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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.”

Dayton OH Sunroom Builder

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

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.”

 

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.”

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.”

 

 

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.

Why Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio is the Dayton & Cincinnati area’s trusted outdoor living space advisor

Have you ever had a vision of what you wanted in an outdoor project but was unable to convey this to the salesperson while researching companies for your project?

Have you ever had a vision of what you wanted in an outdoor project but was unable to convey this to the salesperson while researching companies for your project?

Have you ever had a vision of what you wanted in an outdoor project but was unable to convey this to the salesperson while researching companies for your project?  This recently happened to a couple I encountered attending the Miami Valley Home World Show, looking to add a backyard deck to their home.  My booth was in close proximity where I overheard the conversation this couple had with my competitor’s sales people.  This couple wanted several features included on their proposed deck but the conversation with the sales people went along the lines of “No, you can’t do it that way.  You have to do it THIS (my) way.”  By the time the couple reached my booth, they were tired, confused and frustrated. They were turned off to the fact that they may not even be able to have their project completed as they wanted.

  • Say “NO” to a one size fits all builder
Say "NO" to a one size fits all builder

Say “NO” to a one size fits all builder,

As tired and frustrated as this couple was, I encouraged them to communicate the features they had in mind for their anticipated deck.  I listened carefully, to what they wanted and showed them the different options that are available.  They seemed relieved to have someone take their concerns seriously and not try to pigeon-hole their concept into a “one size fits all” mentality.  By truly “listening” to this couple I was able to communicate to them they could choose what options they wanted and a design that best fits their budget.

2012 Contractor of the Year, Miami Valley NARI Residential Exterior-Deck. This custom designed deck in Cincinnati, Colerain Twp, Hamilton county Ohio 45239 suits this Tudor style house superbly

2012 Contractor of the Year, Miami Valley NARI Residential Exterior-Deck. This custom designed deck in Cincinnati, Colerain Twp, Hamilton county Ohio.

Witnessing and becoming a part of this couple’s inquiry process really made me understand the difference between a sales person who is interested in only driving their sales and not doing what is in the best interest of the client,  and a trusted advisor.  We at Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio are your trusted outdoor living space advisors, our goal is to bring  your vision and concept to life.

For over twenty-six year Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio “America’s Deck and Porch Builder®” has been providing award-winning outdoor living spaces to the Miami Valley. We specialize in custom designed decks, screen rooms, sunrooms, gazebos, pergolas,  and Lumon Natural Light Patio Covers. With a professional staff of trained design consultants and a NARI Certified Remodeler, we deliver the dazzling outdoor living experience that you will enjoy and your neighbors will envy.

Kettering OH TT dream deck

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

But don’t take our word for it. Take a look at a few of the reviews generated from satisfied customers.  Our motto is “A satisfied customer is the strongest proof of our performance.

“Quality work, and more importantly, great owner who is responsive to his customers before and after the sale. It’s obvious Tim cares about the work his company is doing.”
— Christopher G. of Dayton, OH

“Very professional group, no surprises, excellent communication. First rate on the workmanship, materials and quality. I would highly recommend to friends and family.”
— Original review left on Houzz

“We appreciate that Archadeck (Tim) listened to our wants and needs and helped design a pergola that met ( in fact exceeded ) our goals. We have rec’d lots of positive feedback from friends/neighbors and we are enjoying the extra outdoor living space. Happy customers !!”
— Ken D. in Waynesville, OH

“Archadeck built our back yard deck. Our first appointment was very productive. Tim brought his portfolio of past projects and asked about personal preferences. He was very respectful of my choices and budget. Our second appointment was just as productive. I went to his show room and was able to view / judge the different products offered. The project started much later than the approximate date I was given; however, once started it was finished in a timely manner. The workers were very professional and knowledgeable. Their work ethic was commendable (showed up on time and worked very hard in inclement weather to get the job done).”
— Original review left on Houzz

You can read more reviews and testimonials from our customers by visiting our review page listed on our website and our Houzz profile.

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Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

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

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

What does shopping for an outdoor living structure and a car have in common?

What does shopping for an outdoor living structure and a car have in common?Shopping for the right contractor to design and build your outdoor living structure is much like any other investment. 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 — to find the best value with all the features you want within your budget. With this in mind, you certainly wouldn’t visit an economy car dealership in order to purchase a luxury vehicle, or vice versa, would you — or, would you?

Mechanicsburg Ohio unique outdoor living designsJust as we pointed out in a previous article featured on our blog; “Learn how Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio is poised to accommodate the customer, in every way“,Two things are certain when it comes to outdoor living spaces: first, imagining yourself having one is easy and second, being able to afford your expectation of what you imagine can sometimes be difficult. This is also much the same as when shopping for a new car.  I know you have probably heard the phrase “caviar taste on a hamburger budget” in the past.  Many times homeowners have a surreal expectation of what a custom outdoor living space can cost, and what they can afford.

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This is one area where Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio differs greatly from other custom outdoor structure builders because we are always 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. This includes helping you establish a realistic budget,  flexibility to our customers through a detailed materials and pricing menu, keeping you in tune with scheduling and ensuring we not only meet but exceed your expectations as we work toward and complete your project.

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

Lumon patio covers will help you make the most out of the time you spend outdoors!

Cathedral lumon patio coverArchadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio is your one-stop for all things outdoor living. We provide Dayton and Cincinnati area homeowners with a wide range of outdoor living options to make the most of the time spent outdoors. From custom designed and built outdoor living spaces to being your local dealer for Big Green Egg cookers — we have many choices to enhance your backyard, your home, your property and most of all, your lifestyle. With this in mind, we have just added another option for homeowners’ to experience the outdoors without the threat of rainy weather or the hot afternoon sun. Lumon natural light patio covers are our newest introduction to increase your outdoor livability — rain or shine!

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What are 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 ten-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 thirty-year non-yellowing warranty to back this guarantee.

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These patio covers can be installed in a variety of settings, from brick, siding, and stucco walls to fascia and rooftop attachments. Virtually any application offers a versatile solution for your home in a wide range of sizes to turn any outdoor living space into an outdoor oasis!

Lumon’s patio systems are also available in glass, offering you full visibility in a sleek European design. Give your patio that wow factor! Our acrylic roof excels in hotter areas, as it blocks up to seventy-five percent of the sun’s heat while still letting in the natural light. Unlike other patio and porch enclosure and covers that block the natural light into your space, natural light patio covers are true to their namesake of allowing natural light to fill your space without the negative elements that come along with the sun such as heat and dangerous UV rays. This means more natural light will fill your outdoor living space as well as the interior spaces adjacent to your addition.

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Lumon’s patio covers can be fully or partially enclosed as a porch cover, three-season room or sunroom, if you’re looking for shelter from wind, bugs, and debris as well as the rain or scorching sun. You can feel confident in setting long-term goals for your outdoor living space, and get started on your outdoor living season aspirations now. In addition, sustainable development and respect for nature are essential to Lumon. The materials that we work with are recyclable. Moreover, all production material remnants are recycled to produce new products.

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 enjoy the best the outdoors has to offer, rain or shine, contact Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio today to learn more about Lumon natural light patio covers and our custom covered porch,  three-season rooms and sunroom designs today. 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.”