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.

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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.

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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.

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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 centralmaryland@archadeck.net.

John Barrett Archadeck of Maryland

The design consultation that spanned halfway around the world!

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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.

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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 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!

Explore the benefits of working with a experienced, upscale builder that builds year round!

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If you have been dreaming about that perfect outdoor living space for your backyard, but putting it off until the time was right…well the time is right, RIGHT NOW! 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.

Columbia MD deck gets transformed into a screen porch. Can your deck be transformed into a screen porch?

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This design rendering shows what the anticipated completed Columbia, MD structure will look like.

Who doesn’t love spending time on their deck? Decks are great for entertaining, grilling out and soaking in the sun. However decks are “time sensitive”, meaning when the winds grow colder, or the autumn showers come to call you are deprived of many hours of enjoyment if a deck is your sole outdoor structure. One Columbia, MD porch builder is changing the way we look at decks by taking a portion of your deck, and in some cases the whole area, and turning it into an enclosed, insect free, rain-friendly haven screened porch or 3-season porch where you can welcome the beauty of the changing seasons without the harshness of the elements.

Columbia, MD deck before the transformation began.

This image shows the Columbia, MD deck before Archadeck of Maryland began the transformation.

That’s right. If your deck’s foundation is built to support a roof, you can covert all or a portion of your deck into a screen porch, open porch or enclosed room with a minimal amount of fuss. In this story Archadeck of Montgomery County and Archadeck of Central Maryland is converting a section of this Columbia, MD homeowners deck into a screen porch. We also go a step beyond a screened porch by using a convertible enclosure system that will extend this Columbia, MD homeowners enjoyment and use time well into the colder months.

This "before" photo shows the area where Archadeck of Maryland will be extending the overhang to accomadate the screen porch.

This "before" photo shows the area where Archadeck of Maryland will be extending the overhang to accommodate the screen porch.

This “in progress” transformation in Columbia, MD is proof positive that a screen porch doesn’t just need to be a screen porch.  This particular deck is located under the 2nd story overhang. We are expanding the overhang to accommodate the new living space and we will also be installing an accordion style folding screen door that will completely open up the area. In another portion we are going to be using an Artistic Enclosures system with sliding windows that also open completely. The homeowner wanted the enclosure to have the capability of being removable and also sliding. This is accomplished using the ScreenPlus contemporary system we are using to define the new space.

This area will encompass the  new Columbia, MD screened / enclosed porch.

This area will encompass the new Columbia, MD screened / enclosed porch.

Once completed this Columbia, MD home will have the capability for enjoyment for 3 if not 4 seasons. The combination of outdoor structures will also be conducive to entertaining on a grander scale with areas for conversation, dining or whatever these homeowners  have in mind.

This "before" photo shows the side of the  Columbia, MD home prior to  Archadeck of Maryland starting construction.

This "before" photo shows the side of the Columbia, MD home prior to Archadeck of Maryland starting construction.

You may ask ” is my deck able to be transformed in the same manner”? And, the answer lies within your deck’s structure itself. Archadeck of Central Maryland and Archadeck of Montgomery County discusses the idea of converting your deck into a screen porch, or enclosed porch and gives valuable insight and technical  advice on doing this at your home.

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Design rendering showing view from the side upon completion of Columbia, MD structure.

Can I Convert?

You may be able to convert with minimal effort, but in many cases the foundation will have to reinforced. In a screen porch scenario for example, you must have the capability to support the perimeter because that is where all the snow loading and roof load areas come into play. In this situation we will need to add footings at the perimeters where the walls attach. If your original deck was a permitted project to begin with, then there is a  possibility that you won’t need additional foundation reinforcement. A licensed, custom builder will be able to address any foundation concerns before you begin your conversion.  If you are building onto a deck that has decking boards that have gaps, then we install screen under the structure to keep insects out and may install skirting around it as well. When building a porch from the ground up and making it convertible, you will probably want to choose a flooring which contains no gaps. You also want to choose a material that ensures your boards won’t succumb to cupping, this is important when considering a lower grade material. Ventilation is also important when choosing your flooring material.

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This alternate view shows the completed structure in all its glory.

As you can tell, many consideration go into turning your deck, or a portion thereof, into a screen porch, covered porch or enclosed porch. A strong firm foundation is the important factor when deciding to transform your deck. Archadeck of Central Maryland and Archadeck of Montgomery County  can make sure your structure is strong from the ground up and can turn your deck into an all season place of refuge and enjoyment. Contact us today to learn more about deck to porch conversions and deck and porch combination outdoor structures. You can call us at (301) 926 – 3001 or send us an email at montgomeryco@archadeck.net or centralmaryland@archadeck.net

John Barrett Archadeck of Maryland

Top 10 considerations when building a porch.

Interior of two story screened porch by Archadeck of Maryland

This screened porch by Archadeck of Central Maryland and Montgomery County boasts two levels of beauty and quality.

When making the decision to build an outdoor structure, or outdoor room there are many things to take into considerations. Making the right decisions early on in the process cannot only ensure your outdoor structure compliments your home and landscape, but it can also improve your lifestyle and add value to your property. And above all, it can impact your state of mind.

Archadeck of Central Maryland and Archadeck of Montgomery County pride ourselves in planning, designing and building outdoor structures that really make a difference in how you live. One such structure that is sure to add beauty and enjoyment to your life is a porch. Porches can be covered or uncovered; attached to your home, patio or deck; or even detached in a prime location within your landscape. We have compiled a list of the top ten considerations to think of in the planning stage when building the porch of your dreams.

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This screened porch by Archadeck of Central Maryland and Montgomery County utilizes a fireplace for function and aesthetic appeal.

Top 10 considerations to consider when building a porch:

1) What function would you be performing in your porch? This by far is the first and foremost question to take into consideration as it dictates where the porch itself should be located, whether it will be detached or attached and what amenities it will need to include. Usually porches serve as either an extended outdoor family room, or an outdoor dining area, or a combination of both. If it will serve as an outdoor dining space, the porch’s proximity to your home’s kitchen is very important. If you are going to use the porch to function as an outdoor family room, then the proximity to the kitchen is not a big issue. You also need to consider how you want to utilize your space once the seasons change. If you want to make use of your space within the cooler months of the year you may consider building a convertible Artistic Enclosures porch, which uses wall systems to enhance your space from season to season, or Eze breeze by PGT , which uses a screen plus a sliding 4-track convertible system. If you want your porch to serve as an extension of the home because of a lack of indoor living space, you can make the porch a convertible space with windows that can be removed during the warm months, but serve your needs for an enclosed, heated space during the winter months as well.

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This Maryland covered porch offers easy access to and from the kitchen.

2) How high off the ground should your porch be?  This is something most homeowners don’t consider but is a crucial element when thinking of building your porch. If the space between your porch and the area it is intended to work with are too far away or create an inconvenience to move between areas, then chances are that you will not only regret your configuration but may stop using the room altogether for the purpose which it was initially intended.

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This two-story screened porch by Archadeck of Central Maryland and Montgomery County utilizes a large area for dining and a large area for entertaining.

3) How large should your porch be? Deciding what size porch you really need will impact how you use your porch throughout it’s lifetime. You need to figure out how many people are going to be using it and what function they will be using it for. I actually often recommend that my customers build a smaller porch than they were originally intending. Here’s the reason. If you envision having a porch span the entire width of the back of your home, that may be much more space than you need and can even cause the room to lose its cozy appeal.

Think of a home that has a very large room that goes from the front to the back of the home or from one side of the home clear to the other side. Often times these large rectangular rooms are hard to decorate and cause the room to be much less cozy. Now if your intention is for your porch to really serve the purpose of being two distinct rooms, then it might make sense. Let’s say that you want to use one side of your porch as an outdoor dining area and that part of the porch opens up into or very close to the kitchen. Then you may want to use the other side as a living room sort of area and that side opens up into your living area in the home. Then, that’s a really good use of a long rectangular space.

A good all around size for a porch that is designed for one living space is generally a 16×16 or 16×18. If you are still unsure, then measure your home’s living or family room. Do make sure to take into consideration the space needed when the items are pulled out. For example, consider how much space is needed around your table when everyone is sitting back after a large meal. People generally pull their chairs out from the table. Will there still be room and foot room within the structure with the planned furnishings? When making your final decision build for the 90%, not the 10%. Even though you don’t want to build more space than you have, not having enough room is a greater dilemma than having a little too much as you can’t just add a few feet to a porch the way you might be able to do with a deck or patio.

4) Screen anyone? If you are choosing a screened porch, then your screening system and type of screen you choose is very important. If your goal is to really enjoy the view of your back yard, try using a screen system that is as invisible as possible. Here are some situations that may require a stronger screen system. Might your screen come in contact with falling tree branches or limbs, birds, cats, or even hockey sticks? Screen comes in many different types to accommodate your individual needs. Durable screens, such as Super Screen which offers a 10 year warranty is recommended for people with dogs and cats. Privacy screens are also available which are a more opaque screening material and appear almost invisible. You can even use exterior grade shades, like roman shades for example.

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This porch in Bethseda, MD shows how beautiful a mahogany floor can be when used on a porch.

5) Flooring options. Your porch’s flooring is front and center so choosing a flooring material that appeals to your eye is important. In most cases, your porch will offer some protection from the elements so you have more flexibility when it comes to your flooring than you would on other outdoor structures, such as your deck. If a natural look of wood is your style, woods such a mahogany and tigerwood are popular to use on porches. Some people use stone and tile, which can be pretty but can also be very problematic. The grouting used in stone and tile will eventually crack with the cold and freezing weather conditions we have here in MD. These materials also are cold to the touch, and that also means to the feet. Another choice is a tongue and groove composite. They are long-lasting, and offer beauty and little maintenance.

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This screened porch ceiling was finished with beautiful cedar.

6) Coming out on top? This would be your ceiling material choice. In most scenarios your ceiling material will not become a maintenance issue. Ceiling materials that are popular right  now amongst porches are beadboard, and tongue-and-groove pine or cedar. These all offer a touch of rustic elegance to your structure. Skylights are a viable option in darker landscapes that need additional light in the structure or the home. Skylights can be used on any porch which is well lit, or otherwise. But most homeowners with ample light often don’t choose them because of the additional cost. Velux makes a wonderful Low-E skylight. Skylights can also come with a range of features including rain sensors which will close the skylight, remote controls and even blinds built right into the skylight.

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Plenty of lighting and ceiling fans can enhance the enjoyment on your porch.

7) Really think about your lighting and electrical needs. It is important to think about this up front. Most people who build a porch consider it their favorite room and are filled with regret that they didn’t build it years before they did. Remember, it is always better to put in too may electrical outlets, than too little. The cost to add outlets in the building process is minimal. The cost to add outlets after building is complete can be very substantial. Think about having outlets to plug in both floor lamps and table lamps. You will likely want an outlet to charge your phone and other to charge your laptop. You will use other electronics such as your television. Depending on the use of the room, you may even want to plug in a blender for margaritas or other kitchen apparatus as well.

Lighting comes in three different formats- table and floor, fan package, and ceiling fixtures. If you desire lighting in the ceiling, you should go with covering the rafters as opposed to leaving them exposed. With recessed lighting you can hide the wire more easily. You can also easily add insulation if you have a covered rafter.

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Archadeck of Maryland captures the charm and beauty of a by-gone era in covered porch design

8) Exterior materials. Maintenance free, formal and finished, or rustic and natural? There are lots of exterior material choices available for porches. Many times we trim the exterior using vinyl because aside from minimal cleaning, it is virtually maintenance free. Based on the elevation of your structure you may or may not need railing or a kneewall. Not having a lot of additional areas to cover will cut down on costs and will give you more light and airflow.

9) Welcome! The style of door you choose is extremely important within your structure. We have customers that stick to wood, but they are few. Most of our homeowners use storm doors. Storm doors are light when they have screen in them. Choosing a good quality storm door may or may not be that much more costly than using a wood door. It will give you more protection from the elements and can also be safer from a security perspective because of its strength.

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This gabled roof lends clean design lines in this covered porch by Archadeck of Maryland

10) Style of roof. Gabled roofs are quite popular amongst our porch customers. However if you are building gables, you will need to make sure it works with the windows above. There are other roof styles available that may harmonize better with your residence. If building a detached porch, you may or may not choose to match the structures roof to your home’s roof, many times a different style roof on a detached porch compliments the property better than a matching roof.

John Barrett Archadeck of MarylandArchadeck of Central Maryland and Archadeck of Montgomery County can help you when deciding all the basics of building your porch. We can meet with you and discuss all the options and what will work best for your particular circumstances. This is the fun stuff for us.

Contact us today to help you get started on a structure that will give you and your family much enjoyment for years to come. (301) 926 – 3001 centralmaryland@archadeck.net or montgomeryco@archadeck.net

Silver Spring MD Cabana-style Gazebo, patio, deck and hot tub deck

View from inside the detached cabana style gazebo by Archadeck of Maryland

View from inside the detached cabana style gazebo by Archadeck of Maryland, truly the heart of this versatile outdoor space.

We recently completed a project in Silver Spring which encompasses everything you could ever ask for in an outdoor oasis. The homeowner works for a company that takes care of high-end hotel renovations, so he already had an eye for design. Archadeck of Maryland was able to create the outdoor oasis within this Maryland homeowners imagination into a reality, and now these homeowners have a place to relax and soak in the feeling of “no place like home” upon return of a long business trip.

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This outdoor space has it all, these homeowners don't have far to go for relaxation and entertaining.

These homeowners really wanted a space the whole family could enjoy but also, with two teenage boys, they also wanted the capability to have privacy and separation within the design. The homeowners said the main uses they wanted to utilize were socializing, grilling, eating and reading. We were able to create a place for each activity and also create a space that could please a crowd or serve as a place of solitude and quiet built for two. This space is versatile in its layout and design. This outdoor space brings new meaning to the phrase ” a place for everything and everything in its place”.

Another view of this stunning outdoor space by Archadeck of Maryland

Another view of this stunning outdoor space by Archadeck of Maryland.

The space has a detached cabana style gazebo, a gorgeous paver patio, a grilling area, a deck that is large enough to accommodate two separate areas for dining as well as seating, a fire pit, a hot tub with deck surround and a privacy fence with a pergola-style decorative feature which adds character and uniqueness.

The detached cabana style gazebo is truly the heart of this versatile outdoor living space. The gazebo boasts a spacious 12×12 area that can be used for seating, reading and also has protection from bothersome insects and the harsh rays of the sun with the addition of having the area screened in. The detached gazebo is perfectly placed within the space for a bird’s eye view of everything going on around the outdoor space as well.

The privacy fence serves as much for visual appeal as it does for safety and seclusion.

The privacy fence serves as much for visual appeal as it does for safety and seclusion.

The hot tub’s deck surround creates a safe haven to enter and exit the hot tub, and the privacy fence with pergola style decorative features will add style and pizazz to an area that serves as a necessity to keep prying eyes away, and gives these homeowners peace of mind.

The Deck is 20″ above grade and is large enough to serve as two living areas, there is ample room for seating as well as dining. The deck steps down to a beautiful curved paver patio. The curvilinear shape is really popular for patios right now, and the homeowners wanted an overall shape to the structure that offered more visual interest and aesthetic appeal than a rectilinear shaped structure. The addition of the custom fire pit within the patio creates perfect design harmony within a space that creates a perfect spot to gather to take the chill off and maybe enjoy some roasted marshmallows or s’mores  by the glow of the fire.

An outdoor oasis by Archadeck of Maryland

Notice how beautifully each area and structure flows into one another.

These homeowners are excited to make use of their new “outdoor oasis” with the cold evenings of September right around the corner. This outdoor space in its entirety is everything they could have hoped for and much more.

John Barrett Archadeck of MarylandArchadeck of Maryland can create an unforgettable space for you right in your own backyard, we can customize your outdoor oasis to suit your individual style and purpose. Contact Archadeck of Maryland to learn more (301) 926 – 3001
centralmaryland@archadeck.net

A Columbia, MD screened porch and patio combination

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Another example of a screened porch with Mahogany flooring by Archadeck of Maryland

I know you have heard the old adage “you get what you pay for”. Much can be said in the same light when it comes to having an outdoor living structure such as a screened porch or patio built to enhance your home and lifestyle. Hiring a professional such as a custom builder will ensure that every nuance, forethought and even aterthought is covered before your addition is in use. Archadeck of Maryland is currently building a screened porch and patio combination for  homeowners in Columbia, MD and as with the case in many of our endeavors we turn the spotlight onto this particular job and as anticipation towards completion mounts we focus on how important it is to choose a custom builder to ensure the job is done right from the beginning.

These Columbia, MD homeowners wanted a low-to-grade screened porch with mahogany flooring.  We are installing a mahogany floor which has a moisture barrier to minimize any cupping with the mahogany itself. We laid the flooring in a straight pattern, because when you think of a structure such as a screened porch you think of it as an extension of your “living” area. Hardwoods laid within the interior of homes are most often laid in a traditional  straight pattern versus an angled pattern that is often times used when laying decking boards. The exterior of the screened porch is pressure treated, which gives the structure a more “cottage” type feel to it, more relaxed and casual. Using pressure treated wood enables the homeowners to paint the exterior to their liking. The only trade-off with the use of an exterior finish such as pressure treated is you have to decide early whether you want your structure to have a casual feel to it versus one with more formality. The dimensions will be a substantial 12 feet out and 16 feet across, and we are using an open gable design which will allow more light to flow into the structure.

One challenge we faced is the location of the exterior AC unit. It is directly in the location where the screened porch needs to be, therefore we had to have it moved to a more suitable location. We would’ve recommended that the AC unit be moved even if it wasn’t a necessity of the design because of the noise that would have been bothersome and taken away from the enjoyment of the screened porch. Relocating items such as an AC unit should only cost a few hundred dollars, not thousands, and little nuances such as these which are overlooked by less experienced builders make a dramatic impact on how your structure turns out. A custom builder will plan for the unexpected and make adjustments that could impact the quality of your outdoor living enjoyment before and during the building process to protect your investment and make sure you get the most out of your structure.

The homeowners considered stamped concrete for the patio but decided against it because of the climate in this region. Columbia, MD is known to receive several hard freezes and with stamped concrete and freezing climates, it is not a matter of “if” it will crack-but “when” it will crack. With this in mind the homeowners decided upon a paver patio using Cambridge pavers in  toffee/onyx and used three different sized bricks in random pattern with a brick border. Archadeck of Maryland suggested the curved pattern to add more style and some flow to the design. These high quality pavers have very little fading and resemble the look and feel of real stone.  We laid the pavers with polymeric sand which actually hardens in the same manner as grout. Polymeric sand is easily expandable and makes it easier to make adjustments. There are some who are concerned that weeds can grow up and through the polymeric sand, but this rarely if ever happens.

The patio will measure 16′ wide and 12′ across when completed and allows ample room allowing for a grilling and eating area as well.

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Screened porch by Archadeck of Maryland built in pressure treated wood

The homeowners foresee the screened porch as becoming a frequently used living space for their family. We made certain to have plenty of electrical outlets installed, lights and a ceiling fan. They are looking forward to plugging in the flat screen and watching football on the new screened porch, as well as many quiet hours enjoying a good book. We wanted to make sure all the necessary wiring and electrical needs were met to accommodate the family’s present and future needs. With a custom builder these needs are met prior to completion of your structure, so there are plenty of plugs for that reading light and all the wiring are completed to make it possible to catch that Sunday afternoon college game without any hassle or frustration.

John Barrett Archadeck of MarylandIf you are planning an upcoming structure to enhance your outdoor living enjoyment and want it built with quality and beauty under foot from the beginning, contact Archadeck of Maryland we will make sure every detail is planned and executed to the highest standards with your comfort in mind. (301) 926 – 3001
centralmaryland@archadeck.net

Sneak preview of this in progress transformation in Silver Spring, MD

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Canyon blend pavers by Fendt, add a rustic touch to this transformation

Red is one of the most powerful of all the warm colors used in design and these homeowners in Silver Spring MD are in the midst of a wonderful transformation within their backyard by transforming their less than functional  and unattractive hardscape into one that whispers  relaxation along with the rustic hues of red they chose for this endeavor.

These homeowners are busy professionals and have two teen-aged sons, so they wanted the backyard to promote relaxation and fun so their family could make the most out of the time they spend together. They decided upon a screened stand-alone gazebo, a patio with a seating area which encompasses a fire pit, a deck,  a hot tub with loads privacy, and an outdoor grill/kitchen area. This construction is “in progress”, but once completed will be the perfect family hot spot or a great place to spend a “stay-cation”.

Silver Spring patio deck gazebo and pergola design rendering plan

Each Archadeck of Maryland client gets a design rendering showing exactly what their project will look like. This is the plan for this Silver Spring backyard.

Archadeck of Maryland had a difficult challenge to overcome because the yard slopes as it descends into the back, and the deck inside corner portrays close proximity to the family room and kitchen, the family room is actually two steps down to the kitchen. It was tough to incorporate the deck and it’s traffic flow with these close quarters. The homeowners did not want to drop the deck down to the latter level because that would entail having three steps down. We were able to make it all fit together as you will see in the design rendering submitted for this structure.

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Still in progress... We are finishing up the gazebo, deck and patio.

The screened, stand alone gazebo is going to be placed at a 45 degree angle with arches in between the screened panel opening for a stunning effect. The color palette chosen by these homeowners is stunning as well, with hues of brick-red, and red tones used alongside grays for a beautiful rustic feel.

These Silver Spring, MD homeowners chose a Guardian Guardeck in a brick, red-toned color. The paver color they chose is called, Canyon Blend, and it will blend in the red tones with the gray stone. The paver in made by Fendt, and is part of their Spectrum Collection. The fire pit is going to be finished with Onyx red, and the grill will be finished in Onyx natural. The fire pit is gas so we will be running a gas line to it. The homeowners had to get the meter updated to accommodate the fire pit running off the gas line from the house.

We are really excited to see the finished product for these Silver Spring, MD homeowners. Stay tuned for more pictures to come on this glorious project.

John Barrett Archadeck of MarylandIf you are thinking of a transformation in your own backyard, contact Archadeck of Maryland to find out more  at (301) 926 – 3001 or email us at centralmaryland@archadeck.net  and don’t forget to visit our photo galleries to see design ideas and pictures from other stunning outdoor structures.

Take a look at our Archadeck of Central Maryland website.