Hello, Chicago. This is my blog about the creation and enjoyment of outdoor living spaces in our great town. It is also about my company’s quest to create awesome leisure spaces for my clients.
For me “outdoor living” is the extension of your home with living space beyond the walls and roof. Outdoor living certainly includes the creation of outdoor rooms. This is our business; we create rooms that are physical structures for people; such as decks, screen porches, gazebos, pergolas, sun rooms, or patios. Outdoor living also includes landscaping, outdoor lighting, water features, hardscaping, and anything that connects us with nature.
For 30 years, Archadeck has dedicated itself to the design and construction of outdoor living spaces. Founded in Richmond, Virginia, in 1980, Archadeck has grown to more than 70 franchise offices around the country. Collectively, we have built more than 70,000 outdoor living projects. So, if you’re looking for trusted experience, there is no need to look any further.
Each Archadeck office benefits from this experience, through training, industry relationships and the professional support network that is the Archadeck community. Archadeck has had franchise offices in the Chicago area for 20 years.
My name is David Berryhill. As the designer/owner of Archadeck of Northern Chicagoland for the past 6 years, I welcome you to my blog – “an outdoor living space,” if you will.
For the record, this is my first blog. My wife, Kristen, and I purchased our Archadeck Franchise in February of 2004. We always wanted our own business. In the summer of 2003, after the dot.com bubble burst and the company I had helped build for nine years was no more, we began a search. We sought a business that would provide a desirable, tangible product, that had strong potential, and we would enjoy.
That last criteria might sound odd, but I had spent my career with companies offering products or services that were not very exciting.
I was drawn to the construction element, but especially attracted to the creation of outdoor living spaces. For several years I was a landscape hobbyist, including taking classes at the Morton Arboretum. For as long as I could remember I enjoyed arranging interior spaces but once I had a yard I found my true passion. The opportunity to start and build our Archadeck Franchise has offered a convergence of passions.
I am very passionate about outdoor living! Decks, Screen Porches, Sunrooms, Pergolas, Gazebos, and Paver Patios are the products we custom design and build.
However, what we really promote and sell is outdoor living…an outdoor living lifestyle. Our mission, our passion, is to design and blend those products to flow with your lifestyle. We create designs that look original to your home and blend with your landscaping. Ultimately, our goal is to enhance your enjoyment of your home while enhancing the value of your property. This takes more than just throwing a few sticks on the back of your house and calling it a “deck.” Many do-it-yourselfers and many “carpenters” have tried this approach and I’m sure we all have various examples of the results throughout our neighborhoods.
Archadeck has refined a different approach – we believe, a better approach – to developing outdoor living spaces for our clients’ lifestyles. We are one of the few companies devoted to this aspect of your home, your lifestyle at home. We are probably the only company devoted to it for 30 years.
If you are interested in learning more about outdoor living and the difference Archadeck brings to those spaces, then I encourage you to connect with us here often. We will discuss and promote various concepts, products, and issues related to outdoor living. We’ll offer perspective on the art form that is outdoor design and the difference that is Archadeck.
Of course, we hope that when the time comes we can create your new outdoor space and your friends. If you share our passion for outdoor living, we welcome you to share your ideas and thoughts with us here on our blog.
So, welcome to “an outdoor living space” blog by Archadeck of Chicagoland, authored by David Berryhill. I’ll try to make it informative and entertaining. Maybe sometimes even go off-topic, because an outdoor living space is a great place to; live, talk, share, relax, dine, and entertain.
Please call me at 847-359-8002 anytime with questions or just to chat about my favorite subject…the great outdoors.