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Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio Explains the Importance of Understanding Project Timelines

Father's Day 2016The prospect of getting a new, or updated, outdoor living space creates excitement.

Once you have made the decision to move ahead with building your new structure(s) or upgrading an existing structure, it is difficult to calm the anticipation looking ahead to the joys it will bring along with it. We totally understand this — after all we are just as excited as you are to know the enjoyment your completed project will bring. We are also humbled and proud to play a part in creating this happiness.

The prospect of getting a new, or updated, outdoor living space also creates impatience.

Impatience, in all its forms is just an extension of anticipation. At Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio we realize it is normal for our clients to want their project completed yesterday. However, it is also important to realize, as one of our valued customers, we want to provide you with the highest-quality structure to the best of our ability. And quality takes time. To ensure your finished outdoor living space brings extended enjoyment for years to come, not just “in the moment”, we have to make sure all the materials and craftsmanship meet our standard of excellence. In addition, when building a new deck, porch, patio or other structure there are mandatory permitting and inspections that must be covered. These are items that are scheduled beyond our control.

hassle-free no textIt is not uncommon here in the Dayton and Cincinnati area(s) to have a substantial wait in regards to permitting, variances, inspections and even engineer letters. It is also important to realize that if a builder is ready to break ground immediately on your project chances are their services are not in high demand or they aren’t obtaining the proper documentation and permits to build your structure. This can be a direct reflection of their business practices and quality of work.

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When our client signs a contract,  the project begin dates are established according to the current backlog we have on schedule at the time. During the fall and winter months backlogs and lead times can be less, but during the outdoor living season, when the weather is warm, project beginning dates are usually substantially longer. All timelines are also influenced by forces that are beyond our control such as permitting, inspections and in some cases inclement weather such as snow, heavy rain or ice. Depending on what county or township you reside in, permitting may require a “walk thru” permitting process, or in certain municipalities permitting may require a “drop off” application. Drop off permit applications are granted in the order they are received and could take up to three weeks during the busy season. The turnaround time for permitting situations could add additional wait time for beginning your project but are a necessary element in the building process. If the inspector requests any further documentation beyond the “norm” such as an engineer letter or variance, this also increases the wait times. Rules and regulations are also constantly changing and this too, can influence your project timeline.

Factors that influence a construction timeline:

  • Does there need to be HOA approval? If so does your HOA meet quarterly or monthly?
  • Which county or township are you located in?
  • Is a variance needed?
  • 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?
  • What sort of backlog does the builder have?

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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. From providing the aesthetics you want, to a space allows you to carry out the functions you desire within the space. We even take into consideration any future plans or additions you may have in mind for the future.

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.

 

 

When it comes to choosing the right builder — quality is worth the wait!

Bellbrook OH outdoor living combinationOnce you have made the decision to move ahead with your outdoor living addition it is only natural to want it completed yesterday, even if you finalized the design and signed the contract today. Anticipation and patience aren’t generally the closest friends. Just as we discussed in our blog article titled “Archadeck of West Central & SW Ohio discusses establishing a realistic construction timeline for your outdoor living project“, quality craftsmanship takes time. 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.

hassle-free no textWhen our client signs a contract,  the project begin dates are established according to the current backlog we have on schedule at the time. During the fall and winter months backlogs and lead times are usually less, but during the outdoor living season, when the weather is warmer, project beginning dates are usually substantially longer. All timelines are also influenced by forces that are beyond our control such as permitting, inspections and in some cases inclement weather such as snow, heavy rain or ice. Depending on what county or township you reside in, permitting may require a “walk thru” permitting process, or in certain municipalities permitting may require a “drop off” application. Drop off permit applications are granted in the order they are received and could take up to three weeks during the busy season. The turnaround time for permitting situations could add additional wait time for beginning your project but are a necessary element in the building process.

Dayton and Cincinnati outdoor living expertsArchadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio does things a little different from other outdoor living space design and build firms too. Once our team is on your project they stay on your project until it is completed. We do not jump around, from job to job, we treat yours as our one and only until it is done. We feel, this philosophy minimizes inconveniences and the disruption of our clients’ lifestyle. With this in mind, addendums added to your project while construction in underway can also extend completion dates, especially in circumstances where additional permitting and inspections are necessary to complete these additions.

Factors that influence a construction timeline:

  • Does there need to be HOA approval? If so does your HOA meet quarterly or monthly?
  • Which county or township are you located in?
  • Is a variance needed?
  • 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?
  • What sort of backlog does the builder have?
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The ultimate backyard adventure begins with you!

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. From providing the aesthetics you want, to a space allows you to carry out the functions you desire within the space. We even take into consideration any future plans or additions you may have in mind for the future.

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.”

Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio explores why NOW is the best time to move ahead with your outdoor living structure addition!

Big question MarkOut of all the questions homeowners ask us in regards to planning and building an anticipated outdoor living space addition, the most frequently asked is “WHEN is the best time to build?” Many factors can fall into play when answering this question, but in essence if you are  ready to pursue your addition then there is no time like the present to get the ball rolling!

While there is never really a wrong time to begin your outdoor living space project since we build structures year-round,  there are advantages to begin the process during the fall and winter months.

  • hassle-free no textAdvantage — A good  reason to begin your outdoor structure in the late fall and winter months is there may be less wait time to begin construction. Gaining approval through HOA’s and permitting will take less time because there is less backlog and this can often make the wait-time minimal in most cases. Making the decision to build now will ensure being able to enjoy the benefits of your new structure sooner and in plenty of time for the arrival of the outdoor living season in the months ahead. Keep in mind, when dealing with a quality builder wait times can be longer, especially during the warm season. Deciding on a fall/ winter project can greatly reduce those wait times.
  • Underside of a cedar shingle gazebo roofAdvantage — If you are considering a structure built from wood, a cooler month project timeline will provide many benefits. Wood requires a time period of acclimation and curing. The laws of expansion and contraction always apply when it comes to working with wood. All wood is hygroscopic, meaning that when exposed to air, it will release or pick up moisture until it is level with the humidity and temperature of the air. Humid conditions, such as those in summer, will cause more rapid expansion and contraction of wood that is not yet sealed for protection against the elements. A structure built from wood needs to cure for a period of time before the sealer or paint will properly adhere to the wood and promote beneficial protection qualities. By choosing to build during the fall & winter the least humid times of year, your new wooden deck or other outdoor structure will have ample time to cure in order to properly accept the sealer or paint you choose.
  • Winter projects mean less interruption of turfAdvantage — Your lawn and landscape will incur less stress by choosing to build during the cooler months of the year — this is because most turf grasses, trees and shrubs are in their dormant period during the late fall and winter. During dormancy, these plantings are less likely to experience permanent damage from having to be trimmed or pruned to accommodate the addition of a backyard space. Aside from the landscape, construction during the winter will cause less of an interruption to your family’s day-to-day activities and lifestyle as most people use their yards less during these months. This means the noises and materials will be less of an annoyance than they would be when you are using the yard a lot during the warmer months.
  • PlansAdvantage — Choosing to move ahead with your project now will save you money in the long-run. This is a driving factor that drives many “fence-sitters” to move ahead. Material prices typically rise during the first part of a new year, especially when dealing with synthetic materials such as composite used for decking.  Along with saving money on materials in some cases building your structure in the later quarters of the year can also help you out when it comes tax time. In addition, if you intend to finance your new outdoor structure, the interest rates are still extremely low which can save you a tremendous amount over the long haul. Even if our project timeline exceeds the calendar year, deciding on your intended design and getting the contract signed prior to the end of November will ensure you are locked into this year’s pricing. For many homeowners, the savings  are reason enough to move ahead with getting all the logistics in place now, instead of waiting until later.
Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

If you are on the fence about moving forward with the outdoor living space of your dreams now is the perfect time to get your project on the schedule! Contact Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio today to learn more  our consultation is free but the benefits are priceless! You can call us 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”

 

 

 

We Want To Hear From YOU!

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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.”

Fall is a great time to set the wheels in motion in regards to your anticipated outdoor living space addition!

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

It is the gifts of Mother Nature that make outdoor living so enjoyable and desirable.

Every season has its upside; however, autumn has a fascinating beauty to it. When you feel that first crisp breeze, you know that summer is gone and fall is in the air. As a lover of this season, I sit in awe as the backdrop of my world comes alive with changes in nature and its color palette. It is this environment that makes outdoor living so enjoyable and desirable. Your outdoor living space allows you to not only appreciate, but share your “little corner of the world”, and its changes, with friends and family.

Pressure treated wood screened gazebo on a wood deck with floating deck benches in Centerville Ohio south of Dayton Ohio

Beautiful PT wood screened gazebo on a wood deck with floating deck benches in Centerville, Ohio.

Did you know that fall is also a great time to initiate or enhance your outdoor living space projects? Naturally, many people think of building outdoor projects in the late spring and summer when the weather is nice and they want to get outside, but sometimes it can be challenging to hire a quality contractor during this time.

If you missed your opportunity this summer, don’t despair. Right now is a great time to hire Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio to get things in place for next year. Projects like decks, covered areas, pergolas and patios are not weather sensitive. Like many wood and masonry projects, they can be completed in any season, but if you begin now, you’ll reap additional savings that are specific to this season.

Xenia, OH deck and pergola combination outdoor oasis

Xenia, OH deck and pergola combination outdoor oasis.

Who doesn’t like to save? There are so many things that can be saved or preserved, like photographs saving moments in time and preserving family memories, but when contracting an outdoor living project, saving time and money while preserving the style and value of your home are of the utmost importance!

Hiring Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio for your fall project saves time for you. The backlog for work is generally shortened moving into the cooler months making it the perfect time to build! Required permit applications and HOA approvals have shorter waiting periods…thus saving time in the overall project schedule. Making the decision to build now will ensure being able to reap the benefits of your new structure sooner and in plenty of time for warm weather. Your time is valuable, so choosing to build this time of year involves less of an interruption to your life, as most people use their yards less during the fall and winter months. Also during the fall there are minimal limitations with construction due to weather so schedules stay on track more…allowing you to plan your next event more accurately.

Choosing to have your outdoor structure designed, scheduled and constructed by Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio during the cooler months can save you money for many reasons. As materials typically increase in price at the beginning of a new year, our consistent building volume allows us to lock in materials with “this” years pricing for you. In some cases building your structure in the later quarters of the year can save money with typically lower interest rates as well as when it comes tax time. In addition, once your structure is complete, you’ll want to furnish and decorate it to complement your current home’s style. All of those “end of season” sales will offer you a bounty of savings on outdoor furniture, thus allowing you to splurge a little on some of the higher end must have items like outdoor sound systems and state of the art BBQ grills…all while staying within your budget!

Curved Timber Tech composite deck with style! Located in Washington Twp outside Dayton Ohio

The colors of autumn will soon be taking center stage.

Preservation of your existing structure’s style, surroundings and value are all important aspects of an Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio’s outdoor project. We design and build outdoor structures for the way you and your family want to live outdoors. Our goal includes creating a space that looks original to your home, no matter what the age or style of architecture your home happens to be. As with any construction project, there will be damage to the landscaping caused by foot traffic and equipment, however, fall and winter constructions inflict less damage to turf grasses and plants (as many are in their period of dormancy during this time), thus preserving your home’s surroundings. As for protecting the value of your investment, when building with wood, fall and winter projects have more time to cure properly to ensure they are in tip-top shape for the upcoming outdoor living season. A structure built from wood needs to cure for a period of time before the sealer will properly adhere to the wood and promote beneficial protection qualities. By choosing to build during the least humid time of year, your wooden structure will have ample time to cure in preparation to accept the sealer you choose to preserve your investment.

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Saving you time and money, while preserving the style and value of your home are of the utmost importance to Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio. We can plan, design and build your structure in time to ensure you get the full benefits of your outdoor space when spring arrives and the outdoor living season gets underway.

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-built by Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio. Contact us today to learn more (937) 848-7040 or (513) 897-2040, Email: wcohio@archadeck.net.

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

Archadeck reminds you to look at the calendar, not to Mother Nature, when making your final decision about an anticipated outdoor living project

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The ultimate backyard in Xenia, Ohio.

Here in the Cincinnati and Dayton area, it may not feel like spring, but a quick look at the calendar will remind you that indeed spring has sprung. Mother Nature has decided to let ole’ Man Winter stick around a little longer than usual this year, but that means once he leaves for good many homeowners will wish they would have made the decision to move forward with their outdoor living projects based on the calendar and not the temperatures.

Graduation is just a month away!

Graduation is just a month away!

We encourage those of you that are in the planning stages for a new outdoor living space to enjoy this season to act now to ensure your addition is completed in time for the warm days, and evenings, ahead. Logistically, there may be many up-and-coming events taking place in your family that you want to plan outdoor celebrations around. For instance, graduation is only a month away; maybe you have an outdoor wedding or reception on the calendar to take place in your backyard this summer — having your outdoor structure up and running to accommodate these events means getting the ball rolling now, rather than later. At Archadeck of West Central and SW Ohio we make every effort to have your outdoor structure addition built in time for special events or celebrations you have planned. It may seem far off, but warm weather and getting down to the business of outdoor living will be here in the blink of an eye.

Outdoor weddings

Is someone planning on saying “I do” in your backyard this season?

Once you make the decision to move forward with your outdoor living space, we will work with you to perfect your plan. We will schedule a consultation in our showroom to discuss material choices and so you may view a custom-prepared 3-D rendering of your project. At this point in the process it is easy to make any changes to the project plan before the contract is signed and building of your outdoor oasis begins.

Deck and gazebo perfect for backyard parties

This outdoor living space is perfect for outdoor celebrations of any kind!

Keep in mind that Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio is a professional design/ build firm and your project is protected by two separate guarantees, constituting the most expansive customer protection plan in the industry. Local oversight assures your property and privacy is respected. 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. We take the business of creating the backyard of your dreams very seriously. We also build year-round, as our climate allows us to build your project during the harsher part of the winter months with the exception of the few days we may have severe inclement weather.

Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio

Let us design and build an outdoor oasis you can enjoy day into night!

If you are on the fence about deciding whether to start your deck or other outdoor structure project, now or later, keep in mind that lead times during the height of the outdoor living season can be in excess of 8 weeks. Lead times are less during cooler periods when outdoor living isn’t a top priority for homeowners. Quicker turn-around and lead times, however, will ensure you get the full benefits of your outdoor space when you are ready, and the timing won’t interrupt your outdoor activities, or your lifestyle.

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Contact Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio today to set the wheels in motion towards completion of the backyard of your dreams this season. Call us at (937) 848 – 7040 or
(513) 897 – 2040 or 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 porches photo gallery, located on our websit

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Come See Us!

Come see us at the Greater Cincinnati Remodeling Expo this weekend!

Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio will be at the Greater Cincinnati Remodeling Expo, this weekend! The Expo begins Friday, January 17th and runs through Sunday, January 19th. We will be located in booth #633 & #634, and our talented staff will be on hand  to discuss your outdoor living space aspirations and answer all your questions.

The Remodeling Expo is a comprehensive three-day expo filled with innovative displays showcasing the latest trends in design and product offerings. In addition to exploring the highest quality displays, you will have the opportunity to talk directly with local experts and get the advice you need to help you with your home improvement projects. The expo is designed for homeowners in all stages of remodeling, landscaping and decorating their homes. If you’re thinking of adding or amending your outdoor living space, this is the home show you can’t afford to miss.

Greater Cincinnati Remodeling Expo

Spring is closer than you think! Warm weather is right around the corner and now is the time to start planning for your outdoor living space addition in time to enjoy with the first signs of spring.

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Let us design and build an outdoor oasis you can enjoy day into night!

The event will be held at the Sharonville Convention Center located at 11355 Chester Road, in Sharonville, OH. Admission to the show is only $4.00 for adults and children under 18 get in free!

Hours for the show are as follows:

  • Friday 1/17 –  12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Saturday  1/18 – 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Sunday 1/19 – 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Archadeck of West Central and Southwest OhioThere will also be plenty of convenient parking available. Come on out and gain inspiration for your outdoor living project, about improving your home and landscape, and especially your outdoor lifestyle. Don’t let this chance pass you by. We look forward to seeing you this weekend!

You can also contact Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio for more details about our fabulous outdoor living space designs anytime at (513) 897 – 2040
(937) 848-7040 or email us wcohio@archadeck.net

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

Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio reminds you that when it comes to planning your anticipated spring outdoor space, the early bird gets the worm!

Springvalley OH deck

Let Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio be your ticket to backyard bliss in 2014!

Are you a planner? Are you a homeowner who conscientiously strives to cross every “t” and dot every “i”? If so, now is the time to plan for your springtime outdoor structure project.  Not only will starting the process now ensure your deck, porch or other outdoor structure is ready to enjoy when spring arrives, getting your project specifics clarified and on schedule before the New Year will also give save you before spingtime price increases. If you plan accordingly, you will not only save money, but also a lot of headache in the long run.

White low maintenance vinyl pergola with round columns in Liberty Township Ohio

A pergola like this one we built in Liberty Township Ohio would make the perfect backdrop for a wedding.

Not surprisingly, the spring and summer months make up our busiest season here at Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio. As the weather warms up and people move outside they often realize that they need to improve their outdoor living space. Unfortunately, if you wait to pursue your project until spring, it may make take months to get your new outdoor living structure built. Waiting in line can also cut down on the time you can actually use your space during the 2014 outdoor living season.

Maybe you have a son or daughter that will be graduating this spring, or are hosting a family reunion, wedding or special occasion at your home in the coming months. Wouldn’t an outdoor living space addition serve these occasions well by expanding your outdoor entertaining possibilities? If you anticipate the need for a new deck, porch, patio or even a pergola to use as the focal point of a backyard wedding — now is the time to plan for these additions to ensure they are finished in time to utilize for these backyard functions. Here is a look at a few of the decks we have built that have added function and enjoyment to homeowners right here in the Dayton and Cincinnati area…

In planning your perfect outdoor oasis, we begin with ironing out the details of your intended design. During this phase of the project we work closely with you to learn your expectations, preferences and dislikes. We will prepare your design to make sure it is exactly as you want. We will even produce a 3-D rendering to view your design realistically. Once your specific design is finalized, we then draw the building plans. These plans are submitted to your specific county for permitting, and any third party approval boards such as HOA’s. Permitting can take up to several weeks according to existing backlogs or other conditions. Once the permit and approvals are received, we can then begin building your project. Depending on the scale and elements involved in your project, you may be able to begin enjoying your completed structure(s) in a matter of weeks!

Yes we work in the winter!

Yes, we can also build your outdoor structures during the winter!

If you are poised to begin planning your spring outdoor project, moving forward in designing and scheduling your project now will ensure proper timing, less wait time and it will put less strain on your wallet. Contact Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio today to learn more at (513) 897 – 2040 or (937) 848-7040. You can also email us at westcentralohio@archadeck.net Remember, planning for spring-ready backyard bliss begins early! 

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

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

See more examples of our award-winning outdoor living spaces by visiting our decks photo gallery, and our porches photo gallery, located on our website.

 

 

 

 

Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio answers the million-dollar question of “when is the best time to plan and build my outdoor structure”

This stunning deck in Colerain Township, OH is the 2012 NARI award winner

Choosing a winter construction timeline for your outdoor living project will have you sitting pretty in time to enjoy the debut of the outdoor living season!

Here at Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio homeowners often ask us when is the best time to move forward in pursuing their outdoor living structure project. While there is never really a wrong time to begin your outdoor living space project, there are advantages to designing and even building during the winter months.

A smart reason to build your outdoor structure in winter months is there is less wait time to begin construction. Gaining approval through HOA’s and permitting will take less time because there is less backlog and this makes the wait-time minimal in most cases. Making the decision to build now will ensure being able to enjoy the benefits of your new structure sooner and in plenty of time for the arrival of the warm season ahead. Keep in mind, when dealing with a quality builder wait times can be longer, especially during the outdoor living season. Deciding on a fall/ winter project can reduce those wait times by half or more.

Wooden decks such as this PT deck in Centreville, OH have time to cure properly it built during the cooler months

Wooden decks such as this PT deck in Centreville, OH have time to cure properly it built during the cooler months

If you are considering a structure built from wood, a winter project will provide many benefits, here is why–Like the many positive attributes that go along with aging a bottle of fine wine, wood also requires a time period of acclimation. The laws of expansion and contraction all apply when it comes to working with wood. All wood is hygroscopic, meaning that when exposed to air, it will release or pick up moisture until it is level with the humidity and temperature of the air. Humid conditions, such as those typical to our summers, will cause more rapid expansion and contraction of wood that is not yet sealed for protection against the elements. A structure built from wood needs to cure for a period of time before the sealer or paint will properly adhere to the wood and promote beneficial protection qualities. By choosing to build during the least humid time of year, your wooden structure will have ample time to cure in preparation to accept the sealer or paint you choose.

A fall or winter project will ensure springtime fun for the whole family Archadeck of Central  and SW Ohio

Moving forward with your project during the winter will ensure springtime fun for the whole family!

Another key consideration when planning a project timeline for your outdoor structure that is often an afterthought with less-seasoned builders is how the project may affect your lifestyle and surrounding landscape. Choosing to build during the cooler months will impact your lawn and landscape less than if you chose to build during the spring and summer months. Wet turf damages more easily, as does turf that is under stress from temperatures and higher humidity. Building in the fall and winter will ensure you avoid both of these obstacles. It is also important to note that along with perennial grasses, most shrubs and plants are in their dormant stages during the fall and winter. During dormancy, these plantings are less likely to experience permanent damage from having to be trimmed, pruned or altered to accommodate the addition of a backyard space. Aside from the landscape, construction during the winter will cause less of an interruption in your life since most people use their yards less during these months. This means the noises and materials will be less of an annoyance than they would be when you are using the yard a lot during the spring and summer months. Like the old saying goes, “out of sight means out of mind”.

Curved Timber Tech composite deck with style! Located in Washington Twp outside Dayton Ohio

A stunning outdoor space among autumn’s splendor – Curved Timber Tech composite deck with in Washington Twp outside Dayton Ohio.

 

Large composite deck with pergolas and gazebo

Get more bang for your buck with deep discounts on furniture and accessories during a fall/winter project.

Deciding upon a  winter construction timeline can also mean you will have the opportunity to take advantage of decorator discounts when furnishing your new space!  Furnishings and accessories are an important part of creating the outdoor oasis feel within your new outdoor space. With the end of peak building season comes deep discounts. Many outdoor and patio furniture retailers slash prices more than half to make room for next year’s inventory. If you are building or in the planning phases of your outdoor structure during the winter, you will be able to take advantage of these deep discounts, get more for your money and be able to afford higher quality furniture at major reduced prices.

Last but certainly not least, choosing to have your outdoor structure designed, scheduled and constructed during the cooler months can save you money for many reasons. In some cases building your structure in the later quarters of the year can help you out when it comes tax time. In addition, if you intend to finance your new outdoor structure, the interest rates are still extremely low. The current standing in the economy can mean a lower payment each month on your new structure as well. Lower interest rates can save you a tremendous amount over the long haul. Another aspect of the savings you can incur is because material prices typically rise during the first part of a new year, especially when dealing with synthetic materials.Prices on synthetic/composite materials are predicted to increase by as much as 10% in 2014! By deciding to move ahead with your intended outdoor space and have it designed, planned  and scheduled before the new year arrives will ensure, you can lock into this year’s pricing for materials.

Fiberon composite deck with vinyl pergolas and vinyl gazebo located in Greene county outside Xenia Ohio

Can’t decide? We can build your backyard dream in phases as part of our staged building program.

Keep in mind that Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio designs and  builds year-round and because there are few freeze-line concerns, anytime can actually be the best time to build your project!  We can also design and build your dream backyard in stages as part of our staged building program. With this in mind, fall and winter is the perfect time to start the first stage of your desired outdoor living project. If you are considering a deck and patio combination for example, you can take advantage of our staged building option and build the deck this winter and then we can add the patio later into the spring, or as your lifestyle and budget sees fit. With our staged building program the choice is yours.

Tim Stephens owner of  Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

If you are on the fence about beginning your outdoor project, moving forward in designing and scheduling your project now will ensure proper timing, less wait time and it will put less strain on your wallet. Contact Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio today to learn more (513) 897 – 2040, our consultation is free but the benefits are priceless!
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