Our “Hybrid” Outdoor Room Addition in Dublin, OH, is Unique and Versatile

Hybrid CarWhen you think of the term “hybrid” the first thing that probably comes to mind is a plant, or maybe even one of the cutting edge hybrid cars that can operate on gas or electricity. The term hybrid is formally defined as “a thing made by combining two different elements; a mixture” and we can’t think of a better way to describe our recent outdoor room addition in Dublin, OH.

This four season room addition gets its interior design inspiration from the great outdoors with the rustic wood walls.
This four season room addition gets its interior design inspiration from the great outdoors with the rustic wood walls.

Typically, outdoor rooms can be classified in four different ways — all of which are composed as a roofed structure.

sunroom is a room addition in itself and consists of many windows. A sunroom is attached to the home and is conditioned, meaning heated and cooled, just like the other rooms within your house. Then there is a four season room, which is classified closely to a sunroom but is not considered a room addition or part of your home. A four season room can be attached or detached from the home and can be conditioned, but also has the capacity to be closed off when not in use. Third is the three season room. These structures can be designed attached or detached from the home. Three season porches/rooms are built with screen and in some cases windows and/or a convertible window panel system such as EZE Breeze system that enables use screen and/or panels for closure within the space. Last but certainly not least is a screened porch which consists of a roof and screened openings to protect from inclement weather, insects and debris.

Interior of 3-season room in Dublin OH
Interior of Dublin, OH, “hybrid” outdoor room.

Our recent outdoor room addition in Dublin, OH, doesn’t fall into the traditional categorization but instead combines elements of both a 3-season and 4-season room. With this in mind, we are referring to it as a “hybrid” outdoor room. There are many factor that make this room unique. The first aspect that is unique to this design is the use of Anderson casement windows. These windows are hinged on the side and the sash opens horizontally opposite the hinge. This type of window allows for full ventilation from top to bottom of the window opening and the extended sash can catch the breeze and direct it into the addition for better air flow. The second aspect is this room, though attached to the home, acts as a detached outdoor room as it is only accessible from the outside through a pair of elegant carriage doors.

No detail was overlooked when perfecting this project either. The interior of the room is finished in beautiful cedar, and on the exterior we installed coach lighting on either side of the painted redwood carriage doors. The shingles were meticulously chosen to match those on the existing home as was the brick skirting used on the room addition.

Dublin OH Hybrid Outdoor Room
Dublin, OH, Hybrid Outdoor Room.

This project not only includes the outdoor room addition, but also a low-maintenance deck to help transition the room to the back of the home. The deck serves as a place to enjoy the fire pit and grill out when the weather is right. The low-to grade design helps define the entire space and is built in TimberTech Legacy decking so maintenance is a breeze! The deck also includes lighting to increase function and ambiance in the evening.

The homeowners’ main objectives in building this addition was to be able to sit outside without the nuisance of bugs. We can attest to their happiness in the completed project as it serves as a backyard escape complete with lighting, ceiling fans and even a ceiling mounted TV.

Before After in Dublin OH
Before and after in Dublin, OH:

Our hybrid has really changed the look of the rear of this Dublin, OH, residence and has changed the way these homeowners live outdoors. The finished project is a winner in their book, as it combines all the elements they love into a hybrid outdoor living oasis!

Archadeck of Columbus team
The Archadeck of Columbus team.

If you are thinking about the addition of an outdoor room, or other unique outdoor living space, contact Archadeck of Columbus today at (740) 879-3730 or via email @westcolumbus@archadeck.net to design and build your project!

 

 

 

 

This Outdoor Living Combination in New Albany, OH, Gives New Meaning to Backyard Bliss!

New Albany OH Paver Patio BuilderOne of our most recent completed projects took us to beautiful New Albany, OH, where we total transformed the backyard and outdoor living potential for these amazing homeowners. Their journey to fulfilling their wish for a new and improved outdoor space began by contacting Archadeck of Columbus.

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Before:

When we initially met with these New Albany, OH, homeowners for their consultation, their existing outdoor living space consisted of a painted wooden deck. The deck, in itself, was not complimentary or scaled to accentuate to their home or their landscape. The main concern expressed by the homeowner’s was their desire to have more outdoor space to entertain, and a space to provide shade on those hot summer days. With this in mind, our talented design team went to work on coming up with a multi-faceted design that would address the clients needs and deliver a new & improved look and feel to the backyard!

New Albany OH Before and After
Amazing before & after images of this project.

The new outdoor living space combines all the function, beauty and versatility the homeowner’s had in mind, and much more. This outdoor living combination includes a new deck, paver patio surround with a shade pergola, custom fire pit and a seating/retaining wall. Archadeck of Columbus also designed and installed the landscaping as the perfect finishing touch to the outdoor structure additions.

 

 

Here’s an in-depth look at each of these outdoor living structures which together, comprise a total package delivering enjoyment and fluidity:

  • New Albany, OH, Paver PatiosThe Paver Patio encompasses and blends the entire space from the moment you enter from the rear of the home, or step off the deck. The patio was built using Unilock Beacon Hill pavers in Sierra with a Holland Stone soldier course border in Charcoal.

New Albany OH Paver Patios

  • New Albany OH TimberTech Deck BuildersThe Deck was built using a low-to-grade design providing a seamless transition from one space to another in low-maintenance TimberTech in Pacific Rosewood. This beautiful color was recently discontinued from the TimberTech line, so Archadeck of Columbus diligently searched to ensure the needed materials were within our reach as we began the project. The railings used on the deck were powder-coated aluminum and we also integrated deck lighting into the design to enhance evening functionality and ambiance.

New Albany, OH, Low Maintenance Decks

New Albany OH Fire Pit BuilderThe Fire Pit delivers extended enjoyment for the homeowner’s to gather with family and friends for conversation, or even s’mores! The retaining wall helps define the area and adds additional seating when entertaining a crowd. The fire pit and wall were built using Brussels Dimensional pavers with a ledgestone cap and accent banding within the seating wall to unify the color used along the patio’s edge and for added visual interest.

New Albany OH, custom backyard fire features

  • New Albany OH pergola buildersThe Pergola adds the shade qualities these homeowner’s wanted while adding beauty to the entire project. The pergola is made of low-maintenance vinyl and is constructed with angled lathing to deliver additional sun-blocking benefits.
  • The Landcaping/Softscaping is last but certainly not least, as it serves as the perfect finishing touch to the entire outdoor living space. Archadeck of Columbus carefully hand-picked select perennials that would work best in this backyard and to compliment the design elements of the new outdoor space, and the homeowner’s personal tastes. Softscaping is the pièce de résistance to many of our projects and it adds a signature flair and seasonal color.

New Albany OH Softscaping

If you are ready to transform the way you live outdoors through the addition of a singular or combination outdoor living space, contact Archadeck of Columbus today to get started! We would love the opportunity to work with you on your anticipated outdoor structure project. You can reach us at (740) 879 – 3730, or via email at westcolumbus@archadeck.net.

Archadeck of Columbus team
The Archadeck of Columbus team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Archadeck of Columbus breathes life into this new home in Westerville, OH, complete with all the trimmings

020Picture this: A table full of mouth-watering appetizers, the smoker in high gear emanating a to-die-for aroma and your family and friends laughing around this beautiful custom-built fire pit. You may be surprised to know that when Archadeck of Columbus first consulted on this project, the lot only contained a beautiful new construction home surrounded with barren earth.

Westerville OH outdoor living space designs

This project was a true test of building from the ground up. With not even a single blade of grass on the property, we enjoyed designing how the landscaping would complement the hardscape design and how the hardscape would complement the home.

Westerville OH fire pit builder

This multi-function living this hardscape patio is chock full of design elements that are as functional as they are cohesive to the overall design. From the retaining wall that provides extra seating room to the extra wide fire pit cap for resting your beverage, this space was designed to deftly host larger groups as well as host intimate gatherings. All can enjoy the perfect countryside setting with this delightful outdoor space nestled within this woodsy yard.Westerville OH terraced stone retaining wall

Maximizing curb appeal was a must. The landscaping included a unique stone wall using chunky limestone of varying size. The landscaping includes terraced beds and select tree plantings creating a serene yet elegant feel in this space.

Westerville OH Patio Builder

This Columbus hardscape patio and fire pit was designed and built using Unilock Beacon Hill flagstone pavers with a charcoal Holland stone border giving life to the true rustic nature. The hardscape includes two distinct outdoor living areas including the seating area and the versatile outdoor living area anchored with the custom built fire pit. The deep neutral tones of the hardscape create a rustic elegance for this space.

Westerville OH Covered Porch Builder

The design continues to the open porch on the back of the home. The porch provides a covered outdoor living area for those days where some sun protection is needed. A covered porch also provides a small amount of rain protection and keeps falling leaves out of sandwiches on the porch patio. Notice the complex roof attachment that was made to look easy through this design.Westerville OH Covered Porch Builder

We truly enjoyed starting fresh on this blank canvas of an outdoor space. With the freedom to design the patio, landscaping and open porch we were able to keep a cohesive theme throughout. If you’re looking to maximize your outdoor spaces give Archadeck of Columbus a call (740) 879 – 3730, or email us at westcolumbus@archadeck.net. We look forward to connecting with you.

Archadeck of Columbus team
The Archadeck of Columbus team.

All of the “elements” of an award-winning design…

Design Excellence Award Winning Columbus Hardscape
And the winner is…

One of the favorite cliches of Oscar season is a famous actor or director telling the audience how special it is to be chosen for such a prestigious award by his peers. Cliche or not, that’s the kind of pride that we felt when Archadeck of West Columbus won the award for Excellence in Hardscapes and Patios in a recent competition that included companies from across the U.S. and Canada.

Design Excellence Award Winning Columbus Hardscape

I believe one of the things that makes this particular Columbus curvilinear patio design special is that it has all of the elements in it. The extensive stonework across multiple levels covers the earth category. We see fire both in the warming conversational-friendly fire pit and the built-in grill area with granite counters. The open air porch invites cooling breezes all summer long. Where is the water? There is no water per se, but take a look at the overall design and you will see the curving, bending nature of the lines and circles that is inspired by the winding paths of the rivers that are such treasures to us here in central Ohio.

Design Excellence Award Winning Columbus Hardscape

Design Excellence Award Winning Columbus Hardscape

Design Excellence Award Winning Columbus Hardscape

This is a project that will continue to grow more beautiful over the next few years. There are a number of landscaped areas within the design that will fill in over the long term. Those are intermingled with beds and planters that are well-suited to the use of annuals to create pops of color and interest. I can’t wait to see what furnishings the homeowner adds now that all the pieces have come together.

Design Excellence Award Winning Columbus HardscapeHere are a few of the kind words we received with our award:

We are proud to present this award to Rob Mitchell and the entire Archadeck of West Columbus team,” stated Mike Reeder, VP of the Archadeck Outdoor Living Brand. “His level of expertise and design carried him through many challenges that the landscape provided and in the end, he was able to deliver to the homeowner what he had envisioned… beautifully.

Archadeck of ColumbusIf 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, email us at westcolumbus@archadeck.net or visit our website at columbus.archadeck.com. We look forward to connecting with you.

 

When Plan B stands for Beautiful!

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Existing deck before Archadeck of Columbus began 3-season room addition.

Our clients had hoped to build their Dublin 3-season room on the structure of an existing deck that was in disrepair. This was certainly a great idea and a cost-savings tool that we use on many of our redecking and upgrade projects. Unfortunately, in this case, we found during our professional inspection that the foundation was not strong enough to use. And so we went with Plan B.

Dublin OH three season room
New three season room!

While it is always nice to save some money, pulling out an unsound foundation offers a few benefits. First, and most importantly, you are looking out for the safety of your family and everyone else who visits the new room.  Second, it frequently gives you some additional longevity on your project, whether it is a Columbus screened porch, 3-season or sunroom. Replacing the foundation also gives you extra flexibility when it comes to deciding on the “footprint” of the project. You can expand or alter the shape from your original deck easily when starting from scratch.

Interior of Dublin, OH, 3-season room.
Interior of Dublin, OH, 3-season room.

Screened porches are the center of much of the social activity in this neighborhood, so when our customers were ready for an upgrade they had a good idea of what they wanted. Their ideal space was a 3-season room that has both screens and windows so that they can enjoy the space nearly every day of the year. They chose Jeld-Wen Low-E windows which are extremely energy efficient and will save them money in the long term. They also wanted hardwood flooring to give the room a rustic feel.

Interior of Dublin, OH, 3-season room showing king truss detail.
Interior of Dublin, OH, 3-season room showing king truss detail.

Archadeck enhanced the rustic theme with cedar wrap and trim, as well as exposed tongue & groove wood on the ceiling and interior walls. The decorative king truss is a thing of beauty. It’s a stunning visual focal point for the entire room. From the outside you will see vinyl siding installed to match the existing home with cedar trim that will weather beautifully over time. Deckorators made the balusters for the exterior railing.

This three season room and patio prove that plan B can stand for beautiful!
This three season room and patio prove that plan B can stand for beautiful!

Because we were starting essentially with a clean slate, Archadeck of Columbus was also able to install a curved Unilock paver patio for eating or barbecuing. In one fell swoop this family traded one tired deck for a 3-season room-paver patio combination that will be the hot new place to visit and socialize in the neighborhood this spring, summer, and fall.

Archadeck of ColumbusIf 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, email us at westcolumbus@archadeck.net or visit our website at columbus.archadeck.com. We look forward to connecting with you.

When envisioning and designing your new Columbus outdoor living space, here is a super important consideration

Do you JUST want to eat outside?

Do you just want a seating area outside?

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This second-story patio creates a covered patio below allowing for 2 different outdoor living areas

If you’re adding an outdoor living space to your home, it is probably something you have thought about, saved for and planned for a while. You’ve probably looked through numerous magazines and online home websites such as Houzz. You likely have a scrapbook of different features you like. But are you absolutely certain of what living activities you want to enjoy outside?

In the past, Columbus-area homeowners would start out their planning knowing they wanted a deck or knowing they wanted a porch. Now, homeowners are coming to us telling us how they want to use their outdoor space and working in collaboration to determine the space that really lets them live outside.

There are so many ways you can live on your deck, porch or patio. But there are 2 – 3 primary activities. Those include eating, entertaining, and relaxing. We will talk a little about each but safe to say that most Columbus area homeowners aren’t choosing only one and rather building a combination space from the start.

Eating outside

Columbus OH Cedar porch and deck combination
This cedar deck has a partially covered area along with a second level to maximize the different types of outdoor living outdoors

If you are looking forward to enjoying fresh air, breeze, and the sights and smells of outdoors while enjoying a good meal or beverage; there are 2 key considerations. First, do you want an open or an enclosed space? If bugs are an issue or a particular annoyance, you will want a screened space. Remember that mosquitoes are worst at dusk which is usually when you enjoy evening meals or refreshments. A screened porch will ensure that you can stay outside and the pesky insects won’t be invited to your meals and parties. The next key consideration is whether you want cover for your space. Cover protects from both rain and sun. If your backyard gets a lot of direct sun and you want to enjoy lunches outside, you may want a covered porch. If you absolutely love the smell of rain and pitter patter of droplets on your roof, you can enjoy that under the cover of an open porch provided that your eating space is tucked near the house and the rain is not too heavy. An enclosed screened porch ensures you can enjoy the smell and sound of the rain while eating outside.

Entertaining outdoors

Columbus OH deck pergola and patio combination structures
This outdoor living spaces includes a generously sized patio as well as a deck.

This is a super important consideration that many homeowners don’t think of. How many people will be using your space on a frequent basis? Will you regularly be hosting neighbors and guests? If so, that requires a somewhat significantly increased sized space. Let’s say you have company for dinner a couple nights per week and want to enjoy those events on your new outdoor space. If you have a family of 4 but regularly entertain a few people, that may require a square 4-person table be exchanged for a rectangular 5′ – 6′ table. Then consider that the chairs add an extra 2′ on each side. Further consider that people typically push their chair back from the table after the meal requiring up to 4′ on each side of that table. This then requires a fairly significantly sized space. We will help you walk through these considerations during our free consultation.

Relaxing outdoors

We all have different ideas of relaxing. While some people’s idea of relaxation is a good book and cozy chair, other people’s idea of relaxation is 5 best friends and evening cocktails. Likely your family bookworm is happy to have their corner and cozy chair not too far from where others are relaxing or eating. We can certainly design a great nook into a space.

If you’ve read through the above, you’ve probably come to the conclusion that you don’t want to choose. You want to do each of these on your new space. That’s what our clients are telling us. We are building many combination spaces that accommodate this desire. Some of our most popular combination spaces include a deck/porch, deck patio, or patio/porch. If you’ve dreamed and planned this space for a long time, it’s best to make the space exactly what you’re looking for.

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

Give us a call today for a free consultation at (740) 879 – 3730. We look forward to your call. Please also visit our website at http://columbus.archadeck.com.

Your big May or June outdoor event needs to be started in March – if you are planning on using your new Columbus deck or porch

Don’t wait! Do you have a backyard event you’re planning for May, June, or July? Are you planning on having that event on a new deck, porch or patio? If so, you will want to call your Columbus outdoor builder in March or as soon as you can.

Marysville Columbus TimberTech brown oak deckI know it sounds counter intuitive to be calling Archadeck for a free consultation on a Columbus deck now when you don’t really need your new space until May, June or July; but if you wait until things get nice outside to start thinking about your project, it will be too late for you to get the most out of your new space this summer.  Believe it or not, it’s only early March and we are already booked into late April. Once a new project is on the schedule, we need several weeks to work through all the steps of the design and permitting process. For example, in Powell, Lewis Center, Westerville, and other parts of Delaware County, OH, we complete one of these forms and wait as long as four weeks for approval.

Are you looking forward to a barbecue blowout for Memorial Day weekend? If you give us a call now, there may still be time to get a new deck and grill pad in place for the event. Want to host a graduation party in the backyard? You won’t have to worry about a rain-out if you have a new screened porch for your guests. Regardless of your plans for outdoor entertaining this summer, the key to making them happen is to act on them now.

perfect backyard oasis in Columbus OH by Archadeck lrDon’t be tempted to delay with the rationale that you can simply choose a builder who isn’t busy. If a contractor or tradesman isn’t busy in central Ohio in spring and summer, you have to ask yourself why. Then ask them for referrals because they are either new to the area or they don’t have repeat customers or clients who sent friends and neighbors their way. Your family’s safety, your wallet, and your sanity demand that you find someone to work with who is professional and reliable.

It’s already March. If you call now, you can talk to me about your Columbus porch or patio project (and I’d love to!). I can give you my enthusiastic and undivided attention.

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

If you have a Columbus outdoor living space you are considering for 2015, we’d love to hear from you: (740) 879 – 3730 or email us at westcolumbus@archadeck.net.  The consultation is completely free.