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”

Chicago Area Outdoor Living Trends for 2016

Archadeck brings you 2016’s top 4 outdoor living trends for the Chicago area.

As Jack Frost starts painting Chicagoland with his frosty charm and outdoor building begins to slow, we at Archadeck take a moment to reflect on the great year we had, favorite projects we built, and the trends we see coming for 2016.

Chicagoland Outdoor Kitchens

Designed for climates that cycle through seasons, these outdoor kitchens are durable enough to withstand cold Chicago winters so you can enjoy your kitchen summer after summer.  Completely customizable, Archadeck’s Chicagoland outdoor kitchens are designed to only include amenities you want and plan to use.

Belgard patio with stone grill surround and outdoor bar by North Chicago suburb patio builder Archadeck of Chicagoland

Built-In Fire Pits

Easily incorporated into your outdoor space, a built-in fire pit comes with plenty of design options, including the choice of wood burning or a gas line and ceramic logs or fire beads. Continue reading “Chicago Area Outdoor Living Trends for 2016”

Chicagoland Patio Design with Outdoor Kitchen & Fire Pit

Explore Chicago area patio design, featuring a classic Chicagoland Outdoor Kitchen and built-in Gas Fire Pit.

When Kildeer, IL homeowners decided they were ready to replace their tired and worn deck, they called local Chicago area patio builder, Archadeck of Chicagoland.  With their grand plans for a larger space to entertain, along with an outdoor kitchen and fire pit, we knew Senior Design Consultant, Kristen Berryhill, would be the perfect designer for the project.  She didn’t disappoint!

Chicagoland Multi-Level Patio with Outdoor Kitchen and Fire Pit

Because our clients wanted a space for food prep, cooking, and dining, Kristen included a classic Chicagoland Outdoor Kitchen.  These durable outdoor kitchens are designed to be an affordable investment, withstand the harsh Chicago winters, and most importantly, provide an attractive space for cooking and dining. Continue reading “Chicagoland Patio Design with Outdoor Kitchen & Fire Pit”

Chicagoland Outdoor Kitchens

Chicagoland outdoor kitchens that withstand cold winters while suiting your needs and budget.

One of the hottest outdoor living trends is the outdoor kitchen.  We’ve seen them for years in the warmer climates, but now the trend is moving even to areas like our own.  With cold Chicago winters, one might wonder if adding an outdoor kitchen to their backyard is even possible.  The answer is yes!

Probably the most popular and well-known outdoor kitchen design is the California Outdoor Kitchen.  These kitchens are truly stunning and often include everything you would expect to find in an indoor kitchen.  Designed for climates with warm temperatures year round, certain aspects or amenities, unfortunately, are not suitable for cold weather.  For instance, you wouldn’t want a polished granite countertop around a sink as Chicago weather has a very distinct freeze and thaw cycle.  The expanding and contracting could cause your beautiful countertop to crack.

Outdoor Kitchen Bar in Palatine IL

The good news is, outdoor kitchens are completely customizable.  Archadeck can design your outdoor kitchen to be as elaborate or as modest as you wish.  Continue reading “Chicagoland Outdoor Kitchens”

4 Reasons to Plan Your Outdoor Living Project in the Fall

Make your backyard alive with fun and laughter, plan your 2016 outdoor living project now!

Summer is winding down and the crisp fall weather is moving in, bringing with it the brightly colored leaves, bonfires and hoodies, and pumpkin spice everything. Though you may be packing up your outdoor furniture and cutting back your perennials, now is the perfect time to start thinking about next year’s projects. Plan your 2016 outdoor living project now and make your backyard alive with fun and laughter!

TimberTech composite deck with paver patio by Chicago Suburb deck builder Archadeck of Chicagoland

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Fire Pit Safety Tips from Archadeck of Chicagoland

Learn how to keep your family and pets safe with these important fire pit safety tips.

Backyard fire pits are a rising trend among outdoor living spaces.  Fire pits conveniently provide a way to enjoy the backyard during cooler weather and are perfect for homeowners who enjoy entertaining or spending time outside with their family. A warm fire creates a cozy and inviting atmosphere, whether you’re curling up quietly under the stars or laughing with a group of friends.  Ensure everyone has a good time and stays safe by implementing these important safety tools.

Built-In Patio Fire Pit Design in Chicago Suburbs

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10 Design Ideas for Your Chicagoland Screen Porch

Ten popular screen porch design ideas by Archadeck of Chicagoland.

Screen porches are a great way to experience the outdoors while remaining protected from elements like rain and snow.  Today’s custom screened porch designs can be as elaborate or simple as you choose. Match your home, opt for a finished look, or keep it rustic and outdoorsy.  Here are ten popular design elements to consider as you plan your screen porch.

Skylights and Exposed Rafters

Exposed rafters create a rustic look and skylights let in more sun.

Screen Porch with Skylights by Chicago Screen Porch Builder Archadeck of Chicagoland

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Outdoor Fireplaces vs Fire Pits

Explore the pros and cons of outdoor fireplaces and fire pits with Archadeck of Chicagoland.

Outdoor Fireplaces vs Built-in Fire Pits by Archadeck of Chicagoland

Adding a fire feature, such as an outdoor fireplace or built-in fire pit, to your Chicago area backyard creates an excellent space to entertain, roast marshmallows, and simply enjoy the great outdoors.  How do you know if an outdoor fire feature is right for you?  We’ve broken down the pros and cons of outdoor fireplaces and fire pits to help you decide.

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Labor Day Recipes – Grilling Recipe Roundup by Archadeck of Chicagoland

Easy grilling recipes for chicken, beef, brats, and vegetables!

Labor Day Weekend is right around the corner – and with it comes the grilling and cookouts.  What better time to entertain on your deck or patio?  The team at Archadeck of Chicagoland loves spending time in the backyard with our friends and family, especially when it gives us an excuse to fire up the grill!  We’ve rounded up some easy and delicious Labor Day grilling recipes for you.  Find your favorite recipes and wow your friends with your spectacular grilling skills!


Grilled Chicken Recipes


Chili Lime Chicken

Full of flavor with a hint of spicy – this juicy chicken recipe is a guaranteed crowd pleaser!Chili lime chicken - moist and delicious chicken marinated with chili and lime and grill to perfection. Easy recipe that takes 30 mins | rasamalaysia.com

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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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