Double the enjoyment by adding a patio to your deck or porch

Archadeck of Columbus delivers the forecast in what is hot in outdoor living trends for this Spring. Deck and patio combinations, as well as porch and patio combinations seem to be at the top of the list.

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This photo shows how each of the structures,the custom deck, screened porch and patio by Archadeck of Columbus work together as one.

We are really excited about the outdoor living season this year. We recently took part in two fantastic home shows in the area and got tons of ideas on the outdoor living trends for this Spring. While at the show we had a great deal of interest in not only decks, but also adding a patio to your deck.  The trend we see is that Columbus area homeowners are requesting the addition of a patio to go with their new AND existing decks and porches. It stands to reason that even when it comes to outdoor living structures the hot new idea is to double the fun.

The great part about adding a hardscape, such as a patio, to your deck or porch is that it is the perfect add-on to give you those multiple outdoor living areas that you really want. A patio can be added with a new, or existing, deck or porch at anytime. Adding a patio to your deck is a great way to spice it up and put that spark back into your outdoor entertaining as well enhance the beauty in your backyard.

Wouldn’t it be great to have your deck serve as your outdoor cooking or gathering location and have a beautiful patio adjacent to use for dining and conversation?  Or even a deck that leads into a covered hardscape patio with a fully functional outdoor kitchen? The entertaining opportunities that open up to you when you think about a dual structure such as a deck and patio combination are endless. Having multiple living areas within your outdoor design can offer more room and expand the functionality of your design.  We can design a project for you that will turn your backyard until the ultimate backyard oasis.

Synthetic Deck with Hot Tub and Paver Patio

Archadeck of Columbus also offers “phased building”. This means we can plan upgrades or additions to your current project to accommodate for later additions or enhancements. For instance, if you really want a deck for this season, but foresee the future facilitating a patio and deck combination, we can make all the necessary adjustments in advance so when your budget allows you to add the patio a little later the structural necessities needed to make the transition run smoothly are already put into place.

Contact Archadeck of Columbus to learn more about our deck/patio and porch/patio combinations, and to learn more about our phased building program. We are now scheduling projects for the Spring season to have the backyard of your dreams in time for warmer weather, don’t delay. (740) 879 – 3730 westcolumbus@archadeck.net

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

Do you want to enjoy your new deck in Spring or wait until Summer?

Archadeck of Columbus urges homeowners to schedule their outdoor structure endeavor now to ensure a spring ready completion.

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Imagine this beauty ready and waiting for you to enjoy with the first blooms of spring.

Usually our phones start to ring off the hook around Groundhog day each year. Whether it’s only six more weeks to spring, or six more weeks of cold weather, that’s when many people start thinking about getting started on their new deck or porch or patio. No matter how you look at it the answer comes out to the same conclusion. Spring is just around the corner. With that sudden realization, whether it comes from a groundhog, or the first traces of dandelions sprouting under the snow, many homeowners are getting ready to get started on their spring projects.

A new deck or outdoor structure can be ready for you to enjoy this spring.

On average a typical deck project takes about a week to construct.  But what takes time if you’re working with a reputable builder is getting your project scheduled. Reputable builders will have projects on the docket and may be 6 or 8 weeks out before they can start your project. Unfortunately, many homeowners wait until they are within the warmer months to begin planning their outdoor project, and this often means a longer wait time to start enjoying the benefits and living outdoors. Right now in early February when people sign, we are scheduling start dates in March for the structures to be ready in April. We serve our customers on a first come, first serves basis and if you wait too long, you won’t be able to enjoy your project this year in the prime months of the year.

Here in Columbus we build year-round and cold weather does not keep us from constructing your deck , screen porch or other structure. It’s so important to call early to avoid long wait times and to ensure you get to enjoy your structure this spring.

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

Being the early bird is vital in getting the outdoor structure you have dreamed about all winter ready in time for for those warm, sunny days. Contact Archadeck of Columbus to get started. Give us a call for a free consultation and come see us at the Central Ohio Home & Garden Show Sat Feb. 25 – Sun Mar. 4 located in the Celeste building booth #2306 & 2308. See you there!

(740) 879 – 3730
westcolumbus@archadeck.net

Top 3 absolutely must know’s when hiring a contractor!

Ask a friend if they know a good doctor or  good contractor and likely just the thought of it will elicit strong reactions one way or the other. The fact of the matter is that hiring someone to provide a very important service is scary. These services affect our home, health, well being, wallet or all of the above. Horror stories abound but so do glowing recommendations. But, as we all know, one friend’s favorite restaurant may be one we don’t care for. One friend’s recommendation for an incredibly gentle dentist may put a hurtin’ on us. What I’m saying is that word-of-mouth recommendations are great most of the time. Let’s say 9/10 times your find your friend’s recommendation to be spot on and 1/10 times, it’s a complete miss. When we’re buying a small product or service, that’s OK. But, when we’re making a large purchase such as adding on to our homes, we just can’t take any chances. That 10% chance that a referral might be wrong makes the stakes way too high.

I have great news. There are 3 key questions to ask your prospective contractor that truly will help you make the right decision.

  1. Exactly who in the company is deciding how the project will be built?
  2. How EXACTLY will it be built?
  3. Can you absolutely guarantee that it will be built and that it will be built as agreed?

Here are the answers you’re looking for. Make sure the company is not only willing to but includes this information in your contract.

Exactly who in the company is deciding how the project will be built?

Will the company owner make this determination? Will the contractor or subcontractor make this decision based on some hand-drawings and a list of features? Will the carpenter make this decision? The contractor you want will have a unified body that governs their process. At Archadeck, we have such a governing body that creates our Unified Structural System. This system is a completely documented, tested, and fool-proof system for designing and constructing every facet of the job. No stone should be left unturned. Our national office had engineers test our system to review the details of how things are built.

How exactly will my project be built?

Does company have a standard for things like how big footers will be and what type of hardware will be used and specifying the proper size bolts to secure structure? Governing bodies in your local jurisdiction will dictate minimum code requirements and what do you think most contractors are going to build to? In our experience they will build to the minimum. They will use least material and least labor to build to minimum standards. Make sure your contractor has their own high quality standards. Almost always, those standards will exceed what is required by code. At Archadeck, we always build to exceed the standards set by code.

Can you absolutely guarantee that it will be built and that it will be built as agreed?

Ask the builder if they have a written binding guarantee that your project will be built as agreed. At Archadeck, we provide two distinct warranties. One guarantees it will be built according to our standards. The other unique warranty guarantees completion. We guarantee in writing.

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

Give us a call to discuss outdoor project ideas you have for your home. Whether it’s a roofed structure such as a porch, patio or sunroom or a deck or patio, we look forward to providing you with a free consultation and the information to back up what we say. (740) 879 – 3730 or email us at westcolumbus@archadeck.net

2011 has indeed been a great year at Archadeck of Columbus

As years go, 2011 has been a really good year. We built lots of decks, porches, patios, sunrooms, pergolas and other outdoor structures all around the Columbus area. Here are some of our favorite moments and highlights for 2011.

Extreme Home Makeover Home Edition

One of the biggest highlights certainly needs to be being a part of the Extreme Home Makeover helping the Rhodes family. We worked for 18 straight hours and built a roof-top deck with pergola over the family’s garage. Read more about our experience here.

Working with TimberTech

Columbus-based TimberTech is our composite of choice and we have a great working relationship with TimberTech. Their products get better and better and their selection and family of collections continues to grow. One of my favorite projects was this radius deck in Columbus‘ Dublin area. You might think that architectural details such as radius decking cannot be accomplished with a composite. Watch this YouTube video about bending composite wood to build a radius round edge to a deck.

Building lots of patios

More and more of our customers are looking for not just a deck or porch but also a connected patio to go with it. While building your outdoor area, it’s a great time to build an area that can serve multiple uses such as serve as a seating area as well as an eating area. Often the deck is used as the grilling and eating area and the patio is used for seating and relaxing. Read this story about the various hardscape and pavers available.

Lots of fun with screen porches

The screen porches of the past were fairly basic and were seen mostly as an upgraded deck with a roof. Screen porches these days are an extension of the home both in general design and also in interior design. Our customers built their screen porches to match the interior and exterior of their homes. Some build french doors for entry or multiple entrances to open up the screen porch easily to the inside of their house. Read about some of the screen porch interior design choices.

A star-studded family

As an owner of an independently owned local franchise, there are lots of great opportunities to utilize the extreme talents of my family as my son Kyle recently illustrated. When you called in to the office, you probably had the pleasure of speaking with my wife and co-owner Carol. Take a look at Kyle’s illustration of his Mom at work. Before you ask, yes Carol does have a large desk.


Kyle also adeptly illustrated me at work.

Kyle is 6 and his older brother Jacob is 8. I asked Jacob to also illustrate Mom and Dad at work but he was to cool for that.

But, both of my boys did become YouTube stars in their video where they beat up TimberTech wood. I’m proud to say their YouTube video has over 1,000 views!

I’m really looking forward to 2012. With projects already on the books, we look forward to jumping in and building even more projects next year.

Sincerely,

Mike, Carol, Jacob and Kyle Reeder

How big should your Columbus screened porch be to accommodate your interior design plans?

Columbus screen porch architectural drawing design plan
Columbus screen porch architectural drawing design plan

When we buy a new home, we might notice that the living room seems very large or the dining room seems a little snug. But, we can envision having success with the interior decorating of those rooms. We either find a way to fit our furniture by adding or dropping a piece or two. Or, we buy new furniture to fit the bill. It’s nice that we have a lot more flexibility when it comes to building a custom outdoor structure such as a screen porch. How do we know how big that room should be? Is there a perfect size or an easy formula? Well, every structure we build is completely custom to fit our customer’s needs whether it be size, traffic flow, air flow, privacy, living style and a number of other factors. After we come up with a proposed design plan, we review it together and make modifications before we begin to make sure your new room is exactly what you want.

Some good questions to ask yourself in determining the right size for your new screened porch

Question: How big are your interior rooms?

One of the best ways to start is to go in your house and measure your living room and dining room. You may not be certain yet whether you want to have an eating space or a sitting area on your new porch. Many of our customers want both. If you want both, do you have a combination room in your house that includes both a seating area and an eating area? Know that these measurements serve as a guide only and we’ll help you assess other factors.

Columbus screen porch with interior designed for eating and seating
Columbus screen porch with interior designed for eating and seating

Question: If your new porch includes an eating area, do you intend to have informal meals or meals where you and your guests linger?

This might seem like a really odd question. But here again, go into your dining room. Measure the amount of space your table and chairs take up when the chairs are pushed in. Now pull the chairs out to where they would be if people were eating. Measure again. It’s a big difference isn’t it? With your guests sitting and eating, that easily adds about 2 feet around the perimeter of your table. Now, sit in one of the chairs. Imagine you’ve had a huge meal and need more room to sit back, cross your legs, and enjoy lingering conversation.  When your guests have their chairs pulled out relaxing after a meal, that can add an additional foot on every side. Now add about 2 feet between the wall and other furniture for a nice traffic flow. Here’s a scenario. If you have a 40″ round table with 3.5 – 7.5 feet for sitting next to the table, to be relatively snug, you need 100 square feet or a 10 x 10 right there.

Columbus large screen porch interior design with traffic flow area
Columbus large screen porch interior design with traffic flow area

Question: What are your plans for your seating area?

Your plans for your screened porch may include just a seating or eating area or a combined area like many of our customers choose. Here are some thoughts about what size the seating area should be. Once significant factor is whether you will have a coffee table because the table not only takes up space but also requires room for traffic flow area around it. It’s good to decide how much seating area you are looking for. For example, do you envision just a love seat against an exterior wall? Or do you envision two adjoining exterior walls with perhaps a love seat against one and a sofa against the other? Or, are you looking to also add some additional seating across from the sofa? Any good outdoor contractor will be able to work with you to define the size of the space you will need to accommodate your living goals for your new room.

Question: Without all this calculating and planning, what’s a common size?

Generally speaking a 12 x 16 all the way up to 16 x 16 are common sizes. You should ask your contractor for photos showing different room sizes to also help you with your decision.

Question: Should you buy furniture first?

Not necessarily. Unless you already have furniture you want to use, you do not need to buy furniture first.

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

Do you have questions about interior design for your screen porch? Email us at westcolumbus@archadeck.net or use the comments below to ask your question. We will be happy to call you with an answer, email you, or even create a video response for you.