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.

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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 central-maryland.archadeck.com

John Barrett Archadeck of Maryland

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.

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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 centralmaryland@archadeck.net or montgomeryco@archadeck.net.

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:

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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 centralmaryland@archadeck.net or montgomeryco@archadeck.net.

 

Introducing our newest staff member, Tina Myers. Welcome to our team!

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Help us welcome our newest team member; Tina Myers!

Please join me in welcoming Tina Myers as our newest team member. Tina joins our Laytonsville office by way of Hershey, PA, where her background includes being an assistant property manager for a leasing firm, while completing courses to earn her Medical Assistant’s degree. She then worked as a physician’s assistant in a busy medical practice. In her most recent position, in sales for Wells Fargo, Tina was voted the #1 sales representative out of 973 fellow employees across the country. Due to the outsourcing of her position, she left Wells Fargo. Their loss is our gain!

With this change in her career, she decided to move here to be closer to her boyfriend whom is a structural engineer. After several weeks of interviews, she declined many job offers because none of them seemed like a good fit. Tina continued her search with a strong feeling something better lay in store for her. Out there, she just knew, was a satisfying position with the right company where her effective management experience, excellent people and organizational skills as well as her intense sales background could be utilized conjointly. She then heard about this job opening at Archadeck of Central Maryland and Mosquito Squad of Montgomery County and Howard County and was positively elated.

When asked to describe her biggest asset, she proudly responded “My daughter…who turns 12 in May. She’s a great kid and straight A student!”

John Barrett Archadeck of MarylandTina is a fantastic addition to our staff and we’re excited to have her on board. Our team is composed of design consultants, seasoned builders and professional staff and is always ready to assist you in custom designing and building outdoor living environments for the way you and your family want to live outdoors. Call or email Archadeck of Central Maryland today for more information at (301) 926 – 3001 or central-maryland.archadeck.com.

Be sure to say hi to Tina and help us make her feel welcome in our beautiful Howard and Montgomery county area!

With Archadeck of Central Maryland, you can have your cake and eat it too!

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Beautiful Ipe deck and screened porch outdoor living combination in Rockville, MD.

When I’m asked what I do for a living, I say, “I have one of the best jobs possible…I help people make their dreams a reality”. Like the final piece to a puzzle, your outdoor living environment completes the process of making your house a home! Archadeck of Central Maryland  works with homeowners, like you, throughout Howard and Montgomery County and the surrounding areas to make your backyard your morning coffee and paper spot to start your day and your quiet retreat to which you escape each evening after a long day at work; your intimate dining space full of ambience just for two as well as the perfect place for all your family gatherings, barbecues and special events…and everything in between! Making your dream outdoor living environment a reality is what we do best.

Our business is exceptionally rewarding from a connection standpoint. Custom designing and building your outdoor living area starts with an onsite visit with you and a clear understanding of your mental picture of this space. Being able to see what you “see” when you think about your ideal backyard retreat, and then translate that into a design and a structure customized for you and your family starts with these types of questions:

  • How do you plan to utilize this space for special occasions and everyday use?
  • Will you cook, dine, entertain and relax in this area?
  • Are you considering the addition of a water or fire feature?
  • Do you want enclosed areas for protection, wide open spaces or a combination of both?
  • What are your personal tastes and style choices for materials and colors?
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Each Archadeck of Maryland client gets a design rendering showing exactly what their project will look like.

The design of a project is perhaps the most important phase of creating an outdoor living space. Seeing your home, the potential building site and talking one-on-one with you to obtain the answers to all these questions allows me to create a professional, custom design rendering, integrating all these things. This rendering, while taking into account your home’s architectural style and budget, provides you with a real image of what your dream outdoor living environment will look like…taking you one step closer to making it a reality.

It has been my experience, most homeowners find these renderings extremely valuable in the decision making process. The images are very realistic with an attention to detail, 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, better suiting your needs and budget. My main goal is to help guide you through this process from start to finish, ending up with an outdoor structure which is an extension of your living area you love because it is an expression of you.

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Custom curved deck with integrated seating and fire pit in Chevy Case, MD.

With this vivid image of your ideal living space including all the bells and whistles, in front of you, you may catch yourself thinking this is more than you had in mind to bite off “all at once”. No worries, it’s a very common misconception that the perfect outdoor living space is well out of reach of being affordable. Remember how I said earlier, making your dream outdoor living environment a reality is what we do best…it absolutely is. We offer the convenience of a phased building program which allows you to construct your outdoor living space combination project in stages as your lifestyle and budget allows.

Have your cake and eat it tooPerhaps this season you begin with a deck, add a patio or porch in the fall, or even in advance of next year’s outdoor living season! This option will transform your backyard each season (like getting a new backyard each time) until the final design is completed. Archadeck of Central Maryland wants you to know you don’t have to delay creating your ideal backyard retreat any longer because you can have your cake and eat it too!

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 us to learn more by calling (301) 926 – 3001 or via email at centralmaryland@archadeck.net.

Thinking of spring? With six more weeks of winter your running out of time to enjoy your new space in time for spring!

Punxsutawney-Phil-Did you hear the official report from Punxsutawney Phil? If you want to know if spring is going to arrive early, Phil’s your “man”. Direct from his burrow on Gobbler’s Knob, in front of thousands of faithful followers from all over the world furry Phil saw his shadow and announced we can expect be six more weeks of winter. This is great news for Central Maryland homeowners, because this allows plenty of time to get your custom outdoor living space planned and on schedule for the coming spring!

Having a “go to” or reputable source for important things gives you confidence in your endeavors. Just like Punxsutawney Phil is the “go to” for seasonal predictions, Archadeck of Central Maryland is your “go to”  for the best in outdoor living space design and construction. We are the area’s premier builder for sunrooms, porches, patios, decks and outdoor living combination spaces in Howard County, Montgomery County and the surrounding area.

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See the custom details that were added to this custom screened porch.

Our goal is to design a space for you, and your family and the way you live. We achieve this by meeting with you, the homeowner, to talk about the kinds of functions you want your outdoor structure to facilitate. With a clear understanding of your needs, wants and style choices, we then use our insight, experience and knowledge to translate this information into a custom designed outdoor living space which is an expression of you. This ideal outdoor structure is built to blend seamlessly with your home and landscape as an extension of your living area to be enjoyed every day, not just for special events.

Porch with Cedar Ceiling and Stone FireplaceNow is the time to begin planning and creating your ideal outdoor living space to ensure you are ready to enjoy your home and its surroundings to the fullest this spring. Perhaps you have an existing screened porch you would like to convert to a more versatile sunroom, or maybe you’ve decided this is the year to upgrade that plain vanilla concrete patio that came with your home to a custom designed hardscape with an integrated fire pit. How about a new outdoor living area that combines the beauty and function of both of these structures to extend your outdoor living enjoyment and give you more choices when utilizing this space? The options available in our custom combination space designs are as endless as your imagination. Every Archadeck of Central Maryland  design is one-of-a-kind and custom-made for you.

Another view of this stunning outdoor space by Archadeck of MarylandJust like all contractors are not the same, not all outdoor structures are created equal. Just because you have an outdoor structure doesn’t mean you have an outdoor living space. An outdoor living space is a custom designed multifunction place where you can be yourself when you entertain and relax outdoors or simply go to enjoy the beauty of all Mother Nature has to offer. In addition, designing these outdoor living areas to bring all the comforts of indoors outside, makes these spaces the most utilized portion of any home. For more than 13 years we have helped hundreds of homeowners in the central Maryland area enjoy the outdoors more by building versatile structures and outdoor living space combinations of the highest quality; it’s what we do best.

With 6 more weeks of winter, there’s plenty of time to transform your backyard into the custom designed outdoor living environment of your dreams. Our passion is your happiness. We can help design an outdoor structure that is the right “fit” for you and your family and make it effortless from beginning to end.

John Barrett Archadeck of MarylandCall us for a free design consultation today at (301) 926 – 3001 or via email at centralmaryland@archadeck.net act now, spots are filling fast!

Not all outdoor living structures are the same, nor is the contractor hired to build them.

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Just like not all outdoor living structures are the same, neither are the contractors hired to build them. You may wish to have a custom designed outdoor living space built to enhance and extend your family’s enjoyment of your home, … Continue reading

Fill ‘er up with a new deck this year. What does the price of gas have to do with your new deck?

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This deck by Archadeck of Central Maryland is constructed from AZEK, a composite decking material that looks lovely against the backdrop of autumn leaves.

You can probably feel the sting in your wallet every time you visit the pump to fill up. With the ever-increasing price of gas, many aspects within our economy can be affected. Gasoline is derived from crude oil, which is a commodity, and like many other commodities when demand is on the rise, the price goes up. Everything from hand lotion, to dish washing detergents and even frozen foods are made using derivatives of crude oil in one form or another, and when the demand from crude oil rises, so do the prices we pay for these everyday items.

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This composite deck with pergola by Archadeck of Maryland, is just one example of the many outdoor structures we can have ready for you by spring.

One aspect that is affected by the rising price of crude oil, is composite decking materials. One major component that goes into creating composite decking is plastic and plastic is a bi-product of refining crude oil . The plastic is costing the composite manufacturers more so the composite prices will increase. Throughout the year the trend in rising crude oil prices fluctuates and intermittent pricing of materials that are derived from crude oil will be affected, however through past price hikes we have seen a trend in crude oil prices experiencing a brisk rise during the month of December in recent years. There is always an increase in composite deck materials which occurs twice a year. The increases are generally seen in December and during the mid-summer months.  This means that deciding to go ahead and build that deck or outdoor structure you have had on hold now may save you quite a bit of green in the long run. Aside from the avoidance of rising composite prices, there are many other reasons why building your outdoor structure now, rather than later can benefit you greatly.

An outdoor oasis by Archadeck of Maryland

An outdoor oasis by Archadeck of Maryland

Not only will you avoid the long lines and waiting periods that usually accompany Spring construction, your structure will actually be ready for you and your family to use and enjoy in the Spring. You can enjoy the first blooms of spring from your deck or outdoor structure instead of saying, ” I wish we already had our outdoor structure up and running”. There are also  fewer winter weather delays now than in the months of January and February. The cooler weather conditions also means the crews can work longer hours because of the absence of the summer heat which can sometimes create a longer than expected building deadline to occur if weather conditions are too hot and require more hydration breaks for the workers.

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GuardDeck Guardian Elite composite decking by Archadeck of Maryland

Another key aspect of choosing to build now is there is less damage caused to your turf and landscaping when materials and construction crews are upon it. Most plants and turf are dormant during the late fall and winter months which helps protect them from damage that may occur from construction, as well as cooler temperatures creating a firmer ground to work on with less risk of turf damage.  Archadeck of Montgomery County  also encourages homeowners to consider building now because of the savings that can be accrued by just the concrete aspect of your outdoor structure.  During the cooler months concrete is being poured below the frost line which means you can use cold water concrete and this can be poured down into the lower single digit temperatures, and financially this comes out to a great deal for the homeowner.

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This deck by Archadeck shows the beauty that can be yours with a composite deck.

If you are yearning and dreaming of a new deck, patio or other outdoor structure choosing to build now can mean a big difference in the savings, and in having your structure sooner than you could’ve imagined by avoiding the spring backlogs. Even choosing to wait until April or May to begin construction could put you into mid-summer having your structure completed. Right now Archadeck of Montgomery County is offering up to $2,500 off your project if you sign up before the end of 2011. Our offer gives you 10% off with a cap of $2,500, contact us for details.

John Barrett Archadeck of MarylandDon’t wait any longer, wouldn’t the perfect outdoor structure be the perfect holiday gift for yourself and your family? Contact us today to get in on the savings, from the gas pump to your backyard. (301) 926 – 3001
centralmaryland@archadeck.net or montgomeryco@archadeck.net

For more beautiful composite and PVC deck designs, visit our composite and PVC deck photo gallery on our website.

Would you trust your dreams to a cut-rate builder?

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Archadeck of Central Maryland and Archadeck of Montgomery County offer homeowners peace of mind that their dreams will become a reality.

Imagine dreaming, planning and saving to build your outdoor structure. Imagine hiring what you think is a reputable builder to bring your dream patio, screened porch or deck to fruition, only to have the builder walk off the job with your structure half completed, never to return. Unfortunately, this scenario is becoming more and more common among the building industry. Now more than ever it is important for consumers to learn the true meaning of what it means when a builder is licensed and insured, which safeguards the homeowner from having this type of travesty from happening to you.

Octagonal IPE deck and custom-built screen porch in Rockville MD

Octagonal IPE deck and custom-built screen porch in Rockville MD

I recently had a call from Bel Air, MD where a homeowner had a contractor start a deck for her over a year ago. The contractor was a reputable builder that had been in business in her market for many years. The contractor then went “belly up” as a result of the recession. The builder had references and a good reputation, and the homeowner felt the builder she had hired did good work until her deck was halfway completed and the builder went out of business. The homeowner then had no protection because the builder’s insurance did not cover guaranteeing her deck would get 100% finished. Archadeck of  Central Maryland went in and picked up the pieces and finished the homeowners deck to her complete satisfaction. Had she went with a company such as Archadeck from the beginning, this ordeal would have never happened because we are licensed and insured with Archadeck’s own National Guarantee Corporation which gives the homeowner a performance guarantee with no additional cost to homeowner. The frequency of these occurrences and  scope of the problem is being felt nationwide according to national statistics.

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Mahogany deck Bethesda Maryland

According to recent data the 18 month recession which began in 2007 and formally ended in 2009 represents the longest economic downturn America has experienced since World War II. The NBEA, ( National Bureau of Economic Analysis)  has noted that the economic recovery actually began in 2009, and they also noted that as of yet the economy has not returned to normal capacity. Among the hardest hit during this economic downturn are the contractors that make their living in various trades of building. From commercial to residential  building, contractors are competing for less work and their failure rates are rising sharply. Some of the hardest hit are the “fly by night”, unlicensed and uninsured contractors. All over the country the failure rates for contractors that are not adequately licensed, permitted or insured are extremely high. The failure rate is impacting the entire genre of building as a whole. From bankruptcies and foreclosures, the wave of failure rates can be felt all the way down to the consumer, leaving unfinished structures and shattered dreams in their path.

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This two-story screened porch by Archadeck of Central Maryland and Montgomery County is an example of our excellence in design, quality with guarantees to match.

This cannot happen when you choose to hire Archadeck of Central Maryland and  Archadeck of Montgomery County  to build your structure. We not only enjoy the benefit of being part of a national company that’s nearly 25 years old. But, we have an unprecedented guarantee in the business. We GUARANTEE that your project will be finished. Even if the unforeseen were to happen like  someone in the family falls ill or I get stuck in Saskatchewan and can’t get back, someone else will step in from Archadeck and finish your job. We know that things happen. We’ve seen it happen everywhere in this recession. But you can have the most peace of mind with Archadeck. We are a fully funded corporation, guaranteed – I have been the chairman of the board for two of my last six years on the board and I am still board member. Not one single customer has been left holding the bag in the six years that we’ve had the corporation.

We offer protection for homeowners that no other contractor can provide and ensures project completion. Our guarantee  also includes a two-year structural guarantee and a one year workmanship and material guarantee. This is why we call our warranties a “performance guarantee”. We also have million dollar liability protection and all of our worker’s are covered by workman’s compensation which means that if a worker gets hurt while working on your structure, you are not held liable for any injuries or medical bills that may incur from an accident or injury.

John Barrett Archadeck of MarylandIf you are ready to turn that dream of an outdoor structure into a reality in your own backyard by a builder that will stick by you through thick and thin and see that your outdoor structure comes to completion in all it’s glory, contact Archadeck of Central Maryland or Archadeck of Montgomery County today to learn more.

(301) 926 – 3001
centralmaryland@archadeck.net or montgomeryco@archadeck.net

This Gaithersburg screen porch and deck combination takes memorable to a new level

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The slideshow above gives a glimpse of what our design meeting will be like. When we propose and illustrate a solution to our clients, we show them a true-to-life rendering and show it from the various important angles so the homeowners know exactly what they will be getting.

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This Gaithersburg screen porch and deck combination lends plenty of room for rest and relaxation

These Gaithersburg  homeowners came to us with a full walkout basement on their 18-20 year old existing home and asked that we create a screened porch and deck combination that they can enjoy everyday. They wanted the type that would transport them back to a time when the days moved a little slower and the pressures of the everyday were non-existent. They wanted the design to provide functionality and style. We were able to give these homeowners both with a rustic screen porch that is reminiscent of the screened porches we enjoyed when we were all children. The kind of structure that takes you back to a time of fewer worries, more fun and a lot more time to relax.

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This angle of the custom design rendering shows how Archadeck of Central Maryland and Archadeck of Montgomery County solved the roof height concern.

When we first began construction on this Gaithersburg screened porch, we were concerned because the roof lines were a challenge with the garage roof being one story and the existing home being a two-story roof. Wherein lies the challenge that half the roof was over the garage and half was over the home.  We love the challenge in overcoming even the most difficult challenges to find a design solution. We utilize design software to help us illustrate these challenges once we create a design solution to fit the homeowners’ needs and design challenges.  We were able to present these Gaithersburg homeowners with a professional design rendering that encompassed everything they wanted and more. This is perhaps the most fun part of the job – being able to come up with creative solutions.

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The new location of the stairs adds more accessibility into the backyard.

Our solution was to re-structure the homeowners’ existing deck to support the weight of the screened porch. We then enlarged the deck to provide a barbecue area adjacent to the screened porch.We usually find that when homeowners add a screened porch to their deck area they don’t need as much of an open outdoor area as they would if they did not have the advantages of a screened porch. Homeowners end up utilizing their deck space for a barbecue or grilling area and additional seating and dining. We then relocated the stairs to provide access to the backyard. The enlarged deck was then  re-decked with TimberTech composite decking in beautiful twin plank in redwood. This color choice adds to the rustic charm of the entire structure. To complement the new deck, we used black Deckorators balusters.

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This Gaithersburg screened porch is big on rustic detailing and style

The screened porch is designed with an open screened gable to provide ample light and ventilation. This open and airy design element is further carried out with the use of open, exposed rafters. The combination of the exposed rafters and the open design of this screened porch gives it a country casual, rustic feel that is really popular among screen porch owners right now. Rustic never goes out of style, they are just more detailed versions of the beloved screen porches our parents had growing up.

John Barrett Archadeck of MarylandIf you are ready to be transported back in time to a time period when you could breathe easier and time seemed to stand still, the addition of a magical outdoor structure may be the answer. Contact Archadeck of Central Maryland and Archadeck of Montgomery County to plan, design and build an unforgettable outdoor structure to make new memories within. (301) 926 – 3001
montgomeryco@archadeck.net or centralmaryland@archadeck.net