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As homeowners continue to extend their properties from the inside out, it’s important to wisely use your available outdoor space and balance the need for a yard too.

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Multilevel Backyard Deck by Archadeck

The ideal project combines  space-savvy building methods with a zesty design to create a good lookin’ but incredibly useful outdoor space.

Whether you want to accommodate a small garden, large swimming pool or plenty of wide-open space for the kids to play, your deck design should meet those requirements.

But no matter your lifestyle, it’s often those oh-so-subtle design details that will tip the scales between a boring or brilliant outcome.

Low To The Ground, Single Plane Deck with Lattice and Landscaping, by Archadeck

Low Deck with Lattice and Landscaping, by Archadeck

And an experienced deck contractor will never (ever!) forget about the need for both functionality AND aesthetics.

A perfect example of that ‘special-little-something’ to add project ‘zing’ is how the underside space of your deck is managed.

Of course you can leave the underside of a deck, ‘as-is’ but it’s better to disguise it, completely hide it or better yet, use it!

And here’s how. Read the rest of this entry »

When it comes to an outdoor living space, elevated decks are often the best design choice for many types of homes and lots.

Elevated Decks by Archadeck

Elevated Decks by Archadeck

Decks are, hands down, the best structure for any property with:

  • multiple stories
  • a walk-out lower level
  • or a sloping lot

But why?

A deck, unlike a patio, can adjoin divergent planes.

Decks can be built to go ‘up, down, over, under and around’.

So if your home’s design and landscape necessitate an elevated deck, what’s the best way to manage the leftover space underneath?

Essentially, there are four options for the space beneath:  an open area with groundcover, enclosed storage area, underdecking for an open outdoor room, underdecking for a screened-in room. Read the rest of this entry »

Elevated Deck with Pergola by Archadeck, St. Louis, Chesterfield Mo

Elevated Deck with Pergola by Archadeck, St. Louis, Chesterfield Mo

Labor Day weekend has ushered in the month of September, unofficially marking the 2013 autumn season here in St. Louis.

Since the kids are now back in school, or off to college, September is a perfect time to plan, design and build a deck, porch or screen room for your home and backyard.

The weather is cooler but there is still plenty of time to enjoy your backyard before winter arrives.

Outdoor living spaces, today, have become top-tiered projects for every homeowner’s ‘home improvement list’.

Decks, porches and screened rooms increase your home’s usable square footage, supply plenty of curb-appeal, provide a substantial ‘return-on-investment’ while creating an ideal spot for your family and friends to enjoy the great outdoors. Read the rest of this entry »

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