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In our previous post, “Deck Design Ideas:  Block The View” we discussed ways to add privacy to your outdoor space and minimize the impact of an unwanted view.

In this instance, deck railings often become ‘the star of the show’.

Deck with Glass Balusters by Archadeck, St. Louis Mo

Deck with Glass Balusters by Archadeck, St. Louis Mo

But today, let’s talk about a different objective.

There are ways for a beautiful VIEW to be front-and-center with rails that gracefully fade into the background.

Either way, a great deck design will capture or interrupt a view, add a feeling of spaciousness or coziness and blur the lines between inside and outside.

So if you want a deck design that maintains and maximizes a scenic view, consider these options. Read the rest of this entry »

Decks with Screened Porches over Patios by Archadeck

New Deck with Screened Porch over Existing Patio by Archadeck Outdoor Living

Do you sometimes look at your yard and think “What can be done to make the backyard more usable?”

Or are you wondering, “Is it time to remodel or replace that tired patio too?”  Well is it?

Once the year winds down, it’s common for homeowners to begin thinking about outdoor improvements for the following season.

Since many people in the St. Louis area have ‘original-to-the-house’, older concrete or brick patios on their property, we’re often asked about the ‘deck vs. patio’ debate when it comes time to renovate.

And more often than not, that aged patio might need attention.  Then the question becomes  Replacement?  Renovation? or Let’s Start Anew.

Wood Screen Porch over Patio by Archadeck

Wood Screen Porch over Patio by Archadeck

Outdoor living spaces such as decks, porch and patio enclosures have become a cornerstone among home improvement projects.

Understandably though, most customers aren’t familiar with planning this type of project.

Or where to start, for that matter.

But there’s no better way to begin the process than by doing a little research, such as reading this post – so please keep reading!

Then, after some initial exploration, look for a reputable contractor… preferably one that specializes in outdoor living spaces.

Naturally, we hope you’ll consider Archadeck, but for now here’s a few tips to get you started in your quest for backyard-improvement options:

Grades and elevations:

Two Story Decks for Hilly Backyard by Archadeck, St. Louis

Two Story Deck for Hilly and Sloping Landscape by Archadeck St. Louis

First and foremost, consider the landscape.

The landscape around your home, in and of itself, might be the deciding factor for any outdoor addition particularly when it comes to ‘deck vs. patio’.   And here’s why.

Decks offer great design possibilities.  They are truly an extension of your home and can be designed over a variety of terrains and around existing trees.

Decks allow for elevation —  gentle slopes or steep inclines/declines — and can create lots of extra space with a multi-level or two story design. Read the rest of this entry »

Decks, Outdoor Living Rooms, Archadeck

Deck Designed as an Outdoor Living Room by Archadeck

A generation ago, it would have been unusual for a home to have an ‘outdoor living space’ as is common today.  A patio slab or maybe a small deck were backyard add-ons and used as a convenient place for grilling or ‘hanging out’, just outside the kitchen.

But that was the extent of it.

Today however, the term ‘outdoor living space’ is used to describe a backyard home addition that is as legitimately adaptable and enjoyable as your home’s interior spaces.

Yet adding an ‘outdoor room’ doesn’t have to be a large-scale addition.  An outdoor room can be created with understated deck design and building techniques.  But how? Read the rest of this entry »

Deck, Pergola, Screened Porch, Open Porch by Archadeck

Combination Project by Archadeck – Deck, Pergola, Screened Porch, Open Porch

The trend to have an outdoor space that incorporates a combination of structures has become popular among St. Louis homeowners.  A ‘combination project’ is a trend with staying power.

And for good reason.

When a design includes a deck, screened porch and pergola, the space offers something for everyone.

For example, the design can include a deck area for sunning and a deck area for shade… a deck area for cooking and a deck area for eating.  And if your contractor includes a screened room attached to your deck, there’s an outdoor space that’s usable even if the weather’s not so favorable. Read the rest of this entry »

TimberTech Terrain, Silver Maple, photo by TimberTech

Terrain Deck, photo by TimberTech

TimberTech manufactures a number of different decking products including composite decking, capped composite and vinyl decking.

Among the capped composite category in the TimberTech Earthwood Evolutions line, ‘Terrain’ has emerged as a favorite building material for many St. Louis homeowners.

Terrain’s popularity has been driven by three important material features:  appearance, durability and price-point.

So, we at Archadeck, think that Terrain is a great option for an outdoor space and definitely worth considering!

(Earthwood Evolutions capped composite has two additional groupings called Tropical and Natural and these are terrific options too — but we’ll leave that post for another day.)

TimberTech Terrain highlights include: 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 »


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