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.

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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”

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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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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Pergola Design Ideas: Create the Shade You Want in Your Backyard

Think beyond the basic four posts with crossing rafters and customize a shade structure that compliments your home and displays your fantastic taste.

Chicago suburb pergola design ideas by Archadeck of Chicagoland

Love your yard but looking for relief from the hot summer sun?  Pergolas are a great option for creating shade! At Archadeck of Chicagoland, we think beyond the basic four posts with crossing rafters and help you customize a shade structure that compliments your home and displays your fantastic taste.

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Fire Pit Design Ideas

Stunning fire pit design ideas for one of Chicagoland’s hottest outdoor living trends.

Fire Pit Design Ideas from Archadeck of Chicagoland

At Archadeck of Chicagoland, we have found that fire pits have quickly become one of the hottest trends for patios and outdoor living spaces.  The warmth and glow of a fire is inviting and provides a relaxing atmosphere.  Whether you plan to roast marshmallows and hotdogs with friends, or simply enjoy the warmth on a cool evening with your family, a fire pit is sure to compliment your evening.

One of the greatest aspects of building a fire pit is how truly customizable they are.  From design to heat, to heat source, you can customize every feature of your built-in fire pit.

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How to Determine How Much Space You Need for Your Deck or Patio

Don’t overestimate the amount of space you need for your deck or patio. Use these three factors to help you determine how much space you need.

Planning and designing your deck, patio, or other outdoor living space is an exciting time!  One of the most important key factors in designing your project is knowing how much space you will need. It is very easy to overestimate the size of deck or patio you need.   In order to help our clients determine the amount of space they need, we discuss three important aspects.

Wood Deck with Patio and Outdoor Kitchen by Archadeck of Chicagoland

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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!

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Designing a Pergola: What You Need to Know

Are you considering adding a pergola to your backyard but aren’t quite sure where to start? Here are four key elements to consider as you begin designing the perfect shade structure for your outdoor living space.

Are you considering adding a pergola to your backyard but aren’t quite sure where to start?  At Archadeck, we design outdoor living spaces every day.  Here are four key elements to consider as you begin designing the perfect shade structure for your outdoor living space.

Define Your Space

Pergolas are shade structures, usually comprised of four posts with cross rafters, leaving open spaces above to allow some sun to shine through.  One of the roles of a pergola is to define an outdoor living space, using the architecture and design to compliment your deck, patio, home, and yard.  Because there are no walls or a roof, a pergola creates an inviting, open and airy space for you to relax.  Consider the space you want to define.  Do you plan to dine, grill, or entertain?  The answer to these questions will help you determine the size of the pergola, the amount of shade you need, and other design details.

Custom design low maintenance deck with vinyl pergola - Archadeck of Chicagoland

Shade

One of the great aspects of pergolas is the ability to customize the structure to provide as much or as little shade as you prefer.  If you simply want to break up the intensity of the sun, you can space the rafters further apart, allowing plenty of sun over your deck or patio while diminishing some of that sweltering heat. Alternatively, you can space the rafters closer together and add lathing if you’re looking for significant shade for more protection and a cooler space.  For those who want to maximize the amount of shade, or to control when there is shade over their patio or deck space, retractable canopies and screens are an excellent option.

Custom vinyl pergola with mosquito curtains

Consider Vertical Gardening

Pergolas are great structures for plants and vines that need support.  Ivy,  passion-flower, and honeysuckle are great options that will help provide additional shade while adding color and fragrance to the outdoor space.  Fruit is also an option.  Grapevines are beautiful winding around pergolas.  If your yard is particularly small, vertical gardening is a great way to bring a little green, giving it a lusher look.

Design Considerations

Part of the joy in adding a pergola is designing the structure.  You can customize your pergola to match or contrast the exterior of your home.  Most pergolas are built with square wood posts; however, you can add your own flare to the structure.  Is the classic look more your style?  Consider rounded columns.  Are you more contemporary?  Consider a sleek look for you posts and end pieces for the rafters.  Do you prefer a craftsman look?  Stone bases might have the look you’re going for and are great for integrating a new pergola with an existing patio.

Pergola with Stone Base - Archadeck of Chicagoland

Do you have more design ideas?  We would love to hear them in the comment section below!

If you’re looking for a professional contractor to guide you through the design process and build your project, give us a call at (847) 749-2373 or sign up here for a free Design Consultation.

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