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.

You don’t need a large space to make a big statement for your Columbus OH home

TimberTech tigerwood decking with mocha picture frame lrMany of our Columbus deck and patio improvement projects have expansion as a key component. Clients want to capture more living area when they replace an existing structure. This Grove City patio and deck combination was a little different. We built on a slightly bigger footprint, but the main focus was to upgrade the entire space to be more useful, more beautiful, and to flow more naturally from home to pool and back.

The original deck had two levels that stepped up into a dead end. The deck was round and, because of the design of the railings, a little claustrophobic. We regraded space so that the deck area adjacent to the house was the higher part of the project. We used TimberTech Tigerwood decking with a Mocha picture frame and lights built into the steps. We took out a few shrubs, but kept lovelier landscaping pieces like the dwarf Japanese red maple tree and even designed one of the walkways to feature it.

Columbus OH paver patio with seating wall lrFrom the deck, you now step down into the patio area laid with Beacon Hill Sierra pavers. The soldier course along the outer edge is in a black called Copthorne Basalt which is a new product from Unilock. I like the way it calls to mind the look of dark river stones. The low seating wall only goes along part of the perimeter, defining the space, but leaving two pathways open: one going back up to the house and the other down to the pool. Where the homeowners used to have to troop across the lawn to get the the pool, they now can choose one of two feature walkways.

We gave a lot of thought to color on this project. The old deck railings looked a little anemic against the tan stucco of the home. The new color palette celebrates a wide range of earthtone browns from light to dark, bringing in colors from both the home and the yard. The result is both artistic and Columbus OH patio around Japanese Maple tree lrharmonious. We saved much of the existing landscaping, keeping it either in place or moving it to a more advantageous location. We added in a few additional pieces as needed.

The takeaways from the project? A little more space, sure. But now the family also has significantly improved traffic flow on their deck/patio combination that is made of low-maintenance, long-lasting materials. The entire yard has a more open design. There is  built-in lighting on steps and rails that allows for safe, paved access from home to pool. Other bonuses include a custom layout with lots of attention to design details,color, and built-in seating.

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.

 

There’s just something about the color oak when it comes to your Columbus deck

This large TimberTech deck in the color brown oak fits perfectly with the rear facade of this Marysville home
This large TimberTech deck in the color brown oak fits perfectly with the rear facade of this Marysville home

Brown is a very popular shade for decks for a number of reasons. First, it has some nostalgic appeal. Thinking back to our childhood, most decks were made of pressure-treated wood that ages to a grayish brown color. The oak shades, in particular, are very popular because oak is such a warm shade of brown. Warm shades are pleasing to the eye and the color is also subtle enough that it does not compete with other design elements or furniture on the deck.

Marysville Columbus TimberTech brown oak deckWe recently finished a deck in Marysville OH using TimberTech Earthwood Evolutions in Brown Oak. The decking is run at an angle for both strength of construction and also for visual appeal. You will notice that we used parting boards where the boards meet. This also provides visual appeal and creates a clean transition between the deck board sections.

On this particular deck we used white vinyl railing with white vinyl posts. White railing will be forever popular because of the clean appealing look. To some extent, white railing maintains its popularity for the same reasons that oak is perennially popular. White railing has nostalgic appeal. There’s a reason why people refer to “white picket fences” as an ideal. They’re neat, attractive, and classic.

TimberTech rail cap on white Columbus vinyl railingYou’ll notice that we used the TimberTech brown oak decking for the rail cap. This is a popular technique that connects the railing to the deck aesthetically. It’s a perfect way to tie the deck and railing together.

Color is a very important consideration when you’re selecting the best deck design options. As we wrote recently, composite decking surprisingly comes in a wide variety of colors. In addition, natural woods also have a wide range of colors. On the light end of the spectrum is pressure-treated southern yellow pine. On the dark end is Ipe Brazilian hardwood.

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One of the finishing touches included TimberTech step lighting
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 atwestcolumbus@archadeck.net. We look forward to your call.

 

Are built-ins out for your Columbus deck?

Earthwoods Evolutions with planters looking at golf courseWhen people find out that I am a professional deck builder, the conversation frequently turns to questions about current trends in the industry.  Folks want to know what’s “in” and what’s “out.”  Built-in seating, planter boxes and firepits are popular choices as it relates to built-ins, but I have been getting fewer requests for them recently.  There are excellent arguments for and against built-ins and I thought I’d share my perspective.

Built-ins do a great job of making the most of the space you have.  Whether you are creating a long planter or bench seating, built-ins are an extremely efficient use of space.  Someone who thinks they might not have room for both a seating and an eating area may find that with built-ins they can have both.

On this deck, the benches are bookmarked with planter boxes. These benches create a natural barrier.
On this deck, the benches are bookmarked with planter boxes. These benches create a natural barrier.

Built-ins also double as a way to create conversation areas or guide people away from the edge of a deck.  While decks that are more than 18” off the ground are required to have a railing or something else to keep your guests on the deck rather than the ground, it can still be helpful to provide a buffer even at lower elevations.  If you like to guide your family or guests to a specific section of your deck, you won’t find a more effective tool than built-in seating.

Built-ins are also a great way to keep your outdoor living space easy to maintain.  You don’t have to haul as much stuff in and out as you use it or the weather turns bad.  You can also build your benches with storage space underneath for items like seat cushions.  They are also as strong as the building material you choose.  More often than not, that material is much more durable than any furniture or flower pots you will buy.  Also, you will never have to file a police report about the theft of a built-in.

Central GA composite deck built in benches plantersThere are very few cons to built-ins, but I’ll share a few that I’ve heard.  The primary one is that people are afraid that they will change their mind about how they want to use the space down the road.  Once you have built something in, it is difficult to change it.  That lack of flexibility turns some people off.  Another is that if you choose to put in planters, you are committed to having something in them.  That something will probably be alive and you will have to care for it.  If you dread gardening, you may want to stay away from building in planters.

Finally, you can’t take it with you.  If you fall in love with your outdoor living space, built-ins and all, it needs to stay behind if you sell your home.  Traditional outdoor deck furniture can travel with you from house to house.  That might be a consideration if you move often.

hardscape paver patio with hardscape retaining wall bench and planter Columbus OHPatios can have built-ins also. This can include vertical hardscape seating walls and fire pits among other built-in amenities. Seating/retaining walls are often par for the course with a paver patio hardscape. They do a great job of serving multiple purposes.

Finally, built-ins give an outdoor living space additional visual interest and somehow seem more finished.  Ultimately, it’s about what you want and how you think you will use the space.

Contact Archadeck of Columbus today to see how we can make creating your dream backyard an enjoyable experience, start to finish. The consultation is completely free. (740) 879 – 3730 or email us at westcolumbus@archadeck.net. We look forward to your call.

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

Double the enjoyment by adding a patio to your deck or porch

Archadeck of Columbus delivers the forecast in what is hot in outdoor living trends for this Spring. Deck and patio combinations, as well as porch and patio combinations seem to be at the top of the list.

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This photo shows how each of the structures,the custom deck, screened porch and patio by Archadeck of Columbus work together as one.

We are really excited about the outdoor living season this year. We recently took part in two fantastic home shows in the area and got tons of ideas on the outdoor living trends for this Spring. While at the show we had a great deal of interest in not only decks, but also adding a patio to your deck.  The trend we see is that Columbus area homeowners are requesting the addition of a patio to go with their new AND existing decks and porches. It stands to reason that even when it comes to outdoor living structures the hot new idea is to double the fun.

The great part about adding a hardscape, such as a patio, to your deck or porch is that it is the perfect add-on to give you those multiple outdoor living areas that you really want. A patio can be added with a new, or existing, deck or porch at anytime. Adding a patio to your deck is a great way to spice it up and put that spark back into your outdoor entertaining as well enhance the beauty in your backyard.

Wouldn’t it be great to have your deck serve as your outdoor cooking or gathering location and have a beautiful patio adjacent to use for dining and conversation?  Or even a deck that leads into a covered hardscape patio with a fully functional outdoor kitchen? The entertaining opportunities that open up to you when you think about a dual structure such as a deck and patio combination are endless. Having multiple living areas within your outdoor design can offer more room and expand the functionality of your design.  We can design a project for you that will turn your backyard until the ultimate backyard oasis.

Synthetic Deck with Hot Tub and Paver Patio

Archadeck of Columbus also offers “phased building”. This means we can plan upgrades or additions to your current project to accommodate for later additions or enhancements. For instance, if you really want a deck for this season, but foresee the future facilitating a patio and deck combination, we can make all the necessary adjustments in advance so when your budget allows you to add the patio a little later the structural necessities needed to make the transition run smoothly are already put into place.

Contact Archadeck of Columbus to learn more about our deck/patio and porch/patio combinations, and to learn more about our phased building program. We are now scheduling projects for the Spring season to have the backyard of your dreams in time for warmer weather, don’t delay. (740) 879 – 3730 westcolumbus@archadeck.net

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

New TimberTech colors – you heard it here first!

Archadeck of Columbus is ringing in 2012 with the addition of a trio of TimberTech heavyweights. Radiance Rail Express and two new color collections for the Earthwoods Evolution line of composite decking. Welcome the Tropical collection and the Natural collection, both packed with quality, longevity, durability and beauty.

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Here you can see the exotic beauty and realistic details of the new Pacific Walnut color selection from the TimberTech tropical collection

The world of composite/synthetic decking just got a little more interesting.  Not so long ago you may remember the minimal choices in colors and textures that were available to homeowners who chose to use composite/synthetic decking. This is no longer the case. Composite decking now comes in a wide array of colors and finishes. The realistic look of synthetics make even a seasoned expert have to walk a little closer and lean in a little further to tell the difference between composites and wood. TimberTech synthetic decking is a frontrunner in the composite industry and has introduced some stunning new additions to its palette in the Earthwood Evolutions line for this year.

TimberTech introduced the “Tropical collection” which includes Pacific Teak, Pacific Walnut and Pacific Rosewood in 2011. What makes this collection a real showstopper is the realistic graining, streaking and undulation that mimics real wood so beautifully. This collection takes all the positive attributes of exotic hardwood decking and makes it a decking material that will truly endure the tests of time and mother nature.

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TimberTech Earthwood Evolutions new colors 2012

New in 2012 is the debut of TimberTech’s “Natural collection”. This collection is made with same top quality ingredients that go into the TimberTech winning recipe but offers a more even toned, non-streaked composite. The new color introductions include Brick, Brownstone and Slate. The absence of streaking makes the Natural collection a little easier on the wallet than the choices in the Tropical collection, but with the same quality, value and beauty that TimberTech is known for.

Both the Natural and Tropical collections are part of the Earthwood Evolutions line from TimberTech. The resiliency and durability of this line of decking is among the best in the business. The construction includes a wrapped PVC composite board made with a proprietary composite core. This evolutionary approach boasts a product with superior scratch, stain and fade resistance backed by a 25-year fade and stain warranty. Just a little soap and water cleanup will keep your deck looking like new year after year.

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Radiance Rail Express gives homeowners an upscale, clean railing system at a lower cost than traditional Radiance Rail

Archadeck of Columbus is proud to offer our customers the new arrivals to this exquisite TimberTech line of products. To add to our arsenal of aesthetically pleasing and durable composite products we also offer the newest addition to the Radiance Rail collection to compliment your TimberTech deck perfectly. Radiance Rail Express was introduced in mid-2011 in white. New colors to the line include Walnut and black. Radiance Rail Express is less expensive than the original Radiance Rail, PVC, vinyl or composite rails that have a PVC cap. Even though synthetic rails are still more expensive than wooden railings, the benefits outweigh the costs in the long run. The Radiance Rail Express has a routed baluster receiver for clean and easy installation and also comes backed by a limited 25-year warranty on residential applications. With a wide array of shapes and colors to choose from,  Radiance Rail offers you a high quality clean finished railing system that coordinates perfectly with all TimberTech decking colors. This rail offers you an upscale, finished look that is durable and will outlast and outshine wood each and every year.

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

To learn more about composite decking, including the new introductions from TimberTech, contact Archadeck of Columbus. We can design and construct the deck of your dreams that will endure the test of time. Call us at (740) 879 – 3730 or send us an email at westcolumbus@archadeck.net

Do you want to enjoy your new deck in Spring or wait until Summer?

Archadeck of Columbus urges homeowners to schedule their outdoor structure endeavor now to ensure a spring ready completion.

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Imagine this beauty ready and waiting for you to enjoy with the first blooms of spring.

Usually our phones start to ring off the hook around Groundhog day each year. Whether it’s only six more weeks to spring, or six more weeks of cold weather, that’s when many people start thinking about getting started on their new deck or porch or patio. No matter how you look at it the answer comes out to the same conclusion. Spring is just around the corner. With that sudden realization, whether it comes from a groundhog, or the first traces of dandelions sprouting under the snow, many homeowners are getting ready to get started on their spring projects.

A new deck or outdoor structure can be ready for you to enjoy this spring.

On average a typical deck project takes about a week to construct.  But what takes time if you’re working with a reputable builder is getting your project scheduled. Reputable builders will have projects on the docket and may be 6 or 8 weeks out before they can start your project. Unfortunately, many homeowners wait until they are within the warmer months to begin planning their outdoor project, and this often means a longer wait time to start enjoying the benefits and living outdoors. Right now in early February when people sign, we are scheduling start dates in March for the structures to be ready in April. We serve our customers on a first come, first serves basis and if you wait too long, you won’t be able to enjoy your project this year in the prime months of the year.

Here in Columbus we build year-round and cold weather does not keep us from constructing your deck , screen porch or other structure. It’s so important to call early to avoid long wait times and to ensure you get to enjoy your structure this spring.

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

Being the early bird is vital in getting the outdoor structure you have dreamed about all winter ready in time for for those warm, sunny days. Contact Archadeck of Columbus to get started. Give us a call for a free consultation and come see us at the Central Ohio Home & Garden Show Sat Feb. 25 – Sun Mar. 4 located in the Celeste building booth #2306 & 2308. See you there!

(740) 879 – 3730
westcolumbus@archadeck.net