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Lumon patio covers will help you make the most out of the time you spend outdoors!

Cathedral lumon patio coverArchadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio is your one-stop for all things outdoor living. We provide Dayton and Cincinnati area homeowners with a wide range of outdoor living options to make the most of the time spent outdoors. From custom designed and built outdoor living spaces to being your local dealer for Big Green Egg cookers — we have many choices to enhance your backyard, your home, your property and most of all, your lifestyle. With this in mind, we have just added another option for homeowners’ to experience the outdoors without the threat of rainy weather or the hot afternoon sun. Lumon natural light patio covers are our newest introduction to increase your outdoor livability — rain or shine!

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What are Lumon natural light patio covers?

These covers protect you and your family from damaging UV rays, sweltering summer heat and inclement weather, with shatter-resistant sheets that are backed by a ten-year hail warranty. Made from the most weatherable polymer on the market. Unlike plastic patio covers, ACRYLITE® will not yellow or become brittle, and we offer a thirty-year non-yellowing warranty to back this guarantee.

Lumon Patio Covers

These patio covers can be installed in a variety of settings, from brick, siding, and stucco walls to fascia and rooftop attachments. Virtually any application offers a versatile solution for your home in a wide range of sizes to turn any outdoor living space into an outdoor oasis!

Lumon’s patio systems are also available in glass, offering you full visibility in a sleek European design. Give your patio that wow factor! Our acrylic roof excels in hotter areas, as it blocks up to seventy-five percent of the sun’s heat while still letting in the natural light. Unlike other patio and porch enclosure and covers that block the natural light into your space, natural light patio covers are true to their namesake of allowing natural light to fill your space without the negative elements that come along with the sun such as heat and dangerous UV rays. This means more natural light will fill your outdoor living space as well as the interior spaces adjacent to your addition.

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Lumon’s patio covers can be fully or partially enclosed as a porch cover, three-season room or sunroom, if you’re looking for shelter from wind, bugs, and debris as well as the rain or scorching sun. You can feel confident in setting long-term goals for your outdoor living space, and get started on your outdoor living season aspirations now. In addition, sustainable development and respect for nature are essential to Lumon. The materials that we work with are recyclable. Moreover, all production material remnants are recycled to produce new products.

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 enjoy the best the outdoors has to offer, rain or shine, contact Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio today to learn more about Lumon natural light patio covers and our custom covered porch,  three-season rooms and sunroom designs today. You can reach us 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.”

Beloved Miamisburg pergola gets a re-do and a little enhancement for beauty and function.

Miamisburg, OH, pergola makeover.

Miamisburg, OH, pergola makeover.

Recently, we received a call from homeowners in Miamisburg and their first question was if we could re-do an existing pergola which was absolutely loved, but had just gotten worn out over the years. When we responded, “You bet we can!”, they were so thrilled, they scheduled their consultation right on the spot. No matter if you need to have your outdoor living space re-done, made over, upgraded, redesigned, converted, remodeled, overhauled, improved or enhanced with the integration of another type of structure or even if you are starting from scratch and want a custom designed and built outdoor living area, Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio is your first choice for all of these projects, plus a whole lot more!

Before:

Before:

During the onsite consultation with the homeowners, it was clear their existing over deck pergola was in need of a makeover, as you can see from the picture below (one of many we took at this initial visit). The old pergola was severely worn in multiple places and the painted wood was faded and warped, showing its age. We discussed the variety of functions this perfectly placed structure had performed in years past, and what they hoped the re-do would allow it to continue to do for many more years to come. They placed great value on their beloved pergola and were anxious to have it back in grand working order.

Upon our further inspection of the entire space, we discovered the exiting steps would also need to be rebuilt as well as the concrete pad, due to its settling and sinking over time.  With just a few more questions for the homeowners, a single enhancement was agreed upon, material selections were made and measurements were taken. Our project plan was in place and ready to begin with the proposal, rendering and contract approved and signed.

Pergola after:

Pergola after:

We tore down the ragged framework and rebuilt the pergola using the existing footprint of the old structure. Pressure treated wood was used for both the pergola and the exit stairs. To enhance the pergola, the design was updated for a more open and airy top rafter portion. Previously, this portion of the structure consisted of nothing more than simple lattice panels.

Miamisburg OH Pergola makeoverThe new space is positively stunning with the added depth and presence the Ogee’ end rafters produce. The homeowners are thrilled with their newly redone pergola and fully satisfied with the work we provided. We’re pleased we were able to fulfill all the needs of these clients plus add an enhancement wow factor for a completed project which is everything they had in mind, and more!

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

If you have an outdoor living space you wish to have updated, added to or would like to create a brand new outdoor living environment to enhance your lifestyle, contact Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio today to learn more about all we can do for you. Call (937) 848-7040 or (513) 897-2040 or 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 and on Houzz.

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.

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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.

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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.

 

Our recent combination project in Clear Creek Township flows like poetry in motion:

Outdoor Living at its best in Clear Creek Township by Archadeck of West Central and SW OhioArchadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio recently completed this outdoor living space combination project in Clear Creek Township, here in Waynesville. You have probably heard about the benefits of marrying the function, and aesthetic elements of two or more outdoor structures to make them function as one large space; known as an “outdoor living combination”. This project serves as the perfect example of this type of design.

The details of the space include a spacious open porch finished in all low-maintenance materials. We used Envisions decking in “Spiced Teak” for the floor and accented the warm hues with white vinyl railing. We also wrapped the porch posts with white vinyl to extend the low-maintenance qualities and add continuity throughout the design. For the porch ceiling we used a rustic-inspired pine tongue & groove and topped it off with a ceiling fan to promote relaxation and refuge. In addition, Archadeck Outdoor Living installed a second sconce above the door(s) that lead into the porch in order to provide symmetry.

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Descending down the elegant, wide stairs will bring you into the next phase of this winning outdoor living combination. Just off the covered porch is a curved paver patio which includes an integrated custom fire pit! The fire pit was designed with beauty and extended enjoyment in mind as instead of the dramatic “drop off edge” seen in many hardscapes, we used added  two separate layers of pavers to define the edge and show off the patio’s curves. By combining a border course with a soldier course in separate patterns and complimentary colors the patio truly stands out! The entire patio is built using Oberfield Tumbled Pavers in neutral tones to compliment the decking and exterior of the home.

Waynesville OH combination outdoor living spaces

The final touch to this outdoor living combination is the Oberfield fire pit that promises hours of enjoyment to this Clear Creek Township family. This fire pit is built to withstand years of function as it contains a metal ringed interior which assures no cracks from the heat of the fire, or temperature changes, to occur in the pit itself and also protects the surrounding patio.

Covered porch ceiling details in Waynesville OH

These Waynesville homeowners are elated with their new outdoor living space and are looking forward to autumn evenings by the firepit, and long summer afternoons in the comfort of their covered porch. Isn’t it time you started living the outdoor lifestyle you crave? Archadeck can make it happen!

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

If you have a vision of your dream backyard and need help marrying the function and versatility you are looking for we can bring the backyard of your dreams to life! Contact Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio today to learn more at (937) 848-7040 or (513) 897-2040
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You can also see more images of this awe-inspiring outdoor living combination by visiting our Houzz galleries.

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

 

A romantic dinner, rooftop, at sunset — need I say more?

rooftop deck courtesy of HGTV

Rooftop deck courtesy of HGTV.

When it comes to placement and design of your anticipated outdoor living space design many homeowners are not thinking out, instead they are thinking up! The size of your yard and lot constraints may sometimes restrict how you can extend your home or the placement of an outdoor living space addition. In these cases a rooftop deck may be the answer you are looking for!  Even if you have no problem with yard space, a rooftop deck can take advantage of your view or just serve as a private space away from ground level. This is why we are seeing a return in the popularity of these classic outdoor oases across West Central and Southwest Ohio.

  • Rooftop deck in Oakwood, OH

    Rooftop deck in Oakwood, OH.

    Will a rooftop deck work for me?

While there are many cutting-edge designs for rooftop decks that have emerged in recent years, there are also those tried-and-tested, old-fashioned rooftop deck designs that have been fixtures on houses and buildings for some time now. We have been asked to refurbish (redeck) many existing rooftop decks for homeowners in the city of Oakwood within Montgomery County, which is close to Dayton. One of the main reasons for the  interest in regards to rooftop decks in this particular area is because many of homes which are dominant there have the structural components necessary to facilitate rooftop deck additions, this is because the configuration of the roofline is conducive to the consideration. Much of the architecture that is present within the Oakwood community is rich in history and reflect styles that make good candidates for the addition of a rooftop deck, these architectural styles include; Prairie ( which is almost synonymous with architect Frank Lloyd Wright ), Victorian, Art Deco/Art Moderne, Federal, Craftsman/Arts & Craft, Jacobean Revival and, of course Bungalow style architecture.

In order for a rooftop deck to flow with the integrity of your existing home there is much more to take into consideration that just the home’s architectural style. Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio recommends mimicking the elements used on your home and carrying them into the rooftop deck design. For example, on a recent rooftop deck addition we used the Asterik pattern used on the facade of an Arts & Craft style home and included it in the design of the railing used in building the rooftop deck. This married the repetition of the pattern into the addition and created a space that looks original to the home, both from the deck itself and looking up at the deck from the street. Even though we used a low-maintenance composite deck with wooden railing, by mimicking this dominant pattern we kept the originality of the home intact. There are many focal elements that can be used to unify the design of your rooftop deck with your home, railing is one way and others may include columns, materials, colors and even trim details. We pride ourselves in creating outdoor spaces that keep the integrity of your home in mind first, and foremost.

Rooftop deck using AZEK porch

Rooftop deck built using AZEK porch.

  • Today’s rooftop decks

Throughout history the rooftop deck has been a symbol of elegance and upscale outdoor living reserved for only the upper echelons to enjoy, but not anymore. A rooftop deck is a wonderful place to escape from the pressures of everyday life. Whether it be for an intimate dinner, or to read a book, or to host a party with friends and family, a rooftop deck is a magical space where all can relax and enjoy life! There are so many ways you can design a rooftop deck and there are many features you may consider to include. Whether your intention is to use it to entertain guests or as more of a private, personal space — it is all up to you.

Rooftop deck courtesy of Southern Living

Rooftop deck courtesy of Southern Living.

Here are a few ideas to enhance your ideal rooftop deck:

  • A built-in fireplace as a charming focal point or for those chilly evenings.
  • A BBQ or Big Green Egg smoker with a dining area for enjoying meals with family and friends.
  • A built-in bar complete with refrigerator.
  • A hot tub to enjoy all year round.
  • A container garden or trellis/arbor that is easy to maintain yet gives the feeling of being close to nature.
  • A private sunbathing area, maybe with a lounge chairs or even a hammock.
  • An outdoor bedroom reminiscent of an open air “sleeping porch”.
  • Integrated low-voltage deck lighting to enhance ambiance

Of course, when you entertain the idea of a rooftop deck, one of the most important benefits is the stunning 360 degree views they provide. Who can resist the temptation of a romantic dinner, rooftop, at sunset — need I say more?

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.