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Dive into outdoor living with a structure custom designed to enhance your Dayton or Cincinnati backyard pool!

Outdoor kitchen and patio poolside

Outdoor kitchen and covered patio poolside.

Tis the season when many Dayton and Cincinnati homeowners are opening their backyard pools for the outdoor living season. Pools are a refreshing escape from the summer heat and provide many opportunities for outdoor recreation and entertaining. Having the luxury of an accompaniment outdoor living structure that works to enhance your pool experience can extend not only your enjoyment but also heighten your pool’s aesthetics and functionality as a whole.

  • The pool deck and/or patio
Archadeck pool deck dining area

Archadeck pool deck dining area.

When you imagine the perfect poolside outdoor structure, a deck or patio probably immediately comes to mind. Decks and patio do make the perfect companion to a pool because they allow you to extend the outdoor living space around your pool. Decks seem a natural extension of both above-ground and in-ground pools, while patios allow ease of access entering and exiting an in-ground pool. In certain circumstances, we can even custom design a deck that caters strictly to above ground pools that allows greater design freedom in that it doesn’t entail the typical deck that is built all the way around the pool. In these cases, many times, what you end up with is the equivalent of an expensive walkway since a portion of the deck is rarely utilized. We can customize a design that best suits your aesthetic needs, function and budget.

Archadeck pool deck with twin pergolas

Archadeck pool deck with twin pergolas.

  • Pergolas by the pool
Another look at this pool deck by Archadeck with twin pergolas

Another look at this pool deck by Archadeck with twin pergolas.

Pergolas add dramatic design symmetry to your backyard pool space, they also provide much-needed shade for those hot summer days. Depending on how you pergola is constructed will dictate how much shade it provides. In addition to the design of the pergola itself, Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio offers a plethora of shade enhancing pergola amenities. These include Shade FX canopies and Shadetree canopies. By adding a canopy, awning or curtains to your pergola you will get even more protection from the sun. Many of these options look quite nice and are designed with an extra measure to help block the dangerous UVA and UVB rays from the sun.

  • The poolside cabana (detached covered patio)
This poolside pool cabana includes an outdoor fireplace and kitchen creating the perfect pooside oasis.

This poolside pool cabana includes an outdoor fireplace and kitchen creating the perfect poolside oasis.

A backyard can hold the key to the ultimate outdoor living enjoyment. A backyard  also begs to be improved upon, much like an artist’s canvas serves as a backdrop for creativity and visualization. Integration of an outdoor living space and backyard pool can take on many forms, including a detached covered patio or porch that will deliver the feel of an outdoor room– especially when placed by the pool!

Poolside detached covered porches, often referred to as “pool pavilions” or “cabanas”, offer shade, protection from the elements and plenty of space to relax and just watch the kids play. In addition to protective benefits they can also be designed to include many additional outdoor living amenities such as outdoor kitchens, ceiling fans, outdoor fireplaces and even wall mounted TV’s. With a space like this why would you ever go back indoors?

  • Outdoor fireplace and deck spa surround

    Outdoor fireplace and deck spa surround.

    The elemental union of fire & water

Outdoor fireplaces and fire pits not only increase the function of your outdoor space they can also anchor the look of your entire design. By using dramatic mediums such as stone and various hardscape materials they are destined to make a bold statement in any outdoor setting. Whether you are planning to weave your fireplace or fire pit into an existing outdoor space or start from scratch and use it as the glue that holds your new design together, adding a fire element is a solid choice. A custom fire feature pool or spaside also adds the allure of two of earth’s elements into your outdoor oasis — fire and water, enhancing all the senses!

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Whether you are opening your pool for the season and want to enhance your family’s poolside pleasure, or are considering the addition of a pool and accompanying outdoor living space we can help! Contact Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio today to learn more at (513) 897–2040 or (937) 848-7040. You can also email us at westcentralohio@archadeck.net

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Archadeck Outdoor Living of West Central & Southwest Ohio discusses why pergolas are so hot!

Tan vinyl freestanding pergola with round columns in BeaverCreek OH

Tan vinyl freestanding pergola with round columns in BeaverCreek ,OH.

Pick up any home and garden magazine and you will notice the pages are filled with  images of pergolas. Pergolas serve many aesthetic and functional duties and come in a plethora of styles, sizes and materials. We have watched the popularity of the pergola grow over the past few years to epic proportions. Whether used alone in the landscape or garden, as a shade structure, or used in conjunction with another outdoor living structure, the pergola has become a timeless backyard fixture in its own right.

A great example of the early pergola.

A great example of the early pergola. Ancient walkway with grapevines in Settimo Vittone, Northern Italy

The pergola’s popularity is nothing new. The origins of the pergola trace all the way back to the 1654 when it was borrowed from the Italian word, pergula, meaning a projected eave. Of course, the Italians were believed to have used the pergola for growing grapes and other climbing vegetation. Since the pergola’s vertical design allows vegetation to grow upward, it allows for better use of space. The modern pergola has moved out of the vineyards and into the backyard as an elemental design piece that is not only beautiful but also multi-functional.

Pergola structured for swing support in Washington Township just South of Centerville, OH.

Pergola structured for swing support in Washington Township just South of Centerville, OH.

Pergolas can be used to add depth and help define a deck or patio, placed within the landscape with seating or even a swing to create a special spot to read or just relax.  Pergolas also allow design freedom within an outdoor space through the use of  materials you can utilize for your design. This will help you create an eclectic space that is a true one-of-kind original.

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

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

Here at Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio, we design and build pergolas to accommodate various needs of our clients. Aside from the obvious appeal they add to your home and landscape, shade is one of the biggest reason homeowners build pergolas. Pergolas do deliver a measure of shade to a sunny outdoor space. The amount of shade pergolas can provide is  dependent on the construction details of the pergola itself. A pergola that is built with wider rafters or cross beams that are placed closer together will provide more shade than one built with these elements spanning farther apart. However, all shade factors are influenced by the intended placement of your pergola in correlation to the direction and amount of sunlight your location receives. Keep in mind this can change with the seasons as well.

This pergola in Mason, OH is a true eccletic work of art!

This pergola in Mason, OH is a true eclectic work of art!

In addition to designing the pergola to deliver the most shade benefits, homeowners can also add shade canopies, awnings or curtains to their pergola to receive even more protection from the sun. Many of these options look quite nice and are designed with an extra measure to help block the dangerous UVA and UVB rays from the sun.

Here is a glimpse into some of the shade amendments we use to maximize the pergola’s shade benefits…

  • ShadeFX pergola canopies – These are retractable pergola canopies that protect you from both sun and rain. This innovative product will protect not only you and your family from the ravages of the sun, but will add years onto your outdoor living furnishings. They also look as pretty in the winter as in the summer, a huge plus with homeowners who want to keep their outdoor living space looking its best year-round.
  • ShadeTree canopy used on this pergola built by of West Central & Southwest Ohio

    A ShadeTree canopy was used on this pergola built by of West Central & Southwest Ohio

    ShadeTree pergola canopies -These are the romantic, “billowy” canopies that many homeowners ask for by name!  These elegant canopies can be removed and stored seasonally by just loosening the top lock brackets and roller locks, and then each canopy can be quickly rolled out of the tracks. The tracks can remain up. They can also be made to cover an area the width needed by simply adding additional canopy sections or by custom ordering. Rain easily runs off the sides of the extended canopies. If water collects suddenly in a heavy rain, the weight of the standing water activates a “release mechanism” so the rain can run off the sides to eliminate the water build-up.

  • Mosquito curtains – Mosquito curtains can be installed onto your pergola via a track system. These curtains look great and offer protection from nagging and dangerous mosquitoes, as well as sunscreen protection. Homeowners can customize the look of their pergola with a wide variety of options to fit any style, or taste.
Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Clearly, the many ways a pergola can serve homeowners in their backyards is endless. Pergolas can be a cost-effective way to add character, style and function to your backyard, and serve as a unique shade structure. Contact Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio today to learn more about our elegant pergola designs.
(513) 897 – 2040
(937) 848-7040
wcohio@archadeck.net

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