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!

Most folks think of an outdoor room as a space that is physically enclosed like a sunroom or a screened porch.

Large Deck with Elaborate Deck Board Pattern by Archadeck

Large Deck with Partial Roof Cover and Elaborate Floor Board Pattern by Archadeck

But did you know that you can designate different ‘outdoor rooms’ with a deck floor pattern as well?

Next, top off your deck with a roof, pergola or canopy.

VOILA, you have an outdoor room at a fraction of the cost of a sunroom or enclosed porch.

So what types of surface board designs are best for a deck?

Well, ‘it depends’ because possibilities and price-points abound. Read the rest of this entry »

As homeowners continue to extend their properties from the inside out, it’s important to wisely use your available outdoor space and balance the need for a yard too.

St. Louis Deck Builders, Archadeck of West County and St. Charles County

Multilevel Backyard Deck by Archadeck

The ideal project combines  space-savvy building methods with a zesty design to create a good lookin’ but incredibly useful outdoor space.

Whether you want to accommodate a small garden, large swimming pool or plenty of wide-open space for the kids to play, your deck design should meet those requirements.

But no matter your lifestyle, it’s often those oh-so-subtle design details that will tip the scales between a boring or brilliant outcome.

Low To The Ground, Single Plane Deck with Lattice and Landscaping, by Archadeck

Low Deck with Lattice and Landscaping, by Archadeck

And an experienced deck contractor will never (ever!) forget about the need for both functionality AND aesthetics.

A perfect example of that ‘special-little-something’ to add project ‘zing’ is how the underside space of your deck is managed.

Of course you can leave the underside of a deck, ‘as-is’ but it’s better to disguise it, completely hide it or better yet, use it!

And here’s how. Read the rest of this entry »

Here in St. Louis, screen porches are more popular than ever.  Screened in porches are the perfect in-between space:  part house, part yard.

Screened Porch by Archadeck

Screened Porch by Archadeck

From stand-alone porches to attached porches and screen rooms that are combined with a deck or patio (or both), the sky’s the limit when it comes to  design and building.

So whether you want a porch for its architectural value or simply to get away from the bugs, there’s one for any style and any budget.

In our previous posts, Screen Porch Ceiling Options and Screen Porch Roofing Options, we took an in-depth look at the engineering details and materials for hip, gable and shed roofs; vaulted and flat ceilings; exposed and enclosed rafters; accessories too.

And just like a roof or ceiling, the walls, windows, doors and floors of a screen porch are distinct elements that make an important constructural and aesthetic impact as well.

Let’s take a look. Read the rest of this entry »

For many purists, the ONLY decking choice for real wood is cedar.  From shabby-chic to an authentic-rustic style, all-natural cedar decking provides outstanding visual and structural appeal.

Cedar Deck and Covered Porch by Archadeck

Cedar Deck, Railing and Balusters with Gable Roof by Archadeck

Appreciated by homeowners and carpenters alike,  cedar packs a 1-2-3 punch.

It is rich in color, has a natural beauty and is chemical and preservative-free to withstand insect infestation, rot and decay.

When compared to other building materials, cedar is more costly than pressure treated lumber but less pricey than synthetics or hardwoods.

For many St. Louis homeowners, cedar is often the ‘sweet-spot,’ budget-wise.

In terms of maintenance, cedar needs TLC but the process is straight-forward.

As a natural softwood, cedar requires annual power washing and a finishing coat every few years to protect the surface from damage.  To spiff-up its natural color, apply a cedar-toned stain; otherwise, it will weather to a nice, soft and silvery gray patina.

So you’ve decided on cedar… so what comes next?  Rails.

Cedar Deck with Fortress Railing by Archadeck

Cedar Deck with Fortress Railing by Archadeck

If you love a uniform appearance why not choose, not only cedar decking but, cedar rails and balusters too? (above)

And for added privacy, include a cedar wall where needed. (below)

Looking for a variation?

Change-up the balusters and pair cedar rails with sleek metal pickets, cable, tube or glass infill.

Would you prefer low maintenance railing?  If so, combine traditional cedar decking with composite or vinyl rails.  White is fashionable, crisp, clean, bright.  Black is contemporary, bold, masculine.

Do you love elegance?  Then wrought iron rails will do the trick.

As you can see, there is no shortage of possibilities when it comes to color, size and style!

Cedar Deck with Decorative Rails by Archadeck

Cedar Deck with Decorative Rails by Archadeck

Key Takeaways:

Cedar is aesthetically pleasing.

It’s versatile and complements most any type of home and décor.

Unlike brick, cement and synthetic decking, cedar is natural, sustainable and biodegradable.

With proper maintenance and care, this decking material is durable and long-lasting, offering a high return-on-investment when it comes time to sell your home.

And it’s simple to gussy-up your cedar deck with decorative rails, interesting décor and landscaping to stay current with trends that reflect your design preference.

Next steps for designing and building an outdoor space? Read the rest of this entry »

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