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You scream, we scream, we all scream for ice cream treats created using the Big Green Egg!

In honor of July being National Ice Cream Month, we thought it only proper to spread the sweetness by sharing some of our favorite Big Green Egg ice cream treat recipesIn honor of July being National Ice Cream Month, we thought it only proper to spread the sweetness by sharing some of our favorite Big Green Egg ice cream treat recipes! In case you weren’t aware that there is a whole month set aside to celebrate this delectable, double-dipping goodness, here is a little history courtesy of the International Dairy Food Association website:

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. He recognized ice cream as a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by over 90 percent of the nation’s population. In the proclamation, President Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe these events with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.”

About 10.3 percent of all the milk produced by U.S. dairy farmers is used to produce ice cream, contributing significantly to the economic well-being of the nation’s dairy industry. With this in mind, Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio is sharing some of our favorite ice cream recipes created by the Big Green Egg.  All of these and more recipes can be found on the Big Green Egg website and Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio is your local dealer for the Big Green Egg and Eggcessories.

Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

This is a great way to beat the heat while cooking on the EGG. Mix and match your favorite flavors of ice cream with your favorite type of cookie!

Ingredients

  • Your favorite cookie dough
  • Your favorite ice cream
  • Perforated Cooking Grid
  • Aluminum foil
  • Baking Stone

Instructions

  • Set the EGG for indirect cooking (with convEGGtor) at 350°F/177°C, unless otherwise specified by the cookie dough recipe. Preheat a Baking Stone on the grid of the EGG.
  • Make cookie dough as directed.
  • Wrap Perforated Cooking Grid with aluminum foil to prevent cookies from dripping through perforation. Evenly space cookie dough around the Perforated Cooking Grid.
  • Make 4 small balls with aluminum foil. Place 4 balls of foil evenly spaced on Baking Stone and place Perforated Cooking Grid on top of the foil. This allows for proper air circulation so the cookies bake evenly. It isn’t necessary, but is helpful.
  • Allow to bake for 9-11 minutes, unless otherwise specified by the cookie dough recipe.
  • Remove cookies once fully baked and allow to cool. Pair up cookies in sets of two based on relative size. Scoop your favorite type of ice cream onto one cookie and sandwich it with the other.
  • Eat immediately.

Wickles PMBP

Wickles Big PBMP

PBMP stands for Peanut Butter, Banana, Marshmallow & Pickle! Recipe courtesy of Wickles Pickles. For more information, visit wicklespickles.com.

Ingredients

  • 8 Large Marshmallows
  • 8 Peanut Butter Cookies
  • 2 Cups Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 4 Wickles Pickles Slices

Instructions

  • Set EGG for indirect cooking (with convEGGtor) at 325°F/163°C.
  • Grill banana slices directly on the EGG for 1 minute to get slight grill marks. Transfer to aluminum foil and add marshmallows. Cook for an additional minute, or until the marshmallows begin to melt. Remove and stack between 2 Peanut Butter Cookies and top with 1⁄2 cup vanilla ice cream. Garnished with a Wickles Pickle Slice.
  • Makes 4 servings

ice cream sandwiches

A New Spin on Ice Cream Sandwiches

These Cranberry & White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches are the perfect combination of warm cookies from the EGG and cold ice cream for a tasty treat on a hot summer night! Recipe adapted from Canadian Lentils. For more information, visit lentils.ca.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup (60 ml) dry red lentils
  • ½ cup (125 ml) butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup (125 ml) packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup (125 ml) sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla
  • 1½ cups (375 ml) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (250 ml) old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) baking soda
  • ¼ tsp (1 ml) salt
  • ½ cup (125 ml) dried cranberries
  • 1 cup (250 ml) white chocolate chunks or chips
  • 4 cups (1 L) vanilla ice cream

Instructions

  • Set the EGG for indirect cooking at 350°F/177°C.
  • In a small saucepan of boiling water, cook the lentils for 15-20 minutes, until soft. Drain well and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugars for 2-3 minutes, until pale and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, oats, baking soda, and salt; add to the butter mixture along with the cooked lentils and stir until almost combined; add the cranberries and white chocolate and stir just until blended.
  • Drop large spoonfuls of dough a couple of inches apart on a greased baking sheet; bake on the EGG for 12-15 minutes, until pale golden around the edges and just set. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, and if you have time, freeze them (this will make them more firm, and easier to spread with ice cream).
  • Remove the ice cream from the freezer and set on the countertop until slightly softened. Place a scoop of ice cream on the underside of a frozen cookie, top with a second cookie and press down so that the ice cream spreads to the edges. Place on a baking sheet and return to the freezer until frozen. Wrap in plastic wrap and return to the freezer until you are ready to serve them.
  • Makes 1 dozen sandwiches or 2 dozen cookies
Big Green Egg with Tim Stephens

Tim Stephens, owner Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio and your local Big Green Egg dealer.

Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio is the Dayton & Cincinnati’s area premiere deck and porch builder. In addition to creating memorable outdoor living spaces, we are also your local authorized Big Green Egg dealer! We are excited to offer you America’s original ceramic outdoor cooker. You can also contact us at (937) 848 – 7040 or (513) 897 – 2040 or via email at
wcohio@archadeck.net.

Your Big Green Egg is waiting for you at Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio!

Happy Labor Day from Archadeck and the Big Green Egg!

Happy Labor Day from Archadeck and the Big Green Egg!

There’s still time before your Labor Day celebration to own the world’s most loved grill and smoker, The Big Green Egg! We have Eggs and lots of Eggcessories in stock in our showroom ready for you to pick up and enjoy during the big cookout you have planned. Widely acclaimed as the original American-designed ceramic cooker, the BGE is hands down the most versatile barbecue and outdoor cooking piece of hardware. With this fantastic outdoor living accessory, you can make the most of your outdoor recreational time and holidays with family and friends.

Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio is your Big Green Egg authorized dealer. Our large selection of Big Green Eggs, and Eggcessories make everyone happy…from the die-hard sportsman to the finicky gourmet chef. In case you haven’t heard about the Egg, this modern marvel is singularly the most versatile barbecue and outdoor cooking product on the market by offering more capabilities than all other conventional cookers combined. Eggs make the perfect culinary companion on the go, or in the backyard. Allowing you to create everything from appetizers to entrees to desserts, the Big Green Egg will exceed all of your expectations for culinary perfection. By offering six convenient sizes from which you may choose, it’s a sure bet we have an Egg to fit any lifestyle or budget.

Big Green Egg family time

Whether you are a novice chef or a culinary aficionado, if your meal preparation includes roasting, smoking, grilling or baking, the Big Green Egg is truly the most versatile culinary tool and a must have for any cook. It’s design is based upon an ancient Asian style clay cooker called a “kamado” but modernized with cast iron, stainless steel and space age ceramics. This proprietary ceramic material provides state of the art heat retention technology that maintains the food’s natural juices and flavors while minimizing shrinkage.

Additional features of the Big Green Egg:

  • No lighter fluid needed
  • Uses hardwood lump charcoal – no chemicals
  • Ready to cook in ten minutes
  • Ceramic walls retain heat with accurate temp control and no hot spots
  • Constant tending is NOT required – enclosed cooking equals no grease flare-ups
  • Can be used year-round in all climates
  • Glazed surface stays cooler than metal grills – safer to use
  • Exceptionally durable as ceramics won’t rust like metal
A Big Green Egg is a must have for tailgaters!

We have six sizes of eggs to choose from and tons of EGGcessories!

With its unmatched flexibility and capabilities that surpass all other conventional cookers, you can cook your entire meal on this extraordinary device. For example, start with grilled appetizers like Stuffed Mushrooms or Jalapeno Peppers, then serve barbequed beef ribs accompanied with Macaroni and Cheese and complete the meal with baked Pineapple Upside-down Cake.

In honor of the upcoming holiday please enjoy this phenomenal rib recipe courtesy of Big Green Egg Lifestyle:

BBQ ribs recipe

As your local Big Green Egg dealer, Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio has an extensive Big Green Egg display along with a wide selection of EGGsessories in the showroom at our Waynesville office. Contact Archadeck of West Central & Southwest at  Ohio at (937) 848 – 7040 or (513) 897 – 2040  or via email at wcohio@archadeck.net.

Big Green Egg with Tim Stephens

Tim Stephens, owner Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio and your local Big Green Egg dealer.

Who is Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio, and What Can We Do For You?

Who is Archadeck of West Central & SW Ohio, and what do we do?

Who is Archadeck of West Central & SW Ohio, and what do we do?

Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio custom designs and builds one-of-a-kind outdoor living structures and spaces for homeowners throughout the Miami Valley area. These include decks, screen rooms, sunrooms, porches, combination structures, pergolas and so much more! When we say custom, we’re referring to our customer-oriented philosophy of the personalized designing and building of your ideal outdoor living space, no matter how big or small; from a multi-component structure with all the bells and whistles to a unembellished classic design. Remember, custom doesn’t only mean extravagant designs with an unlimited budget, but it always means tailored to your personal needs and tastes to fit your budget.

Dining table and chairs from Casusel's Charleston Collection

We help you see your backyard potential through our custom outdoor living space designs and accoutrements that further your enjoyment!

As the Miami and Ohio Valley area’s leading designer and builder of outdoor living structures, each year we set up a vendor exhibit/booth at many of the home improvement and outdoor living trade shows and expos in our localized and surrounding area. We enjoy being a part of these events because they give us the opportunity to meet thousands of homeowners face-to-face and show them examples of our past projects, explore their backyard potential and answer all their questions about what we do and how we can help them get more enjoyment out of their backyards.

One of our recent home show booths.

One of our recent home show booths.

During these expos and trades shows, we encounter homeowners with a multitude of questions regarding what we do and how we do it. Some come with pictures of their existing outdoor living space or structure (or the lack there of), some pull out quick pencil sketches of what they think they want and some just stop by to dream a little, and we’re comfortable with that.

Mechanicsburg Ohio unique outdoor living designsFor the most part, the questions are typically about design capabilities, the different types of building materials we offer and of course, since we are the local authorized rep for ScreenEZE porch systemsBig Green Eggs and Casuwel outdoor furnishings; we receive a lot of interest and questions regarding these outdoor living accoutrements! As a matter of fact, our booth is designed in such a way to showcase and easily display the visual aids we use to answer almost all of these questions.

However, I must confess, after twenty-five  years servicing the Miami and Ohio Valley and surrounding areas, there are some questions we receive and things people say, which still surprise me. Please allow me to share some of our typical, and our not-so-typical questions and our answers:

Q: Your company name begins with Archadeck, so does that mean you only build decks?

Dayton and Cincinnati outdoor living expertsA: No. Decks are just one of the myriad of custom designed and built outdoor living structures and spaces we provide. We also design and build screen rooms, sunrooms, porches, spa/pool decks, gazebos, pergolas, outdoor rooms…any combination of two or more of the aforementioned,  and so much more!

Q: We love our seventies style split level home and our backyard has a few issues: we want to keep the very large oak tree which is close to the back door and the yard has a slope on the side. Would you still be able to give us a multifunction outdoor living space which includes a deck, but doesn’t look like it was just stuck onto the back of the house?

A: The new deck complements the Tudor architecture of this home in Cincinnati, OH.Absolutely! Each structure is customized according to the way you want to live outdoors and to work in the space you have. 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.

Q: I know you manufacture the Archadeck low maintenance decking materials, but who does all of your building?

A: We do not manufacture anything. We do however utilize the newest and highest quality low maintenance decking materials on the market today. We also design and build wooden decks such as pressure-treated, Ipe and other hardwoods. if you prefer low maintenance decking material wood, we offer a wide selection of colors and textures by TimberTech, AZEK, Envisions and Fiberon.

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

We build a lot of unique outdoor living space designs that are over the top or high-end, and while we’re dedicated to bringing you the highest quality and exquisitely finished details, we’re happy to work with you to make a beautiful, quality outdoor living structure or space which is well designed without being expensive. If you are ready to begin planning your anticipated outdoor living project, we can help you get started with a design consultation that is focused around you and your vision! 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 wcohio@archadeck.net.

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

Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio Introduces Casuwel Outdoor Furnishings and Accessories!

Casuwel Charleston Collection table closeupWe have a brand new product line on its way to our showroom — Casuwel outdoor living furniture and accessories, Outdoor Living Brands’ newest addition to their already incredible outdoor living menu is designed to help homeowners celebrate the good life outdoors. We are thrilled to be able to present this magnificent line of quality products to our customers at preferred pricing with a 10% to 15% discount.

It’s only fitting for Cincinnati’s and Dayton’s best outdoor structure builder to offer the best in outdoor furnishings and accessories. This addition is another way we are striving to meet the needs of our customers. Samples of the Casuwel collection will be on display in our showroom, alongside our large selection of Big Green Eggs and Shadetree Canopies, giving you the ultimate in selection for your customized backyard retreat. Your outdoor environment deserves to be enhanced with a  customized one-of-a-kind structures, and in turn, beautiful outdoor furnishings and accessories make enjoying the outdoors a total experience!

Metropolitan collection

Metropolitan collection

Meticulously handcrafted to meet our exacting standards, Casuwel is built for maximum longevity, performance, and comfort in even the most demanding outdoor climates. Four timeless collections are featured in the Casuwel line; each with its own uniquely detailed weaving process. To complement your selection of furniture and express your personal style, customize the Premium Comfort Cushions with any of the dozens of famous Sunbrella® fabrics and accessorize your ensemble with a coordinating outdoor rug, umbrella or one of the luminous accents available in this line.

Fairmont Collection

Fairmont Collection

Now, for the big reveal… drum roll please; here is a first look at Casuwel’s outdoor furniture collections and the wide range of accessories available through Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio; enjoy!

  • The Fairmont Collection: A comfy collection, loaded with uptown style. Features include generous deep seating and wide sloping arms for ultramodern sophistication. You can’t help but relax as you are enveloped in the comfort of this collection. Either by the pool, or on your patio, porch or deck, it will continue to beckon you to take solace from the stresses of your day.
Fairmont collection double lounger by Casuwel - Copy

Fairmont collection double lounger by Casuwel.

  • Charleston Collection

    Charleston Collection.

    The Charleston Collection: Lush with graceful charm and refinement, this collection is reminiscent of the beloved South Carolina city of Charleston, this collections namesake. Just as its name rolls a little more slowly off the tongue, so do the classic curves of its vintage wicker likeness as it embraces you in cozy comfort. The Charleston Collection, the low-maintenance version of the Southern-inspired classic would complement any outdoor living space above or below the Mason-Dixon Line!

Dining table and chairs from Casusel's Charleston Collection

Dining table and chairs from Casusel’s Charleston Collection.

  • Metropolitan collection by Casuwel

    Metropolitan collection by Casuwel .

    The Metropolitan Collection:  This collection is modern but elegant allowing it the versatility to easily coordinate with many outdoor living space styles, and tastes. This bestselling collection is ample in space and a tastefully sumptuous crowd pleaser! The coffee table/storage ottoman, available in this collection, is the perfect example of its marriage of modern innovation with classic elegance.

  • The Bermuda Collection: The clean, sleek lines of this collection give it a very tropical feel which will have you reaching for a margarita the moment you sit down. Just right for spaces designed with a contemporary edge, but versatile enough for any setting, no matter where you live. Create your own private oasis, with the Bermuda Collection’s crisp classic profile, as you can almost feel the warm tropical breeze while you escape the grind on your deck, patio or porch.
bermuda collection by Casuwel

Bermuda collection by Casuwel.

  • Fabric and pillows from Casuwel

    Custom fabric and pillows.

    Cushion Fabrics & Decorator Pillows: With dozens of Sunbrella® outdoor fabrics available, our exclusive Premium Comfort Cushions and decorator pillows can be customized to match your style and tastes, no matter which furniture collection you choose.  Decorator square pillows come in both twenty ince and twenty-four inch sizes.

throw-pillows

  • outdoor-rugs

    Outdoor rugs

    Outdoor Rugs: Tie your outdoor décor together with a finely crafted outdoor rug specifically designed to survive the elements. Available in the most requested sizes and a wide variety of color and designs.

  • Shade Umbrellas: We’ve got you covered with our lovely assortment of nine-foot round, eleven-foot round, rectangular and cantilever umbrellas available in your choice of shape, size and color.

shade-umbrellas - Copy

  • Luminous Accents: As our newest addition to the Casuwel line of outdoor furniture and accessories, these exquisitely innovative contemporary light forms will add just the right amount of ambient light for evening outdoor conversations.

Luminous Accent lighting from Casuwel

Casuwel brings together stylish outdoor furniture design with the finest craftsmanship and moderate pricing; helping you buy smart and live well. In addition to this incredible selection of outdoor furnishings, accessories and accent lights, each order comes with white-glove delivery and setup service.

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

See why we couldn’t wait to share the fantastic news?! We’re proud to offer such high quality products to our customers and hope you will stop by our Waynesville showroom to see this stunning new addition to our outdoor living environment options for yourself. Contact Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio today to learn more at (513) 897 – 2040 or (937) 848-7040. You can also learn more about Casuwel and all our other great outdoor living brands by calling us at  email us at westcentralohio@archadeck.net

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

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.”

 

 

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

rooftop deck courtesy of HGTV

Rooftop deck courtesy of HGTV.

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

  • Rooftop deck in Oakwood, OH

    Rooftop deck in Oakwood, OH.

    Will a rooftop deck work for me?

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

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

Rooftop deck using AZEK porch

Rooftop deck built using AZEK porch.

  • Today’s rooftop decks

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

Rooftop deck courtesy of Southern Living

Rooftop deck courtesy of Southern Living.

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

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

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

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

If you are ready to embark on an adventure in creative and unique outdoor living designs perfect for enhancing your lifestyle, such as a rooftop deck or other outdoor structure addition contact Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio today to learn more at (937) 848 – 7040 or (513) 897 – 2040 and by email at wcohio@archadeck.net

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

See more examples of our award-winning outdoor living spaces by visiting our extensive photo galleries located on our website.

 

What do potato chips and outdoor living structures have in common?

The ultimate backyard room

The ultimate backyard in Xenia, Ohio is also the ultimate outdoor living combination space.

There is no denying the appeal of what is now referred to as the outdoor living space combination. An outdoor living space combination marries the function, and aesthetic elements of two or more outdoor structures to make them function as one large space. You may also see these versatile spaces referred to as “outdoor rooms” as well throughout the media. Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio has watched the popularity of this type of outdoor living environment soar to new heights over the past few years, as homeowners have evolved to transferring all the assets of interior casual living outdoors.

Gray Timbertech Deck and hardscape patio combo

Low-Maintenance TimberTech deck with stunning stone patio below.

potato chips

Outdoor living spaces are a lot like potato chips: it is difficult to stop at just one.

To try to grasp the concept itself, you only need to step into your home and consider the parts of your home you turn to for relaxing ( the living or family room, of course), entertaining ( the dining room, most likely) and other recreational activities you enjoy ( the living room or playroom.) Now simply, take those areas and think about moving that function outside, and marrying it to provide multiple functions and voilà… you have mastered the concept behind the appeal of the outdoor living combination space!

The only difficult part for homeowners is deciding which structures to marry to gain the most benefits for their individual needs. Quality designed and built outdoor structures are a lot like potato chips… it’s hard to stop with just one! With that in mind, here are some outdoor living combination ideas to consider:

  • The Deck & Patio Combination
This deck, patio and fire pit flow naturally as one outdoor room!

This deck, patio and fire pit flow naturally as one outdoor room!

Decks are the epitome of outdoor living spaces. They are as American as apple pie, and most homeowners begin their outdoor living combinations from the deck and branch out. Decks complement almost every outdoor living structure, from pergolas to patios, decks afford the accompaniment beautifully. Patios in particular, look and function the part when used in a deck and patio combination. This is due to the natural flow created when a deck gently descends into a patio. It opens up and extends your outdoor living space, along with enhancing it. There are more factors at work here than just the added space a deck and patio provide, much more. Decks are generally built from wood or a natural looking “wood toned” synthetic, whereas patios are built from natural stone or hardscape materials that emulate the look and feel of stone. Wood and stone are elements that flow well together. Even in nature, if you look closely you may catch the beauty of a babbling brook laden with stones and hardwoods weeping gently over the bank. Wood and stone just naturally look great when fused together in any setting!

Screen room with composite deck in Clear Creek Township, OH.

Screened room paired with composite deck in Clear Creek Township, OH.

  • The Deck & Porch or Patio & Porch Combination

Deciding on a deck and porch, or patio and porch outdoor living combination is for the homeowner that wants to “have their cake and eat it too.” Decks and patios offer open air outdoor living spaces that are easily complimented by retaining walls, pergolas, spas and even outdoor fire pits. The only drawback to an open air outdoor living space is that in some circumstances, the weather can influence its functionality. By combining an open (covered) porch with a patio or deck, you and your family will have a haven to retreat to when the weather becomes unfavorable, and a shady spot to enjoy on even the most humid of days. Porches can be designed to include a myriad of creature comforts such as ceiling fans, to add even more comfort.

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This outdoor living combination includes a deck, patio and screened porch.

Taking This Concept a Step Farther…

Taking the cues from the deck and porch, or patio and porch combination, homeowners can also extend the protective benefits even farther with a screened porch. Screened porches offer shade and protection from inclement weather while also preventing insects and less dirt and pollen to enter the area. Screened porches can be designed to function similarly to an interior room including sound systems, fans, electrical outlets, outdoor fireplaces and even a spot to mount a television. These nuances open up a world of possibilities within an outdoor living combination.

  • For Your Consideration
Custom fabricated pergola on Spring Valley OH deck

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

In addition to decks, patios and porches there are many more outdoor living structures that make the grade as part of a successful union. Among these is the pergola. Pergolas are the one structure that blends seamlessly with any outdoor setting. Pergolas can be used as a shade structure much like a covered porch, and can also be used solely as an aesthetic feature to add dimension and character to a space. Pergolas also make a beneficial privacy barrier alongside a spa deck aiding as a buffer from prying eyes.

Outdoor kitchens are also a tasty accompaniment to most any outdoor living space. They can be easily integrated into a deck or patio setting, poolside, or even within an attached or freestanding porch setting. Having the added capability to prepare food outdoors for gatherings, or even intimate dinners, as well as plenty of seating adds to the function of your outdoor space and opens the door to endless entertaining possibilities. Our outdoor kitchen designs often include ranges, refrigerators, warming drawers, and even the Big Green Egg smoker known to many as the ultimate cooking experience!  We can even include serving and food preparation areas providing more seating similar to that of an “eat in” interior kitchen with plenty of counter space to add bar stools for additional seating or to use as an outdoor bar area.

Patio and outdoor kitchen combination

Patio and outdoor kitchen combination.

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

If you have a vision of your dream backyard and need help marrying the function and versatility you are looking for we can bring the backyard of your dreams to life! Contact Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio today to learn more at (513) 897–2040 or (937) 848-7040. You can also email us at westcentralohio@archadeck.net

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