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Fall is an ideal time to build and enjoy a deck, screened porch or any other outdoor living spaces.

Deck with Gazebo by Archadeck

Deck with Gazebo by Archadeck Outdoor Living

Even though most folks think of summer and spring as a time to enjoy backyard BBQ’s and outside get-togethers, autumn is a glorious time in St. Louis to enjoy the outdoors without the risk of extreme heat.

And at Archadeck, we are often designing, building or remodeling outdoor spaces during the fall months as St. Louis residents are planning for their 2014 home improvements too.

Simply put… if you build your deck or screened porch now, it’ll be ‘ready to go’ the moment spring arrives.

Other advantages of the fall building season include: Read the rest of this entry »

Cedar Wood Decks, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

Cedar Decking in St. Louis, Des Peres Mo, by Archadeck

When folks are ready to build a deck for their home, they usually begin by exploring decking material options which have increased dramatically in recent years.

Natural woods remain a very popular choice among our St. Louis customers; however over the past 15 years, there are now several quality product-lines of low maintenance decking available — vinyl, composite and capped composite.

These synthetic boards are designed to emulate the look of real wood but are actually manufactured.

Trex Low Maintenance Decking, photo by Trex

Trex Low Maintenance Decking, photo by Trex

So how should you decide on materials for your new deck, porch, screen room, gazebo or other outdoor space?

Your decision can be easily determined by your personal preference for aesthetics, maintenance and project budget.


Composites and vinyls were developed to emulate the visual qualities of wood, but in reality nothing comes closer to real wood than… real wood.

Real wood has a natural aroma, knots, streaks and other characteristics that make wood uniquely special.  And lovable. Read the rest of this entry »

Decks in Greater St. Louis, Collinsville, Illinois by Archadeck

Deck in Greater St. Louis, Collinsville, by Archadeck

Do you live in Greater St. Louis?

Are you thinking about a deck addition or other outdoor space such as an open or screened porch, screen room, screened in deck, pergola, pavilion, patio enclosure or gazebo for your home and backyard?

If so, you’ve come to the right place.

Archadeck has a long-standing history of unmatched service to Greater St. Louis (including St. Charles County and parts of Illinois).

And with the power behind the Archadeck brand, we provide the experience and technical skills to create unique and innovative outdoor living environments, especially for you.

Porches by Archadeck, St. Louis, Mo - Ceiling Finish

Porches by Archadeck, St. Louis, Mo – Ceiling Finish

Archadeck of West County and St. Charles County offers our clients knowledge, expertise, resources and superior industry warranties.

We’ll guide you through the entire ‘design and build’ process, worry-free… on time and on budget.

It all begins with our free consultation service to discuss project ideas including designs and materials.

So no matter the scope of the job, we keep the process simple, yet thorough… efficient and detailed… timely but unrushed… from start to the final clean-up. Read the rest of this entry »

Custom Deck Designs and Building by Archadeck

Deck Design with Planters by Archadeck

Since 1980, Archadeck (a ‘spin’ on the word, ‘architect’) has specialized in decks and other outdoor living structures.

But in today’s post, let’s focus soley on decks:  design, materials, and building.

Here at Archadeck in Greater St. Louis, we start with a great custom design to complement your home, yard, lifestyle, personal choices and budget.

If it’s a quaint platform deck for a smaller yard or a project that’s larger in scope such as a multilevel deck with a screen room, Archadeck can help.

Deck and Pergola Designs by Archadeck

Deck and Pergola Design Drawings by Archadeck

We’ll meet with you, at no charge, to scope out the layout of your home and backyard and to discuss your ideas for a deck addition.

By ‘putting our heads together’, Archadeck can develop visually realistic computerized design drawings of what your project design would look like.

And next comes building materials. When building a new deck or other outdoor living space, decking material is an important choice.  The type of decking you select — wood, hardwood, composite or vinyl —  will impact appearance, budgets, construction and maintenance. Read the rest of this entry »

Composite Decking with Level Changes by Archadeck

Composite Decking with Level Changes by Archadeck

Decks are a fabulous space for outdoor living and a perfect place to entertain.  But how you want to use your deck will determine how to build your deck.  Deck design is everything!

There are five basic deck types:  platform deck, raised deck, two-story deck, multi level deck and free-standing deck.

Today, let’s focus on the multi level deck design.

St. Louis Decks by Archadeck in Wildwood Mo - Multilevel

Multi Level Vinyl Deck in Wildwood, Mo by Archadeck

Building a deck with multiple levels adds architectural interest, provides space for various outdoor ‘rooms’, bridges the gap between home and yard, accentuating a backyard view.

Archadeck can create deck spaces for specific purposes by:

  • adding small steps for minor level changes
  • varying the orientation of deck boards for visual definition
  • including privacy rail or lattice for intimate nooks
  • building around the existing trees to maintain natural shade
  • designing staircases for large level transitions and logical traffic flow

Other deck ideas to consider include: Read the rest of this entry »

St. Louis Cedar Decks by Archadeck in West County

Cedar Decking, St. Louis County, by Archadeck

‘Outdoor living’ is the latest trend for St. Louis homeowners because ‘outdoor living’ is the most economical way to stretch a home’s livable space while securing a substantial return on investment when it’s time to sell.

Outdoor living spaces, by definition, include outdoor structures such as a deck, pergola, screened porch, gazebo, pavilion, outdoor room, patio enclosure and others.

When building a new outdoor structure few decision will be as important as a choice of decking material.

The type of decking you select will impact appearance, cost, construction, and maintenance.

Each type of deck — wood, composite, capped composite or vinyl — can be the perfect fit depending on your personal favorites, your budget and style of life. Read the rest of this entry »


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