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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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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 »

What we learned in 2014 is that outdoor living is here to stay.  Absolutely.

Multilevel Deck, St. Louis Mo by Archadeck

Multilevel Deck, St. Louis Mo by Archadeck

No ifs, ands or buts.

And more importantly, there’s no one right way to approach designing and building an outdoor space.

Every piece of property is different.  Every homeowner is different.

But we have noticed trends among consumers this year.

As the housing market has improved, more people are actually able to move; however, buyers are increasingly conservative, choosing homes with smart and practical designs.  The overall popularity of the ‘McMansion’ has dwindled.

Empty unused space is a ‘no no’ and folks expect useful living spaces, inside and out’; thus grows the appeal of an outdoor living space.

Elevated Deck with an Outdoor Room Underneath, Project  by Archadeck, St. Louis Mo

Elevated Deck with an Outdoor Room Underneath, Project by Archadeck, St. Louis Mo

On the other hand, for those homeowners who don’t want to move, they’re choosing to enhance the ambiance of what they already have.

This year customers have consistently expressed interest in expanding their property by transforming their backyard as an extension of their home to create a usable, relaxing retreat.

The philosophy has been to use every nook and cranny whenever possible!

So whether you live in a cottage or a castle, decks, screened porches, pergolas and other outdoor additions have become a must-have home feature.

And even though specific sizes and styles may vary from person-to-person, family-to-family or neighborhood-to-neighborhood, an outdoor living space seems to be on everyone’s wish list. Read the rest of this entry »

Now that autumn has arrived and the leaves are falling, your backyard view might not be what it was when foliage provided a shield.  Or maybe you’re looking for ways to make your outdoor space more private, year-round.

Trees, Shrubs, Plants, Screen and Roof Create Deck Privacy, Project by Archadeck

Trees, Shrubs, Plants, Screen and Roof Create Deck Privacy, Project by Archadeck

But herein lies the dilemma for many homeowners.

How can a deck, porch or other outdoor space provide neighborly curb appeal and bring intimacy and solitude as well?

Rest assured.

There are all sorts of design possibilities for an inviting space that quietly affords a level of seclusion.

Sound rather impossibleNot in the least.  Here’s how. Read the rest of this entry »

There’s no need to head inside just because cooler temperatures are on the way.  There’s still plenty of time to enjoy outdoor living.

Composite Deck with Built In Lighting by Archadeck

Composite Deck with Built In Lighting by Archadeck

The weather is stellar and the scenery, magnificent.  Don’t miss out!

So what makes the best outdoor spaces this fall?

With just a few simple features you can totally enjoy an already awesome season, outside.

Best of all, these ideas don’t have to break-the-bank.

Lighting

With shorter days, lighting extends the use of an outdoor space once the sun goes down.

For a few hundred dollars, built-in lighting systems can be incorporated into a deck, screened porch, gazebo or even a pergola.

Typically lighting for decks is accomplished with step riser, rail and post lights; post cap, solar and rope lighting.

If you’d really like to splurge, explore professional systems that illuminate your entire property with companies like Outdoor Lighting Perspectives.

On the other end of the spectrum, if you’d prefer to keep cost way down,  create a festive glow for an evenings outside with decorative lanterns, solar tiki torches and flameless candles too.  One particular image on Pinterest, ‘Tiki Torch Bouquet’, is quite popular.  It’s clever, fun and easy to make!  Check it out here.

Warmth Read the rest of this entry »

Covered Outdoor Space by Archadeck

Covered Outdoor Space by Archadeck

It’s time to bring the man cave above ground, especially now that football season is here.

There’s nothing better than watching the big-game with family, friends, food and drink… outside!

And here’s how to make it enjoyable with an outdoor space.

The Right Size

When it comes to designing an outdoor space, entertaining is a hot-topic.  And if hosting get-togethers is important to you, then first consider the number of folks on your typical guest list and try to tailor the space to fit that purpose.

But that’s not all.  There are many other determining factors.

Neighborhood – For the best value, choose a project design that’s consistent with your home and the neighborhood.

Elevated Deck with Bar and Hot Tub by Archadeck

Elevated Deck with Bar and Hot Tub by Archadeck

Think of the Goldilocks principle — not too large, not too small, just right.  Build large enough for your needs but don’t go overboard.

Home and lot – How will the layout fit-in with your existing house?

You’ll want pleasing proportions, efficient traffic patterns and seamless integration with the grade of your lot, the existing trees or other landscaping.

Attached or detached – How will an outdoor space attach to the house, if at all?  How do you want it to look, visually?  And can your vision be  accomplished structurally?

Architecture technicalities or constraints – Getting permits and complying with local building codes will influence floors, rails, stairs, roof, joists, beams and footings.  This, in turn, might influence design and construction. Read the rest of this entry »

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