Chicagoland Pool Deck Design Ideas

A good pool deck design is functional, enhances your backyard, and transforms your pool into a complementing water feature.

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Turn your backyard into the destination spot this summer with a pool and pool deck!  Dip your toes into the water while the children play, do cannonballs into the pool, soak up some sun next to the water, or throw a spectacular outdoor party.  A pool makes a great addition to any backyard, but it’s the pool deck or patio that really pulls it all together into one fantastic outdoor living space.  Here are a few of our favorite pool deck design ideas with options ranging from small to expansive.  When you work with a custom design and build firm like Archadeck of Chicagoland, you have the opportunity to create a deck space that fits your family’s lifestyle.

Designing a deck that leads from your home to the pool is an excellent way to create multiple spaces for seating, dining, and sunbathing.  This allows the adults to steal away to a quieter section of the deck while the kids splash in the pool or the space to throw an outdoor party with plenty of room to entertain.

Composite Pool Deck with TimberTech Brown Oak by Chicago Deck Builder Archadeck of Chicagoland

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How to Create a Unique Deck Design

Looking for a unique deck design? From colors to materials to amenities, explore creative design elements with your local deck builder, Archadeck of Chicagoland.

Mother Nature offers the best design inspiration, so look no further than your backyard when planning your outdoor living space.  Bold colors beautifully accent blended neutral tones while countless textures tease your senses. Pulling design ideas from these earthy elements helps you create a natural looking space that complements both your home and yard. We did just that with this unique deck design.

Deck Design with Picture Frame by Chicagoland Deck Builder ArchadeckBy incorporating both wood and composite materials we were able to create a stunning multi-colored deck design.  The main deck areas are constructed with natural wood, beautifully stained to pull in accenting colors from the yard.  The surrounding border you see is a double picture frame. Continue reading “How to Create a Unique Deck Design”

Deck Design Ideas by Archadeck of Chicagoland

Check out deck design ideas in the Chicago area by Archadeck of Chicagoland!

Are you considering building a backyard deck?  The Design Consultants at Archadeck of Chicagoland are talented and creative, helping you find deck designs that will match your home and decking materials that fit your lifestyle.  The right deck design will serve you functionally and will blend the space form home to yard so you can grill, dine, relax, play with the kids, and entertain your friends.

Building your deck low to grade provides an excellent transition from your home to your yard, giving you a great space to grill, dine, relax and entertain!

Backyard wood deck by Glen Ellyn deck builder Archadeck of Chicagoland

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TimberTech vs AZEK: Choosing the Best Low Maintenance Materials for Your Deck

Which composite decking is the best? Archadeck brings a comprehensive guide to the low maintenance and composite decking products TimberTech and AZEK offer.

TimberTech vs Azek Composite and Low Maintenance Decking

Are you considering a low maintenance or composite deck?  Low maintenance materials are a great option for those who want a deck but do not want to go through the hassle of sanding and staining frequently.  One quick search on the internet, however, can leave you feeling bombarded with options.  How do you know which companies are the best and which products will be right for your project?   Continue reading “TimberTech vs AZEK: Choosing the Best Low Maintenance Materials for Your Deck”

Naperville Deck Designs by Archadeck of Chicagoland Featured on Pinterest

 

Featuring Naperville Deck Designs on Pinterest

As a premier Naperville deck builder, we are pleased to announce that our Naperville deck designs are now featured on Pinterest.  Browse several stunning projects that feature traditional and contemporary designs.  Check out different deck options like cable rails, built-in benches, outdoor lighting, grill surrounds, and more!  Archadeck of Chicagoland serves the surrounding Chicagoland Suburbs.  If you would like to see deck designs (or other Archadeck project designs) featured in your town, let us know in the comments below.  We could feature your town next!

If you are considering an outdoor living project, we would love to hear from you!  You may reach us at (847) 749-2373 or you may sign up for a free Design Consultation with Archadeck of Chicagoland.

Creative Deck Design Ideas

Thinking of building a deck? From floating benches and solid board skirting, to outdoor fire places and stunning cable rails – here are some of our favorite deck design ideas!

Designing a deck isn’t always quite as easy as slapping a few boards together outside your back door.  Just as homes come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and with different design niches, so do decks.  Here are a few deck designs we find many of our clients love.

Have a small space but want to make the most of it?  Floating benches are a great option for decks that are low to grade. They provide extra seating for when you’re entertaining, but leave plenty of space for your daily needs, like grilling and dining.  Adding a built-in flower box or two also saves space by creating a space for your favorite blooms.  No need to set out extra flower pots!

Low Maintenance Deck with Floating Benches

Solid board skirting hides the framing beneath the deck while the pergola creates shade from the hot summer sun.

Low Maintenance Deck with Pergola

Aside from creating a stunning view, incorporating a fireplace into your deck design can extend the time you are able spend outside on your deck.

Low Maintenance Deck with Fireplace

Give your framing an attractive look with AZEK low maintenance post wraps.  This option gives low maintenance deck a nice, finished look.

Low Maintenance Deck with Pergola

Cable rails have a more contemporary look while opening the view.

Low Maintenance Deck with Cable Rails

Lattice walls are great for climbing flowers and vines and can offer a bit of privacy.  Perfect for small decks!

Lattice Walls on Deck

Double the size of your outdoor living space by building a deck over your patio.  The deck will provide shade for the patio and the structural columns will give your space a regal look.

Low Maintenance Deck with Patio and Fire Pit

At Archadeck of Chicagoland, design and build is our specialty.  If you’re considering building a deck or other outdoor living space, please contact us for a free design consultation.  Or, you can give us a call at (847) 749 – 2373.  We would love to hear from you!

See you in the backyard!

The Benefits of Building Outdoor Living Spaces in Fall and Winter Months

Summer days are coming to an end and fall is right around the corner.  This is the perfect time of year to plan a project for fall, winter, or even early spring.  Although the warmer months may soon be behind us, Archadeck will continue to build year round.  Now is the time to lock in this year’s prices and avoid the increases we see in early spring.  Planning your project during the fall and winter seasons also ensures that your project will be ready to use when the weather warms up again.  Instead of spending your warm spring days sifting through busy contractors and waiting for the completion of your project.  You will already be relaxing in the sun on your patio or entertaining on your new deck.  This is the perfect season to start that new project!

Learn more about the advantages of building your outdoor living space in the fall and winter months.

Deck and pergola with mosquito curtains

Save A Tree, Build Around!

It happens to many of us.  We have grand visions of the outdoor living space we want to create, but something like a beloved tree may stand in our way. Sometimes all you need is a little creativity and a knowledgeable contractor. These homeowners knew they wanted to build around the tree, but getting started can sometimes seem a bit daunting.  We were pleased to be given the opportunity help them design a deck that wouldn’t harm their tree while also creating a functional and aesthetically pleasing space.  Read more about it here.

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How to Choose a contractor you can trust #4

When you buy something at the store you see the finished product.  When you order something online you see a picture of the finished product.  When you hire a contractor, you won’t see the finished product until the project is built.

 

Buying from a contractor means trusting someone.  Trusting they will build what you expect.  Trusting they understand what you expect . How can a homeowner be comfortable they are choosing the right contractor for their project?  How do they know who to trust? This is the fourth & final article in a blog series on how to select the right contractor.

 

In three previous blogs I wrote about evaluating a contractor’s background and experience, how to make sure the contractor builds what you want and expect, and understanding how a contractor effectively manages a construction project.  In this fourth and final blog in the series, I will share some thoughts on safeguards that protect you from things going wrong.

 

Safeguards include some of the obvious points that most people know  to ask when interviewing contractors.  Yes, I said interviewing because that is the right approach for both parties, the client & the contractor, take in the initial meetings.   We will discuss this more, shortly.  Let’s stick to the obvious now.  Always ask a contractor about the insurance they carry, permit requirements, and the warranties they provide.

 

Insurance can be tricky, I have met contractors who spin their answer on this topic.  When asked if they have insurance, some respond yes, because they have auto insurance.  The better question is, “What insurances do you carry?”  I must admit that I am not an insurance expert, but I know that liabilityinsurance is a must.  This protects your home from any damage caused during the construction process.  Worker compensation insurance is also very important.  It protects you from an employee of the contractor getting injured on the job and suing you for their bills.  There are specific legal requirements for obtaining Workers Compensation in Illinois and most states.   I believe that any company with employees is required to carry workers compensation insurance.   Auto insurance is important as well but I am unaware of how this may or may not protect the homeowner.  If anyone reading this is more knowledgeable on kinds of insurances, please feel free to add your comments.  It is good to ask for a copy of the contractor’s certificate of insurance to verify they are currently  covered.

 

Warranties provide obvious protection once the work is done.  At Archadeck, we offer a very strong warranty as well as a third-party guarantee of performance.  Always get any warranty in writing, and yes, reading it is a good idea.    Our warranty is 1 year on workmanship, defined as pretty much anything related to the quality of our work, and 5 years on structural issues.   Of course, warranties are only as good as the company that stands behind them.  If they are out of business in 6 months, then warranties are worthless.   Those low price offers often mean they are under bidding the project and eventually putting themselves out of business.  Will they be around when you need them back?   At Archadeck we have put in place a unique third-party guarantee.  An insurance for our clients if we are gone.  As a group, all the Archadeck franchisee’s created the National Guarantee Corporation in 1998.  We fund it with low annual dues.  This fund exists to protect all Archadeck clients for 2 years after the project is built as well as guaranteeing the completion of the project.  The good news is there are very few claims on the fund but it’s a great safety net for our clients just in case.

 

Of course warranties may not protect you.  Even if they are around, will the contractor stand behind their work or hide behind a clause in the warranty?  We rarely deny coverage, even when we could.  We  do the right thing for the client regardless of the warranty terms.  Recently, a client we built a deck for six years ago, contacted me regarding a structural issue.  This was one year past our coverage and the issue was not caused by anything we did.   We could have simply said “sorry, too late” or blamed the site conditions or blamed the architect for the design or the village for approving the plans.  But I figured the buck had to stop with us and we fixed it.  Maybe we should have anticipated this issue, maybe not, but we were the people the client trusted and we built the project, so we fixed it.  This leads to one final issue, and probably the most important, to consider when hiring a contractor.

 

Previously, I suggested that the initial meetings are an interview for the client and the contractor.   What does your research and your gut say about this person and their company?  Can you trust them to do what they say, to stand behind their work, to do what is right?   One of the best compliments I ever received about my company came from a client whose project did not run smoothly.  Actually, early in construction I would have called it a disaster.  Everything that could go wrong, did.  I was replacing the crew as well as bringing in a subcontractor to build the foundation, a completely unplanned cost.    If you have read my previous blogs you know that causes me much distress.  In total, we spent about $12,000 more  than expected.  These were costs we absorbed because it was the right thing to do.   Throughout the project, we kept the client informed but we never made it their problem.  When we were done, they were really happy  and thanked me.  As I was a little embarrassed at the way the job started,  I apologized again for the hassles.  The client replied, “No need to apologize. We’re really happy that you made it right.  Many contractors would not have and some might have walked away from the job, but you stuck it out and built us a great new screen room, deck, and patio.”    Will your contractor make it right?  This confidence is  invaluable.  I hope it helps our clients sleep a little better at night.

 

See you in the outdoors.

Deck safety

Is your deck safe?

Check out this story on deck failures.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/06/24/earlyshow/contributors/susankoeppen/main5109350.shtml

If you are concerned about your deck call Archadeck @ 847-359-8002 for an inspection.