Archadeck of West Central & SW Ohio discusses establishing a realistic construction timeline for your outdoor living project

Archadeck differenceAs part two in our three part series on Planning Designing & Building Considerations to Ensure Your Ideal Outdoor Space, we discuss establishing a realistic construction timeline. 

There is a certain level of excitement for homeowners that is almost tangible when they move forward with having a custom outdoor living space built — and with good reason. Making the decision to design and build your own outdoor oasis is right up there in the ranks of getting a new sports car, or building your own home. To see the creation of a space that is all your own, your vision, brought to life!  Once we have ironed out all the details with a client, and the contract is signed, the most frequent question we are asked is “how long will it take?” While we don’t want to be evasive, there are many variables that have to be factored into each project before we can adequately assess the timeline for completion of your new outdoor space.

Reminders of Medieval Rome

Reminders of Medieval Rome

Much like the old, medieval French proverb states; “Rome wasn’t built in a day“, neither is a custom designed, engineered and custom-built structure of any kind. A topic that is rarely understood or discussed at length is establishing a realistic timeline for completion of your new structure.

There are many factors that go into a construction timeline, these are:

  • 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?
The ultimate backyard room

Quality takes time.

These, and many other factors can affect the project timeline and should be taken into consideration when determining a final completion date. During your consultation it is imperative that you communicate to us early if there is a mandatory completion date required for your project. These include projects you wish built for a specific occasion or event such as an outdoor wedding, or planned outdoor gathering or celebration. In this way we can create a timeline with decision points that need to be addressed early on.

When the homeowner signs a contract,  project begin dates are established according to the current backlog we have at the time. During the fall and winter months backlogs and lead times are usually less. During the outdoor living season, when the weather is warmer, project beginning dates are longer. All timelines are influenced too, by forces that are beyond our control such as permitting and inspections. 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.

Weather can influence a project timeline

Weather can influence a project timeline

Another variable which can alter your anticipated project timeline is weather conditions.  Since we have no control over the weather we have to work along with whatever Mother Nature provides accordingly. This could mean having to wait to pour concrete when the weather is conducive because of wet or freezing conditions, or rescheduling our framing crew because of inclement weather conditions for a footing installation. We always make every effort to work your project around the forecast, but in some cases nature has a mind of its own.

Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio does things a little different from other outdoor living space design and build firms. Once our team is on your project they remain on your project until it is completed. We do not jump around, from job to job, we treat yours as our one and only until it is done. We feel, this philosophy minimizes inconveniences and the disruption of our clients lifestyle. With this in mind, addendums added to your project while construction in underway can also extend completion dates, especially in circumstances where additional permitting and inspections are necessary to complete these additions.

This stunning deck in Colerain Township, OH is the 2012 NARI award winner

The key to happiness of your new outdoor space is to get it right the first time.

The key to happiness of your new outdoor space is to get it right the first time, just as we discussed in our previous post. We understand the excitement that comes with adding an outdoor living space to your home! Our goal is to provide you with a structure at the quality you deserve, and quality takes time  — something to always keep in mind.

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Our team is poised in working with you to understand the design and construction process realistically in order to smooth out potential issues in your timeline. 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 today to learn more at (937) 848 – 7040 or
(513) 897 – 2040, email:

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

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