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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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

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

Thinking of a patio? We can help!

There is so much to consider when designing and decorating your patio.  From flooring material and patio furniture, to landscaping lighting, the options seem endless.  We’ve found a great article that does a nice job of helping you break everything down so you can make the best choices for your backyard patio.  Check it out!

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!

True, there may be no such thing as a “free lunch,” but there is $500 worth of free landscaping with a new Archadeck outdoor living space

A free gift for you, Chicago! Get a $500 gift certificate for Hawthorn Gardens when David Berryhill from Archadeck of Chicagoland designs and builds your new outdoor living space or addition. Limit one per household. Projects of $10,000 or more. Offer expires June 30, 2010.

We love our outdoor living customers in Chicagoland, especially those in Hawthorn Woods.

They always seem to be very forward-thinking about how to best design and use their new decks, patios and outdoor kitchens from Archadeck.

So this Spring, I have decided to run a half-page ad in Woodtales, the Hawthorn Woods newsletter, featuring a $500 gift certificate from Hawthorne Gardens as a thank you for any new outdoor living project of $10,000 or more.

If you don’t have the newsletter, just print this ad and give it to us when we come to your home for your free design consultation.

How do we begin the design process for our deck or patio?

Outdoor design begins with understanding what you want to do. A great place to start this process is by identifying what furniture groups you plan to use. Form should always follow function!

Creating outdoor living spaces requires outdoor design.  Obviously outdoor furniture will be a central element to enjoy the spaces with your family and friends.  The outdoor furniture you plan to use is a great starting point for planning your outdoor living space(s).   Knowing what type of furniture and activities you plan on using will drive the new spaces design.  Obviously it will affect size but also shapes and transitions. Form should always follow function.

When we begin the design process for a screen room, paver patio, deck or any of our projects we start by asking about use.   I like to understand what rooms they wish to have in the new outdoor spaces.   Most want an area to dine and to cook, some want a family room, many want a space for a fire pit or fireplace, some want spaces for hot tubs, and many have other ideas for outdoor spaces.   Often getting this conversation started is difficult.   Most people have not thought about their backyard in this way.   Asking about the outdoor furniture that they plan to use gets the conversation started.  Most home owners want to include a grill and a table for dinning.  Beyond these two staples each home owner adds those elements that create their unique outdoor space.

The base for creating outdoor design always flows from the functional needs.   Once we know the basic spaces that the homeowner wants to have we begin blocking out the project.   When we apply the aesthetic tastes of the client the design takes a more exact shape and form.

Deck, patio, pergola