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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 »

Sports fans rejoice!

The Cardinals have just earned their spot in the 2011 World Series.

St. Louis is ecstatic with the prospects of another World Championship while reminiscing about Cardinal nostalgia and previous World Series titles.

Decks, Wide Stairs, Benches as Railing by Archadeck

Decks for Outdoor Entertaining by Archadeck

It’s definitely time to celebrate, so let Archadeck help you take the party outdoors.

Just like the tradition of the World Series, there’s nothing that beats a family gathering to celebrate the winning season and cooler weather here in St. Louis.

Fire up the BBQ for hotdogs, baseball and outdoor living, St. Louis style.

Simple ideas for a World Series get-together include: Read the rest of this entry »


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