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Whether you’re planning to build a deck, pergola, porch or another outdoor living space, choosing the right contractor for the job is, without a doubt, the most important step you’ll take.  And the process of choosing is easy when you know what to look for.

Think Local

Choose a local company with a positive reputation.  Experienced contractors in your area will be aware of style preferences, building codes, the terrain and the weather conditions that impact the design and building of an outdoor space.

Low Maintenance Decks in St. Louis Mo by Archadeck of West County

Low Maintenance Decks in St. Louis Mo by Archadeck of West County

Here in the Greater St. Louis region, permits and building codes can be particularly tricky.  But the building process will be hassle-free when you hire an experienced contractor who routinely works throughout the area and understands the regulations for building within each city.

Wood Decks in St. Louis Mo by Archadeck of West County

Wood Decks in St. Louis Mo by Archadeck of West County

In addition, neighborhood HOAs may have special requirements aside from the city regulations.  So definitely, ‘think local’. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ok.  We’re almost done with the series of deeper-dive posts for The 5 Most Popular Deck Designs Explained.  Two-story decks are #4.

So, what ARE the benefits of a two-story designFirst and foremost, a two-story deck will complement any two-story home, regardless of your yard layout.

Two-Story Cedar Deck, Chesterfield Mo, by Archadeck in St. Louis

Two-Story Cedar Deck, Chesterfield Mo, by Archadeck in St. Louis

If your lot has a steep slope, your terrain challenge is solved.

And if your property is level, well you’ve just doubled your outdoor space in the footprint of one.

Two-Story Deck by Archadeck

Two-Story Deck by Archadeck

Second,  a two-story deck ties your home’s interior spaces — from each-and-every level — to the outdoors. Read the rest of this entry »

The third deck design discussed in our recent post, The 5 Most Popular Deck Designs Explained, is the multilevel deck.

Let’s dive a little deeper into the details.

Multilevel Decks by Archadeck

Multilevel Decks by Archadeck

Multilevel decks are a fan favorite for their good-looks and affordability.

Versatile, useful and oh-so-attractive, the multilevel deck is ideal for overcoming slight dips or steep slopes in your yard.  With a distinct advantage over patios, deck contractors use framing and steps for a design that flows seamlessly with the natural landscape.

Spacious Deck with Levels by Archadeck

Spacious Deck with Levels by Archadeck

Yes.  This can be accomplished with a patio too.  But patios built on sloping land require retaining walls.  And retaining walls can become cost-prohibitive or visually unappealing for many homeowners.  A beautiful deck constructed with levels, easily conquers uneven terrain in an attractive and budget-friendly way. Read the rest of this entry »

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer.  Backyard pools are open for business and it’s ‘swim time’ for those who enjoy the water.

To complement a swimming pool, you’ll need to consider ways to ‘tie it all together’ — your home, yard and pool — creating an attractive outdoor space and a place for entertaining, lounging and relief from the sun.

Deck and Screened Porch for Backyard Pool by Archadeck

Deck and Screened Porch for Backyard Pool by Archadeck

For swimmers and onlookers alike, a deck, pergola, porch — or all three — could be a perfect match for a summertime getaway right in your own backyard.

Pergola ideas for swimming pools Read the rest of this entry »

If your backyard has limitations, don’t fret.  Instead, use the space to your advantage.  Begin by rethinking the square footage and use clever ideas to facilitate the best use of the property you DO have.

But how can a small outdoor space be designed with ‘big-heart’?

Deck with Built In Seating as Rails, by Archadeck

Deck with Built In Seating as Rails, by Archadeck

It’s easy with just a few tricks to bring simplicity and splendor.  Let’s explore how….

1.  Evaluate and reevaluate.  Revamp if necessary.

Exactly how do you currently use the outdoor space, if at all?  More importantly, how do you WANT to use it?

Do you love to entertain with a great-big-splash or do you prefer a quiet get-together with only a few guests?  Do you love sports and dream of watching the ‘big game’ outside or do you prefer to curl-up on a hammock with a good book?   Do you have children, pets or aging family members with safety needs?  And what about outdoor cooking… or gardening?

Deck with Outdoor Dining and Grilling, by Archadeck

Deck with Outdoor Dining and Grilling, by Archadeck

Asking and answering questions like these will help you decide the purpose and the plan for your deck, screen porch or other structure. Read the rest of this entry »

Our second ‘Ta Da’ of the year.  We’re now on Houzz!

Archadeck of West County and St. Charles County in St. Louis on Houzz

Archadeck of West County and St. Charles County in St. Louis on Houzz

Archadeck’s new website design is humming along, so now it’s time to find us on Houzz too.

We’re hoping that no matter where you find yourself on the internet, you can easily find Archadeck:  website, blog, Pinterest, Google+, Facebook and now Houzz.

Aren’t familiar with Houzz?  Well, if you own a home, you’ll love it because Houzz is all about houses!

Houzz is a visual platform to help homeowners discover design ideas for remodeling and then Houzz will help you locate reputable professionals that will turn your project ideas into reality.

So if you’re looking for ideas to add a deck, screen porch, pergola, gazebo or any other outdoor space but you’re not quite ready to talk to a contractor just yet, stay right here on our blog, visit our website or head on over to Pinterest, Google+ and Houzz for ideas galore!

And as always, thank you for considering Archadeck!

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