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In our previous post we wrote about 2014 outdoor living trends.  Now let’s tackle three topics — building materials, design/style, and accessories —  as we preview 2015.

Customer surveys, industry research and plain-old-observation have led niche experts to predict what’s hot for the year ahead.  So as the debate rages on, let’s take a look at trend-spotting when it comes to outdoor living!

1.  Building Materials:

Low Maintenance Multilevel Deck by Archadeck

Low Maintenance Multilevel Deck by Archadeck

Tens-of-thousands of people visit our blog, annually.

And this year, folks were reading A LOT about building materials, especially those articles comparing wood, composite and vinyl decking.

In the U.S., wood is still king when it comes to the sheer number of deck installations.

But premium, low-maintenance products such as TimberTech, AZEK, Fiberon, Trex (and others) have evolved and are gaining market-share too.

Homeowners, today, are blessed with product options galore!

In our opinion, however, there’s no single, magic bullet or perfect brand.  Choosing a material comes down to personal preference, plain and simple.

For example, do you love the innate characteristics of real wood more than you hate the idea of wood’s maintenance requirements?  Or will you trade the look of natural materials for the convenience and higher cost of man-made stock?

How about your budget?

Hardwood Pool Deck by Archadeck

Hardwood Pool Deck by Archadeck

When it comes to price, pressure treated lumber and cedar are more economical than synthetics.  Exotic and elegant hardwoods reign supreme.

With this in mind, would you prefer a large structure built with a lower-cost product or does a small space designed for ‘bite-sized-decadence’ appeal most?

Bottom line – the choice is yours and any outdoor addition, regardless of the material, can be a stand-out project.

2.  Design and Style: 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 »

Tigerwood Deck, Hardwood, Archadeck, St. Louis Mo

Tigerwood Hardwood Deck by Archadeck, St. Louis Mo

Outdoor living is affordable, beautiful, and durable with wood deck designs by Archadeck — America’s favorite designer and builder of decks and other outdoor living structures.

Full disclosure:  We’re Archadeck-enthusiasts and proud of the work we do!  But wait.

There’s more.

Since Archadeck is a custom builder, we have experience with every imaginable decking material available on the market today.

Decking material choices for our customers include — not only wood — but the newest generation of composites, capped composites and vinyls.

And these latest products receive a lot of buzz.

“Building a Deck –  Where to Start?” offers a helpful summary that compares various decking materials and offers tips for choosing the material, right for you.

But back to the topic at hand. Wood decks. Read the rest of this entry »


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