Why a Columbus deck and patio combination is sure to make you the envy of the neighborhood

Archadeck of Columbus can make your backyard the envy of the neighborhoodWould you like to have the kind of backyard that everyone flocks to during block parties? Uses as the compared standard to other backyards in the neighborhood? Or maybe the kind of outdoor living space that has friends and family making excuses to drop by just so they can enjoy your backyard?

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This deck & patio combination in Plain City, OH, includes a cozy fire pit!

If you answered yes to any or all of the above, a deck and patio combination space from Archadeck of Columbus is just the ticket. When it comes to gaining the most benefit out of something, it stands to reason that combining two or more of what you like will bring you the most enjoyment. Examples of the power behind combinations are evident in many everyday things we take for granted. These include the successful pairing of a baked potato as a companion to a steak dinner, wine and cheese or a slice of apple pie topped with ice cream. The list of successful pairing goes on and on… Naturally, many of the things we enjoy have an accompaniment to make them even more decadent, so why should our outdoor living spaces be any different?

Paver Patio with Composite Deck
Synthetic Deck with Hot Tub and Paver Pati

A deck that gently descends down into a patio space opens up a wealth of outdoor entertaining, dining and quality time opportunities. Not only is there plenty of room to spread out giving you freedom to get creative with outdoor furnishings and placement, the union delivers added functional square footage to your outdoor space. Combination projects, such as a deck and patio combination, are a great way to create more space for more versatility and enjoyment, and by combining one or more outdoor structures you can designate different areas for different purposes.

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TimberTech low-maintenance deck and paver patio combo in Plain City, OH,

Choosing a deck built from one of our high-quality, low-maintenance decking material options paired with a paver or stone patio will also provide double the low-maintenance qualities. This is because patio and hardscapes are considered low-maintenance in their own right. Paver patios, in particular, are becoming more popular with Columbus homeowners who are seeking low maintenance, durability, and stability in their outdoor living space. In fact, more than 200 million square feet of pavers have been installed throughout North America. You can read more details about the low-maintenance benefits of patios in our article titled ” The Unexpected Low-Maintenance Structure — The Columbus Patio on our blog.

New Albany, OH, Low Maintenance Decks

Last but certainly not least there are cost advantages of deciding upon a deck and patio combination space. In some cases, making the decision to integrate a patio into your project design in lieu of opting for just an oversized deck can be more economical as some hardscape materials are budget-conscious this means more benefit for your buck, so to speak.

Contact us today to learn more about our award-winning deck and patio combination designs. You can reach us at Call (740) 879–3730, or email us at westcolumbus@archadeck.net.

Archadeck of Columbus team
The Archadeck of Columbus team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why wait for the Columbus outdoor living space you are yearning for?

Columbus OH covered patio for dining and entertainingThe prospect of adding a custom outdoor living structure, or combination of structures, to your home and property just naturally sparks excitement. That is why I am often stumped when a customer has their preliminary plan in place and decides to “wait until spring” to begin their project. It is from my experience within the world of outdoor living that a common misconception among many homeowners is we don’t build in the fall and winter. In actuality, nothing could be farther from the truth.

When is the best time of year to embark on an outdoor living addition you may ask? The answer may be more surprising than you may think. Many homeowners are under the impression that outdoor structures such as decks, porches or patios are best to build during the warm weather months. The truth is that Archadeck of Columbus builds year-round and anytime that best suits your circumstances and budget is the right time to build. However, there are certain advantages to moving ahead with your project during the cooler months…

Columbus porch for happy catEnjoy your space sooner and be “sitting pretty” in time for spring

There are many advantages to building in the cooler months. Along with shorter lead times you will also get a space that is up and running in time to enjoy for the upcoming holidays, spring and the beginning of the outdoor living season.

Wood loves cooler weather

Since the humidity level is much lower during the fall and winter, any wood used during construction of your project will season quicker. Seasoning involves the drying out of wood making it ready to accept stain or paint better. When a project is built during the warmer, humid months the usual wait time to stain or paint is a few months.

Increased productivity

Another plus to cooler weather construction is productivity. A crew that is working in the humid 95 degree weather, even in the shade, is less productive than one that is working outside during milder weather. Less heat means more stamina and less time lost to hydration breaks for the crew. This translates to the likelihood that a job that is completed sooner.

Low maintenance Columbus TimberTech deck with pergola lrSave more in the long run

Prices for building materials generally increase during the early part of the 1st quarter. Moving ahead with your outdoor living project now instead of waiting will ensure you are locked into this year’s pricing modules. In addition, outdoor furnishings and accessories sometimes reflect deep discounts as retailers make way for holiday merchandise. Outfitting your new space may also mean a savings!

It’s not good to fool with Mother Nature

Since our average temperatures remain above freezing in Columbus for most of the winter, chances of inclement or freezing weather impacting your project are minimal. The advantages of fall and winter construction outweigh any deficiencies brought on by Mother Nature. As with any construction project there will be damage to the turf caused by foot traffic. In a fall/winter project the turf is more apt to recover quicker because it has the time to overwinter in time for spring taking in valuable nutrients present in precipitation. Some turfs are dormant during the winter and this will aid in quicker recovery as well.

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If you are on the fence about deciding when your outdoor structure project, keep in mind that lead times during the outdoor living season can be in excess of 8-12 weeks. In the winter it may be 4-6 weeks at the most.  This quick turn-around will ensure you get the full benefits of your outdoor space when you are ready, and with less impact on your lifestyle. Contact Archadeck of Columbus to schedule your free consultation today and get the ball rolling on your outdoor dreams. (740) 879 – 3730
westcolumbus@archadeck.net.

Archadeck of Columbus team
The Archadeck of Columbus team.

It’s not a to-do list; it’s a dream-and-do list

tulips close upMay is National Home Improvement Month. At first blush, this doesn’t sound like much fun; in fact, it sounds a lot like work, but it has tremendous potential to change the way you look at and live in your home. What parts of your home do you enjoy the most? What would you like to change? What could you add or improve in your home that would make you want to spend more time in it? Home improvement isn’t just about fixing a sagging door or replacing shrubberies. It’s about reimagining your family’s home as you would love it to be.

TimberTech Legacy re-deck in Columbus Dublin OH lrThe National Association of the Remodeling Industry offers a terrific “Top 10” useful tips for preparing for a project for free on their website. The list is comprehensive and applicable to almost any project that involves a contracter: a wonderful resource. It’s in the format of a press release, but don’t let that throw you. The information in it is something every homeowner should know.

After you’ve spent some time thinking about what you’d like and doing a little research about various project options on the internet and elsewhere, don’t forget to take a few minutes to give some thought to what the potential Return on Investment (ROI) for the project is likely to be. Various industry groups do annual surveys that provide numbers on this subject, but I’d like to share a few from my line of business.

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In the Columbus area, the average cost for a composite deck addition runs about $16,675 and improves the home’s value by about half of that. A Columbus wood deck has an even better ROI, returning about 67% of the cost immediately to your home’s bottom line. These numbers might not sound impressive, but they are higher than those for many other common projects like bathroom additions and roofing replacement. Remember: the real payoff is in the months and years you enjoy spending time with friends and family on your new Columbus patio or deck. The ROI is just a bonus you enjoy at home sale time.

Low maintenance Columbus TimberTech deck with pergola lr

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

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Using color to create a mood for this Dublin OH home

re-deck in Columbus Dublin OH with TimberTech lrPeople choose the colors they want for their outdoor living spaces based on a huge range of factors. One of the most common is to match the exterior of the rest of the home. Another is to comply with strict homeowner’s association requirements. This Dublin redecking job managed to check both of those boxes and did something else at the same time: it created a wonderfully soothing and relaxing mood.

You may be surprised to read that the planking that we used is not an exotic hardwood like ipe or kumaroo, as is suggested by the depth and range of color in the boards. It is, in fact, TimberTech Legacy Tigerwood. This product is the closest that we’ve seen to mimicking high-end natural beauty in a synthetic. Each board looks different, but when installed by an experienced contractor, they combine to create a unified and genuine look.

TimberTech Legacy re-deck in Columbus Dublin OH lrElegant and soothing are two words that come immediately to mind when you look at this Dublin elevated deck. The shape is distinctive and mixes seating areas and walkways along an unbroken path across the rear of the home. You can choose to be alone and quiet or to sit with others. In either case, your surroundings will put you immediately at ease. It’s the visual equivalent of a neck massage.

Another advantage of such a low-key color scheme is that it gives the homeowner the opportunity to really make a statement with color if she ever decides to go in that direction. A few throw pillows on a couch, a spray of fresh flowers in a vase or a vibrant tablecloth would really stand out on such a canvas. It’s also a lovely environment for making some bold landscaping choices. Whatever is ultimately done in the yard, it will be very easy to see the design through the slender black, aluminum pickets on the railings.

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

How much do you know about pressure treated pine?

Pressure treated pine is the most common building material used in North America, but how much do you really know about it? It won’t come as a surprise that the primary reason for this statistic is that pine is fast-growing and plentiful and so it is cheap to buy, compared with its building material competitors. Americans are also very comfortable with the look of pine because they see so much of it.

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Custom designed pressure treated pine deck in Powell, OH.

We frame all of our projects in pressure treated pine which gives it an edge over homes that are framed in untreated pine. Termites don’t like the taste of the chemicals so they will stay away from the underpinnings of your outdoor living space. That’s obviously a plus. However, there are some reasons to limit your use of pressure treated pine in your Columbus deck or porch.

Pine has a moisture content of roughly 40%. That means that is very susceptible to shrinking and expanding, drying and sucking up water. Each of those actions creates movement in the boards. Cupping and twisting can result, putting stress on different parts of your structure. That’s also where you run into problems like splintering which can be an unpleasant hazard for children and pets especially.

Twisting is another movement issue that you see in pine projects. You notice this the most when it is used on vertical surfaces like columns and railings. Even if you are diligent about maintaining your pine structure with sealers and stains, exposure to the elements will eventually take its toll on your deck or porch. These effects are the greatest if your space is oriented south or west, because of the sun.

How can you minimize the effects of the elements on your project? Consider another kind of wood like cedar or synthetic decking as a primary building material. Cedar costs more, but has less moisture and natural oils that help minimize movement. If you want to capture the cost savings of pine, you can also mix in other materials on the more noticeable vertical elements like railings. We may build a pine deck, but accent it with synthetic or aluminum railings to limit movement and give the project greater visual appeal. We also recommend hosing down your pine boards regularly in the summer months to help keep them from drying and cracking.

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

Take all the time you want

When it comes to Columbus additions and home improvement projects, your ultimate vision for what you want your home to be isn’t always practical immediately. Often, the barrier to doing everything right away is cost, but sometimes the timing or another aspect isn’t quite right to jump in and complete everything immediately. Luckily, Archadeck has the flexibility to allow you to work at your pace.

Columbus deck with stackstone skirting and beautiful storage door lrTake, for example, this lovely New Albany deck we just completed. Our delightful customers described the backyard of their dreams for us. It included a slightly rounded patio with a veneer stacked stone apron to match the look of the home’s foundation. It also had a large paver patio with seating walls, a fire pit and a large retaining wall with landscaping. We sketched out some designs and talked about materials and came up with a budget.

As with many large projects, this one was easy to break up into different stages that make sense both for use over time and for financial planning in the long term. Our clients decided to build the deck now and to add the Columbus paver patio and retaining wall next year. By spreading the cost over two years, they were able to more easily afford to create exactly the kind of space they had been dreaming of and include some higher-end materials and upgrades.

Columbus New Albany OH deck with stone skirting lrIsn’t the stacked stone apron gorgeous? It really makes the deck look like an original part of the home and it’s so elegant. The angled decking with parting board is an easy-maintenance product from Timbertech’s Legacy line in Ashwood. The stairs and white vinyl railings have built-in lighting for safety and you may notice that the railings are capped with the Timbertech Ashwood as well. The little cedar barn door on the side gives the family easy access for storing toys or yard maintenance equipment.

You’ll see at the bottom of the stairs we have a small 9-paver landing. That’s an inexpensive placeholder for next year. We plan to return then to complete the project. In the meantime, the family has a beautiful, fully functional deck to enjoy and they can continue to think about how they use the space and what, if any, changes they want to make to the next phase of the addition before we break ground.

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

 

A deck worthy of Parade of Homes

Low maintenance Columbus TimberTech deck with pergola lrWe were very excited to have the opportunity to assist with a project that needed to be pulled together in time for the Parade of Homes. The resulting Grove City deck bordering the Pinnacle Country Club is a stunning multi-use outdoor living space. It includes everything you need for a wonderful evening in the fresh air without leaving the comfort of home.

Because of scheduling and other demands, this was a two-phase project. The first phase, in 2006, included an elevated, west-facing deck. The primary materials were pressure-treated boards surrounded by TimberTech Radiance Rail in black. The star of that show was an indoor/outdoor fireplace built into the back of the home. We were asked to return in 2015 to make some modifications and upgrades. After living with the deck for a while, the family had some fabulous ideas for additions they wanted to make to their deck so that it would better fit with their fun, but casual outdoor lifestyle.

Outdoor kitchen bar on Columbus elevated TimberTech deck lrFirst, they purchased an outdoor kitchen unit that they wanted us to install. We often order outdoor appliances for customers, but don’t have a problem including amenities clients already own. In this case, the setup weighed about 1,000 lbs. so we needed to beef up the frame structure a bit to make everything safe and code compliant. Then we re-decked the flooring with TimberTech planks in Brown Oak to extend the life of the deck while decreasing its maintenance requirements.

The Radiance Rail still looked terrific and had plenty of life left in it, so we put it back up. The orientation of the deck means that the family has a wonderful sunset view, but frequently wishes for a little more shade during the afternoon hours. We designed a custom pergola that fits beautifully with the style of the rest of the house and covers the entire deck. It’s larger than most: 360 sq. ft., so we constructed it with 3 support beams.

If you live in a planned community, it’s important to double check the building requirements set forth by the homeowner’s association. In this case, we might have considered building the pergola with synthetic materials for longevity and easy of care. That wasn’t an option in this neighborhood. Instead, we opted for cedar which is a step up from pressure-treated pine and matches some of the family’s deck furniture. It will gain a pleasing patina as it ages.

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.