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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!

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Are the winds of change taking over your outdoor living space expectations?

Winds of Change

Are the winds of change taking over your outdoor living space expectations?

As we change, so do our wants and needs. For instance, in the 90s when searching for homes, most buyers just “had to have” a master bath that included a garden tub and a separate enclosed shower. Today we often see those same homeowners upgrading to the larger all glass, enclosed walk-in shower mostly because they offer easier accessibility for everyone. Archadeck of Central Maryland and Montgomery County, over the years, has seen the same sort of thing happen with many homeowners’ outdoor living space needs. Similarly, where a large open deck previously served your entertaining needs well for the kids’ birthday parties when they were younger or a backyard barbecue, now your outdoor living needs may be different. Perhaps your children are all grown up and out on their own or maybe you no longer need an open space, but prefer a covered space which provides protection from the elements and insects. With these changing needs in mind, converting your deck into a screened porch, or even your existing screened porch into an outdoor room (such as a 4-season room, or sunroom)  may be the perfect solution and we can help.

  • Screened Porch with Massaranduba DeckDeck-to-screened porch conversion: Your spacious deck provides an area for outdoor dining, relaxation and entertaining, so choosing to convert that deck into a screened porch simply upgrades that area for the same activities, but without the hassle of pesky insects or the dangers associated with the sun. As an added benefit, during times of inclement weather, a screened porch allows you to continue the fun on your protected porch. Just think about the last time a sudden spring shower dampened your outdoor event on your deck, ultimately driving you all back into the house just in time for the rain to stop. Now imagine that same event continuing while that quick shower comes and goes, without your outdoor party missing a beat because your outdoor living space is now covered and protected!
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    Three season room with cedar ceiling and slate floor.

    Screened porch-to-sunroom conversion: Your existing screened porch protects your outdoor events, but if you completely enclose that same space with glass windows and add a heating and/or air conditioning source, you will extend the livable area of your home as well as have an excellent space for entertaining.  When you get down to the logistics of it, a sunroom, or interior room addition is like having a screened porch with walls and windows which can be used year-round after all!

Just as we have done for many other homeowners in the Howard and Montgomery county areas, Archadeck of Central Maryland and Montgomery County can custom design and construct the conversion of your existing outdoor living space. We have extensive experience transforming decks-to-screened porches, creating an outdoor living area which allows you to enjoy the fresh air and wonderful view of your beautiful backyard while being shielded from the elements. Additionally, we specialize in screened porch-to-sunroom conversions, producing outdoor room additions which blend seamlessly with your home and landscape to meet or exceed your outdoor living needs.

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Though deck-to-screened-porch conversion or screened porch-to-sunroom conversions may seem like difficult projects, in many cases they are not. Prior to beginning either of these projects, we begin with an evaluation of the structural components of your existing deck or screened porch. A good majority of these existing structures, if not built by Archadeck, may not have been constructed to support the weight of a roof. Other elements we inspect and take note of during the onsite evaluation include: the method in which the deck or screened porch was originally built and the type of foundation and joists the structure has. Full knowledge of these items are part of the criteria that must be met to ensure your existing deck or screened porch can support the added weight of a roof and the additional standards required in making the conversion. In most cases, conversions are possible, but it is crucial to hire an outdoor structure professional with extensive knowledge about decks and outdoor structures. Hiring a professional ensures the safety and success of your intended conversion.

Versatile screened porch and deck combination in Central MD.

Versatile screened porch and deck combination in Central MD.

As your outdoor structure professional, we highly recommend reinforcing any existing structure’s foundation when converting it to a roofed structure. We can retrofit most existing structures by installing new footers (as long as we can get underneath the structure to reinforce it), which reach all the way to the corners of the structure, to support the new weight of a roof.

If you are considering a conversion or upgrade for your existing outdoor living space, contact Archadeck of Central Maryland and Montgomery County today. We’ll not only inspect the structural soundness of your existing deck or screened porch and determine if it’s a candidate for an upgrade, we’ll also custom design and build your new converted structure to bring added function and beauty to your backyard and lifestyle. Call us for a free design consultation, or to schedule a deck inspection today at (301) 926 – 3001 or via email at centralmaryland@archadeck.net.

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