Patio Ideas by Archadeck of Chicagoland

Archadeck of Chicagoland brings you five inspiring patio design ideas to give your backyard a unique look!

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Looking for inspiration for your new patio? Think beyond the standard circle and square designs.  Here are five inspiring patio design ideas to give your backyard a unique look!

Seat walls define your outdoor living space and create accent pieces, helping to make your patio design unique.  A great example is this Belgard patio in Naperville, IL which features a Weston Wall seat wall in Cotswold Mist and Holland Stone pavers in Kensington Red.

Belgard Holland Stone patio with stone Weston Wall by Naperville patio builder Archadeck of Chicagoland

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Why Should I Use Pavers for My Chicagoland Patio?

Archadeck of Chicagoland discusses the differences between concrete and paver patios and how to get more for your money.

Why you should use pavers instead of concrete by patio builder Archadeck of Chicagoland

Patios make great outdoor living spaces.  They require little maintenance and allow for creative design options that make your yard more versatile and usable.  If you are considering a patio, you are probably researching your material options.  The three most popular are pavers, concrete, and stamped concrete.

At Archadeck of Chicagoland, we use pavers for the patios we build.  Here’s why:

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Custom Design: It’s All In The Details

At Archadeck of Chicagoland, custom design is our specialty.  We took great joy in designing this paver patio with our clients.  From the spacious layout to the clearly defined living sections, this patio is truly unique.  We start with a design plan that is tweaked and adjusted until it is exactly what our client is looking for.  As you can see in this design, we created separate spaces that transition nicely for grilling, dining, seating, and the hot tub.

Design PlanFor this particular design, we used a different color of stone for the Soldiers Course.  This helped to clearly define the different spaces while creating a striking and aesthetically pleasing look.

Paver Patio with Soldiers CourseFire pits and seat walls offer a warm and inviting space for family and friends.

Paver PatioIf a hot tub is desired, it is important to incorporate the space in the design so that the space flows easily.

Paver PatioAdding low voltage lighting to your outdoor living space creates an intimate feel while transforming your patio into a nighttime wonderland.

Patio LightingIf you are considering a patio, deck, or other outdoor living space, please give Archadeck of Chicagoland a call.  Our design consultants would love to speak with you!  You may contact us at (847) 749-2373 or email us at chicagoland@archadeck.net

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Expanding Your Paver Patio

One of the benefits of paver patios is the ability to modify or expand your patio design.  Last year, Archadeck of Chicagoland designed and built a patio in Libertyville, IL for these clients.  This year, they decided to expand the patio and add a fire pit and grill surround.  We removed the existing soldiers course and integrated the pavers so that the patio design remained seamless. The soldiers course was replaced around the edges of the new patio and around the inset circle for definition.  The finished project resulted in a beautiful and spacious area to enjoy with friends and family.

Paver Patio with Fire Pit and Grill Surround

Expanded Paver Patio with Fire Pit

Paver Patio with Grill Surround

Expanded Paver Patio with Grill Surround

Fire Pit

New Fire Pit

Stone Grill Surround

New Westin Wall Grill Surround

Paver Patio with Grill Surround and Fire Pit

Expanded Paver Patio with Fire Pit and Grill Surround

Soilders Course for Paver Patio

Soldiers Course Around Patio and Circle Inset

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

How to choose a contractor you can trust, part 2

When you buy something at the store you see the finished product.  When you order something online you see a picture of the finished product.  When you hire a contractor, you won’t see the finished product until built. 

 Buying from a contractor means trusting someone.  Trusting they will build what you expect.  Trusting they understand what you expect. How can a homeowner be comfortable they are choosing the right contractor for their project?  How do they know who to trust? This is the second article in a blog series on how to select the right contractor.

 In my last blog I wrote about evaluating a contractor’s background and experience.  In this blog I would like to share some thoughts on how to evaluate the contractors approach to understanding your needs.  In my business we call it “design”, but really it’s about asking questions, listening, and understanding the priorities of the client.  Not all construction projects involve “design” but all of them include understanding the client’s priorities.   In our outdoor living business we strive to offer designs that match our client’s needs and wants.

 To insure that we understand a client’s priorities and, just as important, they understand what we are proposing to build, we provide a clear drawing with detailed specifics related to their project.   Every contractor should give clear written details of your project.  Of course, a written agreement and warranty are important as well.

 Project specifications should include details regarding materials and finishing information. Material information should clarify the quality of the material, if appropriate.  For example, we note number 1 grade decking and stainless steel screws for our deck projects.  Any items the client will be responsible for should also be included in the project specifications.  For example, when we build screen porches, we note that the client buys the ceiling fan which we install. 

 In some cases it’s valuable to visualize your project in three-dimensional photo realistic drawings.  When we build decks, patios, screen porches, sunrooms, or pergolas for shade, we offer a plan view (view from above) of the project.  If a client desires, we can offer custom three-dimensional drawings of their home with our proposed project shown on an image of their home.   This type of design work takes more time so we charge a small project retainer, which applies to the price of the project.

 Of course price is an important part of any proposal.  Some contractors give estimates.  Estimates can change and some contractors purposefully give a low price that they plan to increase once the project begins.  We guarantee that the that we agree will not to change unless the project is changed by the client or something unforeseen occurs.  We define unforeseen as not visually present or a requirement by a building department outside of those noted in the building code.

 In a future blog I will discuss project management and services offered by contractors.

 See you in the outdoors.

Form follows function & flow

Form should follow function but should it also follow flow?  Creating new outdoor spaces, as any design, usually begins by identifying its use.  Asking and understanding how a client will use their new backyard structure is key to creating a great design for their family.  As important to understanding the function is fitting the design to the home and this includes the land. 

We designed this Libertyville, IL project to meet the young families’ needs and the flow of their yard.  Based upon the yard grading it would have been easier to do a deck but they liked the look of a paver patio.

They wanted a space for six to dine & grill and a level for a couple of lounge chairs.   The design also needed to create a transition from the house to the backyard, especially towards the kids swing set.  As we considered their priorities and the grade of the yard it became obvious to create a series of paver patio levels.  Patio levels that provide the spaces desired and followed the drop in the back yard to meet the lowest grade where the swing set was.

By providing a 3 dimensional drawing of the design on their home the client was able to visualize our recommendation.   Together we reviewed two design ideas and made edits to get the exact design they wanted on the back of their home.   Finding the best plan for our clients is the central focus of our design process.

As you can see the result was a great new outdoor living space!

Screening in your patio

Screen Porches with brick paver floors are a unique option that truly brings the outdoors in.

Over the years we have done a couple of these projects but in 2010 we built three of these porches. These rooms combine two of the most popular outdoor structures. Interest in brick patios and hardscapes grows each year. The more natural look, low maintenance qualities, and designs that flow into the backyard makes paver patios very desirable. With mosquitos, bees, and other bugs becoming such a pest the classic screen porch is as popular as ever. They offer the best of the outdoors while protecting your family from pests, rain, & too much sun.

Traditionally screen porches have deck floors but by building the room with foundational support for each roof post we can do the floor in patio bricks. Obviously, the screen porch needs to be at / or near ground level to include brick. The look is compelling and unique. These screen porch / patios flows with your backyard, especially if the patio floor is inside the porch as well as outside the room.

Archadeck of Chicagoland has been combining paver patios with our carpentry projects; screen porches, decks, gazebos, and pergolas, for several years. Few companies do both brick and carpentry. We started working with both materials primarily because of our desire to create unique and exciting outdoor spaces that best meet our clients priorities. Usually this option is about aesthetics but sometimes there is no room to frame a deck and brick is simply the most practical option. Personally, I love the look that combines wood (or composite) & stone. If we can get a fire-place or water feature in the design it’s even more exciting.

It might be 9 degrees outside but I am still dreaming of getting outdoors. Putting up the Christmas lights just didn’t cut it.

See you in the backyard!