Category Archives: Deck and Patio Combinations

THIS is the season for decks and redecks — and don’t forget the shade covering, too!

Kettering OH TT dream deck

Dream deck in Kettering, OH, by Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio.

2017 is shaping up to be “The Year of The Deck” around Cincinnati and Dayton. We get so many calls for decks this time of year! With fall weather around the corner, are you suddenly wishing you had a deck?

Decks are ideal for sitting outside and relaxing. Perfect for sharing time with family and friends. Lovely for evenings under the stars and for grilling and dining al fresco, day or night. Decks are especially great for parties (if you like parties).

When you step out through your back door, do you take a step or two (or more) down before you reach the ground? If so, then you need a deck!

Decks may seem very straightforward, but you’ll have to make some decisions. We can help you with that. Here are some of the decisions many clients are exploring when they call Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio for information about adding a deck to the home:

Do you need a new deck or a redeck?

If you have an older deck and you’re thinking about replacing it, you may have the option of redecking instead of starting from scratch with a new deck. This can save you some money, but before we can commit to redecking we’ll need to examine your current deck. If the underlying structure is still sound and in good condition, we may be able to use it. If so, we’ll replace the surface decking boards along with the steps, railings and pickets.

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 OhioWould you prefer natural wood or one of the composite decking products now available?

Some homeowners prefer real wood, and that’s fine if you’re willing to perform the tasks of regular deck maintenance — or hire someone to do the work for you each year. Without annual cleaning, staining and resealing, a wooden deck will not look its best and can deteriorate more quickly than you’d expect.

Composite decking boards are looking more like natural wood every day. Decks built with composite decking materials such as AZEK or TimberTech will retain their like-new appearance with minimal maintenance on your part. The trade-off is the cost, because these decks are more expensive. Many homeowners decide the cost of composite decking is more than offset by its maintenance-free durability and longevity.

Will you redeck with natural wood or composite?

If you are hoping for redecking rather than tearing down the old deck and building a new one, you will still need to decide whether you want natural wood or composite decking. Even if your original deck was made entirely of natural wood, we can switch to composite decking for the redeck. Many clients choose to redeck purely for this reason. They are no longer willing to perform the upkeep that natural wood requires, so they are ready to make the switch to low-maintenance materials.

Our award winning deck in Spring Valley, OH features a curved, raised area for dining.

Our award winning deck in Spring Valley, OH features a curved, raised area just for outdoor dining.

How large will your deck be?

You’re not limited to the 10×12-foot builder-grade deck size you may have seen on some new homes. When it comes to deck size, we encourage the homeowner to consider all of the ways you’ll want to use the deck. Will it serve more than one function? Would you like your deck to have several sections for different purposes?

If you’ll be grilling out on the deck, you may want to use an area near the grill for a dining table and chairs. When you’re considering the deck size, you need to allow plenty of room for people to pull their chairs out from the table and for other guests to pass behind them comfortably. When it’s not mealtime, you might prefer to sit on a couch, love seat, or other comfortable outdoor lounge furniture. So already we’re looking at three areas on the deck for grilling, dining and lounging. Be sure you plan enough space for various activities.

Outdoor Living at its best in Clear Creek Township by Archadeck of West Central and SW Ohio

Are you considering a deck-and-patio combination?

We can show you many examples of outdoor living space combinations, including hardscapes, we have designed and built for Dayton and Cincinnati area homeowners. The more you use your outdoor space, the more space you may need! Especially if you enjoy entertaining outdoors, the deck-and-patio combination will give you more room for separate dining and seating areas — even room for a fire pit or outdoor fireplace and a seating wall.

Shadetree Canopy retractable awnings installed over a mahogany deck in Butler Township just north of Dayton Ohio

Shadetree Canopy retractable awnings installed over a mahogany deck in Butler Township just north of Dayton,Ohio.

Don’t forget to include a shade covering in your design!

Whether it’s a pergola or retractable canopy, shade covering doesn’t need to be an afterthought. We recommend planning for shade during the initial design of your outdoor living project. Shade may not be a concern going into fall, but when spring and summer roll back around, you’ll be glad you planned ahead for protection from the sun’s brutal UV rays.

Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio is an authorized dealer and installer for several companies that provide shade solutions:

Equinox pergolas

Lumon Natural Light Patio Covers

ShadeTree Retractable Canopy Systems

ShadeFX retractable canopies

Pergolas are attractive and provide visual impact to any outdoor living space, but in some locations they do not provide enough shade. Some of the products listed above can be combined with a pergola for just the right mix of function and beauty, while some offer an alternative to pergolas. Also, some of these shade products can protect you from the rain. Let us help you decide which of these would work best with your deck or deck-and-patio combination.

If you are interested in a new deck or redeck, with or without a patio or shade cover, contact Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio today at (937) 848 – 7040 or (513) 897 – 2040, or via email at

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio


When we say award-winning designs, you can be confident we’re not exaggerating

CoTy Award for NARI Contractor of the Year Miami Valley OH 2015 Fresh from our Outdoor Living Brands annual conference, awards in hand, we returned home in time to be notified of another award Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio received. We have also been honored with the Contractor of the Year Award (CotY) from our Miami Valley, OH chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) and we could not be any more elated! This is especially exciting for us because this means our distinctive combination outdoor living space in Clear Creek Township, OH won two awards this year, from two different prestigious associations.

Combination outdoor living spaces are considered a favorite amongst clients and builders, so it seems only fitting that our awe-inspiring combination project in Clear Creek Township, OH was the winning design for the CotY in the category of Residential Exterior projects. Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio believes an “outdoor living space combination” is achieved when the function and aesthetic assets of two or more outdoor structures are merged within the design and construction to allow them to function as one large space.

Dayton and Cincinnati's premier outdoor living structure designer and builder

For this outdoor living space combination project, our clients expressed their desires for an outdoor living space that allowed them the best of both worlds; a covered porch perfect for dinners al fresco or an escape from inclement weather combined with a large open hardscape upon which they could entertain and bask in the sun during the day as well as enjoy evening celebrations under a star filled night sky. We custom designed and built this combination outdoor living space to fulfill, if not surpass, their outdoor enjoyment wishes as well as create a structure and space that blended seamlessly with their home’s original style. As confirmed by multiple awards for the finished space, we succeeded!!

Waynesville OH outdoor living space expertsThe details of our award-winning space include a spacious open deck and porch finished in all low-maintenance materials. For the covered porch we used Envisions decking in the warm hued “Spiced Teak” for the flooring and stairs, a rustic-inspired pine tongue & groove material for the ceiling, durable white vinyl railings and for continuity, wrapped the porch posts also in white vinyl. The porch stairs graciously step down to the large curved paver patio including an integrated custom fire pit, all of which were constructed with Oberfield Tumbled Pavers in neutral tones to enhance the decking and exterior of the home. To complete the design and provide symmetry, Archadeck Outdoor Living installed a second sconce above the door(s) that lead into the porch. This combination outdoor living space truly exemplifies the visual interpretation of poetry in motion, as you can see in the pictures below.

Details of combination outdoor living project in Clear Creek Township, Waynesville OHThe Miami Valley remodeling industry’s finest contractors make up the membership of the Miami Valley chapter of the NARI. It is both an honor and a privilege to have been selected Contractor of the Year as we were competing against the best of the best in our industry. We consider this a very large feather in our cap and are proud to display this award in our Waynesville, OH showroom along with our many other awards.

Waynesville OH covered porch and deck pavilions

If you’d like to meet members of our award-winning team this weekend, be sure to stop by the Miami Valley Home World show at the Dayton Expo Center this weekend, or next…as Miami Valley’s NARI Contractor of the Year, we would love to see you!

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

If you’re ready to have your own award-winning outdoor living environment custom designed and built for you right in your backyard, contact Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio today to learn more at (937) 848-7040 or (513) 897-2040. You can also email us at

“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 decks photo gallery, and our pergolas photo gallery, located on our website.


Take a peek at this amazing backyard transformation in Bellbrook, OH, by Archadeck Outdoor Living.

Bellbrook OH outdoor living combinationHere at Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio, our goal is to design and build outdoor living spaces for the way our clients want to live outdoors. This project in Bellbrook, OH, is the perfect example of this concept.

When we originally met with these Bellbrook homeowners they conveyed to us their love for entertaining outdoors. This also includes entertaining a large number of guests. Their desire was to have an all-inclusive outdoor living space that unified food preparation areas, outdoor dining areas, conversation areas, and relaxation space. The design we came up with perfectly accommodates their needs — take a look…

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 transform your outdoors, we can customize a design that fits you and your family’s needs, and desires, to a T! Contact Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio today to get started (937) 848 – 7040 or (513) 897 – 2040

Our consultation is free, but the results are priceless!

See more inspiring outdoor living spaces by visiting our extensive photo galleries, located on our website and on Houzz.


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


     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.



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

“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.


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

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