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These Kettering, OH, homeowners are elated with their “Dream Deck” courtesy of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

TimberTech 2015 product catalogDid you happen to see the new TimberTech synthetic decking catalog for this year? If so, you may have noticed the rich array of images of decks built with TimberTech decking. Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio is proud to have one of our beautiful decks featured within the catalog. One of the featured decks within the catalog, and on the cover, is the second place winner of the Dream Backyard Makeover contest, sponsored through Archadeck, TimberTech decking and Belgard hardscapes, and built by us.

In case you aren’t familiar with the Dream Backyard Makeover contest, Archadeck Outdoor Living (North America‘s largest and most trusted designer and builder of outdoor living spaces),  Belgard Hardscapes (North America‘s leading manufacturer of hardscape paver products) and TimberTech )leading manufacturer of composite decking and railing materials), sponsored a contest via Facebook which ran from February 1, 2013 through April 22, 2013. Contestants could enter to win one of three outdoor living space prizes by submission of a photo along with a two-hundred word description of why they felt their backyard was the most deserving. Archadeck Facebook fans then voiced their opinions on the most deserving backyard and the winners were selected by a panel of judges and Facebook fan votes, being announced in May of that same year. The contest’s second place winner, Stephanie Carll and her family, was chosen from hundreds of entries and is located in Kettering, OH. The Carll’s received a new TimberTech deck designed and built by Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio. Here is the submission that led to being the recipient of the second place award:

Photo submitted with the Carll's entry:

Photo submitted with the Carll’s entry:

“My family and I are fortunate to live in a wonderful neighborhood surrounded by beautiful trees and great neighbors, but our fixer-upper leaves much to be desired. We recently purchased this home with stars in our eyes, creativity in our hearts and a shoestring budget. The first words that came out of my husband’s mouth when we were viewing the backyard with our realtor were: ‘someday this will be the most amazing spot for a deck.’ Our dream is magnificent, but our reality is daunting. The current state of our backyard makes me cringe every day when I open the curtains, or chase down my toddler and tell him ‘no no, you can’t go back there.’ Our dream deck would replace vines, a pile of concrete, construction debris, and other unsightly features that make the space unusable. We envision a tiered outdoor living space where we can grill, unwind, entertain, get to know our neighbors, let our toddler out to play, and enjoy the natural beauty of our neighborhood. We have a blank canvas on an amazing lot that is full of possibilities. We just need help to turn our dreams for this space into reality!”

And, without further ado, here is a look at the “dream” deck we created for these Kettering, OH, homeowners, because a picture is worth a thousand words:

Kettering OH low maintenance deck builder

Kettering OH 2013 dream deck project

Kettering OH TT dream deckThe deck we designed and built for the Carll’s was built with TimberTech Earthwood Evolutions Legacy decking in Mocha with a parting board, inlay and picture-framed border built from TimberTech Legacy decking in Pecan. We designed the deck using spacious radius steps to double as additional seating in the space, along with a custom built-in bench seat. The deck railing is beautiful, low-maintenance TimberTech Radiance Rail. The deck is designed with evening enjoyment in mind too with TimberTech post, riser and module deck lighting throughout. We also added AZEK composite pavers to the area just under the hammock for aesthetics and to add dimension to the space.


We also want to mention what a “dream” the Carll’s were to work with on the project. They are wonderful, kind people who were truly appreciative of the transformation we were so fortunate to be a part of in their backyard. As part of coming up with this specific design we took the proximity of the existing road in correlation to their home, and providing a “safe” spot for the kids to enjoy the backyard into account. The new space has given them a new outlook on their outdoor living lifestyle and renewed their love for their neighborhood. The entire experience was fulfilling beyond on our wildest dreams!

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

If you are ready to move forward with the outdoor living space of your dreams, contact Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio today to learn more. Our outdoor living space designs are built with quality, beauty, value and function in mind every time! Call us today at (937) 848-7040 or (513) 897-2040 or via email at wcohio@archadeck.net.



Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio explores the top 5 ways to breathe new life into your deck space for the New Year!


This deck in Springvalley OH utilizes the space under the deck

Could 2014 be the year for a new you by upgrading your existing deck space?

Making the decision to build a new deck, or re-deck an existing deck is a great way to kick off the New Year. Not only will you gain all the aesthetic benefits of adding to or upgrading your outdoor living space, you will also increase the degree of function you can enjoy in your backyard. While the addition of a new deck is often the only course available to homeowners who have a deck that is not a candidate for re-decking, or in cases where there isn’t an existing deck, re-decking or upgrading your deck is a viable consideration for many homeowners.

Breathing new life into your tired deck doesn’t have to entail extensive upgrades. Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio has many decking options available to make your deck look, and function, like new again. We have put together a list of the top 5 ways you can make your existing deck new again in honor of the New Year!

New railing can make a huge difference

New railing can make a huge difference!

Top 5 Ways to Make Your Deck New Again

#1) Replacing the rail – The rail is an area that is often overlooked and underestimated when using a less-experienced deck builder. The rail is the top place to upgrade for the most obvious reason; it is the area of the deck you see the most. Your rail is visible looking at the deck from your window, as you look out of the deck into your landscape, and most importantly the rail is the first thing you see approaching your deck. In some cases we even replace the decking band along with replacement of the rails because the deck band is also an area that is highly visible from all angles. Replacing your deck railing is a great way to add curb appeal and dress up your deck with minimal effort and cost involved.

West Central and SW Ohio composite deck builder

With a growing trend towards longevity and low-maintenance, composite decks deliver on both.

#2) Re-decking with composite

With a growing trend towards longevity and low-maintenance, composite decks deliver on both. Re-decking involves replacement of the existing deck boards while adhering to the existing footprint of the deck. Making the decision to re-deck your low-aesthetic, high maintenance wooden deck into a low-maintenance, high-aesthetic deck is really a no-brainer. Re-decking with composite eliminates the chore of painting and staining your deck in the future. Composites are also as easy on bare feet as they are on the eye because they don’t splinter or retain heat the way wood does. They are also impervious to insects, fungus, and mold and will not deteriorate with exposure to the elements like some wood decks. Composite re-decking is a wise investment in the future of your outdoor living space.


Multi level deck in Colerain Township

Expanding your deck will add additional outdoor living space for you to enjoy throughout the year.

#3) Re-decking with expansion

Re-decking with expansion involves building onto, and expanding the outdoor living space and re-decking the existing and expanded portion as a whole. The best way to define re-decking with expansion is a “new and improved” space. Expanding your deck will add additional outdoor living space for you to enjoy throughout the year. Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio can design a new and improved deck with your individual needs in mind; these may include the need for additional seating, grilling and dining or even an extended area to place a hot tub or spa.

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

Archadeck of West Central Southwest Ohio used Dry Snap to utilize the under deck space on this Springvalley, OH, deck.

#4) Installing an under deck guttering system – This applies to homeowners considering a second-story deck addition or those considering re-decking an existing 2 story deck. By utilizing an under deck system in the design of your new or re-decking project, you can have your cake and eat it too! The benefits of adding an under deck system (also known as a rain deck or dry deck ), into your two-story deck project are immeasurable when it comes to enhancing your outdoor living. Taking advantage of the area below your deck can be a great way to get two outdoor living spaces out of one. The benefits of adding an under deck system (also known as a rain deck or dry deck), into your two-story deck project are immeasurable when it comes to enhancing your outdoor living. Taking advantage of the area below your deck can be a great way to get two outdoor living spaces out of one.

Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio uses Dry Snap and TimberTech’s Dry Space under decking systems. DrySnap is made of vinyl ceiling panels that collect and drain water away from your new dry space. It provides a maintenance free ceiling that covers the unsightly underside of your deck, turning it into a clean, bright, dry outdoor space. TimberTech’s Dry Space under deck drainage system collects and channels moisture from the spaces between your planks. Attaching easily to your new or existing deck joists, Dry Space effectively turns lower level patios into extra leisure and storage space by creating a usable dry space under your deck.

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

Lighting adds safety and ambiance to your deck.

#5) Deck lighting – Let there be light! Lighting adds safety and ambiance to your deck. We install a huge amount of Kichler deck lighting and TimberTech deck lighting, including Decklites into risers, posts, rail posts and even integrate lighting into the floor of the deck. Deck lighting extends the function of your deck into the evening hours and give your space a romantic feel that invites you to linger a while longer.

If you are ready to ring in the New Year with a resolution that is easy to keep, why not consider upgrading your deck? By expanding, upgrading or re-decking your existing deck you can make 2014 a year to remember, and for all to enjoy! Contact Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio to learn more about our many deck revitalization options today at (937) 848 – 7040 or (513) 897 – 2040. 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

See more examples of backyard deck transformation ideas by visiting our composite and PVC deck photo gallery, and our decks photo gallery located on our website.