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Lets Talk Turkey — Thanksgiving Turkey Options for Your Big Green Egg!

With Thanksgiving week nearly upon us, you have probably begun planning how to prepare your turkey this year. There are quite a few options for outfitting your bird for the big meal, these include baking, smoking, roasting, grilling and even deep-frying. However, Big Green Egg owners know the best way to cook a turkey is in their Egg!

We’re not sure when the first person decided to include the Big Green Egg as a November holiday tradition, but we do know that the EGG can make it a memorable Thanksgiving meal! If you have holiday entertaining on your schedule, look no farther than this collection of special holiday ideas.

As for that turkey, you can cook a whole one or just a breast. You can brine it, inject it and then roast it. Check out these turkey recipe options on the Big Green Egg website, and don’t forget to keep your Big Green Egg charcoal on hand and enjoy!

The Perfect Roasted Turkey

Ingredients

  • 1 turkey, cleaned thoroughly
  • poultry seasoning
  • 1 whole onion cut in half
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 2 cups chicken broth, wine or water

Big Green Egg Thanksgiving TurkeyInstructions

Set the EGG up for indirect cooking with the convEGGtor at 325°F/163°C. Use a handful of pecan chips for a light, smoky flavor and to provide a deep brown color to the turkey.

Spread the seasoning generously over the outside of the bird. Load the bird onto a Vertical Poultry Roaster or Rib and Roasting Rack, then place into a drip pan. Add the onion and celery to the drip pan. Fill the pan with chicken broth, wine, or water.

Cook for 12 minutes per pound until the turkey has reached a safe minimum internal temperature of 165°F/74°C throughout the product. Reserve the drippings from the drip pan to make gravy.

When it comes to the types of dishes you can prepare on The Big Green Egg, the world is truly your oyster — no pun intended, but you can prepare oysters on an EGG® too!

With the holidays right around the corner, everyone’s mind is on what to prepare in honor of the BIG day and other holiday celebrations you have planned. Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio is your local Big Green Egg dealer with many size EGG’s in stock along with a wide variety of Eggcessories and accouterments to make meal planning and enjoyment during the holidays a breeze!

Contact Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio at (937) 848-7040 or (513) 897-2040  wcohio@archadeck.net to view our menu of Big Green Egg items today!

 

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

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

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

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

Miamisburg OH Outdoor Living Space Combination is pure bliss

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

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

Dayton and Cincinnati outdoor living experts

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

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

Tim –

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

Thanks to Kevin also : )

Sincerely,

P.B.

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

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

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

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

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

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

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

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

Banner Butter Roasted Corn BGE copy

Recipe adapted from Food and Wine

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

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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

Serves 4-6

Peach and Blueberry Summer Pie

Two summer favorites in one delicious pie.

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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

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

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

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

 

When is a contract not like a steak?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

Dayton Deck Cleaning and Sealing Services

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

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

Centerville OH Patio Extension and Privacy Screen

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

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

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

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.”

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!

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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

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