What Sets an Archadeck of Columbus Deck Apart from All the Rest?

Archadeck of Columbus reveals what sets our decks apart from all the rest—from amenities and custom features to our unbeatable warranties.

You’ve probably seen enough decks to know that not all decks are created equal, as the expression goes. What makes Archadeck of Columbus decks so much better than the others? Beyond our quality construction, what sets our decks apart are our deck amenities, custom features, high-quality materials, attention to detail, and our unbeatable warranties.

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We take our expert craftsmanship and quality construction for granted (in a good way!), and we expect you to, as well. Inspect any deck that Archadeck of Columbus has designed and built, and you will find all the evidence of careful craftsmanship and quality construction. You can expect the same whether we are adding a wood deck or a low-maintenance composite deck to your home.

What Deck Amenities Make Our Decks Stand Out from The Crowd?

Amenities … we’re talking about those little extra touches that mean a lot. Take, for example, the drink rail. It’s a simple thing, but so helpful when you need it. Ever stood among a group of people on someone’s deck (or your old deck) and tried to find somewhere to set your drink? Had trouble balancing a drink in one hand and a plate in the other? Tried to describe something using hand gestures and spilled your drink in the process? The convenience of a drink rail has prevented many a spill on decks!

You can see a super-sized drink rail here: Archadeck of Columbus Transforms This Westerville Low-To-Grade Patio and Stoop Into A Full-On Outdoor Oasis! It’s wider than most drink rails and can actually be used as a bar.

Privacy screens are popular as a deck amenity in Columbus-area subdivisions. Are the homes in your neighborhood situated so that everyone can see activity on their next-door neighbors’ deck? Do you face a golf course and find golfers looking over to see what you’re having for dinner? You need a deck with a privacy screen! Archadeck of Columbus can incorporate an attractive and discrete privacy screen into your new deck design.

Integrated deck lighting is another amenity that seems so essential you could argue it’s a necessity rather than just nice-to-have. Gone are the days when deck lighting was an afterthought! Deck lighting increase your family’s safety on and around your deck, and the safety of your guests, too. We recommend including small LED lights on stair risers and at key spots along deck railings or posts. In addition to increasing safety, deck lighting creates ambiance and makes lingering on your deck more enjoyable.

On the hottest Columbus afternoons, a shade cover will make your deck so much more comfortable! There’s no need to suffer in the heat! Even better, you don’t need to avoid your deck on hot days if you can bring shade to the deck. Archadeck of Columbus can do that for you by adding a shade pergola or other shade cover. While many homeowners think of pergolas as purely ornamental, if they are designed to provide shade, they will help keep you cooler. We can design your deck with a pergola that has a cover to filter UV rays and block some of the sun’s heat. At the same time, when you include a pergola, you suddenly have a place to hang a ceiling fan over your deck. While decks and ceiling fans don’t usually go together, we think they should!

We normally don’t think of deck steps as amenities, but if the steps are extra-wide, flowing steps, then yes! When a deck is at grade or low to grade (only a step or two above the ground), we have the opportunity to design extra-wide steps. These steps seem to flow from the deck to the ground! Sometimes we can surround two or three sides of a deck with these wide steps. Not only are they attention-getting, you can even use them for additional seating when you have more guests than your deck can comfortably seat in chairs. 

A bump-out area for a grill on the deck is a practical amenity because it means your grill won’t take up valuable floor space. Think about those decks that must allow room for a grill but don’t have a bump-out. The grill ends up being in the way far too often. A simple area just for the grill, where it won’t impede traffic flow on the deck, is quite desirable.

Finally, let’s not forget the ultimate deck amenity, an outdoor kitchen. They’re not just for patios! Who doesn’t love dining on the deck? Having the outdoor kitchen right there, so you can prepare a meal and get it to the table while still hot … it’s a luxury! If you are interested in incorporating an outdoor kitchen into your new deck design, let us know. We’ll talk about the additional steps required like running utilities (gas and water) to the deck and providing extra support for the weight of an outdoor kitchen.

Read more: Outdoor Living Space Trends In Columbus, OH

How Do Custom Design Features Take Our Decks to the Next Level?

We can’t over-emphasize the importance of custom components in a custom deck design. It’s your deck, so let’s design it with the custom elements that will give you the greatest enjoyment and pride. When Archadeck of Columbus adds a new deck to your home, we want you to be proud of it! Custom design features that command attention include custom deck railings, parting board and picture framing details, color-coordinated decking, integrated deck seating and custom deck skirting.

There are so many new railing styles available today that it can be difficult to select your favorite. We can design custom deck railings using low-maintenance materials—even if we are building your deck with wood. One advantage of composite railings is the absence of splinters! In addition to composite or wood railings we can use aluminum, iron, cables or glass. Yes, glass! If your view from the deck is your happy place, we can install glass panels between your railing posts instead of balusters. So don’t feel penned in by yesterday’s bulky railing designs. 

With our custom deck designs, parting board and picture-framing details help to make your deck unique. These details show up best on composite or vinyl (PVC) decks because we have the option of using contrasting colors. A parting board placed where a section of boards meets the next section of boards adds visual interest. We often use this design with diagonal decking board patterns or down a line where the boards change direction. It can also serve as a visual cue setting off deck areas for specific functions such as lounging in one area and dining in another. Picture framing is another deck design element we use to customize a deck and add visual interest. When we are working with composite decking, we can use contrasting colors for the deck field and the boards that encircle its perimeter—the “picture frame.”

Nothing says “custom deck” like integrated deck seating. To create this feature, we design bench-type seating built into your deck structure. Integrated deck seating saves space because it allows you to seat more people without adding too many bulky chairs.

Some homeowners overlook the role custom deck skirting can play in making your deck attractive from the ground. It’s not something you’ll notice while you’re on the deck! But if the underside of your deck can be seen from below, let’s make it attractive!

The “Before” and “After” photos of this deck will show you what a difference our custom deck skirting can make! See it here: Powell, OH, Low-Maintenance Deck Provides Beautiful Golf Course View.

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Does the Quality of Your Deck Materials Make a Difference?

At Archadeck of Columbus, we build high-quality decks with the best-quality materials. If you are interviewing Columbus OH deck contractors and someone tells you the quality of their materials doesn’t matter, walk away! We frequently work with TimberTech and AZEK decking materials and Unilock paver patio products because of their consistent quality and reliability. If you prefer a different product or brand, we are open to using others, as long as they meet our quality standards. Consistently using high-quality materials on the decks we build is one of the practices that sets an Archadeck of Columbus deck apart from the others. Keep in mind, we can get much better pricing on these materials than you could at a big box home improvement retailer. Archadeck has an established, national relationship with several preferred material vendors, and that works to your advantage!

How Do Little Details Make a Deck Stand Out?

Details make the deck! At Archadeck of Columbus, we are known for our careful attention to detail. You can read more about that here: Why Hire A Professional? All of the ways that we work, our processes, focus on keeping fine details in the forefront. You can see it in our craftsmanship, in our designs, in the “little things” like deck skirting and parting boards. The details add up. When your deck builder pays attention to detail and incorporates quality details throughout, those details add up to a well-designed and well-built deck. If you work with a deck builder who doesn’t pay attention to the finer details, those details will also add up—to a mess.

How Do Our Deck Warranties Set Archadeck of Columbus Apart from our Competitors?

In addition to everything else that sets us apart, our amazing warranties do, too. If you haven’t worked with a deck builder who includes warranties in their contract, you haven’t worked with Archadeck of Columbus! All Archadeck projects come with a written one-year warranty on workmanship and a five-year warranty covering structural integrity. We also provide a completion guarantee that if we cannot complete your project, another Archadeck location will step in to complete it. They will honor the terms of your contract

Read more: Why Archadeck? Our Archadeck Warranties

This year we added a new level of warranties to our deck projects when you select TimberTech or AZEK low-maintenance decking. TimberTech and AZEK product lines offer manufacturers warranties of 25 years, 30 years and lifetime, depending on which product you select. Archadeck has partnered with TimberTech/AZEK to match those warranty periods with an Archadeck labor warranty. You can read the details here: Archadeck and TimberTech/AZEK Partner for Best Deck Warranties. When we say these labor warranties are unbeatable, we are not exaggerating. No other builder will match them.

Have we answered the question, What sets an Archadeck of Columbus deck apart from the rest? If we have not answered your questions, please give us a call so we can do so!

Are you ready to move forward with a new custom deck at your home? There is no charge for our design consultation, and videoconferencing is an option. Contact Archadeck of Columbus today to get started!

The Archadeck of Columbus Team
The Archadeck of Columbus Team.

Archadeck of Columbus Stands Out Among the Premier Deck Builders Columbus, OH, Has to Offer

Archadeck is the deck builder Columbus OH homeowners trust.

Archadeck of Columbus is the TimberTech deck builder AND the wooden deck builder you can trust to build the perfect custom deck for your home.

If you’ve begun to search online for a professional deck builder in the Columbus, OH, area, you have probably found plenty. In addition to searching for “deck builders in my area,” at Archadeck of Columbus we recommend asking friends, family and colleagues for recommendations. When asking for referrals, be sure to ask if they would use that same builder again! If they say yes, take the time to read other customers’ reviews on the builder’s website so you get more than one opinion.

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When you consider working with Archadeck of Columbus for your next custom deck project, be sure to check our testimonials. We are proud of the excellent feedback we have received over the years. Our customers, one after another, mention the excellent quality of our work as well as our courtesy and professionalism. Not every deck builder is a “custom deck builder,” and not everyone receives the consistently positive feedback we have received year after year.

Who are the custom deck builders Columbus, OH, homeowners trust?

No matter how you conduct your research, your search results for trusted custom deck builders in the Columbus OH area should include Archadeck of Columbus. Reading our testimonials will tell you we are trusted. Looking at our deck photo galleries will show you the expert level of custom work we do. Whether you are interested in a low-maintenance composite or vinyl deck, or a wood deck, you won’t find any cookie-cutter decks here!

Insights on Outdoor Living Trends

We understand the importance of custom components in a custom deck design. You should be able to select the specific amenities you want for your new deck. We won’t design your deck until we have met with you and viewed your property. Our deck design will be based on your preferences, the style of your home, and the specific characteristics of your lot. So, yes, Archadeck of Columbus is the custom deck builder Columbus OH homeowners trust.

How can I find TimberTech deck builders near me?

If you search online for “TimberTech deck builders near me,” you will find quite a few links to the TimberTech website! TimberTech even provides a place on their website to search by zip code and find deck builders in your area. There you will see that Archadeck of Columbus is a TimberTech Platinum Contractor.

Technically, TimberTech can’t endorse one deck builder over another, and they have a disclaimer on their website to that effect. However, they do advise homeowners that contractors who have registered with TimberTech are likely to have more experience with their materials. Working with composite and synthetic decking is not like working with wood. This distinction is important if you plan to add a low-maintenance deck to your home. You want to be sure your deck builder is familiar with best practices for installation of TimberTech capped composite and AZEK capped polymer boards.

Archadeck of Columbus has a special partnership with TimberTech, beyond what the distinction of “Platinum” contractor indicates. While TimberTech Platinum Contractors typically offer a 7-year labor warranty on projects built with TimberTech and AZEK materials, we go way beyond that. We provide a labor warranty that matches the TimberTech and AZEK manufacturer’s warranty. No other outdoor living builder in our area can match this amazing labor warranty. You can read more about this special labor warranty here: Archadeck and TimberTech/AZEK Partner for Best Deck Warranties.

How can I find wooden deck builders in my area?

If you are looking for a professional outdoor living contractor to build your wooden deck, you still need to be cautious. While most people know it takes specialized experience to build a low-maintenance composite deck, some homeowners think any ol’ deck contractor can build a wood deck. If you want the most basic deck with no frills and no warranties, you might feel comfortable with just anyone building it. But you shouldn’t.

Again we recommend you go beyond Googling “deck builders near me.” Ask acquaintances for referrals, and pay careful attention to the website of any firm you are considering. Check their references and testimonials. Take a wood deck project just as seriously as you would take a composite deck project. While a wood deck may be less expensive, you don’t want to accept lower quality work just because it’s a wood deck.

At Archadeck of Columbus, we call our company’s culture “the Archadeck difference.” We hold ourselves to higher standards regardless of whether we’re working with composite decking or wood. We are known for our attention to detail and our processes that keep quality control front-and-center. We also provide warranties on ALL of our decks, not just composites. Plus, we offer a completion guarantee. When you work with Archadeck, you never have to worry about your builder disappearing before you are completely satisfied.

Are you ready to move forward with a new deck, porch or patio? There is no charge for our design consultation, and videoconferencing is an option. Contact Archadeck of Columbus today to get started!

The Archadeck of Columbus Team
The Archadeck of Columbus Team.

To Start Off on the Right Foot, Share Your Budget with Your Archadeck Design Consultant

At Archadeck of Columbus, we want to take the mystery out of designing an outdoor living project that fits within your budget. Your budget is the primary factor in determining the size and complexity of your project – and the materials available to build it.

We understand it’s difficult for homeowners to shop for a Columbus deck builder when your primary concern is price. At Archadeck of Columbus, the question we often hear is, “How much is this going to set me back?”

Share Your Budget with Your Archadeck Design Consultant

“How much will I need to invest to get the outdoor living enjoyment my family is looking for?” In an ideal world – one in which cost is not the primary concern – this might be a constructive way to rephrase the question.

A Relationship of Trust is Essential to Archadeck’s Design-and-Build Process

In the real world, cost matters. We know that. You’re looking for an outdoor living project you can enjoy and afford. The reality is that we can better design the project you can afford if we know your budget.

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Many homeowners hesitate to reveal their budget to a contractor. You’re likely speaking with someone you’ve just met. You’ve heard stories about contractors who have taken advantage of clients. You’re afraid if we know your budget, we’ll increase the price without expanding the scope of the project.

With Archadeck, the opposite is true. If your budget is higher than you initially disclose, that can give you the option of increasing the scope of your project. We won’t raise our rates if we find out your budget is higher than initially expressed.

How Your Budget Affects Our Price Quote

An outdoor living project includes many variables. If your budget is relatively low, we are going to create a design for you featuring the most affordable materials. If you have room in your budget for top-of-the-line low-maintenance decking, we can design a low-maintenance project for you. But only if that’s what you want.

Columbus OH deck open porch and paver patio

Every project is different. Archadeck of Columbus custom designs each outdoor living project based on the client’s needs and preferences and the specifics of their property. We will ask lots of questions and spend the time it takes to understand your needs. We call this conversation “a comprehensive needs analysis,” and it helps us identify exactly what you’re looking for.

How would you describe the kind of outdoor living space you want? How do you intend to use your deck, porch, patio, 3-season room, or sunroom? And yes, your budget is a factor because it tells us what materials will be within reach for your project. Our design goal is to address your needs while staying within your budget.

When You Might Want to Consider Financing Your Outdoor Living Project

If you have your heart set on a deck or other project that’s significantly outside your budget, you may want to consider financing the project. Have you been comfortable financing other purchases such as a car, boat, or home appliance? If so, would you be comfortable financing your outdoor living project? Archadeck of Columbus refers potential clients to a finance company that we trust and recommend. This approach allows you to enjoy your ideal screened porch or three-season room while paying for it over time. We will never push you into financing. We simply let you know the option to finance is available.

Put “the Archadeck Difference” to Work for You

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Regardless of your budget, Archadeck always brings our top-quality execution. We perform at the highest level of craftsmanship and professionalism, and our projects are built to last. Archadeck has earned an outstanding reputation nationally and in the Columbus, OH, area for our top-notch design and construction work.

For reviews of our work, please see the bottom half of our website’s home page as well as our web page devoted to reviews posted on Angie’s List. If you would like to speak with customers to ask specific questions about their experience with Archadeck of Columbus, we can provide contact information.  One thing you will hear is that while some Archadeck projects cost more than another builder’s quote, the quality of our work is worth it. We back our top-quality work with two different warranties and a completion guarantee. No other Columbus, OH, outdoor living builder will offer these warranties.

Archadeck of Columbus team
The Archadeck of Columbus team.

Ask yourself what’s more expensive, a high-quality job done right, or having to hire a second company after you choose the lowest bidder and they botch the job?

If you’re ready to work with a high-quality company that gets it right the first time, Archadeck of Columbus can design and build an outdoor living space that meets your needs, within your budget. Call today at 740-879-3730 or email us at westcolumbus@archadeck.net.

 

 

Two Specialties, One Company: Archadeck of Columbus, OH, Gets the Job Done Right for Columbus Area Homeowners

Beautiful deck and patio combination designs are increasingly popular in the Columbus area, and Archadeck of Columbus is the one local company that specializes in designing and building both structures. Look to us for outdoor patio ideas AND deck design ideas.

Westerville Deck and Patio comboBeautiful deck and patio combination designs are increasingly popular in the Columbus area, and Archadeck of Columbus is the one local company that specializes in designing and building both structures. Look to us for outdoor patio ideas AND deck design ideas.

  • Don’t let another deck builder tell you they can build your deck and manage your patio project by subcontracting the work out to a company that builds patios.
  • Don’t let another patio builder tell you they can handle that end of it while subcontracting out the deck work to a deck builder.

You deserve to work with the one company that can design and build your entire project from beginning to end and guarantee a high-quality, cohesive project.

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Archadeck of Columbus is a turnkey provider of deck-and-patio combination projects. This is our niche; this is what we are good at. Design and build. Patio and Deck. One company.

If you know very much about the residential construction business, you may know that most individual tradesmen are not skilled at building both hardscapes and deck structures. We look at it this way: specializing in one trade or another is what allows the craftsman to excel in his or her chosen field. We don’t disagree with this line of reasoning, but that doesn’t mean you have to work with two companies to get the job done.

Sunbury OH Patio and Deck Combination

What’s our secret? Archadeck of Columbus has crews specializing in patios and other crews specializing in decks. They’re not subcontractors; they all work for the same company (us). When you work with Archadeck of Columbus on your deluxe outdoor living project, you’ll never find the ball dropped somewhere between these two specialties. You’ll never find our crews blaming each other for some fault in a job that fell between the cracks. Your Archadeck design consultant and construction manager coordinate the process and crews efficiently and effectively. Our goal as a company is to work together to deliver the highest quality combination outdoor living space — yes, we’ll even call it “Archadeck quality.”

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TimberTech low-maintenance deck with paver patio in Plain City, OH.

As a homeowner making an investment in a deluxe outdoor living space you’ll enjoy for many years, you want one cohesive design drawn up by a designer who understands decks AND hardscapes. You want the individual who’s planning your project to understand the timing and follow-through required on all aspects of the job. You want one company to be accountable all the way through.

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The same need for accountability holds true if you’re looking at outdoor fireplaces and outdoor kitchens to include with your deck and/or patio design. We can coordinate the various specialties — again, each tradesperson employed by the same company — to get the job completed efficiently regardless of whether the framing will be done with wood, metal or hardscape materials.

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If you’re thinking about adding a deck, a patio, or a beautiful combination of the two, Archadeck of Columbus can help you with a variety of backyard ideas to tie your outdoor living spaces together.  Please give us a call at (740) 879 – 3730 or email us at westcolumbus@archadeck.net.

Archadeck of Columbus team
The Archadeck of Columbus team.

Why a Columbus deck and patio combination is sure to make you the envy of the neighborhood

Archadeck of Columbus can make your backyard the envy of the neighborhoodWould you like to have the kind of backyard that everyone flocks to during block parties? Uses as the compared standard to other backyards in the neighborhood? Or maybe the kind of outdoor living space that has friends and family making excuses to drop by just so they can enjoy your backyard?

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This deck & patio combination in Plain City, OH, includes a cozy fire pit!

If you answered yes to any or all of the above, a deck and patio combination space from Archadeck of Columbus is just the ticket. When it comes to gaining the most benefit out of something, it stands to reason that combining two or more of what you like will bring you the most enjoyment. Examples of the power behind combinations are evident in many everyday things we take for granted. These include the successful pairing of a baked potato as a companion to a steak dinner, wine and cheese or a slice of apple pie topped with ice cream. The list of successful pairing goes on and on… Naturally, many of the things we enjoy have an accompaniment to make them even more decadent, so why should our outdoor living spaces be any different?

Paver Patio with Composite Deck
Synthetic Deck with Hot Tub and Paver Pati

A deck that gently descends down into a patio space opens up a wealth of outdoor entertaining, dining and quality time opportunities. Not only is there plenty of room to spread out giving you freedom to get creative with outdoor furnishings and placement, the union delivers added functional square footage to your outdoor space. Combination projects, such as a deck and patio combination, are a great way to create more space for more versatility and enjoyment, and by combining one or more outdoor structures you can designate different areas for different purposes.

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TimberTech low-maintenance deck and paver patio combo in Plain City, OH,

Choosing a deck built from one of our high-quality, low-maintenance decking material options paired with a paver or stone patio will also provide double the low-maintenance qualities. This is because patio and hardscapes are considered low-maintenance in their own right. Paver patios, in particular, are becoming more popular with Columbus homeowners who are seeking low maintenance, durability, and stability in their outdoor living space. In fact, more than 200 million square feet of pavers have been installed throughout North America. You can read more details about the low-maintenance benefits of patios in our article titled ” The Unexpected Low-Maintenance Structure — The Columbus Patio on our blog.

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Last but certainly not least there are cost advantages of deciding upon a deck and patio combination space. In some cases, making the decision to integrate a patio into your project design in lieu of opting for just an oversized deck can be more economical as some hardscape materials are budget-conscious this means more benefit for your buck, so to speak.

Contact us today to learn more about our award-winning deck and patio combination designs. You can reach us at Call (740) 879–3730, or email us at westcolumbus@archadeck.net.

Archadeck of Columbus team
The Archadeck of Columbus team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pergolas may be small in stature, but they make a big statement in your outdoor living space

columbus-pergola-buildersSometimes it is the small things in your outdoor living space that can make the biggest impact. Take for example the pergola. Pergolas give you the capability of creating that outdoor room feeling with a minimal investment.

The pergola is among one of the fastest growing elements in backyard building. All you have to do is visit Pinterest, turn on the TV to HGTV or peruse through your favorite home & garden magazine to discern their appeal. In addition to being a favorable aesthetic for your backyard, pergolas also promote coziness within an intimate environment. And it is certainly no secret that adding a Columbus pergola to your outdoor living space can provide loads of ambiance, too!

This photo shows one of the pergolas the homeowner chose
Pergolas add shade and definition to any outdoor space.

Gone are the days of classifying two posts with a board across the top as a pergola! At Archadeck of Columbus, our pergolas can be custom designed and built in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles and in a wide range of materials including classic wood and low maintenance vinyl. Our pergolas can be finished with all the electrical accouterments that are available in outdoor areas such as patios and porches such as lighting, ceiling fans, and more!

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One of the unique facets of the pergola’s design is that there are no set standards so your pergola can really become a creative piece that you can add your own personal touches and character. A great example of the use of diverse materials is the pergola we built in Columbus that aluminum powder coated trusses across the top …

Aluminum powder coated trusses on pergola
Aluminum powder coated trusses on pergola.

Most homeowners prefer to implement their pergola addition as a secondary layer of a multi-faceted outdoor living combination. For instance; Pergolas work as a great medium for adding definition and dimension to a deck, they can also be attached to other structures such as covered porches, patios and even screened porches. Let us not forget that pergolas can be used as viable shade structures. The amount of protection they deliver is based on the design itself. By building the pergola with 3″ wide lathing (the top portion of the pergola), and installing these on a 20-degree angle we can increase the measure of shade and sun protection.

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Contact Archadeck of Columbus today to design and build the pergola of your wildest dreams. When it comes to the design and functionality possibilities of the pergola, the choices are endless!

You can reach us at (740) 879 – 3730 or email us at westcolumbus@archadeck.net.

Archadeck of Columbus team
The Archadeck of Columbus team.

 

Our Newest Project in Galena, OH, Gives New Meaning to the Term “Dog Day Afternoon”

Columbus deck and patio combinationsArchadeck of Columbus just completed a backyard transformation in Vinmar Farms, a neighborhood located in Galena, Ohio. When we originally met with the homeowners they had recently purchased the home and their existing outdoor living space consisted of only an 8x 10 builder grade deck. Not only was the deck small it created a boxed in feeling of not being able to turn around in the space, and it offered no access to the backyard from the deck itself. In order to enter the backyard you had to do so from the main level of the home. Since the home included a walkout basement, not having access to the backyard from the deck was an issue they wanted to rectify.

Columbus deck and patio combinationsWhen we met with the homeowners to discuss upgrading their outdoor living space there was another prerequisite we needed to address. Aside from all the reasons associated with the size, flow and functionality of the existing space. The homeowners, being caring dog owners, wanted a space that would give their beloved canines, and themselves, an open space to spend time outdoors together and separate.

Galena OH Timbertech deck builderThe final design we came up with speaks to all their concerns through a new (much larger) low-maintenance deck, spacious Unilock patio and under-deck space that could provide a shady spot on those dog day afternoons. The entire space flows from one into another and offers access to the backyard AND walkout basement.

The deck is built in durable TimberTech Terrain in brown oak, this color is not only easy on the eyes, it also helps mask any dirt brought onto the deck by muddy paws. The deck also includes a white vinyl rail with a TimberTech rail cap which unifies the design. We used a three-board tread step approach to the stairs to make travel up and down into and from the deck into the yard easier for the homeowner’s aging dogs.

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Just a gentle walk below the deck is the stunning curvilinear paver patio which opens up the outdoor living space possibilities for man, and man’s best friend. The patio is built with Unilock Beacon Hill Flagstone pavers in platinum with a sailor course edge in Unilock Basalt Courtstone. The patio is finished off with a cropped rotary wall of Ledgestone which compliments the edge of the patio and adds a custom touch to the entrance into the walk-out basement.

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As you can see, the patio floor extends the length of the under-deck area to provide a shady spot for the homeowner’s dogs to relax on warm days. The homeowner’s plan to add low-profile outdoor furnishings to help make the under-deck area easily accessible for the dogs too.

Columbus deck and patio combinations

The entire space is built with pet-friendliness and extended outdoor living capabilities in mind. The homeowners are elated with their new backyard, as are their dogs. We look forward to revisiting this project in the months ahead and capture images of our four-legged clients enjoying the space too!

Columbus deck and patio combinations

If you are ready to extend your outdoor living possibilities, for all members of your family to enjoy, Archadeck of Columbus can help! We can address any special circumstances and expertly refine an outdoor living space to address those needs. Contact us today to learn more at (740) 879 – 3730 or email us at westcolumbus@archadeck.net.

Archadeck of Columbus team
The Archadeck of Columbus team.

 

 

 

 

The Unexpected Low-Maintenance Structure — The Columbus Patio

archadeck-of-columbus-2Low-maintenance is defined as requiring little work to keep in good condition. When most homeowners think about adding a low-maintenance outdoor living space, they often automatically imagine a composite or PVC deck. It is only natural that many of our clients assume that decking is the only material that comes in low-maintenance because we design and build many stunning TimberTech, AZEK and Fiberon decks here at Archadeck of Columbus. However, many clients are pleasantly surprised when they learn about another low-maintenance option we specialize in; patios.

Columbus paver patio with hardscape pillars retaining wall fire pit

Paver patios in particular, are becoming more popular with Columbus homeowners who are looking for low maintenance, durability, and stability in their outdoor living space. In fact, more than 200 million square feet of pavers have been installed throughout North America.

Columbus paver patio with retaining wall outdoor kitchen
Our patios are built with quality and beauty in mind for the long haul.

They require very little attention on the part of the homeowner aside from just maintaining them with common sense practices to ensure their aesthetics; i.e.keeping leaves blown off the patio, cleaning up mud where the dog tracked it from the yard on a rainy day, etc.

Columbus Monarch Composite Deck with Paver Patio

Our custom paver patios work well as part of an outdoor living space combination, with a deck or porch, around a pool of to highlight your landscaped beds. Patios serve as the perfect space to complete your backyard retreat. Paver patios, when properly installed, are as reliable and stable as concrete patios. They last just as long as concrete patios and with only minimal maintenance requirements trumping the time you spend laboring over the constant cleaning, staining and maintenance of a wooden deck.

Hardscape steps, patio and custom fire pit by Archadeck of Columbus

We take our building process very seriously and do not cut corners when it comes to building paver patios or any other hardscape structure. Since patios don’t require maintenance as often as other structures, low-maintenance does not mean NO maintenance.  In order to keep your patio and/or hardscape looking and performing its best, professionals do recommend intensive maintenance/patio restoration services and resealing every 2 -3 years. Along with patio design and installation, we also offer a patio restoration service here at Archadeck of Columbus. Our professional team has you covered from every angle!

Paver patio with rounded edges rounded step Columbus OH

Contact us today to design your one-of-a-kind patio or hardscape! We will create a space for you that delivers the epitome of outdoor living at its best. You can reach us at Call (740) 879 – 3730, or email us at westcolumbus@archadeck.net.

Archadeck of Columbus team
The Archadeck of Columbus team.

 

 

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.

New Albany OH Softscaping

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.

This Outdoor Living Combination in New Albany, OH, Gives New Meaning to Backyard Bliss!

New Albany OH Paver Patio BuilderOne of our most recent completed projects took us to beautiful New Albany, OH, where we total transformed the backyard and outdoor living potential for these amazing homeowners. Their journey to fulfilling their wish for a new and improved outdoor space began by contacting Archadeck of Columbus.

Before
Before:

When we initially met with these New Albany, OH, homeowners for their consultation, their existing outdoor living space consisted of a painted wooden deck. The deck, in itself, was not complimentary or scaled to accentuate to their home or their landscape. The main concern expressed by the homeowner’s was their desire to have more outdoor space to entertain, and a space to provide shade on those hot summer days. With this in mind, our talented design team went to work on coming up with a multi-faceted design that would address the clients needs and deliver a new & improved look and feel to the backyard!

New Albany OH Before and After
Amazing before & after images of this project.

The new outdoor living space combines all the function, beauty and versatility the homeowner’s had in mind, and much more. This outdoor living combination includes a new deck, paver patio surround with a shade pergola, custom fire pit and a seating/retaining wall. Archadeck of Columbus also designed and installed the landscaping as the perfect finishing touch to the outdoor structure additions.

 

 

Here’s an in-depth look at each of these outdoor living structures which together, comprise a total package delivering enjoyment and fluidity:

  • New Albany, OH, Paver PatiosThe Paver Patio encompasses and blends the entire space from the moment you enter from the rear of the home, or step off the deck. The patio was built using Unilock Beacon Hill pavers in Sierra with a Holland Stone soldier course border in Charcoal.

New Albany OH Paver Patios

  • New Albany OH TimberTech Deck BuildersThe Deck was built using a low-to-grade design providing a seamless transition from one space to another in low-maintenance TimberTech in Pacific Rosewood. This beautiful color was recently discontinued from the TimberTech line, so Archadeck of Columbus diligently searched to ensure the needed materials were within our reach as we began the project. The railings used on the deck were powder-coated aluminum and we also integrated deck lighting into the design to enhance evening functionality and ambiance.

New Albany, OH, Low Maintenance Decks

New Albany OH Fire Pit BuilderThe Fire Pit delivers extended enjoyment for the homeowner’s to gather with family and friends for conversation, or even s’mores! The retaining wall helps define the area and adds additional seating when entertaining a crowd. The fire pit and wall were built using Brussels Dimensional pavers with a ledgestone cap and accent banding within the seating wall to unify the color used along the patio’s edge and for added visual interest.

New Albany OH, custom backyard fire features

  • New Albany OH pergola buildersThe Pergola adds the shade qualities these homeowner’s wanted while adding beauty to the entire project. The pergola is made of low-maintenance vinyl and is constructed with angled lathing to deliver additional sun-blocking benefits.
  • The Landcaping/Softscaping is last but certainly not least, as it serves as the perfect finishing touch to the entire outdoor living space. Archadeck of Columbus carefully hand-picked select perennials that would work best in this backyard and to compliment the design elements of the new outdoor space, and the homeowner’s personal tastes. Softscaping is the pièce de résistance to many of our projects and it adds a signature flair and seasonal color.

New Albany OH Softscaping

If you are ready to transform the way you live outdoors through the addition of a singular or combination outdoor living space, contact Archadeck of Columbus today to get started! We would love the opportunity to work with you on your anticipated outdoor structure project. You can reach us at (740) 879 – 3730, or via email at westcolumbus@archadeck.net.

Archadeck of Columbus team
The Archadeck of Columbus team.