We have all heard the old sayings of “you get what you pay for” and “haste makes waste.” These ring true in many situations we encounter including choosing a builder for your new outdoor structure project. It is wise to explore your options and research any prospective builder by looking at their reviews, and perusing their portfolio of completed projects, however, it is also smart to be cautious about the builder that quickly brings the lowest price to the table and is ready to begin your project on a moment’s notice.
Keep in mind, that seasoned builders know what it takes structurally to ensure your safety and satisfaction. They also rarely have no pending projects on their backlogs to begin a project at the spur of the moment, securing proper permits and making sure quality materials to complete your project are all on hand takes a little time. Be very wary of those builders that claim they can start on a dime, chances are they aren’t pulling required permits necessary to even break ground. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and a professionally designed and built outdoor living structure shouldn’t be either. The impetus here is to realize that if a builder is ready to break ground immediately on your project chances are their services are not in high demand. This can be a direct reflection of their business practices and quality of work.
Over the 30+ years we have been serving the Nashville area, we have seen, and repaired, many projects where the homeowner hastily hired a builder just to get the project completed quickly. Not only where many of these structures dangerous, they usually resulted in the homeowner spending more to make it right than they would have had they hired us initially.
Another aspect to consider before you rush into your project, are the builder’s credentials… does the builder have a license or even insurance? These may seem trivial but are crucial if something goes wrong while the builder, or crew, is injured or has an accident while working on your property.
— When choosing a contractor for your deck or porch, beware of the tail light warranty!
Last but certainly not least is to beware of the builder that only offers what is referred to as the tail light warranty — in essence, this means the warranty extends about as long as the tail lights are visible as he is leaving your project — funny to joke about, but not so much if you are the one watching them fade into the distance. When you choose Archadeck of Nashville to build your outdoor living structure(s) you will be protected by two separate guarantees, constituting the most expansive customer protection plan in the industry.
Archadeck of Nashville is the middle Tennessee area’s outdoor living structure specialists. We’ve built hundreds of dazzling outdoor living spaces our clients enjoy and their neighbor’s envy. The staying power of our company is not by accident, it is well rooted in following best business practices which consistently produce satisfied customers and successful projects.
Best business practices include licensing, insurance and contracts to ensure peace of mind for our clients. As a leader in the outdoor living space building industry and an experienced, reputable contractor, we are licensed and fully insured with workers compensation and general liability insurance. This comprehensive coverage not only covers us while we are working but protects your premises regarding any potential construction-related accidents. In addition to this protection, when choosing to work with us, you’ll receive a detailed contract (which incorporates a price quote and project scope, a labeled project rendering, specification sheet and the most expansive customer protection plan/warranty in the industry before construction begins.
Our quality design service is geared toward bringing the backyard of your dreams to life an enjoyable experience. We take great pride in being the area ’s premier design and build firm for custom outdoor living spaces, and it shows in each of our one-of-a-kind projects! With An Archadeck Of Nashville Design — You Know What You’re Going To Get — Down To Every Detail! Our goal is to design and build a project that will not only meet but exceed your expectations and manage your project in a way that will let you enjoy the process as much as we do. Keep in mind, all of our quality standards are built to meet or exceed local codes. This includes industry best practices.
If you are thinking about adding an outdoor living project at your Nashville home and you want a professional firm to handle it, contact us today. We would love to talk about how we can serve you!
The design of a project is the most important phase of creating an outdoor living space you will enjoy and be proud of. It’s also an opportunity to see the level of experience, professionalism, and value your builder can bring to the table. The right design should take into account your personal needs and preferences, the use of space regarding furniture, grills, outdoor essentials, etc., the traffic flow of the space, and your appetite for ongoing maintenance. And of course your budget.
If you have past experience with an indoor or outdoor addition or renovation project you may be familiar with how the design phase works. Depending on the proactive nature and level of communication, or lack of, in regards to the builder you previously worked with, you may feel confident during the design phase. However, in many cases, we hear horror stories about past experiences and how what the customer thought they received wasn’t actually the project they had in mind — that is not going to happen with us.
We know what many of you are thinking…the design process is like a box of chocolates, once I sign up for a design retainer, I have no idea what I am actually going to get. At Archadeck of Nashville. this is certainly not the case. We are proud to be a professional outdoor living structure design and build firm, as opposed to much of our competition who are merely focused on getting a project built fast so they can collect and leave.
What sets Archadeck’s process apart from that of every other deck-builder, porch builder or outdoor living structure company in the Nashville area? If you say it’s our exquisite quality and craftsmanship, you’d be correct! But first and foremost, it is because we differentiate ourselves in another way: through professionalism.
As design/build professionals, Archadeck of Nashville will move forward beyond the initial “consultation meeting”, for which we never charge, to perfect your outdoor living space design. We will then request a retainer in order to prepare a customized 3-D design rendering of your project. Most people assume that their architect, designer, engineer, lawyer, accountant or other professional will expect payment to engage their services. We ask no less.
What you are first “retaining” is us as professionals. What you will appreciate is that we actually listen to your ideas, concerns and issues. We really want to hear all about the outdoor living project you have in mind. We listen intently and ask lots and lots of questions, documenting it all as we go and repeat it back to you to make sure we really do understand what it is you want.
— Deck design rendering example
We listen closely and address all your needs and desires while preparing a rendering of your project. Unlike blueprint-style plans, a rendering presents a much more realistic view of your project which enables you to see within the space, not just a one-dimensional view from the front or the layout. Your project specifics may include the addition of a singular deck, a porch or a combination outdoor living space. No matter the scale of your project, we create a 3-D rendering for each project we design to ensure our vision is the same.
— Example of screened porch and deck design rendering
Once the design rendering is prepared we schedule a time to sit down together as a feedback session to make any changes to the rendering. With the retainer, we then give the client a fixed-cost quote for their project. Outside of unforeseen circumstances, that’s what they pay. What the customer pays as a retainer also comes off the final purchase price.
— Nashville screened porch and deck, from design vision to reality!
It’s as simple as that — we offer you the opportunity to “retain” us to design and price your outdoor living project. What we are doing, in essence, is saying, “If you think we are the right company to do business with, let’s start this journey together."
We’ve had many clients tell us they appreciate the level of effort we expend getting their project exactly the way they wanted it in the design stage. If you are thinking about adding an outdoor living project at your Nashville home and you want a professional firm to handle it, contact us today. We would love to talk about how we can serve you!
Making the jump and adding an outdoor living space to your Nashville-area home can be an exhilarating experience. Not only are you excited about getting your new space, you may also be concerned about all the logistics that come into play in bringing your deck or porch to completion.
Nashville Deck & Porch Building Codes
Building codes are essential for knowing what type of outdoor structures require a permit, how to submit a proper building plan to get a permit, what points during construction require an inspection, and the specifics of how to build a safe deck or porch. Knowing the building codes may sound simple until you begin to do your research. Did you know that town, county and state building codes differ? That’s right. The same codes that are required to build a deck or porch in Brentwood differ greatly than those required in Lebanon, Mount Juliet or even Nashville?!
Just to prove the complexity of required codes try a Google search for your local deck and porch building codes. What did you find? Was it difficult to navigate your city’s website? Did you find deck and porch building codes specifically or just a very long set of residential building codes that only mentioned a deck or porch once, or not at all? Most likely, you may have found the permitting information, but not the detailed instructions about codes or requirements.
Nashville Deck & Porch Building Inspections
— Look at these deck footings, definitely not built according to code and very unsafe!
If you do find your city’s deck building codes, the plot thickens and you will quickly find out that they are long and cumbersome and require the knowledge and experience of a licensed builder in order to understand. You’ll also find out that you need an inspection at least three times during the building process. The first inspection will be after your footings are dug, but before concrete is poured. The second inspection will be of the framing and lastly, you’ll have a final inspection. Some inspectors may require additional inspections of items such as electrical or plumbing, too!
— Nolensville, TN, deck and porch addition by Archadeck of Nashville
To The DIY’er … Err on the side of caution
To any do-it-yourselfer or weekend warrior that takes on a deck or porch addition, we admire and commend your efforts. Keep in mind that bringing the outdoor living structure of your dreams to life is more than a weekend project. In order to construct a safe structure for you and your family, there are many hurdles that will have to be crossed. These include HOA approvals, learning setbacks, permitting, materials lists, codes and inspections. Did you know that many municipalities charge per re-inspection after the structure has failed for the same issue more than twice? Yes — just getting additional inspections can become a costly expenditure for the DIY’er.
Building Requirements for Compliance
Just as we mentioned above, each town or municipality varies in their building requirements. And some elements of your deck or porch construction are dictated by the zoning district where your home is located. Together they will provide the following specific requirements:
• Setback requirements: How far from the property line decks need to be.
• Footing depth.
• Materials: Certain materials require specific hardware for safety.
• Column and post size and construction requirements.
• Stairways and handrails.
• The various requirements around utility meters and lines.
• Deck and porch load strength: how much weight it can hold.
• Roof tie-in requirements.
• Easements and impervious requirements such as water runoff
At Archadeck of Nashville, we handle all permits and inspections. We are well versed in all deck and porch building codes. We stay up-to-the-minute with any changes to the codes and have long-standing relationships with many of the local building inspectors. The hassle of permits, inspections, and building codes is one of the best reasons to hire a professional deck and porch contractor like us. Let us focus on meeting and exceeding codes for the safety and quality of your new outdoor structure so you can focus your excitement on enjoying it — Let us sweat the hard stuff!
You can reach us at (615) 547-2333 or send us an email at [email protected].
We look forward to working with you!
So, you have made the decision to add an outdoor room onto your Nashville home. The only problem is, you don’t know which type of outdoor room is the best fit for you and your family. This can be a tricky place to be. Archadeck of Nashville builds sunrooms, screened porches and three-season rooms through the use of our Eze Breeze convertible porch systems. Part of making your decision is knowing you want to enjoy the benefits of the outdoors (views, fresh air, etc) but you also want protection from the elements. Though this may sound simple, but just this confirmation means you are off to a good start!
While all of our outdoor rooms offer access to the great outdoors while also providing protection from hot and humid Nashville days and bothersome insects. Beyond that, each type has different benefits. Which type of room is best for you? Archadeck of Nashville is here to help you decide. When a client comes to us on the fence between choosing a sunroom and a screened porch, we ask these 4 basic questions in order to recommend the best outdoor room addition for their individual needs. These are:
1) Do you want a room that is open to your home or a room that can be closed off?
2) Do you want a conditioned space — meaning a room that is insulated with heating and A/C?
3) What type of flooring would you like to use in your addition?
4) Do you plan on using your room during the winter months?
As part of our consultation process, we make a recommendation based on our clients’ responses. As is the case with any custom outdoor room addition, there are always exceptions. However, by sharing basic differences, advantages and possibilities for each we can help you choose between a screened porch, sunroom or 3-season room.
Nashville Screened Porches
A screened in porch is an outdoor space that is adjacent to your home, covered by a roof, and enclosed by screens. The roof offers protection from the hot summer sun, wet weather or the cascade of falling autumn leaves. The screens allow you to enjoy outdoor breezes while keeping out unwanted pests and insects, such as mosquitoes. Of all the room possibilities, screened porches offer the greatest access to the soothing sights, sounds, and scents of outdoor living, with minimal view obstruction into your landscape.
Screened porches are what we consider a unconditioned space, this means they are not insulated nor do they require heating and A/C systems. Screened porch designs are accessible to the home through doors that can be closed off from the interior of the home. This makes it easy to close off the porch during the cooler months or when not in use. You may extend the time you can comfortably spend time on the addition with the use of ceiling fans or a space heater.
Many amenities can be added to our porch designs to make them more like an outdoor living room. With the addition of recessed lighting, you can utilize your space well into the evening. By adding an outdoor fireplace, wet bar, or outdoor kitchen you can increase dining and entertainment functionality. You can even hang your HDTV under the protection of the roof, to enjoy watching your favorite shows or sporting events in an outdoor setting. A screened porch is a wonderful option for clients who want the greatest access to the outdoors with some protection from the elements but who know they will use their addition mainly during the outdoor living season.
A sunroom is an interior room addition that is designed with a focus on the outdoors. From a design perspective, sunrooms are an interior room that is composed of many windows allowing unfettered views of the outdoors and plenty of natural sunlight. Compared to screened porches, sunrooms are a more complicated home renovation project that involves HVAC systems, insulation, and electricity. The complexities of adding a conditioned space opens the door to more design options, as most interior room finishes can also go can also be used in a sunroom, these include hardwood floors, ceramic tile, sheetrock, wallpaper, wood moldings, indoor ceiling fans, and decorative light fixtures. A sunroom is your best option if you are in need of additional indoor living space, and want unlimited views of the outdoors. Sunrooms can be used just as any other interior living space for year-round use and open to the interior of the home.
The Exception We Referred To Earlier…
Earlier in our story, we pointed our that is the case with any custom outdoor room addition, there are always exceptions. When it comes to choosing between a screened porch and a sunroom, Archadeck of Nashville does have one more trick up our sleeve for homeowners that want to enjoy a few of the benefits of a sunroom while retaining all of the benefits of a screened porch!
A Nashville Eze Breeze 3-season porch https is the exception. Eze-Breeze is a vertical sliding panel of vinyl windows that are backed with screens. This system makes it easy to convert an existing screened porch to an Eze Breeze outdoor room, or we can design any new screened porch addition to include the system.
This 3-season room system works by allowing you to pull the windows down for a screened porch feel, and pull them right back up when it’s raining or when you want a more protected space. The panels are custom-made for your project and available in a variety of colors to make sure they complement your home perfectly. The vinyl window is lightweight to make the sliding easy and still provides the same view as regular glass.
So, there you have it! If you are thinking of adding a screened porch, sunroom or 3-season porch to your Nashville home Archadeck of Nashville is here to help you sort through the options to find the outdoor room that best meets your needs, design aesthetics, and budget.
You can reach us at (615) 547-2333 or send us an email at [email protected].
We look forward to working with you!
In a world where many outdoor living space designs are the same, don’t you want your backyard to stand out?
Of course you do! Your outdoor living space(s) make a statement about your style and who you are in much the same way your home’s facade and interior says a lot about who you are, too. Archadeck of Nashville specializes in custom, one-of-a-kind deck, porch and patio designs for discriminating Nashville homeowners, just like you. We can create and build a custom patio design and/or hardscape space as a singular structure or as part of an outdoor living combination that includes a porch, deck, pergola and more!
Additionally, patios can expand your outdoor living design possibilities. In areas where the grade of the property and elevation would mean a low-to-grade deck is the only option, a patio provides design versatility.
At Archadeck of Nashville we offer the best options in Belgard pavers so your new patio design can fit your unique style. With options like sitting walls, outdoor fire features, outdoor kitchens and more Belgard offers a variety of concrete pavers, including pavers with the look and feel of brick and stone. Belgard products come in a number of styles, shapes and tones to help you add the right personality and charm to transform your outdoor living spaces. And, in addition to style, Belgard pavers are designed to be strong, durable and environmentally-friendly, ensuring your Nashville patio will stand the test of time.
When it comes to updating your backyard, you may think of just one project at a time. A porch OR a patio. A patio OR a deck. At Archadeck, we are experts at designing combination spaces that bring you the best of BOTH worlds. Need an area to escape seasonal mosquitoes? DONE. Want a patio but really need an area to support the transition when exiting the home? DONE. Learn how we combine patios into an outdoor living combination space to enhance enjoyment:
Wooden decks and patios also make a showstopping combination for your Nashville backyard. This is because they each feature design elements found naturally in nature, stone and wood. Paver patios provide the stone element while a Nashville wooden deck provides the comforting appeal of wood. We can design a duo that is naturally hypnotic and calming - reminiscent of an aged oak alongside a pebbled creek in the Tennessee mountains.
The Nashville Porch and Patio Combination
Combining a porch design or screened porch alongside a patio is the perfect pairing for many Nashville homeowners. An open or covered porch can provide much-needed shade and increase the potential for more outdoor activities. Let’s not overlook the possibility of adding a covered area over the patio itself either!
Marrying a patio with a screened porch or Eze Breeze porch expands use of your backyard beyond the warm season and protects you and your guests from nuisance insects as well. The design shown below features a custom patio with integrated fire pit, deck and screened porch — what more could you need with an amazing space like this?
Contact us today to design your one-of-a-kind Nashville-area patio or hardscape! You can reach us at (615) 547-2333 or send us an email at [email protected].
Isn’t It Time You Started Living The Porch Lifestyle?
When making the decision to build an outdoor structure or outdoor room there are many things to consider. Making the right decisions early on in the design process will ensure your outdoor structure compliments your home and landscape, but it can also improve your lifestyle and add value to your property. And above all, have a positive impact on your outdoor living lifestyle.
At Archadeck of Nashville we pride ourselves in planning, designing and building outdoor spaces that really make a difference in how you live. One outdoor structure that can add beauty and enjoyment to your life is a Nashville porch. Porches come in many different flavors; they can be covered or screened; attached to your home, work in unison with a patio or deck; or even detached in a prime location within your landscape (such as by the pool). Choosing the porch that is right for your lifestyle can be a daunting task, with this in mind we have compiled a list of the top ten items to consider when planning your perfect porch addition.
Top 10 considerations to consider when planning your Nashville porch
#1) What function or activity will you most often use your porch for?
This by far is the first and most important thing to consider as it dictates where the porch itself should be located, whether it will be detached or attached and what amenities it should include. For many Nashville homeowners, porches serve as an extended outdoor family room, an outdoor dining area, or a combination of both. If it will serve as an outdoor dining space, the porch’s proximity to your home’s kitchen is very important. If you are going to use the porch to function as an outdoor family room, then the proximity to the kitchen is not a big issue.
#2) Do you plan on using your porch 3 or 4 seasons?
You need to consider how you want to utilize your space once the seasons change. If you want to make use of your porch within the cooler months of the year you may consider building a Nashville Eze Breeze porch, which uses screen plus a sliding 4-track convertible window system. An Eze Breeze porch can be enjoyed almost year round. If you want your screened porch to serve as an extension of the home because of a lack of indoor living space, this system will allow you to do so as the windows can easily be removed during the warm months, but serve your needs for a more enclosed, space during the cold months.
— Nashville Eze Breeze porch.
#3) How large should your porch be?
Deciding what size porch you need will impact how you use your porch throughout its lifetime. You need to figure out how many people are going to be using it and what function it will be used for. A good all-around size for a porch that is designed as a singular outdoor living space is 16×16 or 16×18. A good rule of thumb to put sizing into perspective is to measure your home’s living or family room. Do make sure to take into consideration the space needed when chairs are pulled out and traffic flow between outdoor furnishings. For example, consider how much space is needed around your table when everyone is sitting back after a large meal. People generally pull their chairs out from the table. Will there still be room and foot room within the structure with the planned furnishings?
Our story Key Measurements for Designing Your Perfect Nashville Porch, will help you determine the best size porch to build based on your spatial needs in comparison to traditional outdoor furniture sizes. When making your final decision build for the 90%, not the 10%. Even though you don’t want to build more space than you have, not having enough room is a greater dilemma than having a little too much.
#4) To screen or not to screen
If you are choosing to build a screened porch, then your screening system and type of screen you choose is very important. When Archadeck of Nashville designs a screened porch we take into consideration the view of your backyard, and use a screening system that is as invisible as possible in order to retain those views. Screen comes in different types to accommodate your individual needs. Durable screens, such as Sceen Eze is often recommended for people with dogs and cats. Privacy screens are also available which are a more opaque screening material and appear almost invisible.
#5) Flooring options
Your porch’s flooring is front and center so choosing a flooring material that appeals to you aesthetically is important. In most cases, your porch will offer protection from the elements so you have more flexibility when it comes to your flooring than you would with other outdoor structures, such as a deck. If a natural look of wood is your style, woods such a pressure-treated pine (natural or stained) are a solid choice. Some people opt to use stone or tile. Another choice is composite decking or a tongue and groove composite such as AZEK porch These are long-lasting and offer longevity with little maintenance.
#6) Your porch ceiling
In most scenarios, your ceiling material will not become a maintenance issue. Ceiling materials that are popular right now for Nashville porches are beadboard, and tongue-and-groove pine or cedar. These all offer a touch of rustic elegance to your structure. Skylights are a viable option in darker landscapes that need additional light in the structure or the home. Skylights can be used on any porch which is well lit, or otherwise. But most homeowners with ample light often don’t choose them because of the additional cost. Velux makes a wonderful Low-E skylight. Skylights can also come with a range of features including rain sensors which will close the skylight, remote controls and even blinds built right into the skylight.
#7) Exterior materials
Maintenance free, formal and finished, or rustic and natural? There are lots of exterior material choices available for porches. Many times we trim the exterior to match the material used on your home’s exterior. HardiePlank or vinyl siding is another option because aside from minimal cleaning, it is virtually maintenance free. Based on the elevation of your structure you may or may not need a railing or a knee wall. Not having a lot of additional areas to cover will cut down on costs and will give you more light and airflow.
#8) Roof style
Gabled roofs are quite popular amongst our Nashville porch customers. However, if you are building gables, you will need to make sure it works any second-story windows that may be located above. There are other roof styles available that may harmonize better with your existing home. If building a detached porch, you may or may not choose to match the roof of the structure to your home’s roof, many times a different style roof on detached porch compliments the property better than a matching roof. You can read more about roof styles in our story Choosing the Right Roof Style for Your Nashville Porch or Outdoor Room Addition.
#8) Electrical needs
It is important to think about this up front. Most people who build a porch consider it their favorite room and are filled with regret that they didn’t build it years before they did. Remember, it is always better to put in too many electrical outlets, than too little. The cost to add outlets in the building process is minimal. The cost to add outlets after the build is complete can be very substantial. Think about having outlets to plug in both floor lamps and table lamps, and any media elements you have in mind, such as a TV, computer or stereo. You will likely want an outlet to charge your phone and other to charge your laptop. Depending on the use of the room, you may even want to plug in a blender for margaritas or other kitchen apparatus, too!
The door you choose is extremely important within your structure. We have customers that stick to wood, but they are few. Most of our homeowners use storm doors. Storm doors are light when they have screen in them. Choosing a good quality storm door may or may not be that much more costly than using a wood door. It will give you more protection from the elements and can also be safer from a security perspective because of its strength.
#10) Your Nashville porch contractor
Last but certainly not least, Archadeck of Nashville cares about our customers. We realize the importance of designing a porch that speaks to your needs and desires is much better than a one size fits all approach. We can meet with you to craft a covered porch, screened porch or Eze Breeze porch taking all of your individual needs into consideration. We treat each porch we design as unique and individual. Our design process will help you visualize your dream, and then we can start from there, bringing your dream to life.
Contact us today to learn more! You can reach us at (615) 547-2333 or send us an email at [email protected].
Here at Archadeck of Nashville, we strive to design outdoor living spaces to benefit every member of your family. This includes the four-legged members and special pets that are also a huge part of your family! According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, (ASPCA), it’s estimated that 70-80 million dogs and 74-96 million cats are owned in the United States. Approximately 37-47% of all households in the United States have a dog, and 30-37% have a cat. There are also millions of US households that own birds, rabbits and other unique and/or exotic pets.
Spending time with your pet(s) is not only relaxing, it has been shown to improve your health! An article published by WebMD points out that your dog may make you less likely to get heart disease. This is because dog owners walk more and have lower blood pressure than people who don’t have dogs. Pets can also be good for you if you already have heart problems. Studies indicate that heart attack survivors and people with serious abnormal heart rhythms who own dogs live longer than people with the same heart problems who don’t have pets. stroking, or petting, your pet can lower your blood pressure and help your body release a relaxation hormone, and it reduces levels of a stress hormone. Taking into consideration all the ways pets improve our lives, from both an emotional and physical standpoint, it only makes sense that the outside of our homes should be as conducive to spending time with them as the inside!
During our design consultations, it is not uncommon to be greeted by a friendly dog or two at the door or see a cat peeking from around a corner or napping in a sunny spot nearby. Since most of our clients count at least one animal as a member of their family, it only makes sense to give them some thought when you are designing your new outdoor living project. You may be surprised by exactly how many Archadeck of Nashville customers incorporate pet-friendly design details into their custom outdoor space.
Our custom outdoor living designs are the cat’s meow!
As is evident from the image and review this client left on Google, she and her feline friends are enjoying the Nashville Eze-Breeze porch we built for her.
— Working with Russell and his team was an absolute pleasure. I’ve never worked with a contractor as professional as this, and their attention to detail (above and beyond my own expectations) was phenomenal. I highly recommend them! We love our Eze-Breeze system and spend so much more time on our back porch!
Archadeck of Nashville has customized many outdoor structures to make them more pet-friendly. This includes fabricating the rails of a deck closer together to ensure pet safety, installing gates to keep pets safe and sound, pet access doors and using pet screen. Another feature we often implement into our outdoor room designs to make them more pet-friendly is using a solid knee wall rail to eliminate screens on the lower part of the porch wall, altogether. We have even gone as far as to specifically design patios for homeowners with cats, these are known as catios, as well as cat porches and dog porches.
If you are in search of the perfect outdoor living space for your family, including your furry friends, contact Archadeck of Nashville today at (615) 547-2333 or send us an email at [email protected].
The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.
— Charles de Gaulle (former President of the French Republic)
If you are like most homeowners, when it’s time to add a new outdoor living space or renovate an existing one, you want to hire a professional you can rely on to get it done right from the start. But exactly how do you go about finding a qualified and experienced contractor without just relying on the luck of the draw? As a leader in the outdoor living space design and construction industry, Archadeck of Nashville believes luck has absolutely nothing to do with it.
We realize your home is probably one of the largest investments you will make in your lifetime. Spending the time to find a contractor who specializes in outdoor living structures to work on your home will pay off in the long run. In much the same way there are hundreds of doctors available in our area, there are just as many contractors. We all know scheduling an appointment with a veterinarian for your annual physical exam just won’t get the job done quite right. Although a veterinarian can perform physical exams, they’re qualified to perform them on animals, not humans — in much the same way Archadeck of Nashville has the experience and knowledge over a general contractor or handyman when it comes to building your deck, porch, patio or other outdoor living structure.
There are basic qualities or aspects you should consider when selecting a contractor that’s just right for the job:
• Ability to Offer a Customized Product
• Attention to Detail
• Warranty & Protection
A contractor’s experience in the field directly affects your overall experience as a client. It’s essential that an outdoor living structure contractor possess the skills to manage a project and the many details involved from start to finish. Many of these skills, such as initial property assessment and designs that include structural integrity, come from years of hands-on experience. A lack of experience can lead to a structure that doesn’t blend seamlessly with your home’s architectural style, isn’t structurally sound and lacks longevity.
By definition, professionalism means possessing the skill, good judgment and business-like behavior that is expected from a person who is trained to do a job well. No matter what service is being performed on or around your home, every Nashville-area homeowner deserves and should demand professionalism.
Even though it’s clear what being professional means, sometimes it’s hard to determine a professional outdoor living space contractor from a builder. Don’t forget, you can stand a veterinarian and a medical doctor side by side and not know the difference without checking a few things like their licensing/credentials and insurance. Likewise, a professional outdoor living space contractor should have a high standard of knowledge and should carry proper insurance.This also means the builder and team should be properly licensed with a solid knowledge of building codes.
A professional should be reliable in not only their technical commitments for the project but in communication with you as well, right from the beginning with the initial consultation. A professional will provide a finished product that you will live with and remain satisfied with every day, a pain-free construction project built with the maximum value at a fair price. They should be competent in the construction field, following building codes and requirements and stand behind their work with the appropriate warranties. Here at Archadeck of Nashville, we consider codes a minimum as we build to a higher standard than the required building codes. Thus, delivering a structure that not only meets your expectations but exceeds them.
You can easily check for these qualities from the references a potential contractor should provide, you can also check the contractor’s Net Promoter Score. The Net Promoter Score is a customer satisfaction, customer experience and loyalty indicator that measures the likelihood of customers to recommend a company, product or service to a friend or colleague. Archadeck of Nashville finished 2017 with a Best-in-Class customer satisfaction rate based on the NPS system. You can read more about our NPS at Archadeck of Nashville Receives Customer Service Award Based on Exemplary Net Promoter Score.
Adhering to a process, or series of steps in which to do something, garners consistent results, improved efficiency and higher quality work. Using checklists and procedures combined with proper planning reduces the opportunities for overlooked items and delays.
How do you know if your contractor effectively uses good processes? Start by checking their sales process and then ask during your vetting process. Find out what your contractor’s method for planning and monitoring construction will be. Do they actually use written checklists for ensuring that all steps get addressed before, during and after construction? Is there a supervisor or manager holding the crews responsible for following these processes?
Providing clients with more bang for their buck makes a contractor more valuable. What types of additional services can they provide and still maintain quality? As part of the Archadeck franchise system, North America’s largest deck and porch builder, Archadeck of Nashville is backed by a national network of experts. We have an established national relationship with several preferred material vendors and gladly share our expertise in form and function to create the perfect outdoor living environment just for you.
Ability to Offer Customized Product
You should expect that a full-service contractor will add value in helping you design your own unique outdoor living project. You should be able to see your contractor in action during the design phase before you make a decision to commit to a contractor to build your project. They should point out smaller features you may not be aware of that will enhance the project without adding major costs. If you don’t get the impressions that he/she is thoughtful, considerate of your ideas and responsive, then now is the time to move on to someone else. But if they take care of you during the early stages of the project, then odds are good that you will be able to work well with him/her to bring your job to completion and that you’ll have the custom-built outdoor living space of your dreams.
Attention to Detail
A high-quality contractor increases their level of thought and effort for defining the details of a project to help make it unique. Sometimes the only way to determine a contractor’s attention to detail is to look at his work and compare it to the work of others. If you don’t have an experienced eye for noticing these details, your prospective contractor should be able to easily and proudly point them out to you. But I bet that you can tell by looking at some examples of projects if they display the style and touches that you expect, even if you can’t put your finger on exactly what those touches are.
Warranty and Protection
The warranty serves as the backup plan for a consumer if things don’t go right with the builder. This applies to major problems in having the project completed (unscrupulous contractors have been known to walk away from a job when it gets difficult or too expensive to make things right) or may apply to things that come up after the job is done and the contractor has been paid.
A warranty is important because it outlines in advance what the builder is and isn’t willing to do to fix problems after the fact. Without a warranty, the homeowner still has certain protections under the laws regarding implied warranties. However, claims under these laws require the homeowner to file a legal claim and can be time-consuming and expensive, not to mention stressful. A homeowner’s best protection regarding warranty issues is to use a builder that is stable and has a good reputation.
Archadeck of Nashville is backed by a warranty that covers the entire project (meaning that we will fix anything that’s not right) for one year, and further covers structural issues (foundations, the integrity of framing, etc.) for a period of five years. In addition, Archadeck actually provides a guaranteed insurance program that covers customers if the local Archadeck office cannot complete a project due to death, illness or going out of business. In this event, the Archadeck corporate office will pay to have the project completed by another Archadeck location.
The Proven Choice
Although doing your due diligence when choosing the right contractor for your outdoor living space project doesn’t guarantee that you will find the perfect contractor, it will help you narrow down the playing field in order for you to more easily identify a top-notch contractor, like Archadeck of Nashville.
Contact us today to learn more about working with a best in class outdoor living company! You can reach us at (615) 547-2333 or send us an email at [email protected].
Archadeck of Nashville is honored to have been awarded an Archadeck Customer Service Award at the 2018 Outdoor Living Brands Annual Meeting recently held in AZ. Recipients of this award are chosen based on their Net Promoter Scores (NPS).
The Net Promoter Score is a customer satisfaction, customer experience and loyalty indicator that measures the likelihood of customers to recommend a company, product or service to a friend or colleague. The Net Promoter Score asks one question which rates responses based on a 0 to 10 scale. Here at Archadeck, we ask customers “How likely they are to recommend (this company, this product, this experience, this representative) to their friends, family or business associates?”
We are proud to announce that we finished 2017 with a Best-in-Class customer satisfaction rate based on the NPS system. The Net Promoter Score is used across industries as a way to quantify customer satisfaction. Scores over 50 are considered “best-in-class.” Many of the top Fortune 500 companies use this metric to keep track of their customer loyalty and retention. Among a few of these companies include Apple with an NPS of 72, Southwest Airlines with an NPS score of 62 and Amazon, whom also has an NPS of 62.
Archadeck of Nashville’s NPS score is 92%. Owner, Russell Henderson, and the entire team are dedicated to providing superior service and great results for all our clients. Some of the key service elements he believes in is the driving factor to achieving this exemplary Net Promoter Score. These include:
Our dedication to communicating with the client from start to finish
Sending out welcome package so each client knows what do expect from and during their project
Always proving to the client that we deliver on what we say
Taking time to make sure we get feedback at the end of each project and make sure the client understands the value of their feedback.
We are so proud of the hard work our team put in to be recognized for this award. You can rest assured we are the company you keep and that will still be around years down the road. This is because we offer quality products, strong warranties, use highly skilled carpenters and craftsman and know what it means to keep our customers happy!
Contact us today to learn more about working with a best in class outdoor living company! You can reach us at (615) 547-2333 or send us an email at [email protected].
A low-maintenance outdoor living structure is defined as requiring little work to keep in good condition. When most Nashville homeowners think about adding a low-maintenance outdoor living space to their home or landscape, they most often imagine a composite or PVC deck. It is only natural that many of our clients assume that decking is the only material that comes in low-maintenance because we design and build many stunning TimberTech and AZEK synthetic decks here at Archadeck of Nashville. However, many clients are pleasantly surprised when they learn about another low-maintenance option we specialize in; patios.
Paver patios, in particular, are becoming more popular among middle Tennessee homeowners who are looking for low maintenance, durability, and stability in their outdoor living space. In fact, more than 200 million square feet of pavers have been installed throughout North America.
Our patio designs require very little attention on the part of the homeowner aside from just maintaining them with common sense practices to ensure their aesthetics; i.e.keeping leaves blown off the patio, grilling spills, cleaning up mud where the dog tracked it from the yard on a rainy day, etc.
Nashville custom patios and hardscapes work well as part of an outdoor living space combination, alongside a deck or porch, around a pool or to highlight your landscaping. Patios serve as the perfect space to complete your backyard retreat. Paver patios, when properly installed, are as reliable and stable as concrete patios. They last just as long as concrete patios and require only minimal maintenance reducing the time you spend laboring over the constant cleaning, staining and maintenance of a wooden deck.
— Nashville patio and sunroom combination
Our custom paver patios work well as part of an outdoor living space combination, with a deck or porch, around a pool of to highlight your landscaped beds. Patios serve as the perfect space to complete your backyard retreat. Paver patios, when properly installed, are as reliable and stable as concrete patios. They last just as long as concrete patios and with only minimal maintenance requirements trumping the time you spend laboring over the constant cleaning, staining and maintenance of a wooden deck.
Contact us today to design your one-of-a-kind Nashville-area patio or hardscape! You can reach us at (615) 547-2333 or send us an email at [email protected].
Are you considering a patio or custom hardscape for your Nashville home?
If the answer is yes, it is important to learn the differences and consequences involved in choosing the person to do the job. Many folks may claim they can build a patio, but when it comes to hardscapes, there are aspects of this work, which are better served by a professional. This article covers the buyer beware situations that can arise from trusting a novice to build your patio. Let us differentiate between an Archadeck of Nashville patio and a patio built by two guys in a truck.
Nashville Professional Patio Installation
A Nashville paver patio can be a great place to sit back, relax and enjoy time with friends and family, but a lot of work goes into creating that space. There is an art of precision in properly installing pavers. The Dutch perfected and modernized the art in the 1940’s with the Holland Stone Paver. If pavers are installed properly then they can last a lifetime. A well-constructed patio requires proper placement, leveling, grading and/or excavation; base layers of gravel or sand; stone or paver installation; edge support and joint filler.
A professionally-built patio requires a lot of know-how and access to the proper equipment. There are numerous considerations that need to be addressed before digging into any type of hardscape project. For example, what determines its size and placement? Should the patio be created with or without regard for the rest of the landscape? What is necessary to set the elevations at the appropriate height? What would one use to lift and remove or reuse the soil to accommodate base materials for the patio? Is it important to plan for lighting and irrigation, and if so, what needs to be done as part of the preparation work? What comprises the base materials, and is it installed as one load or in increments? Why is the sand important to the base? How does one begin to create a pattern for the patio surface?
Here at Archadeck of Nashville, we adhere to the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) standards for all our patio designs. ICPI sets the standards by which paver patios and walkways are constructed. Our first step in patio installation is to begin with a solid base, or foundation, to work from. We achieve this by applying an aggregate base with an additional layer of sand for the pavers to sit in on top of serving as the foundation. Both layers are compacted to ensure no movement or settlement in the future. This solid base will ensure the patio will remain flat indefinitely and will keep it from being subjected to freezing, thawing and other soil conditions caused by the elements.
One of the most crucial planning elements that go into proper patio design is accounting for drainage — “there’s nothing worse than having a swimming pool where your patio table is going to be”, explains owner Russell Henderson. This can be a tedious task on properties that have any type of slant or slope or depending on the type of soil you have.
Nashville Belgard Patio Builder
Archadeck of Nashville uses the Belgard paver line. Belgard is one of the industry’s top manufacturers of hardscapes such as pavers and retaining walls. As the premier manufacturer of pavers in the country, Belgard offers the perfect combination of quality, beauty, selection, and value. This provides several benefits.
First, a professionally installed Belgard paver patio is very low maintenance. It will probably not need to be sealed and, in the unlikely event that a ground stone is broken, each can be replaced individually. The flexible joints shift without cracking and stay looking great over the long term. Second, Belgard offers a multitude of paver colors, finishes, shapes and sizes, to truly customize your design. Take a look at our patio & hardscapes photo gallery for more inspiring paver patio images.
A skilled professional, such as our hardscape experts here at Archadeck of Nashville, will be able to address any unknowns which come up on patio projects. Choosing a seasoned, knowledgeable patio builder will ultimately enable a space which can be more readily enjoyed because you know your project was built right.
With all the important basics and nuances that go into constructing a paver patio that will stand the test of time and deliver you years of outdoor living enjoyment, it just makes sense to hire a professional patio builder to handle this type of project. Contact us today at (615) 547-2333 or send us an email at [email protected].
If you’re adding a new porch to your home and/or landscape, chances are likely you have a good sense of how you’d like to use it. What you might be uncertain of, however, is how large your new porch should be. Although personal preference and your existing site will affect your porch’s size, some general sizing rules of thumb can help ensure you get a space that fits your needs and helps prevent you from building (and spending) more than you need.
As with any outdoor living space addition, be sure to check with your local building department before planning a new porch, as permits, setback requirements and other regulations may affect its size and location.
Why Porch Size Matters
On the one hand, porches designed too small feel cramped, and chairs pushed back from a table can skid into garden beds. On the other hand, large porches can be pricey, feel less intimate and take up limited backyard real estate. The key is to find the right balance of porch size for your needs and your space without overshooting too much.
Once you have established the function(s) you wish to enjoy in your porch space, Archadeck of Nashville can help you gauge the amount of space you will need. A good suggestion if you are planning to use the porch as an outdoor dining area is to chart how large it needs to be by going into your dining room and measure it. An addition is sometimes hard to visualize when it’s not finished, or furnished, and going into your actual furnished dining room space will help you set a realistic goal to judge how much room you will actually need.
General Porch Sizing Guidelines
Here at Archadeck of Nashville, we are often asked the question is there a “standard” or “common” size for a covered porch or screened porch? They vary quite a bit, but 12×14 and 14×16 are quite common sizes. The dimensions of a porch addition come into play more with a covered area because when you put a roof over it, it becomes defined. The porch must be able to accommodate your furniture comfortably and leave enough space in between to be able to flow through the room easily. This is why planning is so important.
An important question we ask our clients is the size of the furniture which will be within their anticipated porch. If the porch will be used as an outdoor dining area, have you decided upon a table yet? If so, how big is it? If not how big do you want your table to be? You always want to leave a clearance area of about four feet outside the table so you have ample room to walk around the table when it is not in use, and plenty of room to pull out the chairs to a comfortable distance when in use. If you plan on lingering for conversation at the table or sitting back after eating, we recommend additional space. These are the sorts of things you may not think about. But, you really have to envision yourself living in the space you are thinking about all the way down to the size of the table and how you and your guests will congregate around the table and the other furniture.
Though outdoor dining table sizes can vary, standard round tables that seat six require at least 10½ by 10½ feet, and ideally 12 by 12 feet or larger. Rectangular dining tables that seat six can fit comfortably on porches that are 10 by 12½ feet.
When planning your perfect Nashville porch there are more things to think about in addition to outdoor dining. Will you be adding perimeter furniture such as couches, chairs, tables or decorative furniture pieces? If the answer is yes, then you will want to plan for those additional pieces to fit comfortably and not overcrowd your usable living space. Some of our clients use their screened porch as an outdoor living room. If you are thinking about using your outdoor room as an outdoor living room, go into your living room and measure the room and furniture in the same manner.
Archadeck of Nashville cares about our customers. We realize the importance of designing a space that speaks to your needs and desires is much better than a one size fits all approach. We can meet with you to craft a porch or screened porch taking all of your individual needs into consideration. We treat each porch we design as unique and individual. Our design process will help you visualize your dream, and then we can start from there, bringing your dream to life.
A key consideration when planning your upcoming Nashville custom deck addition or redecking project is whether to use wood or a synthetic decking material such as composite. Wood is a long-standing, traditional building material for decks but composites are quite popular due to their low maintenance benefits. Composite decking materials like TimberTech, AZEK, Trex and Fiberon do carry a higher price tag than a deck built from traditional PT wood.
If you are reading this, chances are likely you are considering using composite for your new or improved deck project — and you may be asking yourself is the investment really worth it?
Decks are a popular (and highly visible) home feature that can receive a lot of wear and tear. Whenever improving, repairing, or updating a deck, it is wise to choose materials that are long lasting. Especially if you are planning to live in your home for the long term, investing in a composite deck will pay off with many years of durability and low-maintenance enjoyment.
Just as we pointed out in our article Should your new Nashville low-maintenance deck be traditional composite, capstock or PVC? there are different genres of synthetics but all synthetic decking is designed to withstand exposure to weather and sun, without fading. This means a synthetic deck, whether is is composite, capstock of solid PVC will retain its original color and the synthetic deck you start with is the deck you will be able to enjoy for years to come.
— A Nashville composite deck leaves more time to enjoy outdoor living!
Composite decking provides more than just a deck that looks new longer than wood, too. After all, they are touted as low-maintenance for a reason! A Nashville composite deck requires no staining, sealing, or painting, ever! Cleaning is the only maintenance your composite deck will ever need, and that can easily be done with a garden hose and some soap.
Composites also resist many of the woes that plaque aging wooden decks. These include splitting, cupping, splintering, blistering, peeling, flaking, cracking, rotting and/or structural damage from insects or fungal decay. Wood naturally expands and contracts under the heat of the sun and in the cooler temperatures of the winter. This natural expansion and contraction causes wooden decks to degrade over time, which is natural. Splinters, cracks and other structural damage are not an issue with composite decking, making bare feet happy in your outdoor living space!
Unlike wood, synthetic decking materials come with extensive warranties giving you piece of mind in your investment. Here at Archadeck of Nashville, we recommend TimberTech composite decking and AZEK cellular PVC decking as our preferred products. Both offer high-quality materials with above average warranties in the world of composite and PVC decking. TimberTech and AZEK decking products are backed by impressive 25 and 30-year warranties. These warranties cover protection against staining, fading, resistance to mold, mildew, stains, and scratches along with material defects, splinters, and damage from termites or rot.
Synthetics are also a top choice for homeowners looking to improve an existing deck. In many cases, Archadeck of Nashville may be able to convert your existing wood deck into a composite deck. If your existing deck’s substructure is in good shape, it may only need minor corrections or amendments to accommodate switching to composite. We call this re-decking and it’s a very popular option.
— Is a composite deck worth the investment?
Even though synthetic decking is a greater investment up front, the benefits outweigh the costs in the long run. If less maintenance, longevity and having more time to enjoy the outdoor living lifestyle you deserve is high on your list of priorities then a composite deck is worth it!
If you are considering retrofitting or adding a new low-maintenance deck to your Nashville-area home, please give us a call for a design consultation at (615) 547-2333 or send us an email at [email protected].
So, you have made the decision to build a Nashville low-maintenance deck. Or maybe you are considering redecking your existing deck using synthetic decking. Whichever is the case you’ve started to do some research and you’ve probably realized that there are quite a few options. Not only are there different brands such as TimberTech and AZEK; but there are different types of synthetics that offer different benefits at different prices.
While most synthetic decking manufacturers have a good, better and best selections; It is important to know the differences between each genre of synthetic. These are composite, capstock and solid PVC.
— Nashville low-to-grade composite deck
Nashville Composite Decks
The first low-maintenance decking to come out was called composite because it was composed of a combination of synthetic resin combined with wood fibers. As you can image, there are many different ways a composite can be made. Composites first made their debut on the scene about 20 or so years ago, early composites had some problems with mold but those problems are long in the past. Today’s composite decking manufacturers have identified the right mix of materials to create a great decking board and many come with 25 and even 30-year warranties. These warranties may differ only a little from one manufacturer to the next but the protection afforded by the warranties protect against material defects and the aging woes of wood including checking, splitting, splintering, rotting or fungal decay. There is one protection that the upper-end composites enjoy which is their warrantied stain and fade protection.
Nashville PVC Decks
If a composite deck is a good option, PVC is one of the best options. Here at Archadeck of Nashville, we recommend AZEKPVC decking. As mentioned above, just like composite, PVC decking warranties include protection against material checking, splitting, splintering, rotting, termite attacks, fungal decay and even warrantied protection against fading and staining. What’s the drawback? You guessed it – price. Because there are no natural fibers, all of these protections can be afforded and warrantied. But synthetic resin (solid PVC) is a good bit more expensive than synthetics made up of wooden fibers. This top of the line synthetic product does come with a top of the line pricing module.
Nashville Capstock Composite Decks
Capstock is a composite board capped with PVC so you get the best of both worlds. The price? As you expected, the price is in the middle but not that much higher than composite. Here in Nashville, our recommendation for capstock decking is the TimberTech Terrain, Legacy or Tropical Collection. TimberTech is a high-quality synthetic decking company and their capstock is wrapped in PVC on all four sides, meaning they’re protected from moisture that seeps into the bottom side of the competition’s products.
The advantages of both solid PVC and wrapped PVC products include reducing the amount of maintenance required by the homeowner, and more specifically a decrease in the amount of cleaning required to keep the deck looking new.
Always keep in mind low-maintenance does not mean no maintenance. Meaning everyday messes that are common with outdoor living still need to be addressed. This includes drops and splatters common when preparing food outdoors or during outdoor dining. Anything spilled or smeared or sprinkled upon your synthetic deck will need to be removed. If your dog drags mud across your deck, it will need to be cleaned up with water and possibly a gentle sponge. If your hamburger or hot dog share some ketchup or mustard with your deck, you’ll want to wipe them up the same way you would on your kitchen floor.
— For synthetics to perform their best, just remember to wipe up spills!
Hopefully, this information will quell any confusion about the difference genres of synthetic materials. Our goal here at Archadeck of Nashville is to provide you with all the information you need to make the best decision when choosing the material that bests suits your needs and budget for your new or improved Nashville deck!
If you are thinking about a low-maintenance deck addition, or redecking project, contact us today to learn more at (615) 547-2333 or send us an email at [email protected].
Most Nashville-area homeowners don’t want to stain or seal their deck every year and in fact, if they use low-maintenance decking, they never have to. There are a variety of beautiful, high-quality synthetic decking materials that look very similar to wood but never require staining, sanding or any aspect of annual maintenance. The only maintenance involved in owning a low-maintenance deck is using a little sponge and water cleanup to remove common outdoor messes.
While you will still need to wipe up anything (such as ketchup, wine, oils, etc) that falls on the boards, you can be confident in the protection these boards provide. Choosing a low-maintenance synthetic material also means an end to the worry about the maladies that wood decking suffer such as splitting, splintering, cupping, rotting, and decay from insects or mold. That’s a lot of peace of mind in addition to a lot more time that can be spent relaxing.
Nashville TimberTech Deck Builder
There are many great low-maintenance decking manufacturers including TimberTech, AZEK and Trex, just to name a few. Here at Archadeck of Nashville however, we recommend TimberTech composite decking for our custom deck designs and if you are interested in a solid PVC product we recommend AZEK decking. The reason we most often choose TimberTech is for the depth and strength of their product line and their strong reputation as a leader in the composite decking field.
TimberTech by AZEK building products’ traditional and capped composite decking is more durable and long-lasting than traditional wood. This allows you confidence in knowing the color and texture of your Nashville, TN, TimberTech deck will last for years to come.
TimberTech decking offers six collections, so there is a large menu of colors and styles to fit any taste or budget!
TimberTech Terrain Collection
Formerly known as the Earthwood Evolutions collection, Terrain features earthy, adaptable tones that embody the spirit of the outdoors.
TimberTech Legacy Collection
With unique color variations within each board, the Legacy Collection emulates the natural texture and integrity of authentic wood grain.
TimberTech Tropical Collection
This collection emulates the resort feel and fond memories of all those great vacation destinations you’ve visited! Multi-color streaking and exotic wood grains complement rich, saturated tones, inviting you to relax in your own personal paradise just outside your back door.
TimberTech Reliaboard Collection
Perfect for the value-conscious consumer, ReliaBoard offers the benefits of low-maintenance, wood composite decking at a price tag that’s easy on the wallet!
TimberTech Twin Finish Collection
These composite decking boards are great for use near water because it features a VertiGrain slip-resistant surface.
TimberTech Docksider Collection
Another favorite for water-side outdoor living spaces. This composite decking stands up to the elements and is tough enough to resist damage from Mother Nature. This decking is great for commercial use, or those seeking durable decking in heavy-use spaces.
Design versatility is another huge advantage of synthetic decking. For instance, TimberTech decking can be bent and molded for stunning curved picture framing, winding inlays, and intricate patterns and designs throughout your deck. This decking also doubles as porch flooring in cases where you want to continue the flow from a deck-to-porch space, or in cases where you seek lower maintenance requirements.
Low-maintenance decking suppliers like TimberTech provide extensive warranties, such as a 30-year Fade & Stain and 25-year Limited Warranties based on which collection you choose. Having the added bonus of a warranty adds peace of mind to your outdoor living investment.
The first and most important thing to do is to choose a company with a lot of experience working with synthetic decking. This is important for more than one reason. First, if someone has worked with a lot of different boards and colors, they can really help match what you’re looking for with the correct product to meet your needs. It’s also important to use a deck builder that’s experienced working with various brands because some of the warranties can be voided if the materials are not built using particular methods. An experienced builder like Archadeck of Nashville will make sure these and any other requirements are met.
If you are thinking about a low-maintenance deck addition, or redecking project, contact us today to learn more at (615) 547-2333 or send us an email at [email protected].
If you’re intrigued by the title of this story, chances are that you’re considering the addition of an outdoor room to your home. You may have heard the various types of terminology that describe different outdoor rooms, such as a three or four season room, screened porch or sunroom. We realize as a homeowner, It is often hard to decipher what the differences are between the various choices. Screened porches, 3-season, 4-season rooms and sunrooms are very popular in the Nashville area. Archadeck of Nashville is here to ease your mind by clarifying the differences and make choosing the right outdoor room easy!
Typically, outdoor rooms can be classified in four different ways — all of which are composed of a roofed structure.
Nashville Screened Porches
Screened porches consist of a covered porch made up of screened openings instead of windows. The screen serves as a barrier from bothersome insects and inclement weather. Having a screen porch will give you the opportunity to have an “outdoor” room without the exposure to the harsh elements. Screened porches are shade structures because they are built under the cover of a roof. They offer that necessary respite from the sun and heat on our warm Tennessee days.
Nashville 3-Season Rooms
Screened porches are sometimes referred to as three season rooms here in Tennessee. These type of porches can be finished with a variety of flooring options such as traditional wood, tongue and groove flooring and low maintenance composites like AZEK, TimberTech, and Trex. The added protection from the screens affords interior finish options that lend an interior room feel to your space. Among the long list of options are beadboard ceilings, electrical packages, sound systems, integrated outdoor fireplaces, TV mounts and much more.
Nashville 4-Season Rooms
Taking the 3-season porch a step further is a 4-season room. A four-season room is similar to a sunroom but is not considered an interior room addition and can be easily closed off when not in use.
— Nashville Eze Breeze Porch
Archadeck of Nashville uses the EZE Breeze convertible porch system on our 4-season rooms. This innovative sliding panel system enables you to turn your screened porch into a 4 -season room to better utilize the area for more time throughout the year. It works by allowing you to control the amount of screen you leave exposed, from half screen and half sliding panel, to closing the panels completely and creating a room with the feel of a sunroom without the extra installations required to have a sunroom. By pairing this enclosure system with a space heater you can make use of the screened porch beyond the typical Nashville outdoor living season, even through the winter months!
A sunroom is a room addition. A sunroom is attached to the home and has insulation as well as heating and air conditioning. While many homeowners think they want a sunroom, given the price tradeoff and the temperature protection a multi-season room provides, often a 3-season or 4-season porch is a much better bet. Here in TN, our winters are mild. Compare the cost of a space heater for a multi-season room to the cost of insulation and installing HVAC to a room.
— Sunroom and patio combination space
Sunrooms are more complicated to build because they require the same construction fundamentals that an interior addition requires. A sunroom addition does open up a greater realm of interior finishing choices that you cannot get with other outdoor living structures. The materials include ceramic tile, hardwoods, wooden detailing and moldings, and more. Since the use of sheetrock comes into play with a sunroom, you can use paint, faux finishes, wainscoting, and even wallpaper to show off your personal style. The possibilities are endless. A sunroom will often have a dual entry from the interior of your home as well as the exterior via a patio or porch to offer you the ultimate in convenience for indoor/outdoor entertaining.
One common misconception is that all-glass windows are required to have a bright and sunny room. As long as your porch or season-room has wide openings and is positioned well to the direction of the sun, you can essentially have as bright and airy of a room as you desire.
Choosing an outdoor room design that is the best fit for your home’s architecture, your desired function, and your budget is important. This is why consulting with a experienced outdoor room builder is crucial. Archadeck of Nashville has been designing and building custom outdoor rooms for homeowners all over the Nashville area for many years.
If you are thinking about the addition of an outdoor room, or other unique outdoor living space, contact us today to learn more at (615) 547-2333 or send us an email at [email protected].
Archadeck of Nashville is part of Archadeck Outdoor Living, North America’s leading designer and builder of outdoor living spaces. Together, locally owned and operated Archadeck locations throughout the United States and Canada have built over 100,000 projects worldwide. Our competitive edge is our approach to design, with local teams of Design Consultants and skilled construction crews specializing in creating custom projects for our clients’ outdoor living spaces.
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At Archadeck, we look at our construction crews as a partnership. We want to help you grow your business. Your success is our success. We are invested in your growth and your future. Join our team so we may help you grow your business.
We offer competitive pay and consistent, year-round work in a team atmosphere. We handle all of the selling as well as the job design. We provide you with blueprints prior to the job starting. We handle material ordering. Our construction superintendents are frequently on site to resolve any questions as they arise. We pay you as key milestones are completed. Our successful crews do 90% of their work for us and have worked for us for a long time.
To qualify as a crew for us, you need to have your own company set up, and you must carry both workers compensation and general liability insurance. You must have knowledgeable, skilled, experienced people working for you. You must have the standard tools and reliable transportation necessary to do this type of work. We value consistency, reliability and, most of all, quality work. Our customers expect their projects to be built correctly and timely, and we expect our crews to deliver on those expectations.
Note that our construction crews are not employees of Archadeck. They are independent subcontractors who own and run their own businesses. They are free to do work for others in addition to the work they do for us. They manage their own time (as long as they meet the expectations of our customers), and are responsible for their own employees and tools, etc. Any income paid to our sub-contractors will be reported on form 1099 at the end of the year, and they are responsible for paying the related taxes.
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We design and construct high quality, award-winning residential projects you will be proud of. And we’re growing. We seek professionals with established expertise in residential design and the ability to identify customer’s requirements and design and sell our custom building solutions. Previous sales experience is a plus, but strong interpersonal communication skills are required, as are excellent customer service skills and a strong work ethic and ability to follow our documented processes. We provide employees with training in our consultation process, in quality construction techniques and products, and in our design software. Compensation consists of a competitive base and uncapped commission schedule.
Do you yearn to spend time with friends and family on your screened porch this winter? Too often it is assumed screened porches can’t be used into the winter months…not so! Imagine coming home from an afternoon of shopping, a long day of work or an evening tour of the Nashville holiday lights to a cozy outdoor room. With the incorporation of a custom outdoor fire feature, your screened porch or 3-season room can magically morph into your own cozy lodge.
As the old saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention, Nashville homeowner’s need to be able to enjoy their outdoor living spaces year-round. When it comes to a screened porch or an Eze-Breeze porch, incorporating an outdoor fireplace into the design turns your porch into a true outdoor room that is an extension of your indoor space. This combination will also add lots of value to your home.
A fireplace brings instant atmosphere to a porch and is the perfect spot to enjoy marshmallows and hot chocolate with the kids or a romantic outdoor dinner for two. Adding a fireplace as part of your porch build is also a terrific way to inject ambiance and real warmth into your porch. Whether it’s wood burning or gas, you can enjoy the cooler months with the allure of the flicker of flames and the warmth it provides.
Do you want a gas fireplace or wood burning for your Nashville outdoor fireplace?
One important consideration when integrating an outdoor fireplace into your screened porch design is whether you want a gas fireplace or a wood burning fireplace. Both are available in a wide range of designs, styles, and shapes, and both can be customized to fit your needs. Each has some benefits and drawbacks.
Classic wood burning fireplaces have a distinct charm that cannot be replicated by modern technology, but gas burning fireplaces are clean-burning making them much easier to maintain and can be just as beautiful to look at. Taking the gas fireplace a step farther is the ventless gas fireplace. Ventless offers the perfect combination of easy installation, warmth, and ambiance. Since they don’t require a flue or chimney stack they more economical than wood burning. There is no need to chop wood to start a fire. You can light it with the flick of a switch– or even by touching a button on your remote control. Almost instantly you can turn a chilly porch into a warm and welcoming outdoor retreat!
When planning the inclusion of an outdoor fireplace in your screened porch or Eze-Breeze porch design there are a few considerations to keep in mind. A traditional masonry fireplace built from scratch is stunning but can be quite pricey. The basis behind the expense comes in the need to add a full foundation to your porch. And, depending on how high off grade it is can really dip into your wallet. Another factor is the chimney stack. In order to comply with wood fireplace building codes and for the sake of safety, the chimney stack must exceed the height of the roof. Expenses can add up quickly based on the individual characteristics of your roof line. Not only does the chimney stack have to be a specific distance from the roof itself, it must also be a specific distance from each side of your structure.
Whether you choose a wood-burning or gas fireplace, the rest of the design options are up to you. You can choose your veneer, whether you have a hearth, and choose if you want a TV mounted above the fireplace. The great thing about working with a custom builder like Archadeck of Nashville is we will design each component of your new outdoor space to suit your taste and budget.
With a myriad of outdoor fireplace choices, the key to getting the fireplace you really want in the location you desire is to build it when you start your outdoor structure. Waiting until your space is completed will make the addition quite prohibitive. If you feel like adding a fireplace at the time of your structure’s construction would be biting off more than you can chew then we can phase your project for you. Talk with us about where the fireplace is going and this way we can take some steps in advance such as reinforced foundation, running of gas lines, etc. for a future addition. Archadeck of Nashville can build the framing and foundation in anticipation of the addition of your fireplace at a later date so we are not ripping out framing to install your fireplace as an afterthought. This way the stage is set when your lifestyle and budget allows the addition.
Regardless of whether a fireplace is a feature that you enjoy alone, with a partner or among a group of friends, you will never regret incorporating one into your porch. When you make the investment in building a screened porch or convertible outdoor room you owe it to yourself to create a retreat you can use and enjoy year round!
Contact us today to learn more at (615) 547-2333 or send us an email at [email protected].
At Archadeck of Nashville, every job we do is completely unique to each home and to each owner’s tastes and preferences. When it comes to determining the roof style for your porch, screened porch, Eze-Breeze porch or sunroom addition, many factors come into play.
When we sit down to design your roofed addition, we take more into consideration than just how that type of roof will work in unison with your home. There are more elements than just aesthetics when deciding which style of roof is best for your individual circumstances. There is no one style fits all when it comes to choosing the right roof for your project.
Two of the key components we take into consideration include your back-of-home configuration and the roof style(s) that already exist on your home. In a two-story home, the second story window configuration will often limit your roof style options. If there are many second story windows, we don’t want to obstruct those windows so we will use a roof style that accomplishes that objective. Your home may have one roof line or it may likely have multiple roof lines. We will often match the existing roof styles of the home, but not always. Existing roof lines, dormers, windows, skylights and bump out areas such as bay windows are also some of the factors we consider.
Most common roof styles
The three most common roof styles are gable, hip and shed. Each roof style has benefits and drawbacks. For example, the shed roof style is attached at the house and gently slopes down creating an elegant but more simplified design. The benefits is that shed roofs are usually not as complex as a gable or hip roof, and are sometimes the most economical to build. Here are the most common roof styles for your new roofed addition.
A hip roof has 3 or more sides that all slope downward from a common point.
A gable roof is the most popular. It looks like a triangle with two sides sloping down from a center line.
A shed roof is a flat roof that slopes downward in one direction from the home.
A gable roof is shaped like a triangle. To be more specific, a gable is a roof sloping downward from a central ridge that forms a gable on each end.
A good deal of light enters an addition when the gable (or triangle end) is open. The use of a gable roof overcomes the issue of loss of light that is often a source of concern for homeowners when considering a porch or outdoor room addition. A gable roof style creates an open and airy effect and often lends itself to the use of higher, vaulted or cathedral ceiling heights which naturally enable more natural light to flow within the space.
A hip roof shape has a high point in the middle and slopes downward in three or more directions from that high point. A hip (or hipped) roof essentially creates the shape of a pyramid. It is the most complex from a construction standpoint and may cost more than a different, simpler roof shape.This roof style is very popular with more modern homes. This roof shape is aesthetically pleasing to the eye, especially from the inside. The geometric complexity adds more visual interest than a more traditional shape.
It’s OK to mix and match rooflines.
When you think about roof shapes, you probably automatically envision a gable or hip roof, especially in Nashville as these are the most commonly seen on Tennessee homes. The truth is, in some circumstances a gable or hip roof is not an option for your outdoor living addition. A shed roof may be the best choice instead. The diagrams below that help illustrate the use of a shed roof in conjunction with a gable or hip roof:
Shed roof attached to hip roofs:
Shed roof attached to gable roofs:
Shed roofs are less complex and work well with a tie-in to one-story home needing a low roof connection. Having architectural elements and upstairs windows that won’t allow a roof or certain roofs and those that cover or cause view obstructions also make great candidates for shed roofs. Shed roofs are a viable option where the situation calls for a roof style that will not intrude on structural or design elements.
— This Nashville open porch uses a shed roof tied into the existing home’s hip roof as part of the design.
Making the connection
Another important determination is where to attach your new sunroom or porch to your existing home. This can be achieved through a roof tie-in or a sidewall connection. Indeed in most situations, a roof-tie in connection is more expensive than a sidewall connection. Roof tie-in connections require greater experience and expertise to make the connection structurally sound and watertight.
A cricket is more than an insect
In some cases, it is necessary to add crickets when tying two rooflines together. Crickets, spelled just like the chirping insect that sings us to sleep on summer nights, is an angled-roof structure designed to divert water on a roof. Crickets ensure water is diverted away from the roof of a structure to the ground.
Choosing the right roof is more important than you may think. Outdoor living areas and outdoor room additions have become a highly desired feature among home buyers because of the way they enhance entertaining opportunities and based on their aesthetic appeal. This is just one of the ways in which Archadeck of Nashville brings value to the homeowner. Our expertly designed and built structures will add value, beauty and enjoyment to your home.
Contact us today to learn more at (615) 547-2333 or send us an email at [email protected].