The Archadeck Dream Backyard Makeover Contest is now open to enter and may be your ticket to backyard bliss

Archadeck of Columbus debuts the Archadeck Dream Backyard Makeover contest to many excited entrants!

TimberTech XLM Harvest Bronze deck with TimberTech Radiance Rail Columbus
Enter to win the backyard of your dreams and you may find that paradise is as close as your own backyard!

We are proud to announce the opening of the Archadeck 2013 Dream Backyard Makeover contest and the excitement is in the air at Archadeck of Columbus!  Three lucky homeowners will be chosen in May to receive one of three amazing outdoor living enhancements to help make their outdoor dreams a reality. If you have ever wished you could have an outdoor oasis that looks as if it stepped out of the pages of one of those home magazines, then you want to enter this contest.

This is the first national contest in Archadeck’ history. As North America’s premier outdoor structure specialist, Archadeck is known for creating outdoor structures that seamlessly work into the existing design of your property, your home and your lifestyle. For this contest, we have joined forces with TimberTech and Belgard to deliver one lucky homeowner their dream backyard makeover worth up to $70,000. TimberTech is known as a leading manufacturer of high-quality, durable, and innovative low-maintenance decking and railing products. Belgard is known for their superb line of interlocking pavers, paving stone and garden wall products. As two of Archadeck’s premium suppliers, TimberTech and Belgard have aided Archadeck franchises nationwide to deliver thousands of homeowners the outdoor space they have always dreamed about.Dream backyard makeover by Archadeck

The contest consists of three prize levels. The 3rd place prize is an outdoor lighting package with a value of $3,000. The 2nd place prize is a deck renovation with a value of up to $7,000 and the grand prize is a custom outdoor space that incorporates TimberTech synthetic with Belgard hardscapes, the top prize has a value of up to $70,000! Each of these will provide a stunning enhancement to your backyard and guarantee years of outdoor living enjoyment with the Archadeck difference at the forefront.

Homeowners can enter beginning February 1st, 2013 via our Archadeck of Columbus Facebook page and clicking “like”. You may then click on the icon titled “Win a Backyard…” that is displayed on our Facebook page. Once inside the entry portion of the contest you will just need to provide a photo of your existing outdoor space and furnish a description in up to 200 words describing your ideal of your dream outdoor space. Submissions will be accepted through April 23rd, 2013. Two finalists will be chosen each month from the entries for February, March and April. Out of the 6 finalists chosen, voting will begin on 4/23/12 and run until 4/30/13 to vote for your favorite finalist to help Archadeck determine the winners. In May, the winners of all three prize levels will be announced.facebook_like_button

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

If you have always dreamed of backyard bliss, now is your opportunity to be part of the outdoor living magic that an outdoor oasis can provide. You can learn more about this Dream Backyard Makeover by visiting the Archadeck of Columbus facebook page today. To learn more about the beauty and function our outdoor spaces provide, contact us today for a free consultation. (740) 879 – 3730
westcolumbus@archadeck.net

View examples of how we beautifully incorporate TimberTech and Belgard into award winning outdoor living designs by visiting our composite and PVC deck gallery, and our patio and hardscape gallery, located on our website.

Archadeck of Columbus wants to keep the home fires burning safely when adding an outdoor fireplace to your outdoor space

Archadeck of Columbus urges homeowners to retain the expertise of an expert when considering the addition of an outdoor fireplace or fire pit in, or on their outdoor structure.

Large screen porch with outdoor fireplace and tongue and groove ceiling Columbus OH
An outdoor fireplace adds to the ambiance and appeal of this large screened porch in Columbus,OH.

I cannot begin conveying this information to you without thinking about the old saying “if you play with fire you are bound to get burned”. Fire features such as fire pits and outdoor fireplaces have become a staple in outdoor living enjoyment spaces. They have rapidly moved into the spotlight as one of the most wanted and requested structure additions we are asked about homeowners. With this in mind, fire elements and structures can cause more of a danger than a pleasure if they are not built by an experienced professional.

A fireplace on your screened porch

There’s nothing better than having the luxury of an outdoor fireplace on your screened porch. They provide beauty, warmth and ambiance and turn your screen porch into a comfy place for conversation under the protection of an outdoor roofed structure. In order to provide a safe environment to enjoy for years to come there are many things to consider.

This fireplace contains a wood burning insert for the ultimate in comfort
This fireplace contains a wood burning insert for the ultimate in comfort. It provides warmth to extend the time you can enjoy your space.

When planning to include an outdoor fireplace to your screened porch design there a couple of ways you can proceed. A standard fireplace built from scratch is stunning but can be quite pricey. A typical custom outdoor fireplace starts at around $10,000. The basis behind the expense in building one comes in the need to add a full foundation. And, depending on how high off grade it is can really dip into your wallet. This can bust your budget when you have to get down to grade with your footers. Another factor in starting from scratch is the chimney stack. In order to comply with building codes and for the sake of safety, the chimney stack must exceed the height of the roof. Expenses here incur with the individual characteristics of your roof line. Not only does the chimney stack have to be a specific distance from the roof itself, it must also be a specific distance from each side of your structure.

An alternative to building solely from scratch is to build a fireplace with concrete block in the foundation which goes all the way up to the stack. From there, you can install a veneer that can be done in a myriad of different mediums. The most common medium we use on fireplace veneers is cultured (manufactured) stone. Natural stone is another option but is rather expensive.

Another important consideration in building an outdoor fireplace on your screened porch is to decide how your fireplace will burn. Your fireplace can use real wood, or it can be a gas burning fireplace. In some cases homeowners opt to do both. We can run the gas line for you. When you get into the realm of wood burning fireplaces you have to consider elements that will go into your fireplace design such as mantels, hearths and size and location of your fire box which is used to store your wood. Another factor is do you actually want a place to store your wood, or a spot above the mantel to mount a television? All these things factor into the planning, design and ultimate construction of your fireplace.

It doesn’t have to be from scratch to still be good

Among the many options to installing a fireplace onto your screened porch a viable alternative is to install a Zero clearance firebox which in essence is a fireplace kit. These fireboxes include a fire box, a flue and all the elements you need for a fireplace. We install these by framing them in wood and wrapping them in a veneer of your choosing. The great thing about these is they can be installed atop a deck or on a porch without needing a foundation. We also use Aspen fireplaces which are the same concept with the added choice of using a wood burning insert, or a gas burning insert, or even a wood stove insert. We have also heard great reviews about Lennox fireplaces. The Lennox kit is a skeleton of a fireplace which we can add wood framework and veneer to complete. These kits come with capability to add a wood stove, but in doing so you won’t see the fire as much. Depending on the veneer you use, we will still have to figure out the weight of the Lennox systems to determine if it is deemed fit to place on top of your structure and still meet all the necessary safety and code requirements.

Columbus outdoor fireplace on porch
Another Columbus outdoor fireplace and screened porch combination.

With a myriad of choices, the key to getting the fireplace you really want in the location you desire is to build it when you start your outdoor structure. Waiting until your space is completed will make the addition tremendously expensive. If you feel like adding a fireplace at the time of your structure’s construction would be biting off more than you can chew then we can phase your project for you. Talk with us about where the fireplace is going and this way we can take some steps in advance such as reinforced foundation, running of gas lines, etc. for the future addition. We can build the framing and foundation in anticipation of the addition of your fireplace at a later date so we are not ripping out framing to install your fireplace as an afterthought. This way the stage is set when your lifestyle and budget allows the addition.

Columbus fire pit atop cedar deck
We resurfaced this deck in cedar, added additional framing a ran gas lines to accommodate this deck top fire pit.

A fire pit can fan those flames of desire for a fire element in your outdoor space

An outdoor fireplace is a great addition to your outdoor living space; however, fire pits can provide that same cozy ambiance that you are looking for at a fraction of the price in many cases. We can build fire pits atop your deck if you go with gas. Wood burning fire pits spark off embers that could pose a danger or damage your deck. In a synthetic deck setting these factors are even more pertinent because of the resin within the synthetic material. We strongly suggest not burning atop a wood or synthetic deck for this reason. In a patio setting a fire pit is often the perfect choice when considering the addition of a fire element. Approximately 20% of the patios we build have a fire pit.

Columbus OH paver patio with fire pit
This paver patio includes a custom fire pit for the ultimate in patio indulgence on those cool Columbus evenings.
Michael Reeder, Archadeck of Columbus
Michael Reeder, Archadeck of Columbus

If you are burning to add an outdoor fireplace or fire pit to your outdoor space, contact Archadeck of Columbus today. We can help you plan, design, and build a space that is safe and beautiful. Call for a free consultation (740) 879 – 3730
westcolumbus@archadeck.net

See more images of outdoor fire structures by visiting our outdoor fireplace and fire pit gallery located on our website.

Important considerations when deciding where to place your new Columbus screened porch

As part two of our design series, Archadeck of Columbus discusses the ideal place on your house to attach your screened porch.

Columbus OH Screen porch with flat ceiling
Placing your screened porch in the right spot is crucial to its function and aesthetics.

I know you have heard the phrase “location, location, location” in the world of real estate. Location is just as important in the addition of adding your new screened porch to your home and yard. When considering the addition of any outdoor structure to your home there are several factors to take into consideration. In essence about 95% of the screen porches we build are located on the back of the home; the remaining 5% are built as freestanding or detached structures or in locations other than the rear of the home.

Columbus OH Screen porch with pine tongue and groove detail
Notice the bay window through the window of this lovely screen porch, and the location of the door that enters into the home. All were important factors in determining where to place this porch.

Where, oh where on my house should my new screened porch be?

The most important consideration in deciding the best location for your screen porch is to address the spatial and functional needs that are important in regards to your lifestyle. If you are going to use your space for dining, for instance, you may choose to create an area within close proximity to your interior (or in some cases) your outdoor kitchen. Functionality is important in choosing placement that is ideal for your individual needs, but structural influences will usually dictate the most realistic area your screened porch should be.

A good exercise is to go into your backyard with a tape measure and think about where you want your boundaries to be and where you want to begin the screened porch. We recommend centering your back door in the space as a good place to start to get a good idea of  your desired starting and stopping points.

Structural influences such as doors and bump out swill dictate where your screened porch should begin and end. Utilities can also play a role in placement of your screened porch. Typically, when houses are built utilities like A/C units, water spigots, gas meters and vents are placed in the most inconvenient places in terms of adding on. In many cases we can work around the utilities or we can help to get them relocated.

Columbus OH Screen porch with skylights
By adding skylights to your screen porch you add an open, airy feel to the space and also let much-needed light into interior rooms in close proximity.

A consultation with a qualified and reputable builder is key when considering a screened porch addition because many times the design of your house and roof will dictate how and where the screened porch will tie into your home. If roof lines are an issue, a sidewall connection is the answer. A licensed professional will also consider the details that are often overlooked when considering the addition of a roofed structure such as loss of light within the home. Adding a screened porch can impact the amount of natural light that flows into your home. The roof for your new outdoor addition will likely affect the area within the home’s interior that is the closest in proximity to the new porch; this can many times be amended by the addition of skylights within your screen porch. We take all these factors into consideration when designing your new space because overlooking the smallest nuance can mean the difference in falling in love with your new outdoor space or leaving you with regret over the small things you should have considered before construction began.

If you are considering the addition of a combination outdoor structure that includes a screened porch and deck or patio combination then you need to consider additional factors such as harmony and flow and how each structure will function together. With combination structures the grade of your lot is also an important consideration. If you have a relatively flat area then consider adding a patio or deck. Patios are less expensive to build on a flat grade than a deck. If you have a steeper grade then the opposite is the case because a patio would require more aggregate and retaining walls.

Columbus Timbertech XLM Sandridge Colored Deck with Screen Porch and Patio
This outdoor living combination includes a screened porch, twin decks and a stunning hardscape patio. Notice how the structures, and the existing home harmonize as one.

No matter where you decide as the most advantageous location for your new screened porch it will likely become your favorite room in the house, and the space you gravitate to during the outdoor living season. With fall in the air now is the best time to begin your screened porch addition. You may even get to enjoy some of the colors of autumn from your new screened porch before the arrival of winter.

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

Contact Archadeck of Columbus to help you decide on the perfect porch, or outdoor living combination as well as the perfect way to tie it all together. Call for a free consultation: ( 740) 879 – 3730 Email:westcolumbus@archadeck.net

You can get more ideas for the perfect placement of your screened porch by visiting our screened porch gallery located on our website.

This stunning outdoor combination in Dublin, OH proves that an area doesn’t have to be large to be functional

An eye catching design, quality materials and functional space make up this TimberTech deck and paver patio combination structure in Dublin, OH that we recently unveiled.

Archadeck of Columbus TimberTech deck Dublin
Our recent project in Dublin, Ohio is full of functional space that is easy on the eyes.

This stunning hardscape patio and TimberTech deck combination in Dublin, Ohio is proof that a functional addition to your outdoor living doesn’t have to be huge nor does it need to cost a fortune. Many times lot constrictions, setbacks and a lack of usable space create a scenario where an expansive space isn’t possible. It is possible however to create a space that is simple, effective and pretty in spite of limitations. Take a look at this finished outdoor project.

These homeowners wanted a space that would allow for some relief from the sun for their child, as well as an area where they could enjoy their beautiful backyard as a family. We came up with a combination structure design that provides both. The family’s new backyard space now consists of a low maintenance composite deck and paver patio, with a hardscape path that ties the two structures together an provides a way to and from the outdoor area from the side of the home.

paver path walkway Dublin OH by Archadeck
Notice how the soldier course border gives the pathway a unified, finished look.

The new deck was built using TimberTech XLM in Walnut Grove. We installed the boards using a unique pattern and finished the design with a picture frame border that spans the entire outside perimeter of the deck. It adds visual interest when we are able to work in a unique pattern or design into a deck, a step beyond your normal everyday deck. The railings were done in white vinyl to compliment the windows of the home and they also help bring the rich Walnut Grove color of the deck into the spotlight. We also built a wide-angle step box which leads down to the paver patio below.

On the paver patio we used Unilock Camelot pavers in Coffee Creek, this color palette leads down to the walkway and around to the driveway as well. We accented the Camelot pavers with a Holland Stone soldier course edge to add contrast. The entire area is conducive to good traffic flow which will make both areas more functional for everyday enjoyment. The homeowners are elated with the finished project and are looking forward to enjoying their new outdoor area for many years to come.

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

Contact Archadeck of Columbus to learn more about how we can make your backyard a prime destination for relaxation, fun and family times, even with a limited budget or limited space.
Call for a free consultation: (740) 879 – 3730
Email: westcolumbus@archadeck.net

See more backyard combination ideas by visiting our composite and vinyl deck gallery  and our patio and hardscape gallery located on our website.

An outdoor living combination structure design will improve your home, your backyard and your lifestyle.

Archadeck of Columbus spotlights a recent project in Dublin, OH that features a cedar screen porch and paver patio extension and renovation. The new space functions as an outdoor living and dining room space, and so much more.

Dublin OH combination outdoor living structure
A beautiful screened porch and large paver patio makes up this wonderful outdoor combination in Dublin, OH.

Many times adding on a combination outdoor living area that consists of a few well planned outdoor structures can equal the same enjoyment as adding a few room additions to your home. Having multiple living and entertaining areas to work with will increase the time you spend outdoors and increase the degree of function your backyard provides.

Paver patio in Dublin, OH with cedar ledge
No details was spared in this combo. structure, we even constructed a ledge the homeowner later stained in cedar to match the screen porch. The ledge makes the perfect serving area with the ample dining room on the patio.

We recently completed a project in Dublin, Ohio that included a custom screen porch addition and an extension of an existing hardscape patio. The area we added to the patio enables the space to function as two separate outdoor living areas. From the screened porch we also added a beautiful landing with a unique angled stairway that leads down into the patio. The increase in the size of the patio enables the homeowners to have two distinct areas for dining and entertaining and there is even ample enough space to comfortably facilitate two outdoor dining tables with chairs. Did someone say the perfect space for an outdoor dinner party this summer? Watch the video of the completed project and see the ultimate outdoor living space come to life.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2vENYL0_X8

The screened porch has an open gable roof design that ties into the existing home perfectly. The interior of the screen porch was built using rustic, aromatic cedar. The ceiling boasts cedar exposed rafters, large 12 x 12 roof columns and elegant transoms over the windows that are usually only seen in interior building. We also included a 24 inch knee wall made of tongue and groove cedar. The king truss is visually interesting and also serves weight function requirements due to the 2nd story cantilever.

Dublin OH patio extension on combo. outdoor living structure
The newly extended paver patio is big on style and plenty of room for entertaining.

The extension on the patio included increasing the radius of the area, and replacement of patio materials. We used Unilock Beacon Hill flagstone pavers with a soldier course edge and tied in a gorgeous ribbon in complimentary hues. We also extended the existing hardscape retaining wall and built a bar ledge that the customer had stained to match the cedar used on the screen porch interior.

Creating the ultimate outdoor living environment like this one is possible in your backyard too. Contact Archadeck of Columbus to learn more about creating your own outdoor oasis today.Call for a free consultation: (740) 879 – 3730
westcolumbus@archadeck.net

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

See more inspiring ideas on structures you can incorporate into your ideal combination outdoor space by visiting our deck gallery, our patio and hardscape gallery and our screened porch gallery located on our website.

Let the sun shine through with an open porch design in your backyard

Archadeck of Columbus turns the spotlight on a versatile combination of outdoor structures in Columbus which includes a rustic open porch, and patio with separate seating area. The perfect match for the outdoor living season.

Interior of open porch in Columbus, OH
This photo shows the lovely interior of this open porch we recently completed in Columbus, OH.

Open porches take us back to a time when you spent the summer afternoon sipping lemonade while rocking away the time on the porch in the company of friends and family. Open porches sure have changed and evolved. Once upon a time an open porch was only a front of the house, or back of the house thing. Today’s open porch designs include detached, open gables, intricate ceilings, and many other “goodies” hidden inside.  Open porches now include many different convenient amenities such as outdoor kitchens, lighting, ceiling fans, fireplaces and even televisions.

open porch design Columbus OH Archadeck
Notice the stunning keystone centerpiece within the open rafter end. This adds character and rustic appeal to the appearance of the porch.

This open porch we recently completed has an open gable roof to allow lots of sunshine to enter the area. The gable includes a stunning decorative element called a keystone centerpiece. The homeowner wanted to use a minimal number of columns so they could utilize the open area more efficiently; therefore we used four columns in the porch’s construction. In doing so we had to engineer the size of the beams to take care of the abundant span on this 17 x 21 area.

Along with the keystone used on the rafter, we also used a keystone on the king truss. The large king truss serves two purposes; aesthetic appeal and the ever important structural support. We were also able to hang the ceiling fan from the king truss to provide further visual interest, and more function.

Since the homeowners specifically asked for intricate details and plenty of lighting in their new open porch, we wrapped everything in rustic cedar. The rustic touches can also be seen in the use of the large 4 X 6 rafters we used. We included lots of lighting including skylights, and lighting on the ridge beams as well.

The king truss adds loads of structural support and beauty.
The king truss adds loads of structural support and beauty.

The beauty and function doesn’t end with the open porch. We also built a patio below with a separate seating area, built with unilock pavers. This multi-structure outdoor area serves all the purposes the homeowners desired and then some. These Columbus, OH homeowners are looking forward to many lazy afternoons on their new open porch, from lemonades to entertaining, the world is the limit.

Contact Archadeck of Columbus to design your outdoor oasis, open porch, or combination structure for you to enjoy the season. Let the sunshine in! Call for a free consultation: (740) 879 – 3730 or email us at westcolumbus@archadeck.net

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

See more stunning open and covered porch designs by visiting our covered porch and front porch photo galleries located on our website.

The trend in outdoor structures shows there is no place like home.

Archadeck of Columbus had their best month ever in March 2012, indicating the time is now to start that outdoor oasis you have been dreaming of.

Deck, screen porch and covered patio combo in Columbus OH
This deck, screened porch and covered patio combination in Columbus, OH is a joy for the entire family to love.

The pulse of the nation’s economy is picking up. All around us we are starting to see the beginning of growth in residential and commercial building. Here at Archadeck of Columbus, we actually had our best month ever in March, 2012.  Right now we have five crews out in the field and we are already booking projects into June and July.  If the early spring is any indication of how the season will round out, we are thrilled and so pleased that the economy in Columbus is rebounding.

Currently, we are seeing a high demand for roofed structures. Roofed outdoor structures include covered porches and patios, screened porches, sunrooms, 3- and 4-season rooms and even detached covered porches, pavilions, and gazebos. The swing toward these covered structures indicates that homeowners are entertaining more and investing in their home’s living space via the outdoor room.

In addition to roofed structures, homeowners are also adding patios to their porches, decks, pergolas and sunrooms. These multifunctional outdoor living spaces create the ultimate outdoor living combination. Electing to invest in your home not only adds value to your home, it allows you to add value to you lifestyle and time spent with family.

Screened porch and deck combo. Columbus
Screened porch and deck combination in Columbus, OH leaves these homeowners sitting pretty.

Our customers are telling us that they are wanting to make investments outside of the banks and Wall Street. We have turned the corner and customers are investing in their family as well as their family’s home. After all, it is the most important place in our lives and the lives of the ones we love, the most and well-deserved of the investment.

If you are ready to take the plunge and create the ultimate place to enjoy a “stay-cation” for you and your family this season, just contact Archadeck of Columbus to learn more. Don’t wait. Call now to get your project scheduled . Call for a free consultation: (740) 879 – 3730
westcolumbus@archadeck.net

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

If you are looking for inspiration, check out our outdoor living photo galleries, such as the screened porch gallery, and covered porch and patio galleries, located on our website.