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!

 

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.

Before:

Before:

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.

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The design consultation that spanned halfway around the world!

Hyattsville, MD, outdoor living space builder

Our most recent project in Hyattsville, MD.

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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.

Download Archadeck’s Free Design Guide and Start Planning Your Custom Outdoor Oasis Today !

Spring in Central Maryland!Is it spring yet? As I look out the window and watch weather updates, warm weather seems further and further out of reach. Fortunately, I know it’s just 9 days before spring officially arrives, bringing with it the renewal of Mother Nature’s paradise in my backyard…and I can’t wait! If you’re thinking about how you’d like to spend time in your backyard this spring, and your outdoor living area isn’t up to par, now is the perfect time to start planning your dream space. Whether you are adding or enhancing an outdoor living space, there’s a lot to consider to ensure it meets your needs and blends into the architectural style and layout of your home and landscape. At Archadeck of Central Maryland our planning and design process is based with a single goal in mind; creating your one of kind outdoor living space!

Archadeck has developed a user-friendly, valuable planning tool to help homeowners ignite their imaginations and define their preferences and functional needs for the perfect outdoor living space: the Archadeck Outdoor Living Design Guide and you can download it free by visiting https://www.archadeck.com/why-archadeck/custom-design/. In our experience, having this information organized and in hand, not only helps you clarify your outdoor living space needs and wants, but it also helps our team to bring your vision to life.

Archadeck-design-guideThe best design and structure we can build for you and the way you live outdoors comes from your answers to a wide variety of questions we ask, including:

  • For what activities will this space be primarily used? The best outdoor living structures are designed with perfect union in form and function. Will it include electronics like a big screen TV or surround sound system for large gatherings or do you wish to have a technology free zone, just right for rest and relaxation? Will your space need an outdoor kitchen area to be used for family barbeques and larger dinner parties? Do you want an open, exposed area to bask in the sun or do you prefer a covered area with protection from the elements? Better yet, how about a combination space which can be utilized for all of the above?
  • What is the terrain of your property like? Is it flat or does it have slopes? The terrain must be taken into consideration when selecting the structure and type of outdoor living space, but it doesn’t necessarily limit your options.

Additional aspects we consider when creating your custom space are the situation of your property in regards to sun exposure, favorite views you may have and the proximity of neighboring properties…all of which should be kept in mind when selecting the style and design.

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Now is the perfect time to plan your backyard retreat, so it can be ready for you to enjoy during the upcoming outdoor living season. Having a clear understanding of your tastes and design choices, helps you receive the perfect outdoor living environment. That’s where our FREE Design Guide comes in handy.

When considering an outdoor environment addition such as a deck or screened porch, choosing the best fit for your home’s architecture, your desired function and your budget is important. Archadeck of Central Maryland is the premier outdoor structure builder serving Howard and Montgomery counties, and the surrounding area. We can help you choose the perfect space for you with our expert design team and experience in building!

John Barrett Archadeck of MarylandContact us to learn more by calling (301) 926 – 3001 or via email at centralmaryland@archadeck.net. We look forward to helping you love your backyard even more!

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

Baby it’s cold outside; versatile heating options to keep your Central MD outdoor room warm this winter!

Is this what your screened porch feels like during the winter

Is this what your screened porch or 3-season room feels like during the winter months?

Do you yearn to spend time with friends and family on your porch this winter? Too often it is assumed screened porches are not conducive for use in the winter months…not so! As the old saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention and homeowner’s need to enjoy their outdoor living space year-round, the development of a convertible porch or 3 season room along with a host of options for keeping the nip of winter at bay has been serendipitous.

Extending the use of your existing 3-season room or porch with the addition of heating devices, not only increases your enjoyment of the space, but also brings more value to your investment. The winter months in Montgomery and Howard counties are full of wonderful winter and holiday activities for you and your loved ones to enjoy. What better way to carry on the fun, or unwind after, than by gathering in your favorite space to share the events of the day. Imagine coming home from an afternoon of ice skating or an evening tour of the holiday lights to share hot cocoa and muffins or a dinner and hot toddies. With your incorporation of heating, your convertible porch or 3-season room can magically morph into your own cozy lodge.  Listed below are some of the innovative warming options you might consider to keep your space warm:

  • Radiant Heat Panels – These flush or recessed mounted ceiling panels provide non-drying, non-allergenic, sun like warmth via safe, infrared radiant energy that travels through the air with the speed of light warming objects in its path, including the floor.  Heat is zone controlled so you stop paying for heat in unoccupied areas. Additional benefits of this “green” product include quiet operation, life of building longevity (meaning they never need maintenance), availability in various sizes, voltages and wattages and can be painted with latex-based paint to match any décor. They have no odor and since they do not circulate air like convective systems, there is no dust.
  • Yes, this is actually an outdoor heater that looks like an elegan upscale floor lamp! This one is made by Northgate.

    Yes, this is actually an outdoor heater that looks like an elegant upscale floor lamp! This one is made by Northgate.

    Modern Electric Tabletop and Floor “Lamps” – With the look of a lamp, these electric heaters have taken design and décor into greater consideration. A popular example is the Northgate Floor Lamp. They are designed to blend into the outdoor living space environment, yet still provide the same function of the traditional electric space heater. These are available in a wide selection of styles, varying in size and price range to make “cozy” affordable to all porch owners.

  • Wall or ceiling-mounted electric heaters – In recent years smaller versions of this typically commercial space type heater, have been designed for residential use on patios. The use of infrared elements or halogen bulbs in this heating technology produces invisible rays of light that only heat objects and people, not the air. This makes such a heater a sound, economical choice because you pay only for heating the things you want to warm, rather than heating air that is quickly blown off the porch!
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Custom ceiling mounted infrared heaters keeps this outdoor space toasty warm in spite of winter’s chill!

  • Gas tabletop heaters

    Gas tabletop heaters work great in both covered and open outdoor settings.

    Gas tabletop heaters – These smaller gas patio heaters use camp stove-type fuel canisters and can prove useful for warming guests seated around a table. Safety reminder: when dealing with any type of fuel-powered heater it is vital to make sure the model you choose is approved for use in a covered area, such as a porch or screened porch, and the proper clearance is provided to ensure the unit is safely operable.

Fireplaces…not to be forgotten

While the aforementioned heating units are typically the options for existing outdoor living spaces, if you are adding or remodeling your Central Maryland outdoor living space, you have the benefit of integrating a wood burning or gas fireplace right into the design. Please do not misunderstand…adding a custom fire feature is, of course, possible for an existing porch, but it is more economical to include as part of your outdoor living design from the start due to the dynamics involved.

Montgomery County, MD, cedar ceiling porch with stunning outdoor fireplace integration.

Montgomery County, MD, cedar ceiling porch with stunning outdoor fireplace integration.

Fireplace – A fireplace provides ambiance and a focal point of rustic beauty for your outdoor room, all while keeping the space toasty warm and comfortable throughout the cold winter months. When used in conjunction with a ceiling fan(s), your porch will be warm enough to enjoy almost year-round.

John Barrett Archadeck of MarylandArchadeck of Central Maryland & Montgomery has designed and constructed many outdoor living spaces to the rave reviews of our clients! We can provide more ideas on utilizing your screened porch or 3-season room year-round, or if you are ready to update your current outdoor living space, contact Archadeck of Central Maryland & Montgomery today at (301) 926 – 3001 or via email at centralmaryland@archadeck.net. Our expert team has many options available to suit your needs, budget and keep you loving outdoor living season after season!

 

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.