Archadeck of Columbus discusses highlights from the Archadeck annual meeting.
Archadeck recently held their annual meeting in beautiful Las Vegas, NV. During an informative week of gaining knowledge about our brand and visiting with Archadeck owners all over the country, there is also a special time set aside for Archadeck to announce the award winners for excellence in sales, in customer service and in outdoor living design. Our annual meeting is a testament to the power of our franchise. We meet once a year, nationally, and this gives us a great opportunity to talk with our peers, share ideas, discuss our successes and discuss ways to serve our customers better.
A few of the highlights during this year’s meeting included a presentation by Kelly McDonald. She is not only a wonderful speaker and accomplished author, but is nationally known as an expert on perfecting the art of marketing to the modern woman. During her presentation she shared that women in the US make up the third largest economy in the world. She even brought copies of her most recent book, ” How to market to people not like you” to sign and take with us from the meeting! The presentation was enlightening and her style is very engaging and entertaining. She said that women like more choices than men. Do you believe that’s true? She showed a picture of a huge rack of t-shirts with every hue imaginable and than a picture of another rack with just 3 basic colors. She swears that women would go straight to the hue they want and that men will hem and haw with just the 3 choices. What do you think?
Along with a host of exceptional keynote speakers, I was asked to speak on a panel focused on ways to improve profitability and on another panel focusing on how hardscape building has dramatically increased our business. Our success in hardscapes also helped us find a niche in specializing in combination outdoor living projects, which was also discussed as part of my panel participation.
Archadeck of Columbus was also blessed to win an Archadeck National Design Award in the combination projects category. Designing is such a rewarding part of our business. It’s not about the structures themselves. It’s about how those structures and outdoor spaces create a magical backyard space for our customers. This design award recognized a specific combination project we completed in early December 2013 in Dublin, OH. The project included an open porch with a round, flat roof and hardscape seating walls around the perimeter. The patio and wall were built with Unilock Brussels pavers, and the banding on the wall was completed using Unilock pavers in Copthorne. We also expanded and resurfaced an existing deck with beautiful, low-maintenance TimberTech Terrain decking and added a grill surround using paver units.
In addition to being awarded the National Design Award, Archadeck of Columbus once again received a customer service award. Our score remains between 80-85% in customer service satisfaction, which makes us very proud.
Last but certainly not least, Archadeck of Columbus was recognized as a member of “the million dollar club” among franchises across the US this year. This award is given only to locations that met or exceeded the million dollar mark in completed projects for the year. This was our first time being named a member of this exclusive club and this places our location as one of the esteemed locations to win this award which is a direct testament to the quality of work we are providing to homeowners in the Columbus area. We are truly blessed!
We’d love to provide a free consultation to you to discuss your ideas to enhance your outdoor living with a porch, hardscape, deck or other structures. Please give us a call at (740) 879 – 3730 firstname.lastname@example.org
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As part two of our 3-part series exploring top design trends, Archadeck of Columbus explores the top 16 trends in decks among homeowners in our region, and all across the country.
Archadeck of Columbus is in what many would call an enviable position. We have the opportunity to meet with homeowners around Columbus throughout the year and get to hear what they like, what they are looking for and what type of things they are contracting us to build in their backyards. As 2013 will soon be drawing to a close, we would like to share some of the trends we’re seeing on the front line.
As part two of this 3-part series exploring top design trends, Archadeck of Columbus explores the top 16 trends we’ve seen in our market.
#1) The use of roofed structures on top of decks – Currently, we are seeing a high demand for roofed structures on decks. Roofed outdoor structures include covered porches, screened porches and even 3- and 4-season rooms. The trend toward these covered structures indicates that homeowners are entertaining more and investing in their home’s living space more via the outdoor room. Having a roofed structure adds both shade and comfort to a deck space.
#2) Combination of a deck with other structures such as a patio or porch -The great part combining your deck with a porch or patio, 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 at any time. 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. Adding a porch will extend the function of your outdoor space and provide shade and shelter from inclement weather. If considering a screened porch and deck combination, you will also gain protection from hungry insects too!
#3) The availability of more affordable composites for your deck – Up until recently, all high-quality composites came with a price tag to match. There has been a new addition to the composite line called TimberTech Terrain. Terrain is a wood and plastic capstock product that is similar in many ways to the popular Earthwood Evolutions line. The Terrain line features a thinner profile, similar to the TimberTech Reliaboard line, but with the same attributes that makes homeowner’s flock to the Earthwood Evolutions line at about 30% lower cost.
#4) More available decking board textures – New synthetic decking materials have a little more cleft in them which replicate more of a natural wood texture. Many decking companies are doing their best to make synthetics look far more like real wood than in years past.
#5) Contrasting color choices – Combining contrasting rails and decking add character and style to your deck. Even if you are considering a deck built with wood, you can stain your railing a different color to add contrast.
#6) The use of thin profile aluminum or cable railing – Thinner, lower profile railing will not impede visibility into your backyard or outdoor space.These include architectural rail such as Feeney Cable rail and many others. Not only will using less obtrusive railing open up the view, it gives your deck an upscale elegance with a contemporary feel. If using wooden decking, you can also get the same effect by using more upgraded pickets.
#7) Integrating different colors within the deck itself – Today’s decks aren’t always one color. Archadeck of Columbus is constantly asked to integrate additional colors into homeowners’ decks through picture framing and parting boards. Additional colors are sometimes used to highlight a specific part of the deck, such as a dining or living area. By adding colors you can also accentuate the dimensions of your deck. By thinking outside the box when using colors, you can turn your outdoor living space into a one-of-kind work of art!
#8) More use of exotic woods such as Ipe and other Brazilian hardwoods – There is a growing trend among homeowners choosing to build their deck with Brazilian hardwoods such as Ipe. Ipe is simply beautiful. Along with the rich wood tone and natural streaking that sets this exotic hardwood apart from all others, it is also strong – so strong in fact, holes need to be pre-drilled prior to installation. Ipe looks the part, and performs the part. It requires less maintenance than other hardwoods and when left untreated will weather to an elegant dove-gray over time.
#9) Deck lighting is a big trend – Lighting adds safety and ambiance to your deck. We install a huge amount of LED lighting into deck risers and posts, rail posts and even integrate lighting into the floor of the deck. Deck lighting will extend the function of your deck into the evening hours and give your space a romantic feel that invites you to linger a while longer.
#10) Stairs – Stairs are now wider and more decorative than the minimum code of 3 feet. We also design stairs that are more aesthetically interesting like flared stairs or landing with integrated seating. The reason behind this is because homeowners want wider stairs to create more seating options. It also helps balance larger and more elaborate deck designs.
#11) Multiple stairs for traffic flow – Archadeck of Columbus thinks about the flow of your entire backyard, not just the simplest way to get from here to there. We place heavy consideration on exactly where your stairs should be placed to offer the most benefit, and many times we integrate more than one set of stairs to add function and harmony to your space.
#12) Under deck systems for elevated decks – More and more, homeowners are looking to utilize the “under deck” so their elevated decks become viable outdoor living spaces. By implementing an under deck rainwater carrying system such as Dry Snap, or outdoor ceiling systems like Inside Out into an elevated or 2nd story deck, you can create a under deck space that functions like a covered porch or patio.
#13) Balusters – Options for balusters are huge! In terms of distinction and design, balusters come with a myriad of design options. These include balusters topped with decorative finials, arches, baroque styles and even integrated lighting with the baluster itself Archadeck of Columbus uses a lot of Deckorators balusters because they are a high-quality product that offers many options to the homeowner.
#14) Lattice is out – and so is skirting – Skirting is sometimes requested, but we do not recommend it because it takes away from the view and surrounding landscaping. In addition, a skirted portion of your under deck space can inadvertently become the perfect spot for wildlife.
#15) We foresee the trend towards more electrical considerations – Homeowners are now asking for some hardwired plugs within their new deck. These outlets are installed for varied purposes including plugging in space heaters, laptop computers and even to operate holiday lighting along their deck railings. As technology advances, so does the increase in varied places available to utilize those technologies, including outdoor spaces.
#16) Gorgeous outdoor furnishings and accessories – Even though we don’t build it, we would be remiss at not mentioning the benefit eye-catching furnishings and accoutrements add to your completed outdoor living space. Just like the suit is said to make the man, outdoor furniture makes the deck. Finishing out your space with comfy couches and chairs featuring oversized pillows is hugely popular, as is using pillows and cushions covered with weather resistant Sunbrella fabrics. Many of today’s contemporary outdoor furniture designs also use streamlined design with deeper seating with less of an emphasis on a slender leg. Stacked resin furniture is wildly popular right now. The trend we see throughout outdoor furniture design is taking the comfort and easy feel of your living room into the exterior. Homeowner’s are leaning toward outdoor furniture that mimics the comfort and loftiness of their favorite couch or easy chair but with low-maintenance outdoor fabric choices.
If you are starting to think about adding a new outdoor space to your Columbus area home, give Archadeck of Columbus a call for a free consultation. We can help you plan and design an outdoor space that suits your individual function with a cutting edge deck, patio or porch addition.
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This week, Archadeck of Columbus highlights a project we recently completed in Worthington, OH that encompasses a deck and 3-season room addition, and saving a beloved tree in the homeowner’s backyard.
When Archadeck of Columbus met with these Worthington, OH homeowners their family had outgrown their existing outdoor space which consisted of a small deck attached to the back of the home. In addition to improving their outdoor living by way of a larger and more functional outdoor space, the homeowners also had a beloved silver maple tree that was infringing on their deck. As the tree grew, it began to move the existing deck. The homeowners not only wanted a revised deck that would work well this beautiful silver maple tree, they also wanted to add a 3-season room to the space.
Even though the home faces south and preservation of the large maple tree was an important prerequisite to the new design, the homeowner also wanted to ensure the 3-season room, and their home would still receive plenty of natural light. Archadeck of Columbus used tan-colored vinyl windows in the design of the three-season room to minimize loss of light within the space. Each window has two sashes, allowing both to move freely which gives greater access for screen and also more options on how much window the customer can leave opened or closed. A pair of trapezoid windows used in the gable end of the space allows plenty of light to flow freely into the space, and thus into the home, overcoming any loss of sunlight. We also used a dual tie-in for the 3-season room where a portion is a sidewall connection and a portion uses a roof tie-in connection. This forward thinking design allows more freedom when working in challenging site situations, and it looks really nice too!
In keeping the exterior of the outdoor room addition original to the existing home we closely mimicked the T-111 veneer and the shingles used on the existing home. We also avoided hitting the roots on the homeowners beloved silver maple when digging the footers for the addition, no root damage was incurred so the new space will not interfere with the location of the tree. Since the homeowners wanted to use wood flooring inside the 3-season room, we made sure the addition was properly insulated to facilitate using the hardwoods. This meant insulating beneath the floor, within the walls and ceiling as a three season rooms is not a controlled air space, so in order to use the wood floors insulating properly was crucial.
On the interior of the 3-season room, along with the vinyl window system and hardwood flooring, we also used a 24″ T-111 cedar knee wall within the perimeter. In most situations we generally match the knee wall with the ceiling, but since the T-111 is showing on the house siding we customized the knee wall to match. The ceiling is built from tongue and groove which we painted.
The revised deck is located adjacent to the new outdoor room and is spacious enough to hold a small table and grill. The deck is built with low-maintenance TimberTech Terrain with cedar veiling and aluminum pickets. We wrapped all exposed areas in Polonia wood, which was painted to ensure a perfect color match with the entire design.
The finished project is a delight for these Worthington, OH homeowners. Not only do they have a beautiful, and versatile outdoor living combination of a deck and 3-season room to enjoy, their silver maple tree is still there to provide many more years of grace, shade and nostalgia.
Please visit our three and four-season room photo gallery and our composite and PVC decks photo gallery located on our website for more inspiring images of outdoor combination spaces that may be perfect for your backyard.
Archadeck of Columbus unveils the TimberTech additions for 2013, Terrain decking and Feeney Cable Rail. These two additions mean more choices and more beauty can be yours with a custom outdoor space from us.
Just when we thought the TimberTech product line couldn’t get any better, there is a new introduction to their new line of synthetic decking called TimberTech Terrain. Terrain is a wood and plastic capstock product that is similar in many ways to the popular Earthwood Evolutions line. The Terrain line features a thinner profile, similar to the TimberTech Reliaboard line, but with the same attributes that makes homeowner’s flock to the Earthwood Evolutions line at about 30% lower cost.
Capstock is a term that depicts a synthetic board with a composite core which is wrapped (hence the term capped), with a PVC shell. According to a press release from TimberTech “In its second year, Earthwood Evolutions continues to exceed expectations for aesthetics and scratch, stain and fade resistance, said Toby Bostwick, director of product management for TimberTech. “From the Terrain Collection, customers can expect the same high performance qualities, backed by the same 25-year fade and stain warranty as our other Evolutions planks.” This means more of a good thing from the TimberTech line.
Terrain comes in two neutral colors; Brown Oak which is a deep brown, and Silver Maple which is dark gray. Both these new colors were formulated to complement any of the other TimberTech products and their vast color palettes. As with the Earthwoods Evolutions, we also have the ability to conceal lock fasteners so you won’t see any fasteners providing a clean, cohesive appearance.
With the new introduction of the Terrain line, TimberTech also joins forces in 2013 with Feeney Cable Rail. These railings are very desirable because they deliver an unobscured view in your outdoor space. The same aesthetics that have made the design of the “endless pool” so popular among pool owners is the same design basis with Feeney cable railings. Both provide a clear view into your landscape and backyard. The concept really opens up a space, allows for more visual interest, and makes your outdoor space appear more spacious. Feeney is a significantly higher-end product but customers agree it is worth it for the added beauty it provides in your outdoor space.
Archadeck of Columbus looks forward to the opportunity of using these new TimberTech additions in the field in 2013. More choices and diverse options always make for a happy customer!
If you are planning to add a synthetic deck, or porch to your backyard in the New Year, contact Archadeck of Columbus to learn more about TimberTech and all the other great synthetic options we offer. Call today for a free consultation (740) 879 – 3730 firstname.lastname@example.org