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Open and Screened In Deck by Archadeck

Open and Screened In Deck by Archadeck

When it comes to adding a custom outdoor space to your property, the absolute best design is one created for exactly how you want to live.

So if you’re itching to transform an ‘old-school’ backyard with a new trendy space that fits your lifestyle, a screened in deck or screened patio enclosure may be just the ticket.

But a backyard transformation doesn’t have to break the bank.

At Archadeck, we have some customers who prefer to ‘keep things simple’ and uncomplicated.

Cedar Screened Room over Patio, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

Cedar Screened Room over Patio, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

These folks want a minimalist structure with a roof and screens to provide a nice spot to sit in the shade, out-of-doors and away from insects.

Others customers prefer ‘the total package’, opting for a quasi-outdoor space designed and built with plenty of bells and whistles to re-create the same creature comforts of any indoor space — plush furniture, outdoor rugs, electrical access, cooling or heating devices, televisions and sound systems.

Either way, a reputable and knowledgeable contractor can help you develop a plan, perfect for your family. Read the rest of this entry »

A well designed and implemented deck project incorporates the intended function of the outdoor structure alongside superb design techniques.

Sound complicated?  Well, let’s break it down.

Under Deck Room for Deck in St. Louis West County by Archadeck

Under Deck Room for Deck in St. Louis West County by Archadeck

An experienced deck contractor will take into account existing spaces — in their entirety, both inside and out – to develop the absolute best design-fit for your needs and for your budget.

A terrific example of thoughtful architecture is evident in custom, multilevel deck designs that ‘open-up’ both home and yard to an outdoor living space and to each other.

Key design features for a deck with several levels:

Multilevel Deck, Wide Stairs, Partial Railing, photo by TimberTech

Multilevel Deck, Wide Stairs, Partial Railing, photo by TimberTech

1.  Wide deck steps are desirable if the deck is designed at grade-level.  Broad steps are unrestricted and stylish, enhancing traffic flow to-and-from the deck.

One, two or three steps between the deck levels invite area definitions – a spot for sitting back, a spot for chatting or a spot for grilling and eating.

2.  If however, you have a two story home, staircases that move gracefully between deck levels are important.

With proper deck staircase design, the spaces will provide a flowing connection to the backyard without appearing fragmented or disjointed.  And without causing foot-traffic gridlock! Read the rest of this entry »

Get the best of both worlds — an open air outdoor space and an enclosed outdoor space — with a screened in deck from Archadeck Outdoor Living. See the slideshow below for a few examples.

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Designate a portion of your deck as a screened in zone, either adjoined to or located below your deck.  It’s an economical home addition guaranteed to be a favorite spot for your entire family.

Schedule a free on site estimate with us by calling 636.227.0800 if you live in St. Louis, Missouri including St. Louis County, St. Charles, St. Charles County and parts of Illinois.

Browse our website,, to see pictures of our custom designed and built decks, porches, pergolas, gazebos and other outdoor living spaces. Outside of metropolitan St. Louis, go to to find other locations.

Screened Porch and Deck in St. Louis West County by Archadeck

Screened Porch and Deck in St. Louis West County by Archadeck

Outdoor rooms such as a screened porch, are an attractive and economical alternative to an entire room addition for a home.

A screened porch — as a stand-alone screen room or in combination with a deck or patio — adds useful and valued space to your existing house, cost-effectively.

With contemporary design features, newfangled building products and smart building techniques, a screened porch will become an ‘outdoor family room’ for your entire clan to enjoy.

And your neighbors and friends will ‘dig’ your new outdoor ‘digs’.  (Get it?)  It’s fun and buzz-worthy stuff! Read the rest of this entry »

Screened Porches with Decks by Archadeck

Screened Porch with Large Open Deck by Archadeck

Porch designs today come in all types of materials, colors, shapes and sizes.  And with this wide array of porch designs, you might ask, “Where do I begin planning my new porch addition?”

That’s where Archadeck comes in.

We’ll guide you through the design and building process to ensure your new porch blends seamlessly with your home, personal style and family budget for an outdoor space that you’re sure to love.

So the best place to begin the planning process is to look at images and subsequently identify a few generalities: Read the rest of this entry »

Front Porches by Archadeck, St. Louis

Front Porches by Archadeck, St. Louis

There’s absolutely no better way to enjoy outdoor living than with a screened porch or open porch … front porch or back porch.

A porch is a pleasantly inviting outdoor space that’s all about relaxing and socializing.

Porches, particularly front porches, are a great way to connect with neighbors and foster a sense of community.

Nonetheless, screened porches, open porches and back porches encourage both leisure activity and social interactions too.

But porches of all kinds are historically a popular home addition whether you live in an urban, rural or suburban area.

Decks with Screened Porch, St. Louis Mo, Archadeck

Composite Screened Porch and Deck, St. Louis West County, Archadeck

Today’s porches can be fully customized to complement any lifestyle and home setting.

The porch is not simply an extension of your home nor a ‘stand-alone’ structure for ‘kicking back’… it has evolved as an extension of other outdoor spaces such as a deck or patio, adding aesthetic appeal and monetary value to your home.

Simply put, porches are attractive, cost-effective, useful and fun! Read the rest of this entry »


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