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Decks Designed with Curves by Archadeck

Curved Platform Deck by Archadeck

The sky’s the limit when it comes to adding architectural interest and function for custom deck designs by talented builders.

But much of a basic deck design is dictated by the layout of your existing home and backyard.

And that’s where the pros can step-in with scads of ‘tricks-up-our-sleeve’ for impressive design features to enhance any outdoor space, whether it feels cramped or humongous, flat-as-a-pancake or craggy.

Unique ‘design and build’ techniques will optimize a space, add a burst of backyard beauty and bring value to a home, no matter its original ‘blueprint’.

And just one of many design tricks uses curves, or angled curves, which can be a welcomed addition to soften a boring rectangular yard. Read the rest of this entry »

Two story or multi level decks are the ideal deck plan for following the backyard contour and for defining deck spaces such as dining, grilling, conversing or relaxing.

Pictures tell the story best… enjoy the slide show to see two story decks and decks with levels, by Archadeck. Read the rest of this entry »

As mentioned in previous articles, there are five basic deck designs:  platform deck, raised deck, two story deck, multi level deck and a free standing deck.  A raised deck with stairs is often the best option for homes with a first floor that is built above the lot level.

Enjoy the slideshow below to see pictures of raised decks by Archadeck. Read the rest of this entry »

St. Louis Decks and Gazebos by Archadeck in West County

Hardwood Deck with Gazebo, St. Louis West County – by Archadeck

It’s a colorful autumn here in the Greater St. Louis area.

The air is crisp, the weather brisk.

A color-rich backdrop of changing leaves are brilliant against a clear St. Louis sky.

Autumn’s earth-tones are sprinkled with vivid yellows, oranges, rusts and reds,  inspiring the colors of outdoor living designs.

Contemporary decks, screened porch enclosures, pergolas and gazebos are often designed and built with wood.  From treated wood, to cedar to tropical hardwoods including Ipe and Tigerwood,  these decking materials are forever stylish, durable, and complement most homes and backyard settings.

But with newer composite and vinyl decking materials, a reputable contractor like Archadeck can spice up your outdoor living color scheme, beyond traditional wood tones. Read the rest of this entry »

St. Louis Decks by Archadeck - Earthwood Evolutions

Deck in St. Louis, Mo – TimberTech Earthwood Evolutions – by Archadeck

St. Louis is a deck ‘kind-of-town’ and a perfect place to enjoy outdoor living.

First, a little history as it relates to topography:

Founded in 1765 the city grew rapidly due to major river ports to the east.

As St. Louis’ growth continued westward, St. Louis County was born.

St. Louis and St. Charles County residents consider themselves “St. Louisians” through-and-through.

We’re united by the Gateway Arch, an abundance of cultural attractions, three professional sports teams, prestigious Universities; all the special things that make St. Louis a great place to live.

Including outdoor living in St. Louis… Read the rest of this entry »

The Labor Day weekend has come and gone.

Students of all ages are back in school or off to college.  So as summer winds down, it’s time to buckle down and get serious with plans for your fall home improvement projects.

Decks by Archadeck in St. Louis Mo, Kirkwood area

Privacy Rail, Benches and Planters for Wood Deck in Kirkwood, Mo by Archadeck

As we’ve previously posted, outdoor structures are one of the few home improvements that are currently considered a solid, safe and secure investment.

Structures such as decks, are a way to economically increase your home’s square footage.

And decks, as well as other outdoor spaces, are useful now and considered valuable features when it comes time to sell your house too.

But what if your yard is narrow, sloping and close to the neighbors?  Can a deck be added to any home regardless of layout and lot size?

The answer is ‘Yes’.

So let’s go ‘back to school’ with an Archadeck case study to illustrate ‘Deck Design and Deck Building:  101’. Read the rest of this entry »

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