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What we learned in 2014 is that outdoor living is here to stay.  Absolutely.

Multilevel Deck, St. Louis Mo by Archadeck

Multilevel Deck, St. Louis Mo by Archadeck

No ifs, ands or buts.

And more importantly, there’s no one right way to approach designing and building an outdoor space.

Every piece of property is different.  Every homeowner is different.

But we have noticed trends among consumers this year.

As the housing market has improved, more people are actually able to move; however, buyers are increasingly conservative, choosing homes with smart and practical designs.  The overall popularity of the ‘McMansion’ has dwindled.

Empty unused space is a ‘no no’ and folks expect useful living spaces, inside and out’; thus grows the appeal of an outdoor living space.

Elevated Deck with an Outdoor Room Underneath, Project  by Archadeck, St. Louis Mo

Elevated Deck with an Outdoor Room Underneath, Project by Archadeck, St. Louis Mo

On the other hand, for those homeowners who don’t want to move, they’re choosing to enhance the ambiance of what they already have.

This year customers have consistently expressed interest in expanding their property by transforming their backyard as an extension of their home to create a usable, relaxing retreat.

The philosophy has been to use every nook and cranny whenever possible!

So whether you live in a cottage or a castle, decks, screened porches, pergolas and other outdoor additions have become a must-have home feature.

And even though specific sizes and styles may vary from person-to-person, family-to-family or neighborhood-to-neighborhood, an outdoor living space seems to be on everyone’s wish list. Read the rest of this entry »

Completely gone are the days of pulling those old mesh-and-metal folding chairs out of the garage in order to enjoy your lawn or a slab of concrete used as a patio.

Today, comfortable and attractive outdoor living spaces are the ‘in-thing’ and their popularity continues to gain steam.

Outdoor Living Room by Archadeck

Outdoor Living Rooms by Archadeck – Low Maintenance Deck, Level Change, Lighting

This particular housing trend is predicted by industry experts to remain huge throughout 2014 and beyond.

Undeniably, outdoor living is here to stay.

And with this trending evolution, outdoor spaces such as decks and screened in porches are considered a ‘must-have feature’ for people shopping for new residential construction or for an existing older home.

Simply put, folks want houses with useful space inside AND outside. Read the rest of this entry »


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