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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 »

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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 »

Craftsman Style Bungalow Front Porch Addition by Archadeck

Craftsman Style Bungalow Front Porch Addition by Archadeck

In our last three posts, we’ve discussed deck and porch designs for contemporary, rustic and traditional homes.

To complete the discussion, let’s examine building an outdoor space for smaller homes such as ‘bungalows’ or ‘cottages’.

Often these two words are used to characterize any modest, 20th century house built with the American middle-class in mind.

As broad architectural descriptions, images of these structures might convey different things to different people; yet the labels ‘bungalow or cottage’ always express simplicity, efficiency and a certain ‘storybook’ charm.

Cottage-Style Garden Pergola by Archadeck

Cottage-Style Garden Pergola by Archadeck

St. Louis is filled with remarkable older homes and as a St. Louis contractor, Archadeck frequently works with homeowners who want to build a modern-day outdoor space that adapts to a 75 – 100 year old bungalow or cottage.

Sound impossible?  Not at all.

An experienced contractor can squeeze tasteful design features into a little bit of space, true-to-style.

So for those of you who prefer ‘small, cozy and historic’ to ‘big, fancy and brand new,’ you’ll feel right at home with these tips from Archadeck. Read the rest of this entry »

Deck by Archadeck, St. Louis West County, Colonial Spindle Rails

Traditional Style Deck by Archadeck in St. Louis, Colonial Rails with Low Maintenance Decking

In our previous two posts, we discussed both ‘contemporary’ and ‘rustic’ architecture and the type of deck or porch designs to best complement those styles.

Today, let’s highlight ‘traditional’ homes with a few suggestions for integrative deck, screened porch or front porch features.

For starters, the real estate industry reports that traditional homes with large porches, front columns and gables are making a comeback among homeowners.  Why?

Probably because things that are truly traditional, stand-the-test-of-time and never go out of style.  So a ‘traditional’ motif isn’t ‘trendy’ but it is ‘trending’ in 2014!  Interesting huh?

Traditional Screened Porch Design by Archadeck

Traditional Screened Porch Design by Archadeck with Gable Roof

Most folks think of Colonial or Cape Cod homes as traditional but the term is rather broad and can embody more than one architectural genre.

This historic styling can also be found in modern-day neo-traditional homes, in ‘low-key Victorian’ houses and brick-ranches too.

I know.  It’s confusing.

Nonetheless, when Archadeck customers consider a deck or porch addition for their house, certain design features simply work best to complete an overall traditional look.

Examples include: Read the rest of this entry »

Front Porches, Designed and Built by Archadeck

Front Porch Addition with Railing and Columns by Archadeck

Archadeck is known for our outstanding backyard spaces including decks, screened rooms, pergolas, pavilions, gazebos and more.

However, did you know that Archadeck also designs and builds beautiful, custom front porches and porticos?

Front porches create a grand entrance for your family and guests, adding dramatic curb appeal and a neighborly ‘feel’ to your home.

In addition, an expansive front porch provides more livable outdoor space to enjoy your front yard.  And porticos cover the front door to protect and accentuate your home’s entry area.

Front Porch with Vinyl Columns, St. Louis, Mo, by Archadeck

Classic Front Porch Addition by Archadeck, St. Louis Mo

Front porches and porticos are classic.  And there’s a reason ‘classic’ things are considered ‘classic’…

Classic designs never go out of style!

Experienced contractors can design a front porch space to extend the width of your house or design a smaller structure for a front porch stoop.

And depending on your home’s architecture, the space might include covered and shady areas, with or without open areas.

Other design considerations include: Read the rest of this entry »

AZEK Decking, photo by AZEK

AZEK Decking, photo by AZEK

Among synthetic decking manufacturers is AZEK, one of the leading brands of low maintenance decking materials.

As an alternative to wood or composite building material, synthetic decking by AZEK provides good looks and the ability to withstand damage from every-day deck usage including stains or scratching.

Virtually impervious to insect damage and moisture, AZEK is durable, long lasting, and beautiful.

And best of all there are great color varieties for decks, porches and railing which will complement any home design and every homeowner’s sense of style. Read the rest of this entry »

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