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There are several reasons why the backyards of today are more compact compared to past generations.

Backyard Deck with Flared Steps and Level Change, Archadeck

Archadeck Deck with Flared Steps and Level Change

As the US population has ballooned, housing demand has increased causing land, everywhere, to increase in value.

And as a result, it has become more cost effective for buyers to purchase a house with a smaller lot.

And beyond budget-friendly criteria, smaller backyards offer conveniences for the busy lifestyle of most people.  Less upkeep and less maintenance equals less time spent on yard work.

Nevertheless, a small backyard can still accommodate a fabulous deck, porch, pergola or gazebo to stretch your home’s square footage from inside to out. Read the rest of this entry »

Pergolas, St. Louis Mo, St. Charles Mo by Archadeck

Pergola creates an ‘Outdoor Room’ covering a Patio, St. Charles County by Archadeck

“Remodeling sentiment rose to the highest level in five years during the fourth quarter of 2011,” according to a recent 2012 report from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

Bob Peterson, NAHB Remodelers Chairman, was quoted as saying, “As more consumers remain in their homes rather than move in this economy, remodelers benefited from a gradual increase in home improvement activity, taking us to a five-year high… 2011 ended on a strong note for the remodeling industry.”

This indicator holds true for the Greater St. Louis area as well.

Reputable contractors, such as Archadeck, have experienced growing interest among homeowners for outdoor home expansion – from simple to elaborate and traditional to contemporary structures. Topping the list are … Read the rest of this entry »


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