Chicago Area Outdoor Living Trends for 2016

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

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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”

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

Continue reading “4 Reasons to Plan Your Outdoor Living Project in the Fall”

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

Continue reading “Labor Day Recipes – Grilling Recipe Roundup by Archadeck of Chicagoland”

Top 10 Grilling Recipes for Spring 2015

Celebrate warm spring weather with our collection of Top 10 Grilling Recipes!

Top 10 Grilling Recipes Spring 2015 Archadeck of Chicagoland

The weather in Chicagoland is finally turning warm.  What better way to celebrate the coming of warmer spring temps than by firing up the grill and enjoying delicious, flavorful food with your friends and family!

Continue reading “Top 10 Grilling Recipes for Spring 2015”

Archadeck of Chicagoland’s Spring Launch of Casuwel Features Home Show Deals

Come share in the excitement of our Spring Launch at the local Chicagoland Home Shows!

Woven Outdoor Seating Collection

Last month Archadeck of Chicagoland announced the debut of Casuwel, a new outdoor furniture line.  Come share in the excitement of our Spring Launch at the local Chicagoland Home Shows!

Come see our outdoor furniture display at one of the local home shows and experience the beauty and comfort for yourself.  If you’re looking for a deal, we are offering a complimentary Luminary with the sets and a $250 discount if you make a purchase at the show.

Continue reading “Archadeck of Chicagoland’s Spring Launch of Casuwel Features Home Show Deals”

Introducing Casuwel – Outdoor Leisure Living At It’s Finest

Casuwel features four collections of beautifully rich weaves, dozens of famous Sunbrella® fabrics, and stunning luminous accents.

We are pleased to announce Outdoor Living Brands is debuting a new furniture line – Casuwel.
Casuwel features four high quality collections of beautifully rich weaves, dozens of famous Sunbrella® fabrics, and stunning luminous accents. Meticulously handcrafted to meet our exacting standards, Casuwel assures maximum longevity, performance, and comfort in the most demanding of outdoor climates.
Archadeck of Chicagoland is offering preferred pricing with a 10% – 15% discount.  Call today to speak with a Design Consultant at (847) 749-2373.

Bermuda Collection

Crisp, clean, sweeping lines accentuate this beautifully rich collection, as welcome and refreshing as a fresh ocean breeze.

Casuwel Bermuda Collection Archadeck of Chicagoland Casuwel Bermuda Collection Archadeck of Chicagoland
Casuwel Bermuda Collection Archadeck of Chicagoland

Charleston Collection

As seen in and around the finest ocean side homes and cottages in the Carolinas, this cozy collection is as stunning as it is comfortable.

Casuwel Charleston Collection Archadeck of Chicagoland
Casuwel Charleston Collection Archadeck of Chicagoland

Fairmont Collection

Substantially proportioned for comfort and high style in a classic, time-honored sophisticated style.

Casuwel Fairmont Collection Archadeck of Chicagoland
Casuwel Fairmont Collection Archadeck of Chicagoland Casuwel Fairmont Collection Archadeck of Chicagoland

Metropolitan Collection

Our bestselling line, featuring beautifully paired suites for entertaining, conversation and dining, to complement an outdoor or indoor décor.

Casuwel Metropolitan Collection Archadeck of Chicagoland Casuwel Metropolitan Collection Archadeck of Chicagoland

Cushion Fabrics & Decorator Pillows

Our exclusive Casuwel furniture cushions and decorator pillows come in your choice of select Sunbrella® outdoor fabrics.  Decorator square pillows come in both 20-inch and 24-inch sizes.

Casuwel Throw Pillows Archadeck of Chicagoland

Outdoor Rugs

What better way to complete your outdoor décor than with the finest outdoor rugs available anywhere, in a host of colorful designs and the most requested sizes.

Casuwel Outdoor Rugs Archadeck of Chicagoland

Shade Umbrellas

Have it made in the shade with your choice of shape, style, and color with our wonderful assortment of 9-foot round, 11-foot round, rectangular and cantilever umbrellas to choose from.

Casuwel Shade Umbrellas Archadeck of Chicagoland

Luminous Accents

Our newest addition to the Casuwel line of outdoor furniture and accessories, these exquisitely innovative contemporary light forms will add just the right amount of ambient light for evening outdoor conversations.

Luminous Accents Casuwel Archadeck of Chicagoland

White Glove Delivery & Setup Service

Impeccable delivery, unpacking, placement and packaging removal.

White Glove Delivery - Casuwel - Archadeck of Chicagoland

If you’re interested in viewing furniture or placing an order, please contact Archadeck of Chicagoland at (847) 749-2373.

Casuwel Buy Spart Live Well

Philly Cheese Steak Meatballs

Expertly blended flavors boast of a smoked provolone cheese sauce, caramelized onions, and mushroom caps. Low carb and gluten free, this Philly Cheese Steak recipe is sure to please the whole crowd!

When it comes to unique and tasty recipes, Melissa Sevigney on I Breathe I’m Hungry wins the prize.  This month we’re featuring her scrumptious Philly Cheese Steak Meatball recipe. This recipe takes the already tasty Philly Cheese Steak sandwiches to a whole new level of deliciousness.

Expertly blended flavors boast of a smoked provolone cheese sauce, caramelized onions, and mushroom caps.  Low carb and gluten free, this recipe is sure to please the whole crowd!

See the full recipe here.

Philly Cheese Steak Meatballs Recipe

2014 in review, thank you to all of our friends for sharing outdoor living ideas with us.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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5 Thanksgiving Traditions to Start This Year

5 thanksgiving traditions to start this year Archadeck of Chicagoland

What better way to kick off the holiday season than with new family traditions?  Here are five ways to make sure your Thanksgiving is festive and full of bonding, laughter, and delicious goodness!

1.  Grill Your Thanksgiving Turkey

Free up your oven, get rid of the mess, and add a delicious smoky flavor to your turkey this year.  Grilling your turkey is a sure fire way to prepare a tender and juicy Thanksgiving entrée!  See recipe…

Grilled Turkey - Thanksgiving Tradition

2.  Decorate the Christmas Tree

Thanksgiving is the start of the holiday season.  What better time to start decorating than when you’re surrounded by friends and family?  Break out the carols, the ornaments handed down through the family, the delicious food, and start a tradition this year that will create years of laughter and memories.

5 Thanksgiving Traditions to Start This Year - Family Decorating Christmas Tree

3.  Create a Memory Video

Looking for a creative new way to share favorite memories and thankful moments from the past year? Grab the camera and make a video, going around the table so every person is included.  Don’t forget to include your aspirations for the upcoming year!  Keep the video to play next year before making a new one.  This is a great way to keep and share loving memories with your family.

 Thanksgiving Memory Video

4.  Leave the Phones at the Door

In this fast paced world, we sometimes forget to slow down and enjoy the time spent with our families.  Try going on a Tech Fast this Thanksgiving, and take the time to bond and connect with your friends and family.   Have a basket handy for the phones and ask your guests to join in.  It’s surprising how much time you’ll have when you’re not interrupted with the digital world.  Read more…

 5 Thanksgiving Traditions to Start This Year - Cell Phone Basket

5.  Volunteer for a Local Charity

Give back to your community and help those in need this holiday season.

  • Food Drive – Bring your neighborhood or community together by organizing a food drive to help support your local food pantry or shelter.
  • Donate toys – Bring a smile and a little comfort to a sick child while they are recovering in the hospital.
  • Visit an assisted living home – Make someone’s day by visiting those who are missing their loved ones during the holiday season.

For more ideas on how or where to volunteer, visit HandsOn Suburban Chicago to locate an charity near you.

Food Drive - Thanksgiving Tradition

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Grilled Thanksgiving Turkey

Free up your oven, get rid of the mess, and add a delicious smoky flavor to your turkey this year.  Grilling your turkey is a sure fire way to prepare a tender and juicy Thanksgiving entrée!

Grilled Thanksgiving Turkey
Grilled Thanksgiving Turkey

Prep:  15 minutes    Cook:  4 hours 

Ingredients

12 pounds whole turkey

2 cups water

3 tablespoons chicken bouillon powder

2 teaspoons garlic powder

2 teaspoons onion powder

1 teaspoon poultry seasoning

1/2 teaspoon chopped parsley

1 teaspoon paprika

Directions

1. Prepare an outdoor grill for indirect medium heat, and lightly oil grate. Rinse turkey, and pat dry.

2. Place turkey breast side down on the prepared grill. Sear turkey on both sides until skin is golden to dark brown.

3. In a large roasting pan, mix together the water, bouillon powder, garlic powder, onion powder, poultry seasoning, parsley, and paprika.

4. Place turkey breast side down in the roasting pan. Scoop the pan mixture over the turkey. Cover tightly with foil and place on grill.

5. Grill 3 to 4 hours, until the internal temperature of the thigh reaches 180 degrees F (85 degrees C). Remove turkey from grill and let stand 15 minutes before carving.

Recipe courtesy of allrecipes.com