I hear laughter in the rain under this Columbus covered porch

I love a good, long, hard, drenching rainstorm.  Not all the time naturally, but there is something incredibly invigorating about watching Mother Nature flex her muscles and bring some serious water down from above.  The key, of course, is having someplace where you can watch such a magnificent display from under cover.

We recently build a wonderful space for just this purpose in Pataskala.  The homeowners had parts of their outdoor living space that they liked, but there were others that just didn’t work for them. They called Archadeck of Columbus because they were ready to make a change and wanted an update that would give them plenty of space for relaxed entertaining or tailgating on some days, and a place to take in a wild rainstorm on others.

The first part of the job was to remove an outdated concrete slab and the lower level of a two-level deck.  We replaced both of these areas with a custom Unilock stone patio.  While it’s effectively one large area, we differentiated the patio into three discrete spaces by using different color stones, using multiple course designs in the layout, adding some seating walls & pillars, and covering nearly half of it with an open-air porch.

Pataskala OH before and after covered porch

The customer liked the rustic, natural look of Unilock pavers. They have a subtly distressed appearance when they come from the factory, so they look like they have always been part of the home–making the area feel both classic and relaxed. We built the floor of the patio with Unilock Avante Ashlar, using a combination of Sierra and Sandstone colors for the center and contrasting border. It looks very sharp. We constructed the seating walls and pillars with the complementary line of Unilock Brussels which is a distinctive and beautiful paver.  The open area provides ample space for relaxing under the stars or gathering around the fire pit.

We replaced a retractable awning with a permanent covered patio that gives the customers the option to enjoy their yard in all kinds of weather.  Each pillar has an outlet to plug in radios, phones or anything else at hand. We also installed permanent wiring for an outdoor TV, a ceiling fan on the ridge beam and outlets earmarked for party lights.  There is a narrow, sunny area just in front of the porch that is perfect for catching some rays while relaxing on a chaise.

Pataskala OH before and after new patio

In addition to the design details that make the project easy to use and great to look at, there are other, less evident structural details that will make a huge difference to the owners over time.  The large width of the porch demanded extra roof support. To avoid blocking light to the upstairs window, we built a low-pitched roof. We’ve found that low-pitched Columbus porch roofs need to have an ice and water guard or the homeowners will have big trouble down the road. You might notice the millwork and wrapped posts on the porch. It’s important to always have a seasoned builder evaluate your desired projects, looking at both structure and design details.

The bottom line is how the new space is meaningful and useful to the homeowners. Take a look at the review they left on Angie’s List:

“Let me start off by saying we absolutely love the patio and the work done by Archadeck.  From the beginning design phase to final completion everyone that represented the company were top notch. Rob with our design, Phil as his back up , Seth on construction to Paco on the pavers all of them went out of their  to make sure the job was done to our satisfaction.  As with many construction projects we had some glitches along the way but in the end I felt any issues were  handled fairly and reasonably.  I felt I was always able to get ahold of Rob at anytime day or night with my issues and he responded promptly to all inquiries.  Seth and the carpentry work he preformed is beautiful. Paco and his crew did a beautiful job with the pavers.  My wife and I keep saying “it feels like we moved” because the space they created for us makes it feel like a completely different house.

I think most peoples frustrations with contractors is that once they have your money your stuck. Sometimes they show up and sometimes they don’t , with no explanation. Not Archadeck, we were always kept informed as to who and when someone would be there and what they would be doing that day.  And they were always there when they said they would be.  If no one was working that day, you knew why and when they would be back.  This was a big job and when any of the crew were there they were working and getting alot done. The job site was cleaned up every night and the space around the work area was usable. 
Finally the bill, there were addendums that were added only they way from the initial quote. They were very specific as to the changes and the cost. When the job was over, we paid what we owed with no “surprises”.   No job this big gets done without some issues but I feel they were all professionally handled.  And they fact that they operate as a single point of contact using all their own subs and employees I didn’t have to make sure there was coordination between some outside contractor and Archadeck,. The one outside contractor I did have to bring in was told when he would be able to do his part and they were respectful of his time and he was able to do his work when he was told. 
Everyone that has seen the project is amazed at the work, my wife and I love it.  I would highly recommend Archadeck to anyone who would ask. Great Job Guys!! Thanks!”

Michael Reeder, Archadeck of Columbus
Michael Reeder, Archadeck of Columbus

If you’re thinking about adding an outdoor living space to your Columbus backyard, contact us 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.

Author: archadeckofcolumbus

I began my association with Archadeck in 2001 when I was working for a subcontractor that Archadeck of Columbus was employing for patio installations. I had been working in the Landscape/Hardscape industry for quite a few years at the time and immediately noticed a difference in how Archadeck operated in comparison with other deck companies that we worked with. Over the years of working with Archadeck on numerous projects, large and small, I came to realize the importance of what they were selling; beautiful designs, top-notch craftsmanship and a world class customer experience. This is what drove me to start working for Archadeck in January of 2011 and eventually buying the company in 2016. My wife, Amber, and my son, Logan, could not be happier to be a part of such a wonderful organization. We look forward to the future as we build the outdoor living environments our customers dream of with the “world class” service they deserve!

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