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Cedar remains a popular option when it comes to adding a deck, screen porch or pergola.  Why?  Because cedar is a time-tested, good-lookin’ outdoor building material with a reasonable price-tag too.

Traditional Cedar Deck, Rails and Balusters, St. Louis County, by Archadeck

Traditional Cedar Deck, Rails and Balusters, St. Louis County, by Archadeck

And what about the railing for a cedar deck?

Choosing cedar boards doesn’t require you to choose cedar rails.  In fact, different rails are a way to transform the style of a traditional cedar structure with diverse color and material.

Modern Black Rails for Cedar Deck, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

Modern Black Rails for Cedar Deck, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

Consider seven possibilities…  Read the rest of this entry »

Believe it or not, many homeowners WANT a wood deck but might feel reluctant because they’re apprehensive that wood decks are out-of-style.

Nothing could be further from the truth.  Seriously.

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

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

In fact, the majority of decks built today are constructed with wood!  Why?

St. Louis Wood Deck Builders, Archadeck

Wooden Decks by Archadeck

Three reasons include aesthetics, sustainability, and price. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

St. Louis Ipe Hardwood Decks by Archadeck

St. Louis Ipe Hardwood Decks by Archadeck

The sky’s the limit for custom deck designs due to the number of outstanding building materials available in today’s market including Ipe (pronounced eepay).

Ipe falls under the category of wood decking, as opposed to composite, vinyl, or capstock decking materials; however, Ipe is in a ‘class all-its-own’.

Ipe decking, sometimes referred to as Ironwood or Brazilian Walnut, is grouped with exotic hardwoods.

It’s known for a long lifespan, durability, density and texture as well as certain natural properties that make Ipe perfect for outdoor structures. Read the rest of this entry »

Wood deck designs are affordable, attractive, durable, and versatile; thus, wood decks remain a popular choice in the St. Louis region.

Along with newer generation composite and vinyl decking materials, beautiful solid wood is a great product for outdoor living spaces.

See a few examples of handsome wood decks by Archadeck in the slideshow below… Read the rest of this entry »

Under Deck Screened Rooms by Archadeck, St. Louis

Under Deck Screened Rooms by Archadeck, St. Louis

According to a recent survey by the American Society of Landscape Architects, ninety-four percent of survey respondents indicated a desire for living spaces outside the house to relax, gather, and dine.

And the most popular outdoor living features desired are the most basic features:  a place to sit and enjoy the outdoors, entertain, and eat meals… day or evening with lighting, ample seating, and in comfort.

2012 outdoor living trends include:

Deck:  free-standing or platform deck, elevated or raised deck, multilevel or two story deck

Pergola:  shade pergola including a pergola for a patio, deck, pool or spa

Porch:  front and back porch, screened or open porch

Outdoor Room and Screened Enclosure:  under deck room, patio enclosure, screened enclosure

Gazebo:  open or screened gazebo, gazebo paired with a deck or a free standing gazebo Read the rest of this entry »

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