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Covered Outdoor Space by Archadeck

Covered Outdoor Space by Archadeck

It’s time to bring the man cave above ground, especially now that football season is here.

There’s nothing better than watching the big-game with family, friends, food and drink… outside!

And here’s how to make it enjoyable with an outdoor space.

The Right Size

When it comes to designing an outdoor space, entertaining is a hot-topic.  And if hosting get-togethers is important to you, then first consider the number of folks on your typical guest list and try to tailor the space to fit that purpose.

But that’s not all.  There are many other determining factors.

Neighborhood – For the best value, choose a project design that’s consistent with your home and the neighborhood.

Elevated Deck with Bar and Hot Tub by Archadeck

Elevated Deck with Bar and Hot Tub by Archadeck

Think of the Goldilocks principle — not too large, not too small, just right.  Build large enough for your needs but don’t go overboard.

Home and lot – How will the layout fit-in with your existing house?

You’ll want pleasing proportions, efficient traffic patterns and seamless integration with the grade of your lot, the existing trees or other landscaping.

Attached or detached – How will an outdoor space attach to the house, if at all?  How do you want it to look, visually?  And can your vision be  accomplished structurally?

Architecture technicalities or constraints – Getting permits and complying with local building codes will influence floors, rails, stairs, roof, joists, beams and footings.  This, in turn, might influence design and construction. Read the rest of this entry »

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Grill Deck with Covered Porch by Archadeck

Grill Deck with Covered Porch by Archadeck

Is it just me or have you noticed the sheer number of cooking shows on television recently?

And what about the resurrected interest in outdoor grilling on the deck?

Doesn’t it seem that BBQ’ing has become the latest, non-contact sport among guys?

But why?

Well, as owners of the Archadeck in St. Louis, we have a rather unscientific, but seemingly valid, theory regarding ‘the grilling topic’.  And it goes something like this.

With today’s emphasis on good health and good food, folks are looking for ways to simplify life, spending time together with friends and family right in their own home or in their backyard.

Pergola over Outdoor Kitchen and Dining Area - by Archadeck, St. Louis

Pergola over Outdoor Kitchen and Dining Area – by Archadeck, St. Louis

As a result, St. Louis homeowners have rediscovered the fun and frugality of an ole-fashion-backyard-BBQ paired with a few side-dishes, via potluck.

Forget about the picnic table, though.  Nowadays, these backyard festivities are brimming with new trends and plenty of flair.

So what in the world does outdoor grilling and dining have to do with deck design and building by Archadeck?

Well, we’ve found that cooking and dining outside is one of the most popular features that people want in an outdoor space; thus, ‘the grill deck’ was born and is a staple for any deck design.

Screened Porch with Attached Grill Deck, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

Screened Porch with Attached Grill Deck, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

Technically speaking, a grill-deck is a smaller deck-area attached to a covered deck or adjacent to a screened porch.

As the name implies, it’s designed to hold the grill and grilling apparatus.

“But what about outdoor kitchens?” you ask?  “I’ve seen those gorgeous pictures!”

Large-scale outdoor kitchens are high-end units with built-in components like grills burners, sinks, refrigerators, counter space, storage drawers and cabinets.  They are a luxury feature, conducive for entertaining in ‘grand style’ and are a backyard focal point, for sure.

At Archadeck, if you truly want an outdoor kitchen we will happily accommodate your design needs and coordinate construction to ‘make that happen’ for you.  But there are disadvantages to outdoor kitchens too, including expense, limited usage, ‘stylistic depreciation’ and maintenance. Read the rest of this entry »

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