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.

Sun protection is not something that should be taken lightly…

DrySnap rain deck
DrySnap rain deck by Archadeck of Columbus.

We’d all love to spend our summer days in the garden, reading a book by the pool or just taking in the fresh air with a cold ice tea on our patios. But often times we forget to think about the risks of spending too much time outdoors in the sun without proper protection. Numerous medical complications like Melanoma and Cataracts can occur when sun protection is disregarded.

 National UV Safety Awareness monthDisregarding the sun’s damaging rays are nothing to take lightly. These serious complications have life threatening concerns that need immediate attention. Melanoma occurs when the pigment-producing cells that give color to skin become cancerous due to overexposure to sun or sunburn. Broad-spectrum sunscreen is used as a temporary protector against the sun but is frequently only applied once throughout the day which becomes inefficient over time if you plan to spend a full day outdoors.

Columbus Screened Porch BuilderThe month of July is observed as National UV Safety Awareness month. Archadeck of Columbus wants to ensure you are worry free when it comes to spending time outdoors. Instead of spending your time indoors in fear of the damage UV rays may cause, invest in long-term protection for your backyard. Archadeck can help protect you and your family by adding a covered patio, screen porch or a 3 or 4-season room addition. Whether you enjoy gardening or sitting in the breeze to read a book these are perfect options to get you the ultimate protection while still enjoying the freedom of being outdoors.

Columbus OH covered patio for dining and entertaining

Covered patios and screen porches offer a shaded more private area for you and your family to escape to during lunch when the heat is in full swing. Even with an existing hardscape patio, Archadeck can custom design a covered structure over the top to help provide proper UV protection. With a screen porch you get triple protection. Screen porches provide the benefit of sun protection but also becomes a defense against allegans such as pollen and mosquitoes and other nuisance insects.

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Adding a 3-season or 4-season room is like taking a piece of the outdoors and bringing it inside. A 3-season room can be designed and built with an Eze-Breeze® window system. Eze-Breeze® allows your outdoor structure to quickly switch from glass windows to screen panels letting in the cool Columbus breeze. 4-season rooms are designed with HVAC systems to keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. These additions protect you from direct sunlight while still being able to enjoy the panoramic views of your backyard garden and landscape with floor to ceiling windows.

Open porch and hardscape patio

It is fairly easy to forget to follow the standard recommendations for sun protection such as continuously adding a strong broad-spectrum sunscreen or wearing sunglasses throughout the day. That is why Archadeck of Columbus wants to help you and your family with long-term sun protection by adding a covered patio, screen porch or a 3-season or 4-season room onto your backyard.

Archadeck of Columbus team
The Archadeck of Columbus team.

Contact Archadeck of Columbus today at (740) 879-3730 or via email at westcolumbus@arcahdeck.net to get out of the sun by designing your custom outdoor structure. We would look forward to connecting with you!

Cover Story: Why Columbusites Love Porches

Rocking chair front porches of yesteryear
Rocking chair front porch of yesteryear.

There are certain outdoor living structures that are just must-haves and porches have remained at the top of this list for generations. There is nothing more American than the porch. Whether used as a refuge from the elements, or a place to relax and make memories with friends and family, the porch is a classic outdoor structure that transcends time.

“Porches are as synonymous with American culture as apple pie. While known in colonial times, they rose to nationwide popularity in the decades before the Civil War, and remained in fashion for almost one hundred years. Ironically, the very social and technological forces that made them both popular and possible were eventually responsible for their decline.”

— From Kahn, Preserving Porches

http://columbus.archadeck.com/our-projects/columbus-screen-porches-and-sunrooms/For over 15 years, Archadeck of Columbus has designed and built custom outdoor structures with functionality and beauty in mind for homeowners in the Columbus area. During our time in business few structures have remained as constant as the porch. Porches have been portrayed throughout history as a safe haven of protection from wind, snow, rain and nuisance insects and have been associated with the art of relaxation.

Delaware OH rustic screen porch with outdoor fireplace
An outdoor fireplace adds to the rustic charm of this wooden screened porch in Delaware, OH.

Porches come in all shapes and sizes, and their benefits extend the entire circumference of the home and even within the landscape. From the traditional “rocking chair” front porch, the open porch, screened porch and even porches detached from the home and used in a variable setting within the landscape — all are endearing to Columbusites!

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

Archadeck of Columbus specializes in creating porches that are steeped in quality, beauty and overall outdoor enjoyment. We can deliver the beloved wooden porch of your past, or design your porch without the worry of constant painting or staining because of our diverse menu of low maintenance materials such as vinyl, PVC and other synthetics. We also pay close attention to the details that make each of our porches unique and superior to other designs. Our porches can be designed to include the modern conveniences that you yearn for such as ceiling fans, electrical outlets, recessed  lighting  and even an outdoor kitchen or fireplace. When it comes to choosing the details that set your porch apart from others, the world is your oyster. Archadeck of Columbus’ porches not only provide you with comfort and convenience, they can also improve your home’s curb appeal and increase your home’s value as well.

Archadeck of ColumbusIf you are ready to transform that blah front exterior of your home, or are ready to turn your vacant backyard into an outdoor oasis, a porch is the perfect answer! Contact us today to learn more about our versatile porch and screened porch designs at (740) 879 – 3730, email us at westcolumbus@archadeck.net or visit our website at columbus.archadeck.com.

 

 

 

 

 

A thousand small details add up to one stellar Columbus outdoor space

Take a look at the before and after of this stunning outdoor space
Take a look at the before and after of this stunning outdoor space

One glance at the “before” pictures and you can tell that this backyard space just wasn’t working. There were two small decks that came from two different parts of the house and there was nothing creating unity of space or purpose in between. Before, there was seating on three different levels, but everything was disjointed and awkward. The goal: create multiple beautiful spaces that could be enjoyed by parents and teens that encourages fluid movement throughout.

The clients originally started working with a lumber yard that also did some design work, but they lost confidence that the outfit was up to this challenge. One of our designers, Rob, stepped up to the plate and really hit this one out of the park. His solution of a covered TimberTech plank porch and multiple levels of Unilock Brussels paver patios hit every point on the customer’s wish list.

Columbus Powell open porch and multi-level patio lrThere are multiple decorative planting circles that create visual interest, define different spaces and give the owners a living creative outlet. Seating walls provide a casual place to relax and help keep landscaping in place. Gravel beds look decorative, but serve the added function of handling drainage. The fire pit has a gas starter and can burn either gas or wood– take your pick. The built-in grill is right outside the kitchen door and is convenient to inside or out making food transfer quick and simple.

Some of the critical details to the success of this project you might never notice; had to do with water management. The design of the patio or deck is what everyone sees. But as an outdoor designer, it’s our job to know about and take care of what everyone doesn’t see. In this case, that was water management.

The grade of the yard meant that we had to give lots of thought to water movement. We used a catch basin trenched into the woods to do the heavy lifting. We used a rubber roof system above the porch to handle rain and snowfall. The owners wanted everything to be easy to care for, that included having an irrigation system built in to the landscaping and planters. We also took care of rerouting hot water and dryer venting. We attended to every detail from start to finish.

So, if you are ever lucky enough to be invited to a barbecue at this Powell porch and patio combination, make sure you get a chance to admire the huge grand staircase that leads to the landing patio– you might stop at the bistro table there for a drink. Or, if the mosquitoes are biting, use the remote to start the ceiling fan. It does a great job of shooing them away. You might want to play around a bit with the lighting too. It’s on a dimmer and the owners made some very attractive lighting choices, replacing an old sconce and adding some stylish new fixtures.

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.

With this Powell OH deck extension, there was no need to throw the baby out with the bath

Can you see where this deck was extended? Even that will gray out and become unnoticeable
Can you see where this deck was extended? Even that will gray out and become unnoticeable

The builder deck is good enough when you are building your home and want to save what extra money you have for upgrades to your kitchen appliances, hardwood floors or a jet tub for the master bath. It also works just fine when you are “trading up” to get a little more room and it’s the deck that comes with the house in the neighborhood with the great schools. But the time will come when you are ready to make a change.

People often hesitate to completely tear out a serviceable deck. They worry that it is wasteful, so we often hear the question, “Can we make our deck bigger?” My answer: absolutely. Here is a typical example of a Columbus deck upgrade/expansion project that we completed. We took what they had and improved upon it.

Composite and synthetic woods have come a long way baby. Look at the stunning color of this deck.
Composite and synthetic woods have come a long way baby. Look at the stunning color of this deck.

Our Powell OH customers had the same petite builder deck as several other homes in the neighborhood. It was constructed of pressure-treated pine and was too small to be of real use. Archadeck removed the decking and railing, leaving the underlying structure in place. We extended the base to make it 6-8 feet wider. Then we replaced the tired, faded wood boards with TimberTech Evolutions Pacific Redwood; it harmonizes with the floors inside the house. That change alone makes a tremendous difference both aesthetically and from a home maintenance perspective.

Next we added some small details that you just don’t see on builder decks. They aren’t necessarily expensive to do, but they have a big visual impact. We used a double parting board down the middle which gives a pleasing visual division of space and serves the practical purpose, allowing that TimberTech Pacific Redwood deck Powell OHextended width along the back of the house. We also created a small, attractive bay area at the corner– that’s something you just don’t see on a cookie-cutter builder deck.

We widened the stairs the yard just a bit. Obviously, that makes it a little more comfortable for moving back and forth, but it also creates a better sense of balance to have a larger staircase with the larger deck. The stairs and the perimeter are adorned with a contemporary black aluminum rail. It’s sleek and functional at the same time.

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.

If you like it, put a roof on your Columbus porch

Open porch over concrete pad Columbus OH lrAsk any self improvement guru and they will tell you to celebrate the things you love about yourself and then identify and take positive steps to change the things you don’t. We have a similar approach to assisting our customers in designing their new outdoor living spaces. We ask them to tell us what they love about their house and what they want to change to create their fabulous new Columbus deck, porch or patio.

This Westerville porch project had, literally, a good base to start from. The house boasted an existing variegated stamped concrete pad for a patio. The trouble wasn’t the pad, it was in great condition. The problem was the punishing sun hitting the west side of the house nearly every afternoon during the summer. Our mission: create an open porch working around the existing pad that didn’t block the many windows adorning the rear of their lovely home.

Westerville OH double open porch lrWe opted for a combination gable roof to accommodate the windows. One gable faces the side and one faces the back. Both offer plenty of height to allow for amenities like lights, ceiling fans and outdoor speakers. The vaulted interior cathedral ceilings are beautifully appointed in cedar tongue and groove planks. The owners liked the look of a beam ceiling as well, so we added decorative beams perpendicular to the planks that are painted to match both the exterior of the home and the paulownia-wrapped pillars.

We wanted to minimize the number of times that we cut through the concrete pad so that we wouldn’t risk damaging it and could minimize project costs. Our design demanded just seven columns to hold up the entire structure. Of these, only one was drilled through the slab. The pillars were vaulted ceiling open porch Westerville OH lrconstructed from Unilock in Brussels Sierra. The pillars were important from a practical standpoint because they allowed us to give us lots of elevation for the high roof. From a design perspective, they just look fabulous. They complement the patio as well.

I’d like to include a note about paulownia, the wood we used to wrap the pillars and beams. This variety is unfamiliar to many Americans, but it is, in fact, native to North America. It is very lightweight for its strength and easy to work with. It’s also very fast-growing (as much as 20 feet in one year!) so it is highly regarded for being eco-friendly. It is resistant to rot and insects so it is useful for many outdoor applications, but is too soft to use for most horizontal applications like flooring. It was a perfect match for this project and can be painted any color.

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, visit our website at columbus.archadeck.com or email us at westcolumbus@archadeck.net. We look forward to your call.

Cedar’s natural beauty makes it a perennial porch favorite

Composite building products grab more than their fair share of the headlines in stories about Columbus decks and porches. This is probably because the industry is always rolling out new products, textures and colors. They also have large companies promoting them: think TimberTech and AZEK. This week I’d like to highlight the beauty, versatility and warm smell of natural cedar as we used it in a screened porch addition.

Columbus deck to porch conversion

This client wanted to replace an existing deck with a Columbus screened porch that had a rustic look. No other product gives you the combination of traditional rough hewn construction and Columbus cedar screened porch by Archadeck of Columbushigher-end sophistication than cedar. The highly sought after grain pattern, color, and subtle scent are pleasing to humans, but discourage insects. We used the cedar to build an open gable roof with sweeping curved braces and exposed rafters that look elegant while letting in a tremendous amount of light. Another bonus of using cedar on this job was that we were able to pair it with cedar lap siding on the exterior that will be painted to match the rest of the home.

There were two design challenges with this job. The first was that we needed to build around an existing chimney, but this only added to the rustic feel of the porch. The other was that we wanted to preserve a bay window on an adjoining part of the house. To do that, we opened up the staircase to the Columbus paver patio just a bit. We also made sure to have a second window facing the bay window on the interior side to keep as much light as possible.

Columbus cedar screened porch with drink railThe interior of the porch has a knee wall with a drink rail just above it. This combination worked beautifully because their dog Sam can still see outside through the screened gap and guests have a place to put their drinks that is high enough that they are not in danger from a wagging tail. Sam also suggested that we use Screen-Eze in case he gets a little overenthusiastic one day–Screen-Eze has incredible strength and durability.

On a cool fall evening, I think the family is going to love sitting around their new fire pit on their Unilock Camelot paver patio (the color is Coffee Creek). There is plenty of space to use the seating wall or pull up a chair. When the weather gets a little fierce, I know they will enjoy sitting on the new screened porch and listening to the sound of the water hitting the rain bell that they installed in place of one of the downspouts–such a delightful touch to the home.

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.