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Outdoor living trends for Columbus in 2015

One of my high school teachers always encouraged her students to ask the questions we had because, “If you have a question, someone else probably has the same question too.” With that in mind, I’d like to share some common questions I get which may help with some insight into what’s trending now and will likely to continue to trend at least early in 2015.

Q: What materials will people use the most in decks for 2015?

Synthetics like TimberTech make up about 80% of our deck business and we don’t foresee that changing much.

Q: Will we see anything new in composites?

Yes. TimberTech generally adds to their line at the beginning of each year. I understand they will add new colors to their line including a gray board.

Q: What new colors are becoming popular?

Dark brown is rising in popularity and we will build a lot of decks with contrasting colors, like those done in a picture frame design. Clients are also getting more creative with some of their trim choices on the sides.

Q: How about railings? Anything new there?

Nothing new really, but we anticipate high demand for aluminum because its thin profile allows for a superior view of your yard.

Q: What alternatives are there to the traditional rectangular deck?

Most houses are very linear so rectangular decks are always going to be popular. Having said that, we can use angles to soften the shape of the back of the house and add some visual interest to the design. It’s really the best of both worlds and less expensive than going with round or curvy.

Q: What’s hot in deck accessories?

Built-in lighting, especially with LED bulbs, is a trend that’s here to stay. It makes sense: why go to the trouble of building a deck and then make it hard to use after the sun sets? We can put accent lighting on stairs, which is a terrific safety feature, or mount it on posts or railings. If you can see your deck, you are going to use it more. And the newest generation of bulbs is energy efficient and designed to last. We can even link your lights to a timer or remote control for easy use.

Q: How about patios? What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in them over the last 4 years?

Larger stones are being requested more often. I’m ordering a lot of 8×12 and 12×12 stones. When I first started installing Columbus patios there were more 3×8 or 4×8 blocks. We also are building patios with different natural stones.

Q: Why are people using different sizes?

Sometimes they want to have more than one pattern in the layout, like using a soldier course inlay, a sailor course or designing the patio like a deck picture frame. We’ve collaborated on some really beautiful, creative projects using multiple sizes of pavers and stone.

Q: What are your customers adding to the patio base?

We are including lots of vertical components. Seating walls are terrific for a variety of purposes. Planters and pillars add visual interest and provide great opportunities for seasonal decorating. And, of course, we install fire pits and fireplaces.

Q: What stone colors are going to be popular next year?

Browns, buffs and grays. I think people like to use the colors of stones that they see in the environment around them. Reds generally are not as popular in this area.

Q: What feature do you consider a “must have” for a Columbus patio?

Lights. They provide safety and make any outdoor space more beautiful and useable. You can never go wrong with outdoor lighting.

Q: Any last words of outdoor living wisdom?

It may sound a little simplistic, but I always remind customers that the patio doesn’t end at the edge of the stones. You have to give some thought to what you will see all around it. Make sure to have a landscaping plan, even if it’s not fancy. If gardening is not one of your passions, we can help with Columbus landscape design and recommendations for low maintenance plants suitable to our climate.

Michael Reeder, Archadeck of Columbus

Michael Reeder, Archadeck of Columbus

If you’re considering building a porch, deck, patio or other outdoor living structure in the Columbus area, give us a call for a free consultation. We look forward to your call!

(740) 879 – 3730
westcolumbus@archadeck.net

We know cedar is great for indoor use. Is it a good outdoor wood for your Columbus outdoor living space?

Columbus cedar pergola and hardscape duo

Columbus cedar pergola and hardscape duo

Many of my customers choose composite decking for under their feet because you can’t beat it for durability and ease of maintenance. But humans have been building with wood for thousands of years and I think we’ll always respond on an emotional level to its feel and beauty. That’s why I frequently suggest that homeowners who want to integrate natural wood into their project consider adding vertical elements made of cedar to their composite deck design.

Cedar vs. pine

Cedar is a little softer than pine, but it contains oils that keep it from expanding and contracting the way that pine will during the freeze/thaw cycle that we have in central Ohio and throughout the Midwest. It’s also, to my eye, a much prettier wood than pine. It has wonderful color and grain patterns. Cedar is also very accepting of a wide range of stains so you can get the look that you want. It contains naturally occurring fungicides which give Western Red Cedar its resistance to decay. Properly finished and cared for, cedar  has a superior lifespan when used for applications above the floor.

Best uses for cedar

Because it resists warping and is so easy to work with, we can use cedar in almost any application not subject to foot traffic. Railings, pergolas, gazebos, fences, bench seats: these are all

Enjoy using cedar for the open rafter ceiling on your open porch

Enjoy using cedar for the open rafter ceiling on your open porch

great uses for red cedar. Just off the top of my head, I’d estimate that 90% of the pergolas we build are made of cedar. If you are building a Columbus porch and want a rustic look, you will enjoy the look of cedar on the ceiling, for knee walls or trim around posts. Any of those applications will give your room the feeling of a mountain ski chalet or hunting cabin. If you have ever stood in a cedar closet, you know what a warm feeling cedar gives you.

Best bang for the buck

While I don’t recommend cedar for the floor of your deck, it is absolutely a terrific, budget-friendly option to consider for other key elements of your outdoor living areas. It is less expensive than composites and, for a mere 15-20% cost premium over pine, you get a stable, beautiful natural wood product that is ideally suited to our local environment. Take a look around our website to see some of the stunning projects we have completed with this versatile wood.

Michael Reeder, Archadeck of Columbus

Michael Reeder, Archadeck of Columbus

If you’re thinking about adding an outdoor living space to your Columbus backyard, give us a call to see how we can make creating your dream backyard an enjoyable experience, start to finish. The consultation is completely free. Call (740) 879 – 3730 or email us at westcolumbus@archadeck.net. We look forward to your call.

Archadeck of Columbus chosen for Cougar 100

PrintI grew up in an Ohio State Buckeye family and never miss a chance to put on my scarlet and gray and take my boys to a game. But I have another allegiance to the University of Houston. I met my lovely wife Carol there and wouldn’t trade my time at the University of Houston for the world. That’s why we were both thrilled to find out that Archadeck of Columbus has been chosen as one of the companies in University of Houston’s first ever “Cougar 100” list.

The Cougar 100 celebrates the top 100 fastest Cougar-owned or Cougar-led businesses in the country. The University of Houston has a number of very strong academic programs and is rightfully Cougar100proud of the more than 4,000 companies worldwide that are owned or led by its graduates. It’s very exciting for me (and Carol and the rest of the Archadeck of Columbus staff) to be named to the top tier of such an esteemed group.

More importantly, this award has given me pause to reflect on the success that my wife Carol and I have had here in Columbus. When I returned to Central Ohio after being away for a decade or so, it was almost like I had never left. As with most small businesses, I got started with the help of friends, family and neighbors. We continued to build and grow with the help of generous customer references and a business community that fights back hard when it meets tough challenges. I appreciate everyone’s support and I thank you all for helping us achieve this honor.

Mike and Carol Reeder, owners of Archadeck of Columbus

Mike and Carol Reeder, owners of Archadeck of Columbus

Mike and Carol Reeder TBTAs always, if you’re thinking about adding an outdoor living space to your Columbus backyard, give us a call to see how we can make creating your dream backyard an enjoyable experience, start to finish. Except on Nov. 6.  On that day, I’ll be in Houston accepting my Cougar 100 award ;). But when I return, the consultation will be completely free. Call (740) 879 – 3730 or email us at westcolumbus@archadeck.net. We look forward to your call.

Learn how Archadeck of Columbus can make your outdoor living project an enjoyable experience, start to finish

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Many of our projects our multi-faceted and combine different elements, this takes precision and planning to bring these elements together properly.

Creating one-of-a-kind outdoor living spaces is a complex business. It is also a business that requires an immense amount of organization to ensure every project is executed in a timely, efficient manner. Here at Archadeck of Columbus, we use the latest technology to provide the absolute best home construction experience for all our customers. One of the benefits of owning an Archadeck franchise is having many best practice systems in place. We are able to utilize the newest technology coming to the forefront of the business. With this in mind, we have been searching through different applications which can help us manage a job more efficiently. The application we found and developed two years ago is great — it is called Smart Sheet.

Archadeck of Columbus Smart Sheet technology on Ipad

Smart Sheet technology allows all team member to stay up to the minute with each of our projects.

Smart Sheet allows us the freedom of being web-based. In addition we can place anything in a particular file which is easily accessible to other members of our team at any time. This allows us to see where they are and it also makes it easy for our project managers to stay up to the minute on the progress of any given project. It also assists us in communicating the steps necessary to project completion. For example; contacting the utility company, verifying deliveries, coordinating inspections, reminders on special orders & evaluating lead times on special orders, and coordinating with subcontractors such as roofers and electricians.

As an owner, this system allows me to manage at a quick glance. On average we are managing over 70 projects a year, with each project taking an average of 1.5  to 2 weeks. On average, each of these projects has over 100 checklists. Smart Sheet has a checklist format so we can check off items that need to be completed prior, during and post completion. This technology helps me organize the number of jobs we have going at any given moment, and keep up with the fast pace required to keep everyone smiling. It has allowed us to become much more efficient than we ever imagined.

Our system ensures each phase of your project is done on time.

Our system ensures each phase of your project is done on time.

Most of our customers don’t understand what a construction company goes through and the complexity of the process itself. It stands to reason if a company is more organized, and has a streamlined process it will run more efficiently and the customer will reap the benefits. Other builders just don’t use this type of precision when it comes to project management. This explains much of the discontent felt by homeowners because their project was not finished on time, or it was managed poorly during construction. There is much that can be overlooked with builders that don’t use systems such as ours. Our system ensures even the smallest details are scheduled and overseen properly– and the customer gains from this technology as much as we do.

We are so proud that this tool has allowed us to streamline our efficiency practices. Our project managers are happy, our team is happy and most of all our customers are happier because of our smooth production schedule. As we look into the future, our hope is to extend this technology and take it a step further by being able to use email to allow the homeowner to log-in and view the planning details for their particular project. Customers won’t manage their job, but will be able to see what is going on and when, in real-time. In this business, there is a lot of transparency in this area but we want to break down the barriers and get the customer involved and excited about being part of their building experience!

Cedar deck and patio in Columbus, OH

Let us make your outdoor living dreams a reality this season!

Our goal is to provide our customers with an outstanding outdoor living space that exceeds their expectations in terms of workmanship, quality and process. Remember that a project is only partially about sticks, but is also keenly about the process you have to go through to get there — winning the battle is about the journey it takes to victory!

Michael Reeder, Archadeck of Columbus

Michael Reeder, Archadeck of Columbus

Contact Archadeck of Columbus today to see how we can make creating your dream backyard an enjoyable experience, start to finish — how many builders can promise that? (740) 879 – 3730
westcolumbus@archadeck.net

Pardon our dust: Archadeck of Columbus aims to make construction a kinder experience

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The path to outdoor living bliss is fraught with noise and dust!

Customers always ask us how much interference the construction of their project will cause. This covers all aspects of disruption from personally and in respect to their lawn. My answer to this question is with any type of construction, home improvement or remodeling project interference is inevitable. Depending on the type of project and the specifics involved in excavation will determine how much damage to your turf will occur. The amount of time a project takes to complete and the weather conditions also play a huge role in damage to the turf. In regards to personal disruptions during your project:  noise is something that is hard to avoid and will be a factor in having your project completed in a timely fashion. The type of equipment we have to use such as drills, power saws and hammers don’t have a quiet mode, we quite often wish they came with a volume control feature as well!

We go the extra mile to try to make the disruption minimal and we work around our client's schedules.

We go the extra mile to try to make the disruption minimal and we work around our client’s schedules.

One of the most important assets of working with a good company is that we recognize the disruption projects cause. We go the extra mile to try to make the disruption minimal and we work around our client’s schedules. We are also more conscious of homeowners that work from their homes. We realize that your home is your castle, and our crews exercise the utmost respect and are dedicated to taking care of every aspect of your home to make the construction process as minimall invasive as possible.

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Our goal is to deliver a breathtaking outdoor space with minimal interference during construction.

Archadeck of Columbus’ project standards make the construction process a kinder experience:

When loading and unloading materials we strive to establish a traffic flow that will create the least amount of impact and disturbance on your property. This includes using a one-way route around your house during the course of a job to minimize disruption of turf. We understand the need for heavy equipment and materials on your project and may even use wagons or wheel barrels to move materials to the area they need to be. We try to avoid the use of heavier excavation machinery and will only use smaller scale versions if the project absolutely depends on it, such as a mini Bobcat or skid steer.

Our climate can lend itself to some really wet seasons, but there is nothing that will keep us from building your project within a wet year. Don’t let the weather be a deterrent because the sales process will take some time and we do everything within our power to avoid disruptions caused by weather conditions. If the ground is thawing from freezing conditions or is very wet we have a heightened conscience about the conditions of our customer’s lawns and will put down plywood between the material and jobsite to minimize turf damage and avoid rutting.  In summary, during the time we have been in business we have only had to repair two (2) lawns due to damage incurred by inclement weather conditions during the construction process. By taking a proactive approach with these actions, 99% of yards will quickly recover in a month or so.

Sweeping Up

Daily cleanup is protocol on all our outdoor living space projects.

Our project standards are also visible on the inside of our projects. Daily cleanup is protocol. We carry 50 gallon trash cans so when there is waste we remove it daily to avoid an unsafe or unkempt looking jobsite. In addition, we also use caution tape during construction when it is unsafe to traverse an area under construction. Obviously, dust is an issue with many of our outdoor living structure additions. This is especially the case when we use a partner saw to cut concrete pavers during patio installations. In these “dusty” situations we often post a “pardon our dust” sign to help warn (and apologize) to neighbors that are adjacent to your project.

Michael Reeder, Archadeck of Columbus

Michael Reeder, Archadeck of Columbus

Keep in mind, the path to creating your outdoor living dream is not just the sticks and stones that go into creating the space and how it is going to look — it is also about the process. Our goal at Archadeck of Columbus is for you to be happy with your project before, during and after, it’s that simple. Our team members believe in treating you, your family and your home & landscape with respect and care from start to finish! Contact us today to learn more (740) 879 – 3730
westcolumbus@archadeck.net

 

Archadeck of Columbus will be at the Dispatch Home and Garden Show beginning this Saturday!

The Columbus Dispatch home and garden show

Come see us!

If improving your existing outdoor living space or adding  a new one is something that has been on your mind, we know how you can learn more about both! Archadeck of Columbus will be at the Columbus Dispatch Home & Garden Show at the Ohio Expo Center.The show begins on February, 22nd and runs through March, 2nd. Spring is right around the corner and now is the time to start planning for your outdoor living space addition!

A look at our new booth for the Columbus Dispatch Home and Garden Show

A look at our new booth for the Columbus Dispatch Home and Garden Show.

Our new booth is filled with inspiring outdoor living space design ideas you can not only see, but touch and feel. We will be featuring a 10 x 20 booth in the Celeste Center where we will share a custom TimberTech deck design featuring their newest capstock product introduction, EarthWoods Evolution Legacy. We  will showcase white vinyl railings with black aluminum pickets in conjunction with this low-maintenance, high-aesthetic deck, which are very popular right now. Above the deck we also feature a white vinyl pergola integrated within four (4) Unilock hardscape pillars. Stepping down into another section of our display will bring you into our hardscape area which features Unilock Enduracolor pavers, a custom planting wall and fire pit. As our backdrop we are using cedar screening which will feature pictures of past projects to give homeowners ideas and inspiration for their own outdoor oasis!

Alternate view of our new booth for the Columbus Dispatch Home and Garden Show

Our booth will highlight a stunning deck and pergola combination,a Unilock patio and much more!

The home and garden show is an event designed for homeowners in all stages of remodeling, landscaping and decorating their homes. If you’re thinking of adding or amending your outdoor living space, or an outdoor room addition, this is the home show you can’t afford to miss. No matter what you have in mind for home improvements, you’ll find the right products and the best companies at Columbus Dispatch Home & Garden Show, one of the largest home shows in the region. Talk to the experts and find just the right designs at just the right price for your home improvement budget.

Spring is right around the corner

Spring is right around the corner and this is the home show you can’t afford to miss.

Come by and see us while at the home show, you won’t be disappointed. Whether you are a new homeowner, or someone who has lived in your home for years, anyone with an interest in updating, enhancing, or creating a new look or amenity for their home will enjoy the Home Show. We will be offering a special discount of $250 off of any project of $5,000 or more for this show only!

We will be located in the Celeste Center in booths #5023 – #5025, and our talented team of designers and builders will be on hand to answer all your questions and help you begin living your outdoor living dreams.

Hours for this event are as follows:

  • Saturdays – 10am – 8pm
  • Sundays – 10am – 6pm
  • Tuesday – 3pm – 8pm
  • Wed – Fri. – 12pm – 8pm
  • Closed Monday

The Ohio Expo Center (Ohio State Fairgrounds) is located at 717 E. 17th Ave. in Columbus.

Michael Reeder, Archadeck of Columbus

Michael Reeder, Archadeck of Columbus

Admission for the event is $12 at the door or $11 in advance . On Tuesday, Feb. 25, bring your home electric bill and get buy-one, get one free tickets at the door, courtesy of AEP Energy. On Wednesday, Feb 26, and Thursday Feb. 27, save $3 off two tickets at the door when you present your home electric bill, courtesy of AEP Energy. Friday, Feb. 28, is AAA Show Your Card and Save Day, when you can get $3 off on up to two tickets by showing your AAA card at the door.

To learn more about our fabulous outdoor living space designs anytime contact Archadeck of Columbus at  (740) 879 – 3730
westcolumbus@archadeck.net We look forward to seeing you at the show!

Archadeck of Columbus leaves annual meeting with three esteemed awards, knowledge and plently of memories!

Archadeck recently held their annual meeting in beautiful Las Vegas, NV. During an informative week of gaining knowledge about our brand and visiting with Archadeck owners all over the country, there is also a special time set aside for Archadeck to announce the award winners for excellence in sales, in customer service and in outdoor living design. Our annual meeting is a testament to the power of our franchise. We meet once a year, nationally, and this gives us a great opportunity to talk with our peers, share ideas, discuss our successes and discuss ways to serve our customers better.

Memories from annual meeting 2014

Memories from the Archadeck annual meeting 2014.

A few of the highlights during this year’s meeting included a presentation by Kelly McDonald. She is not only a wonderful speaker and accomplished author, but is nationally known as an expert on perfecting the art of marketing to the modern woman. During her presentation she shared that women in the US make up the third largest economy in the world. She even brought copies of her most recent book, ” How to market to people not like you” to sign and take with us from the meeting! The presentation was enlightening and her style is very engaging and entertaining. She said that women like more choices than men. Do you believe that’s true? She showed a picture of a huge rack of t-shirts with every hue imaginable and than a picture of another rack with just 3 basic colors. She swears that women would go straight to the hue they want and that men will hem and haw with just the 3 choices. What do you think?

Along with a host of exceptional keynote speakers, I was asked to speak on a panel focused on ways to improve profitability and on another panel focusing on how hardscape building has dramatically increased our business. Our success in hardscapes also helped us find a niche in specializing in combination outdoor living projects, which was also discussed as part of my panel participation.

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Dublin, OH paver patio with outdoor kitchen and deck award-winning project.

Archadeck of Columbus was also blessed to win an Archadeck National Design Award in the combination projects category. Designing is such a rewarding part of our business. It’s not about the structures themselves. It’s about how those structures and outdoor spaces create a magical backyard space for our customers. This design award recognized a specific combination project we completed in early December 2013 in Dublin, OH. The project included an open porch with a round, flat roof and hardscape seating walls around the perimeter. The patio and wall were built with Unilock Brussels pavers, and the banding on the wall was completed using Unilock pavers in Copthorne.  We also expanded and resurfaced an existing deck with beautiful, low-maintenance TimberTech Terrain decking and added a grill surround using paver units.

In addition to being awarded the National Design Award, Archadeck of Columbus once again received a customer service award. Our score remains between 80-85% in customer service satisfaction, which makes us very proud.

Archadeck's "million dollar club."

Archadeck’s “million dollar club.”

Last but certainly not least, Archadeck of Columbus was recognized as a member of “the million dollar club” among franchises across the US this year. This award is given only to locations that met or exceeded the million dollar mark in completed projects for the year. This was our first time being named a member of this exclusive club and this places our location as one of the esteemed locations to win this award which is a direct testament to the quality of work we are providing to homeowners in the Columbus area. We are truly blessed!

Michael Reeder, Archadeck of Columbus

Michael Reeder, Archadeck of Columbus

We’d love to provide a free consultation to you to discuss your ideas to enhance your outdoor living with a porch, hardscape, deck or other structures. Please give us a call at (740) 879 – 3730
westcolumbus@archadeck.net

To see more pictures, please visit our Columbus patios and hardscapes online photo library and our Columbus porches picture gallery.

Archadeck of Columbus named Unilock Authorized Contractor for the second consecutive year!

unilock certified contractor Archadeck Columbus OhioEach year, Unilock awards a few select contractors the esteemed Authorized Contractor status. Here in Ohio and Western PA, only 125 contractors were chosen from a list of 3,000 Unilock dealers in the region. We are proud to announce that Archadeck of Columbus has been named an Authorized Contractor for the second consecutive year!

As part of being named an Authorized Contractor, we were also able to visit their plant that services the Ohio region. The visit was a very rewarding experience and we were able to see first-hand how their pavers are made. We were able to take a look at some of the new product line introductions and we are excited about working with their new products in 2014! Among the highlights of the visit was learning more about their Enduracolor line of pavers.

Enduracolor pavers are made from high-quality aggregate including quartz and granite.  The process involves making a standard paver first where the top layer is high-quality cement then adding a pigmenting layer containing minimal aggregate. The result is a paver that has a compression strength that is 10 times stronger than poured concrete and looks fantastic. The Enduracolor line is definitely the “beauty and the beast” of pavers, as they provide strength and the aesthetics homeowners are looking for to use in their hardscape and patio designs.

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The Avante Ashlar paver features a random, interlocking appearance.

Unilock started selling the Enduracolor line last year with a couple of products. They have introduced even more products to the line this year.  The Enduracolor Plus line of products takes the concept a step further with  the addition of natural stone like quartz and granite. The Enduracolor Plus colors in their ultra-high-end “select” line and include Richcliff, Umbriano and Copthorne. These pavers come with a guarantee from Unilock that their color will never fade.

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This walkway was built using EnduraColor in Il Campo — beautiful!

In the Enduracolor line, the new color additions include from a khaki color all the way to darker brown which can be seen in their sycamore color paver. The trend to add darker pavers this year comes from the trend towards the use of darker colors within the market. The Enduracolor line includes Beacon Hill flagstone, Avante Ashlar, Il Campo and Thornbury.

Here at Archadeck of Columbus, we use a lot of the Beacon Hill series in our hardscape designs. Beacon Hill is popular with our clients and comes in three beautiful colors, River, Sierra and the new introduction of Sycamore. As an authorized contractor, Unilock backs up our warranty for two years in addition to the strong warranties we already have in place for our customers!

Michael Reeder, Archadeck of Columbus

Michael Reeder, Archadeck of Columbus

We are very proud, once again to be awarded as an authorized contractor. We will continue to provide the highest quality products to homeowners in building the patio, retaining wall or other hardscape structure of their dreams! Contact Archadeck of Columbus today to learn more. (740) 879 – 3730
westcolumbus@archadeck.net

See our beautiful hardscape and patio designs by visiting our hardscape and patio photo gallery located on our website.

Archadeck of Columbus softscapes deliver the “total package” for outdoor living bliss

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Lovely hardscape and softscape addition in Columbus, OH.

In outdoor living design, homeowners are often seeking a look that includes a total package.This total package includes not only a functional and aesthetically appealing outdoor structure, or combination of structures, it also includes Softscaping. Softscapes are the element of a landscape that comprise live horticultural elements. These can include flowers, plants, shrubs and trees. This area of expertise is not limited to only landscapers. We at Archadeck offer softscaping in addition to our list of services created to fulfill your dream of an outdoor oasis.

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Notice how shrubs, trees and plants can convey the “total effect” in an outdoor living space.

Keep in mind there is more to softscaping than just throwing a bunch of plants into the ground and making them look good the first month or so – much more. It takes knowledge of how the plant reacts in certain soil conditions and knowledge of each plant’s behavior, size and characteristics. This will help create a softscape that will look great now and also 5 years down the road. Many times, landscapers tend to overload a planting area or bed in order to make it look full and completed in the moment. This leads to a bed that is disproportionate and overgrown in a short period of time. Plants that should have been  placed in the back because of eventual height are often used in the front, and plants that are low-growing are often used in the back, just to make it look great right now. This scenario causes the homeowner to spend more money 5 years down the road to make it the way it should have been in the first place. Archadeck of Columbus takes your site conditions, budget and individual plant characteristics into consideration before designing your softscape. We are able to address all of the questions crucial to the success of your softscape area, which include:

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Hydrangea thrive in acidic soil and grow best in partial shade.

Landscape design

  • Space – How much space will each plant need to properly grow?
  • Blooming Periods of plants – Which plants bloom during what intervals? Early spring, summer, or fall?
  • Width and height specifications – How tall will this bush get? How wide will this flower get? This is very important
  • Deciduous or Evergreen – Do you want shrubs that stay green and retain their foliage all year? Will a plant that loses it’s leaves during the winter bother you?
Do deer like to visit your backyard? Certain plants will deter deer when added to your softscape.

Do deer like to visit your backyard? We know which plants will deter deer when added to your softscape

Site Conditions - Certain plants will perform differently in each of these conditions. We can assist you in determining which plant materials are best for your individual location.

  • Soil type – Is you soil loamy? Sandy? Red clay? There is a wide array of various plants that perform best in your type of soil.
  • Draining and moisture content of the soil – Does your soil drain well, or does it retain moisture? This is important when choosing planting material.
  • Sun and shade orientation – How much morning sun vs. afternoon sun, if any,  does your site location receive?
  • Maintenance requirements of plants- Just like outdoor structures, there are high-maintenance and low-maintenance plants. How much time are you willing to spend maintaining and caring for your new plants?
  • Animals that will frequent area of softscape – Is your site in close proximity to an area that deer frequent? Or close to the spot where the family dog likes to “visit” each day?

Other key considerations include your budget and time. Decide ahead of time what your budget is and how much time you want to spend outside caring for your plants. To many homeowners this is a labor of love. To others, a lower-maintenance area is more their style. Also, do you want a finished project with landscaping or how much work do you want to invest into the area to have a finished project? Since late March – early May is optimal time for planting, this is the period that is best to install landscaping (foundation) plants. Later we can come back and sculpt out the planting beds and then return in the fall. We make it a point to discuss which plants can be woven together in the landscape to provide hints of color during every season. This ensures a space that is ever-evolving and a constant focal point of beauty season to season. Our softscape designs include the use of year-round color.  In preparing the space for planting, we work diligently on the soil area adding quality topsoil and finishing it off with mulch to prevent grass and weed growth.

Softscapes by Archadeck of Columbus

Softscapes by Archadeck of Columbus.

Adding softscapes brings so many benefits to your outdoor living space. They provide shade to cool your outdoor living room, and buffer out noise. Plantings can also act as the “paint” on the walls of your outdoor room by providing many colors and textures through your plant selections. Certain perennials can also add a  fragrant addition to your space, or offer color and contrast that is not limited to seasonal changes. The possibilities are endless.

Michael Reeder, Archadeck of Columbus

Michael Reeder, Archadeck of Columbus

Archadeck of Columbus realizes that knowledgeable and thoughtful plant selection, and soil criteria are key factors  to creating a functional and attractive softscape. We can help you plan and design the outdoor oasis you have always imagined, including the lush landscape that comes along with it! (740) 879 – 3730
westcolumbus@archadeck.net

Archadeck of Columbus wins the Angie’s List Super Service Award for the 8th Time!

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This covered paver patio in Columbus is a great example of expert design, planning and construction of an outdoor space.

Archadeck of Columbus is humbled and proud to have been awarded the Angie’s List Super Service Award for 2013. This award is our 8th year in consecutive awards from Angie’s List. In addition to the Super Service Award we were also chosen as the winner for the 2013 Consumers Choice Award for deck and patios in Columbus for the second consecutive year!

Nothing makes us more proud than to win an award that is based solely on the opinion of homeowners right here in the Columbus market. Each of these esteemed awards is a direct reflection of the relationships we forge with our customers and the quality of work we strive to achieve. We have been in business for over 11 years. Along the way we’ve had the opportunity to work with Columbus homeowners on projects from decks to porches, patios, pergolas and many other outdoor living structures. We are committed to delivering exceptional service. All these factors go into the pride that we feel in receipt of this award because it is based on the opinion we value the most – that of our customers.

2013 Super Service Award goes to Archadeck of Columbus

Archadeck of Columbus wins the Angie’s List Super Service Award for the 8th consecutive year!

The Angie’s List Super Service Award honors excellence among service providers who maintain superior service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List throughout the past year. Certain criteria must be met in order to be considered for this award. This criteria includes receiving a minimum number of unsolicited reports from those members. The selected companies must also maintain an “A” average on these reports and not be in poor standing with the Better Business Bureau. Less than 5% of the companies on Angie’s List receive the Super Service Award, so we are honored that our customers have elected us for an eighth consecutive year.

2013 consumers choice award

Archadeck of Columbus was also named the 2013 Consumers Choice Award winner for a second, consecutive year!

Being considered for the Consumer’s Choice Award  is a rigorous process as well. A company must first be nominated by at least two different Columbus area homeowners. Only the most nominated companies in each category will populate the final ballots. Voting is commissioned to Survey Sampling International® (SSI), a global leader in consumer research. The consumers chosen to vote in the survey are part of a registered panel population in your community. This consists of approximately 5,000 people who take the SSI survey to vote for the favorite businesses in each community. The final results are then tallied by an ethical review process done by a regulatory law firm that specializes in regulatory assessments – (Macmurray Petersen & Shuster). The ethical review team reviews the business before they decide upon the recipient of  the award. Nominations can be submitted by anyone and the award winners are announced throughout the year. Winners are announced each year in December. The manner in choosing the winner for this award is much like the stringent practices seen in movie and music award shows.

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Being nominated and chosen for these awards is a testament to the way we do business and the passion that goes into every project. We want each of our clients to get the outdoor space they have always wanted. We treat each client like they are our one-and-only client. These awards reflect the consistency we show in providing the best for our clients.”

Michael Reeder, Archadeck of Columbus

If you are searching for the right company in the Columbus area to bring your outdoor living dreams to life, contact Archadeck of Columbus. We can assist you in choosing the right structure to match your personal taste and desired function. From there we will provide a detailed rendering of your anticipated space, and upon your approval begin construction of your backyard masterpiece. Call us today for a free consultation (740) 879 – 3730
westcolumbus@archadeck.net

Michael Reeder, Archadeck of Columbus

Michael Reeder, Archadeck of Columbus

You can view photos of our completed outdoor structures by visiting our deck galleries and our patio and hardscape galleries located on our website.

If you are among the many who count themselves as a satisfied customer of Archadeck of Columbus, visit Angie’s List or the Consumer’s Choice website to tell them about your experience!

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