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.

 

You’ll be really disappointed if you built a screened porch that just wasn’t big enough for your needs. Here are our top 7 things to consider first.

There are many decisions to be made when designing your new screened porch. One that is often not considered strongly enough is size. An extra 2 feet of length, width or both can make a big difference. The last thing you want to do is fill your new screened porch with your new furniture only to realize it doesn’t really fit. Or, you don’t want to try to push your chair back after dinner only to find out you are locking horns with the porch’s chair rail. Below are some general considerations to begin considering the best size. Utilizing your considerations along with our expert recommendations, we will determine the best size to fit your outdoor living needs.

This Zen inspired screen porch in Upper Arlington, OH
This Zen inspired screen porch in Upper Arlington, OH is a great example of good space allocation in regards to furnishings and spatial harmony.

Based on our decade+ of experience with outdoor living spaces, here are my Top 7 details to consider for creating a porch that looks and feels great and is spacious enough to fit your outdoor living needs.

#1: Give yourself space to stretch out. Your dining room is the place where you go to sit formally around the table and sit up straight with your feet in front of you and your napkin on your lap. When you want to relax with friends or family after a long day, you head to the porch. That means you need to leave a little extra room to extend your legs or even prop them up on the coffee table.

#2 Include comfortable cushions. Again, you don’t need your kitchen or dining chairs to have the kind of softness that you can melt into. Those are utilitarian chairs. You eat, you stand, you go. When you want to spend an hour with a book or entice your friends to stay out past their bedtimes, you want a chair that doesn’t want to let you leave.

#3 Plan for the number of guests you will usually have. You can always borrow or rent extra chairs or tables for a large event like a graduation party, but you don’t want to be constantly moving or walking around chairs that almost never get used. Would you buy a pickup truck because you want to haul a big load twice a year?

dog enjoying archadeck screened porch#4 Don’t forget your pets. Most Columbus screened porch owners find that their pets are huge fans of their new space. If your pets are going to spend time out on the porch with you or on their own, make allowances for that. Talk to us about screening options that are pet resistant. And, even if they won’t have their own furniture, leave them a little space to enjoy the porch too.

#5 Measure furniture twice. I don’t mean measure it twice because you might have made a mistake the first time. Measure it once by itself and once with a person using it. That Adirondak chair is very hip and attractive, but it takes up much more space while it is being used. Think about your dining room table. You need 2-4 extra feet around the perimeter when it’s being occupied.

#6 Use outdoor furniture. I know that the two most popular places to put your old indoor furniture are on the porch and in your adult child’s first apartment, but indoor furniture should really stay indoors (or just send it to its next home). You are already tired of it, it doesn’t have much life left anyway, and it will be terrible to try and clean. Let us show you some of our Casuwel outdoor furniture. It is without peer in its combination of comfort, style, durability, and value.

#7-ish OK, while this one is not about size, it was important enough that we wanted to make sure to include it here. Don’t fear the mess, prepare for it. Outdoor living will always be a little messier than indoor living. Bugs, dirt, rain, pollen, muddy feet. You can’t change that. You can, however, use materials and fabrics that will make a huge difference in how your porch and furniture will stand up to abuse and how easily it will clean. Sunbrella fabrics from the Outdoor Living Brands Casuwel line of furniture and umbrellas are the industry standard for beauty and durability. Ask to see swatches from our line: Carnegie Celeste and Astoria Lagoon are just two of the dozens of stylish options available.

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.

Can you guess the top 7 ways a Columbus screened porch improves your day? Your night?

Columbus outdoor fireplace on porch
Another Columbus outdoor fireplace and screened porch combination.

The best way to make great memories is to change things up. Make today different than the days before it. A screened porch is a wonderful place to spend quality time together or alone and do things that are a little out of the ordinary. Here are 7 great ways our customers tell us they use their screened porch.

#1 Sleep outside

Grab that inflatable mattress that you keep for unexpected guests and bring it out on the porch. You don’t need to plan or pack, just pick a beautiful night when the temperature is right. If sleeping outside isn’t your thing– let the kids have an adventure close to home. Whether your children are young or bringing friends home from college, the porch is a fabulous place to give them their space while keeping them close.

#2 Celebrate the rain

There is something wonderfully primal about sitting outside and enjoying the rhythmic beat of a rainstorm. Let the wind, water, thunder, and lightening command your attention for a half hour. The rest of the world can wait.

#3 Create a themed fun night with friends

Maybe you are a wine aficionado and want to do a “taste and talk” with girlfriends. If cigars are a special indulgence, you might invite some buddies over to enjoy a box of special smokes and maybe play a few hands of poker. It’s easier to carve out your own time and space with friends when you are out of the mainstream hubub of the rest of the household.

Columbus screen porch with classic wicker furnishings
Notice how this Columbus, OH screened porch leaves plenty of room for pull out room to comfortably use the dining table, as well as traffic flow.

#4 Indulge in a messy meal

It could be anything from spaghetti to a chocolate fountain to popsicles. Bring the kids outside and don’t worry about what will spill on the floor. There is no easier floor to clean than composite decking that you can hose off or wipe off with a sponge. When you aren’t concerned about stains, you can embrace the mess of the moment and enjoy. Heck, pull out the camera and take some pictures while you are at it!

#5 Enjoy the nature around you

Whether you live in a place where fox, deer, and rabbits and visit regularly or your garden is a carefully orchestrated mix of annuals and perennials, you will feel yourself calm and relax whenever you walk out onto your porch to commune with the natural world. Get in touch with the rhythms of your own habitat without worrying about feeding the mosquitoes.

#6 Go to time out

Some days there is a little too much togetherness and tempers begin to fray. A screened porch can be a wonderful place for a “time out.” Maybe a child sits out there for a bit to be removed from the “scene of the crime” or maybe mom and dad need to take a break. Either way, a porch provides a way to get away from each other, but still be close at hand.

#7 Rethink the concept of the home office

If you have to work at home, shouldn’t you do it in a space that you enjoy? If you have a laptop and a WiFi connection, there is no reason not to include a table and chair on your screened porch that will let you use the space as a home office alternative. You may find that your creativity increases as you take in the fresh air and greenery of living things instead of staring at the same old walls.

# Pet Lovers’ bonus

If you love your pet, you can’t give them a better gift than a screened porch to enjoy when they can’t be outside. All cats love curling up in a sunbeam. Your dog will carefully monitor the squirrels out dancing in the yard. You’ll like knowing that they are enjoying themselves in a space that is safe, dry, and contained. Many of our customers say their screened porch is their favorite place to sit with their pets– over coffee and the paper or in the evenings with a good book.

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.

Paradise by the Gahanna OH porch/deck light

Gahanna OH deck patio porch outdoor kitchenWe just put the finishing touches on a design for an outdoor living space that includes everything but a restroom. This Gahanna patio-porch combination will certainly set the standard for entertaining in the neighborhood. We’re very excited to break ground on this project which is sure to see lots of fun in the sun this spring, summer and fall.

The curvilinear Unilock paver patio has plenty of room, over 1,000 square feet, for multiple conversation and activity areas. Close to the house it will include a complete outdoor kitchen with granite countertops, a built-in grill and a refrigerator.  A second area is designated for relaxed socializing. A third is a circular stone firepit with a retaining wall and plenty of space for chairs. The entire patio also serves as an unifying space which joins the two decked areas. We haven’t settled on exactly which color paver we will use, but intend to use darker, contrasting stones for a framing course along the edge and around the firepit.

Gahanna OH porch patio deck and outdoor kitchenThe flow of the project is ideal. Leaving the rear of the home, guests will emerge onto a low-to-grade deck with no rails. That space is intended primarily for dining, but almost has the feeling of a balcony. From there people can move easily down the grand staircase toward the conversation cluster or off to the side for use the barbecue. The hot tub sits near the firepit and adjoining the covered porch, in case there is a bit of a chill in the air after a quick dip. It’s also just a few steps from the hot tub to the fridge if a frosty beverage is needed.

Gahanna patio outdoor kitchen deck and porchThe covered porch is original to the house. This Archadeck endeavor is primarily new construction, but part of the overall building project involves redecking to minimize unnecessary costs while ensuring top-quality and a unified look for the entire space. We’ll use TimberTech Terrain for the new deck with white trim and white risers on the stairs. TimberTech’s CONCEALoc® hidden fasteners will add to the seamless, high-end feel of this Gahanna porch.

Another terrific design detail you should note is the way that we were able to integrate the hot tub with both the covered porch and the Gahanna paver patio. You can easily enter the tub from the top rim using the porch, from partway up via the stairs or lever yourself over the side from ground level. As with all of our projects, we consider functionality and fabulous looks for every part of the whole space.

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

If you have a Columbus outdoor living space you are considering for 2015, we’d love to hear from you: (740) 879 – 3730 or email us at westcolumbus@archadeck.net.  The consultation is completely free.

7 Reasons to build your Columbus porch this winter

inspired screen porch in Upper Arlington, OH
This inspired screen porch in Upper Arlington, OH

Spring and summer are typically when homeowners think about building a new deck or porch, but the smart money belongs to the customer who starts his outdoor living project over the winter. Here are my “Lucky 7” benefits of building Columbus outdoor living projects during the winter.

I bet you are able to guess the first two reasons:

Reason #1– Your porch will be ready by spring.

Reason #2– Archadeck of Columbus and other contractors are less busy in the wintertime and so your wait time will be shorter.

Reason #3 The ground is starting to harden and your lawn and plants will be dormant. You will cause far less disturbance to your lawn during a winter building project. No one worries about a muddy work site in Columbus in January.

Reason #4 is closely related. If your grass suffers any trauma from installation of a porch or patio, winter projects gives lawns the best opportunity bounce back vigorously.  Plan on giving your yard a little extra TLC come spring and your yard should be as green as ever for the summer barbecue season.

Do you hesitate to start a backyard project because it will be difficult for the kids, pets or for you to use the yard during construction? My benefit #5 of building during the winter is that you probably aren’t using the yard very much during the cold weather anyway. You could be the exception, but winter is the slowest season for outdoor entertaining for most of us.

The most technical reason on my  list is #6. Regardless of the material that you choose for the interior of your porch, your foundation will almost certainly be constructed with pressure treated pine. From the lumberyard, this lumber has a moisture content of about 50%. By building in the low humidity of winter, the natural curing process of the wood will be more even, consistent, and quick. Winter building also decreases potential problems with cracking and warping that can occur when the wood is curing in the hot summer sun. You can let Mother Nature work to your advantage.

The first six reasons to build your Columbus porch in winter hold true regardless of your builder. When you sign a contract with Archadeck of Columbus by Dec. 31, 2014, you benefit from Lucky # 7: we are offering a winter discount on projects of $10,000 or more. You can receive a $500 credit on your job or receive a free $500 lighting package if contracted by 12/31/14. Be sure to ask for details when you call to set up your free consultation appointment.

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

Keep in mind that Archadeck of Columbus can also build your outdoor structure combination in stages. Winter is the perfect time to start the first stage of your desired outdoor living project. If you are considering a deck and patio combination for example, you can take advantage of our staged building option and build the deck this winter and then we can add the patio later into the spring. With Archadeck of Columbus’ staged building, the choice is yours. Contact us today to learn more, call us at (740) 879 – 3730 or email us at westcolumbus@archadeck.net

The reason why I’m in your Columbus backyard (It’s not because I’m nosy)

I’m pretty good with dogs, but if you were going to give me a nickname, it would more likely be “the house whisperer.” I listen closely to what my clients tell me about their vision for their outdoor living project, but I get a huge amount of the information I need to do my job right by a careful site survey–essentially listening to what the home and site tell me.

Obviously, homes don’t talk to you, but they do have individual characteristics and they all interact differently with the environment. While I’m walking around the yard with a homeowner, I’ll look places they might not expect, ask questions that they think are nuts and will take notes. It’s all part of the process of determining what is possible and what is best for a particular job.

I start by looking at site conditions. What is the architecture, size, and age of the home? Where are the vents, windows, and doors? What kind of siding and roof are on the existing home? And, probably most important of all: where is the water going to go? Not the water pipes, but the rain and snow melt.

Take a look at this home.
Take a look at this home before and after the new porch. There were multiple roof lines and the center portion had a high window that provided a challenge for adding a roof. This elevated roof porch overcame all the architectural solutions while creating a fabulous solution.

If you are building a Columbus screened porch, I will determine if a gable or hip roof is possible. Many people prefer gable roofs because they are so light and airy, but sometimes the location of a window or door will dictate a shed roof. The grade of the land will tell me whether we need to discuss a railing. Code states that any structure 30” or higher off the ground needs rails for safety.

In addition to design considerations, I’ll be thinking about some work site issues for my crew. Do they need to take down a fence to bring in large equipment? Is there space to stage lumber or materials on the site? How long will the commute be? Are there neighbors we don’t want to wake up early in the morning? Some of these issues impact the cost of labor and ultimately the price I will quote the clients. If a company is quoting you a flat price per square foot to do a job, they aren’t giving you an accurate bid, they are taking a shot in the dark.

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Take a look at the incredibly steep grade in this yard. Integrating with this steep drop off was one challenge. We also needed to follow the design lead of the Frank Lloyd Wright architecture. The spiral stairs provided a great way to bridge the second story porch and the steep grade.

A comprehensive site survey also allows me to collect the information and photos that I will use to create architectural designs and plans.  So the short answer is: I’m in your yard getting your project started on the right foot.

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.

I hear laughter in the rain under this Columbus covered porch

I love a good, long, hard, drenching rainstorm.  Not all the time naturally, but there is something incredibly invigorating about watching Mother Nature flex her muscles and bring some serious water down from above.  The key, of course, is having someplace where you can watch such a magnificent display from under cover.

We recently build a wonderful space for just this purpose in Pataskala.  The homeowners had parts of their outdoor living space that they liked, but there were others that just didn’t work for them. They called Archadeck of Columbus because they were ready to make a change and wanted an update that would give them plenty of space for relaxed entertaining or tailgating on some days, and a place to take in a wild rainstorm on others.

The first part of the job was to remove an outdated concrete slab and the lower level of a two-level deck.  We replaced both of these areas with a custom Unilock stone patio.  While it’s effectively one large area, we differentiated the patio into three discrete spaces by using different color stones, using multiple course designs in the layout, adding some seating walls & pillars, and covering nearly half of it with an open-air porch.

Pataskala OH before and after covered porch

The customer liked the rustic, natural look of Unilock pavers. They have a subtly distressed appearance when they come from the factory, so they look like they have always been part of the home–making the area feel both classic and relaxed. We built the floor of the patio with Unilock Avante Ashlar, using a combination of Sierra and Sandstone colors for the center and contrasting border. It looks very sharp. We constructed the seating walls and pillars with the complementary line of Unilock Brussels which is a distinctive and beautiful paver.  The open area provides ample space for relaxing under the stars or gathering around the fire pit.

We replaced a retractable awning with a permanent covered patio that gives the customers the option to enjoy their yard in all kinds of weather.  Each pillar has an outlet to plug in radios, phones or anything else at hand. We also installed permanent wiring for an outdoor TV, a ceiling fan on the ridge beam and outlets earmarked for party lights.  There is a narrow, sunny area just in front of the porch that is perfect for catching some rays while relaxing on a chaise.

Pataskala OH before and after new patio

In addition to the design details that make the project easy to use and great to look at, there are other, less evident structural details that will make a huge difference to the owners over time.  The large width of the porch demanded extra roof support. To avoid blocking light to the upstairs window, we built a low-pitched roof. We’ve found that low-pitched Columbus porch roofs need to have an ice and water guard or the homeowners will have big trouble down the road. You might notice the millwork and wrapped posts on the porch. It’s important to always have a seasoned builder evaluate your desired projects, looking at both structure and design details.

The bottom line is how the new space is meaningful and useful to the homeowners. Take a look at the review they left on Angie’s List:

“Let me start off by saying we absolutely love the patio and the work done by Archadeck.  From the beginning design phase to final completion everyone that represented the company were top notch. Rob with our design, Phil as his back up , Seth on construction to Paco on the pavers all of them went out of their  to make sure the job was done to our satisfaction.  As with many construction projects we had some glitches along the way but in the end I felt any issues were  handled fairly and reasonably.  I felt I was always able to get ahold of Rob at anytime day or night with my issues and he responded promptly to all inquiries.  Seth and the carpentry work he preformed is beautiful. Paco and his crew did a beautiful job with the pavers.  My wife and I keep saying “it feels like we moved” because the space they created for us makes it feel like a completely different house.

I think most peoples frustrations with contractors is that once they have your money your stuck. Sometimes they show up and sometimes they don’t , with no explanation. Not Archadeck, we were always kept informed as to who and when someone would be there and what they would be doing that day.  And they were always there when they said they would be.  If no one was working that day, you knew why and when they would be back.  This was a big job and when any of the crew were there they were working and getting alot done. The job site was cleaned up every night and the space around the work area was usable. 
Finally the bill, there were addendums that were added only they way from the initial quote. They were very specific as to the changes and the cost. When the job was over, we paid what we owed with no “surprises”.   No job this big gets done without some issues but I feel they were all professionally handled.  And they fact that they operate as a single point of contact using all their own subs and employees I didn’t have to make sure there was coordination between some outside contractor and Archadeck,. The one outside contractor I did have to bring in was told when he would be able to do his part and they were respectful of his time and he was able to do his work when he was told. 
Everyone that has seen the project is amazed at the work, my wife and I love it.  I would highly recommend Archadeck to anyone who would ask. Great Job Guys!! Thanks!”

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 at westcolumbus@archadeck.net. We look forward to your call.

Not your grandmother’s screened porch

old screened porchesBack in the early 1940s, my grandparents built a cabin on a river and it had a screened porch that ran across the entire length of the side of the house facing the water. We ate out there, played cards, kept an eye out for wildlife and spent countless hours just rocking in chairs watching the river flow by. We all loved that porch and by day it was the center of our indoor activities.

Looking back on it though, the porches we build today are in another league entirely. First of all, mosquitoes were our unrelenting enemy all summer long. It seems like we were always patching up a hole here or there and yet, every evening we were still slapping at them and reaching for the bug spray. Today we use weatherproof flexible fiberglass screening. They seal with a rubber strip that goes all around the perimeter and all of them are much more robust that the staple-gun screens of the past.  No more worries about screen rips and dents during the post-dinner wiffle ball match.

I can’t tell you how much I dreaded it when my mom would say it was my turn to sweep the porch.  We were always tracking in sand, dirt, and grass and it used to get down deep into the grooves of the plank flooring.  We kids were also pretty hard on it in terms of spilling things and dragging furniture across it. Today I work with a flooring options that are much more robust, attractive and easy to maintain. What I would have given to have had a floor that locked tightly together so I wasn’t having to work the sand out of all of the grooves and nail indents!  I would have replaced that floor with with a composite in a heartbeat. In addition, bugs would easily make their way up through the floor boards. Today, we simply put a screen below the porch planks and that keeps the bugs from joining the party from crawling in that way.

In my head I can still hear the slam of our screen door. Boy it was loud.  It smacked against the jam and reverberated through the whole house. The doors we use today shut quietly and stay shut. They don’t have to be replaced regularly because of warping or easily torn screens and they do a terrific job of keeping the bugs out. We probably would have picked one with a built in dog door for our German Shepherd, Sam.

I loved the rustic furniture of that cabin, but we only used it seasonally. My favorite part of the modern screened porch is that you can build it, decorate it and add amenities like fireplaces and televisions much like you would any other room of your home. It is essentially a more relaxed, casual room addition to the rest of your home.  Rough and tumble has its own charm, but these days I like relaxing under the ceiling fan with the surround sound audio system.  I think my grandmother would have liked that too.

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