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As a contractor, we spend a great deal of time with homeowners talking about large concepts for the overall design of a new deck, screened porch or other outdoor space.  These discussions involve topics such as layout, size, building materials, colors, function and flow.

Deck with Built In Lighting by Archadeck

Deck with Built In Lighting by Archadeck

But smaller design details such as lighting, are really important too.

And the best lighting will illuminate your whole deck including the steps and the rails to boost its style, safety and usage.

So as summer fades away and the days become shorter lighting is a way to invite visitors outside, extending the use of your outdoor space into the latter parts of the year.

But wait.

There are a few more details because outdoor lighting fixtures are available in various shapes, sizes, forms, shades and finishes; however, the most common models include: Read the rest of this entry »

Post Cap Deck Lighting, photo by Aurora

Post Cap Deck Lighting, photo by Aurora

Here in St. Louis, the summer evening air cools off while the stars shine bright which creates a pleasant outdoor living environment.  So an easy way to make long summer days last even longer is with deck lighting.

When planning and designing your custom outdoor space, be sure to ask a contractor, like Archadeck, about a customized lighting plan for your deck, screened porch, gazebo or pavilion design.

With effective use of quality products with low-voltage and energy-efficient lights, Archadeck can create a serene atmosphere and safe outdoor setting so you can enjoy your outdoor space throughout the evening with lighting accents.

There are many choices and styles of unique accent lighting for outdoor spaces:

Deck Step Riser Lighting by Archadeck, St. Louis

Deck Step Riser Lights by Archadeck, St. Louis

Riser Lights illuminate stairs and are installed flush into the step risers to give-off a soft light so no one misses a step in the dark.

For a soft glow to accentuate the perimeter of your deck along the railings, choose Post Cap Lights.

Accent Lights that are mounted on deck walls or on deck posts have a ‘down light’ effect to provide extra visibility for stairs and walkways. Read the rest of this entry »

Decks with Lighting by Archadeck

Decks with Lighting by Archadeck

Much has been written about the health benefits — physical and psychological — of reducing stress by ‘simplifying’ life.

For starters… it’s true.

And one way to ‘simplify life’ and ‘unwind’ after a stressful day at work, is to spend more of your leisure time at home with family, friends or neighbors.

Maybe that’s why outdoor living home additions — decks, screened porches, patio enclosures, gazebos and pergolas — have skyrocketed in popularity, becoming equally as important as kitchens and living rooms for homeowners today.

And that’s where lighting comes in. Read the rest of this entry »

Outdoor living additions — decks, screened porches, gazebos, shade pergolas, patio enclosures, and outdoor rooms — are as important to homeowners today as are kitchens and living rooms.

Outdoor living spaces are a hot trend, soaring in popularity because they are an attractive, practical and economical way to expand a home’s livable square footage.  Accessorizing with deck or porch lighting extends the time you can spend enjoying your outdoor structure.

Take a moment and watch the slideshow below to see various lighting choices for outdoor living by Archadeck …

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Archadeck in St. Louis, Missouri offers a large assortment of lighting styles, sizes, colors, shapes and sources for our outdoor living projects.

Visit our website, west-county.archadeck.com or call 636.227.0800 to schedule a free onsite consultation and quote.

Go to archadeck.com for other locations across the country.

Screen Porches by Archadeck - Hardwood Floor, Lighting, Ceiling Fan

Screen Porch by Archadeck – Hardwood Floor, Lighting, Ceiling Fan, Metal Balusters

In our first few blog posts of the new year, we identified and elaborated on five outdoor living trends for 2013 including: value and function, reduced maintenance, sustainability, accessories and complete customization.

Let’s focus now on accessories for Archadeck’s custom designs and builds.

With accessories for outdoor living, it’s now easier than ever to ‘live like it’s indoors, outdoors’.

Convenient accessories include low voltage or solar lighting, ceiling lights and fans, railing and riser lights, electrical and wireless access, shade structures, privacy walls, benches, and outdoor living spaces designed specifically for relaxing, gathering, entertaining, dining or cooking.

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Custom Decks Designed and Built by Archadeck in St. Louis Mo

Deck with Vinyl Rails, Chesterfield, St. Louis West County, by Archadeck

The Labor Day holiday weekend has passed.

Children are fully back in the routine of school or have moved off to college.

These events, and cooler weather, are indicative that our St. Louis summer is finally winding down which means it’s an ideal time for planning and building your new outdoor living space.

In today’s market, outdoor living structures such as decks, are a home improvement project that:

  • provide a solid and safe return on investment
  • increase your home’s square footage, economically
  • create that ‘oh-so-special-spot’ for enjoying the outdoors… reading, relaxing, grilling, dining, entertaining
  • add monetary and curb-appeal value to your home with a high-dollar, return on investment
Two Story Decks, Chesterfield Mo, by Archadeck

Two Story Deck in St. Louis, Mo – Chesterfield area, by Archadeck

Featured here is a cedar two-story, multilevel deck in the Chesterfield area, with vinyl rails, deck lighting and a vinyl shade pergola.  This is an outstanding example of a deck designed to fit a homeowner’s exact needs, space, personal style and budget… with room to grow.

The customer lives in St. Louis West County with a wooded lot and beautiful scenic view.

First, Archadeck designed a two story, multilevel deck to connect each of the home’s level to one another as well as the backyard.

Second, we designed the deck to access and accommodate the contour of a sloping backyard while maintaining natural views and shade.

Third, the project incorporated lighting as an aesthetic and safety feature for night-time deck usage. Read the rest of this entry »

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