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7 Reasons to call Archadeck to come back and work at your home again

Custom vinyl pergola in Springvalley OH with fixed louvers and interlocking slatsWe love our repeat customers! Could you be one of them? Nothing says “satisfied customer!” better than a phone call asking us to come back and build a second or third project at a client’s home. It is very satisfying to get those calls. It also says a lot about the service we provide, the work we do and the relationships we build with our clients.

7 reasons to call Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio to come back and improve your outdoor living space again:

  • You only needed a deck at first. You’ve enjoyed your “outdoor living time” so much that now you see your family would also enjoy a covered porch or patio in addition to the deck.
  • You hired us to build a patio with a pergola and space for your hot tub. You LOVE the patio and want to enlarge it and add a fire pit.
  • You love your covered porch, but there are times you wish it were screened in. You decide to enclose half of it with screens so you’ll have options when you need to keep the flies and mosquitoes at bay.
  • We built a combination outdoor living space (deck/porch/hardscape) at your prior home. Now that you’ve moved, you want us to set up that same combination at your new home.

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  • Originally you could only afford a small deck. Now that you have more funds, you want us to extend it and add another staircase leading from the deck down to the patio.
  • We built a deck with a pergola for you, but you find that you want even more shade. You call us to add a retractable canopy for the deck.
  • You love the patio we built for you so much that you want to add an outdoor kitchen to it.

Of course, there are many reasons why our Cincinnati- and Dayton-area customers call us back to build additional projects. In every case, they call us again because they were pleased with our service and craftsmanship the first time around. Once they experience Archadeck’s careful design-and-build process, and see the high-quality results, they want us to work on their next project.

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This tells you a lot. It tells you that you, too, will be thrilled with the work done at your home by Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio. It tells you that you can trust us to do a great job.

Here is a note we recently received from a satisfied customer:

Tim –

K. and I would like to thank Ray for all his hard work. The deck looks great — he is a craftsman! It was reassuring to know that he did his very best work even when we weren’t around.

Thanks to Kevin also : )

Sincerely,

P.B.

What this note doesn’t tell you is the backstory. The client wrote the note after the third project we designed and built for them. First, we built them a pergola. Then, they called us to come back and build a second pergola, this one specifically for hanging plants. Then, when their wooden deck needed to be replaced, they called us to come out and take a look at it. We determined that the deck’s support structure was still sound, so we were able to redeck with new wood instead of building an entirely new deck from scratch.

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

If you are thinking about a second or third outdoor living project at your home — or if you’re just getting started with the first one — contact us today at (937) 848-7040 or (513) 897-2040. You can also email us at wcohio@archadeck.net.

THIS is the season for decks and redecks — and don’t forget the shade covering, too!

Kettering OH TT dream deck

Dream deck in Kettering, OH, by Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio.

2017 is shaping up to be “The Year of The Deck” around Cincinnati and Dayton. We get so many calls for decks this time of year! With fall weather around the corner, are you suddenly wishing you had a deck?

Decks are ideal for sitting outside and relaxing. Perfect for sharing time with family and friends. Lovely for evenings under the stars and for grilling and dining al fresco, day or night. Decks are especially great for parties (if you like parties).

When you step out through your back door, do you take a step or two (or more) down before you reach the ground? If so, then you need a deck!

Decks may seem very straightforward, but you’ll have to make some decisions. We can help you with that. Here are some of the decisions many clients are exploring when they call Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio for information about adding a deck to the home:

Do you need a new deck or a redeck?

If you have an older deck and you’re thinking about replacing it, you may have the option of redecking instead of starting from scratch with a new deck. This can save you some money, but before we can commit to redecking we’ll need to examine your current deck. If the underlying structure is still sound and in good condition, we may be able to use it. If so, we’ll replace the surface decking boards along with the steps, railings and pickets.

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 OhioWould you prefer natural wood or one of the composite decking products now available?

Some homeowners prefer real wood, and that’s fine if you’re willing to perform the tasks of regular deck maintenance — or hire someone to do the work for you each year. Without annual cleaning, staining and resealing, a wooden deck will not look its best and can deteriorate more quickly than you’d expect.

Composite decking boards are looking more like natural wood every day. Decks built with composite decking materials such as AZEK or TimberTech will retain their like-new appearance with minimal maintenance on your part. The trade-off is the cost, because these decks are more expensive. Many homeowners decide the cost of composite decking is more than offset by its maintenance-free durability and longevity.

Will you redeck with natural wood or composite?

If you are hoping for redecking rather than tearing down the old deck and building a new one, you will still need to decide whether you want natural wood or composite decking. Even if your original deck was made entirely of natural wood, we can switch to composite decking for the redeck. Many clients choose to redeck purely for this reason. They are no longer willing to perform the upkeep that natural wood requires, so they are ready to make the switch to low-maintenance materials.

Our award winning deck in Spring Valley, OH features a curved, raised area for dining.

Our award winning deck in Spring Valley, OH features a curved, raised area just for outdoor dining.

How large will your deck be?

You’re not limited to the 10×12-foot builder-grade deck size you may have seen on some new homes. When it comes to deck size, we encourage the homeowner to consider all of the ways you’ll want to use the deck. Will it serve more than one function? Would you like your deck to have several sections for different purposes?

If you’ll be grilling out on the deck, you may want to use an area near the grill for a dining table and chairs. When you’re considering the deck size, you need to allow plenty of room for people to pull their chairs out from the table and for other guests to pass behind them comfortably. When it’s not mealtime, you might prefer to sit on a couch, love seat, or other comfortable outdoor lounge furniture. So already we’re looking at three areas on the deck for grilling, dining and lounging. Be sure you plan enough space for various activities.

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

Are you considering a deck-and-patio combination?

We can show you many examples of outdoor living space combinations, including hardscapes, we have designed and built for Dayton and Cincinnati area homeowners. The more you use your outdoor space, the more space you may need! Especially if you enjoy entertaining outdoors, the deck-and-patio combination will give you more room for separate dining and seating areas — even room for a fire pit or outdoor fireplace and a seating wall.

Shadetree Canopy retractable awnings installed over a mahogany deck in Butler Township just north of Dayton Ohio

Shadetree Canopy retractable awnings installed over a mahogany deck in Butler Township just north of Dayton,Ohio.

Don’t forget to include a shade covering in your design!

Whether it’s a pergola or retractable canopy, shade covering doesn’t need to be an afterthought. We recommend planning for shade during the initial design of your outdoor living project. Shade may not be a concern going into fall, but when spring and summer roll back around, you’ll be glad you planned ahead for protection from the sun’s brutal UV rays.

Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio is an authorized dealer and installer for several companies that provide shade solutions:

Equinox pergolas

Lumon Natural Light Patio Covers

ShadeTree Retractable Canopy Systems

ShadeFX retractable canopies

Pergolas are attractive and provide visual impact to any outdoor living space, but in some locations they do not provide enough shade. Some of the products listed above can be combined with a pergola for just the right mix of function and beauty, while some offer an alternative to pergolas. Also, some of these shade products can protect you from the rain. Let us help you decide which of these would work best with your deck or deck-and-patio combination.

If you are interested in a new deck or redeck, with or without a patio or shade cover, contact Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio today at (937) 848 – 7040 or (513) 897 – 2040, or via email at wcohio@archadeck.net.

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

 

Just as the old saying goes…everything is better with butter

Just as the old saying goes everything is better with butter, so too, are the Big Green Egg summer recipes we have picked out for your enjoyment. As your local area Big Green Egg dealer, Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio wants to help you make the most of the time you spend outdoors this season.

The recipes we have chosen to share are simple and hearty. Though each does contain butter, they also integrate some of the garden fresh berries and vegetables that are readily available through your local Dayton area farmer’s markets, or maybe from your own garden!

The Big Green Egg also comes in six convenient sizes to choose from, from the Mini to Xtra large, so there is a model to fit any lifestyle or budget. We also have one of the largest selections of EggCessories in the area. With the outdoor living season in full swing, now is the time to place your order in time to savor all the savory summer recipes that you can prepare on your EGG.

Parmesan Grilled Corn with Roasted Garlic, Basil, and Parsley Banner Butter

Banner Butter Roasted Corn BGE copy

Recipe adapted from Food and Wine

Banner Butter is made with patiently-cultured cream from hormone-free, grass-fed cows with no added flavoring. Banner Butter is available online and at selected locations.

Ingredients

  • 6 Tablespoons of Roasted, Garlic, Basil, and Parsley Banner Butter
  • ½ cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 ears of corn
  • Vegetable oil, for the grill
  • Kitchen twine

Instructions

Light your EGG. Set to 400ºF/204ºC. While waiting, take your Roasted Garlic Basil and Parsley Banner Butter out of the fridge to soften and grate ½ cup of parmesan cheese. Pull husks back from each ear of corn and remove silks. Using kitchen string, tie husks together at the end of each ear to form handle. Lightly brush your EGG with oil. Grill corn over a medium/hot flame, turning frequently for about 5 minutes (or partially cooked). Brush with softened Banner Butter and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Continue grilling, rotating frequently, and brushing with more butter until corn is a deep brown and tender. Serve with remaining parmesan cheese.

Serves 4-6

Peach and Blueberry Summer Pie

Two summer favorites in one delicious pie.

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 6 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • ¾ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp allspice
  • 4-5 peeled, sliced fresh peaches
  • 1½ cups blueberries
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 pie crusts, homemade or store-bought
  • Extra sugar and cinnamon for topping

Instructions

  • Set the EGG for indirect cooking with the convEGGtor at 400°F/204°C.
  • Mix sugar, flour, cinnamon and allspice together in a large bowl. Gently fold in blueberries and peaches.
  • Pour the filling into an uncooked pie crust. Cut the butter into small pieces and distribute evenly over the top of the filling.
  • Use the second pie crust to create a lattice and cover the pie. Lightly brush the lattice with one beaten egg. Sprinkle sugar and cinnamon over the pie.
  • Cook at 400°F for 30 minutes; reduce the heat to 375°F for an additional 25 minutes.
  • Let the pie set for about 4 hours before eating. Enjoy!

The Big Green Egg is the most versatile barbecue and outdoor cooking product on the market. Eggs offer more capabilities than all other conventional cookers combined. The Egg is capable of cooking an entire meal, from the appetizers and bread, main course and even dessert!

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Contact us today to learn more at (513) 897–2040 or (937) 848-7040 to schedule an appointment to visit our showroom or email us wcohio@archadeck.net.

 

When is a contract not like a steak?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you are contemplating an outdoor living addition at your home, you will not find a more reliable or professional contractor than Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio. We want to work with you to create the backyard of your dreams. Contact us to learn more at (937) 848 – 7040 or (513) 897 – 2040. You can also email us at wcohio@archadeck.net

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

Dayton Deck Cleaning and Sealing Services

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

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

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

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

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

Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio Receives Archadeck Customer Satisfaction Award

2016 customer service awardAt the most recent Archadeck annual meeting held in beautiful Cancun, Mexico, Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio was recognized as one of just a handful of Archadeck offices to achieve a level of outstanding customer satisfaction for 2016.

By adhering to the Archadeck Job Process Methodology (JPM): connect, consult, design, build and enjoy, and maintaining an acute awareness of every detail, we consistently produce outdoor living spaces to the complete satisfaction of our clients. As the premier outdoor structure builder serving Greater Dayton, Northern Cincinnati, and the surrounding area, We deliver uncompromising attention to detail with a high level of quality and craftsmanship.

2016 customer satisfaction award

One of the main objectives of the Archadeck system is to provide a structurally sound, aesthetically pleasing product with a prescribed job management system. To achieve this “best of the best” recognition is truly a testament to our efforts and to the dedication of our team and we thank them, and of course our customers, who recognized and appreciated those things in their outdoor living projects. For us, this award means more than a high rating derived from the customer surveys completed by our large customer base. It means we are achieving our goal of keeping it all about the customer.

Our commitment to excellence in outdoor structure design and building coupled with our award-winning customer service ensures your project is built with quality and longevity in mind.

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 & Southwest Ohio to learn more about our award-winning outdoor living space designs and customer service. 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.”

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tail lights in the distance...

Tail lights in the distance…

We always strive to provide you with an outdoor living space that encompasses everything you want in your particular design, now, and with future additions in mind. Our approach to the design and building process is poised to accommodate the customer needs and desires in every way. This means we help fulfill your wishes in getting everything you are expecting from your design the first time around with no surprises, no catches and we stand behind every structure we build.

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

If you are ready to begin planning your anticipated outdoor living project, we can help you get started today on making the backyard of your dreams a reality. Contact Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio to learn more at (937) 848 – 7040 or (513) 897 – 2040. You can also email us at wcohio@archadeck.net.

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

Should a homeowner design their own outdoor living space?

Kettering OH low maintenance deck builderIn a world filled with success stories about the do-it-yourselfer it is only natural that a homeowner feels designing a deck on their own would be a breeze. Understandably, after watching others successfully master deck design and building in a 30-60 minute episode on the home improvement channel makes the task seem like a walk in the park, right?

WRONG. 

As many homeowners look ahead past winter’s chill to the warm season ahead, you may feel compelled to pursue designing your own deck. Here at Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio we have had a handful of homeowners bring their own designs into their consultation over the years only to be met with a pleasant surprise; it’s best to leave the designing and building to a professional. This may sound abrupt. However, based on our experience we know that combining your needs and desires with our professional design expertise can give your new anticipated deck increased functionality, appeal and above all more value for your hard-earned dollars.

We know how to utilize and enhance every inch of your new deck. Whether it is adding versatile seating that doubles as a rail, or a bump-out area to enhance and expand the area where you plan to place your grill. Our decks are customized to speak to your needs, not the needs of the people on the home improvement shows, you need only take a peek into our Greater Dayton & Northern Cincinnati OH Custom Decks gallery, located on our website to see the custom touches we pour into every deck we build — making it one-of-a-kind.

3D rendering of proposed design prepared for Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

3D rendering of proposed design prepared for Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio.

A deck designed with your comfort and objectives in mind is only the tip of the iceberg. Our outdoor structures are designed and built to the highest quality and safety standards too. Taking all weight loads and connections into consideration, This gives you a space you can feel confident in enjoying for many years ahead.  Just like your home, it’s important to make sure your deck is built right. Most experts agree that the average life expectancy of a wooded deck is 10 to 15 years. Decks built using low-maintenance materials such as composites and PVC can more than double that average. It is crucial when designing a deck to evaluate its construction details to make sure it’s structurally sound and safe using the proper structural connectors and fasteners.

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

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

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Call us today at (513) 897 – 2040 or (937) 848-7040 to learn more. 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 is a master of versatile design — as we end the cycle of boring outdoor living spaces

  • Is your deck too small to use it the way you really want?
  • Do you avoid using your deck or patio because it lacks functionality?
  • Is your outdoor living space an eyesore that degrades your home’s appearance?
  • Is your outdoor structure a safety hazard?
  • Is your deck or porch capacity less than 3 people at any given time?
  • Does your patio limit the space you have available for grilling, outdoor dining and relaxation?
  • Do you find yourself “creeping” into the lawn to have more room for outdoor activities?
  • Does your outdoor living environment leave you feeling claustrophobic?

cookoutIf you answered “yes” to any of the questions above, then it is time to end the cycle of cramped, boring outdoor living — and Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio is just the company exceed your expectation of what your outdoor living space can be! Our design philosophy involves more than just building a boring 12 x 12 standard size deck with builder grade amenities. We go far beyond the realm of necessity, thinking “outside the box” to give you the most function and aesthetic for the most value.

 why should your outdoor living space(s) deliver any less satisfaction than those within the home?

Interior of playroom within home.

Your home is one of the single biggest investments you will make. Your home is also the place where you can wind down from the stresses of work, school and other household obligations. This concept is responsible for the titles we use to label certain interior areas of a home. For example a “playroom” is called so for that very reason, we use it for “play”. Whether you define play as reading, board games, or enjoying movie night with the kids. Much the same can be said for the “living” room — after all, this is where most families “live, laugh and linger” indoors. Taking all these factors into consideration, why should your outdoor living space(s) deliver any less satisfaction than those within the home?

Our award winning deck in Spring Valley, OH features a curved, raised area for dining.

Our award-winning deck in Spring Valley, OH features a curved, raised area just for outdoor dining.

Curved integrated bench seating on deck in Central Ohio

Just like the details we pointed out in a previous post titled “Our Dayton & Cincinnati outdoor living space creations emphasize the difference is in the details!” The details of the design make your experience, and how you view the space more fulfilling. Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio specializes in providing our customers with a detailed customer oriented design while paying attention to the intricate details that provide a true, custom, one-of-a-kind structure. Our custom deck, porch and patio designs often include curved, radius edging, picture framed borders, integrated seating, planters and integrated lighting  along with other intricate details you just don’t get with typical builders.

Kettering OH 2013 dream deck project

The first question we ask during your design consultation will be “how do want to use your space.” Along with desired functions and aesthetics, we also inquire about what size and type of outdoor furnishings you intend to use within your space. For example, typically a standard-sized outdoor dining table takes up an area 6 feet long and 42 inches wide, with each standard-size outdoor chair taking up an additional two feet. Factor in ample pull out room for each chair will add another two feet per chair. This adds up to a space that takes up a 12′ x 12′ area. In addition to dining tables, most homeowners want a place for seating as well, which will tack on additional space. Once you add side tables and accompaniment pieces, you are looking at the need for more space than most homeowners had anticipated for their furnishings. This is why discussing details such as furniture choices is also an important part of the design process.

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

There are thousands of little details that go into designing and building an outdoor living project – some that you see, and some that you don’t.  But their sum total makes up the look, feel and underlying quality of the project as a whole. There are many details that are standard in our designs – both aesthetic and structural – that come as a result of having built thousands of projects. Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio knows the difference in your satisfaction and happiness for years to come lies within the details.  Call us today at (513) 897 – 2040 or (937) 848-7040. You can also email us at wcohio@archadeck.net

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Archadeck of West Central & SW Ohio Shares Our Big Green Egg Zucchini Bread Recipe!

pumpkin-1666458_640Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio recently received guests and participated in the 47th Annual Sauerkraut festival. During festival hours we met some really wonderful people, consulted with potential clients and shared some great eats prepared on the Big Green Egg! With this in mind, the highlight from the event was undoubtedly the zucchini bread! Believe or not, we have received many requests for the recipe.

As part of our commitment to bringing our customers only the best, we have put together the recipe for you to create your own Big Green Egg zucchini bread right at home! This also a great way to use up the loads of zucchini you may have from your late summer garden.

Big Green Egg Zucchini Bread

  • zucchini-bread3 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • ¾ cup apple sauce (or for less healthy option, veg oil of your choice)
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups grated zucchini

Mix up wet and dry ingredients into batter and pour batter into loaf pans. Set the Egg for 325 and bake until a toothpick inserted into middle comes out clean —about 45 minutes. Enjoy!

Big Green Egg profileAs your local dealer for Big Green Eggs, I have learned there is a misconception about what types of foods can be cooked using the Egg. In truth, the Egg is capable of cooking an entire meal, from the appetizers and bread, main course and even dessert!  The Big Green Egg is the most versatile barbecue and outdoor cooking product on the market. Eggs offer more capabilities than all other conventional cookers combined.

The Big Green Egg also comes in six convenient sizes to choose from, from the Mini to Xtra large, so there is a model to fit any lifestyle or budget. We are your Big Green Egg authorized dealer, so now is the time to place your order in time to savor all the savory holiday recipes that you can prepare on your EGG.

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Contact us  today to learn more at (513) 897 – 2040 or (937) 848-7040 or email us wcohio@archadeck.net