There’s still time for Archadeck of Central Maryland to custom design and build a one-of-a-kind outdoor living space for you and your family this year

Ipe Deck and Screened Porch - RockvilleAs you know summer is coming to an end and the precious time to spend with family enjoying the outdoors before the kids go back to school or off to college is dwindling quickly. Having a comfortable space where you can have quiet dinners alfresco, host cocktails and socializing under the stars or just relaxing while soaking up some sun is what helps to make a house a home. If your outdoor living space isn’t quite up to par to ensure that those special outdoor gatherings can become a tradition in your backyard…don’t worry. There’s still time for Archadeck of Central Maryland to custom design and build a one-of-a-kind outdoor living space for you and your family this year, rather than regretting not having a special “spot” for all of your special moments.

A crucial element in making the most out of the time spent outdoors comes from the functionality and beauty only an outdoor living space addition can provide. Archadeck of Central Maryland wants you to know if you are “on the fence” about moving ahead with your outdoor living space aspirations, now is the time to act. The fabulous weather of summer will be around a little bit longer and fall is right around the corner, so there’s still plenty of time to have a new project designed and built for lots of memory making events!

Archadeck deck, pergola and outdoor kitchenFor a top quality outdoor living space, it’s important for you to hire a custom outdoor structures builder, like Archadeck of Central Maryland. Building is an interactive process and extremely personal thing. The decisions you make as far as design and materials can impact your life and the life of your family for years to come. That is why it’s important to get it right the first time and you can if you use a builder whose skill set will translate into your needs. A good builder will have the insight, experience and knowledge to listen to you and help translate your needs and wants into a design and a structure that are right for you and your family.

Meeting with the homeowner and talking with them about the kinds of activities they want their outdoor structure to facilitate for them is one of our favorite parts of the process. We look over collected and compiled pictures and ideas of structure styles and features and then integrate them into a design rendering of their ideal outdoor structure. An extremely valuable tool, homeowners use the rendering to assist in the decision making process when deciding upon a certain outdoor structure. The rendering is very realistic and shows details not visible through an average one-dimensional black and white sketch. This realism gives you the ability to make changes and additions to the structure before construction begins. It is a truly “custom” feature that has proved invaluable in communicating with the homeowner.


We are Central Maryland’s premier designer and builder for upscale outdoor living structures. From low-maintenance decks, airy open porches and even versatile 4-season porches and sunrooms — if you envision it we can design it!

Our professional and talented staff members are experts at helping homeowners, like you, get the most out of the time you spend outdoor with an outdoor structure custom-built by Archadeck of Central Maryland. Contact us today and let us build your perfect family retreat right in your own backyard. You can reach us at (301) 926 – 3001 or via email at

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Get comfortable outside, and stay that way in a custom outdoor room by Archadeck of Central Maryland no matter what the weather

Montgomery County Screened PorchesIn recent years, the popularity of the “outdoor room” setting has soared. An outdoor room is defined as any outdoor space that can provide a relaxed setting reminiscent of the comforts found within most interior living or family rooms. Covered porches, screened porches, sunrooms, and 3 and 4 season rooms are great examples of sheltered outdoor rooms that extend living spaces and the hours of leisure at home.

What are the benefits of having a comfortable porch or outdoor room and why are they so hot in Central Maryland this season? The pros are endless if you plan well and design your outdoor space to function effortlessly day or night for the way you want to live in outside. For homes in Howard County, Montgomery County and the surrounding areas, outdoor rooms are the perfect solution to enjoy your backyard during rain and inclement weather (of which we have certainly had our fair share of this season), for escaping the humidity and heat and of course nuisance insects of summer, like the mosquito.

Eze Breeze porch enclosure in Potomac MD by Archadeck of Central Maryland and Montgomery County

Eze Breeze porch enclosure in Potomac, MD, by Archadeck of Central Maryland.

Hectic schedules, rushing around for work and looking after our families, make the additional escape provided by an outdoor room very appealing. With so many covered space options, Archadeck of Central Maryland invites you to explore the benefits of each of these wonderful outdoor structures in order to help you gain better knowledge of which space would best suit your family’s backyard needs.

  • Open porch by Archadeck of Maryland

    With round columns and a beautifully detailed ceiling design this covered porch has it all

    The Covered Porch – Also referred to as “open porches” because they are protected from sun and unpredictable summer rainstorms, the covered porch offers the benefit of circulating fresh air with the bonus of a roof that provides shelter from the elements.

  • The Screened Porch – Giving you all the benefits of a covered porch plus one additional big benefit…protection from bugs! Keeping insects such as mosquitoes out of your outdoor living space is a huge benefit of having a screened porch. Keeping the bugs at bay will enable you to enjoy your porch late into the night without worry of being outside at the same time as mosquitoes.
  • Three season room with cedar ceiling and slate floor

    Three season room with cedar ceiling and slate floor.

    The Three-season room – Beefier than your average screened in porch or enclosed deck, a three season room addition is a good option for homeowners who want to enjoy outdoor living in style but don’t need the living space available all year long. For the windows, we use single-pane glass windows or the Eze-Breeze porch enclosure system (the best of both worlds, screen when you want it, or a more enclosed “windowed” room when you want it too) for unfettered use of the space in spring, summer and fall.

  • The Sunroom – Sometimes referred to as four season room, all-season or year round room, this option is integrated into the construction of your home, existing roof line and exterior. For ultimate climate control, we install insulated glass windows and insulation in the roof, floors and walls, for use of the room year-round.
Four Season Room Interior  in Silver Spring, MD.

Four Season Room Interior in Silver Spring, MD.

No matter which type of covered structure you choose, an outdoor room will maximize the time that you are able to enjoy the space as well as provide added comfort and protection while outdoors. There is no end to the amount of style, versatility and comfort a new outdoor room by Archadeck of Central Maryland can add to your home.

We specialize in custom designed and built decks, patios, sunrooms, pergolas, 3 & 4 season rooms and outdoor living combinations throughout Howard, Montgomery and surrounding counties. Our professional and talented staff members are experts at helping homeowners, like you, get the most out of each season with an outdoor structure custom designed and built for your enjoyment. Contact us today to learn more by calling (301) 926 – 3001 or via email at

You may also visit our Porches of Central MD page located on our website for more ideas.

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This Montgomery Village redecking project provides more room for family, free time and fun!

Montgomery Village redeckingHave you been told by another builder that the ideal you have in your mind to upgrade your existing outdoor space isn’t possible? Maybe you have been told in order to make improvements to your deck, porch or even patio, you would be better off just tearing it down and starting anew. This was exactly what these Montgomery Village homeowners were told by multiple builders when they looked into redecking and improving their existing backyard deck. That changed once they consulted with Archadeck of Central MD…

When we initially met with the homeowners they told us that in their quest to improve their existing deck they had been told by several builders that due to the age of their deck, which was nearly 20 years old, in order to accommodate their needs and desires the deck would have to be completely torn down. As you can imagine, demolition and starting from scratch can not only interrupt your lifestyle for an extended period of time, it can also mean additional costs to the homeowner. Through our experience we realize that in many cases things aren’t always as they seem and even though a structure has some age doesn’t eliminate it as a redecking candidate. The key is to inspect the structure thoroughly to determine if it is structurally sound enough to facilitate the upgrades in mind. In the case of this Montgomery Village deck, it had aged gracefully and was deemed structurally sound enough to proceed with the project.

Plenty of space for outdoor dining


Montgomery Village redecking

The two main reasons the homeowner’s wanted to redeck their existing space was #1 to upgrade to a low maintenance material which would stay beautiful without the worry of constant cleaning and sealing and #2 to have their outdoor living space better accommodate spending time outdoors with their family.

Design rendering for Montgomery Village Redecking Project

Design rendering for Montgomery Village redecking.

Design rendering for Montgomery Village R\redecking project

2nd design rendering for Montgomery Village Redecking Project

As you can see from the design renderings we prepared for these Montgomery County homeowners, and the stunning images, this project promises to fulfill all their needs and desires. In addition to redecking the entire structure with low maintenance Fiberon Pro Tect decking in Western Cedar, we also accented the deck with a border of Fiberon Pro Tect decking in  Chestnut to add style and define the space.  This decking is capped on three sides with a protective PermaTech surface, making it highly durable and carries a 25-year limited warranty against staining and fading.

Plenty of space for outdoor dining

Archadeck of Central MD also faced the planter boxes with the same decking material in order to blend and unify them with the new look of the deck. We also enhanced the convenience of keeping the plants and flowers the homeowners use within the planter boxes by installing a hose extension to the existing hose bib near the deck directly within the planter boxes for easy access. In the coming weeks ahead, we will also be adding a paver patio complete with a fire pit purchased by the homeowner just off the deck to increase the outdoor enjoyment even further!

This project serves as a good example of our expertise and knowledge of the business, which speaks volumes about the way we do business. It’s one thing to say “we build beautiful decks or we can build what you want”, but it’s quite another when a company can show you a portfolio of their work as Archadeck of Central MD can.  If you’re meeting with multiple contractors to consult on your desired project be aware that not all builders will have the same opinion of what is possible or the experience or expertise to complete your project properly. Rest assured, we listen to your needs, desires and inspect the proposed structure you wish to upgrade thoroughly to explore all viable options available to you in order to bring your outdoor vision to life.

John Barrett Archadeck of MarylandIf you are considering updated an existing space, or staring an outdoor living space from scratch, contact Archadeck of Central Maryland today to learn more about our unforgettable designs and quality craftsmanship. Call us at (301) 926-3001 or email us at Our consultations is free but the results can be priceless!



Potomac, MD, outdoor space adds modern flair and serious outdoor entertainment value

Potomac MD urban oasis

Our recent project in Potomac, MD, is an urban oasis!

Archadeck of Central MD is proud of the project we recently completed for our clients in Potomac, MD. They challenged us to create a custom outdoor living oasis to serve a multitude of functions. The homeowners wanted a back deck to have an open area, but also a screened in one as well, to have a protected space when the weather wasn’t cooperative with their outdoor plans. Another important aspect to the project was that the house is contemporary in style, so the new deck had to have a sleek appearance to look as if it was original to the home and not an appendage. After analyzing the three-level property, we knew that we could pull off an amazing 3-tier outdoor entertaining deck addition that would step down to the family’s pool and beautifully landscaped yard in a truly elegant way.

Potomac MD proposed design

Potomac, MD, proposed design shown to clients through rendering.

We wanted to take advantage of the steep drop in the property by connecting all the levels with a series of stairs that would easily flow down to the yard, give a significant wow factor and really tie everything together. We started with the upper deck that promises stunning views and conversational seating for a quiet get together or even reading a good book.  Aluminum railing by Nexan with glass panels allows the view of the grounds below to remain uninterrupted and would capture that modern feel the homeowners were after. Everything is structurally supported by two engineered beams that are cleverly clad in PVC so they can’t be seen and blend into the configuration seamlessly and require little to no maintenance. Then just a few steps down showcases a sun deck that is perfect for relaxing on the lounge chairs with a margarita in the sunshine.

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Another curving flight of stairs reveals a patio where friends and family can enjoy cooking at the grill, dining or hanging out on the comfortable chairs just above the pool. We added custom overflow bench seating would help bring additional seating to the space without disrupting the traffic flow.  Thanks to the ingenious use of the Trex Rain Escape system paired with hidden gutters, we were able to give the customers a roomy screened in porch under the main two-story deck.  The family can still enjoy al’fresco fun if it rains or even retreat from bothersome insects if they start biting. It’s not a bad spot for an afternoon snooze in the outdoors either!

Potomac MD sun decks


We were truly fixated on the details of this project, and the deck was entirely built using Trex Select decking in hues of gray to match the home exactly—even the PVC that covers the 1×6 posts was meticulously color matched. The deck is also picture-framed in a darker tone border to define it and add heaps of visual interest, too. I’m so proud to say that the design team and our builders pulled off some serious magic with this one; and these Potomac, MD homeowners are delighted with the results which is steeped in high-end urban flair and is entirely low maintenance thanks to the use of high quality materials.

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The deck not only adds value to the home, but it enhances the way our customers live outdoors. They can take advantage of all the benefits that the fresh air and sunshine provide, and spend quality time with their friends and family entertaining in style with little fuss in their new backyard oasis.

Potomac MD screened porch builder

Archadeck of Centrail Maryland would be happy to chat with you about your backyard project and how we can help you create the deck of your dreams. Call us at (301) 926-3001 or email us at Our consultations is free but the results can be priceless!

John Barrett Archadeck of MarylandYou can view more stunning images of this project, and many others by visiting our project galleries on Houzz!


Turn-of-the-century brick colonial home in Bethesda, MD is transformed by an outdoor living space design by Archadeck of Central Maryland

Outdoor Living Space Transformation in Bethesda, MDArchadeck of Central Maryland’s most current project, an outdoor living combination space takes us to Bethesda, MD. The homeowner’s existing space, a simple deck, lacked style and versatility…two characteristics which are needed most for homes in the Bethesda and surrounding areas. Considered to be one of the most affluent and highly educated communities in the United States, Bethesda is situated adjacent to Washington, D.C. and is an urban core of Montgomery County, MD. It is a vibrant and historic town, making it a popular destination for shopping, sightseeing, dining and artistic and cultural events.



As you can see from the before picture, the simple deck currently provided a space for minimal seating and the barbecue grill. During our consultation with the homeowners we discussed their wants, needs and budget to obtain a better understanding of the ultimate outdoor living area they desired. Based upon that discussion, we suggested a combination space which would provide the best of both worlds…an open area for full sun exposure and an enclosed area for protection from the elements and pesky insects. The homeowners agreed and the final outdoor living space was created with a deck and screened porch addition.

Bethesda MD paver walkwayAdditionally, for enhanced charm and character for the overall design of the area, we included a paver sidewalk designed with a running board look similar to the historic streets and alleyways of Alexandria. With this updating of the outdoor living space, the homeowners also replaced all the home’s existing siding to HardiePlank– which was painted a cheerful yellow by the homeowners. Made from only the highest-quality materials, this upscale siding offers flexibility in architectural style which can greatly increase your home’s value. Found on over 5.5 million homes, HardiePlank siding is the most popular brand of siding in America due its strength, beauty and durability.

In these “after” pictures, notice how Archadeck of Central Maryland transformed the entire look of this turn-of-the-century brick colonial home. We were able to blend the screened porch roof into the existing flat roof of the home using a gable roof design with an open screened gable. This architectural element provides ample light and ventilation to the porch area which will be just right for outdoor dining and socializing.

Bethesda, MD, screened porch builder

In an effort to increase the enjoyment hours and reduce the amount of time spent on maintenance, the entire structure was built using low maintenance materials. The deck was constructed with Trex Select decking inside the screened porch and across the entire surface of the deck, vinyl trim was used inside and outside of the screened porch and the ceiling is beaded 1×6 tongue and groove vinyl to create a more finished look for the interior…again, all low-maintenance materials.

Bethesda MD deck and screened porch combinations

Bethesda MD porch builderThe finished space is a highly versatile and positively stunning outdoor living combination area that the family is very happy with and one which they will enjoy for many years to come. And, as you can see from this picture, the homeowners’ two daughters love the space so much they have already placed their little outdoor living furniture settee in their favorite spot.

If you are ready to give your outdoor living space the renovation it needs to create a beautiful new favorite spot for you and your family, contact Archadeck of Central Maryland to plan, design and build an unforgettable outdoor structure in which you all can make new memories. (301) 926 – 3001 or via email at

John Barrett Archadeck of Maryland

The design consultation that spanned halfway around the world!

Hyattsville, MD, outdoor living space builder

Our most recent project in Hyattsville, MD.

In my line of business I get the opportunity to meet many wonderful homeowners. Some of my fondest memories have been made in working with customers toward reaching their goal of outdoor living happiness. Every client is unique in their own way as are their outdoor living needs. One of our most recent projects, located in Hyattsville, MD,   we transformed an entire outdoor living area. This fascinating story began when the homeowners contacted us to improve their existing outdoor space. Their goal was to improve the beauty, versatility and functionality. Their existing space included a hot tub simply placed on a concrete slab patio. Although they thoroughly enjoyed using their hot tub, the space and its surroundings lacked any additional functional area and quite frankly was rather bland and lacked aesthetics worthy of their lovely home and property.

Hyattsville, MD, under deck systems

After our initial on site assessment and in-depth conversation with the homeowners to get a better understanding of their wants, needs and budget, we began some preliminary drawings for their anticipated remodel. In these  renderings we were able to give this couple a look at our suggested design layout. The new proposed design would transform the entire outdoor living area into a space that not only integrated their hot tub, but allowed them a stunning vantage point of their beautifully wooded lot.

It was at this point, just prior to their scheduled final consultation to review and approve the new design plan, that the husband was deployed to an undisclosed station in Afghanistan. Wanting to move forward, so the space would be completed by the time he would return, we worked out a way using the marvel of modern technology so both he and his wife to be able to view our design presentation via the internet…just as if he was in the room with us! I must confess that this was a first for us, an Archadeck design consultation via half way round the world! As always, it is a  pleasure for Archadeck of Central MD to work to accommodate those who serve in our military!

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The new outdoor living space accentuates the homeowners’ beautiful wooded lot perfectly!


Having seen and fallen in love with contrasting decking material colors in a photo of a TimberTech deck the homeowners made this their primary material request — so that is exactly what we did. The main part of the deck was built using TimberTech Earthwood Evolution Legacy in Tigerwood and the picture framing border was built-in TimberTech Legacy in Mocha. The contrast gives the deck a truly custom look and  exotic feel too. We also used white posts alongside a dark-toned rail, which helped picture-frame the backyard view.

Hyattsville, MD, underdeck outdoor livingWith this beautiful raised deck, the opportunity to double their outdoor living space was irresistible so we installed a Trex Rain Escape deck drainage system with hidden guttering and a hidden water collection system in order to deliver a completely “finished” under deck space where they could enjoy their beloved spa with the added enhancement of a walkout patio. The patio was built using Belgard Holland Stone pavers in Fossil Beige. To further finish the under deck area we installed low-maintenance 1×6 tongue and groove PVC in order to give the space a charming “porch” feel.

The ultimate finished outdoor living area we created for this wonderful military couple who both are actively serving our country, included quite a unique barbecue area with a descending stair access to their new hot tub pad. As you can see in the pictures this stunning new multipurpose design exceeded their desires and needs. This completed project exudes the pleasure and honor we feel in being asked to bring these homeowners’ outdoor living dreams to life!

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John Barrett Archadeck of MarylandOur commitment to excellence in outdoor structure design and building is unmatched, ensuring your unique project will bring enjoyment and pride for many years to come! We invite you to see for yourself, how we make outdoor living environment dreams a reality. Contact Archadeck of Central Maryland to learn more by calling (301) 926 – 3001 or via email at

Archadeck of Central Maryland and Montgomery County the leader in luxury outdoor living spaces.

Central Maryland Upscale Unique Outdoor Living Space BuilderToday’s dream home doesn’t begin and end at the exterior doors. Upscale, one-of-a-kind outdoor living spaces by Archadeck of Central Maryland extends the luxury and uniqueness of your home to the splendor of the beautiful landscaped and garden areas of your property. We are a custom design and build firm specializing in upscale outdoor living spaces which combine the opulence and comfort of your home’s interior with the ambiance of an outdoor environment with custom outdoor living amenities.

The knowledge and experience of our entire professional team spans a wide range of disciplines and skills placing us well above the average builder with “cookie-cutter” outdoor living spaces. Each project is designed and built to be a unique backyard retreat; a comfortable, amenity rich and versatile outdoor living environment to fit your character and personality while blending seamlessly with the architectural style of your home and its surroundings. As Central Maryland’s premier, professional luxury outdoor living space design and build firm, our primary goal is to provide you with a design tailor-made and lavishly appointed with all the features you desire which exceeds your hopes and dreams.

Archadeck outdoor kitchensAlthough we can, and do enjoy building decks, patios, screened porches and many other structures of all sizes, styles and budget ranges, it is our truest passion to work with homeowners on projects of a grander scale. It is in these magnificent designs, similar to those in home magazines, which are all-inclusive outdoor living combination spaces with all the “bells and whistles”, where we can demonstrate our full expertise. These outdoor rooms and open spaces which coalesce effortlessly include integrated outdoor kitchens with appliances, outdoor living rooms with high-end electronics and custom fireplaces and beautiful flagstone or paver hardscapes with integrated fire pits, along with customized screened porches and decks that all merge harmoniously as one luxurious outdoor escape.

Consistently coming in at the top of the list of most popular features is the outdoor kitchen, an entertaining essential for most any outdoor living space. No host or hostess wants to lose out on time with guests and with an outdoor cooking area, you can prep, mingle and party all at the same time. Your outdoor kitchen can be easily integrated into a deck or patio setting, poolside, or even within an attached or freestanding porch. Having the added capability to prepare food outdoors for gatherings, or even intimate dinners, as well as plenty of seating adds to the function of your outdoor space and opens the door to endless entertaining possibilities. While no backyard is complete without a gas grill, our luxury outdoor kitchen spaces can offer so much more – ranges, refrigerators, pizza ovens, warming drawers, rotisserie racks, smokers…absolutely anything the serious chef could desire! We can even include serving and food preparation areas providing more seating similar to that of an “eat in” interior kitchen with plenty of counter space to add bar stools for additional seating or to use as an outdoor bar area.

Archadeck deck, pergola and outdoor kitchen

Escaping into the outdoors with your family is always fun and adding the inviting warmth of a fire assures that your stunning luxury space can be enjoyed anytime of the day or night. Of course, nothing could be more enticing than an outdoor fireplace or fire pit to create and enhance the inviting ambience of an evening gathering place. Just imagine your guests sitting comfortably in your backyard enjoying casual conversation on a cool evening while feeling the warmth of a blazing fire from your outdoor fire feature. As everyone is relaxing, the appetizing aroma of dinner sizzling to perfection fills the air from your very own outdoor kitchen. This is outdoor living in all its splendor, pure elegance and luxury, and all for your pleasure in your backyard!

John Barrett Archadeck of MarylandLuxury comes in every shape, size, style and color, and we can help you transform your own backyard from ordinary to extraordinary. For years, Archadeck of Central Maryland has been turning traditional backyards into beautiful works of art. If you have a vision of your own luxury outdoor living environment contact us at (301) 926 – 3001 or We’ll make sure every detail is planned and executed to the highest standards with your utmost comfort in mind.

Gravity…awesome to experience on a roller coaster or slide…not so great on you deck!

Roller coasterKnowing that gravity is an unfailing force is comforting, usually. It makes anything not firmly planted beneath the earth’s surface or properly attached to a stable structure eventually tumble to the ground. This thought doesn’t pop into your head until the moment you step onto something that wobbles or moves, even one that does it ever so slightly…such as walking across a swinging bridge in the mountains or while boarding a plane or ship…all of which you know to expect some movement. You should absolutely never experience this is when stepping out onto your deck; the most beloved spot for entertaining and relaxing. A well maintained, routinely inspected deck is one that gives you peace of mind each and every time you step on to it.

Logo - Deck SafetyMay, in the building industry is recognized as National Deck Safety Month and even though Archadeck of Central Maryland and Montgomery County helps to increase deck safety awareness during May, we feel deck maintenance should actually be conducted year-round to ensure safety. With a large portion of the approximately 40 million decks over 20 years old in the US, not being properly maintained or routinely inspected, it isn’t surprising that in a six-year period there were an estimated 179 deck failures resulting in 1,122 injuries and 33 deaths. What is startling, however, is the fact that according to NADRA, The North American Deck and Railing Association, deck failures that result in injury are increasing at an alarming rate and are mostly due to non-maintained, aged decks or just shoddy workmanship of a cut-rate builder.

Maryland_Bethesda_Baltimore_Best_Deck_Builder_Contractor_Outdoor_Living_SpecialistIf a deck is built by a reputable experienced builder, it will be built correctly meeting or exceeding building codes, and give you peace of mind in knowing your deck is safe and structurally sound from the ground up. A well-built deck that is both structurally sound and safe also includes the following components: ledger boards that are either bolted or screwed securely to side of the house; support posts that are mounted to concrete footers; diagonal and/or lateral post braces, proper railing and stairs as well as connectors and fasteners (such as galvanized or stainless steel bolts, screws, nails and joist and post connectors) specially designed for deck construction.

Just as it is with yours or your loved ones’ health (keeping an eye out for potential symptoms or health issues), when it comes to your deck’s safety, YOU are its first line of defense as well. And, since each of your family member’s health is directly affected by the safety of the things you use, you are killing two birds with one stone, so to speak. It’s as simple as doing a visual inspection of the deck each time you use it or are outside near it. If you see any rotten, cracked or damaged wood, or any loose, missing or corroded metal bracing or parts, it is recommended to have a structural engineer or an established, well-respected contractor evaluate your deck before its next use.

hassle-free no textDeck safety is a top priority and we want to ensure you or a member of your family doesn’t become a casualty as a result of an unsafe deck. Archadeck of Central Maryland and Montgomery County offers a thorough, certified deck safety inspection for a modest fee. You’ll receive a detailed checklist that highlights any necessary or suggested repairs or maybe your deck is good for a couple more years; we’ll let you know that too. Here are just a few of the critical areas our deck safety inspection covers: foundation and footings, the attachment to your home, decking boards, connections and fasteners, the posts, beams and joists (if visible) of the structure, any sagging between supports, as well as stairs and rails.

While we’re there to perform the inspection and upon your request we can also provide a free consultation on what would be involved with replacing your deck with an updated design that meets or exceeds all building code requirements and is best suited for your outdoor living needs.


John Barrett Archadeck of MarylandIf you feel it’s time for your deck to be inspected for safety or are considering a new deck, or re-deck in the future, Archadeck of Central Maryland is the right choice for you. Our professional and talented staff members are experts at producing beautiful, quality outdoor living structures which are well designed and structurally sound. Contact us to learn more or to schedule your deck inspection or new project consultation today at (301) 926 – 3001 or email at or

When considering options for your Central MD deck, do you bamboo?

BambooUsed to create everyday objects for over 4000 years, bamboo’s long life makes it a Chinese symbol of longevity. Although most people think of it as a hardwood, it is actually a natural grass. A highly stable material, it is stronger and more durable than nearly all wood. All of these desirable attributes combined with its amazing longevity quite simply make it an ideal building material for outdoor living spaces, such as decks and patios, with a luxurious and exotic flare.

Highly sustainable, bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on the planet and can be harvested approximately every four to six years. Even though it is considered to be a very invasive species, a strong, dense and difficult to control plant with the ability to take over an entire lot (acreage) over time from just one sapling, it is environmentally friendly. It doesn’t require pesticides or other harmful chemicals for protection, it captures carbon effectively and doesn’t endanger hardwood forests like other natural materials (pine, hardwoods, etc.)

Tranquil bamboo deck alongside a Zen inspired water feature. Photo courtesy Dasso XTR.

Tranquil bamboo deck alongside a Zen inspired water feature. Photo courtesy Dasso XTR.

Over time, it’s inevitable for weather, sun and moisture to cause wooden boards to warp and twist. Wood will swell as it absorbs water and then shrink as it dries out again. Some types of boards are less likely to be seriously affected by the changes and some are drastically affected. Bamboo has a natural resistance to these elements and in comparison, will not swell or contract with moisture in the air. With its hard exterior and cellular interior, it is both flexible and elastic, making it very resilient without breaking. Bamboo does not have rays or knots the way wood does, so when stress is applied, it is evenly distributed over the surface.

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Knowing all these benefits of bamboo, it’s easy to see why bamboo decking has become so popular in recent years. Versatile in terms of color, bamboo can coordinate with almost any exterior décor of your home, as it can be stained in a wide range of hues from light natural to dark chocolate tones, allowing you to create just the right aesthetic for your particular project. As for maintenance to keep its exotic appeal, it requires no more work than you would need to do for a hardwood deck and the actual maintenance is very similar.

Bamboo decking

This rooftop deck is built using bamboo decking.

Our most current deck project is under construction. We are using bamboo furnished through Dasso XTR bamboo decking. Dasso is the global leader in the development and production of innovative bamboo products and is manufactured with strand woven technology, a patented process that fuses carbonized bamboo to make it suitable for exterior use. These homeowners can rest easy knowing their deck will stand up to whatever Mother Nature throws at it. Be sure to check back with us to see the progress and the final reveal of this stunning outdoor living structure.

Archadeck of Central Maryland is a leader in outdoor design & construction in Montgomery County, Howard County, and the surrounding area. We strive to continue to offer our clients the most current design and most dependable building material options in the industry. Our professional and talented staff are experts at helping homeowners, like you, get the most out of every season. Contact us today to learn more at (301) 926 – 3001 or email at or

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How soon do you want to begin enjoying your new Central MD outdoor living space?

Screened Porch with Massaranduba DeckWhen you first begin planning your outdoor living space, you consider so many elements: the type of structure or combination of structures you desire, function, location and the preferred materials you wish to use. All of these are  important factors, but one of the biggest is often overlooked…how soon do you want to begin enjoying your outdoor living space addition? During our initial conversations with homeowners, they often ask us when is the best time to get their outdoor living space project underway. In all honesty, the best time to have your custom designed outdoor living area built, is right now, no matter what time of year “right now” may be.

There are construction benefits for every season, but here are just a few of the reasons you should get your project started now:

Wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy your outdorr space now rather than later?

Wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy your outdorr space now rather than later?

  • Shorter wait times – Summer is our busiest time of the year, and spring has just sprung, now is the perfect time to build! Obtaining required permits and HOA approvals will take less time as well. Making the decision to build now will ensure you enjoyment all the benefits of your new structure sooner and in plenty of time for warm weather. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a spacious deck or fabulous new outdoor room addition to take advantage of sooner rather than later?
  • More time to properly seal your wood structure – A structure built from wood needs to cure for a period of time before the sealer will properly adhere to the wood and promote beneficial protection qualities. By choosing to build during the least humid time of year, your wooden structure will have ample time to cure in preparation to accept the sealer you choose.
  • Greater valueGreater value for your budget dollar – Once your structure is complete, you’ll want to furnish and decorate it to your liking. The outdoor living season is just beginning with a bounty of deals on outdoor living accoutrements. These savings will allow you to splurge a little on some of the higher end must have items like outdoor sound systems, a flat screen TV for your porch and much more!

The versatility of a new outdoor living area is exhilarating! We can honestly say, upon the completion of a new outdoor living space we have never had a homeowner say, “I wish we had waited.” On the other hand, we almost always hear, “Why didn’t we do this sooner?!

John Barrett Archadeck of MarylandNow, with all these benefits in mind, what are you waiting for? Archadeck of Central Maryland can custom design and build your structure in time to take advantage of the full glory of the outdoor living season. Don’t wait any longer! Our professional and talented staff are experts at helping homeowners, like you, get the most out of every season. Contact us today to learn more at (301) 926 – 3001 or email at or