Category Archives: The Importance of Quality in Your Outdoor Living Space Project

When it Comes to Choosing an Outdoor Structure Builder, Beware of the “Tail-light Warranty”

hassle-free no textWe have all heard the old sayings of  “you get what you pay for” and “haste makes waste.” These ring true in many situations we encounter including choosing a builder for your new outdoor structure project. It is wise to explore your options and research any prospective builder by looking at their reviews and perusing their portfolio of completed projects, however it is also smart to be cautious about the builder that quickly brings the lowest price to the table and is ready to begin your project on a moment’s notice.

Keep in mind, that seasoned builders know what it takes structurally to ensure your safety and satisfaction. They also rarely have no pending projects on their backlogs to begin a project at the spur of the moment, securing proper permits and making sure quality materials to complete the project are all on hand takes a little time. Be very wary of those that claim they can start on a dime, chances are they aren’t pulling required permits necessary to even break ground. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and a professionally designed and built outdoor living structure shouldn’t be either. The impetus here is to realize that if a builder is ready to break ground immediately on your project chances are their services are not in high demand. This can be a direct reflection of their business practices and quality of work.

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In our 26+ years of service we have seen, and repaired, many projects where the homeowner hastily hired a builder just to get the project completed quickly. Not only where many of these structures dangerous, they usually resulted in the homeowner spending more to make it right than they would have had they hired us initially.

Another aspect to consider before you rush into your project, are the builders credentials… does the builder have a license,  or even insurance? These may seem trivial but are crucial if something goes wrong while the builder, or crew, is injured or has an accident while working on your property because you could be held liable.

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Last but certainly not least is to beware of the builder that only offers what is referred to as “the tail light warranty” — in essence, this means the warranty extends just as long as the tail lights are visible as he is leaving your project — funny to joke about, but not so much if you are the one watching them fade into the distance. When you choose Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio to build your outdoor living structure(s) you will be protected by two separate guarantees, constituting the most expansive customer protection plan in the industry. And local oversight assures your property and privacy are respected as well. We attend to every detail from securing any needed building permits  to final cleanup. And we work very hard to be as unobtrusive as possible during the entire construction phase.

Tail lights in the distance...

Tail lights in the distance…

We always strive 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 with no surprises, no catches and we stand behind every structure we build.

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 today on making the backyard of your dreams a reality. Contact Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio to learn more at (937) 848 – 7040 or (513) 897 – 2040. You can also email us at wcohio@archadeck.net.

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

What does shopping for an outdoor living structure and a car have in common?

What does shopping for an outdoor living structure and a car have in common?Shopping for the right contractor to design and build your outdoor living structure is much like any other investment. It’s only natural for homeowner’s to want the most “options” at the best value. The search for the “right” contractor is much like shopping for a new car — to find the best value with all the features you want within your budget. With this in mind, you certainly wouldn’t visit an economy car dealership in order to purchase a luxury vehicle, or vice versa, would you — or, would you?

Mechanicsburg Ohio unique outdoor living designsJust as we pointed out in a previous article featured on our blog; “Learn how Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio is poised to accommodate the customer, in every way“,Two things are certain when it comes to outdoor living spaces: first, imagining yourself having one is easy and second, being able to afford your expectation of what you imagine can sometimes be difficult. This is also much the same as when shopping for a new car.  I know you have probably heard the phrase “caviar taste on a hamburger budget” in the past.  Many times homeowners have a surreal expectation of what a custom outdoor living space can cost, and what they can afford.

Miamisburg OH Outdoor Living Space Combination

Miamisburg, OH, outdoor living space combination.

This is one area where Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio differs greatly from other custom outdoor structure builders because we are always poised to accommodate the customer, in every way. We ensure all the groundwork is in place from your initial consultation to completion of your project. This includes helping you establish a realistic budget,  flexibility to our customers through a detailed materials and pricing menu, keeping you in tune with scheduling and ensuring we not only meet but exceed your expectations as we work toward and complete your project.

Outdoor Living at its best in Clear Creek Township by Archadeck of West Central and SW OhioArchadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio is the Dayton and Cincinnati areas premier choice for outdoor living structures — big or small, multi-faceted or singular. We specialize in providing homeowners, like you, with the best value, best quality and best craftsmanship customized to cater to the functionality and budget you have in mind.

Our quality design service paired with our innovative detailed pricing menu allow customers to see how different options look together.This will help you make an informed buying decision because many people have an idea of what they want, but have trouble visualizing it and aren’t aware of what they desire realistically will cost.

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 structure addition contact us today to set the wheels in motion! You can contact us by phone at (937) 848 – 7040 or
(513) 897 – 2040, or via email at 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.”

How long will it take to build my new outdoor living space?

Rain in Dayton and CincinnatiNot to state the obvious, but for the Miami Valley area, this has been one of the rainiest summers on record. As a builder, the additional two to three inches of rainfall and subsequent saturation has definitely had an impact, as the backlog of projects is starting to increase. For the homeowner, these delays can be just as frustrating while they put their entertaining and relaxation plans on hold waiting for their new outdoor living space to be completed.

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Since we have no control over the weather we have to work along with whatever Mother Nature provides.

Since we have no control over the weather we have to work along with whatever Mother Nature provides accordingly, such as the increased frequency and quantity of rainfall. This often means concrete, framing or footing delays. We always make every effort to work your project around the forecast, but in some cases nature has a mind of its own.

Don’t let weather delays discourage you. Sticking to the schedule, in spite of the weather, along with your patience and waiting for the quality job you are worthy of are what’s really important here. Additionally, Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio maintains the project’s trajectory by not shuffling team members off and on jobs and keeping the schedule as close as possible. When we start a project, that specific crew, working on “your” job stays there until the project is completed.

We work hard to keep our clients informed about the project’s progress but one of the hardest questions to answer and most frequently asked is “how long will it take?” While we don’t want to be evasive, there are many variables that have to be factored into each project before we can adequately assess the timeline for completion of your new outdoor space.

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

  • Does there need to be HOA approval? If so does your HOA meet quarterly or monthly?
  • Do you have a mandatory completion date, for an outdoor wedding or other special event?
  • Which county or township are you located in and what are the permitting requirements?
  • Is a variance needed?
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.

  • Are the materials you have chosen for your particular design stocked locally or special order?
  • How many different trades are involved (plumbing, electrical, masons, HVAC or only carpentry)?
  • Weather or season, and site conditions?
  • Keeping an eye on craftsmanship – quality takes time…no rushing.
  • What sort of backlog does the builder have?

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All project begin dates are established according to the current backlog we have at the time, so these, and many other factors can affect the project timeline and should be taken into consideration when determining a final completion date. We understand the excitement that comes with adding an outdoor living space to your home! Our goal is to provide you with a structure at the quality you deserve, and quality takes time.

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Making sure you have a clear understanding of the design and construction process realistically in order to smooth out potential issues in your timeline is just one way we strive to take care of our clients. If you are ready to begin planning your anticipated outdoor living project, we can help you get started today on making the backyard of your dreams a reality. Contact Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio today to learn more at (937) 848 – 7040
(513) 897 – 2040
email: wcohio@archadeck.net

If a job is worth doing, it’s worth doing right!

This custom designed pressure treated southern yellow pine wood deck replaced an existing safety hazard of a deck.

This custom designed pressure treated southern yellow pine wood deck replaced an existing safety hazard of a deck. This design provides a safe and efficient way to exit the deck for the second floor while directing traffic to the concrete pad outside the walkout basement.

As a leader in the outdoor living space design and build industry, and being that the success of our business is largely based upon being an established reputable builder, Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio operates under this principle; If a job is worth doing, it’s worth doing right. We design and build with quality and safety upfront and do the job right the first time and have been doing so for over twenty five years ,right here in Miami Valley and its surrounding areas.

Having your structure constructed by a reputable, experienced builder, ensures it will be built correctly meeting or exceeding building codes, and providing you, the homeowner, satisfaction knowing your deck is safe and structurally sound from the ground up. We are this area’s premier reputable, experienced builder of custom designed, upscale outdoor living space additions and we stand behind our work. Backed by two separate guarantees, constituting the most expansive customer protection plan in the industry, you can rest assured that your customized outdoor living space addition will be built by our fully licensed and insured team using proven processes and procedures.

Because we care about the safety of our clients, over the years we’ve gained a vast knowledge, and strive to remain abreast of the best practices in outdoor living project construction. A well-built deck that is both structurally sound and safe also includes the following components: ledger boards that are either bolted or screwed securely to side of the house (nails fail at this crucial point); support posts that are mounted to concrete footers; diagonal and/or lateral post braces, proper railing and stairs as well as connectors and fasteners (such as galvanized or stainless steel bolts, screws, and joist and post connectors) specially designed for deck construction.

NADRA Deck Safety Awareness MonthWith a large portion of the approximately forty million decks over twenty years old in the US, not being properly maintained or routinely inspected, it isn’t surprising that in a six-year period there were an estimated one hundred seventy-nine deck failures resulting in over eleven hundred injuries and thirty-three deaths.  What is startling, however, is the fact that according to NADRA, The North American Deck and Railing Association, deck failures that result in injury are increasing at an alarming rate and are mostly due to non-maintained, aged decks or just shoddy workmanship of a cut-rate builder.

Unfortunately, we are all too familiar with the results of shoddy workmanship either from seeing the deck or porch failure footage on the nightly news or by being the contractor called for an estimate to fix sloppy or incomplete work to make it safe and functioning. As a matter of fact, both have occurred just recently in our own “backyard” so to speak:

  • According to a WHIO NewsCenter report, a porch collapsed in Dayton in late April, while it was being renovated, leaving one worker seriously injured. Two possible causes of this structural integrity failure of this aged porch are being investigated: Lack of proper connection to the home or lack of stable load bearing posts. Either way, the compromised structural integrity of this porch caused injury and likely could have been prevented. Below is the link to watch the news segment on the collapse:

http://www.whio.com/videos/news/porch-collapse/vDQypN/

  • In addition, just day’s ago WHIO also reported eight Cedarville University students were injured in a deck collapse during a celebratory Graduation cookout in Greene County, OH:

http://www.whio.com/videos/news/deck-collapses-in-cedarville-injuring-8-people/vDRRd6/

 

  • Messed up deckWe received a recent call requesting an evaluation and estimate to fix a partially completed raised deck project with the following issues: the original contractor hired to perform the work failed to return to the job for an extended period and has not returned numerous calls; the rails and posts of the descending stairs and dual landings are an unfinished mess; and a raised deck which isn’t structurally sound, as it shakes and wobbles each time the homeowner attempts to walk on it. The only redeeming quality of this structure is that it was constructed with TimberTech decking material. We have submitted a quote to the homeowner.
2012 Contractor of the Year, Miami Valley NARI Residential Exterior-Deck. This custom designed deck in Cincinnati, Colerain Twp, Hamilton county Ohio.

2012 Contractor of the Year, Miami Valley NARI Residential Exterior-Deck. This custom designed deck in Cincinnati, Colerain Twp, Hamilton county Ohio.

The biggest benefit of having Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio design and build your outdoor space is knowing your structure is designed and built to the highest standards of quality. We’ve built hundreds of outdoor living structures in the West Central and Southwest areas of Ohio and we’ve found that it’s easier to do things right the first time, even if it takes a little longer. It takes more time and energy to do rework, and it is absolutely not worth ruining our reputation that we have worked so hard to build and maintain.

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

If you are looking for the best source for a quality designed, engineered and built 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 (937) 848-7040 and (513) 897-2040. You can also email us at wcohio@archadeck.net

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

Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio Introduces Casuwel Outdoor Furnishings and Accessories!

Casuwel Charleston Collection table closeupWe have a brand new product line on its way to our showroom — Casuwel outdoor living furniture and accessories, Outdoor Living Brands’ newest addition to their already incredible outdoor living menu is designed to help homeowners celebrate the good life outdoors. We are thrilled to be able to present this magnificent line of quality products to our customers at preferred pricing with a 10% to 15% discount.

It’s only fitting for Cincinnati’s and Dayton’s best outdoor structure builder to offer the best in outdoor furnishings and accessories. This addition is another way we are striving to meet the needs of our customers. Samples of the Casuwel collection will be on display in our showroom, alongside our large selection of Big Green Eggs and Shadetree Canopies, giving you the ultimate in selection for your customized backyard retreat. Your outdoor environment deserves to be enhanced with a  customized one-of-a-kind structures, and in turn, beautiful outdoor furnishings and accessories make enjoying the outdoors a total experience!

Metropolitan collection

Metropolitan collection

Meticulously handcrafted to meet our exacting standards, Casuwel is built for maximum longevity, performance, and comfort in even the most demanding outdoor climates. Four timeless collections are featured in the Casuwel line; each with its own uniquely detailed weaving process. To complement your selection of furniture and express your personal style, customize the Premium Comfort Cushions with any of the dozens of famous Sunbrella® fabrics and accessorize your ensemble with a coordinating outdoor rug, umbrella or one of the luminous accents available in this line.

Fairmont Collection

Fairmont Collection

Now, for the big reveal… drum roll please; here is a first look at Casuwel’s outdoor furniture collections and the wide range of accessories available through Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio; enjoy!

  • The Fairmont Collection: A comfy collection, loaded with uptown style. Features include generous deep seating and wide sloping arms for ultramodern sophistication. You can’t help but relax as you are enveloped in the comfort of this collection. Either by the pool, or on your patio, porch or deck, it will continue to beckon you to take solace from the stresses of your day.
Fairmont collection double lounger by Casuwel - Copy

Fairmont collection double lounger by Casuwel.

  • Charleston Collection

    Charleston Collection.

    The Charleston Collection: Lush with graceful charm and refinement, this collection is reminiscent of the beloved South Carolina city of Charleston, this collections namesake. Just as its name rolls a little more slowly off the tongue, so do the classic curves of its vintage wicker likeness as it embraces you in cozy comfort. The Charleston Collection, the low-maintenance version of the Southern-inspired classic would complement any outdoor living space above or below the Mason-Dixon Line!

Dining table and chairs from Casusel's Charleston Collection

Dining table and chairs from Casusel’s Charleston Collection.

  • Metropolitan collection by Casuwel

    Metropolitan collection by Casuwel .

    The Metropolitan Collection:  This collection is modern but elegant allowing it the versatility to easily coordinate with many outdoor living space styles, and tastes. This bestselling collection is ample in space and a tastefully sumptuous crowd pleaser! The coffee table/storage ottoman, available in this collection, is the perfect example of its marriage of modern innovation with classic elegance.

  • The Bermuda Collection: The clean, sleek lines of this collection give it a very tropical feel which will have you reaching for a margarita the moment you sit down. Just right for spaces designed with a contemporary edge, but versatile enough for any setting, no matter where you live. Create your own private oasis, with the Bermuda Collection’s crisp classic profile, as you can almost feel the warm tropical breeze while you escape the grind on your deck, patio or porch.
bermuda collection by Casuwel

Bermuda collection by Casuwel.

  • Fabric and pillows from Casuwel

    Custom fabric and pillows.

    Cushion Fabrics & Decorator Pillows: With dozens of Sunbrella® outdoor fabrics available, our exclusive Premium Comfort Cushions and decorator pillows can be customized to match your style and tastes, no matter which furniture collection you choose.  Decorator square pillows come in both twenty ince and twenty-four inch sizes.

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  • outdoor-rugs

    Outdoor rugs

    Outdoor Rugs: Tie your outdoor décor together with a finely crafted outdoor rug specifically designed to survive the elements. Available in the most requested sizes and a wide variety of color and designs.

  • Shade Umbrellas: We’ve got you covered with our lovely assortment of nine-foot round, eleven-foot round, rectangular and cantilever umbrellas available in your choice of shape, size and color.

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  • Luminous Accents: As our newest addition to the Casuwel line of outdoor furniture and accessories, these exquisitely innovative contemporary light forms will add just the right amount of ambient light for evening outdoor conversations.

Luminous Accent lighting from Casuwel

Casuwel brings together stylish outdoor furniture design with the finest craftsmanship and moderate pricing; helping you buy smart and live well. In addition to this incredible selection of outdoor furnishings, accessories and accent lights, each order comes with white-glove delivery and setup service.

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

See why we couldn’t wait to share the fantastic news?! We’re proud to offer such high quality products to our customers and hope you will stop by our Waynesville showroom to see this stunning new addition to our outdoor living environment options for yourself. Contact Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio today to learn more at (513) 897 – 2040 or (937) 848-7040. You can also learn more about Casuwel and all our other great outdoor living brands by calling us at  email us at westcentralohio@archadeck.net

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

We Want To Hear From YOU!

The ultimate backyard room

As part of our devotion to providing residents of the Dayton & Cincinnati area with superb outdoor living spaces and customer service we have put together a brief survey for those of you actively planning an outdoor living space addition, or for those of you who are “on the fence” about moving ahead with your vision.

By completing the survey and emailing it back to our office, we can have one of our design consultants contact you privately via phone or email to discuss making your outdoor living dreams a reality. There is no pressure, and this is not a gimmick. We will use the information we gather to add you to our contact list in the coming year to inform you of any promotions and outdoor living ideas we feel would benefit the stage you’re at in your outdoor living endeavor.

Archadeck Outdoor Living wants to hear from you!

Archadeck Outdoor Living wants to hear from you!

  1. Are you planning on building an outdoor living space addition in the coming year?
  2. How important is it to you to have your anticipated addition professionally designed?
  3. May we add you to our contact list for the coming year?

By submitting the survey to our email at wcohio@archadeck.net, one of our professional design consultants will contact you to discuss your individual anticipated project.

The new deck complements the Tudor architecture of this home in Cincinnati, OH.

If you are  looking for the best source for a quality designed, engineered and built 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 (937) 848 – 7040 or
(513) 897 – 2040.

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.”

Why quality is imperative in each facet of your outdoor living space project:

As the final installment in our three part series on Planning Designing & Building Considerations to Ensure Your Ideal Outdoor Space, we discuss the importance of quality in every facet of your project.

Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio

Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio showroom.

The biggest benefit of having Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio design and build your outdoor space is knowing your structure is designed and built to the highest standards of quality. Our construction techniques are mandated across the entire Archadeck network. On average, our decks are built to exceed code by fifty percent to ensure a strong sturdy structure with longevity in mind.

I am sure you, yourself, have heard a horror story from someone you may know, or seen a video of a dangerous deck collapse on the six-o’-clock news at some point. These scenarios are just an example of the shortcuts “fly-by-night” and inexperienced builders are willing to take in order to make a quick dollar at the expense of your family’s safety. Always keep in mind, as the old adage goes: “The bitterness of poor quality lingers long after the sweetness of low price is gone.”

Take a look at the dark side of outdoor structure building..

Take a look at the dark side of outdoor structure building…

Archadeck takes pride in building custom outdoor structures with quality built into each facet of even the smallest designs. The attention to detail we pour into the structural and aesthetic aspect of our installations is evident. For example, on a deck construction: deck floorboards are installed diagonally for added structural integrity and visual appeal. (If a parallel or perpendicular decking pattern is desired we will incorporate a diagonal brace below the deck frame.) Boards are typically screwed or installed with hidden fastening system rather than nailed.

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 for dining.

Care is taken to design and construct around specific functional issues. In addition, wood grain is aligned perpendicular with the traffic pattern to reduce the opportunity for splinters on bare feet if your addition is built from wood. If a hot tub is planned, a multi-tier design is often recommended for aesthetic appeal and convenient access to both the tub and control panels. Interesting angles are employed on most all of our deck designs to avoid an unimaginative, “boxy” appearance, this includes curved decking features which are not only stunning they deliver a better “flow” within your space!

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 Ohio

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 Ohio.

Our quality and construction standards also emphasize attention to detail for a stylish, finished look. Risers are incorporated on stairs, trim hides unsightly board ends, and hidden fastener systems are employed where applicable. We believe that small extra efforts give you a huge return on investment in both structural longevity and the capability to fall in love with your outdoor environment again, year after year, season after season!

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

If you are  looking for the best source for a quality designed, engineered and built 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.”