In Dublin’s Muirfield Village, a TimberTech deck is perfect for this golf course community living.

This journey has came to fruition, with a quality built and stunning new deck for these homeowners in Muirfield village in Dublin, OH. We leave these homeowners with peace of mind that their new deck will last for many years of enjoyment.

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A happy ending to the story for these Dublin, OH homeowners

If you’ve had the chance to visit Muirfield Village in Dublin OH, perhaps for Memorial Golf Tournament, you’ve experienced the calming serene atmosphere that extends past the courses and up into the homes. I remember attending one of the tournaments a few years back and noticing the way the homes seemed to fit right into the course. They were a nice distance from the course but the HOA also did a great job to establish guidelines for construction that would ensure the architecture of the homes and any home additions continued the peaceful interplay between the residences and the serene setting.

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The use of the Feeney cable railing opens up the glorious vistas of the golf courses, as well as the pond.

Now if you’ve attended the Memorial Golf Tournament a couple of times, you probably brought a rain coat and an umbrella with you each time. In reality, the Muirfield homeowners don’t live under the cover of rain. But, homeowners anywhere with a nice elevated deck are wise to utilize an under deck drainage system that allows the area under the deck to serve as a very functional dry covered patio.

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This photo shows the beautiful details of this finished TimberTech deck by Archadeck of Columbus.

Archadeck of Columbus was able to offer quality craftsmanship and  make anew for these Dublin, OH homeowners.  We installed a new 3/16″ thick rubber roof to ensure stability since the new TimberTech Evolutions deck has the capability to expand and contract.  The homeowners chose a beautiful teak color, called “pacific teak”, in the Earthwood Evolutions series by TimberTech for this new deck, and accented it with a stunning pacific walnut picture frame perimeter and  parting board. Instead of using wood posts on the new deck, we used black aluminum and we replaced the cable railings with brand new Feeney cable railings to enhance the view.  The under deck-drainage system as well as the installation of the 40 watt low voltage lighting system for the in-deck lighting and rail lighting was completed by a company called  Quality Edge. The finished product not only promoted the structural soundness of the construction that we stand behind tried and true, it came out quite beautiful. Easing the blow of the discovery of the damage caused by the previous builder and giving these homeowners peace of mind at a time when they need it most.

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Another view from this gorgeous deck in Muirfield village.

The under deck drainage system is called InsideOut, and is manufactured by Quality Edge as well. This product comes in various colors, of which these homeowners selected the wood grain appearance which is a very nice contrast to the wall of the house. These homeowners now have a completely dry space under their existing deck. No more worries and plenty of new deck space to enjoy.

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This photo shows how all the elements harmonize together, from the Pacific teak, to the pacific walnut, it all fits perfectly.

The finished deck measures out to an abundant 950 square feet of wonderful living space to enjoy. The access points of entry for this deck flow from the sunroom and also the master bedroom. Archadeck of Columbus also rebuilt the stairs, which had an adjacent stone wall and we applied a new concrete cap to that area as well. These homeowners in Muirfield village now have a properly constructed and stunning which overlooks the golf courses at Muirfield, as well as the pond. We were able to give them more than just a new deck, we also gave them peace of mind.

Enjoy a video of this finished project.

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

If you are ready to take the leap into a new deck, or re-deck your existing deck, contact Archadeck of Columbus to learn more at (740) 879 – 3730
westcolumbus@archadeck.net

You can see more photos of our stunning decks by visiting our photo galleries at http://columbus.archadeck.com/pickYourProject/Decks.html

Multi-Level Decks and Deck and Patio Combinations Mean Multi-Levels of Unique Beauty and Added Function

Multi-level decks as well as deck and patio combinations are the growing trend in the Columbus, OH market. Archadeck of Columbus gives you some wonderful examples of the different combinations, with function and beauty in mind.

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Low-to-grade composite deck with hardscape patio by Archadeck of Columbus

Here at Archadeck of Columbus the growing trend we continue to see among our customers is multi-level structures such as multi-level decks and decks that step down to patios and landscaping. Not only are these structures pleasing to the eye on multiple levels but they are built with multiple ways to enjoy your structure. Bi-leveled structures maintain room for a multitude of uses some of which would include separate dining, separate gathering areas and separate seating areas.

Most homeowners usually have a deck or patio only. By utilizing a combination of both of these structures you will not only have two distinct living areas, but you will also have multiple outdoor living areas which is unique. In today’s markets having the “unique” will enhance your investment in your outdoor living structure.

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Low-to-grade deck with fire pit by Archadeck of Columbus

A classic example, and one most homeowners can relate to, is the scenario of the backyard dinner party where the men and women usually end up congregating in separate spots on your single level deck or patio. The added space and separation a multi-level structure provides would give your male and female guests alike room to stretch out and enjoy their evening . You could even heat things up a little by adding a fire pit to create a distinct area. One level could make room for seating and dining and the other could be seating and the fire pit area.

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This low to grade deck has a gazebo added to the lower level which allows cover from the elements

Another unique and aesthetically pleasing option is a gazebo or pergola added to one the levels in your your multi-level structure. Not only are these structures stunning to look at but they add shade to your space. Structures such as these would allow for shelter from the elements as well, so even if a summer shower comes to ruin your backyard barbecue your guests can move under the covered structure portion of your structure until the rain passes.

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This multi-level low to grade deck has flared steps and a floating bench

Multi-level structures are common in the Columbus area because of our terrain. The average home is about 30″ off the ground so it makes a perfect place to have two distinct areas. Low-to-grade decks are still a popular choice in this area as well. The beauty part of a low-to-grade deck is the option of not requiring a rail. Structures less than 30″ off the ground do not require a rail by code. advantages of not having a rail are the ability to see an un-obstructed view of landscaping, or hardscaping, or other focal point in your landscape, as well as the additional room you will have to add seating, furniture or planters. A clear uninhibited view is appreciated by many homeowners. If you have a relatively flat grade to your yard hardscapes such as patios are easier to construct.

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Low-to-grade deck with exquisite landscaping

There are two things about being close to ground-level that we want to caution homeowners about. If the grade is extremely low the structure will require more posts to structure because you can’t use a beam construction. We use a true post and beam construction but with low to grade structures the posts are actually attached to joists which eliminate the beam. The second concern is the moisture and ventilation issue. Most communities require landscape fabric with gravel be put down to avoid grass and weed growth into the deck. This barrier also inhibits animals and helps keep it drier. Archadeck of Columbus recommends being no less than 16″ off the ground to alleviate structural costs and ventilation issues.

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

If you are considering a multi-level deck or deck and patio multi-level combination, or one of many other unique combinations, give Archadeck of Columbus a call to discuss what type of structure is best for you. We can schedule a free consultation to evaluate which grade would best suit your lot and design and construct the structure of your dreams.

Archadeck of Columbus and TimberTech Evolutions help pay it forward and get a lot back in return

Archadeck of Columbus donates to re-deck for Recreation Unlimited. A very rewarding experience for all who participated.

It is always a special opportunity when we are asked to give back to the community by helping a charitable organization. We really enjoy paying it forward by assisting our time and materials to help an organization like the one we recently helped on for Recreation Unlimited. Recreation Unlimited is a charity started by Dick Ruff in 1958 to provide recreational activities for people like himself with disabilities. Following the death of Dick Ruff in 1974 many community leaders such as Jimmy Crumm, local sportscaster and well-known face in the community with the local NBC station for many years, took the reins to make sure Dick’s dream would live on. Recreation Unlimited is located near Delaware and provides activities for developmentally and physically disabled individuals and those with health concerns. 

Busy at work on the re-decking for Recreation Unlimited

Paul Huttlin is the director of the  Recreation Unlimited facility. The facility had a 25-year-old deck adjacent to Lake Crumm. The deck itself overhangs  the lake for fishing at the facility. There is a shelter adjacent to the deck and an open gazebo. The deck encompassed roughly 1,200 square feet. Archadeck of Columbus’ volunteers were in charge of the re-decking. Two crews donated their time and labor to complete this job. Seth Micheal and Josh Kempf both did a phenomenal job on this deck. We also couldn’t have did it without the help of our wonderful guys at TimberTech, Craig Hyatt and Tony Groh. It took us about two days to finish the job and it was a very rewarding experience.

A few of our wonderful volunteers

We chose to use the incredible TimberTech product called Evolutions. Evolutions is a beautiful composite deck that represents a new age in decking. The Evolutions material has a 25 year no stain and no fade warranty. TimberTech is the first ever to offer this full 25 year warranty on a decking product and we were really excited about using it on this structure. The Evolutions is not as expensive as pure PVC decking boards. It also has a PVC cap that extends around the perimeter of the board. Evolutions comes in many earthwood colors. We chose to use the Pacific Rosewood for this deck and Pacific Walnut and Radiance for the rail. The material has black veining/streaking through it to make it look more exotic, with breathtaking results. We also used hidden fasteners on the new deck to continue that endless vision of beauty without seeing the “stuff that holds it together”.

Anytime we donate our time or materials to help an organization such as this we always come back getting a lot more out of it than we could ever put in it. Having the opportunity to work on a job with this much significance to the community just makes you feel good. It is on a different level than doing jobs on a day-to-day. We encourage everyone to donate their time and whatever they have to a worthy cause such as this and help “pay it forward” in your community it is always an experience you will remember for the rest of your lives.

The completed Evolutions deck: A beautiful deck for a beautiful cause

From Recreation Unlimited…

The Recreation Unlimited deck by the lake is a major focal point for camp activities.  The campers fish from the dock, do outdoor arts and crafts by the lake and use the deck for a picnic spot during the summer months. The original deck was very worn and needed repair or replacement.  The Timbertech donation of materials was perfect for the type of application needed, a quality surface and maintenance free.  If it wasn’t for Mike Reeder and Archadeck, the project would never have been completed.  Mike and his crew’s expertise helped a bunch of weekend volunteers construct a beautiful deck in two days in a fantastic location.  What a treat for our campers with disabilities and health concerns to use now and many years into the future.  Thank you Archadeck and Timbertech.

Best regards!
Paul L. Huttlin
Executive Director and CEO
Recreation Unlimited Foundation
Recreation Unlimited Farm and Fun
7700 Piper Road
Ashley, OH  43003

An old deck becomes new again with Archadeck of Columbus

Perhaps your deck frame is just fine and it just looks bad on top. Depending on the stability of your deck frame, you may have that option to reduce costs. Watch this video to see how an old deck becomes new with replacing the deck boards on top.

Last week, we wrote about transforming an old beaten-down deck into a brand new deck using low-maintenance composite materials. Watch this video to see more of the transformation.

Can parts of your old deck be salvaged to reduce cost in replacing your deck?

A qualified deck professional will be glad to inspect your existing deck to determine if you can replace the top layer but keep your existing sub-structure for a reduced cost in replacing your deck.

If you have an existing deck that is badly in need of replacement, there’s a chance you don’t have to scrap the entire thing. If the foundation is fit, you may be able to “re-deck” it which means utilizing the existing under structure but replacing the decking boards, railing and stairs or thing top part of the structure.

Before re-deck

For these Hilliard, Ohio homeowners, this is exactly what we did. The existing deck was originally multi leveled and contained a hot tub. The original deck had a hot tub which took up a considerable amount of the usable living space. The owners wanted to remove the hot tub which had previously necessitated a minor step-up that further restricted the usable living space. In removing the hot tub, we were able to level out the deck which increased the usable living space by 100 more feet. How do you know if your existing deck under structure is sound enough to support re-decking? Call a qualified, reputable decking company for an estimate. They will be able to evaluate your deck to see if it is a candidate for re-decking.

We used TimberTech XLM which is an extremely low maintenance PVC decking board. We also used TimberTech XLM for the rail cap. TimberTech XLM is a non-wood, non-porous material that you can easily keep clean just by hosing off. We used vinyl railings with vinyl risers on the stairs. The skirting was done out of vinyl lattice. All of which are also structurally appealing and very low maintenance.

The boards for the deck were run on a diagonal . We also used parting boards in the middle of this uniquely shaped deck. This is a design element within decking that not only looks great it also eliminates having to splice decking boards together. Hidden fasteners were used throughout so there would be no signs of screws anywhere.

Archadeck’s Design Rendering of Re-deck

The addition of the outdoor lighting made a dramatic impact with the homeowner on this deck. All the stair risers have recessed lighting for safety and for a tranquil, soothing effect in the evenings. We also used lights on the posts. The post lights were done out of low voltage TimberTech accent lights, these lights give you capability of hiding the wiring inside the posts themselves. Larger rail posts were chosen by the homeowner to compliment the lighting. By using a 6×6 post as opposed to the normal 4×4 used on decks such as this, we were able to accentuate the post lights so they weren’t as snug.

TimberTech in Desert Bronze w/ Bronze Post Lights

The colors on this deck harmonized together beautifully. It was important to the customer to use contrasting colors so we used desert bronze by TimberTech on the rail cap  and used bronze colored riser lights that really brought out the color of the desert bronze decking.

This particular job came together beautifully. The worry-free, low-maintenance materials, the deck lighting and all the details made a big impact on the finished project. If a new deck is in your sights, or you are considering re-decking your existing deck give Archadeck of Columbus a call. From the planning stages all the way to the finished project, we are there to make your visions a reality.

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

Give us a call for a free consultation or to discuss your next outdoor project. (740) 879 – 3730
westcolumbus@archadeck.net.

We look forward to talking to you.