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

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Miami/Cuban Salsa

Looking for something scrumptious to serve at your next outdoor party?  Kristen Berryhill has shared this delicious salsa recipe.  Fresh herbs mixed with peppers, tomatoes, and black beans will leave your mouth bursting with flavor.  Every ingredient adds its own unique flavor, so don’t leave anything out.  It’s time to fire up the grill, bring out the chips, set up your patio or deck, and wow your guests with this amazing recipe!

Miami-Cuban Salsa Recipe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miami/Cuban Salsa

1 can (16 oz.) black beans, drained

1 box (10 oz.) frozen corn

1 red pepper, diced

1 green pepper, diced

4-6 Serrano chilies de-seeded and diced

4 cloves of garlic, minced

1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped

1 can (16 oz.) diced tomatoes

Juice from one fresh lime

1 bunch scallions, chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

1 avocado, diced

½ to 1 small red onion, diced

 

Mix it all together and enjoy!

 

Recipe courtesy of Kristen Berryhill

Archadeck’s Spring Lighting Promotion – The Perfect Finishing Touch For Your Outdoor Living Space

Spring is in full swing and everyone is ready to get out and enjoy the warm, sunny days.  Pretty soon the nights will be just as warm and enjoyable.  Now is the time to start planning the perfect living space for your backyard.  What adds that perfect finishing touch?  Lighting – it creates a wonderful ambience.

We at Archadeck of Chicagoland would love to create your new outdoor living space.   To help enjoy your new space later into the evening we are offering a special lighting promotion.*

Finalize a plan and sign an agreement by June 30th, 2013 that includes a low voltage lighting package and we will double the lights.    Two lights for every one you purchase.   Adding lighting extends use, adds safety, and creates a “soft glow” to accent your new backyard space.

Let’s plan your new spaces now so your family can enjoy your new deck, patio, screen porchsunroom, gazebo, or pergola all summer long!

Deck lighting in the Chicago Suburbs

*Offer cannot be combined with other promotions, unless specified.

Tips for Preparing Your Outdoor Furniture for Spring

Spring is here and it’s time to break out your patio furniture.  Here are a few tips on how to prepare your outdoor furniture for spring.

Tips to prepare your outdoor furniture for spring

LOCAL HOMEOWNER CHOSEN AS FINALIST IN ARCHADECK “DREAM BACKYARD MAKEOVER” NATIONAL CONTEST

PALATINE HOMEOWNER IS SELECTED FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A $70,000 BACKYARD MAKEOVER,  

COURTESY OF  ARCHADECK OUTDOOR LIVING, BELGARD HARDSCAPES & TIMBERTECH 

Finalists for the national Dream Backyard Makeover Contest have been chosen for the month of February and Amanda Hall from Palatine, IL is among them.

As a finalist, Hall will be among the few given a chance to win the grand prize, a $70,000 backyard transformation from Archadeck, Belgard Hardscapes and TimberTech; second prize, the renovation of an existing deck or patio, courtesy of Archadeck; and third prize, installation of an outdoor lighting system provided by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives.

Two finalists are selected each month, through the end of April, and their entries will be posted on Facebook.  On April 23, voting will open for one week so that Archadeck Facebook fans may voice their opinions on the most deserving backyard. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges and Facebook fan votes, and winners will be announced in May 2013.

The Dream Backyard Makeover contest began February 1, 2013, and runs through April 22, 2013 via Facebook.  To enter, homeowners should visit the entry form on our Facebook page and submit a photo along with a 200 word description of why their backyard is the most deserving.

Located in Rolling Meadows,  we at Archadeck of Chicagoland apply our design expertise to create outdoor living rooms, fire features, porches, pergolas, sunrooms and patios — all featuring the latest trends in outdoor leisure enjoyment and functionality.  Archadeck of Chicagoland services the Chicagoland area.  For more information about our company, or a listing of cities we serve, visit: www.chicagoland.archadeck.com

For full Archadeck Dream Backyard Makeover contest rules, visit:  www.dreambackyardmakeover.com.

Create the backyard of your dreams!

About Archadeck Outdoor Living

Established in 1980, Archadeck is recognized as the largest deck and porch builder in North America and has lived up to its motto — Better Building by Design — by completing more than 100,000 projects across the country. A part of Outdoor Living Brands, their mission is “to enhance the lives of our customers by creating unique and innovative outdoor living environments.”  Recognized for overall operational excellence, Archadeck was named a World-Class Franchise® company for 2013 by the National Franchise Research Institute and was ranked 12th on Qualified Remodeler magazine’s 2012 Exterior 200 list of top remodeling companies.  Archadeck projects have graced the covers of Gardens, Decks and Patios and Decks & Backyard Projects.  The company has been featured in This Old House, Smart Money and Gardening & Deck Design, as well as on Home & Garden TV (HGTV). Visit www.archadeck.com for more information and to download a free copy of our “Design Guide” to help make your dream backyard a reality.

 

About Belgard Hardscapes

Belgard® Hardscapes, part of Oldcastle® Architectural, offers a complete collection of paver and wall products for outdoor living spaces, walkways, driveways, parking areas and retaining walls. Available in a range of styles, premium Belgard products have been found in America’s finest homes and award-winning commercial and retail properties since 1995. For more information or a complimentary Idea Book, visit www.Belgard.biz or call 1-877-Belgard (235-4273). Find more inspiring outdoor space ideas at www.Facebook.com/BelgardHardscapes.

 

About TimberTech

TimberTech is one of the world’s top producers of high-performance decking, railing, fencing and lighting solutions. With a passion for outdoor living and a global reputation for quality and innovation, TimberTech delivers a wide range of low-maintenance, wood-alternative products in an unmatched selection of colors and styles – all available through a network of more than 8,500 contractors and dealers worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.TimberTech.com or view product installation videos on the TimberTech YouTube channel. Stay up-to-date on TimberTech by following the company on Twitter (@timbertech_deck) or Facebook at www.Facebook.com/TimberTech

Recipe of the Month: Grilled Chicken with Chipotle-Orange Glaze

Smoky chipotle peppers are the secret to this delicious, citrusy barbecue sauce.  Looking for a little variety?  Try this recipe with shrimp or pork chops on the grill.

Grilled Chicken with Chipotle-Orange Glaze

GRILLED CHICKEN WITH CHIPOTLE-ORANGE GLAZE

4 servings

Active Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

 

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons orange-juice concentrate,   thawed

1 tablespoon finely chopped chipotle       peppers in adobo sauce, (see Note)

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

2 teaspoons unsulfured molasses

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed

Salt to taste

PREPARATION

1.  Preheat grill or broiler.

2.  Whisk together orange-juice concentrate, chipotle pepper, vinegar, molasses and mustard in a small bowl.

3. Lightly oil the grill or broiler rack (see Tip). Season chicken with salt and grill or broil for 2 minutes. Turn, brush with the glaze and cook for 4 minutes, brushing occasionally with glaze. Turn again, brush with the glaze, and cook until the center is no longer pink, 1 to 2 minutes longer.

NUTRITION

Per serving: 150 calories; 3 g fat (1 g sat , 1 g mono); 63 mg cholesterol; 7 g carbohydrates; 2 g added sugars; 23 g protein; 0 g fiber; 227 mg sodium; 302 mg potassium.

Recipe courtesy of EatingWell.com

Think Spring!

Spring is just around the corner.   Soon the weather will turn warm, flowers will push up out of the ground, the grass will be green again, and the invigorating fresh scent of the outdoors coming alive will drift through your windows.  Are you ready?

Now is the time to begin planning your outdoor living space.  What plants and flowers are you filling your flowerbeds with?  Maybe a vegetable garden or planters full of herbs will make their way into your plans. Have you been considering adding a deck, patio,  pergola, or screen porch?  Imagine stepping right out of your home and onto your deck to fire up the grill and pick fresh herbs from your built-in planters. Get ahead of the game and start designing now so your outdoor living space is ready before summer hits.  Do you have a vision already, or are you looking for a little inspiration? Let your imagination run wild and create the backyard

of your dreams.

See you in the Backyard!

Gorgeous pressure treated pine desk and paver patio

 

 

Winter Grilling 101

It’s February, and Spring is just around the corner. Your grill, sitting unused on your deck or patio, is calling to you.  The smell of grilled savory meat and vegetables seems a distant memory.  You want a barbecue – real barbecue.   What’s stopping you?  Summer may be the traditional season for grilling, but there is no reason you can’t continue to make use of your grill and outdoor living space during the winter.  With just a few tips, your winter grilling can be a success.  Check out this article, it gives great suggestions on how to keep you safe and your food delicious.

 

A Year Of Achievements in Chicagoland

As we move forward in the new year, we can’t help looking back on 2012 with a smile, remembering it as a great year at Archadeck of Chicagoland.   We spent the year creating and designing outdoor living spaces that blend with our clients’ homes and fit their lifestyles.  We have had the pleasure of meeting and working with some amazing people. Even as our company continues to grow, we are able to enjoy learning each client’s vision so we can help bring it to life. Creating outdoor living spaces to draw families closer together is our great passion.  Knowing a family is enjoying their backyard dream puts a smile on our faces.

A couple of weeks ago, my wife Kristen and I attended Archadeck’s Annual Convention in Charleston, South Carolina.  We love these conventions because we continually return motivated  and full of new ideas for the upcoming season.  You’ll read more about these new ideas in the coming weeks as we begin rolling out the new plans.  While in Charleston, we attended workshops and seminar, dinners and award ceremonies.  Kristen, myself and our Chicagoland Archadeck team earned several awards. It is exciting to receive such recognition for all our hard work!

Kristen earned the 2012 award for Top Rookie Design Consultant.  This is quite an achievement for someone who Awards Archadeck of Chicagoland earned in 2012.started this position in April last year!  I earned recognition for leadership as President of the Midwest Region of franchisees and for leadership as Chairman and President of The National Guarantee Corporation (a third party guarantor that all Archadeck projects will be completed and warrantied for at least two years).

Archadeck of Chicagoland also earned the Customer Satisfaction Award for the fifth year in a row and recognition for sales in excess of $1,000,000 in 2012.  Perhaps most exciting, we earned two design awards – one in the patio category and one in the deck category.

The multi-level patio and pergola we designed allowed the homeowners to create different outdoor living spaces while maintaining a beautiful flow from one space to the next.  The separate areas featured a living space, a dining area, and a section that incorporated a hot tub and fire pit.  We utilized Belgard walls and integrated natural blue stone and flagstone.

Multi-level Patio with Pergola and Fire Pit

The deck was a top of the line combination deck and patio project.   Everything was set to impress, from the beautiful stone columns and flagstone patio built with Belgard pavers and walls to the multi-level deck built with TimberTech Evolutions, Radiance rails and Deckorator pickets.  A built-in bench, beautiful decking pattern, and stone fire pit added to the beauty, comfort, and functionality of the design.

Deck and Patio with Fire Pit

Last year shaped up nicely and this year is already appearing to be an exemplary one as well.  Here’s to 2013, may it be joyous and full of family fun.

See you in the Backyard!

Win a Dream Backyard Makeover

If you had $70,000 dollars to create the backyard retreat of your dreams, how would you design it? Would you build a stylish screen room or gorgeous deck for entertaining?  Would you include an elaborate multi-level patio that features a custom fire pit or fireplace? Maybe you’ll take it a step further and add water features.  There is nothing better than having a relaxing outdoor retreat right in your own backyard.  Relax in the sun on your deck, laugh with your friends around a fire pit, watch your children run and play while you sit on the patio, curl up with your morning coffee in your screen room.  Throw the best summer barbecue of the year.

Archadeck is running a Dream Backyard Makeover contest.  You could win the backyard of your dreams, valued at $70,000!  Come on over to our Facebook page for details on how to enter.  While you’re there, be sure to like our page so you can enjoy our conversations, find exciting new recipes, see new design ideas, and learn new tips for keeping your outdoor living space in tip-top shape.

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