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Last in our series The 5 Most Popular Deck Designs Explained is the fabulous and functional screened-in deck.  Now you might be thinking, “But what are the benefits of a screened-in deck design?”

Well, a screened deck is, hands-down, the best way to make the most of your home and lot.  As an outdoor space, it’s part-deck, part-house, part-yard.  It often becomes THE favorite spot for everyone — adults, kids and even the pets!

Screened In Decks, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

Screened In Decks, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

With a screened deck, scorching heat, pesky bugs or a rain shower won’t put an end to your backyard fun.  The ceiling is ideal for a mounted fan, screens keep the bugs-at-bay and the roof provides shade and shelter which creates a functional outdoor room for (nearly) year-round use.

There are, however, important structural considerations. Read the rest of this entry »

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In our article posted earlier this month, The 5 Most Popular Deck Designed Explained, we reviewed five design categories — platform, raised, multi-level, two story and screened-in decks.

Today, let’s dig a little deeper into the raised deck.

Raised Decks by Archadeck

Raised Decks by Archadeck

But what exactly IS a raised deck?

A raised deck is the most common type of deck design.  Why?  Well, the foundation of most homes puts the main-floor several feet above grade-level; thus, the deck needs to be elevated, requiring rails for safety and stairs for backyard access. Read the rest of this entry »

In our recent post, The 5 Most Popular Deck Designed Explained, we reviewed five design categories — platform, raised, multi-level, two story and screened-in decks.  Today, let’s look more closely at the platform deck.

Wooden Platform Decks by Archadeck

Wooden Platform Decks by Archadeck

What exactly is a platform deck?

Well, a platform deck is a rather simple structure that’s designed and built just a few inches off the ground.  It is also referred to as a grade-level, ground-level, or low-level deck; patio deck or floating deck.  Whichever label you use, the hallmark of this design is a deck that’s raised, ever-so-slightly, creating a structure to bridge-the-gap between your home and your backyard.

Low-to-Grade Hardwood Deck with a Level Change by  Archadeck

Low-to-Grade Hardwood Deck with a Level Change by Archadeck

As either a detached or attached structure to your home, this deck — though less complicated structurally when compared to an elevated deck — is ideal for customization.  And here are five easy tips for a fabulous platform deck. Read the rest of this entry »

New Deck Replacement, St. Louis Mo, Archadeck

New Elevated Deck in St. Louis West County, Ballwin area, by Archadeck

As time passes, weather conditions and daily wear-and-tear can take its toll on a backyard deck.

And just like any other type of home maintenance, deck cleaning, repair or replacement is simply a part of a home’s up-keep.

But if your old deck needs a complete tear-down, it’s best to leave it to the professionals because replacement can be tricky and involves more than just cosmetics.

It involves safety, particularly for raised, elevated, multilevel or two story decks.

Two Story Decks, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

Two Story Deck for Outdoor Living and Entertaining, St. Louis, Mo by Archadeck

A professional contractor or inspector can best help you determine the safety of your existing structure with tips for repairs or, if needed, a design plan for building a replacement deck too.

But maybe, just maybe, a full deck replacement isn’t necessary.

Thus, a little self-help advice or a plan for remodeling could be just-enough to revive an outdoor space for aesthetics, usability and safety.

Suggestions worth considering: Read the rest of this entry »

Custom Decks, Chesterfield Mo, Archadeck

Custom Cedar Deck in Chesterfield by Archadeck in St. Louis West County

“These days, the latest trend is all about outdoor living,” says the founder of Angie’s List, Angie Hicks.

Hicks recommends ‘decks’ as the 3rd most valuable choice for a home improvement project since they retain 80% return-on-investment for a home.

A quality deck (or any other outdoor structure for that matter!) that’s designed and built by a terrific contractor becomes an economical way to expand your home’s livable space… inside to out.

In customizing a deck project, homeowners might also consider these questions:

Will your deck addition include a screened porch, gazebo, shade pergola, or other design elements such as ceiling, skirting, privacy wall, lighting, decorative rails, built-in seating or planters?

Ipe Deck with Built in Benches and Planters by Archadeck

Ipe Deck with Built in Benches and Planters by Archadeck

Do you prefer a traditional, elegant, country or contemporary look?

Is low maintenance decking material a priority or do you prefer the appeal of natural wood?

Should your deck design include the needs of children, pets, elderly family members?

The possibilities are limitless; thus, pricing totally depends on the size, scope and complexity of your deck project as well as the building materials used. Read the rest of this entry »

A well planned deck project will complement your home and backyard by making the transition, from inside to out, look perfectly simple and seamless.

Low Maintenance TimberTech Deck, photo by TimberTech

Low Maintenance TimberTech Deck, photo by TimberTech

When this happens, the style and finish of a new deck will look like a natural extension of your original architecture and landscaping.

A well designed and constructed deck will also combine beautiful form with functional architecture and quality materials.  But I’m getting ahead of myself because design is paramount.

So, when it comes to replacing an old deck or building a new deck, the first issue at hand is design.

Design ‘rules’ because proper design leads to increase deck use.  Otherwise… what’s the point of a deck if you don’t use it?

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