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.


5 considerations when building a fire pit

Archadeck of Maryland outdoor space with gazebo, firepit, grill area, privacy fence and much more

This outdoor space has it all, a screened gazebo, fire pit and grill area all of which can add the utmost enjoyment during the fall months.

Fire pits are very popular right now and likely will be for many years to come. Here’s why. Fire pits not only add beauty and ambiance to our outdoor living areas but they are also more functional than you may realize. Here are 5 considerations if you’re thinking about adding a custom fire pit to your backyard living space.

1) Heat direction

Fire features are very popular in outdoor living environments. These can include anything from custom made fire pits to outdoor fireplaces to other outdoor fire features such as outdoor ovens. While these fire features add tremendous ambiance and are often the focal point of your custom outdoor environment, they also have the utilitarian benefit of providing heat. A fire pit radiates heat outward where a fireplace will direct the heat up through the flue. Think about the evenings you will spend outside and how many people want to convene around your outdoor fire feature. Consider whether you will want to roast marshmallows or just enjoy the vision of a roaring fire.

2) Placement

While fire pits do a great job of radiating heat out in all directions, they don’t need to be placed in the center of your outdoor living environment. Many customers decide to build the fire pit into the corner which provides more space for furniture or movement. This allows substantial space to sit in front of the fire pit while allowing more usable space for furniture and movement.

Maryland custom fire pit builder Archadeck of MD

This custom fire pit is built into the corner to allow for lots of seating area

3) Heat source

When you have your fire pit built, you will want to determine if you want to run gas to the fire pit as a heat source. Many fire pits these days don’t just burn logs. You will certainly want to think about running any lines to your fire pit before you build your patio or other structure that is the base of your fire pit. In fact, some of our customers know they will be building gas features in the future since they are building their outdoor living area in stages. You will want to ask your builder to run any gas and electrical lines you may need when they build the deck, patio, porch or other room.

Montgomery County MD fire pit with built in hardscapes

Montgomery County MD fire pit with built in hardscapes

4) Alternate uses

Fire pits look beautiful just by themselves but creative uses of them can make them even more beautiful. We can also equip them with gas and use glowing glass fire rock. The fire rocks come in lots of different colors, shapes and patterns. Also, in addition to having gas run to your fire pit, we can even  run water to the fire pit to use it as a water feature during the hot months of the year. We can put a drain and an exterior plug to the fire pit so you can use it as a planter during the warmer months.

Archadeck of Maryland fire pit seating wall

Archadeck of Maryland fire pit with seating wall

5) Custom built-in features

One of the benefits of building your custom outdoor living environment is you can add built-in features that add to the beauty as well as the functionality of the space. For example, a retaining wall can be built around the side of the fire pit which can also serve as benches. Flower boxes can be added to the seats. There are limitless opportunities to add custom features to make your customer fire pit exactly what your family needs.

John Barrett Archadeck of MarylandIf you’re thinking about building an outdoor living environment at your home, give us a call to discuss ideas. Our consultation is free. Give us a ring at (301) 926 – 3001 or email us at