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.

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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”

Maximize the value of your home with outdoor living spaces

Are you looking to maximize the value of your home?  Outdoor living spaces have become the latest trend to take home improvement by storm.  With more homeowners moving their fun to the backyard, a deck or patio creates the perfect space to blend indoor comfort with the open outdoors.

HGTV goes over the current trends for decks and patios, mistakes to avoid, and expert tips for every budget.

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Custom Designed Deck and Patio

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

Tips to Prepare Your Deck and Paver Patio for Winter

We hope you enjoyed your summer!  The days are definitely growing cooler and winter is right around the corner.  Now is the perfect time to start thinking about preparing your outdoor living space for winter months; you’ll want to maintain your wooden deck, outdoor furniture, and paver patio to extend their life.  Here are a few tips to get you started.

Protecting Your Deck and PatioDeck and patio combination project

  • Sweep the surface removing all leaves and debris to help prevent mold and mildew forming.
  • Wash with mild soap and water.  If some dirt remains or if there are signs of mold, you may need to pressure wash the surfaces.  It is advisable that you use a professional as pressure washing at too high of a setting may cause damage.
  • If you have a deck, inspect the entire deck (slats,  handrails, railings, and posts) noting any rotting, loose rails, or warping. If  re-hammering the nails or tightening screws causes the nails or screws to sink into soft wood or splits the wood, then the piece should be replaced.
  • If you have a patio, add joining sand and sweep evenly into the joints of your patio.  Don’t put too much sand on the patio at one time. Most paver patios have tight joints between bricks and won’t need a lot of sand.

Protecting Your Furniture

  • Wash and store vinyl furniture indoors.
  • Inspect any wood furniture for damage and make the necessary repairs before covering or storing it for winter.
  • Cover with a heavy tarp or store inside a shed or garage to protect it from the elements.
  • Clean soil from planters.  Any pots made of clay or other fragile materials should be brought indoors.

Tips for Snow Removal

  • If you are shoveling snow from your deck, run the shovel lengthwise across the boards to minimize scratching or cutting into the wood. Another option is to use a plastic shovel.
  • Avoid salt and other ice melting substances as they may damage or discolor your deck finish.

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

Designing The 2nd Place Dream Backyard Makeover Patio

We were delighted when the Hall family, local Palatine homeowners, won second place in the national Dream Backyard Makeover, sponsored by Archadeck and Belgard.  Their existing outdoor living space consisted of a cracked concrete patio closely surrounded by large bushes.  The young family had recently purchased the home and dreamed of having a beautiful open space to enjoy with their friends and family.

Archadeck Dream Makeover Contest - Before

After making the announcement that they had won, we got together to discuss how they envisioned their new outdoor living space.  Custom design is our specialty, so together we walked through the tried and true process we use to create the best design for their family.  To do this we focused on the four most important aspects of a design:  space, function, aesthetics, and budget.

  • It was important to know about any spatial issues they might have.  Knowing ahead of time where property lines and natural easements are help us to determine how much space is available to use, or to prepare a plan of action in the case a client may want to request a variance from the village for additional space.
  • Functional needs tie into the discussion of spatial issues. If we designed too small, the Halls would not be able to use the space as they had envisioned.  If we designed to large, they would have more patio than they needed and the space would go unused. Most of us don’t build patios and decks every day, so determining how much space you need can almost feel bewildering.  In order to help the Hall family determine how much space they would need, we discussed how they planned to use the space.  Did they just want an area to sit and enjoy the sun?  A place for a table and grill?  Enough room to comfortably host an outdoor party?  Each of these require different amounts of space.  Knowing what they ultimately want to do with their patio helped us determine the amount of space that would suit their needs.
  • Discussing aesthetics is also a key element in helping us design the right outdoor living space for our clients.  We showed the Halls several pictures of previous projects we have built, asking them to point out aspects they either liked or those they did not favor.  This helped us design specifically to their taste and style.
  • At Archadeck, we design to a budget.  We don’t want to develop a design that is two or three times what our clients want to invest. Knowing an ideal budget helps us keep a design within the parameters of what they are comfortable investing in their project.  This time was no different.  The Hall family won the second prize of the Dream Backyard Makeover contest, so we worked with them to design the perfect space while remaining within the designated amount alloted by the contest rules.

Once we had the design in place, we set everything in motion to begin building.  Breaking ground was an exciting moment for both the Halls and our Archadeck team!  We began by discussing building plans with our crew, making sure every detail was addressed before we began.  The crew broke up and removed the old concrete patio and put in new drain tiles.

Breaking Ground for Dream Backyard Makeover PatioNext they put the base in, getting everything set for the new Belgard Pavers. The Halls chose a wonderful combination of Buckingham Cobble and Weston Wall for their seat wall.

With the bricks laid, we put down grass seed and green matting to fill in the dirt that is left from building the patio.

Creating the Dream Backyard Makeover Patio

The outcome was beautiful.  We enjoyed the opportunity to work with them and hope they enjoy their new patio with family and friends for many years.

Archadeck Dream Backyard Makeover - 2nd Place Winner

The Creation of a Multi-Level Patio

Take a look at one of the latest projects we built in the Chicago Suburbs! We were thrilled to help these Vernon Hills homeowners design this beautiful multi-level patio. With two different levels uniquely designed, they can now create four different outdoor living spaces that blend together smoothly. The lower level consists of a dining area with space for a table and chairs as well as a section for entertaining at their new custom limestone bar. The second level has a space for grilling and a peaceful area for relaxing in the hot tub. The patio was created with Lafitt Pavers. A Holland Stone soldier’s course and circle inset add an attractive detail, and the Belair walls create a stunning effect while helping to define the different outdoor living spaces.

Here is a before picture of a project in Vernon Hills. The homeowners decided to replace this aging deck with a patio designed to be more functional for their needs.

Before picture of this Vernon Hills patio project

You can see the old deck has been torn out and that the new Lafitt pavers and Holland stone have been laid. Looks like it’s time to build the Belair walls!

Progression of the new patio build in the Chicago Suburbs

The Belair walls are coming along!

Belair patio walls

Almost finished! A custom limestone counter top will be installed soon.

Progression of the new patio build in Vernon Hills

Here you can see the beautiful stone these homeowners chose. An excellent combination if you ask us!

Lafitt paver and Belair walls make a gorgeous combination for this new Vernon Hills patio

This is the higher level of the patio. It surrounds the hot tub and has a space for their grill. Perfect for entertaining friends and family!

Progression of the new multi-level patio in Vernon Hills

They’re hard at work, paying close attention to every detail, ensuring the patio is crafted with the quality and beauty that Archadeck and our clients expect.

One of Archadeck of Chicagoland's crews hard at work

A look at the nearly finished project.  The homeowners and their guests will soon be enjoying the custom limestone countertop!

Limestone countertop

Here is the completed project. We hope these homeowners enjoy many years of outdoor living on their new Archadeck patio!

Goregous custom designed multi-level patio in Vernon Hills

Archadeck of Chicagoland named 2013 Best Pick

We are excited to share that we have been named 2013 Best Pick by EBSCO Research for the second year in a row.  We are honored to receive this recognition because it is based on testimonials directly from the Chicagoland homeowners we work with day in and day out.

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According to the Local Tribune, “Only top-rated companies that qualify in EBSCO Research’s rigorous research process can earn “Best Pick” status. Archadeck of Chicagoland excelled throughout this research process, boasting an overall “A” grade based on more than 100 candid telephone interviews with Chicago-area homeowners.”

Overall, the Best Pick status reinforces our mission, to design outdoor living spaces that blend with our customers’ homes and fit within their lifestyles, while delivering high quality work and service throughout the process.

Read the full article here.

Top Outdoor Living Trends for 2013

It’s that time of year again.  Spring is just around the corner and it’s time to start designing or decorating your outdoor living space. What are the hottest trends for outdoor living spaces? According to ASLA’s recently published survey, homeowners across the country are investing in fire pits and fireplaces, grills, lighting, decks and patios.

“In this uncertain economy, homeowners want to get more enjoyment out of their yards,” said ASLA Executive Vice President and CEO Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA. “They want attractive outdoor spaces that are both easy to take care of and sustainable.”  Take a look at the complete survey; you just might find a few creative ideas for your own backyard.

See you in the Backyard!

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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