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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.

Waynesville OH covered porch and deck pavilions

If you’d like to meet members of our award-winning team this weekend, be sure to stop by the Miami Valley Home World show at the Dayton Expo Center this weekend, or next…as Miami Valley’s NARI Contractor of the Year, we would love to see you!

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

If you’re ready to have your own award-winning outdoor living environment custom designed and built for you right in your backyard, contact Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio today to learn more at (937) 848-7040 or (513) 897-2040. You can also email us at westcentralohio@archadeck.net

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

 

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

 

Don’t let the season become the reason for putting your outdoor living plans on hold!

Old Man WinterWinters in Central and Southwest Ohio can be quite frigid. Snow, ice and temperatures that dip well below freezing can make it hard to imagine that warm weather is actually a lot closer than you think. In spite of the song “Baby, it’s cold outside” crooning over the airways during the holiday season many homeowners daydream about the first signs of spring and the satisfaction that comes with spending it outdoors! If an outdoor living space addition is part of your daydream now is the perfect time to move ahead in planning the project you have in mind for the coming year. Choosing to proceed in spite of the season, or weather, comes with a long list of benefits:

Save moneyBeginning now will save you money:  Materials used in outdoor structure construction generally increase with the arrival of the new year. Several factors contribute to this increase, including supply & demand, and even fuel costs. Materials such as premium pressure treated lumber, pavers, railing and composite decking such as TimberTech or AZEK often increase in price with the arrival of a new calendar year. Our consistent building volume allows us to lock in materials with “this” years pricing for you. One way to avoid price increases is to have the contract signed for your addition prior to the end of the calendar year. This will ensure you are locked into this year’s pricing in the event material prices increase in the new year.

Xenia, OH grill area detail with pergola

Xenia, OH grill area detail with pergola.

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 “after Christmas” and “end of season” sales will offer you a bounty of savings on outdoor furniture, allowing you to splurge on some of the higher end must have items like outdoor sound systems or state of the art BBQ grills, or even a BIg Green Egg…all while staying within your budget!

Waiting in LineNo standing in line: During the warmer months backlogs and wait times for quality outdoor living space builders, such as Archadeck, can be quite lengthy. Having the foresight to have us plan, design and schedule your outdoor living project in the winter will eliminate having to wait in long lines to have your outdoor living space built and ready to enjoy for the outdoor living season ahead. 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.

Winter spring summer or fallLess impact to the landscape: 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, 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.

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.

Ample curing time for wooden structures: 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

Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio can also build your outdoor structure combination in stages. Fall/winter may be the perfect time to start the first stage of your desired outdoor living project. If you are considering a deck, screened porch and patio combination, for example, you can take advantage of our staged building option and build the deck structure this winter, then we can add the porch or patio later in the spring. 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.”

 

 

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.”

We can custom design an outdoor living space keeping the originality of your new, or vintage home, center stage

Archadeck of West Central and SW Ohio stunning pergola addition over existing patio

Archadeck of West Central and SW Ohio built this stunning pergola addition over an existing patio.

I think many times, homeowners have a preconceived notion of exactly who Archadeck Outdoor Living is. Some may feel that our concentration lies in creating outdoor living spaces from scratch, which is certainly not the case. We cater to homeowners during all phases of remodeling. From the new construction, to the homeowner who is ready to redeck, remodel or upgrade their existing outdoor space. Our projects encompass all areas within West Central and Southwest Ohio including newer homes in areas like Centerville and Washington Township, to the beautiful vintage homes within Oakwood CIty and Kettering.

Archadeck of West Central and SW Ohio improved the outdoor living area of this ranch style home

Archadeck of West Central and SW Ohio improved the outdoor living area of this ranch style home.

Keep in mind that a home doesn’t have to be new in order to benefit from a new or upgraded outdoor living space addition.At Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio we design and build outdoor structures for the way you and your family want to live outdoors. Our goal also includes creating a space that looks original to your home, no matter what the age or style of architecture your home happens to be. Our knowledge and experience allow us to design your new deck, patio or outdoor room addition keeping the structural integrity, materials and subtle nuances of your specific home intact and carrying them into your outdoor living space. Whether the style of your home is a 1930’s bungalow, a 1970’s ranch, a Tudor, Georgian or Victorian or a new construction — we can design and build

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

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

Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio has been providing award-winning outdoor living spaces to the Dayton, Cincinnati and surrounding region since 1990. We specialize in custom designed decks, porches, screened porches, sunrooms, gazebos, pergolas, and Shadetree®Canopies. We are a NARI Certified Remodeler, trained design consultants, and a professional staff that are a pleasure to work with. We were also awarded the NARI Contractor of the Year Residential Exterior Specialty award in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013.

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

This roof style is very attractive and fits a Victorian house well.

Notice how we designed this screened porch with this home’s Victorian-style architecture in mind.

We invite you to call for a free design consultation .During your consultation we’ll show you past projects, discuss your needs and tastes,how we can design an outdoor space to complement all existing architectural styles, explain your construction material options (including the new, low-maintenance wood alternatives), talk about costs, and measure and photograph your home/lot.

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

If you are ready for the addition of a new outdoor living space, upgrade your existing outdoor living space or remodel an outdoor area to better suit your needs, contact Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio today to learn more. We are making  Dayton and Cincinnati more beautiful, one backyard at a time! Call us at (937) 848-7040 or (513) 897-2040 or email us at
westcentralohio@archadeck.net

Please visit our extensive outdoor living galleries located on our website, including our deck photo galleries and porches photo gallery, for more inspiration.

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!
wcohio@archadeck.net