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Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio asks… Who said you can’t reap the benefits of your beautiful backyard throughout fall and winter?

Fall has arrived!The glory of fall is here and the weather is cooling. Because of this, many homeowners are beginning the process of shutting down their outdoor living spaces. They are covering their patio furniture, preparing their landscapes for the impending dormant season and basically heading indoors until the warm weather of spring emerges. But why? Who said you can’t reap the benefits of your beautiful backyard throughout fall and winter?

If you really want to get more use out of your outdoor living space, Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio can help expand your living space with hardscaping. Hardscaping can be used to create an outdoor room with amenities that rival your indoor space, such as a full outdoor kitchen, built-in seating, and an outdoor fireplace or fire pit. This outdoor space will be perfect for entertaining guests and will allow you to enjoy nature and engage yourself in your landscape rather than just admire it from your window.

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Decks and patios naturally blend together because of the allure of stone and wood as it mingles.

Outdoor kitchens are fully functional cooking spaces that allow the chef in your family to cook all your meals outdoors without running back and forth to the kitchen. They usually include a grill island, a sink, a small refrigerator, cabinets and a bar for seating and an eating area. One of the best parts about having an outdoor kitchen as part of your outdoor living area, is that not only will you and your guests get to enjoy dinner alfresco but the chef can participate in the festivities while preparing the meal as well.

Outdoor kitchen and patio poolside

Outdoor kitchen and covered patio poolside.

When the autumn nights begin to settle in, even though it may be a little chilly, a fire element can warm you right up and give you an excuse to be outside. Whether it’s down time with the family, intimate get-togethers with friends, or a full-blown party, having a fireplace or fire pit adds another dimension to entertaining. Inevitably, it becomes the focal point, and as most who have spent time staring into a blaze will attest, it encourages friendly conversation and warm feelings. Even while relaxing at home in your hot tub or sauna, a fire feature offers a healthy means of de-stressing.

Timber Tech Composite Deck with Curved Bench and Fire pit in Beavercreek Ohio Greene County

Timber Tech Composite Deck in Beavercreek, OH, with integrated fire pit.

Much like any outdoor living structure or element, an outdoor kitchen or fire feature can be customized to match your tastes and needs. Even with a smaller yard, you can still create an intimate space for gatherings. From the furniture and appliances to the actual fire feature itself, there are plenty of ways you can customize your outdoor space and still reap all of these benefits:

  • Entertainment – nothing says gather a group of friends and family together like freshly prepared food under the stars or s’mores and spooky stories around the fire pit or fireplace
  • Cooking – outdoor cooking is more robust when you use a gas grill, Big Green Egg cooker or wood burning pizza oven in the great outdoors…not to mention all of the culinary creations you can prepare over the open flame of a fire pit or outdoor fireplace
  • Ambiance – even if you aren’t into throwing parties or entertaining, the ambiance a fire feature or warm inviting outdoor kitchen brings is worth the investment alone, especially if you are into star gazing with a loved one while sitting next to one of nature’s most captivating elements
  • Added home value – both an outdoor kitchen and a fire feature are attractive elements that create an enthralling focal point that can really help make your home stand apart from others

The inclusion of an outdoor kitchen or outdoor fire feature, such as a fireplace or fire pit, or even a combination of the two will enhance as well as extend the use of your Miami Valley backyard, allowing you to entertain friends and family for virtual year round outdoor fun, even during the colder months.

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

Many people put a lot of thought and energy into creating a beautiful landscape, but overlook the importance of hardscaping. While patios may be the first thing that come to mind when you think of hardscaping, it includes much more than that. From patios to full outdoor kitchens and, of course, fire pits, Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio can execute every aspect of masonry and stonework used to include hardscapes in your outdoor living space. We use only the finest materials, and work with the best crafted products proven in the outdoor industry.

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Our professional and talented staff members are experts at helping homeowners, like you, get the most out of each season with an outdoor structure custom designed and built for your enjoyment. Contact 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.”

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Our Dayton & Cincinnati outdoor living space creations emphasize the difference is in the details!

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Don’t you agree the details make the finished project more delicious?

Like many other things in life, the details can make a tremendous difference in the outcome, and, in your ultimate satisfaction and happiness. Take for example, a simple banana split; the bananas and triple scoops of ice cream certainly are delicious, but would it be as satisfying if you left out the whipped cream and sweet cherry from the top?  Outdoor living space designs, too, play by the same rules. The details of the design make your experience, and how you view the space more fulfilling. Archadeck of West Central and SW Ohio specializes in providing our customers with a detailed customer oriented design while paying attention to the intricate details that provide a true, custom, one-of-a-kind structure.

In progress image showing the installation of this detailed patio border in Bellbrook, Ohio.

In progress image showing the installation of this detailed patio border in Bellbrook, Ohio.

  • The details of our hardscape designs: When we design a hardscape, such as a patio, retaining wall, outdoor fireplace or even a custom fire pit, we include the “little extras” that make the addition aesthetically appealing and cohesive. For example, when designing an outdoor living combination containing a deck and patio combination. Often, the deck is rectangular or square. In order to “soften” the linear feel of the space, we will design the patio with curved, rounded edges. We also like to add a soldier or sailor course to the outer edge of many of our patios to help define the transition from the patio into the landscape. We will often introduce the use of another color into the border as well. This results in a dramatic impact aesthetically and increases the WOW factor!
We used a double solider course border on this patio in Waynesville, OH.

We used a double solider course border on this patio in Waynesville, OH.

Front Porch and custom patio surround by Archadeck of West Central & SW Ohio

Notice the border on this patio surround.

Notice the details of this custom fire pit addtion:

Notice the details of this custom fire pit addition:

Patio, deck and pergola combination in Englewood Ohio

Patio, deck and pergola combination in Englewood Ohio

This stunning walkway in Bellbrook, OH, shows color variance and the use of a soldier course border detail.

This stunning walkway in Bellbrook, OH, shows color variance and the use of a soldier course border detail.

  • How we “cope” with the details: When referring to “coping” with the details, we mean it in the literal sense. A little detail we often include in many of our hardscape designs, including fire places, ledges, and pillars is the use of three-dimensional coping to visually enhance our structures. Take a look at what we mean:
Pergola with three-dimensional coping at base of pillars.

Pergola with three-dimensional coping at base of pillars.

Pillar details, up close.

Pillar details, up close.

We also used this concept on the mantle/ledge of this outdoor fireplace in Bellbrook, OH.

We also used this concept on the mantle/ledge of this outdoor fireplace in Bellbrook, OH.

In progress, detailed view of three-dimensional coping:

In progress, detailed view of three-dimensional coping:

  • More details – Not your traditional deck:  The details don’t end with our hardscape designs. As you can clearly see, our custom deck designs often include curved, radius edging, picture framed borders, integrated seating and plants along with other intricate details you just don’t see everyday!
This deck in Springborough, OH features an interior and exterior curved radius bench.

This deck in Springborough, OH features an interior and exterior curved radius, rails and bench.

Curved Planter detail on Colerain Township OH deck

This deck in Colerain Township, OH, is loaded with details. Notice the integrated curved planter and finished opening for tree.

Here is a closer look at the detailed way we treated the tree the homeowners wished to save.

Here is a closer look at the detailed way we treated the tree the homeowners wished to save.

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

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Our commitment to excellence in outdoor structure design and building ensures your unique project is built with attention to even the smallest details. Contact us today to learn more at (937) 848-7040 or (513) 897-2040 and via 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 and featured  on Houzz.

 

 

 

 

 

 

When it comes to the size of your deck is bigger really better?

This deck in Cincinnati  is full of all the comforts of home.

This deck in Cincinnati, OH is filled with all the comforts of home!

You are probably familiar with the old saying “bigger is better”, right? As Americans, we generally assume this old saying rings true — hence our affinity for bigger cars, houses and yes, super size fries. One of the biggest trends in deck design is their increase in size over recent years. However, this increase is not for some of the reasons that may first come to mind: for example to show social status or to facilitate a larger family unit. The reasoning behind building bigger decks is simple. It is because homeowners crave a transference of the comforts and function they have in their interior living space, outdoors.

Multi-level pressure treated wood custom designed deck with a dedicated dining area in Greene county Bellbrook Ohio

Multi-level pressure treated wood custom designed deck with a dedicated dining area in Bellbrook, Ohio.

A better way to gauge the benefits of choosing to go larger when designing your ideal deck space is to look at it this way: ” in most cases, inside your home, you have a dining room, kitchen, living room and family room. Homeowners are requesting these same spaces be designed into their deck, with areas for dining, a sitting or socializing area, and of course a cooking area. “A recent article published by Remodeling Magazine featuring input from owner of Archadeck of West Central and SW Ohio Tim Stephens, points out that “the 200-square foot deck in increasingly looking like a relic of the past as more homeowners push for more outdoor living space, and remodelers and builders are lining up to accommodate them.”

Designated dining area on this deck in Cincinnati, OH.

Designated dining area on this deck in Cincinnati, OH.

A large-scale deck design that encompasses the feel of an “outdoor living room” does take longer to plan, design and build as compared to the “typical” decks of the past. However, the benefits and extended function a larger, well-planned deck provide are worth the additional time they take to complete. Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio custom designs each portion of our decks to cater to the individual function our customers seek. We have built several decks right here in the Dayton and Cincinnati area that measure 1,500 square foot of outdoor living space, or more.  In comparison, spatially, these decks speak to the size of what could encompass the space of a small home! To get the most out of your deck, no matter what size you have in mind, efficient and even clever use of space is very important.

Here are 10 ideas courtesy of Remodeling Magazine to ensure the best use of space when planning for your dream deck:

#1) Think in layers – Not so long ago, decks both large and small used to be flat, square, single-surface spaces. But the larger the deck, the more it calls for curves, multiple levels, staircases, built-in seating, and railings.

#2) Capture the curves –  Flexible composite decking allows for accentuation of the curves within a deck design and is a favorite among deck builders who are partial to curved surfaces, sidewalks, and staircases, which can create an eye-catching segue between two levels of the deck.

This deck in Springborough, OH features an interior and exterior curved radius bench.

This deck in Springborough, OH features an interior and exterior curved radius bench.

#3) Move the eye along – Add a focal point or two to a large, empty span of deck by building a planter or fire pit in the middle and lining the perimeter with built-in seating.

#4) Create drama – Accentuate curves, railings and fascia boards with a contrasting color to create a frame around the deck floor. Incorporate inset designs, like diamond shapes in alternate colors, to create something unique for each homeowner. And don’t be shy about mixing materials on a big deck: faux stone columns, a metal roof, or a granite countertop on a built-in food preparation area will make the outdoor room look more upscale and custom-designed.

Curved Timber Tech composite deck with style! Located in Washington Twp outside Dayton Ohio

This deck replaces an aging wood deck with a low maintenance TimberTech deck with graceful eased radius corners, floating benches with Deckorators faux stone columns and contrasting deck inset.

#5) Proportions matter – An 1,800-square-foot deck on the back of a 2,000-square-foot home is probably too big to “go” with that house. Size up within reason.

#6) Add some shade – A homeowner who springs for a 600-square-foot-plus deck is going to want to use it as often as possible. A pergola, awning, canopy, or roof over the deck will allow the client to cook, entertain, or relax outdoors even on hot, sunny days or during rain showers. Any shade structure should be as low-maintenance as the deck itself.

Custom vinyl pergola in Springvalley OH with fixed louvers and interlocking slats

Custom vinyl pergola in Springvalley, OH with fixed louvers and interlocking slats for optimum shade.

#7) Prepare homeowner/clients for a possible long wait –  It takes a long time to build a big deck. Especially if the outdoor room will be home to electric and gas appliances, the job will include an electrician, a plumber, and the local building inspector. If the deck includes multiple tiers, the builder might need to consult with an engineer or architect.

#8) Consider the view –  If the upper tier of a two-story deck is right over the lower one, take care with the placement of the posts so they’re not too close to doors and windows, where they can block the homeowner’s view and path to the yard. Also, build in an under-deck gutter to catch rain that falls on the upper deck so it won’t soak the deck’s lower level and its inhabitants.

 #9) Leave enough room –  Even a big deck can run out of room if the design includes a hot tub. A typical 7-by-7-foot spa takes up at least a 10-by-10-foot space so there’s enough room around it for a railing, a privacy screen or a path for bathers and maintenance techs to walk around it.

Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio

Let us design and build a custom deck you can enjoy day into night!

#10) Make it useful –  Include heat and light so the owners can use their deck after dark and during at least three seasons. Popular options: built-in fireplaces and fire pits and ceiling-mounted heaters. You’ll have plenty of room for them.

So, to answer the question “is a bigger deck better”, it all depends on your individual needs and personal tastes. If you are looking for a deck that delivers layers of extended function, or a deck with that outdoor room feel — then, most definitely bigger is better!

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

If you have an existing deck that begs for elaboration, or are poised to pursue your outdoor living vision from scratch, we can help! Our award-wining custom deck designs make the outdoors truly worth loving, and living! 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 westcentralohio@archadeck.net 

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

Please peruse our deck photo galleries located on our website, including our composite and PVC deck photo gallery and our hardwood deck photo gallery for more ideas.