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Elevated Deck with Pergola by Archadeck, St. Louis, Chesterfield Mo

Elevated Deck with Pergola by Archadeck, St. Louis, Chesterfield Mo

Labor Day weekend has ushered in the month of September, unofficially marking the 2013 autumn season here in St. Louis.

Since the kids are now back in school, or off to college, September is a perfect time to plan, design and build a deck, porch or screen room for your home and backyard.

The weather is cooler but there is still plenty of time to enjoy your backyard before winter arrives.

Outdoor living spaces, today, have become top-tiered projects for every homeowner’s ‘home improvement list’.

Decks, porches and screened rooms increase your home’s usable square footage, supply plenty of curb-appeal, provide a substantial ‘return-on-investment’ while creating an ideal spot for your family and friends to enjoy the great outdoors. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chesterfield Decks by Archadeck in St. Louis Mo

Elevated Cedar Deck and Cedar Pergola in Chesterfield, Mo by Archadeck

The first two decisions for planning a backyard deck include the initial design itself and then, the material selection.

A custom deck design should complement  your existing home’s structure and your backyard’s space while considering your lifestyle, personal preferences and budget.

Next, primary decking materials can be selected because these will influence aesthetics, maintenance requirements and price.

Material alternatives are: natural woods and hardwoods or a host of man-made decking materials — composite, capped composite or vinyl.

So let’s look more closely at the logic underlying a deck design, by Archadeck, for a beautiful home located in Chesterfield, Missouri in St. Louis West County.

Cedar Decks with Pergolas, St. Louis, Mo, Designed and Built by Archadeck

Cedar Deck with Pergola, St. Louis, Mo, Designed and Built by Archadeck

An elevated deck design was selected.  The design extends the length of the home, maximizing an awesome scenic view.

The deck provides multiple entry points, from inside to out.

A matching shade pergola adjoins the deck, adding cool comfort and style.

Coordinating rails create a traditional and uniform look; however, slender black metal balusters add a contemporary touch.

An open-air, bump-out space was constructed as an integral part of the deck.  This particular deck-space was built for grilling and sunning. Read the rest of this entry »

Wood is beautiful, plain and simple, but…

There are new-generation building materials for decks, porches, pergolas and gazebos used to authentically capture the essence of wood’s true beauty.

Today’s composite, vinyl and capstock decking materials come in a variety of warm, wood-tone colors, providing consumers with an authentic alternative to traditional wood for outdoor living structures.

So even though the summer is certainly heating up here in St. Louis, and in other parts of the country as well, take a look at our project slideshow of warm colors that are really ‘cool’. Read the rest of this entry »

Tigerwood Deck by Archadeck, St. Louis

Tigerwood Deck by Archadeck, St. Louis – displays floor board pattern

There’s nothing that equals the beauty of wood… wood floors, wood furniture, wood decks and other outdoor living structures built using wood.

Appealing characteristics of wood include aesthetics, durability and the utter uniqueness of each and every board.

In addition to pressure treated lumber and cedar, contractors can use Tigerwood, Ipe and other natural woods for decks, porches, pergolas and gazebos.

Yet with today’s composite and vinyl decking materials, builders can also design a deck, or other outdoor structure, to simulate the look of wood — complete with deck board ‘streaking’ … a ‘look’ that was previously unique only to natural woods.

So let’s take a look at several options that are the ‘real-wood-deal’ as well as decking materials that ‘capture’ the ‘look and feel’ of real wood. Read the rest of this entry »

Tigerwood Deck, Hardwood, Archadeck, St. Louis Mo

Tigerwood Hardwood Deck by Archadeck, St. Louis Mo

Outdoor living is affordable, beautiful, and durable with wood deck designs by Archadeck — America’s favorite designer and builder of decks and other outdoor living structures.

Full disclosure:  We’re Archadeck-enthusiasts and proud of the work we do!  But wait.

There’s more.

Since Archadeck is a custom builder, we have experience with every imaginable decking material available on the market today.

Decking material choices for our customers include — not only wood — but the newest generation of composites, capped composites and vinyls.

And these latest products receive a lot of buzz.

“Building a Deck –  Where to Start?” offers a helpful summary that compares various decking materials and offers tips for choosing the material, right for you.

But back to the topic at hand. Wood decks. Read the rest of this entry »

Chesterfield is a popular western suburb of St. Louis located near the Missouri River bluffs and the Missouri River plains, an area known as Chesterfield Valley.

The natural terrain makes outdoor living in Chesterfield, ideal.  A deck, porch, pergola or gazebo can be enjoyed much of the year for homeowners in this St. Louis community.

Below is a slide show of recent Chesterfield area deck projects, designed and built by Archadeck of West County and St. Charles County.  The pictures showcase deck design options such as:  composite decking, cedar, vinyl, hardwoods, Tigerwood, metal railing balusters, deck railings and stairs, floor board design, and deck lighting. Read the rest of this entry »

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