June is just around the corner.  Temperatures are creeping upward.  And with the summertime sun looming overhead, most homeowners want to increase the comfort and usability of their deck or patio during the height of the sunny-season.  But how?

Wood Deck with Pergola and Gazebo for Backyard Shade by Archadeck

Wood Deck with Pergola and Gazebo for Backyard Shade by Archadeck

Whether you prefer to DIY or go-to-the-pro’s, there are plenty of fantastic options for backyard shade in 2015, no matter your style or budget.

Patio Shade by Archadeck

Patio Shade by Archadeck

So there’s no need to fret or sweat.  Read on! Read the rest of this entry »

Color schemes and comfortable furnishings are an important part of your home décor — whether inside or out — and so is lighting.  Lighting is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to get the biggest-bang-for-your-buck with a deck, screened porch or pergola addition because it extends the use of your outdoor space into the evening hours.

Outdoor lighting is a must-have feature in 2015.

Outdoor Living Space with Lighting -- Wall Mount, Deck Rail Lighting and Table Top Candles, Project by Archadeck

Outdoor Living Space with Lighting — Wall Mount, Deck Rail Lighting and Table Top Candles, Project by Archadeck

Lighting makes a style statement and sets a distinctive mood.  It provides safety and security after dark.

The right lighting is a key detail to make your deck, porch, pergola or other outdoor space a true extension of your home and landscape.

Deck Lighting for Safety and Aesthetics, Photo courtesy of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives

Deck Lighting for Safety and Aesthetics, Photo courtesy of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives

There are a lot of options out there, so mix-and-match the right kind of lights to illuminate your outdoor space – no matter the size — for maximum function and fashion.

Outdoor Space with Hanging Light Fixture, Project by Archadeck

Outdoor Space with Hanging Light Fixture, Project by Archadeck

Continue reading for a few more suggestions. Read the rest of this entry »

If your backyard has limitations, don’t fret.  Instead, use the space to your advantage.  Begin by rethinking the square footage and use clever ideas to facilitate the best use of the property you DO have.

But how can a small outdoor space be designed with ‘big-heart’?

Deck with Built In Seating as Rails, by Archadeck

Deck with Built In Seating as Rails, by Archadeck

It’s easy with just a few tricks to bring simplicity and splendor.  Let’s explore how….

1.  Evaluate and reevaluate.  Revamp if necessary.

Exactly how do you currently use the outdoor space, if at all?  More importantly, how do you WANT to use it?

Do you love to entertain with a great-big-splash or do you prefer a quiet get-together with only a few guests?  Do you love sports and dream of watching the ‘big game’ outside or do you prefer to curl-up on a hammock with a good book?   Do you have children, pets or aging family members with safety needs?  And what about outdoor cooking… or gardening?

Deck with Outdoor Dining and Grilling, by Archadeck

Deck with Outdoor Dining and Grilling, by Archadeck

Asking and answering questions like these will help you decide the purpose and the plan for your deck, screen porch or other structure. Read the rest of this entry »

Whether you’re arriving home from work, greeting guests at your front door or trying to sell your home, first impressions are everything.  And ‘curb appeal’ is ALL about first impressions.

Front Porch Addition by Archadeck

Front Porch Addition by Archadeck

It’s what you (and everyone else for that matter) sees, thinks and feels when looking at your home from the curb.

But curb appeal goes well beyond the front yard.

Yes.  Curb appeal starts at ‘the curb'; however, it doesn’t stop at the front yard.  The aesthetics involved in curb appeal should flow throughout your property as a whole — from the front, to the side to the backyard too.

Deck, Planters and Pavers for Curb Appeal, Project by Archadeck

Deck, Planters and Pavers for Curb Appeal, Project by Archadeck

To maximize your home’s appearance from the outside, consider your outdoor spaces in a broad sense.  Integrate your property in its entirety

Looking for ways to improve your home’s curb appeal?  We have a few suggestions — from simple to elaborate — suited for any home and any budget. Read the rest of this entry »

When most homeowners think of a pergola, a standard, slatted backyard shade structure with open sides comes to mind.  Pergolas, however, are an extremely versatile outdoor addition and can be planned, built or altered to suit any home or garden.

Fan Shaped Pergola with Round Columns by Archadeck

Fan Shaped Pergola with Round Columns by Archadeck

Pergolas can be constructed from natural wood or man-made synthetic materials and designed as an attachment to your home or as an entirely separate, free-standing unit.

A pergola might be a small and unobtrusive addition to a secluded garden getaway or a welcoming, grand and impressive gateway to your home’s front door entryway.

And combined with a deck, patio or other outdoor space, pergolas make an aesthetic impact while providing shade, shelter and a sense of privacy too. Read the rest of this entry »

Our second ‘Ta Da’ of the year.  We’re now on Houzz!

Archadeck of West County and St. Charles County in St. Louis on Houzz

Archadeck of West County and St. Charles County in St. Louis on Houzz

Archadeck’s new website design is humming along, so now it’s time to find us on Houzz too.

We’re hoping that no matter where you find yourself on the internet, you can easily find Archadeck:  website, blog, Pinterest, Google+, Facebook and now Houzz.

Aren’t familiar with Houzz?  Well, if you own a home, you’ll love it because Houzz is all about houses!

Houzz is a visual platform to help homeowners discover design ideas for remodeling and then Houzz will help you locate reputable professionals that will turn your project ideas into reality.

So if you’re looking for ideas to add a deck, screen porch, pergola, gazebo or any other outdoor space but you’re not quite ready to talk to a contractor just yet, stay right here on our blog, visit our website or head on over to Pinterest, Google+ and Houzz for ideas galore!

And as always, thank you for considering Archadeck!

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Archadeck (636) 227-0800 weststcharles@archadeck.net

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