I am one lucky man. Outdoor living is my passion, and outdoor living is what we do. It is a wonderful feeling to wake up each day knowing we are doing something we’re passionate about. Designing outdoor spaces has long been my idea of fun. Playing in our garden, designing our patio, and taking design classes at the Morton Arboretum were once hobbies for me. I had built a good career for myself, but I was missing that passion I wanted to feel on a daily basis. So, I went on a search for a way to combine my career with my passion. This is when I discovered the Archadeck franchise.
Ten years ago, Integrity Enterprises Inc. dba Archadeck of Chicagoland was born. On February 19th, we will celebrate our 10th anniversary. It has been fantastic to go to work every day knowing we are sharing our passion with Chicagoland families. We are creating beautiful spaces for families and friends to gather and enjoy the great outdoors.
Over that past 10 years, we have seen a lot of changes and faced a number of challenges. We not only survived the worst economy since the great depression; we actually flourished. Projects we build have evolved from decks, screen porches, sunrooms, and pergolas to include paver patios, front porches, and open porches. Our team has grown and enhanced our capabilities, and our company now covers all of the Chicagoland suburbs.
When we first started building our franchise, we began in the northern counties of Lake and McHenry. As opportunities opened up, we expanded to the west and south. Today we service all of the Chicago suburbs. In 2012, we moved our office and growing team out of our basement and into our current showroom close to Woodfield Mall.
Of course, this move coincided with one of our original goals. My wife, Kristen, joined me in the business and became a Design Consultant. We met at work 20 years ago and have since dreamed of working together again. I know many people may think it would be difficult to work with a spouse, but we love it! She has excelled, helping to push our company forward. Our children often come in to hang out in my office while we meet with clients and prepare designs, giving them the opportunity to see firsthand what it means to own your own business. Archadeck of Chicagoland is truly a family operation.
As we’ve grown, we have carefully selected great team members to add to our family. Our very foundation is built on dedicated, hardworking, and talented carpenters and crews. Without our crew leads like John, Chris, Sonny, and Manuel, our designs would never come to life. Of course, our office team is no less important. Wendy, Sarah, and Margo work hard behind the scenes to keep the operation running smoothly. Alex, our newest Design Consultant, is creative and talented. Tim, our Construction Manager, ensures the building process runs smoothly each and every time. Our team members are key to our ability to continue to create the stunning outdoor living spaces Chicagoland has come to expect from us.
One constant over the years has been our great clients! The number of clients we design for has increased significantly over the last 10 years, and we have been blessed with really great people to work with. They have allowed us to learn about their family’s outdoor plans so that we may offer our recommendations and ultimately build their new outdoor spaces. We work hard to make sure the end result of each project is a happy client. Consistent customer service awards and ‘A’ ratings on Angie’s List, as well as the Better Business Bureau, reinforce that we are getting good results. Of course, the best feedback comes when our clients introduce us to their friends so we may build their new outdoor space. We would like to express our gratitude for sharing us so often with your friends and neighbors.
Thank you for allowing us to design and build your backyard getaway for the last 10 years. We can’t wait to create your next outdoor living space!