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.

Our Hardscape and Softscape Project in London, OH, Merges New and Old Seamlessly!

London OH Retaining wallsThere is nothing more interesting than when Archadeck of Columbus gets the chance to work on a historic home in our local geography. It certainly does present some challenges in terms of keeping the integrity of the home while providing homeowners with all the practical elements and benefits that are all about today’s outdoor lifestyle. We recently worked on a project in London, OH, with a home built in 1865 on 7.5 acres that has steep history during the Civil War/Antebellum era.

London OH Hardscape project on historic home

The house has been restored numerous times throughout its lifespan, and luckily the previous owner did renovations to the home to code back in 2000 after investing almost $750K to restore it, including the home’s stunning original brick veneer. This home’s newest owners also wanted to do right to the structure to continue its legacy in the proper way and preserve its integrity, but also add plenty of energy that would enhance the exterior. They wanted a masterful intermingling of new and old.

London OH patio builderOn a project of this scope, the homeowner’s needed a highly skilled  company with expertise in these areas for a large-scale outdoor additions complete with landscaping that would elegantly blend the new upgrades so they would complement the existing look and feel of the home. The homeowners didn’t necessarily want to have a historically accurate renovation, but rather have the improvements to the outdoor entertaining areas marry beautifully with what was already in place. This delicate balance was struck with the addition of a large paver patio, retaining/seating walls and fire pit along with extensive landscape installation to create a tasteful and practical outdoor living space that would complement this gracious home and property without overpowering its handsome simple lines.

London OH Patios and Hardscapes

The home originally had an existing deck off the back which was long overdue for an upgrade, so we tore it down to make way for a whole new look that was more in keeping with the historical nature of the brick building. Archadeck of Columbus added a hardscape outdoor living environment with stunning curved tiered steps lead from one area to the other in a dreamy way that tempers the hard lines and materials. The project also includes all the softscape foliage landscaping as well.

London OH outdoor fire pit builderThe hardscapes are built solely using Unilock and Belgard pavers due to their beauty and hard-wearing nature. The patio features Unilock pavers from the Camelot series in the Riverblend color with plenty of natural hues. All the vertical hardscapes were built using Belgard pavers from their Bel-air line in the Fossil Beige color. Both of these beautifully complement each other and have a seamless feel. The softscaping installation pairs well with all the stonework and adds plenty of color thanks to gorgeous specimens of Hydrangeas, Lavender, KnockOut Roses, new trees and evergreens for year round green.

London OH hardscape outdoor living environment
Just look at the vantage point the family now has to enjoy the view!

The family is beyond overjoyed at their new outdoor living environment, and you can see it looks heavenly. These homeowner’s are now in the process of adding a tranquil backyard pool to further their enjoyment and are currently in discussions with Archadeck of Columbus to design and build a paver pool surround,  pavilion and a pool house — they are so excited, and we are too!

Not only did we meet their challenge of merging old and new, but the property now boasts a multi-faceted and multi-functional outdoor living space that increases the livability of this stately 18th century home.

Archadeck of ColumbusGot a challenging project for us? Give Archadeck of Columbus 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.

Outdoor living trends for Columbus in 2015

One of my high school teachers always encouraged her students to ask the questions we had because, “If you have a question, someone else probably has the same question too.” With that in mind, I’d like to share some common questions I get which may help with some insight into what’s trending now and will likely to continue to trend at least early in 2015.

Q: What materials will people use the most in decks for 2015?

Synthetics like TimberTech make up about 80% of our deck business and we don’t foresee that changing much.

Q: Will we see anything new in composites?

Yes. TimberTech generally adds to their line at the beginning of each year. I understand they will add new colors to their line including a gray board.

Q: What new colors are becoming popular?

Dark brown is rising in popularity and we will build a lot of decks with contrasting colors, like those done in a picture frame design. Clients are also getting more creative with some of their trim choices on the sides.

Q: How about railings? Anything new there?

Nothing new really, but we anticipate high demand for aluminum because its thin profile allows for a superior view of your yard.

Q: What alternatives are there to the traditional rectangular deck?

Most houses are very linear so rectangular decks are always going to be popular. Having said that, we can use angles to soften the shape of the back of the house and add some visual interest to the design. It’s really the best of both worlds and less expensive than going with round or curvy.

Q: What’s hot in deck accessories?

Built-in lighting, especially with LED bulbs, is a trend that’s here to stay. It makes sense: why go to the trouble of building a deck and then make it hard to use after the sun sets? We can put accent lighting on stairs, which is a terrific safety feature, or mount it on posts or railings. If you can see your deck, you are going to use it more. And the newest generation of bulbs is energy efficient and designed to last. We can even link your lights to a timer or remote control for easy use.

Q: How about patios? What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in them over the last 4 years?

Larger stones are being requested more often. I’m ordering a lot of 8×12 and 12×12 stones. When I first started installing Columbus patios there were more 3×8 or 4×8 blocks. We also are building patios with different natural stones.

Q: Why are people using different sizes?

Sometimes they want to have more than one pattern in the layout, like using a soldier course inlay, a sailor course or designing the patio like a deck picture frame. We’ve collaborated on some really beautiful, creative projects using multiple sizes of pavers and stone.

Q: What are your customers adding to the patio base?

We are including lots of vertical components. Seating walls are terrific for a variety of purposes. Planters and pillars add visual interest and provide great opportunities for seasonal decorating. And, of course, we install fire pits and fireplaces.

Q: What stone colors are going to be popular next year?

Browns, buffs and grays. I think people like to use the colors of stones that they see in the environment around them. Reds generally are not as popular in this area.

Q: What feature do you consider a “must have” for a Columbus patio?

Lights. They provide safety and make any outdoor space more beautiful and useable. You can never go wrong with outdoor lighting.

Q: Any last words of outdoor living wisdom?

It may sound a little simplistic, but I always remind customers that the patio doesn’t end at the edge of the stones. You have to give some thought to what you will see all around it. Make sure to have a landscaping plan, even if it’s not fancy. If gardening is not one of your passions, we can help with Columbus landscape design and recommendations for low maintenance plants suitable to our climate.

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

If you’re considering building a porch, deck, patio or other outdoor living structure in the Columbus area, give us a call for a free consultation. We look forward to your call!

(740) 879 – 3730
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