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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.”

When we say award-winning designs, you can be confident we’re not exaggerating

CoTy Award for NARI Contractor of the Year Miami Valley OH 2015 Fresh from our Outdoor Living Brands annual conference, awards in hand, we returned home in time to be notified of another award Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio received. We have also been honored with the Contractor of the Year Award (CotY) from our Miami Valley, OH chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) and we could not be any more elated! This is especially exciting for us because this means our distinctive combination outdoor living space in Clear Creek Township, OH won two awards this year, from two different prestigious associations.

Combination outdoor living spaces are considered a favorite amongst clients and builders, so it seems only fitting that our awe-inspiring combination project in Clear Creek Township, OH was the winning design for the CotY in the category of Residential Exterior projects. Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio believes an “outdoor living space combination” is achieved when the function and aesthetic assets of two or more outdoor structures are merged within the design and construction to allow them to function as one large space.

Dayton and Cincinnati's premier outdoor living structure designer and builder

For this outdoor living space combination project, our clients expressed their desires for an outdoor living space that allowed them the best of both worlds; a covered porch perfect for dinners al fresco or an escape from inclement weather combined with a large open hardscape upon which they could entertain and bask in the sun during the day as well as enjoy evening celebrations under a star filled night sky. We custom designed and built this combination outdoor living space to fulfill, if not surpass, their outdoor enjoyment wishes as well as create a structure and space that blended seamlessly with their home’s original style. As confirmed by multiple awards for the finished space, we succeeded!!

Waynesville OH outdoor living space expertsThe details of our award-winning space include a spacious open deck and porch finished in all low-maintenance materials. For the covered porch we used Envisions decking in the warm hued “Spiced Teak” for the flooring and stairs, a rustic-inspired pine tongue & groove material for the ceiling, durable white vinyl railings and for continuity, wrapped the porch posts also in white vinyl. The porch stairs graciously step down to the large curved paver patio including an integrated custom fire pit, all of which were constructed with Oberfield Tumbled Pavers in neutral tones to enhance the decking and exterior of the home. To complete the design and provide symmetry, Archadeck Outdoor Living installed a second sconce above the door(s) that lead into the porch. This combination outdoor living space truly exemplifies the visual interpretation of poetry in motion, as you can see in the pictures below.

Details of combination outdoor living project in Clear Creek Township, Waynesville OHThe Miami Valley remodeling industry’s finest contractors make up the membership of the Miami Valley chapter of the NARI. It is both an honor and a privilege to have been selected Contractor of the Year as we were competing against the best of the best in our industry. We consider this a very large feather in our cap and are proud to display this award in our Waynesville, OH showroom along with our many other awards.

Waynesville OH covered porch and deck pavilions

If you’d like to meet members of our award-winning team this weekend, be sure to stop by the Miami Valley Home World show at the Dayton Expo Center this weekend, or next…as Miami Valley’s NARI Contractor of the Year, we would love to see you!

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

If you’re ready to have your own award-winning outdoor living environment custom designed and built for you right in your backyard, contact Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio today to learn more at (937) 848-7040 or (513) 897-2040. You can also email us at westcentralohio@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 decks photo gallery, and our pergolas photo gallery, located on our website.

 

We can custom design an outdoor living space keeping the originality of your new, or vintage home, center stage

Archadeck of West Central and SW Ohio stunning pergola addition over existing patio

Archadeck of West Central and SW Ohio built this stunning pergola addition over an existing patio.

I think many times, homeowners have a preconceived notion of exactly who Archadeck Outdoor Living is. Some may feel that our concentration lies in creating outdoor living spaces from scratch, which is certainly not the case. We cater to homeowners during all phases of remodeling. From the new construction, to the homeowner who is ready to redeck, remodel or upgrade their existing outdoor space. Our projects encompass all areas within West Central and Southwest Ohio including newer homes in areas like Centerville and Washington Township, to the beautiful vintage homes within Oakwood CIty and Kettering.

Archadeck of West Central and SW Ohio improved the outdoor living area of this ranch style home

Archadeck of West Central and SW Ohio improved the outdoor living area of this ranch style home.

Keep in mind that a home doesn’t have to be new in order to benefit from a new or upgraded outdoor living space addition.At Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio we design and build outdoor structures for the way you and your family want to live outdoors. Our goal also includes creating a space that looks original to your home, no matter what the age or style of architecture your home happens to be. Our knowledge and experience allow us to design your new deck, patio or outdoor room addition keeping the structural integrity, materials and subtle nuances of your specific home intact and carrying them into your outdoor living space. Whether the style of your home is a 1930’s bungalow, a 1970’s ranch, a Tudor, Georgian or Victorian or a new construction — we can design and build

This new deck complements the Tudor architecture of this home in Cincinnati, OH.

The new deck complements the Tudor architecture of this home in Colerain Township,Cincinnati, OH.

Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio has been providing award-winning outdoor living spaces to the Dayton, Cincinnati and surrounding region since 1990. We specialize in custom designed decks, porches, screened porches, sunrooms, gazebos, pergolas, and Shadetree®Canopies. We are a NARI Certified Remodeler, trained design consultants, and a professional staff that are a pleasure to work with. We were also awarded the NARI Contractor of the Year Residential Exterior Specialty award in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013.

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

This roof style is very attractive and fits a Victorian house well.

Notice how we designed this screened porch with this home’s Victorian-style architecture in mind.

We invite you to call for a free design consultation .During your consultation we’ll show you past projects, discuss your needs and tastes,how we can design an outdoor space to complement all existing architectural styles, explain your construction material options (including the new, low-maintenance wood alternatives), talk about costs, and measure and photograph your home/lot.

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

If you are ready for the addition of a new outdoor living space, upgrade your existing outdoor living space or remodel an outdoor area to better suit your needs, contact Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio today to learn more. We are making  Dayton and Cincinnati more beautiful, one backyard at a time! Call us at (937) 848-7040 or (513) 897-2040 or email us at
westcentralohio@archadeck.net

Please visit our extensive outdoor living galleries located on our website, including our deck photo galleries and porches photo gallery, for more inspiration.

How safe and well-maintained is your Dayton or Cincinnati, OH deck?

Pressure treated wood multi-level Custom designed deck, Timber Tech Ornamental composite rails with Deckorator pickets and Kichler low voltage deck lights in Butler county West Chester Ohio

This gracious multi-level pressure treated southern yellow pine wood deck in West Chester Ohio features a fan pergola to break up the setting sun over the dining area.

What is the first spot you envision on a sunny afternoon spent grilling with family and friends, or the refuge for relaxation after a long afternoon of swimming in the backyard pool? The backyard deck of course! Decks are American’s favorite outdoor living space, the epicentre of backyard recreation and are a staple of outdoor living. With this in mind, It’s important to ensure your deck is structurally sound in order to take advantage of all the ways it can benefit your home and lifestyle; and especially with the arrival of the outdoor living season so close at hand!

This custom designed pressure treated southern yellow pine wood deck replaced an existing safety hazard of a deck.

This custom designed pressure treated southern yellow pine wood deck replaced an existing safety hazard of a deck. This design provides a safe and efficient way to exit the deck for the second floor while directing traffic to the concrete pad outside the walkout basement.

Here at Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio we take deck safety very seriously. As the area’s premier outdoor structure builder, and as a NARI  (National Association of the Remodeling Industry) certified remodeler, we know the value of a well-built deck, well-maintained deck and have seen the pitfalls of the opposite. In a six-year period there were an estimated 179 deck failures which resulted in 1,122 injuries and 33 deaths here in the US. These grim statistics may come as a surprise to many homeowners, but deck safety is no accident. If you are one of the 40 million homeowners in the United States that are still using a deck that is over 20 years old it is time to take a step back and assess the general safety of your deck. According to NADRA, The North American Deck and Railing Association, deck failures that result in injury are increasing at an alarming rate. Most of the reason for this is the number of decks still standing are over 20 years old and in dire need of retirement

In looking at the BIG picture of deck safety, deck failures can also be attributed to shoddy workmanship or creating a deck that will not hold the capacity in which it will be subjected. We feel that in these cases, deck failures are very preventable occurrences and not accidents at all. A good example of placing your safety on the line is hiring a cut-rate builder to construct your deck. If you choose this route to save a few bucks, you are taking a chance that really isn’t worth the savings you gained. If a deck is built by a reputable experienced builder, it will be built correctly meeting or exceeding building codes, and give you peace of mind in knowing your deck is safe and structurally sound from the ground up.

You may have seen the horrific video recently making headlines in regards to the unfortunate deck collapse that happened in our neighboring state of Indiana just a few months ago.If not, we have added a link to the video via YouTube above. It is true this is a worst case scenario example of what can occur when a deck is either poorly constructed or is not properly maintained. Since few specifics, other than the injuries that resulted from the collapse have been determind, we cannot point out specifically what went awry in this particular circumstance. However, deck failures happen more often than you may think and that is the reason regular inspections and maintenance is so crucial in keeping your deck safe and sound.

A fall or winter project will ensure springtime fun for the whole family Archadeck of Central and SW Ohio

We want  to ensure you or a member of your family doesn’t become a casualty as a result of an unsafe deck.

Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio offers a thorough deck safety inspection for a modest fee. We can also provide a free consultation on what would be involved with replacing your deck with an updated design that meets or exceeds all building code requirements and complements your outdoor living objectives. When it comes to keeping you and your family safe from a deck disaster, an ounce of prevention is definitely worth a pound of cure. Here is just a few of the critical areas our deck safety inspection covers:

  • We check the decking boards – over time most wood decks will show some cracks and splits, the main concern with the decking boards is splintering and rotting. A deck that is not safe to walk on is a safety hazard.
  • We check the connections – a properly constructed deck is built with fasteners and other metal hardware connectors to make your deck stable from the bottom up. Check the fasteners to make sure they are in good working order, or are in need of replacement. We also check to ensure the fasteners are properly installed and there are a sufficient number to meet codes. You would be surprised at the calls we get from homeowners whose deck is missing pieces of vital hardware that were never properly installed when the deck was initially built.
  • We check the structure – check the posts, beams and joists if visible for inconsistencies. Check to see if there is any noticeable sagging between any of the supports. We check to ensure span load requirements are met. The contributing factor in most sagging decks is from a lack of meeting these requirements.
  • We check the attachment to your home – the area where the deck attaches to your home is called the house band and this is where most deck failures can occur. Inspect this portion of the deck to make sure all screws and bolts are present, nails should never be the only fasteners used in the house band. Upon inspection also make sure the area is flashed properly to aid in water protection from this important connection site.
  • We check the foundation and footings with a visual inspection  – foundations and footings are important because they support the weight of the deck. A sinking footing can cause a dangerous separation of a column from a beam and must be addressed immediately.
  • We check the exits – check the stairs that are used for exits from your deck, make sure they are in good working order and structurally sound. It is very possible to have a deck that is sound only to have a rotting staircase that could endanger you and your guests upon entry and exit to your deck.
  • We check the rails– always make sure the railing is secure and that the pickets and balusters are fastened properly. Keep in mind current codes dictates that rails should be spaced no more than four inches apart, a deck with non-conforming railing is a danger because small children and even pets can sometimes fall through the railing and get hurt.
Splintered deck

An aging, splintering deck can be painful to bare summer feet — OUCH!

Keep in mind, that even if an older deck is deemed “safe” structurally, unless it is has been properly maintained on a regular basis the boards and railing can splinter and crack causing painful injuries to bare feet and hands while the deck is in use. In addition to our menu of re-decking and custom deck designs we also offer a deck cleaning and maintenance program tailor-made to keep your deck looking and functioning at optimum performance. This is just another way Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio is improving the outdoor living quality of homeowners in the Dayton and Cincinnati areas for the better!

Contact Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio  to schedule your deck safety inspection today. Instilling the expertise of one of our deck experts will give you peace of mind in knowing you can enjoy your deck this season without worry at (513) 897 – 2040 or (937) 848-7040. You can also email us at westcentralohio@archadeck.net 

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

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

Please visit our deck photo galleries located on our website, including our composite and PVC deck photo gallery and our hardwood deck photo gallery for more inspiring new deck and redecking ideas.