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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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.

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.

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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 centralmaryland@archadeck.net. We’ll make sure every detail is planned and executed to the highest standards with your utmost comfort in mind.

Come see us at the Howard County House and Home Expo this weekend!

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAWhat do you have planned for this weekend? You should come see us at The Howard County House & Home Expo this Saturday, March 21st– Sunday, March 22nd so you can set your outdoor living plans in motion. If you’ve been dreaming about adding a new, or updating your existing outdoor living space, then you can’t afford to miss this fantastic home show. As this area’s premiere choice for custom outdoor living structures, Archadeck of Central Maryland and Montgomery County will be there, located in booth #148, where our professional team will be on hand to discuss your outdoor living area needs.

Attending this expo is a great way for you to learn from home improvement experts! We enjoy being a part of this event because it grants us the opportunity to meet face to face with homeowners, like you, to talk about the unlimited possibilities for their outdoor living space needs and dreams. Best of all, we know we can help you revitalize your outdoor living area, making it the most utilized area of your home and the envy of your neighbors.

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Archadeck of Central Maryland specializes in custom designed and built decks, patios, sunrooms, pergolas, 3 & 4 season rooms and outdoor living combinations throughout Howard, Montgomery and surrounding counties. We look forward to seeing you at the show where we will be hosting a booth located in space #148 showcasing our custom designed and built spaces and includes some special features you MUST come and see in person:

  • Eze Breeze porch enclosure in Potomac MD by Archadeck of Central Maryland and Montgomery CountyA four-track window system will be on display to showcase the versatility of building a four-season room or convertible porch. Come see how these innovative windows operate and the materials from which they are made.
  • Samples of the leading composite decking will also be available, so you can see and feel what today’s decking materials are like!
  • Casuwel collectionsAlso, be sure to peruse our full product catalog of NEW Casuwel Outdoor Living Furniture…the stylish, high quality outdoor furniture collection which provides maximum longevity, performance, and comfort in even the most demanding outdoor climates.

This inspiring event will be held at the Ten Oaks Ballroom, located at 5000 Signal Bell Lane in Clarksville, MD. Admission to the show is $5 at the door for adults, $3 for active and retired military and free admittance for children 10 and under. But as our special guest, please click HERE for free tickets, so you don’t miss this opportunity!

  • Howard County House & Home Expo Hours:
    Saturday 10am-6pm
    Sunday 11am-5pm

John Barrett Archadeck of MarylandExperience and an unmatched attention to detail in building the outdoor dreams of homeowners in Howard and Montgomery County are what make us an award-winning builder. 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.

Longer Days Call For a Relaxing Outdoor Living Space

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Enjoy the extra hour of sunshine in your open and airy screened porch!

As you know, Daylight Savings Time (DST) began this past weekend. After the mad rush to set all the clocks, timers and gadgets is over, having that additional hour of sunshine is a luxury if you enjoy spending time outdoors. 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. Longer days indicate spring is right around the corner, and with that in mind, the rush to have a new project designed and built has already begun!

Naturally, many people think of building outdoor projects in the late spring and summer when the weather is nice and they want to get outside, but sometimes it can be challenging to hire a quality contractor during this time. Backlogs begin to lengthen as warmer weather arrives. Moving ahead with your outdoor design will secure a spot on our schedule and ensure your space is ready to enjoy this spring and summer. We are Central Marylands’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!

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Prime Buyers Report top 10 deck builder in Montgomery County MDOur experience in building the outdoor dreams of homeowners in Howard and Montgomery County is evident. According to The Prime Buyer’s Report Archadeck of Central Maryland is listed as one of the top 10 deck contractors in Montgomery County, MD. Those bearing The Prime Buyer’s Report TOP 10 symbol are the deck builders verified by independent research to have met any State licensing requirements for ability and safety, carry liability insurance as protection for you the customer, who use only employees legal to work in the U.S., and for whom our staff has called previous customers to verify high satisfaction with them for new decks in Montgomery County, MD.

John Barrett Archadeck of MarylandOur 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 MD. Contact us today to learn more at (301) 926 – 3001 or via email at central-maryland.archadeck.com.

 

 

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

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

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The 5 Best Materials for Outdoor Furniture

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Have you built the perfect outdoor living space and are now wondering what are the best materials for outdoor furniture, that will insure not just aesthetic and function, but durability? Here at Archadeck of Central Maryland, for over a decade we have designed and installed sunrooms, screen porches, hardscapes, patios, decks, gazebos and more. Once our clients have their new outdoor living space, they often ask us what the best types of outdoor furniture would be as they decorate their space. So consider this post a round-up of the 5 best types of materials for your outdoor furniture!

Cedar and Teak make our list as the top two. They are both types of hard wood that can withstand the harsh elements of the outdoors. They don’t hold as much heat as metal furniture, and see little effect from rain due to their natural enzymes which prevent decay. Wood furniture is a classic choice for decorating your porch, patio or deck, but can be considerably more expensive than furniture constructed from other materials. It’s important to note that other woods that are softer, can absorb moisture and rot over time, so other types of wood would require paint or sealant.

Wicker is another popular material for outdoor furniture. It comes in woven wood or synthetic form. The synthetic wicker stands up well against nature and the elements, while the woven wood type is best with a coat of sealant for protection. The benefits of wicker is that it is lightweight, durable, and easy to clean. Some considerations and perhaps drawbacks of wicker furniture, are that the furniture sets tend to have high price points and can appear massive for smaller and more intimate outdoor settings.

Steel is a durable material found in many outdoor furniture applications. Furniture constructed from steel won’t move around in strong winds. Steel is sturdy and hefty, but can be pricey in outdoor furniture form, plus difficult to easily move or reposition. Steel furniture also necessitates a protective coating to safeguard against rust.

Aluminum is our fifth and final top outdoor furniture material. It is a malleable, lightweight material that works great in a variety of environments, including coastal settings which experience harsh salty/wet and extremely sunny conditions. Aluminum furniture with a powder-coat finish is particularly durable and resistant to both rust and fade. Another benefit of this type of material, is it is simple to clean. Outdoor furniture constructed from aluminum tends to come in a wide variety of styles due to the malleability of the metal.

John Barrett Archadeck of MarylandArchadeck of Central Maryland is a leader in outdoor design & construction for Baltimore, Montgomery County, Howard County, Anne Arundel County and Prince Georges County MD. Our team has been designing & constructing outdoor living spaces for over 11 years and has been the recipient of CotY (Contractor of the Year) awards and other distinctions, plus featured in the Washington Post. We’d love to help create the perfect green, outdoor living space for you, whether you’re thinking of building a new eco-friendly deck, 3- or 4-season room, sun room, screened porch, patio, trellis, pergola, arbor, fire pit or other project. We offer a free, no obligation design consultation. Give us a call at 301-926-3001 or email us to schedule yours today.

Tips to Build An Eco-Friendly Deck or Patio

Image courtesy of Trex Looking for the best tips on how to build an eco-friendly deck or patio? This is the first in a 2-part series of articles on how to construct a green outdoor living space. Today we answer the … Continue reading