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Are you thinking about adding a new deck or replacing an old one?  If so, are you wondering which type of deck design is practical, functional, attractive and most befitting your home and property?

Well, let’s begin by explaining the five most popular deck designs, from simple-to-elaborate and everything-in-between.

Platform Deck

A platform deck — also referred to as a low deck, grade-level deck, ground-level deck, patio deck or floating deck — is designed and built a few inches off the ground.  Simply put, it’s a (slightly!) elevated space to enjoy your backyard.

Detached Platform Deck with Pergola by Archadeck

Detached Platform Deck with Pergola by Archadeck

Low level decks are often attached to your home; however, a detached structure might work well too.  Some have railings.  Some don’t have rails.  And some use a bench in lieu of rails to help define the deck’s perimeter and provide seating as well. Read the rest of this entry »

St. Louis Ipe Hardwood Decks by Archadeck

St. Louis Ipe Hardwood Decks by Archadeck

The sky’s the limit for custom deck designs due to the number of outstanding building materials available in today’s market including Ipe (pronounced eepay).

Ipe falls under the category of wood decking, as opposed to composite, vinyl, or capstock decking materials; however, Ipe is in a ‘class all-its-own’.

Ipe decking, sometimes referred to as Ironwood or Brazilian Walnut, is grouped with exotic hardwoods.

It’s known for a long lifespan, durability, density and texture as well as certain natural properties that make Ipe perfect for outdoor structures. Read the rest of this entry »

Under Deck Screened Rooms by Archadeck, St. Louis

Under Deck Screened Rooms by Archadeck, St. Louis

According to a recent survey by the American Society of Landscape Architects, ninety-four percent of survey respondents indicated a desire for living spaces outside the house to relax, gather, and dine.

And the most popular outdoor living features desired are the most basic features:  a place to sit and enjoy the outdoors, entertain, and eat meals… day or evening with lighting, ample seating, and in comfort.

2012 outdoor living trends include:

Deck:  free-standing or platform deck, elevated or raised deck, multilevel or two story deck

Pergola:  shade pergola including a pergola for a patio, deck, pool or spa

Porch:  front and back porch, screened or open porch

Outdoor Room and Screened Enclosure:  under deck room, patio enclosure, screened enclosure

Gazebo:  open or screened gazebo, gazebo paired with a deck or a free standing gazebo Read the rest of this entry »

Tigerwood Decks, St. Louis Mo by Archadeck

Tigerwood Hardwood Deck by Archadeck, St. Louis

As seen here, a hardwood deck has a gorgeous appearance, is rich in beauty and synonymous with elegance.

Hardwoods, including Tigerwood, will never go out of style and are a popular, eco-friendly material choice for deck and porch designs in the Greater St. Louis area.

Highlighted features include: a smooth surface, distinctive in appearance and color rich; exceptional quality that is dense and resistant to scratches; simple to clean and maintain; long life span with gentle weathering characteristics; a ‘green’ renewable resource; synthetic free; natural protective properties; resistant to insects, rot and decay. Read the rest of this entry »

Free Standing Pergola in St. Charles County Mo by Archadeck

Free Standing Pergola in St. Charles County Mo by Archadeck

It’s well recognized that the recession — and the resulting current economic situation — has altered the way we make buying decisions nowadays.

Most people are a little more thoughtful regarding their finances, taking a bit more time before making large purchases.

Nonetheless, the National Association of Home Builders recently announced a five-year high in the remodeling index during the past fourth quarter.

Further analysis indicates that homeowners — in spite of the economy or because of it — are staying in their homes rather than moving and continue to invest money for updates, despite tough economic times. Read the rest of this entry »

St. Louis Decks by Archadeck of West County and St. Charles County

Composite Decks by Archadeck, St. Louis, Mo

Archadeck of West County and St. Charles County is a leading and trusted St. Louis deck designer and builder, also specializing in other outdoor living structures.

Serving all areas in metropolitan St. Louis, we have an unmatched company philosophy of ‘Better Building by Design”.

Since 1980 Archadeck has been an industry leader so it’s no wonder Archadeck is America’s #1 deck builder.

Visit our local Archadeck website to see every conceivable deck design including:

  • platform decks
  • elevated and raised decks
  • multi level decks
  • two story decks
  • free standing decks

With Archadeck’s preferred suppliers and vendors, our deck and porch designs include:  pressure treated wood, cedar, hardwoods, Tigerwood, Ipe; composite, capped composite (capstock), and vinyl decking and railing materials by TimberTech, AZEK, Trex, EverGrain, Fiberon, Deckorators and more. Read the rest of this entry »


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