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So what’s new in outdoor living trends in 2016?  It’s hard to say, exactly.

But what we DO know is that outdoor living — as a home improvement concept — isn’t going anywhere this year or anytime soon for that matter.

Large Wood Deck with Separate Tiers for Dining, Relaxing and More, Designed and Built by Archadeck

Large Wood Deck with Separate Tiers for Dining and Entertaining by Archadeck

There’s no doubt, homeowners want to use every possible nook and cranny of their home’s space — both indoors and out-of-doors.  And building outside is one of the best possible ways to add value to your property — financial worth and lifestyle advantages too.

At the same time though, people want to be comfortable and look for conveniences from an outdoor space.  Sound like an oxymoron?  Not at all.

Covered Deck by Archadeck, includes Ceiling Fan, Lighting, and Outdoor TV

Covered Deck by Archadeck, includes Ceiling Fan, Lighting, and Outdoor TV

In this day-and-time, ‘convenience’ and ‘comfort’ are top-of-mind when it comes to a deck, screen porch or patio addition.   Learn why and how. Read the rest of this entry »

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Third in the series “Your Backyard Is A Blank Canvas,” we’ll discuss screened-in porches.  And not just any-ole-porch design but fabulous design variations — mainstream and modern, traditional and trendy, classic and contemporary. Regardless of your style preference, a screen porch addition can be designed and built — uniquely for you — and most importantly, it should complement your home, backyard and budget.

Screened Porches by Archadeck

Screened Porches by Archadeck

And just like pergolas, decks or any other outdoor space, a screen porch can be pretty straight forward or it might be wildly elaborate… or, if you’re like most folks, your project will fall somewhere-in-the-middle.

Under Deck Screened Porch over Patio, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

Under Deck Screened Porch over Patio, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

Where to start?  Well, it’s always best to begin with questions.  So let’s look at frequently-asked-questions and the myriad of possibilities when it comes to screen porch ideas.

Where should a screen porch be built?

Your existing home and backyard often determine if and how a screen porch is designed and constructed.  There are four distinct possibilities: Read the rest of this entry »

Second in the series “Your Backyard Is A Blank Canvas,” let’s discuss decks.  And not just any-ole-deck design but spectacular design variations — traditional or trendy, classic or contemporary, mainstream or modern– so that your deck can easily be one-of-a-kind and perfect for you.

Custom Decks by Archadeck

Custom Decks by Archadeck

Sound expensive?  It doesn’t have to be.

Using a few tricks-of-the-trade, an experienced contractor can jazz-up even a basic deck — all within your budget.

Wood Deck with Elegant Black Basket Balusters, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

Wood Deck with Elegant Black Basket Balusters, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

But how?  Well, the types and costs of deck upgrades can range from simple-to-elaborate and everything-in-between.  For example:

Price-wise, lower-to-middle-of-the-road design enhancements could include interesting rails with contrasting balusters, post covers, lighting, privacy or underdecking. Read the rest of this entry »

Check-out Archadeck’s new video library for quick-view videos on checking your deck for safety, selecting a deck contractor, replacing a deck and more.  Or watch a few from YouTube right here!

Deck Safety

 

How To Choose The Best Contractor For Your Outdoor Living Space

 

The Archadeck Process

 

And no matter who you choose as your contractor, Archadeck has created a guide to help you in the planning process.  And it’s yours, free!  (Enter your email to receive the free download… no strings attached, no obligation.  We promise.)

Archadeck Design Guide – Free Download

Free Design Guide from Archadeck

Free Design Guide from Archadeck

More Resources

Still exploring?  Well, for outdoor living inspiration you can simply visit our website, west-county.archadeck.com to find picture galleries and an easy-to-submit online inquiry form.  For daily updates, join us on Pinterest, Google+ and Houzz.

And when you’re ready to talk to a St. Louis deck builder, please consider Archadeck.  We’re locally owned and operated with offices in St. Louis West County.  Just call us anytime – 636-227-0800.

Outside of St. Louis, visit archadeck.com or call 888-687-3325.

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 »

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