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Ready to add a deck to your home and backyard?  Want to go beyond a basic ‘builder-grade’ deck without excessive costs and complicated construction? You can you know!

Custom Deck Designs by Archadeck

Custom Deck Designs by Archadeck

Jazzing-up an otherwise run-of-the-mill deck design is on the wish-list of most every homeowner.

Customization can be accomplished with simple solutions such as lights, levels and landscaping as well as privacy and protection.

Whether you want to use your deck for peace-and-quiet-time or you’re ready to get-the-party-started, by incorporating one or more of these details, your project will be well-equipped. Read the rest of this entry »

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Second in the series “Your Backyard Is A Blank Canvas,” let’s discuss decks.  And not just any-ole-deck design but spectacular design variations — traditional or trendy, classic or contemporary, mainstream or modern– so that your deck can easily be one-of-a-kind and perfect for you.

Custom Decks by Archadeck

Custom Decks by Archadeck

Sound expensive?  It doesn’t have to be.

Using a few tricks-of-the-trade, an experienced contractor can jazz-up even a basic deck — all within your budget.

Wood Deck with Elegant Black Basket Balusters, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

Wood Deck with Elegant Black Basket Balusters, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

But how?  Well, the types and costs of deck upgrades can range from simple-to-elaborate and everything-in-between.  For example:

Price-wise, lower-to-middle-of-the-road design enhancements could include interesting rails with contrasting balusters, post covers, lighting, privacy or underdecking. 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 »

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 »

Platform Decks in St. Louis by Archadeck

St. Louis Platform Decks by Archadeck

Experienced deck contractors can easily expand your living room, family room or breakfast room by opening-up the first floor of your home to a deck that stretches along parts of, or the entire back of your house.

This type of deck is called a platform deck and can be constructed using wood, hardwood, composite or vinyl decking materials.

In addition, savvy design techniques can incorporate plenty of personality for a beautiful platform deck using:

  • angles and curves or other interesting shapes
  • raised areas for sitting or dining
  • shade with a gazebo or pergola
  • trellis or arbor for climbing plants
  • planters for potted plants
  • privacy screen for a hot tub or spa
  • decorative floor board patterns
  • decorative railing and balusters
  • deck lighting for stairs and rails
  • benches as railing for added seating and an unobstructed view
  • wide steps, double stair exit, or just a single step for connecting to the lawn Read the rest of this entry »

Archadeck can extend your home’s livable space, from indoors to outdoors, by ‘opening-up’ your house with a platform deck across the back.

Platform decks (or sometimes called patio decks) are constructed low-to-the-ground and can be built using wood, vinyl, or composite materials.  They have a simpler design when compared to multilevel and two story decks; however platform decks by Archadeck are designed with oodles of creativity for a fabulous deck addition, customized especially for you.

Shown in our slideshow below, are just a few platform deck projects by Archadeck Outdoor Living. Read the rest of this entry »

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