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This Xenia Township deck gets a new lease on life from Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Xenia OH redeckingOur designs here at Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio are often so impressive that some may think all we cater to is building new large-scale combination outdoor living spaces. Fulfilling the dream of the ultimate backyard is something we cater to, the scale of what one customer imagines as their “dream” backyard can be quite different. That being said, we specialize in designing and building new outdoor living spaces and upgrading existing outdoor living spaces — in all shapes and sizes, big and small.

Remember, custom doesn’t only mean extravagant designs with an unlimited budget, but it always means a design tailored to your personal needs and tastes to fit your budget.

One of our most recent completed projects in Xenia Township, OH,  serves as a testament of how making small changes and upgrades to your existing outdoor structure can increase their aesthetics and function dramatically.

  • Before: The decking boards on this existing Xenia, OH, deck had lost their dazzle. Not only were they faded and beginning to warp, the curves and existing fascia board were also in need of attention.

Xenia OH redeckingXenia OH redecking

The improvements included in this project were performing structural rework around the integrated trees, adding a new TimberTech composite fascia, replacing numerous deck boards, adding the charming paver landing  and sealing the entire deck to tonally match the color used in the new TimberTech fascia. In addition we also created a small but charming paver surround/landing off the main exit of the deck.

Take a look at this amazing before & after image — wow!

xenia-oh-redecking

Our commitment to excellence in outdoor structure design and building ensures your unique project is built with attention to even the smallest details. We are the Dayton and Cincinnati area’s premier custom outdoor living space design and build firm. Contact us today to learn more at (937) 848-7040 or (513) 897-2040 and 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

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

 

Imagine your backyard possibilities with Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio!

Kettering OH 2013 dream deck projectWe all daydream about how we imagine our perfect home would be. Whether you love cooking and imagine extending and transforming your kitchen into a culinary crescendo that would make Emeril Lagasse blush, or revamping your two-car into a dream garage worthy of charging admission to enter, we ALL have a vision of improving both the interior and exterior of our homes. Many homeowners have all the right intentions when moving forward with their home improvement endeavors, however, being able to realistically imagine the “vision” is something many struggle with.

With this in mind, Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio has put together a pictorial of before and after images of clients we have completed projects for. Being able to see the dramatic, side-by-side imagery will help homeowners, just like yourself, imagine the endless possibilities in your own backyard!

This sunroom and deck addition in Miami Township, OH, totally transformed this home. The space is designed with year-round comfort in mind and is versatile day to evening.

Miami Township OH before and after sunroom and deck addition

Miami Township OH before and after sunroom and deck addition

This Springfield, OH, project entailed adding an upper deck to the homeowner’s existing lower deck. Not only did this provide the shade benefits they had in mind, it also allowed more use of the second story. The new deck is built using premium pressure-treated wood and is designed to accept an under deck rain carriage system, such as DrySnap, in the future.

Before and after backyard in Springfield OH

more after images of Springfield OH deck additions

This Washington Township, OH, screened porch addition changed the whole way these homeowner’s live outdoors and enhanced the aesthetics of their home too!  When we initially met the homeowners for the design consultation they expressed the need for a better space to utilize their time outdoors. Their only outdoor space consisted of a concrete pad which they were using as a patio, but the sun and insects prevented them from enjoying it during the afternoon and around dusk.  The design we created includes a screened room built over the backyard’s existing pad. To further the functionality of the backyard we also built an open-air paver patio off the porch.

before

Washington Township OH screened porch

Interior images of Washington Township screened porch addition by Archadeck of West Central & SW Ohio

This project in Centerville, OH, proves the power of changing an existing outdoor space for the better. These homeowner’s already enjoyed using their existing screened porch for two out of the four seasons, but felt like they were still missing out on some prime usage. With our professional installation of a EZE Breeze system of vertical sliding panels of vinyl windows backed with screens, they do get more! When the weather is right, they can slide them down for a screened in porch, and pull them right back up when it’s raining!

Before and after EZE Breeze in Centerville OH

In 2013, Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio was chosen to design and build the deck for the 2nd place winner for the Dream Backyard Makeover contest, which was sponsored by Archadeck Outdoor Living and Belgard Hardscapes. As you can see from the before and after pictures, which were part of the entry to this contest, we took this backyard from dull to dazzling!

before and after dream deck in Kettering OH

Dream deck in Kettering OH

We hope this pictorial has helped you imagine what your outdoors can be. Whether you are ready to break ground on a new outdoor living structure or are ready to upgrade and existing space, we are here to help!

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 move forward with the outdoor living space of your dreams, contact Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio today to learn more. Our outdoor living space designs are built with quality, beauty, value and function in mind every time! Call us today at (937) 848-7040 or (513) 897-2040 or via email at wcohio@archadeck.net.

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

 

How realistic is your outdoor living addition budget?

BudgetThe subject of budgets is an integral part of every outdoor living space project we do. It is obviously not the most glamorous or most-anticipated element that goes into planning your custom outdoor oasis, but is a necessity in ensuring the vision you have is realistic. Just as we covered in our article ” What does shopping for an outdoor living structure and a car have in common?” it’s only natural for homeowner’s to want the most “options” at the best value. The search for the “right” contractor is much like shopping for a new car — finding the best value with all the features you want within your budget.

BudgetsIt is imperative to establish a budget for your outdoor living project. Deciding how much you want to spend needs to be decided upon before we begin designing your project. This is why we inquire about your intended budget during your initial phone call because of the importance of having one in place before proceeding. We realize this is sometimes a hard decision and we make every effort to make it the opposite (easy). If you are unsure of where you need to set your budget, we can show you our portfolio and pictures to help you get an idea of what you want and what you want to spend.

Archadeck outdoor living blissOne thing is certain when it comes to outdoor living spaces: Imagining yourself having one is easy but being able to afford your expectations of that image can sometimes be difficult. This is mainly because often homeowners have a surreal expectation of what a custom outdoor living space can cost, and what they can afford. This is where our commitment to superior customer service, honesty and communication come into play. We are poised to accommodate the customer, in every way. We ensure all the groundwork is in place from your initial consultation to completion of your project which includes helping you establish a realistic budget. We also extend the utmost flexibility to our customers through a detailed materials and pricing menu, for example if one facet of your vision won’t work with your budget, then we can suggest alternatives that can bring you just as much satisfaction. We also strive to keep you in tune with scheduling and ensuring we not only meet but exceed your expectations as we plan, schedule and complete your project.

The ultimate backyard room

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

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

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

If you are ready to begin planning your anticipated outdoor living structure addition contact us today to set the wheels in motion! You can contact us by phone at (937) 848 – 7040 or
(513) 897 – 2040, or via email at more at (513)897–2040 or (937)848-7040. You can also email us at wcohio@archadeck.net.


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

To add a new deck or redeck? — That is the question

The new deck complements the Tudor architecture of this home in Cincinnati, OH.When a homeowner comes to us and requests we create a new outdoor living space for them, it is sometimes possible that their existing deck can be re-decked, upgraded and in some cases even expanded upon to achieve their goal. As “America’s Deck and Porch Builder®” Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio has been providing award-winning outdoor living spaces to the Miami Valley since 1990. Among our many specialties is custom designed decks. As a NARI Certified Remodeler we can often expand upon and customize what is already present in your backyard space in order to deliver you the backyard of your dreams!

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.

Elaborating upon the design of your existing deck can include redecking the existing decking boards from aged wood to new, top-quality wood again, wood to a low-maintenance synthetic that is easier to care for and will outlast pressure treated wood by a long shot, adding character with a dynamic shape, expanding the size of your existing deck, railing upgrades and even a directional change in the stairs. In some cases these upgrades are possible by utilizing the substructure and footings of your existing deck.

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.

New deck or redeck? — that is the question

Ultimately, the first step in determining if your existing deck is a good candidate for redecking is to have it evaluated by a reputable deck builder such as Archadeck. If the substructure (which is the base that the deck is built on) is in good shape, you may be able to save money and time by redecking instead of tearing down your old deck and starting from scratch with a new one. The key elements we need to evaluate to determine if your deck is a candidate will include the quality and structural integrity of the original substructure and how it has weathered over time. We will also determine If any applicable building codes have changed since the deck was originally installed, if the deck fits all the criteria required for redecking, we will make sure it complies with those new building codes as well.

Oakwood Ohio rooftop deck

Oakwood,OH, rooftop redecked by Archadeck.

Once your existing deck is deemed a good candidate for redecking, we will then work with you to help you choose the material that best fits your needs and budget. Here at Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio, we have many decking materials to choose from. We can help you decide on a wood or synthetic decking material. Synthetic materials such as composites, capstock and solid PVC are composed of elements that stabilize and protect them from UV damage. These materials also have several advantages over most species of wood. The synthetic material is much less likely to crack or chip, and are impoervious to insects such as termites. An added benefit to choosing synthetic is that it will never have to be treated or stained. We use only the highest quality synthetics on the market, such as TimberTech, Fiberon and AZEK.

Xenia, OH grill area detail with pergolaSome of our customers also opt to redeck using quality pressure treated wood or even a hardwood such as Ipe, but, if you are tired of the endless maintenance required to preserve your wood deck, a composite material may be the best answer because it is easier to maintain and lasts longer than wood.

In addition to redecking the surface of your existing deck we may also be able to upgrade your existing deck. This is where we expand your smaller deck by redecking the original space and building out from there. This prevents the cost and time associated with installing a whole new foundation, only the incremental extension. This will enable the addition of other structural amenities such as integrated bench seating, replace or upgrade your existing railing, add a pergola or covered area for shade, or even change the direction and flow of the stairs–redecking makes the perfect time to do it all!  We have a huge menu of option to help you to pick the colors, features and design options that best suit your needs. The possibilities and options are truly endless.

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 breath new life into your tired backyard deck and add years of outdoor living enjoyment contact Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio today to see if your existing deck is a candidate for redecking! Contact us today 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.”

 

 

 

This year, isn’t it about time Dad gets what he REALLY wants for Father’s Day?

Father's Day 2016Instead of getting Dad another tie, or a pair of socks, why not get him what he REALLY wants for Father’s Day? A Big Green Egg, or an Arteflame Outdoor Grill of course!

The Big Green Egg  and the Arteflame Outdoor Grill makes the perfect gift for Father’s Day! Even if that special man in your life isn’t a virtuoso on the grill, a Big Green Egg or Arteflame is versatile, easy to operate and offers a wide range of culinary choices to enjoy.

  • Big Green Egg profileThe Egg

The Big Green Egg is Widely acclaimed as the original American-designed ceramic cooker, an Egg is known as a modern culinary marvel that stands alone as the most versatile barbecue and outdoor cooking product on the market. Eggs offer more capabilities than all other conventional cookers combined. From the perfect steak, melt-in-your-mouth ribs to appetizers and desserts, The Big Green Egg comes in five convenient sizes to choose from, so there is a model to fit any lifestyle or budget.

  • Arteflame grill with baseArteflame

This inovative and beautiful grill elevates outdoor cooking to an art form by combining a sleek contemporary look with outstanding functionality. Arteflame is the most unique of any outdoor grill available today. This is the only grill on the market today that can replace that unsightly, traditional backyard grill with a functional piece of art. The Arteflame is a pleasure to look at and can be displayed as a center piece of any outdoor space in addition to its grilling capabilities it can also double as a Fire Bowl on those days when there is a chill in the air.

Arteflame grilling variety

The Arteflame cooktop is solid steel. There are no grates so it is virtually maintenance free. The flat cooktop is also easy to clean. All residue can simply be scraped into the fire. Cooking oil is all the cook top needs to be ready for grilling. Some of the oil is absorbed into the cook top with each use. This turns the cooktop a deep color black and improves it with each use. The Arteflame’s all steel construction will provide years of virtually maintenance free enjoyment. Special steel is used so that The Arteflame develops a natural, attractive patina. The patina will develop differently on each Arteflame making each one unique. The Arteflame does not need to be covered. It can be left outside year round. Its artful design will be the center of attention in any outdoor setting.

Father's Day 2016

Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio is your Big Green Egg authorized dealer, and your local Arteflame dealer so now is the time to stop by our showroom and pick out a gift to give Dad the ultimate outdoor cooking experience for Father’s Day! Summer is here and now is the best time to make the most out of the time you and your family spend outdoors — and some of our most cherished moments are spent dining and preparing food alongside the beauty and ambiance only Mother Nature can provide.

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Don’t delay, time is running out to ensure the most savory gift for that special someone, or yourself. Stop by our showroom at 237 South Main Street in Historic Waynesville, OH to view our wide selection of Arteflame Outdoor Grills, Big Green Eggs & Eggcessories.

Contact us today to learn more about giving the gift that is sure to keep giving! You can reach us by phone at (937) 848 – 7040 or (513) 897 – 2040 or via email at wcohio@archadeck.net.

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

Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio wants to help make your outdoor living project easy and hassle-free!

Kettering OH 2013 dream deck projectA customer’s first concern is generally when their project will be completed, and this is completely understandable, you’re excited and ready to spend time in your outdoor living space. It is only natural to anticipate the enjoyment a new outdoor living space provides! But for Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio, our first concern is getting the project done correctly, in a timely manner and with the safety of you and your family in mind.

Ensuring a smooth, timely project depends heavily on having all the “bases covered” in terms of planning. Most of the homework required to begin your outdoor living space is covered as part of our planning process. However,  there are items that the customer is responsible for and it is always best to have these prepared and in-hand prior to beginning your project, these include but are not limited to:

  • Gaining the approval from your HOA (Home Owners Association)?
  • Are there restrictive covenants that will not allow the build of your structure on that property of land? What about Green Space covenants?
  • Can you be prepared to pay for a stamped engineer letter on the plans if the need arises?
  • Do you have a plot plan that includes proper setbacks for building?
  • Have you received zoning approval from the city for the proposed use of land?
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.

These are only a few of the factors that can affect the build timeline. It’s important to get the HOA’s approval to build since they have the final say on how the property will be altered. An HOA isn’t the only thing that can hold beginning and completion of your proposed addition back, there could also be restrictive covenants which can deny the build from happening on the property to preserve the value of adjoining land. These are all things we will ask you. It is your responsibility as the homeowner to research and provide information to ensure the build timeline is on schedule.

Dayton outdoor living with petsOnce the planning prerequisites have been addressed, Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio also asks each of our clients to go over a “to do” checklist prior to our crews arriving to begin your project. These are in place to ensure not only a timely project timeline, but also as safety precautions for you, your family, your pets and our team members. These include but are not limited to:

  • Clearing the yard of any debris, including trash, animal feces, etc. and making sure the area is clean of any toys, or outdoor furniture.
  • In addition to cleaning up the yard where workers will be, make sure there is a designated area that materials can be dropped off, Archadeck wants to ensure the materials are being delivered properly and in a timely manner.
  • To ensure the safety of both furry family members and the Archadeck crew, we ask that you keep pets out of the area and put them in a safer environment during that period of building.

Our utmost concern is to ensure you receive the best experience you can with us, and we believe that we can achieve this by working together and overcoming any obstacles that might stand in our way!

Archadeck of West Central and SW Ohio customer service award 2014

Our commitment to pleasing our customers is part of the reason we have received numerous custom service awards!

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 the process of transforming your outdoors into a beloved outdoor destination, Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio Is here to help you begin. Contact us today to discover how smooth your outdoor living space addition can be! You can reach us 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 wants to help you celebrate National Barbecue Month!

May is national bbq month

Photo courtesy biggreenegg.com

Did you know May is National Barbecue Month?

Outdoor grilling is a favorite all-American activityThat’s right, and we are proud to honor the occasion with our versatile line of outdoor cookers, grills and outdoor living accoutrements sure to satisfy the king (or queen) of the coals in everyone!

We are the area’s authorized dealer for the Big Green Egg and Eggcessories. The Egg is the original American-designed ceramic cooker and is well-known as the most versatile barbecue and outdoor cooking product on the market. Eggs offer more capabilities than all other conventional cookers combined. From the perfect steak, melt-in-your-mouth ribs to appetizers and desserts, The Big Green Egg comes in six convenient sizes to choose from, so there is a model to fit any lifestyle or budget. We have a large selection of Eggs and Eggcessories in stock at our showroom, and we can also order directly for prompt shipment, so now is the time to place your order in time to enjoy outdoor cooking and dining this season!

big green egg sizes

Along with being a Big Green Egg authorized dealer, Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio also carries a varied line of upscale outdoor grills. This includes the newest addition to our outdoor dining and living aresenal… Arteflame  outdoor grills!

Arteflame combines art with outdoor cooking as it can be used as a focal point in an outdoor living setting, as a super sophisticated outdoor firepit/ bowl, or as a functional outdoor grill. This grill is the most unique of any outdoor grill available today and the only grill on the market today that can replace that unsightly, traditional  backyard grill with a functional piece of art. The Arteflame is a pleasure to look at and can be displayed as a center piece of any outdoor space in addition to its grilling capabilities it can also double as a Fire Bowl on those days when there is a chill in the air. Watch this video to learn more:

You can learn more about the Big Green Egg, Arteflame and our superb outdoor living space designs, including outdoor kitchens, by visiting our website. To help celebrate National Barbecue Month, we would like to share these mouth-watering Egg recipes — enjoy!

Texas-Style Brisket

TExas Brisket

Recipe courtesy of Matt Pittman of Meat Church. From the Big Green Egg website.

This brisket is wonderful alone or served with soft tortillas and taco toppings.

Ingredients:

  • One 10 to 12 lb (4.5 to 5.5 kg) whole packer brisket (Choice or higher)

Instructions:

  • Trim the excess fat and silver skin from the brisket. Also, remove any “hard” pieces of fat as they will not render off during the cooking process. Trim the fat off the bottom of the brisket leaving only ¼ in (6 mm) fat. Apply rub to all sides of the meat liberally … I mean liberally! Cover the brisket and place in the refrigerator to marinate overnight.
  • Mix the rub ingredients (listed below) in a large bowl. This mix will make more than you need for one brisket; store the remainder in an airtight container.
  • Set your EGG for indirect cooking with the convEGGtor at 250°F/121°C.
  • Place the brisket on the grid, fat-side down – this is my preference, but highly debated in the barbecue world. Fat-side up is fine if that is your preference, but fat down is what many competitors do as it gives you a much better presentation. When the meat reaches an internal temperature of 160°F/71°C, double wrap the brisket in non-waxed butcher paper or aluminum foil – this is what we call the Texas crutch. The bark will have formed nicely by this point.
  • Continue to smoke the brisket until the meat is “probe tender,” which means when you probe it there is no resistance … think of a toothpick in a cake. Each piece of meat is different but this will likely be at an internal temperature of between 200-202°F/93-94°C. Remove the brisket from the EGG, wrap in a towel and place in a cooler for at least one hour. This will allow the juices to re-distribute in the meat. Unwrap the brisket and slice against the grain.

Brisket Rub Ingredients

  • 1 cup (240 ml) coarsely ground pepper
  • 1 cup (240 ml) non-iodized salt
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) granulated garlic
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) onion powder
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) paprika

pulled pork sandwichPulled Pork Sandwiches

Recipe courtesy of Dr. BBQ from the Big Green Egg website.

Ingredients:

  • One 7 to 8 pound pork butt, fat cap trimmed off
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Big Time BBQ Rub (Recipe below)
  • ½ cup apple juice
  • 2 cups Dr. BBQ’s Carolina Barbecue sauce (Recipe below)
  • 12 hamburger buns

Instructions:

  • Rub the meat with the oil and then sprinkle liberally with the rub. Put in the refrigerator for at least a half hour and up to 12 hours.
  • Set the EGG for indirect cooking at 275°F/135°C using hickory and cherry smoking wood for flavor. Put the butt in the EGG and cook until the internal temperature is 160°F/71°C;  this should take 6 to 8 hours. Lay out a big double piece of heavy duty aluminum foil and put the pork butt in the middle. As you begin to close up the package pour the apple juice over the top of the butt and then seal the package, taking care not to puncture it put it back in the EGG and cook until the meat reaches an internal temperature of 195°F/91°C;  this should take another 2 to 3 hours.
  • Remove the package from the EGG to a baking sheet. Open the top of the foil to let the steam out and let it rest for ½ hour. Using heavy neoprene gloves or a pair of tongs and a fork transfer the meat to a big pan. It will be very tender and hard to handle. Discard the juices as they will be quite fatty. Shred the meat, discarding the fat and bones; it should just fall apart. Continue to pull the meat until it’s shredded enough to make a sandwich. Add 1 cup of the sauce and mix well. Reserve the additional sauce for serving on the side. Serve on fluffy white buns topped with cole slaw.

*Makes 12 sandwiches

Big Time BBQ Rub Ingredients

  • ½ cup salt
  • ½ cup turbinado sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon granulated garlic
  • 1 tablespoon granulated onion
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne
  • 1 tablespoon thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Big Time BBQ Rub Instructions:

From Dr. BBQ’s Big Time Barbecue Cookbook” by Ray Lampe and published by St. Martin’s Press. This is a very good and basic BBQ Rub. It works well on any food for smoking or grilling.

Combine all ingredients, mix well, and store in an airtight container.

*Yields 1½ cups

Dr. BBQ’s Carolina Barbecue Sauce Ingredients

  • 1 c vinegar
  • 2/3 cup catsup
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

Dr. BBQ’s Carolina Barbecue Sauce Instructions

From The NFL Gameday Cookbook” by Ray “Dr. BBQ” Lampe and published by Chronicle Books.

In a small saucepan mix together the vinegar, catsup, sugar, salt, Worcestershire and pepper flakes. Cook over low heat for 5 minutes stirring to blend.

*Yields about 2 cups

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 (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.”

May is National Home Improvement month — and we are celebrating!

Home ImprovementMay is National Home Improvement Month. Improving your home, both inside and out, has tremendous potential to change the way you live and enjoy your home. When considering the area(s) that would gain the most benefit from improvement it is important to consider where you and your family like to spend your time. What parts of your home do you enjoy the most? What would you like to change? What could you add or improve in your home that would make you want to spend more time in it? Home improvement isn’t just about fixing a sagging door, a new roof or replacing shrubberies. It’s about reimagining your family’s home as you would love it to be including changing the way you live outdoors!

This entire month is recognized as National Home Improvement month through the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. In honor of the occasion, NARI is providing National  Industry chapters and members with tools to get homeowners interested in remodeling this season including outdoor living structures!

Nari LogoAs a proud member of NARI, Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio wants you to know that we specialize in designing and building custom outdoor living structures in and around the Dayton and Cincinnati areas. Our outdoor living spaces not only increase your enjoyment, they also add value and function to your home and landscape.

After you’ve spent some time thinking about what you’d like and doing a little research about various project options on the internet and elsewhere, don’t forget to take a few minutes to give some thought to what the potential Return on Investment (ROI) for the project is likely to be. Various industry groups do annual surveys that provide numbers on this subject, but I’d like to share a few from my line of business.

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According to the report, and based on the natural averages gathered during 2015, outdoor living spaces such as composite (low-maintenance) decks and wooden decks show a nice return on investment (ROI). A  midrange deck addition built of composite reflects a ROI of nearly 64.4%, with a deck addition built of wood recouping 75%. If you look closely at the project types listed below, you will notice that the ROI for a deck addition exceeds that of many of the traditional home improvement projects — such as roofing replacement. This is proof that outdoor living structures, such as decks, play a vital role in the value of our home’s design and the way we gauge their importance.

National averages cost vs. value report 2016

If you are contemplating a home improvement project that includes revamping an existing outdoor living space or a new outdoor living space addition, we can help! For over twenty-six years Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio “America’s Deck and Porch Builder®” has been providing award-winning outdoor living spaces to homeowners in the Dayton and Cincinnati areas. We specialize in custom designed decks, screen rooms, sunrooms, gazebos, pergolas, and much more. With our professional staff of trained design consultants and a NARI Certified Remodeler, we can deliver an outdoor living structure and design that will add value to your home, improve your lifestyle and is sure to become the envy of the neighborhood!

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 (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 the History of the Backyard Deck

Kettering, OH dream deck winnerToday’s deck is not your father’s deck.  Not the plain Jane deck by any means. Decks have become the centerpiece of the backyard. Looking into the history of our favorite backyard destination, believe it or not, have much to do with the industrialization and the post-war economy of America.

 

THE HUMBLE BEGINNINGS OF THE DECK

outhouse“It’s another Pleasant Valley Sunday, charcoal burning everywhere…”

The popular Monkee’s song from the 1960’s conjures visions of backyards and barbeques.  Interestingly, until the 1950’s and 1960’s, the backyard was not the focal point of fun and relaxation as it is today.  It served a more practical purpose of being sustainable to support the family.  Families kept cows for milk, chickens for eggs and meat, and pigs as garbage disposals.  A garbage pile was located near the far end of the property many times along with an outhouse, so the backyard was usually filled with malodorous odors that made it less than conducive for relaxing outdoors. Quite a different picture than what the backyard is today — What had once been a place to grow food and sustain families has become a place of leisure and relaxation.

As we evolved so did our backyards. The American culture itself changed.  The evolution of the backyard began when households shifted from being self-contained and supportive to supporting the local economy of shops and stores.  Gone were the animals and odors once indoor plumbing and sanitation became standard practice. Gone too, was the labor of toiling for that night’s dinner.  Now there was actually time for leisure and relaxation.

civil war era photoAfter the Civil War, porches served as a place to relax and converse after a meal.  In the 1920’s, with the invention of the radio, families started to gathering in the living room to listen to the evening’s entertainment.  Because of the fear of automobiles blowing up, garages were placed to the rear of the property, taking up part of the backyard. Starting in the 1950s, the garage was then attached to the house, freeing up space.  The backyard was no longer thought of as a practicality. The idea of having your own little piece of green space behind the house in order to relax and to play was the new vision. The backyard became our haven from life, our refuge.

Ruins of the Fortress Masada in Israel

Ruins of the Fortress Masada in Israel.

While no one knows exactly who invented the concept of the deck, there is evidence to suggest that patios were used in ancient Israel, either on the rooftop or the courtyard as a place of leisure and entertainment.  Decks in America were born out of the desire to entertain outside, becoming a key element to our homes, defining the backyard, part of our lifestyles,  just as the porch did in the front of the house earlier.

It was not until the early 1980’s, however, that decks really started come into their own as homeowners began to think about decks as an extension of their interior living space.  Previously, most decks were a simple 8 x 10 foot platform.  As Americans began having a more active, outdoor lifestyle the inside was brought outside.  Outdoor cooking, “grilling out” became the trend that made the deck an extension of the kitchen.  From the simple grill, the deck is now a fully equipped outdoor kitchen, with cooktops, refrigerators and warming drawers—even the kitchen sink.

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Backyards are now customized to form an individual’s artistic expression and style, just like any other space in one’s home.  Today, decks can be integrated naturally with the house and surrounding property including natural elements of rocks, trees and running water into the design.  Other amenities that can be incorporated into the design are even more elaborate structures such as multiple levels and innovative shapes as well as pergolas, gazebos and roofs.  Because the decks are versatile in their design and entertainment value, they have become the outdoor great room where you can swing in a hammock, curl up with a good book or soak in the hot tub.  As a stand alone structure, or as an element in an entire outdoor living environment, today’s multifunctional deck does it all.

Custom fabricated pergola on Spring Valley OH deck

The custom fabricated pergola adds valuable shade to this deck in Spring Valley, OH.

The one aspect that homeowners often dislike about their deck is the chore of maintenance. During the 1970s decks were solely built from of wood which requires annual maintenance. The last decade has seen an upsurge in wood alternatives such as all-plastic lumber and composites, which mix plastic with wood fibers. Synthetic materials currently account for about 15 percent all decking material sold in this country.

Here at Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio we are continuing the legacy of the backyard deck in the Dayton and Cincinnati region. We specialize in custom deck designs designed from wood, hardwoods and the highest quality synthetics on the market. Let us build the deck of your dreams and let your imagination run wild.  With so many options and amenities available to the homeowner, you can create your own style and have a truly unique outdoor living space customized specifically for you.

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 about getting the most out of your outdoor living environment with a deck upgrade, redecking or new deck addition today. You can reach us 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 will be at the Dayton Home & Garden Show this weekend!

Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio will be at the Dayton Home and Garden Show

Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio will be at the Dayton Home and Garden Show this weekend, March 18th- 20th. If you’ve been thinking about adding a new, or revitalizing your existing outdoor living space, you can’t afford to miss this fantastic home and garden show. As this area’s premiere choice for custom outdoor living structures, Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio will be there where our professional team will be on hand to discuss your outdoor living area needs. We specialize in custom designed and built decks, screen rooms, sunrooms, gazebos, pergolas, Lumon Natural Light patio covers and outdoor living combinations in the Dayton and surrounding areas.

Archadeck of West Central and SW OhioThe Dayton Home and Garden Show provides a great way for homeowners to learn from experts and we enjoy being a part of this event because it grants us the opportunity to meet face to face with homeowners, like you, to talk about the unlimited possibilities for their outdoor living space needs and dreams. Best of all, we know we can help you revitalize your outdoor living area so you can fall in love with your backyard all over again. This year’s show More will feature more than 225 of the area’s premier exhibitors under one roof at the Dayton Convention Center.

Come to get ideas, expert advice and look at new product displays.  We will be offering the best prices of the year right here at this show.

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We look forward to seeing you at the show where we will be hosting a booth located in space #314 showcasing our custom designed and built spaces as well as outdoor living accoutrements like the Big Green Egg and its Eggcessories and Casuwel Outdoor Living Furniture. Come see our photo gallery of the vast array of one-of-a-kind outdoor living environments we’ve created for hundreds of satisfied homeowners…styles which include: curvilinear decks, natural stone hardscapes, deck with connecting patio and fire pit incorporations, screened porch and deck combinations, outdoor kitchen and dining areas, pool side pergolas, and the Ultimate Backyard retreats.  Along with our award-winning designs we’ll also have a wide range of new and exciting products to further your outdoor living enjoyment available for you to see first-hand:


Large EGG with planked salmon in grid with veggiesThe Big Green Egg and Eggcessories
– Spring is right around the corner and that means time for making the most out of the time you and your family spend outdoors — and some of our most cherished moments are spent dining and preparing food alongside the beauty and ambiance only Mother Nature can provide.

The Big Green Egg is widely acclaimed as the original American-designed ceramic cooker and this modern culinary marvel stands alone as the most versatile barbecue and outdoor cooking product on the market. Eggs offer more capabilities than all other conventional cookers combined. From the perfect steak, melt-in-your-mouth ribs to appetizers and desserts, The Big Green Egg comes in five convenient sizes to choose from, 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 tantalizing tailgating treats that you can prepare on your EGG.

Metropolitan collection by CasuwelCasuwel Outdoor Living Furniture – stylish and timeless outdoor furniture collection designed with the finest craftsmanship, maximum longevity, performance, and comfort in even the most demanding outdoor climates.

Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio is proud to be a Certified Sales Rep for Casuwel premium woven outdoor furniture and accessories, providing our clients with a substantial savings discount off all online prices.

Casuwel furniture collections are meticulously handcrafted to meet our exacting standards to assure maximum longevity, performance and comfort in the most demanding of outdoor climates. With custom-made cushions surrounded with renowned Sunbrella® outdoor fabric, Casuwel pieces are comfortable and durable.

Lumon Natural Light Patio Covers – These covers protect you and your family from damaging UV rays, sweltering summer heat and inclement weather, with shatter-resistant sheets that are backed by a 10-year hail warranty. Made from the most weatherable polymer on the market. Unlike plastic patio covers, ACRYLITE® will not yellow or become brittle, and we offer a 30-year non-yellowing warranty to back this guarantee.

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This awesome event will be held at The Dayton Convention Center. Admission to the show is $8 at the door for adults and with free admittance for children twelve and under and active duty service personnel with proper military ID. Presale tickets are $6 and available here. Street parking is FREE after 6 PM Friday and Free all day Saturday and Sunday.

The Dayton Home and Garden Show Hours:
Friday, 3/18 from 12 – 7:00 PM
Saturday, 3/19 from 10 AM – 7:00
Sunday, 3/20 from 10 AM – 5:00

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

For more than twenty-five years we’ve provided award-winning outdoor living spaces to the greater Dayton and Cincinnati region, specializing in custom designed decks, porches, sunrooms and much more. Our team is composed of design consultants, seasoned builders and professional staff and is always ready to assist local homeowners in creating outdoor living environments for the way you and your family want to live outdoors. Together, we can make 2015 the year you begin living your outdoor living dreams. Call or email Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio today at wcohio@archadeck.net.