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When it Comes to Choosing an Outdoor Structure Builder, Beware of the “Tail-light Warranty”

hassle-free no textWe have all heard the old sayings of  “you get what you pay for” and “haste makes waste.” These ring true in many situations we encounter including choosing a builder for your new outdoor structure project. It is wise to explore your options and research any prospective builder by looking at their reviews and perusing their portfolio of completed projects, however it is also smart to be cautious about the builder that quickly brings the lowest price to the table and is ready to begin your project on a moment’s notice.

Keep in mind, that seasoned builders know what it takes structurally to ensure your safety and satisfaction. They also rarely have no pending projects on their backlogs to begin a project at the spur of the moment, securing proper permits and making sure quality materials to complete the project are all on hand takes a little time. Be very wary of those that claim they can start on a dime, chances are they aren’t pulling required permits necessary to even break ground. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and a professionally designed and built outdoor living structure shouldn’t be either. The impetus here is to realize that if a builder is ready to break ground immediately on your project chances are their services are not in high demand. This can be a direct reflection of their business practices and quality of work.

The ultimate backyard room

In our 26+ years of service we have seen, and repaired, many projects where the homeowner hastily hired a builder just to get the project completed quickly. Not only where many of these structures dangerous, they usually resulted in the homeowner spending more to make it right than they would have had they hired us initially.

Another aspect to consider before you rush into your project, are the builders credentials… does the builder have a license,  or even insurance? These may seem trivial but are crucial if something goes wrong while the builder, or crew, is injured or has an accident while working on your property because you could be held liable.

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Last but certainly not least is to beware of the builder that only offers what is referred to as “the tail light warranty” — in essence, this means the warranty extends just as long as the tail lights are visible as he is leaving your project — funny to joke about, but not so much if you are the one watching them fade into the distance. When you choose Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio to build your outdoor living structure(s) you will be protected by two separate guarantees, constituting the most expansive customer protection plan in the industry. And local oversight assures your property and privacy are respected as well. We attend to every detail from securing any needed building permits  to final cleanup. And we work very hard to be as unobtrusive as possible during the entire construction phase.

Tail lights in the distance...

Tail lights in the distance…

We always strive to provide you with an outdoor living space that encompasses everything you want in your particular design, now, and with future additions in mind. Our approach to the design and building process is poised to accommodate the customer needs and desires in every way. This means we help fulfill your wishes in getting everything you are expecting from your design the first time around with no surprises, no catches and we stand behind every structure we build.

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 project, we can help you get started today on making the backyard of your dreams a reality. Contact Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio 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.”

Should a homeowner design their own outdoor living space?

Kettering OH low maintenance deck builderIn a world filled with success stories about the do-it-yourselfer it is only natural that a homeowner feels designing a deck on their own would be a breeze. Understandably, after watching others successfully master deck design and building in a 30-60 minute episode on the home improvement channel makes the task seem like a walk in the park, right?

WRONG. 

As many homeowners look ahead past winter’s chill to the warm season ahead, you may feel compelled to pursue designing your own deck. Here at Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio we have had a handful of homeowners bring their own designs into their consultation over the years only to be met with a pleasant surprise; it’s best to leave the designing and building to a professional. This may sound abrupt. However, based on our experience we know that combining your needs and desires with our professional design expertise can give your new anticipated deck increased functionality, appeal and above all more value for your hard-earned dollars.

We know how to utilize and enhance every inch of your new deck. Whether it is adding versatile seating that doubles as a rail, or a bump-out area to enhance and expand the area where you plan to place your grill. Our decks are customized to speak to your needs, not the needs of the people on the home improvement shows, you need only take a peek into our Greater Dayton & Northern Cincinnati OH Custom Decks gallery, located on our website to see the custom touches we pour into every deck we build — making it one-of-a-kind.

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.

A deck designed with your comfort and objectives in mind is only the tip of the iceberg. Our outdoor structures are designed and built to the highest quality and safety standards too. Taking all weight loads and connections into consideration, This gives you a space you can feel confident in enjoying for many years ahead.  Just like your home, it’s important to make sure your deck is built right. Most experts agree that the average life expectancy of a wooded deck is 10 to 15 years. Decks built using low-maintenance materials such as composites and PVC can more than double that average. It is crucial when designing a deck to evaluate its construction details to make sure it’s structurally sound and safe using the proper structural connectors and fasteners.

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

There are thousands of little details that go into designing and building a deck– 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. 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

Call us today at (513) 897 – 2040 or (937) 848-7040 to learn more. 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 is a master of versatile design — as we end the cycle of boring outdoor living spaces

  • Is your deck too small to use it the way you really want?
  • Do you avoid using your deck or patio because it lacks functionality?
  • Is your outdoor living space an eyesore that degrades your home’s appearance?
  • Is your outdoor structure a safety hazard?
  • Is your deck or porch capacity less than 3 people at any given time?
  • Does your patio limit the space you have available for grilling, outdoor dining and relaxation?
  • Do you find yourself “creeping” into the lawn to have more room for outdoor activities?
  • Does your outdoor living environment leave you feeling claustrophobic?

cookoutIf you answered “yes” to any of the questions above, then it is time to end the cycle of cramped, boring outdoor living — and Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio is just the company exceed your expectation of what your outdoor living space can be! Our design philosophy involves more than just building a boring 12 x 12 standard size deck with builder grade amenities. We go far beyond the realm of necessity, thinking “outside the box” to give you the most function and aesthetic for the most value.

 why should your outdoor living space(s) deliver any less satisfaction than those within the home?

Interior of playroom within home.

Your home is one of the single biggest investments you will make. Your home is also the place where you can wind down from the stresses of work, school and other household obligations. This concept is responsible for the titles we use to label certain interior areas of a home. For example a “playroom” is called so for that very reason, we use it for “play”. Whether you define play as reading, board games, or enjoying movie night with the kids. Much the same can be said for the “living” room — after all, this is where most families “live, laugh and linger” indoors. Taking all these factors into consideration, why should your outdoor living space(s) deliver any less satisfaction than those within the home?

Our award winning deck in Spring Valley, OH features a curved, raised area for dining.

Our award-winning deck in Spring Valley, OH features a curved, raised area just for outdoor dining.

Curved integrated bench seating on deck in Central Ohio

Just like the details we pointed out in a previous post titled “Our Dayton & Cincinnati outdoor living space creations emphasize the difference is in the details!” The details of the design make your experience, and how you view the space more fulfilling. Archadeck of West Central and Southwest 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. Our custom deck, porch and patio designs often include curved, radius edging, picture framed borders, integrated seating, planters and integrated lighting  along with other intricate details you just don’t get with typical builders.

Kettering OH 2013 dream deck project

The first question we ask during your design consultation will be “how do want to use your space.” Along with desired functions and aesthetics, we also inquire about what size and type of outdoor furnishings you intend to use within your space. For example, typically a standard-sized outdoor dining table takes up an area 6 feet long and 42 inches wide, with each standard-size outdoor chair taking up an additional two feet. Factor in ample pull out room for each chair will add another two feet per chair. This adds up to a space that takes up a 12′ x 12′ area. In addition to dining tables, most homeowners want a place for seating as well, which will tack on additional space. Once you add side tables and accompaniment pieces, you are looking at the need for more space than most homeowners had anticipated for their furnishings. This is why discussing details such as furniture choices is also an important part of the design process.

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

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. Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio knows the difference in your satisfaction and happiness for years to come lies within the details.  Call us today 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.”

See more examples of our award-winning outdoor living spaces by visiting our extensive photo galleries located on our website and featured  on Houzz.

 

 

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.”

 

Curves are in when it comes to synthetic decks in the Dayton & Cincinnati area!

Our award winning deck in Spring Valley, OH features a curved, raised area for dining.

Our award-winning deck in Spring Valley, OH features a curved, raised area for dining.

When Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio began building decks and other custom outdoor spaces here in Miami Valley back in 1990, curved detailing was pretty uncommon. Over the years, however, we have watched decking materials and consumer tastes evolve. Part of this evolution includes more clients requesting rounded features on their decks—from radius edging and rounded corners to sweeping borders with matching railing — all of which is focused towards gaining a more elegant backyard setting.

There are a number of reasons why curved deck details are so popular; the first of which is they just look great in almost any setting by adding a unique element to a backyard space. Curved details also serve to break lines since there are no 90-degree angles, no sharp edges, no corners, and of course they flow beautifully, much better than standard square edged decks! (CIrcles obviously flow smoother than squares)

Composite deck builder Cincinnatti and Dayton OH

Beautiful curved composite deck by Archadeck of West Central and SW Ohio.

In order to successfully accommodate “curves” in your deck design is dependent on the nature of the beast, so to speak. This is because the success of decking curves is dependent on the type of material you are using to construct your deck. Although wooden decks which are “bent” to achieve curves may look nice for the 1st year or so after completion, the laws of natures (contraction & expansion) will take its toll. After a “bent” wooden deck is exposed to the elements, over time, it doesn’t react well and will begin to work against the bend. This may seem like a contradiction in terms for many because of the prevalence of curved wood used in furniture. Keep in mind, that curved furniture undergoes a steam compression process in order to successfully accept curve, whereas wooden decking material does not.

Curved integrated bench seating on deck in Central Ohio

Curved integrated bench seating on deck in Central Ohio.

Synthetic decking allows Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio to create the big sweeping curves in our unique deck designs more easily than other materials. In addition, the nature of composites and other synthetic decking material will not expand or contract over time which means your curved deck will remain beautiful for the duration. The material is not conducive to tight curving, but delivering large, graceful curved details are one of synthetic’s specialties. Other areas of the deck can also accommodate curved detailing which will aid in complimenting the footprint of your curved deck. These include composite and vinyl railing, aluminum railing, rolled and custom iron railing and even curved integrated bench seating to mimic the lines of your deck!

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

Curved Timber Tech composite deck with style! Located in Washington Twp. outside Dayton, OH.

Keep in mind that a curved deck is not your average deck, not only does a curved deck design require more labor, it also requires more detailing on a structural level too. Typically, the curved portion of a deck is a segment, or arc, of a circle. After making a drawing of the design—easily done on graph paper as well as with CAD—I extend the arc to create a complete circle. There are a number of ways of determining the circle’s diameter mathematically, but my CAD program does that work for me. Once I know the location of the circle’s center and the length of its radius (the distance from the circle’s center to any point on its circumference), I can recreate the arc in full-scale as I frame the deck — and that is just the beginning!

Multi-Level Timber Tech Earthwood composite deck with curved decking and deck lighting Warren County Springboro Ohio.

Multi-Level Timber Tech Earthwood composite deck with curved decking and deck lighting Warren County,Springboro, Ohio.

A curved deck may cost a little more up front in design, labor and materials but in the long run it will pay for itself over time in the enjoyment you will gain from being able to enjoy a true work of art each time you venture outdoors. Quality and great workmanship never go out of style!

Sirach 20:11 “A man may buy much for little, but pay for it seven times over.”

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 and Southwest Ohio today to learn more about our unique outdoor living space designs, including our curvaceous deck designs! Call us 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.”

See more examples of our award-winning outdoor living spaces by visiting our extensive photo galleries located on our website.

 

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.

 

 

Archadeck of West Central and SW Ohio discusses the endless benefits of utilizing an under-deck guttering system

Spring Valley OH CoTY award nominee for specialty deck

Our beautiful deck in Spring Valley, OH features an Under deck guttering system.

The ideal outdoor living space for most homeowners is not only beautiful, but is also loaded with functional and versatility. One of the most commonly ignored areas of an outdoor living space on projects that include an elevated or 2nd story deck is the space under the deck. Here at Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio, we take the area under your deck into consideration as viable outdoor living space each time we design a new elevated or 2nd story deck, or re-decking project. By using an under-deck guttering system, we are able to provide an outdoor living space that allows you to “have your cake and eat it too”… so to speak!

Whether you have an existing 2nd story deck or are considering adding a new one from scratch, taking advantage of the area below your deck can be a great way to create two outdoor living spaces out of one. Normally, the spaces between the deck boards will cause water to drip down below which can keep you from enjoying the space under your deck in wet weather. We are able to add an under decking system to your deck that prevents any water from dripping down through the decking boards. This is critical when creating an under-deck outdoor living area, but also when building a porch under a deck.

Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio used Dry Snap on this under deck space in Springvalley OH

Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio used DrySnap on this under deck space in Springvalley, OH.

Utilizing the space under your deck can also provide outdoor living space at a fraction of the cost of constructing a porch or screened porch from scratch. Here at Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio, there are three types of under-deck systems we prefer to use. These are DrySnap under deck rain carrying systems, TimberTech’s DrySpace under deck drainage system and the Trex RainEscape deck drainage system. Though each of these systems operate in much the same way in helping to deliver an under-deck space you and your family can use as a versatile, protected, shade structure, their installation requirements vary.

DrySpace System

DrySpace under decking System.

Both DrySpace and DrySnap Attaches to your new or existing deck joists. Both systems effectively turn lower level patio space into extra leisure and storage space by creating a usable dry space under your deck. The DrySnap system is made up of vinyl ceiling panels that collect and drain water away from your deck space. It also provides a maintenance-free ceiling that covers any unsightly underside areas of your deck resulting in a clean, dry outdoor space you can utilize for a myriad of functions. This system delivers a look similar to that of a charming beadboard finished ceiling. DrySpace is made from solid extruded vinyl which also provides a maintenance free ceiling. The aesthetic differs slightly from that of DrySnap because it resembles the more rustic look of an exposed rafter porch ceiling, which exudes charm and beauty with this finished look.

Trex RainEscape

Trex RainEscape

Trex Rain Escape is similar in that it allows you to also expand your outdoor living space options by allowing rain to flow through the system and onto the ground or into a rain storage system. The only difference is with this system, you will incur additional expense in having to finish the interior ceiling of your space. Where other under deck systems we use are considered “all-inclusive” at the time of installation, this system doesn’t include a finished ceiling. This can be viewed as either a positive or a negative according to what type of ceiling you have in mind for your space.

Installation of DrySnap system.

Installation of DrySnap system.

Your under deck space can be designed to suit many functions. From an open porch or patio setting to a finished screened room that delivers protection from nuisance insects, or maybe a private covered patio off of a walkout basement — the possibilities are endless. Some homeowners are even installing TVs, speakers, ceiling fans and lights to complement their under deck outdoor living areas. Once the space is protected from interference from rain with one of these systems, it may be outfitted with all the same amenities and accoutrements of any other outdoor living space.

If you’ve dreamed of having a protected outdoor living space that is functional during inclement weather and offers shade from the hot afternoon sun in addition to your elevated or 2nd story deck, we can make that dream a reality. This outdoor living combination will make all other “two for one” deals in your life pale by comparison. Contact Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio today to learn more at (937) 848 – 7040 or (513) 897 – 2040
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.”

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This outdoor living space in Spring Valley, OH defines all aspects of what a true outdoor oasis should be!

Spring Valley OH custom outdoor living designs

This outdoor living combination space in Spring Valley, OH, is multi-functional and steeped in multi-faceted beauty!

Our focus project this week is one that is worth bragging about! This outdoor living combination space in Spring Valley, OH, includes a spacious low-maintenance 2nd story deck, beautiful pergola and under deck living space. The project was nominated for a 2013 Contractor of the Year Award (CoTY) in the specialty decks category, and will also be featured in an upcoming local home magazine.

Spring Valley OH CoTY award nominee for specialty deck

The completed design allows the homeowners to view their children, and the backyard pool, from every angle.

When the homeowners contacted Archadeck of West Central and SW Ohio they were interested in replacing their large wooden deck. Their existing deck was void of any design characteristics as it was in essence, designed like a big platform. These Spring Valley homeowners also wanted the new outdoor space to be low-maintenance and loaded with function. Their ideal space was one that would incorporate shade and enable them a view of the backyard pool from all angles so they could comfortably watch their children play from anywhere in the space.

Raised dining area on Spring Valley OH custom Fiberon Deck

Every element of this outdoor living design is built with form and function in mind.

The new design we came up with is nothing short of an outdoor oasis. We were able to fulfill all the needs of the homeowner with an elegant outdoor living space combination that allows the area to function in unison while still allowing separate dedicated areas of function within the design. The new deck, patio and under deck outdoor living area overlooks the pool, the homeowner’s beautiful landscape and even their beloved Koi pond and waterfall, also located on the property. For these homeowners, the new design is a match made in Heaven, and is everything they had in mind, and more!

Custom fabricated pergola on Spring Valley OH deck

The custom fabricated pergola is low-maintenance and high-aesthetic!

The deck is built using low-maintenance Fiberon decking in Rosewood with a vinyl Mount Hope rail in Cape Cod T-Rail. We installed Kichler low-voltage deck lighting for safety and for adding ambiance to the space as well. The deck features a custom-fabricated white vinyl pergola with innovative fixed louvers and interlocking slats which deliver optimum shade. Underneath the deck is just as noteworthy as the upper portion, as all the posts and beams are wrapped in rough-hewn cedar and finished with interlocking concrete pavers at their base. The introduction of cedar into this space adds an elegantly rustic contrast to the seamless design. Under the deck, is a finished, ultra-functional and versatile outdoor living space. This space was achieved by installing a DrySnap under-deck rain carrying system which allows the area under the deck  be utilized to the same benefit evident in a covered porch or patio setting. The area is conveniently located just off the Mother-in- law suite and is easily accessible from the first story of the home. The homeowner had never heard of DrySnap and was elated to learn how much function this system added to the overall project, and how much brighter it made the space too!

Under deck functional space in Spring Valley OH

By utilizing the under deck space on this Spring Valley project, the homeowners can have their cake and eat it too!

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

The completed project has turned out to be everything these Spring Valley homeowners had anticipated and more. Their new outdoor living space is packed with so much beauty and function, during the warmer months they hardly have to venture indoors. The homeowners plan to add a paver patio onto this oasis in the coming spring which will enliven this well-appointed backyard even more! We look forward to returning to Spring Valley to create more outdoor living magic!

If you are ready to transform your backyard from blah into beautiful, now is the time to start planning for the outdoor living season close at hand. 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 Remember, planning for spring-ready backyard bliss begins early! 

“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.