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Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio wants you to know If you build it now…the fun will come…now!

Miamisburg OH Outdoor Living Space Combination is pure blissWe believe building your outdoor living space is much like the movie “Field of Dreams” — maybe one of the best parable movies made to date. In the film, while standing in the middle of his Iowa corn field, the main character hears someone whisper, “If you build it, he will come”, and sees a vision. “It” is a baseball diamond, for which he must plow under his corn field in order to have a place for it and “he” is Shoeless Joe Jackson, a deceased baseball player. No movie spoilers here…but the farmer builds “it” and “he” appears. Now, Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio is not implying you have to plow under everything on your property, nor can we bring someone back who has passed, but we will renovate a portion of your site and will absolutely breathe life back into your backyard with your new outdoor living area. After all, you’ve already had the vision of your new space, so (I’m whispering) if you build it now, the fun will come, now!

baseballCan’t you just see yourself soaking up some sun on your new deck or you and several friends catching one of this season’s Major League Baseball games on your flat screen TV in your new outdoor living room? Don’t put it off any longer. The outdoor living season is right around the corner, so now is the right time to get started and make sure you’re ready before it gets into full swing, (no baseball pun intended).

There are construction benefits for every season, but here are just a few of the reasons you should get your project started now:

  • No one enjoys playing the waiting game!

    No one enjoys playing the waiting game!

    Reduced wait times – Our busier season is in the summer, so a smart reason to build your outdoor structure in early spring is the shorter wait time to begin construction. Obtaining required permits and HOA approvals will take less time as well. Less waiting means much more time to enjoy your new space just as the warm days are rolling in. During the outdoor living season, when dealing with a quality builder wait times can be longer.

    Oakwood Ohio rooftop deck

    Oakwood,OH, rooftop deck.

  •  More time to properly seal your wood structure -If your structure is built from wood, whether pressure treated or hardwood, it needs to cure for a period of time before the sealer will properly adhere to the wood and promote beneficial protection qualities. By choosing to build now, during the least humid time of year, your wooden structure will have ample time to cure in preparation to accept the sealer you choose. Humid conditions, such as those in our summers, will cause more rapid expansion and contraction of wood that is not yet sealed for protection against the elements.

    Fairmont collection double lounger by Casuwel - Copy

    Splurge on some upscale outdoor furnishings for your space!

  •  Greater value for your budget dollar – Furnishing your new structure will be your final task before you can take full advantage of your new space. The outdoor living season is starting up offering you a bounty of deals on outdoor furniture. These savings will allow you to splurge a little on some of the higher end must-have items like outdoor sound systems or a new flat screen TV.

While there is never really a wrong time to begin your outdoor living space project, as you can see from the few reasons above, there are advantages to designing and even building during early spring. To date, almost every client, upon seeing their newly finished outdoor living space, says, “Why on earth didn’t we do this sooner?”…but not one has ever said, “I wish we had waited.”

Miamisburg OH Outdoor Living Space Combination

Miamisburg, OH, outdoor living space combination.

If your dream space seems to be a little bit more than your budget can handle all at once, we can design and build your dream backyard in stages as part of our staged building program too. With this in mind, early spring is the perfect time to start the first stage of your desired outdoor living project, such as the deck as part of a deck and screened porch, or deck and patio combination — the possibilities are endless for creating the backyard of your dreams!

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Now, with all these benefits in mind, what are you waiting for? Remember, if you build it now, the fun will come…now! Don’t wait any longer! Let’s start designing and scheduling your project now to ensure proper timing, less wait time and it will put less strain on your wallet. Contact Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio today to learn more our consultation is free but the benefits are priceless! (937) 848 – 7040 or
(513) 897 – 2040 and via email at
wcohio@archadeck.net

As Labor Day weekend is already upon us, is your existing outdoor living space up for the occasion?

Mechanicsburg Ohio unique outdoor living designs

This effortless outdoor living space in Mechanicsburg, OH, would make a perfect spot to enjoy the Labor Day holiday!

If you have been “on the fence” about moving forward with an anticipated outdoor living space addition, or remodel for your backyard this is probably the weekend when you will be filled with regret. The Labor Day holiday, much like Memorial Day and Independence Day, is traditionally celebrated outdoors among family and friends. Even if you rarely use your backyard to entertain, now is the time when most residents pull out all the stops in honor of the occasion — and as one last hoorah of summer.

Labor Day Weekend in Dayton & Cincinnati OH

Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio wishes you and yours a happy Labor Day!

Not having an incredible, entertaining and holiday worthy backyard to enjoy this Labor Day should be viewed as merely a temporary situation. This is because Archadeck Outdoor Living can begin planning, designing and scheduling the outdoor living area you have always yearned for NOW to ensure you never miss out on another holiday, or chance to enjoy your outdoors!

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Call us today to learn more about customizing an outdoor oasis for you and your family that is sure to become a beloved family tradition. Contact us at

(937) 848 – 7040 or (513) 897 – 2040

Or email us at wcohio@archadeck.net

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

How to get what you want in your outdoor design the first time around!

Mechanicsburg Ohio unique outdoor living designs

Let us help you bring the backyard you always dreamed about to life!

As part one of our three part series on Planning Designing & Building Considerations to Ensure Your Ideal Outdoor Space, we explore the realm of getting what you want in your outdoor living space design now and ensuring proper planning for future additions:

Have you found yourself filled with regret over your outdoor living space addition? Did you set forth with an ideal in your mind about how you wanted the space to evolve over time as your lifestyle, needs and budget evolves? For example, were you looking forward to adding a patio in the future to use in conjunction with your backyard deck only to find out the placement  you desire isn’t possible with your existing outdoor space? Many homeowners have found themselves in this same situation, wishing they would have planned their space for the here and now, and with future additions in mind.

Enjoyment now, and later:

Archadeck Outdoor Living strives 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.

Now and Later candy

Just like this classic treat — our outdoor living spaces can bring enjoyment now, and later, where future additions are concerned, with our phased building program!

Of course, in a perfect world, each of our clients would have the ability to be able to build their anticipated outdoor living combination space in one project. We realize that lifestyles and budgets influence and change what is possible and that each project is as individual as the clients we create them for, with that in mind, we offer the flexibility to build your outdoor environment in phases over time. We call this phased, or staged building.

In staged/phased building, Archadeck works with (you) the client to create a “master plan” of their completed project design once all the elements are completed, then, together we choose a starting point to begin.This allows homeowners the freedom to build their ideal backyard in stages making it easier on their budget, and with less of an impact on their lifestyle. Phased building consists of engineering, designing and building your outdoor space in phases so that future additions or amendments can be added easily. This is made possible by building with your future circumstances and the structural integrity of your project in mind. We always take into consideration the traffic flow, unity and functions of how each portion of the design unifies to create a unified outdoor environment.

Our Process:

Xenia, OH deck and pergola combination outdoor oasis

The style, and size of your outdoor furnishings are an important consideration in our design process.

We offer flexibility to our customers through a detailed materials and pricing menu. This menu breaks every facet of your design down to the fasteners used to attach a deck. Each element that goes into creating your outdoor living space is listed such as different composite materials, various railing choices, balusters, even various pergolas to add to your design or lighting packages — it is all listed and broken down a la carte. Our menu also lets you play around with the options and see how different features and colors look together.  It takes the guess-work out of your outdoor structure design. This will allow you, the homeowner, to change, amend or add items to keep your design on target with your intended budget. This feature is also perfect for people who aren’t exactly sure what they want.

In addition, during our consultation, we ask the “right” questions; and leave no “stone unturned” in delivering your ideal design. Along with desired functions and aesthetics, we also inquire about what size and type of outdoor furnishings you intend to utilize within your space. For example, typically a standard-sized outdoor dining table takes up an area 6 feet long and 42 inches wide, with each standard-size outdoor chair taking up an additional two feet. Factor in ample pull out room for each chair will add another two feet per chair. This adds up to a space that takes up a 12′ x 12′ area. In addition to dining tables, most homeowners want a place for seating as well, which will tack on additional space. Once you add side tables and accompaniment pieces, such as end tables or coffee tables, you are looking at more space than most homeowners had anticipated for their furnishings. This is why discussing furniture choices is also an important part of the design process and it is a good idea to have at least some ideas in mind before you meet with us to discuss your design.

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

If you are poised 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 (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.”

See more examples of our award-winning outdoor living spaces by visiting our extensive photo galleries located on our website.

 

Dayton and Cincinnati area outdoor living space transformations that will inspire you to seek your backyard potential!

Xenia, OH custom outdoor living spaces by Archadeck of Central and SW Ohio

Xenia, OH custom outdoor living space by Archadeck of Central and SW Ohio.

Many homeowners are reluctant to move ahead in updating or upgrading their existing outdoor living spaces simply because they assume the vision of their ideal design is impossible. This can be frustrating to homeowners who are ready to make a change, but are reluctant to pursue those changes simply because they cannot see beyond the confines of their existing (or lack of) outdoor living space. We are here to help you make your backyard dreams a reality. Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio is an expert at helping plan, designing and building outdoor living space transformations that would make Houdini blush! We have the experience, the knowledge and  the talent to create a wonderful outdoor space from scratch, or transform an existing space into one that better accommodates your needs.

Xenia, OH deck builders

This magical outdoor space in Xenia, OH, began as an extension to their existing back porch…imagine what we could do in your backyard!

In an effort to make you aware of the possibilities within your own backyard, we are highlighting some of our most recently completed outdoor living space transformations. We hope these before and after stories will help inspire and motivate you to not put your backyard dreams on hold any longer!

  • Miamisburg after

    After…

     A broken down deck in Miamisburg, OH, graduates into a new deck that is the life of the party:

When these Miamisburg, OH, homeowners contacted us they were pushed against the clock; their existing deck was showing signs of wear and age including a stairway which was unsafe. Their dilemma was time, they had an upcoming Graduation party scheduled to take place in their outdoor living space and needed to upgrade their existing deck to meet a deadline.

Before...

Before..

We quickly began working on transforming the space using the existing footprint of their existing deck. We redecked the entire deck using beautiful, low-maintenance Envisions decking in Spiced Teak and replaced their existing rails with new Arabian aluminum railing in black. The transformation ensured the party was a success!

  • B&A Spring ValleyA new protected space to love in Spring Valley, OH:

This project takes a once neglected porch in Spring Valley, OH, and transforms it into a functional and aesthetically pleasing screened porch. Archadeck of West Central and SW Ohio installed new cedar rails and a SCREENEZE system allowing the homeowners breezy outdoor living in a protected space. Notice we installed the new rails on the outside of the screen instead of the inside, this adds definition and depth to the design of the space.

  • A deck and patio combination in Centerville, OH designed with room to grow:
Before and After Centerville

Before and After Centerville…

When these Centerville, OH, homeowners contact us they wanted to extend their backyard enjoyment and define the rear of their home. We immediately began designing a combination space that would fulfill their vision. The finished space consists of a stunning low-maintenance deck  spilling into a curvilinear patio. The deck is build using Envisions composite decking in Spiced Teak with a double picture-framed border finished in Rustic Walnut. We used TimberTech Radiance rail in black, and Deckorators balusters. We installed integrated Kichler low-voltage deck lighting for added ambiance.

The curvilinear patio provides additional seating and makes the perfect home for the homeowner’s fire pit. In addition to the benefits of adding the deck and patio combination, the deck was also built with future aspirations in mind. The front railing of the deck will one day be removed and a hot tub will be added level to the deck. We designed the deck with this in mind as the spa will slide flush to the deck for easy access!

Centerville, OH, patio and deck combination.

Centerville, OH, patio and deck combination.

Our goal at Archadeck of West Central and SW Ohio is to design a space for you, and your family and the way you live. We pass on our experience with outdoor structures to help match you with the right outdoor living space to bring your vision to life! Making functionality a top priority is a must for a successful project. Each project and each customer is different so listening and being open and receptive is crucial to the design development process. We really strive to create spaces our clients will love and that will make their home and landscape more beautiful. We strive to create spaces that look original to your existing home. Yes, we do the design work for each of our projects, but in reality they are designed in partnership with our clients making each design a collaboration!

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 on making the backyard of your dreams a reality. Contact Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio today to learn 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.”

See more examples of our award-winning outdoor living spaces by visiting our extensive photo galleries located on our website.

 

 

The perfect sequel to outdoor living bliss: The deck and patio combination built using our phased building program

Patio, deck and pergola combination in Englewood Ohio

Patio, deck and pergola combination in Englewood, OH.

Adding a patio or deck to your home expands your outdoor living space and increases the appeal of your home. A patio or deck can provide an area to entertain and a space to relax in the evening with friends and family. When it comes to having this outdoor living upgrade installed by your outdoor structure builder, the hardest choice can sometimes be deciding between a deck and patio. Here at Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio, you don’t have to make that decision because we can custom design and build an outdoor living space that encompasses both a deck and a patio. Giving you the best of both worlds!

Patio inner courtyard with Roman mosaic hardscape floor

Patio inner courtyard with historical Roman mosaic hardscape floor.

Deck and patio combinations are among the hottest trend in outdoor living right now, but the allure of this duo goes way beyond a passing fad. Both decks and patios are classic outdoor living spaces that never go out of style. Decks are the original all-American backyard recreational spaces and no home is considered complete by many homeowners without a deck to enjoy. Patios, on the other hand, can be traced all the way back to Roman times when they were used within the home by incorporating courtyards into the center as a way to escape heat and collect rain water. In modern times, the two have become an inseparable way to gain beauty and function as an outdoor living space. One naturally lends itself to nurture off the other through the wood tones seen in decking and the elements of stone used in patios.

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Decks and patios naturally blend together because of the allure of stone combined with wood.

With today’s outdoor living in mind, A patio can be added with a new or existing deck at any time. Adding a patio to your deck is a great way to spice it up and put that spark back into your outdoor entertaining and enhance the beauty in your backyard. A patio or hardscape will extend the function of your deck and provide additional areas for outdoor dining, seating and entertaining. Many of our deck and patio combinations are designed to include a fire pit, hardscape water feature or retaining/planting walls to add another dynamic to this already versatile space.

Paver patio by Archadeck of West Central and SW Ohio in Englewood, OH

Paver patio by Archadeck of West Central and SW Ohio in Englewood, OH.

We recently completed a perfect example of a deck, pergola and patio combination in Englewood, OH. The homeowners chose to build this backyard masterpiece in stages as part of our phased building program. Our phased building program allows homeowners the freedom to build their ideal backyard in stages making it easier on their budget, and with less of an impact on lifestyle. Phased building consists of engineering, designing and building your outdoor space in phases so that future additions or amendments can be added easily. This is made possible by building with your future circumstances and the structural integrity of your project in mind. In this particular project, we built the shape of the deck to easily accommodate the addition of the patio in the future.

Details of stunning hardscape patio in Englewood, OH by Archadeck outdoor living of West Central and SW Ohio

Details of stunning hardscape patio in Englewood, OH — patio was built using Oberfield’s pavers with a soldier course border.

When we initially met with the homeowners to discuss the vision they had in mind for transforming their backyard,we came up with a design that would allow them to enjoy their backyard in progressive stages, building and enjoying the wooden deck and pergola as the first part of the stage, and as their budget allowed, proceeding with the paver patio as the final stage to complete the outdoor living space.

TimberTech deck with paver patio.

TimberTech deck with paver patio.

Like enjoying a book series by your favorite author, or tuning into an exciting sequel to your favorite movie, a successful outdoor living space design can also include the mystique of “to be continued.” Like with many of our completed phased building projects, there is usually room for additional outdoor living space in the future. These homeowners may decide at a later date to add an additional pergola over an area to facilitate a spa, or even a screened porch. With phased building your limits are only bound by your imagination! Once one space is completed you can enjoy all the outdoor living opportunities to come~

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

If you have a vision of your dream backyard but you’re not ready to complete it all at one time, our phased building program is the perfect answer. We can bring the backyard of your dreams to life one beautiful stage at a time. Contact Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio today to learn more at (513) 897–2040 or (937) 848-7040. You can also email us at westcentralohio@archadeck.net

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

 

 

 

 

Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio answers the million-dollar question of “when is the best time to plan and build my outdoor structure”

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

Choosing a winter construction timeline for your outdoor living project will have you sitting pretty in time to enjoy the debut of the outdoor living season!

Here at Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio homeowners often ask us when is the best time to move forward in pursuing their outdoor living structure project. While there is never really a wrong time to begin your outdoor living space project, there are advantages to designing and even building during the winter months.

A smart reason to build your outdoor structure in winter months is there is less wait time to begin construction. Gaining approval through HOA’s and permitting will take less time because there is less backlog and this makes the wait-time minimal in most cases. Making the decision to build now will ensure being able to enjoy the benefits of your new structure sooner and in plenty of time for the arrival of the warm season ahead. Keep in mind, when dealing with a quality builder wait times can be longer, especially during the outdoor living season. Deciding on a fall/ winter project can reduce those wait times by half or more.

Wooden decks such as this PT deck in Centreville, OH have time to cure properly it built during the cooler months

Wooden decks such as this PT deck in Centreville, OH have time to cure properly it built during the cooler months

If you are considering a structure built from wood, a winter project will provide many benefits, here is why–Like the many positive attributes that go along with aging a bottle of fine wine, wood also requires a time period of acclimation. The laws of expansion and contraction all apply when it comes to working with wood. All wood is hygroscopic, meaning that when exposed to air, it will release or pick up moisture until it is level with the humidity and temperature of the air. Humid conditions, such as those typical to our summers, will cause more rapid expansion and contraction of wood that is not yet sealed for protection against the elements. A structure built from wood needs to cure for a period of time before the sealer or paint will properly adhere to the wood and promote beneficial protection qualities. By choosing to build during the least humid time of year, your wooden structure will have ample time to cure in preparation to accept the sealer or paint you choose.

A fall or winter project will ensure springtime fun for the whole family Archadeck of Central  and SW Ohio

Moving forward with your project during the winter will ensure springtime fun for the whole family!

Another key consideration when planning a project timeline for your outdoor structure that is often an afterthought with less-seasoned builders is how the project may affect your lifestyle and surrounding landscape. Choosing to build during the cooler months will impact your lawn and landscape less than if you chose to build during the spring and summer months. Wet turf damages more easily, as does turf that is under stress from temperatures and higher humidity. Building in the fall and winter will ensure you avoid both of these obstacles. It is also important to note that along with perennial grasses, most shrubs and plants are in their dormant stages during the fall and winter. During dormancy, these plantings are less likely to experience permanent damage from having to be trimmed, pruned or altered to accommodate the addition of a backyard space. Aside from the landscape, construction during the winter will cause less of an interruption in your life since most people use their yards less during these months. This means the noises and materials will be less of an annoyance than they would be when you are using the yard a lot during the spring and summer months. Like the old saying goes, “out of sight means out of mind”.

Curved Timber Tech composite deck with style! Located in Washington Twp outside Dayton Ohio

A stunning outdoor space among autumn’s splendor – Curved Timber Tech composite deck with in Washington Twp outside Dayton Ohio.

 

Large composite deck with pergolas and gazebo

Get more bang for your buck with deep discounts on furniture and accessories during a fall/winter project.

Deciding upon a  winter construction timeline can also mean you will have the opportunity to take advantage of decorator discounts when furnishing your new space!  Furnishings and accessories are an important part of creating the outdoor oasis feel within your new outdoor space. With the end of peak building season comes deep discounts. Many outdoor and patio furniture retailers slash prices more than half to make room for next year’s inventory. If you are building or in the planning phases of your outdoor structure during the winter, you will be able to take advantage of these deep discounts, get more for your money and be able to afford higher quality furniture at major reduced prices.

Last but certainly not least, choosing to have your outdoor structure designed, scheduled and constructed during the cooler months can save you money for many reasons. In some cases building your structure in the later quarters of the year can help you out when it comes tax time. In addition, if you intend to finance your new outdoor structure, the interest rates are still extremely low. The current standing in the economy can mean a lower payment each month on your new structure as well. Lower interest rates can save you a tremendous amount over the long haul. Another aspect of the savings you can incur is because material prices typically rise during the first part of a new year, especially when dealing with synthetic materials.Prices on synthetic/composite materials are predicted to increase by as much as 10% in 2014! By deciding to move ahead with your intended outdoor space and have it designed, planned  and scheduled before the new year arrives will ensure, you can lock into this year’s pricing for materials.

Fiberon composite deck with vinyl pergolas and vinyl gazebo located in Greene county outside Xenia Ohio

Can’t decide? We can build your backyard dream in phases as part of our staged building program.

Keep in mind that Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio designs and  builds year-round and because there are few freeze-line concerns, anytime can actually be the best time to build your project!  We can also design and build your dream backyard in stages as part of our staged building program. With this in mind, fall and winter is the perfect time to start the first stage of your desired outdoor living project. If you are considering a deck and patio combination for example, you can take advantage of our staged building option and build the deck this winter and then we can add the patio later into the spring, or as your lifestyle and budget sees fit. With our staged building program the choice is yours.

Tim Stephens owner of  Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

If you are on the fence about beginning your outdoor project, moving forward in designing and scheduling your project now will ensure proper timing, less wait time and it will put less strain on your wallet. Contact Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio today to learn more (513) 897 – 2040, our consultation is free but the benefits are priceless!
wcohio@archadeck.net