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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 »

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Deck by Archadeck with Holiday Decorations

Deck by Archadeck with Holiday Decorations

It’s that time of year again when there are three things on everyone’s mind:

  • decorations
  • shopping and
  • meal planning

Yep, the holiday season is in full swing!

And if you’re like other folks, you’re looking for fresh ideas for 2014.

Archadeck can’t decorate, shop or cook for you but at least we can provide fabulous resources when it comes to what’s happening in the outdoor living niche.

So today let’s focus on holiday decorations for outdoor spaces.

Most homeowners enjoy festive trimmings, inside and out.  Whether you’re decorating your front porch, deck or screened-in porch, showcase your holiday spirit for family, guests and the whole neighborhood!

But please, PLEASE, don’t stress.  With a handful of tips and a little creativity, your display can be simple and elegant yet budget-friendly too. Read the rest of this entry »

Decks with Lighting by Archadeck

Decks with Lighting by Archadeck

Much has been written about the health benefits — physical and psychological — of reducing stress by ‘simplifying’ life.

For starters… it’s true.

And one way to ‘simplify life’ and ‘unwind’ after a stressful day at work, is to spend more of your leisure time at home with family, friends or neighbors.

Maybe that’s why outdoor living home additions — decks, screened porches, patio enclosures, gazebos and pergolas — have skyrocketed in popularity, becoming equally as important as kitchens and living rooms for homeowners today.

And that’s where lighting comes in. Read the rest of this entry »

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