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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 »

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 »

Decks with Lighting, Archadeck

Wood Deck with Hot Tub and Lighting by Archadeck

It’s Friday evening out on the deck  in St. Louis… a time to wind down from a busy and stressful work week.

Most Americans are feeling the pinch of a tough economy these days and are embracing time at home for their weekend relaxation.

‘Staying in’ can be peaceful, economical and simple.

And a simple lifestyle is proving beneficial for the mind, body, soul.. and pocketbook!

So it’s not surprising that publications such as Realty Times and best-selling authors like Martha Baker, The Outdoor Living Room, write about today’s consumer looking outside their own doors for inspiration to create aesthetically pleasing and comfortable spaces:  decks, screened porches, gazebos.

Outdoor living spaces are “The”growing trend in St. Louis and St. Charles and have become just as important as kitchens and living rooms.  This is where ‘lighting’ comes in… Read the rest of this entry »

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