Category Archives: Under deck systems

Sometimes the smallest details make the biggest impact– our recent rooftop deck in Oakwood, OH, is proof!

Oakwood Ohio rooftop deck

Oakwood,OH, rooftop deck.

Our recently completed project in Oakwood, OH, brings to mind the relaxing, melodic lyrics from a beloved old song;

“When this old world starts getting me down
And people are just too much for me to face
I climb way up to the top of the stairs
And all my cares just drift right into space
On the roof, its peaceful as can be
And there the world below can’t bother me”

– from “Up on the Roof” by the Drifters

Why, you may ask do I find myself humming the melody of this particular classic each time the project crosses my mind? The answer is easy. This relaxing outdoor addition consists of a custom-designed rooftop deck loaded with vintage details —  with the modern elements that make this deck a breeze to maintain and enjoy!

Oakwood OH AZEK deck builder

This low-maintenance beauty is located just off the 2nd story sitting room.

The panels on the rooftop deck in Oakwood OH were designed to mimic the home's vintage entry door

The panels on the rooftop deck in Oakwood OH were designed to mimic the home’s vintage entry door!

Archadeck Outdoor Living designed this rooftop deck to match the vintage details of the clients’ timeless Craftsman style Oakwood, OH, home. If you look closely the panels used on the deck’s railing mimic the homeowner’s vintage front entry door. In addition we used tapered corners on the decks’ columns, built from cedar, to keep the architectural flow of the addition in keeping with the existing home.

Oakwood OH custom deck designsWe also designed this rooftop deck with low maintenance materials to ensure more time is focused on enjoying the deck, instead of maintaining it! The deck is built with wonderful AZEK decking with wooden rails. The homeowner is planning to paint the rails in the coming weeks to match the home’s trim color.

  • Fun Fact; The city of Oakwood is steeped in history and tradition. According to the Oakwood Historical Society, “In 1804, Colonel Robert Patterson purchased uninhabited land along the Miami River south of the city of Dayton. Patterson built a homestead along Brown Street in Dayton, and his farm, mill and out buildings occupied Northern Oakwood near Rubicon Road and along Schantz Avenue. The area grew to become home to farms, families

and even summer houses along the way. In 1913 a flood destroyed much of downtown Dayton, Ohio. Demand for Oakwood homes increased as many city residents sought new homes and were comforted by the high elevation home developers touted in their advertisements. Oakwood’s population boomed during the 1920s and 1930s. By the end of the 1950s, the City of Oakwood was essentially the size it is today. The cities of Moraine, Kettering, and Dayton had surrounded the City of Oakwood.”

Oakwood OH custom deck designs

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 embark on an adventure in creative and unique outdoor living designs perfect for enhancing your lifestyle, such as a rooftop deck or other outdoor structure addition contact Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio today to learn more at (937) 848 – 7040 or (513) 897 – 2040 and by email 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.

Archadeck of West Central and SW Ohio discusses the endless benefits of utilizing an under-deck guttering system

Spring Valley OH CoTY award nominee for specialty deck

Our beautiful deck in Spring Valley, OH features an Under deck guttering system.

The ideal outdoor living space for most homeowners is not only beautiful, but is also loaded with functional and versatility. One of the most commonly ignored areas of an outdoor living space on projects that include an elevated or 2nd story deck is the space under the deck. Here at Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio, we take the area under your deck into consideration as viable outdoor living space each time we design a new elevated or 2nd story deck, or re-decking project. By using an under-deck guttering system, we are able to provide an outdoor living space that allows you to “have your cake and eat it too”… so to speak!

Whether you have an existing 2nd story deck or are considering adding a new one from scratch, taking advantage of the area below your deck can be a great way to create two outdoor living spaces out of one. Normally, the spaces between the deck boards will cause water to drip down below which can keep you from enjoying the space under your deck in wet weather. We are able to add an under decking system to your deck that prevents any water from dripping down through the decking boards. This is critical when creating an under-deck outdoor living area, but also when building a porch under a deck.

Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio used Dry Snap on this under deck space in Springvalley OH

Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio used DrySnap on this under deck space in Springvalley, OH.

Utilizing the space under your deck can also provide outdoor living space at a fraction of the cost of constructing a porch or screened porch from scratch. Here at Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio, there are three types of under-deck systems we prefer to use. These are DrySnap under deck rain carrying systems, TimberTech’s DrySpace under deck drainage system and the Trex RainEscape deck drainage system. Though each of these systems operate in much the same way in helping to deliver an under-deck space you and your family can use as a versatile, protected, shade structure, their installation requirements vary.

DrySpace System

DrySpace under decking System.

Both DrySpace and DrySnap Attaches to your new or existing deck joists. Both systems effectively turn lower level patio space into extra leisure and storage space by creating a usable dry space under your deck. The DrySnap system is made up of vinyl ceiling panels that collect and drain water away from your deck space. It also provides a maintenance-free ceiling that covers any unsightly underside areas of your deck resulting in a clean, dry outdoor space you can utilize for a myriad of functions. This system delivers a look similar to that of a charming beadboard finished ceiling. DrySpace is made from solid extruded vinyl which also provides a maintenance free ceiling. The aesthetic differs slightly from that of DrySnap because it resembles the more rustic look of an exposed rafter porch ceiling, which exudes charm and beauty with this finished look.

Trex RainEscape

Trex RainEscape

Trex Rain Escape is similar in that it allows you to also expand your outdoor living space options by allowing rain to flow through the system and onto the ground or into a rain storage system. The only difference is with this system, you will incur additional expense in having to finish the interior ceiling of your space. Where other under deck systems we use are considered “all-inclusive” at the time of installation, this system doesn’t include a finished ceiling. This can be viewed as either a positive or a negative according to what type of ceiling you have in mind for your space.

Installation of DrySnap system.

Installation of DrySnap system.

Your under deck space can be designed to suit many functions. From an open porch or patio setting to a finished screened room that delivers protection from nuisance insects, or maybe a private covered patio off of a walkout basement — the possibilities are endless. Some homeowners are even installing TVs, speakers, ceiling fans and lights to complement their under deck outdoor living areas. Once the space is protected from interference from rain with one of these systems, it may be outfitted with all the same amenities and accoutrements of any other outdoor living space.

If you’ve dreamed of having a protected outdoor living space that is functional during inclement weather and offers shade from the hot afternoon sun in addition to your elevated or 2nd story deck, we can make that dream a reality. This outdoor living combination will make all other “two for one” deals in your life pale by comparison. Contact Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio today to learn more at (937) 848 – 7040 or (513) 897 – 2040
westcentralohio@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.”

See more examples of our versatile outdoor living spaces by visiting our decks photo gallery, and our patio and hardscapes photo gallery, located on our website.

This outdoor living space in Spring Valley, OH defines all aspects of what a true outdoor oasis should be!

Spring Valley OH custom outdoor living designs

This outdoor living combination space in Spring Valley, OH, is multi-functional and steeped in multi-faceted beauty!

Our focus project this week is one that is worth bragging about! This outdoor living combination space in Spring Valley, OH, includes a spacious low-maintenance 2nd story deck, beautiful pergola and under deck living space. The project was nominated for a 2013 Contractor of the Year Award (CoTY) in the specialty decks category, and will also be featured in an upcoming local home magazine.

Spring Valley OH CoTY award nominee for specialty deck

The completed design allows the homeowners to view their children, and the backyard pool, from every angle.

When the homeowners contacted Archadeck of West Central and SW Ohio they were interested in replacing their large wooden deck. Their existing deck was void of any design characteristics as it was in essence, designed like a big platform. These Spring Valley homeowners also wanted the new outdoor space to be low-maintenance and loaded with function. Their ideal space was one that would incorporate shade and enable them a view of the backyard pool from all angles so they could comfortably watch their children play from anywhere in the space.

Raised dining area on Spring Valley OH custom Fiberon Deck

Every element of this outdoor living design is built with form and function in mind.

The new design we came up with is nothing short of an outdoor oasis. We were able to fulfill all the needs of the homeowner with an elegant outdoor living space combination that allows the area to function in unison while still allowing separate dedicated areas of function within the design. The new deck, patio and under deck outdoor living area overlooks the pool, the homeowner’s beautiful landscape and even their beloved Koi pond and waterfall, also located on the property. For these homeowners, the new design is a match made in Heaven, and is everything they had in mind, and more!

Custom fabricated pergola on Spring Valley OH deck

The custom fabricated pergola is low-maintenance and high-aesthetic!

The deck is built using low-maintenance Fiberon decking in Rosewood with a vinyl Mount Hope rail in Cape Cod T-Rail. We installed Kichler low-voltage deck lighting for safety and for adding ambiance to the space as well. The deck features a custom-fabricated white vinyl pergola with innovative fixed louvers and interlocking slats which deliver optimum shade. Underneath the deck is just as noteworthy as the upper portion, as all the posts and beams are wrapped in rough-hewn cedar and finished with interlocking concrete pavers at their base. The introduction of cedar into this space adds an elegantly rustic contrast to the seamless design. Under the deck, is a finished, ultra-functional and versatile outdoor living space. This space was achieved by installing a DrySnap under-deck rain carrying system which allows the area under the deck  be utilized to the same benefit evident in a covered porch or patio setting. The area is conveniently located just off the Mother-in- law suite and is easily accessible from the first story of the home. The homeowner had never heard of DrySnap and was elated to learn how much function this system added to the overall project, and how much brighter it made the space too!

Under deck functional space in Spring Valley OH

By utilizing the under deck space on this Spring Valley project, the homeowners can have their cake and eat it too!

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

The completed project has turned out to be everything these Spring Valley homeowners had anticipated and more. Their new outdoor living space is packed with so much beauty and function, during the warmer months they hardly have to venture indoors. The homeowners plan to add a paver patio onto this oasis in the coming spring which will enliven this well-appointed backyard even more! We look forward to returning to Spring Valley to create more outdoor living magic!

If you are ready to transform your backyard from blah into beautiful, now is the time to start planning for the outdoor living season close at hand. 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 westcentralohio@archadeck.net Remember, planning for spring-ready backyard bliss begins early! 

“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.

 

Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio explores the top 5 ways to breathe new life into your deck space for the New Year!

 

This deck in Springvalley OH utilizes the space under the deck

Could 2014 be the year for a new you by upgrading your existing deck space?

Making the decision to build a new deck, or re-deck an existing deck is a great way to kick off the New Year. Not only will you gain all the aesthetic benefits of adding to or upgrading your outdoor living space, you will also increase the degree of function you can enjoy in your backyard. While the addition of a new deck is often the only course available to homeowners who have a deck that is not a candidate for re-decking, or in cases where there isn’t an existing deck, re-decking or upgrading your deck is a viable consideration for many homeowners.

Breathing new life into your tired deck doesn’t have to entail extensive upgrades. Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio has many decking options available to make your deck look, and function, like new again. We have put together a list of the top 5 ways you can make your existing deck new again in honor of the New Year!

New railing can make a huge difference

New railing can make a huge difference!

Top 5 Ways to Make Your Deck New Again

#1) Replacing the rail – The rail is an area that is often overlooked and underestimated when using a less-experienced deck builder. The rail is the top place to upgrade for the most obvious reason; it is the area of the deck you see the most. Your rail is visible looking at the deck from your window, as you look out of the deck into your landscape, and most importantly the rail is the first thing you see approaching your deck. In some cases we even replace the decking band along with replacement of the rails because the deck band is also an area that is highly visible from all angles. Replacing your deck railing is a great way to add curb appeal and dress up your deck with minimal effort and cost involved.

West Central and SW Ohio composite deck builder

With a growing trend towards longevity and low-maintenance, composite decks deliver on both.

#2) Re-decking with composite

With a growing trend towards longevity and low-maintenance, composite decks deliver on both. Re-decking involves replacement of the existing deck boards while adhering to the existing footprint of the deck. Making the decision to re-deck your low-aesthetic, high maintenance wooden deck into a low-maintenance, high-aesthetic deck is really a no-brainer. Re-decking with composite eliminates the chore of painting and staining your deck in the future. Composites are also as easy on bare feet as they are on the eye because they don’t splinter or retain heat the way wood does. They are also impervious to insects, fungus, and mold and will not deteriorate with exposure to the elements like some wood decks. Composite re-decking is a wise investment in the future of your outdoor living space.

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Multi level deck in Colerain Township

Expanding your deck will add additional outdoor living space for you to enjoy throughout the year.

#3) Re-decking with expansion

Re-decking with expansion involves building onto, and expanding the outdoor living space and re-decking the existing and expanded portion as a whole. The best way to define re-decking with expansion is a “new and improved” space. Expanding your deck will add additional outdoor living space for you to enjoy throughout the year. Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio can design a new and improved deck with your individual needs in mind; these may include the need for additional seating, grilling and dining or even an extended area to place a hot tub or spa.

Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio used Dry Snap on this under deck space in Springvalley OH

Archadeck of West Central Southwest Ohio used Dry Snap to utilize the under deck space on this Springvalley, OH, deck.

#4) Installing an under deck guttering system – This applies to homeowners considering a second-story deck addition or those considering re-decking an existing 2 story deck. By utilizing an under deck system in the design of your new or re-decking project, you can have your cake and eat it too! The benefits of adding an under deck system (also known as a rain deck or dry deck ), into your two-story deck project are immeasurable when it comes to enhancing your outdoor living. Taking advantage of the area below your deck can be a great way to get two outdoor living spaces out of one. The benefits of adding an under deck system (also known as a rain deck or dry deck), into your two-story deck project are immeasurable when it comes to enhancing your outdoor living. Taking advantage of the area below your deck can be a great way to get two outdoor living spaces out of one.

Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio uses Dry Snap and TimberTech’s Dry Space under decking systems. DrySnap is made of vinyl ceiling panels that collect and drain water away from your new dry space. It provides a maintenance free ceiling that covers the unsightly underside of your deck, turning it into a clean, bright, dry outdoor space. TimberTech’s Dry Space under deck drainage system collects and channels moisture from the spaces between your planks. Attaching easily to your new or existing deck joists, Dry Space effectively turns lower level patios into extra leisure and storage space by creating a usable dry space under your deck.

Multi-Level Timber Tech Earthwood composite deck with curved decking and deck lighting Warren County Springboro Ohio.

Lighting adds safety and ambiance to your deck.

#5) Deck lighting – Let there be light! Lighting adds safety and ambiance to your deck. We install a huge amount of Kichler deck lighting and TimberTech deck lighting, including Decklites into risers, posts, rail posts and even integrate lighting into the floor of the deck. Deck lighting extends the function of your deck into the evening hours and give your space a romantic feel that invites you to linger a while longer.

If you are ready to ring in the New Year with a resolution that is easy to keep, why not consider upgrading your deck? By expanding, upgrading or re-decking your existing deck you can make 2014 a year to remember, and for all to enjoy! Contact Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio to learn more about our many deck revitalization options today at (937) 848 – 7040 or (513) 897 – 2040. You can also email us at westcentralohio@archadeck.net

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

See more examples of backyard deck transformation ideas by visiting our composite and PVC deck photo gallery, and our decks photo gallery located on our website.