that are scheduled beyond our control.

hassle-free no textIt is not uncommon here in the Dayton and Cincinnati area(s) to have a substantial wait in regards to permitting, variances, inspections and even engineer letters. It is also important to realize that if a builder is ready to break ground immediately on your project chances are their services are not in high demand or they aren’t obtaining the proper documentation and permits to build your structure. This can be a direct reflection of their business practices and quality of work.

Xenia, OH deck and pergola combination outdoor oasisHere’s what you need to know:

When our client signs a contract,  the project begin dates are established according to the current backlog we have on schedule at the time. During the fall and winter months backlogs and lead times can be less, but during the outdoor living season, when the weather is warm, project beginning dates are usually substantially longer. All timelines are also influenced by forces that are beyond our control such as permitting, inspections and in some cases inclement weather such as snow, heavy rain or ice. Depending on what county or township you reside in, permitting may require a “walk thru” permitting process, or in certain municipalities permitting may require a “drop off” application. Drop off permit applications are granted in the order they are received and could take up to three weeks during the busy season. The turnaround time for permitting situations could add additional wait time for beginning your project but are a necessary element in the building process. If the inspector requests any further documentation beyond the “norm” such as an engineer letter or variance, this also increases the wait times. Rules and regulations are also constantly changing and this too, can influence your project timeline.

Factors that influence a construction timeline:

  • Does there need to be HOA approval? If so does your HOA meet quarterly or monthly?
  • Which county or township are you located in?
  • Is a variance needed?
  • Are the materials you have chosen for your particular design stocked locally or special order?
  • How many different trades are involved (plumbing, electrical, masons, HVAC or only carpentry)?
  • Weather or season, and site conditions?
  • What sort of backlog does the builder have?

Spring Valley OH custom outdoor living designs

We always strive to provide you with an outdoor living space that encompasses everything you want in your particular design, now, and with future additions in mind. Our approach to the design and building process is poised to accommodate the customer needs and desires in every way. This means we help fulfill your wishes in getting everything you are expecting from your design the first time around. From providing the aesthetics you want, to a space allows you to carry out the functions you desire within the space. We even take into consideration any future plans or additions you may have in mind for the future.

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

If you are ready to begin planning your anticipated outdoor living project, we can help you get started today on making the backyard of your dreams a reality. Contact Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio to learn more at (937) 848 – 7040 or (513) 897 – 2040. You can also email us at wcohio@archadeck.net.

 

 

Imagine your backyard possibilities with Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio!

Kettering OH 2013 dream deck projectWe all daydream about how we imagine our perfect home would be. Whether you love cooking and imagine extending and transforming your kitchen into a culinary crescendo that would make Emeril Lagasse blush, or revamping your two-car into a dream garage worthy of charging admission to enter, we ALL have a vision of improving both the interior and exterior of our homes. Many homeowners have all the right intentions when moving forward with their home improvement endeavors, however, being able to realistically imagine the “vision” is something many struggle with.

With this in mind, Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio has put together a pictorial of before and after images of clients we have completed projects for. Being able to see the dramatic, side-by-side imagery will help homeowners, just like yourself, imagine the endless possibilities in your own backyard!

This sunroom and deck addition in Miami Township, OH, totally transformed this home. The space is designed with year-round comfort in mind and is versatile day to evening.

Miami Township OH before and after sunroom and deck addition

Miami Township OH before and after sunroom and deck addition

This Springfield, OH, project entailed adding an upper deck to the homeowner’s existing lower deck. Not only did this provide the shade benefits they had in mind, it also allowed more use of the second story. The new deck is built using premium pressure-treated wood and is designed to accept an under deck rain carriage system, such as DrySnap, in the future.

Before and after backyard in Springfield OH

more after images of Springfield OH deck additions

This Washington Township, OH, screened porch addition changed the whole way these homeowner’s live outdoors and enhanced the aesthetics of their home too!  When we initially met the homeowners for the design consultation they expressed the need for a better space to utilize their time outdoors. Their only outdoor space consisted of a concrete pad which they were using as a patio, but the sun and insects prevented them from enjoying it during the afternoon and around dusk.  The design we created includes a screened room built over the backyard’s existing pad. To further the functionality of the backyard we also built an open-air paver patio off the porch.

before

Washington Township OH screened porch

Interior images of Washington Township screened porch addition by Archadeck of West Central & SW Ohio

This project in Centerville, OH, proves the power of changing an existing outdoor space for the better. These homeowner’s already enjoyed using their existing screened porch for two out of the four seasons, but felt like they were still missing out on some prime usage. With our professional installation of a EZE Breeze system of vertical sliding panels of vinyl windows backed with screens, they do get more! When the weather is right, they can slide them down for a screened in porch, and pull them right back up when it’s raining!

Before and after EZE Breeze in Centerville OH

In 2013, Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio was chosen to design and build the deck for the 2nd place winner for the Dream Backyard Makeover contest, which was sponsored by Archadeck Outdoor Living and Belgard Hardscapes. As you can see from the before and after pictures, which were part of the entry to this contest, we took this backyard from dull to dazzling!

before and after dream deck in Kettering OH

Dream deck in Kettering OH

We hope this pictorial has helped you imagine what your outdoors can be. Whether you are ready to break ground on a new outdoor living structure or are ready to upgrade and existing space, we are here to help!

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

If you are ready to move forward with the outdoor living space of your dreams, contact Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio today to learn more. Our outdoor living space designs are built with quality, beauty, value and function in mind every time! Call us today at (937) 848-7040 or (513) 897-2040 or via email at wcohio@archadeck.net.

“Let this be the year that Archadeck makes your outdoor living dreams come true”

 

Don’t miss the Second Saturday Street Fair this weekend!

Celebrate Back to School with An Archadeck outdoor living space addition!With everyone busy preparing the kids for “back to school” you deserve a break this weekend to enjoy all the spoils historic downtown Waynesville, OH, has to offer. This weekend marks the next to the last Second Saturday Street Fair for the season and it is the perfect event for some family-friendly fun!

The festival has many things to do included artist and craftsman booths, a book swap, local entertainment performances at the gazebo, antiques, games and food! Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio will also be participating in the 2nd Saturday Street Fair this weekend — Saturday from 10-2 our showroom will be open for perusing our extensive portfolio of all things outdoor living. As America’s Deck and Porch Builder®” we have been providing award-winning outdoor living spaces to the Miami Valley since 1990. Specializing in custom designed decks, porches, patios, screened rooms, sunrooms, gazebos and pergolas. We are also your local dealer for the Big Green Egg and Arteflame Grills. We are a NARI Certified Remodeler with a staff of trained design consultants, and a professional staff to deliver the dazzling outdoor living experience that you will enjoy and your neighbors will envy.

Start the New Year off right with Archadeck of Central and SW Ohio

Stop by our showroom at 237 South Main Street in Waynesville during the Second Saturday Stroll event to learn how to heighten your outdoor living experience. Our Big Green “Egg-spert” will be on hand for cooking demonstrations and our talented design team will be available to answer any and all questions if you are considering the addition of a custom outdoor living space! The day promises to be fun and fulfilling!

Archadeck of West Central and SW Ohio is your BIg Green Egg authorized dealer!

The Second Saturday Street Fair is held the 2nd Saturday of each month from 10am-5pm and will run the following dates:  August 13th & Sept. 10th. We extend to you our special invitation to come meet and greet our incredible team at Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio.

We will be open Saturday with the regional representative for the Big Green Egg  hosting a live cooking demonstration from 10-2 — Make sure to stop in and say hello!

A Big Green Egg is a must have for tailgaters!
Contact us at (937) 848 – 7040 or (513) 897 – 2040 or via email at wcohio@archadeck.net, or come see us this weekend so you don’t miss the fun.

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

How realistic is your outdoor living addition budget?

BudgetThe subject of budgets is an integral part of every outdoor living space project we do. It is obviously not the most glamorous or most-anticipated element that goes into planning your custom outdoor oasis, but is a necessity in ensuring the vision you have is realistic. Just as we covered in our article ” What does shopping for an outdoor living structure and a car have in common?” it’s only natural for homeowner’s to want the most “options” at the best value. The search for the “right” contractor is much like shopping for a new car — finding the best value with all the features you want within your budget.

BudgetsIt is imperative to establish a budget for your outdoor living project. Deciding how much you want to spend needs to be decided upon before we begin designing your project. This is why we inquire about your intended budget during your initial phone call because of the importance of having one in place before proceeding. We realize this is sometimes a hard decision and we make every effort to make it the opposite (easy). If you are unsure of where you need to set your budget, we can show you our portfolio and pictures to help you get an idea of what you want and what you want to spend.

Archadeck outdoor living blissOne thing is certain when it comes to outdoor living spaces: Imagining yourself having one is easy but being able to afford your expectations of that image can sometimes be difficult. This is mainly because often homeowners have a surreal expectation of what a custom outdoor living space can cost, and what they can afford. This is where our commitment to superior customer service, honesty and communication come into play. We are poised to accommodate the customer, in every way. We ensure all the groundwork is in place from your initial consultation to completion of your project which includes helping you establish a realistic budget. We also extend the utmost flexibility to our customers through a detailed materials and pricing menu, for example if one facet of your vision won’t work with your budget, then we can suggest alternatives that can bring you just as much satisfaction. We also strive to keep you in tune with scheduling and ensuring we not only meet but exceed your expectations as we plan, schedule and complete your project.

The ultimate backyard room

Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio is the Dayton and Cincinnati areas premier choice for outdoor living structures — big or small, multi-faceted or singular. We specialize in providing homeowners, like you, with the best value, best quality and best craftsmanship customized to cater to the functionality and budget you have in mind.

Our quality design service paired with our innovative detailed pricing menu allow customers to see how different options look together.This will help you make an informed buying decision because many people have an idea of what they want, but have trouble visualizing it and aren’t aware of what they desire realistically will cost.

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

If you are ready to begin planning your anticipated outdoor living structure addition contact us today to set the wheels in motion! You can contact us by phone at (937) 848 – 7040 or
(513) 897 – 2040, or via email at more at (513)897–2040 or (937)848-7040. You can also email us at wcohio@archadeck.net.


“Let this be the year that Archadeck makes your outdoor living dreams come true.”

You scream, we scream, we all scream for ice cream treats created using the Big Green Egg!

In honor of July being National Ice Cream Month, we thought it only proper to spread the sweetness by sharing some of our favorite Big Green Egg ice cream treat recipesIn honor of July being National Ice Cream Month, we thought it only proper to spread the sweetness by sharing some of our favorite Big Green Egg ice cream treat recipes! In case you weren’t aware that there is a whole month set aside to celebrate this delectable, double-dipping goodness, here is a little history courtesy of the International Dairy Food Association website:

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. He recognized ice cream as a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by over 90 percent of the nation’s population. In the proclamation, President Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe these events with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.”

About 10.3 percent of all the milk produced by U.S. dairy farmers is used to produce ice cream, contributing significantly to the economic well-being of the nation’s dairy industry. With this in mind, Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio is sharing some of our favorite ice cream recipes created by the Big Green Egg.  All of these and more recipes can be found on the Big Green Egg website and Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio is your local dealer for the Big Green Egg and Eggcessories.

Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

This is a great way to beat the heat while cooking on the EGG. Mix and match your favorite flavors of ice cream with your favorite type of cookie!

Ingredients

  • Your favorite cookie dough
  • Your favorite ice cream
  • Perforated Cooking Grid
  • Aluminum foil
  • Baking Stone

Instructions

  • Set the EGG for indirect cooking (with convEGGtor) at 350°F/177°C, unless otherwise specified by the cookie dough recipe. Preheat a Baking Stone on the grid of the EGG.
  • Make cookie dough as directed.
  • Wrap Perforated Cooking Grid with aluminum foil to prevent cookies from dripping through perforation. Evenly space cookie dough around the Perforated Cooking Grid.
  • Make 4 small balls with aluminum foil. Place 4 balls of foil evenly spaced on Baking Stone and place Perforated Cooking Grid on top of the foil. This allows for proper air circulation so the cookies bake evenly. It isn’t necessary, but is helpful.
  • Allow to bake for 9-11 minutes, unless otherwise specified by the cookie dough recipe.
  • Remove cookies once fully baked and allow to cool. Pair up cookies in sets of two based on relative size. Scoop your favorite type of ice cream onto one cookie and sandwich it with the other.
  • Eat immediately.

Wickles PMBP

Wickles Big PBMP

PBMP stands for Peanut Butter, Banana, Marshmallow & Pickle! Recipe courtesy of Wickles Pickles. For more information, visit wicklespickles.com.

Ingredients

  • 8 Large Marshmallows
  • 8 Peanut Butter Cookies
  • 2 Cups Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 4 Wickles Pickles Slices

Instructions

  • Set EGG for indirect cooking (with convEGGtor) at 325°F/163°C.
  • Grill banana slices directly on the EGG for 1 minute to get slight grill marks. Transfer to aluminum foil and add marshmallows. Cook for an additional minute, or until the marshmallows begin to melt. Remove and stack between 2 Peanut Butter Cookies and top with 1⁄2 cup vanilla ice cream. Garnished with a Wickles Pickle Slice.
  • Makes 4 servings

ice cream sandwiches

A New Spin on Ice Cream Sandwiches

These Cranberry & White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches are the perfect combination of warm cookies from the EGG and cold ice cream for a tasty treat on a hot summer night! Recipe adapted from Canadian Lentils. For more information, visit lentils.ca.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup (60 ml) dry red lentils
  • ½ cup (125 ml) butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup (125 ml) packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup (125 ml) sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla
  • 1½ cups (375 ml) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (250 ml) old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) baking soda
  • ¼ tsp (1 ml) salt
  • ½ cup (125 ml) dried cranberries
  • 1 cup (250 ml) white chocolate chunks or chips
  • 4 cups (1 L) vanilla ice cream

Instructions

  • Set the EGG for indirect cooking at 350°F/177°C.
  • In a small saucepan of boiling water, cook the lentils for 15-20 minutes, until soft. Drain well and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugars for 2-3 minutes, until pale and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, oats, baking soda, and salt; add to the butter mixture along with the cooked lentils and stir until almost combined; add the cranberries and white chocolate and stir just until blended.
  • Drop large spoonfuls of dough a couple of inches apart on a greased baking sheet; bake on the EGG for 12-15 minutes, until pale golden around the edges and just set. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, and if you have time, freeze them (this will make them more firm, and easier to spread with ice cream).
  • Remove the ice cream from the freezer and set on the countertop until slightly softened. Place a scoop of ice cream on the underside of a frozen cookie, top with a second cookie and press down so that the ice cream spreads to the edges. Place on a baking sheet and return to the freezer until frozen. Wrap in plastic wrap and return to the freezer until you are ready to serve them.
  • Makes 1 dozen sandwiches or 2 dozen cookies
Big Green Egg with Tim Stephens

Tim Stephens, owner Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio and your local Big Green Egg dealer.

Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio is the Dayton & Cincinnati’s area premiere deck and porch builder. In addition to creating memorable outdoor living spaces, we are also your local authorized Big Green Egg dealer! We are excited to offer you America’s original ceramic outdoor cooker. You can also contact us at (937) 848 – 7040 or (513) 897 – 2040 or via email at
wcohio@archadeck.net.

Is your outdoor living space designed with your pet’s enjoyment in mind?

Dayton outdoor living with pets“The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.”
— Charles de Gaulle (former President of the French Republic)

Here at Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio, we strive to design and build outdoor living spaces that can be enjoyed by every member of your family. This includes the four-legged members and special pets that are also a huge part of your family! According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, (ASPCA), it’s estimated that 70-80 million dogs and 74-96 million cats are owned in the United States. Approximately 37-47% of all households in the United States have a dog, and 30-37% have a cat. There are also millions of US households that own birds, rabbits and other unique and exotic pets.

Pet friendly outdoor living spaces encourage good healthSpending time with our pet(s) is not only relaxing, it has been shown to improve our health! An article published by WebMD points out that your dog may make you less likely to get heart disease. This is because dog owners walk more and have lower blood pressure than people who don’t have dogs. Pets can also be good for you if you already have heart problems. Studies indicate that heart attack survivors and people with serious abnormal heart rhythms who own dogs live longer than people with the same heart problems who don’t have pets. stroking, or petting, your pet can lower your blood pressure and help your body release a relaxation hormone, and it reduces levels of a stress hormone. Taking into consideration all the ways pets improve our lives, from both an emotional and physical standpoint, it only makes sense that the outside of our homes should be as conducive to spending time with them as the inside!Cat Friendly outdoor living spaces

During our design consultations, it is not uncommon to be greeted by a friendly dog or two at the door or see a cat peeking at me from around a corner or napping in a sunny spot nearby. Since most of our  clients count at least one animal as a member of their family, it only makes sense to give them some thought when you are designing your new outdoor living project. You may be surprised by exactly how many Archadeck customers incorporate pet-friendly design details into their custom outdoor space.

Dog and kid on deck

Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio has customized many outdoor structures to make them more pet-friendly. This includes fabricating the rails of a deck closer together to ensure pet safety, installing gates to keep pets safe and sound, pet access doors and using pet screen such as SCREENEZE.  As a SCEENEZE stocking dealer we have upgraded screening available that better resists tearing as opposed to traditional screen. Another feature we often implement into our outdoor room designs to make them more pet-friendly is using a solid kneewall rail to eliminate screens on the lower part of the porch wall, altogether. Just listen to this testimonial from our customers whom we built a screened porch with their beloved parrot in mind…

If you are in search of the perfect outdoor living space for your family, including your furry friends, contact Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio today to learn more. Our custom designs are the cat’s meow!  You can reach us at (937) 848-7040 or (513) 897-2040. You can also email us at wcohio@archadeck.net.

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

“Let this be the year that Archadeck makes your outdoor living dreams come true.”

 

To add a new deck or redeck? — That is the question

The new deck complements the Tudor architecture of this home in Cincinnati, OH.When a homeowner comes to us and requests we create a new outdoor living space for them, it is sometimes possible that their existing deck can be re-decked, upgraded and in some cases even expanded upon to achieve their goal. As “America’s Deck and Porch Builder®” Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio has been providing award-winning outdoor living spaces to the Miami Valley since 1990. Among our many specialties is custom designed decks. As a NARI Certified Remodeler we can often expand upon and customize what is already present in your backyard space in order to deliver you the backyard of your dreams!

Archadeck of West Central and SW Ohio improved the outdoor living area of this ranch style home

Archadeck of West Central and SW Ohio improved the outdoor living area of this ranch style home.

Elaborating upon the design of your existing deck can include redecking the existing decking boards from aged wood to new, top-quality wood again, wood to a low-maintenance synthetic that is easier to care for and will outlast pressure treated wood by a long shot, adding character with a dynamic shape, expanding the size of your existing deck, railing upgrades and even a directional change in the stairs. In some cases these upgrades are possible by utilizing the substructure and footings of your existing deck.

Pressure treated wood multi-level Custom designed deck, Timber Tech Ornamental composite rails with Deckorator pickets and Kichler low voltage deck lights in Butler county West Chester Ohio

Pressure treated wood multi-level Custom designed deck, Timber Tech Ornamental composite rails with Deckorator pickets and Kichler low voltage deck lights in Butler county West Chester Ohio.

New deck or redeck? — that is the question

Ultimately, the first step in determining if your existing deck is a good candidate for redecking is to have it evaluated by a reputable deck builder such as Archadeck. If the substructure (which is the base that the deck is built on) is in good shape, you may be able to save money and time by redecking instead of tearing down your old deck and starting from scratch with a new one. The key elements we need to evaluate to determine if your deck is a candidate will include the quality and structural integrity of the original substructure and how it has weathered over time. We will also determine If any applicable building codes have changed since the deck was originally installed, if the deck fits all the criteria required for redecking, we will make sure it complies with those new building codes as well.

Oakwood Ohio rooftop deck

Oakwood,OH, rooftop redecked by Archadeck.

Once your existing deck is deemed a good candidate for redecking, we will then work with you to help you choose the material that best fits your needs and budget. Here at Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio, we have many decking materials to choose from. We can help you decide on a wood or synthetic decking material. Synthetic materials such as composites, capstock and solid PVC are composed of elements that stabilize and protect them from UV damage. These materials also have several advantages over most species of wood. The synthetic material is much less likely to crack or chip, and are impoervious to insects such as termites. An added benefit to choosing synthetic is that it will never have to be treated or stained. We use only the highest quality synthetics on the market, such as TimberTech, Fiberon and AZEK.

Xenia, OH grill area detail with pergolaSome of our customers also opt to redeck using quality pressure treated wood or even a hardwood such as Ipe, but, if you are tired of the endless maintenance required to preserve your wood deck, a composite material may be the best answer because it is easier to maintain and lasts longer than wood.

In addition to redecking the surface of your existing deck we may also be able to upgrade your existing deck. This is where we expand your smaller deck by redecking the original space and building out from there. This prevents the cost and time associated with installing a whole new foundation, only the incremental extension. This will enable the addition of other structural amenities such as integrated bench seating, replace or upgrade your existing railing, add a pergola or covered area for shade, or even change the direction and flow of the stairs–redecking makes the perfect time to do it all!  We have a huge menu of option to help you to pick the colors, features and design options that best suit your needs. The possibilities and options are truly endless.

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

If you are ready to breath new life into your tired backyard deck and add years of outdoor living enjoyment contact Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio today to see if your existing deck is a candidate for redecking! Contact us today at (937) 848-7040 or (513) 897-2040. You can also email us at wcohio@archadeck.net.

“Let this be the year that Archadeck makes your outdoor living dreams come true.”

 

 

 

Stroll on over to our showroom during 2nd Saturday Street Faire!

second saturdayIt’s that time of the month again when historic downtown Waynesville welcomes locals and visitors to 2nd Saturday Street Faire! This Saturday, July 9th, Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio will open their doors in honor of the event from 10am – 2pm.

This weekend, be sure to attend the  Second Saturday Street Faire, in downtown Waynesville. This weekend marks the second of four of these beloved events which runs through September. Not only are we the areas premier outdoor living structure designer and builder, we also offer a large selection of outdoor living accoutrements to make your backyard come alive with enjoyment. If you are ready to transform your backyard or embark on getting the outdoor living space of your dreams, now is the perfect time to stop in and chat with us!

Outdoor kitchen and patio poolside

Big Green Egg profileArchadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio, the area’s leading custom outdoor living space designer and builder will be firing up the Big Green Egg for demonstrations right out in front of our fantastic showroom. As the most versatile barbecue and outdoor cooking product on the market, the Big Green Egg is the blended masterpiece of modern and traditional culinary technology that offers more capabilities than all other conventional cookers combined. Seven convenient sizes are available and tons of Eggcessories to match, guaranteeing that we have a Big Green Egg to fit any lifestyle or budget!

Arteflame grilling varietyIn addition to being your local dealer for the Big Green Egg, Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio also carries Arteflame Outdoor Grills. his inovative and beautiful grill elevates outdoor cooking to an art form by combining a sleek contemporary look with outstanding functionality. Arteflame is the most unique of any outdoor grill available today. This is the only grill on the market today that can replace that unsightly, traditional backyard grill with a functional piece of art.

The Second Saturday Street Fair is held the 2nd Saturday of each month from 10am-5pm and will run the following dates: July 9th, August 13th, Sept. 10th. We extend to you our special invitation to come meet and greet our incredible team at Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio. We will be open Saturday from 10-2. Make sure to stop in and say hello!

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Contact us at (937) 848 – 7040 or (513) 897 – 2040 or via email at wcohio@archadeck.net, or come see us this weekend so you don’t miss the fun!