This Montgomery Village redecking project provides more room for family, free time and fun!

Montgomery Village redeckingHave you been told by another builder that the ideal you have in your mind to upgrade your existing outdoor space isn’t possible? Maybe you have been told in order to make improvements to your deck, porch or even patio, you would be better off just tearing it down and starting anew. This was exactly what these Montgomery Village homeowners were told by multiple builders when they looked into redecking and improving their existing backyard deck. That changed once they consulted with Archadeck of Central MD…

When we initially met with the homeowners they told us that in their quest to improve their existing deck they had been told by several builders that due to the age of their deck, which was nearly 20 years old, in order to accommodate their needs and desires the deck would have to be completely torn down. As you can imagine, demolition and starting from scratch can not only interrupt your lifestyle for an extended period of time, it can also mean additional costs to the homeowner. Through our experience we realize that in many cases things aren’t always as they seem and even though a structure has some age doesn’t eliminate it as a redecking candidate. The key is to inspect the structure thoroughly to determine if it is structurally sound enough to facilitate the upgrades in mind. In the case of this Montgomery Village deck, it had aged gracefully and was deemed structurally sound enough to proceed with the project.

Plenty of space for outdoor dining

 

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The two main reasons the homeowner’s wanted to redeck their existing space was #1 to upgrade to a low maintenance material which would stay beautiful without the worry of constant cleaning and sealing and #2 to have their outdoor living space better accommodate spending time outdoors with their family.

Design rendering for Montgomery Village Redecking Project

Design rendering for Montgomery Village redecking.

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2nd design rendering for Montgomery Village Redecking Project

As you can see from the design renderings we prepared for these Montgomery County homeowners, and the stunning images, this project promises to fulfill all their needs and desires. In addition to redecking the entire structure with low maintenance Fiberon Pro Tect decking in Western Cedar, we also accented the deck with a border of Fiberon Pro Tect decking in  Chestnut to add style and define the space.  This decking is capped on three sides with a protective PermaTech surface, making it highly durable and carries a 25-year limited warranty against staining and fading.

Plenty of space for outdoor dining

Archadeck of Central MD also faced the planter boxes with the same decking material in order to blend and unify them with the new look of the deck. We also enhanced the convenience of keeping the plants and flowers the homeowners use within the planter boxes by installing a hose extension to the existing hose bib near the deck directly within the planter boxes for easy access. In the coming weeks ahead, we will also be adding a paver patio complete with a fire pit purchased by the homeowner just off the deck to increase the outdoor enjoyment even further!

This project serves as a good example of our expertise and knowledge of the business, which speaks volumes about the way we do business. It’s one thing to say “we build beautiful decks or we can build what you want”, but it’s quite another when a company can show you a portfolio of their work as Archadeck of Central MD can.  If you’re meeting with multiple contractors to consult on your desired project be aware that not all builders will have the same opinion of what is possible or the experience or expertise to complete your project properly. Rest assured, we listen to your needs, desires and inspect the proposed structure you wish to upgrade thoroughly to explore all viable options available to you in order to bring your outdoor vision to life.

John Barrett Archadeck of MarylandIf you are considering updated an existing space, or staring an outdoor living space from scratch, contact Archadeck of Central Maryland today to learn more about our unforgettable designs and quality craftsmanship. Call us at (301) 926-3001 or email us at centralmaryland@archadeck.net. Our consultations is free but the results can be priceless!

 

 

A Chevy Chase MD deck and open porch by Archadeck of Maryland

Close up view of Chevy Chase, MD covered porch by Archadeck of Central MD

Our 3-dimensional design rendering shows the open porch design and how it flows from the deck to the homes interior with ease

Maybe you can relate to this scenario…  You move from your existing home into a home that offers more of what you need and want out of a house. The basis  for your move may be a bigger home, a better address, a shorter commute to work or possibly all of the above. Once you get settled into your new location and it begins to feel like home you realize that the outdoor structure that you had at your previous home has been much more sorely missed than you would’ve ever imagined. Even though your interior living space exceeds your expectations, when you reminisce about the old deck and porch you left behind you find yourself humming the tune of the Michael Bolton song, ” how am I supposed to live without you”?

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This image shows the Chevy Chase, MD outdoor living areas in their entirety

This is exactly what happened to these Chevy Chase, MD homeowners upon their recent move. They really enjoyed spending time outdoors and they found themselves in a most unfortunate circumstance; their wonderful new home had no outdoor living space at all. Their old home had a nice deck that they used frequently and they contacted us to get the ball rolling to design an outdoor space for them to help quench their thirst for outdoor living.

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This detailed drawing shows the back elevation of the structure and how it harmonizes with the architecture of the home

We set out to design an elegant and formal looking space for them that would incorporate a roomy new deck and open porch. The couple’s existing home is a two-story with a  basement that grades up from one side to the other. Our challenge was to overcome the slope of the space as well as incorporate a large tree that the outdoor structures needed to harmonize with. Our solution was to concentrate our design on the homes rectilinear design to create a space that compliments the home, offers a comforting flow to and from the home’s interior spaces and lends itself to future projects in the back yard.

Close up design rendering of flow and function of Chevy Chase, MD deck and porch by Archadeck of Maryland

Close up design rendering showing the flow and function of this Chevy Chase, MD deck and porch by Archadeck of Maryland

We are constructing a deck which also includes a large rectangular open porch which matches the architecture of the house. The area will tie together with a hip roof on an open porch. The open porch is six plus feet above the grade of the lot so they will enjoy insect control because of the elevation. The french doors that are being installed off the home’s dining room will spill out onto the porch and will also provide access to the family room addition which was added to the home a few years ago. We are flanking either side of the doors which will serve as eating and seating areas. From one side of the open porch the homeowner will have close proximity to the interior kitchen. We also designed the deck to include the family barbecue area in close proximity to the kitchen area for ease and convenience when entertaining or dining outdoors. Since one of the homeowner’s wishes is to focus on the elegance within the outdoor space, the columns will be trimmed to blend the front exterior of the home and will make the design refined, tight and cohesive.

Design rendering prepared for Chevy Chase, MD porch and deck by Archadeck of Maryland

Design rendering prepared for Chevy Chase, MD porch and deck by Archadeck of Maryland

The stunning deck is designed to allow for future projects in the backyard as the homeowners see fit. On the deck and open porch we are using Guardian Prestige in weather wood with Shoreline railings. The entire project was carved like a diamond out of the rough for these Chevy Chase, MD homeowners. Archadeck of Central Maryland and Archadeck of Montgomery County was able to overcome the designing obstacles with ease and perfection. The homeowners are eager to enjoy their completed deck and open porch for many years to come.

John Barrett Archadeck of MarylandContact Archadeck of Central Maryland and Archadeck of Montgomery County to find out how to create an outdoor oasis in your own backyard. We provide quality outdoor structures that will not only add value to your home, but enrich your life as well. (301) 926 – 3001
centralmaryland@archadeck.net or montgomeryco@archadeck.net

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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This Gaithersburg screened porch is big on rustic detailing and style

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

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

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

An open porch/covered porch or screened porch – that is the question. See what these Highland MD owners chose.

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

When I think of the concept of an open porch design my mind drifts to the grace of a structure constructed with white columns where you spend the late afternoon relaxing and sipping iced tea. This image takes me back to a time when things were simpler and the world moved a little bit slower.  The covered porches of today encompass that same great architecture that we remember from an era gone by. Round columns used in an open covered porch are still hugely popular and are considered quite upscale. When you look at a screened porch, the first thing you notice are these columns, which is part of the covered porch’s appeal and charm. The columns are used to make an architectural statement as well as laying a firm foundation for the structural integrity of the structure itself.

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

We enjoy designing and building both screened porches, and covered or open porches. If you’re thinking about adding a new porch to your home, how do you decide which is best for you? I’ll talk about several factors that may help you decide whether screens or open air are best for you.

Shape

In terms of shape, screened porches, because of the screens and the architectural limitations of making a screened structure, usually end up with a boxed structure, either square or rectangular. The dimensions are usually kept within certain confines to make the screened porch functional and in ratio to the existing house. Covered, open porches are very different in the aspect of what can be done in terms of shape. An open porch gives you more design flexibility by the use of columns. Covered porches can also be built in different shapes, like a half octagon, or even a full octagon reminiscent of a gazebo style design. The use of decorative columns is beautiful and is always popular.

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With round columns and a beautifully detailed ceiling design this covered porch has it all

Columns

Round columns, Georgian and Roman style columns, capital base and trim and even ogee ends halfway up the columns are commonly used in the construction of covered or open porches. Because screening does not need to be attached, column options are greater. The type of columns you choose should complement your home’s architecture, but in the same token, you can choose a design that will have a striking impact on the appearance of the entire back of your residence. With a custom designed and professionally built covered porch you can transform your average looking backyard into something truly magnificent.

Protection from the elements

With an open porch design you will get the same amount of sun protection that you would with a screened porch and you get a little better breeze because there is nothing to impede the air flow. There are drawbacks though, to choosing a covered “open” design versus  screened design. This would be the insects. The insect barrier within a covered porch is non-existent without the luxury of an independent influence. Ceiling fans are commonly used on covered porches to help circulate the air and they provide some minimal insects protection. Insects are less likely to land on you when there is a constant flow of air. A covered porch is an ideal choice for people who want the open feel as well as the endless design possibilities, and those who have a higher tolerance level for insects or those who incorporate pest control into their landscape.

Design rendering in Highland, MD by Archadeck of Maryland

One of the many design renderings Archadeck of Maryland prepared for the upcoming covered porch and deck combination in Highland, MD

Ceilings and electrical

The homeowner has the same options with a covered porch as with a screened porch. Some examples of these options include open or closed rafters, recessed lighting ,skylights, electrical outlets and the capability to mount entertainment equipment such as TV’s, stereos and speakers. There are even open porch designs that incorporate  the luxury of an outdoor fireplaces or outdoor kitchen as well.

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This photo depicts how the upcoming structure will look from an inside the house, with the aid of our design rendering

Another viable option is to construct a deck and covered porch combination structure. In this structure, the porch sits on a deck and the deck extends a significant distance past the porch area. When designing this type of deck/porch combination, Archadeck of Maryland usually extends the deck surface five feet beyond the room and doesn’t add railings. The absence of the railing opens up the deck area and gives you a nice flow from covered to non-covered area as well as from the deck into the yard. This type of design supports the feng shui principles of “less is more”, and not impeding the visual flow from one structure to another.

This upcoming project we are working on in Highland, MD incorporates these same design principles. We are using Square columns, which are large and square to match the homes existing columns. This will ensure the house will match from front to back. When you walk in the home’s entryway, you will see french doors that will lead into the structure. With the aid of a design renderings, which we provide to all of our clients, the homeowners are actually able to “virtually” experience the views of the design before construction begins.

See  more design renderings at the bottom of this post.

John Barrett Archadeck of MarylandArchadeck of Maryland can plan, design and build a structure that takes you back to a by-gone era with the modern conveniences of today. Contact Archadeck of Maryland today to find out more about these and other outdoor structures. (301) 926 – 3001
centralmaryland@archadeck.net

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You are able to experience another angle with this design rendering for this covered porch and deck in Highland, MD

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This design rendering showcases the open porch in conjunction with the large double deck in Highland, MD

This Deck in Bethesda, MD Shows That “Zen” is “In”

Open design with a "zen" feel

This deck was designed and constructed for some wonderful homeowners in Bethesda, MD. The homeowners have a meticulous taste for decorating, style and design. The goal was to have an elevated deck to gain access to the patio and the house.  The homeowner also wanted to keep the number of stairs to a minimum when getting over to the patio area. The challenge was to make this elevated deck appealing to the owners’ meticulous eye for design and personal taste but unobtrusive and with a modern feel.

Design rendering that was not chosen by the homeowners

We were up to the challenge of turning this backyard into a haven for relaxation for these Bethesda customers. We met with them and drew up a few design renderings to give them a feel for what the structure would look like when it came to

Rendering from above, this was the chosen design for the deck

fruition.They wanted a beautifully open look to the backyard and since their yard grades up we decided upon an open deck with a “zen” feel to it.

Detailed view of the beautiful mahogany

The wood we chose is pre-finished mahogany which is a beautiful exotic hardwood similar to Ipe and tigerwood. This particular deck has a variation in the color of the planks which adds to the feeling of being real hardwood. The maintenance for mahogany is the same as any other exotic hardwood, or hardwood in general, you can leave it untreated and it will “gray” out in about one year or you can apply a tropical hardwood oil to ensure color preservation.

Before the addition of the deck

With the homeowners wishes for as few stairs as possible within the structure, the stairs descending down one side were a challenge. These stairs were not considered permanent structures because we were able to build them going down one side. We run into these type of things quite often, so we enjoy coming up with creative solutions. If the deck had been higher than 30 inches we would’ve had to use a rail,  border or benches.

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Mahogany deck Bethesday Maryland

We were able to blend the deck into the landscape where the back yard gently grades up to leave this open like the homeowner wanted. The finished dimensions of the deck were 20.5′ wide and 18′ deep.

Keeping the “zen” feeling throughout this structure made it open and airy. Many designers would say this deck has good “feng-shui”, we just know it is another structure we enjoyed building to make another homeowners vision of tranquility a reality. Give Archadeck of Maryland a call to design your upcoming outdoor structure.(301) 926 – 3001

Owner of Archadeck of Central Maryland- John Barrett

The Eye of Artful Design: Potomac, MD Home home with a Screened Porch and Multiple Decks

We recently completed a job for a customer in Potomac, MD whom wanted to add a new screened-in porch and replace an existing deck. We really went in-depth in the design process before construction to make sure we had accomplished everything the homeowner desired. These are the kinds of projects I really enjoy. I like to sink myself into a design challenge. The challenge may be presented based on how to make the most of a small space, based on how to really tie the new structure into the home or by how to meet zoning codes and still get the design the homeowners want.

Interior of completed screened porch

People almost always ask for a gable roof design when considering the addition of a screened porch or sunroom. The appeal of using a gabled roof makes people think of open, and airy designs. In this case taking into consideration the existing architecture of this home with the multiple shed roof lines, a gable roof just would not have kept the structural integrity of the existing house. I knew I had to create a design that utilized the shed style roof and still accomplish everything a gable promises; like openness and airiness and a grand feeling.

rendering showing the design of the gable roof which we did not choose

This home had very high ceilings on the first floor which allowed us to tie the screened porch in perfectly architecturally with the rest of the house and accomplish that airy feel. We positioned the sunroom off the great room area. This way the two other decks had their own purpose and identity and both decks allowed access to the screened porch. We were also able to match the cedar siding exactly and the gable ends tied in perfectly. We carried the same cedar inside the ceiling of the screened porch.

Design rendering of the shed roof design which was chosen

These Potomac, MD homeowners chose Fiberon Horizon composite flooring, it actually looks a lot like the Ipe color rosewood and is lower maintenance. The railing of the porch matches on the inside and outside. The homeowners chose a vinyl railing system with black powder coated aluminum balusters made by Deckorators. The top of the railing has a rail cap that matches the floor.

Before the re-decking

We also re-decked the 18-year-old decks. One deck is 15×14 and the other is 20×14. The end dimensions of the addition of the screened porch added an additional 20 x 10 x 14 of lovely, enjoyable space for these homeowners. Now these Potomac, MD homeowners have a beautifully constructed, nicely furnished place to relax and enjoy the views of their large back yard.

After re-decking

If you are considering a re-model, a re-deck or a new construction give us a ring at Archadeck of Maryland a call today for a free estimate.

Watch this job come to life in front of your eyes.