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When is a contract not like a steak?

When is a contract not like a steakDoes this seem like a silly question? Humor us for a moment, because it will drive home the importance of reading and understanding the contract you must sign when a builder undertakes a construction job at your home. This applies to us, Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio, and to any other reputable builder out there.

When you order a steak in a restaurant, there is an implied agreement between you and the restaurant that the steak will be cooked the way you want it cooked. When the steak is delivered to your table, if it does not meet your expectations, you can send it back, and they will cook another one for you. If you are unhappy with your meal, sometimes the restaurant even throws in a free dessert or gives you the whole meal for free, “just because.”

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When you arrange for a contractor to design and build an addition to your home — even an outdoor living addition — you’ll need more than an implied agreement. For the arrangement to work, you and the builder must sign a contract. That way, everyone agrees on the expectations up front. No surprises!

Included within (or along with) your contract is the following information:

  • A description of the work to be done, also known as the scope of the project
  • The total exact price of the project, including materials, labor, permits and taxes
  • A specification sheet listing dimensions, special features and specific materials to be used
  • A detailed, labeled rendering created by an architectural draftsman based on our conversations about what the project will entail
  • Details about client responsibilities
  • A payment schedule
  • A method for dealing with amendments to the work, if needed
  • Details about how we, as the builder, will handle clean-up during and after completion of the job

When is a contract not like a steak You should not sign the contract for your new deck, porch or patio project until you are certain that you agree with and understand every detail in it. It’s important that we address any inconsistencies or concerns you may have before we get started. We never want to find out, later on down the road, that a customer had unrealistic expectations.

As you can see, the contract sets the tone and lays out the expectations for any construction project, no matter how large or how small. We take the contract very seriously. At Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio, we pride ourselves in following best business practices. Our objective is to consistently produce satisfied customers while continuing to maintain a successful business.

Dayton Award Winning Outdoor Living SpacesWhen we design and build your new outdoor living environment, we are poised to accommodate your needs and desires in every way. Putting everything in writing, up front, is our way of ensuring we fulfill your wishes. We want you to get everything you expect from your design the first time around.

One area for potential misunderstandings is the timing of your outdoor living project. If we run into inclement weather while working at your home, we’ll need to take time away from the site until conditions improve. Also, addendums to your project while construction is underway, or problems obtaining the correct materials, can extend the completion date. Delays to your project will affect other clients in the queue for future start dates. Conversely, if we encounter delays at a project scheduled before yours, then your start date might be affected.

Does this “contract talk” sound boring? It may, but think about it this way: the concept of using a contract for the scope of a building project evolved because somebody somewhere had a misunderstanding about some work to be done. We want to avoid any such misunderstandings! The contract serves to set boundaries. Should we encounter differences of opinion during the course of our work together, the contract would serve to navigate our relationship through to the successful completion of your outdoor living project.

Remember that steak you ordered at the beginning of this article? Obviously, you can’t compare the journey of building an outdoor living space addition to that of ordering a steak at a restaurant. A steak will stay with you for about 24 hours, while a deck, for example, will be with you for 20 years or more. If something isn’t right with your project, or if there is an aspect you aren’t pleased with, we will work with you, within the contract, to make things right, but we can’t throw in a free pergola. Again, we will work with you within the contract; if it is not written in the signed contract, it is not and cannot be an expectation.

If you are contemplating an outdoor living addition at your home, you will not find a more reliable or professional contractor than Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio. We want to work with you to create the backyard of your dreams. Contact us to learn more 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

Get Your Deck Looking Its Best In Time for the Outdoor Living Season

The outdoor living season is in full swing — is your deck ready?cookout

 

 

 

 

 

In an effort to improve your total outdoor living experience, Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio offers a way to keep your old deck looking like new.

Our cleaning and protection service can bring your outdoor structures back to life. This service consists of more than just power washing and cleaning. After thoroughly cleaning and pressure washing your deck or other outdoor structure, we then follow-up with an application of environmentally friendly, premium quality sealant. You can choose to enhance your deck with a new color from our extensive palette, or just leave it natural. Our synthetic resin sealer protects your deck from the elements and resists subsequent mold and mildew growth. Our clean and protect service is perfect for use on pressure-treated wood decks and outdoor structures, cedar, mahogany, redwood or any vertical or horizontal exterior wood surface.

Dayton Deck Cleaning and Sealing Services

In addition to wooden outdoor surfaces, we can also clean your low-maintenance, synthetic/composite deck and hardscape surfaces, too!

Older low maintenance composite and PVC decks require little work to keep in good condition, (much less upkeep than wood), but still, needs maintenance and attention to keep them in tip-top shape. Our composite deck cleaning service uses a safe, oxygenated cleaner that’s highly effective at removing black stains caused by dirt, grime and graying common on composite decking surfaces. In addition, unlike chlorine bleach, our environmentally friendly deck cleaner is biodegradable and will not harm composite wood fibers, pets, grass or most plants.Dayton and Cincinnati outdoor living experts
Patios and hardscapes need attention too! We recommend cleaning and sealing your hardscape every three to seven years, depending on environmental aspects and traffic to the area. Whether you have a new hardscape or if your patio has been in service for several years we can keep it protected or help revive it to its former beauty with our proven clean and sealing process.

Centerville OH Patio Extension and Privacy Screen

Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio is committed to helping you get the most out of your outdoor living space season after season! A freshly cleaned and protected deck and/or hardscape is the best way to do just that!

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Call today to schedule your free clean and seal estimate – (937) 848-7040 (513) 897-2040 or email us at westcentralohio@archadeck.net.

This project in Centerville, OH, exemplifies maximum appeal with minimal investment

Centerville OH Patio Extension and Privacy ScreenWhen looking at the vast portfolio of large-scale projects featured on our website people are often reluctant to reach out to us about smaller scale outdoor living projects. It is true that we are indeed a custom design and build company and not a repair company, but we embrace the chance to work on smaller scale projects with just as much vigor as large ones. Remember, that in many cases it is way a design addresses and conforms to your specific needs rather than the size. We recently completed a project in Centerville, OH, that exemplifies getting maximum appeal from your outdoor living space with minimal investment.

Eliminate the negative & accentuate the positive

The main goals of this clients was to add privacy within their existing outdoor living space, and to extend the space to make it more functional. Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio addressed both of these goals within a simplistic design. Additional square footage was added to their existing paver patio and screened panels were added to the perimeter of the space. the beauty of these screened panels is they not only look the part, they keep prying eyes at bay and vice versa, but without giving the “feeling” of being fenced in.

Before image of existing space prior to beginning project:

Before image of existing space prior to beginning project:

Centerville OH Patio Extension and Privacy Screen

Centerville OH Patio Extension and Privacy Screen

After the project was completed:

Centerville OH Privacy ScreenFor the patio expansion, we used Oberfield pavers and integrated the existing tree into the new area. The privacy screen is Mt. Hope maintenance free vinyl with a decorative lattice top. The entire space feels more open despite adding privacy from every angle.

Here’s what the homeowners had to say about their completed project:

“Very happy with our paver patio, it’s just what we hoped for.”

— Tom S. in Centerville, OH

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 does always means a design tailored to your personal needs and tastes to fit your budget.

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

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

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

 

 

 

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.

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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”

 

Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio asks… Who said you can’t reap the benefits of your beautiful backyard throughout fall and winter?

Fall has arrived!The glory of fall is here and the weather is cooling. Because of this, many homeowners are beginning the process of shutting down their outdoor living spaces. They are covering their patio furniture, preparing their landscapes for the impending dormant season and basically heading indoors until the warm weather of spring emerges. But why? Who said you can’t reap the benefits of your beautiful backyard throughout fall and winter?

If you really want to get more use out of your outdoor living space, Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio can help expand your living space with hardscaping. Hardscaping can be used to create an outdoor room with amenities that rival your indoor space, such as a full outdoor kitchen, built-in seating, and an outdoor fireplace or fire pit. This outdoor space will be perfect for entertaining guests and will allow you to enjoy nature and engage yourself in your landscape rather than just admire it from your window.

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Decks and patios naturally blend together because of the allure of stone and wood as it mingles.

Outdoor kitchens are fully functional cooking spaces that allow the chef in your family to cook all your meals outdoors without running back and forth to the kitchen. They usually include a grill island, a sink, a small refrigerator, cabinets and a bar for seating and an eating area. One of the best parts about having an outdoor kitchen as part of your outdoor living area, is that not only will you and your guests get to enjoy dinner alfresco but the chef can participate in the festivities while preparing the meal as well.

Outdoor kitchen and patio poolside

Outdoor kitchen and covered patio poolside.

When the autumn nights begin to settle in, even though it may be a little chilly, a fire element can warm you right up and give you an excuse to be outside. Whether it’s down time with the family, intimate get-togethers with friends, or a full-blown party, having a fireplace or fire pit adds another dimension to entertaining. Inevitably, it becomes the focal point, and as most who have spent time staring into a blaze will attest, it encourages friendly conversation and warm feelings. Even while relaxing at home in your hot tub or sauna, a fire feature offers a healthy means of de-stressing.

Timber Tech Composite Deck with Curved Bench and Fire pit in Beavercreek Ohio Greene County

Timber Tech Composite Deck in Beavercreek, OH, with integrated fire pit.

Much like any outdoor living structure or element, an outdoor kitchen or fire feature can be customized to match your tastes and needs. Even with a smaller yard, you can still create an intimate space for gatherings. From the furniture and appliances to the actual fire feature itself, there are plenty of ways you can customize your outdoor space and still reap all of these benefits:

  • Entertainment – nothing says gather a group of friends and family together like freshly prepared food under the stars or s’mores and spooky stories around the fire pit or fireplace
  • Cooking – outdoor cooking is more robust when you use a gas grill, Big Green Egg cooker or wood burning pizza oven in the great outdoors…not to mention all of the culinary creations you can prepare over the open flame of a fire pit or outdoor fireplace
  • Ambiance – even if you aren’t into throwing parties or entertaining, the ambiance a fire feature or warm inviting outdoor kitchen brings is worth the investment alone, especially if you are into star gazing with a loved one while sitting next to one of nature’s most captivating elements
  • Added home value – both an outdoor kitchen and a fire feature are attractive elements that create an enthralling focal point that can really help make your home stand apart from others

The inclusion of an outdoor kitchen or outdoor fire feature, such as a fireplace or fire pit, or even a combination of the two will enhance as well as extend the use of your Miami Valley backyard, allowing you to entertain friends and family for virtual year round outdoor fun, even during the colder months.

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

Many people put a lot of thought and energy into creating a beautiful landscape, but overlook the importance of hardscaping. While patios may be the first thing that come to mind when you think of hardscaping, it includes much more than that. From patios to full outdoor kitchens and, of course, fire pits, Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio can execute every aspect of masonry and stonework used to include hardscapes in your outdoor living space. We use only the finest materials, and work with the best crafted products proven in the outdoor industry.

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Our professional and talented staff members are experts at helping homeowners, like you, get the most out of each season with an outdoor structure custom designed and built for your enjoyment. Contact 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.”

Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio shares how the best referrals begin with jealous neighbors

Xenia, OH grill area detail with pergolaOver the years, Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio has gained an outstanding reputation throughout the Miami Valley area for constructing high quality outdoor living spaces, thus creating a substantial foundation of satisfied customers. Our design and construction teams are exceptionally talented at what they do and we are constantly striving to improve ourselves by learning about new materials and techniques that will enhance our building standards. We custom design and build one-of-a-kind structures that add comfort and improve the quality of living outdoors. Rest assured that the outdoor living structure we build for you will look great for years to come and likely make your neighbors jealous.

2012 Contractor of the Year, Miami Valley NARI Residential Exterior-Deck. This custom designed deck in Cincinnati, Colerain Twp, Hamilton county Ohio suits this Tudor style house superblyIt happens time and time again. We complete a custom designed backyard retreat for a client and to show off their lovely new outdoor living space, they host a cookout or dinner party and invite all of their neighbors. They receive tons of “oohhs and aahhs”, the entire structure is inspected from top to bottom and before the party is over, and each guest asks “who was your builder?” The next thing you know the whole cul-de-sac is under construction and outdoor living space dreams are becoming reality for lots of homeowners!

Our main goal is ensuring we provide excellent services, maintain a respectable reputation, and continue to build good relationships with our customers and referral sources. Satisfied customers love sharing with others about their positive experiences with a business. This helps to maintain a strong, active and growing business with a strong line of repeat clients that can supply a wealth of referral business.

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How can you be certain Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio is the right builder for you? Three things make us stand out from the crowd:

  • Our reputation and accreditation in the building industry speaks volumes regarding the quality of our work and our client satisfaction rating.
  • As a custom design and build firm we have an excellent team covering a wide range of disciplines and skills as well as many industry connections, allowing us greater access to materials and special services to further customize your project. Have no doubt that your customized outdoor living space addition will be built by our fully licensed and insured team and backed by two separate guarantees, constituting the most expansive customer protection plan in the industry.
  • As the nation’s largest builder network specializing in custom designed and built outdoor living structures, when you elect to work with Archadeck, you can rest assured that you’ll enjoy quality construction standards and unmatched protections not available from any other builder. Being a part of this network and its approach to customized design sets Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio apart from other contracted builders in the area. We offer custom designs to complement your home, suit your personal tastes and meet and exceed your exact needs.

Archadeck outdoor livingWhat makes us so confident? The positive feedback and personal referrals of our many satisfied customers as well as our belief in our commitment to deliver the best high quality outdoor living space design and construction by a local, community focused business backed by the strength of a company that’s built thousands of incredible outdoor structures!

Conscientious homeowners look at a builder’s experience, credentials, and comments and references from previous clients to make an informed decision. Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio has loads of experience, all the right credentials and references Galore! Contact us today to learn more, our consultation is free but the benefits are priceless! You may reach us by phone at (937) 848 – 7040
(513) 897 – 2040 or 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.”

Protect your outdoor living space investment with our clean and seal maintenance service!

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While you enjoying the outdoors, take a look at your outdoor living surfaces!

Now is the time when most Dayton and Cincinnati homeowners are outside enjoying the sunshine and getting the exterior of their home in tip-top shape for the outdoor living season! With this in mind, while you are remulching, planting colorful flowers and grooming the lawn, have you taken a moment to look at your deck and outdoor living areas?

Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio offers a variety of maintenance services to protect and beautify your investment including cleaning, brightening, and protecting wood decks, composite decks, and hardscape surfaces such as paver patios, pool surrounds and driveways. And after a winter full of exposure to the harsh elements, the potential of mold, mildew and grime build up as well as damage caused by snow shovels is very likely and should absolutely be addressed before the outdoor living season gets into full swing.

Cumaru tropical hardwood custom designed deck with Deckorator aluminum pickets in an Ipe rail, floating benches, and multi-levels in Centerville Ohio outside Dayton Ohio

We can bring your wooden deck back to life with our power washing and cleaning process, followed by an application of environmentally friendly, premium quality sealant in your choice of an array of colors, or just leave it natural. The synthetic resin sealer protects the deck from the elements and resists mold and mildew growth. Our clean and protect service is perfect for use on pressure treated wood decks and outdoor structures, cedar, mahogany, redwood or any vertical or horizontal exterior wood surface.

West Central and SW Ohio composite deck builder

Low maintenance decks require little work to keep in good condition, (much less upkeep than wood), but still need a maintenance and attention to keep them in tip-top shape. Our composite deck cleaning service uses a safe, oxygenated cleaner that’s highly effective at removing black stains caused by algae, dirt, grime and graying common on composite decking surfaces. In addition, unlike chlorine bleach, our environmentally friendly deck cleaner is biodegradable and will not harm composite wood fibers, pets, grass or most plants.

Patio and outdoor kitchen combination

We recommend cleaning and sealing your hardscape every three to seven years, depending on environmental aspects and traffic of the area. Whether you have a new hardscape or if your patio has been in service for several years we can keep it protected or help revive it to its former beauty with our clean and sealing process.

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio is committed to helping you get the most out of your outdoor living space season after season! A freshly cleaned and protected deck and hardscape is the best way to do just that! Contact us to schedule your maintenance service! Call today to schedule your free clean and seal estimate – (937) 848-7040 (513) 897-2040 or email us at westcentralohio@archadeck.net.

 

 

Not only are we in the business of designing and building phenomenal outdoor living spaces, we’re experts in cleaning and protecting them as well!

Details of combination outdoor living project in Clear Creek Township, Waynesville OHNo matter if it’s your car, your home or a fine leather wallet, the key to getting the most out of your investment is proper cleaning and routine maintenance. Your outdoor living space is an investment you’ve made which ensures not only the increase in the value and curb appeal of your home, but your family’s enjoyment of leisure and entertainment activities for many years to come.  Just like washing and waxing your car protects its exterior or the use of a soft cloth with mink oil preserves the supple surface of your leather goods, annual cleaning and sealing of your outdoor living structures protects their surfaces. As this area’s leading source for all things outdoors, Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio not only custom designs and builds the finest structures, we also offer annual cleaning and maintenance programs to ensure their longevity.

We provide the ultimate in protecting your investment with a variety of maintenance services including cleaning, brightening, and protecting wood decks, composite decks, and hardscape surfaces such as paver patios, pool surrounds and driveways. And after a winter full of exposure to the harsh elements, the potential of mold, mildew and grime build up as well as damage caused by snow shovels is very likely and should absolutely be addressed before the outdoor living season gets into full swing.

  • Renew the Look of Your Deck

This gracious multi-level pressure treated southern yellow pine wood deck in Butler County West Chester Ohio features a fan pergola to break up the setting sun over the dining area.Bring your wooden deck back to life with our power washing and cleaning process, followed by an application of environmentally friendly, premium quality sealant in your choice of an array of colors, or just leave it natural. The synthetic resin sealer protects the deck from the elements, plus resists mold and mildew growth, making your deck look like new for the outdoor living season ahead. Our clean and protect service is perfect for use on pressure treated wood decks and outdoor structures, cedar, mahogany, redwood or any vertical or horizontal exterior wood surface.

West Central and SW Ohio composite deck builderBy definition, low maintenance decking materials require little work to keep in good condition, (much less upkeep than wood), but still need a little TLC to keep them in tip-top shape. Our composite deck cleaning service uses a safe, oxygenated cleaner that’s highly effective at removing black stains caused by algae, dirt, grime and weathered graying common on composite wood surfaces. Unlike chlorine bleach, our environmentally friendly deck cleaner is biodegradable and will not harm composite wood fibers, pets, grass or most plants.

  • Hardscape cleaning and sealing
Pavers need to be cleaned and maintained to keep that like new beauty

Pavers need to be cleaned and maintained to keep that like new beauty.

We recommend cleaning and sealing your hardscape every three to seven years, depending on environmental aspects and traffic of the area. Both of these conditions can be particularly harsh on natural stone patios, often causing staining or corrosion on the surface. You can protect your hardscape with a sealant which not only defends against those elements, but enhances the stone’s appearance at the same time. Additionally, with the use of an innovative, “breathable” product which can be applied as soon as pavers are installed without trapping efflorescence (the whitish powder that naturally rises to the surface of a hardscape following installation) “cure times” are eliminated.

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An aging wooden deck that has not been properly maintained.

If your patio has been in service for several years, any grease, dirt, paints, waxes and other surface contaminants must be thoroughly removed prior to the application of stain or sealer. Once the stain or sealer has been applied and allowed to dry completely, the surface will again need to be washed to remove any residue left over from the staining process. We do this using a neutral cleaner as to not damage the surface.

 

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio is committed to helping you get the most out of your outdoor living space season after season! A freshly cleaned and protected deck and hardscape is the best way to do just that! Contact us to schedule your maintenance service! Call today to schedule your free clean and seal estimate – (937) 848-7040 (513) 897-2040 or email us at westcentralohio@archadeck.net.

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 westcentralohio@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 decks photo gallery, and our pergolas photo gallery, located on our website.

 

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Our Dayton & Cincinnati outdoor living space creations emphasize the difference is in the details!

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Don’t you agree the details make the finished project more delicious?

Like many other things in life, the details can make a tremendous difference in the outcome, and, in your ultimate satisfaction and happiness. Take for example, a simple banana split; the bananas and triple scoops of ice cream certainly are delicious, but would it be as satisfying if you left out the whipped cream and sweet cherry from the top?  Outdoor living space designs, too, play by the same rules. The details of the design make your experience, and how you view the space more fulfilling. Archadeck of West Central and SW Ohio specializes in providing our customers with a detailed customer oriented design while paying attention to the intricate details that provide a true, custom, one-of-a-kind structure.

In progress image showing the installation of this detailed patio border in Bellbrook, Ohio.

In progress image showing the installation of this detailed patio border in Bellbrook, Ohio.

  • The details of our hardscape designs: When we design a hardscape, such as a patio, retaining wall, outdoor fireplace or even a custom fire pit, we include the “little extras” that make the addition aesthetically appealing and cohesive. For example, when designing an outdoor living combination containing a deck and patio combination. Often, the deck is rectangular or square. In order to “soften” the linear feel of the space, we will design the patio with curved, rounded edges. We also like to add a soldier or sailor course to the outer edge of many of our patios to help define the transition from the patio into the landscape. We will often introduce the use of another color into the border as well. This results in a dramatic impact aesthetically and increases the WOW factor!
We used a double solider course border on this patio in Waynesville, OH.

We used a double solider course border on this patio in Waynesville, OH.

Front Porch and custom patio surround by Archadeck of West Central & SW Ohio

Notice the border on this patio surround.

Notice the details of this custom fire pit addtion:

Notice the details of this custom fire pit addition:

Patio, deck and pergola combination in Englewood Ohio

Patio, deck and pergola combination in Englewood Ohio

This stunning walkway in Bellbrook, OH, shows color variance and the use of a soldier course border detail.

This stunning walkway in Bellbrook, OH, shows color variance and the use of a soldier course border detail.

  • How we “cope” with the details: When referring to “coping” with the details, we mean it in the literal sense. A little detail we often include in many of our hardscape designs, including fire places, ledges, and pillars is the use of three-dimensional coping to visually enhance our structures. Take a look at what we mean:
Pergola with three-dimensional coping at base of pillars.

Pergola with three-dimensional coping at base of pillars.

Pillar details, up close.

Pillar details, up close.

We also used this concept on the mantle/ledge of this outdoor fireplace in Bellbrook, OH.

We also used this concept on the mantle/ledge of this outdoor fireplace in Bellbrook, OH.

In progress, detailed view of three-dimensional coping:

In progress, detailed view of three-dimensional coping:

  • More details – Not your traditional deck:  The details don’t end with our hardscape designs. As you can clearly see, our custom deck designs often include curved, radius edging, picture framed borders, integrated seating and plants along with other intricate details you just don’t see everyday!
This deck in Springborough, OH features an interior and exterior curved radius bench.

This deck in Springborough, OH features an interior and exterior curved radius, rails and bench.

Curved Planter detail on Colerain Township OH deck

This deck in Colerain Township, OH, is loaded with details. Notice the integrated curved planter and finished opening for tree.

Here is a closer look at the detailed way we treated the tree the homeowners wished to save.

Here is a closer look at the detailed way we treated the tree the homeowners wished to save.

There are thousands of little details that go into designing and building an outdoor living  project – some that you see, and some that you don’t.  But their sum total makes up the look, feel and underlying quality of the project as a whole. There are many details that are standard in our designs – both aesthetic and structural – that come as a result of having built thousands of projects. As you can clearly see, Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio knows the difference in your satisfaction and happiness for years to come lies within the details.

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Our commitment to excellence in outdoor structure design and building ensures your unique project is built with attention to even the smallest details. Contact us today to learn more 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.”

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