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Quite often, when Nashville homeowners are planning a deck addition for their home, one of the most important preliminary decisions they need to make is just how big their deck design should be. The size of the structure is based upon a few factors, this includes the budget you have in place, the amount of available space you have to build and the anticipated uses for the deck. For homeowners where available space is not an issue, we here at Archadeck of Nashville are seeing an increase in requests for larger, multi-level structures that provide more of an outdoor room feel than the traditional, 10 × 12 builder-grade decks.
In recent years, the concept of nurturing the outdoor room feel in outdoor living spaces has grown in popularity in conjunction with the increased trend of families opting for staycations. The creature comforts of home beckon us to spend as much time enjoying our homes and property as possible, and a spacious outdoor living structure with zones (areas) similar to those inside a house will provide ample opportunities to do so. Besides, exactly how much living can we really do outside without areas for dining, sitting or socializing and of course preparing and cooking food?
When it comes to the traditional, builder-grade deck, we are seeing the evolution of the deck turn to more space and more versatility. The 200-square-foot deck is increasingly looking like a relic of the past as more homeowners push for more outdoor living space, and remodelers and builders are lining up to accommodate them. Archadeck of Nashville understands the desire to gain more value from your homes and property. That’s why we custom design each detail of our decks to cater to the individual functions our clients crave.
Here are 5 suggestions to help with planning the best use of space for your new deck:
1) Think in layers – to get the most style and versatility for your new deck. A simple platform just won’t do. A larger deck adds more functionality. Factor in the concept of a layered design that may include multiple levels, staircases, built-in seating, lighting and other amenities, to add options for variable uses.
2) Move the eye along – Amenities such as integrated seating and planter boxes along the perimeter will create a focal point that draws your eye. As will the addition of a picture framed deck border. For drawing the eye upwards and extending functionality, you may consider adding a pergola to your deck.
3) Proportion matters – Plan your deck or other outdoor structure to seamlessly blend with the size as well as the style of your home. A 1,800-square-foot deck on the back of a 2,000-square-foot home is probably too big to “go” with the scale of the house. In the same token, a tiny deck on a large home looks out of place (and lost), as well!
4) Consider your view – Try to visualize your ideal deck space in a way that enables an unobstructed view. For example; if the upper tier of a two-story deck is right over the lower one, take special care with the placement of the posts so they’re not too close to doors and windows, where they can block the view and path to the yard. Also, consider the type of rail that will enable endless views into the backyard or landscape. Always consider how any outdoor addition will affect your perception from within the home looking out.
5) Leave enough room – Even a big deck can run out of room. Take for example if your deck design includes a hot tub. A typical 7-by-7-foot spa takes up at least a 10-by-10-foot space so there’s enough room around it for a railing, a privacy screen or a path for use and maintenance access in the event of scheduled maintenance or repairs on your spa or hot tub.
It is also important to plan for your outdoor furnishings. As a general rule of thumb, a standard outdoor dining table encompasses an area 6 feet long and 42 inches wide. Each chair will add an additional two feet to this. Ample pull-out room for each chair will add another two feet per chair. This adds up to a space that takes up a 12′ x 12′ area. In addition to dining tables, most homeowners want a place for seating as well, which will take up additional space.
Here at Archadeck of Nashville, we realize that when it comes to designing the right outdoor living space, size does matter. We also know that your lifestyle and personal tastes play a huge role in figuring out just how big your anticipated deck should be. If you are looking for a deck that delivers layers of extended function, or a deck with that outdoor room feel — then, most definitely, bigger is better!
Ready to get started on your dream deck? Let Archadeck of Nashville help! Contact us today to learn more by calling the number shown to the right, or send us an email at [email protected]
Looking to add a deluxe outdoor living space at home to rival your favorite resort? Love to entertain outdoors? Want to give the Joneses somebody else to keep up with?
At Archadeck of Nashville, we combine your favorite outdoor living structures in a way that can turn your back yard into a private, relaxing getaway spot. We create the perfect blend of custom deck-and-patio, porch-and-deck or porch-and-patio designs with the amenities you need to entertain in style and comfort. We balance the need for shade with the desire to have an outdoor living space that’s open to the sky.
Nashville-area homeowners have sophisticated tastes when it comes to relaxing and entertaining outdoors. A deck, no matter how elaborate, just doesn’t seem like enough sometimes. A patio is wonderful until a pop-up rain shower appears. A screened porch gives you a roof overhead and keeps the insects at bay, but if it’s your only outdoor structure it can feel confining.
What if you love sunshine AND shade? Homeowners who want the best of all worlds are combining two or more outdoor structures to achieve optimum functionality in their outdoor living spaces. Add ceiling fans, outdoor lighting, radiant infrared heaters—whatever creature comforts you want to enhance the time you spend outdoors.
When you travel, your favorite destination is one that anticipates your every need. Let’s create that at your home! What combination of structures could we custom design for you to create a space outdoors where you have everything you desire within reach? That’s a deluxe outdoor living combination, limited only by your imagination. Love cooking and dining outdoors? We’ll design the outdoor kitchen of your dreams. Considering an outdoor fireplace or fire pit? We can integrate either of those into your new paver patio and hardscapes design.
When you meet with your Archadeck design consultant, everything is on the table. We’ll go over the possibilities and help you determine what outdoor structures we can combine at your home to meet the full range of your needs. Let’s bring the indoors outdoors!
Our most popular combination designs are covered porches paired with a deck or patio. Covered patios that segue into an open patio are extremely popular, too, especially poolside. And when your screened porch leads to a deck or open patio—or both!—you can enjoy dining outdoors no matter what surprises the weather brings.
Never underestimate the importance of shade
As Americans become increasingly aware of how the sun’s UV rays can damage our skin, we realize having a covered space outdoors is important. If you have a pool, providing shade for swimmers—and for those who enjoy relaxing near the pool—is extremely important, too.
You won’t need to give up your dreams of a glorious, open-to-the-sky patio or deck to gain shade protection. Our custom designs are not “all shade” or “all sun.” The perfect outdoor living space combination pairs sun with shade to cover all the possibilities. Think about nighttime star gazing. Think about those cool, sunny days in the fall or early spring when nothing feels better than sitting outdoors and soaking up the sun. Our deluxe outdoor combination projects can bring both sun and shade to the party.
Our love affair with the pergola is not winding down. A pergola stands out as a design element helping to define your outdoor living area, but that’s not all. We can design pergolas specifically to provide shade as well. Not all pergolas cast shade! When we meet with you to discuss what needs your outdoor living space must address, we’ll talk about pergolas and how much shade you need. If we include a patio or porch cover (a roof) in your design, your pergola can be purely ornamental. If a pergola is your only shade structure, however, we need to make sure it will provide the shade you need.
For many homeowners, an outdoor kitchen or fire pit is not an afterthought or a “nice to have.” If you love to entertain outdoors, an outdoor kitchen is essential! Our outdoor kitchens can be as simple or as full of features as you would like. Smooth stone countertops for the chef’s workspace? A grill and a smoker side-by-side? Refrigerator, ice maker, warming drawer? Don’t forget a bar area where your guests can enjoy cocktails while watching you prepare their dinner! A covered patio can protect your outdoor kitchen and your big-screen TV. Be sure to devote some open patio space to a gas-burning or wood-burning fire pit for night after night of good times around the fire.
Does the idea of a multifaceted outdoor living space fit the way you want to live outdoors? Let’s do it up right!
Let Archadeck of Nashville design and build that amazing deluxe outdoor space you have always dreamed of. Contact us today to learn more by calling the number shown to the right, or send us an email at [email protected]
Perhaps you are familiar with the Archadeck name. Archadeck of Nashville is a locally-owned and operated deck builder, and porch and patio contractor, with the backing of a trusted national brand. Rather than being a general contractor, who offers building porches, decks, and patios, we specialize in outdoor living spaces.
We love creating a personal rapport with the folks we build for. Our clients are like family to us. While we wish we could be the perfect choice for every prospective client, there are times when Archadeck of Nashville might not be the best choice for your particular outdoor living project. This is not to say that your project is not important to us. As a specialized outdoor living design and build firm, our niche might be just outside the realm of your needs.
Do we build small projects, or perform repair work?
This answer is not a hard yes or no. It really does depend. For instance, if you are looking to replace a couple of decking boards or a porch post, or repair a deck stair, Archadeck of Nashville will likely not be your best choice. However, if you are looking for a new budget-friendly deck, we can accommodate that! While we would love to be able to work with everyone and help them achieve their outdoor living goals, super-small projects and repairs are not what we do best. Archadeck of Nashville will not be your most cost-effective choice for these types of projects, because our process is uniquely thorough. This process applies to every qualified project that we perform – large or small.
The typical Archadeck process includes:
1. Connect – Our prospective clients reach out to us via telephone or email to discuss their outdoor living project. During these initial conversations, we can discern whether we will be the correct fit for your needs. If so, we go to step two!
2. Consult – Every prospective Archadeck of Nashville client will be able to take advantage of our no-obligation outdoor living consultation. During this consultation, we discuss your design needs, and take a look at your current space to determine the type, shape, and size of your project. We discuss products that you might like to use for your project, such as low-maintenance decking, or pavers for your patio.
3. Design– Each qualified consultation will then proceed to a customized design rendering of your new space. This also includes product specifications, and a quote for your project. You are under no obligation to Archadeck of Nashville until we sign your contract!
4. Build – Once we have your design approved and contract signed, we will take care of all permitting requirements, and get you onto our building schedule. Our contractors are the best in the business – experienced in building decks, porches, and patios. They are also experienced with specialty outdoor building materials, such as composite decking and Eze-Breeze porch windows. Each Archadeck of Nashville outdoor living project is backed by the strongest guarantees and warranties in the outdoor building business.
5. Enjoy – This is the best part! At Archadeck of Nashville, we hang our hats on your satisfaction. Our goal is to give you the best space for your enjoyment, and we never tire of seeing our clients’ reactions to their new outdoor living areas!
What if your small outdoor living project or repair work does fit within our capabilities?
If we believe that we can perform your project cost-effectively, we will set up a no-obligation design consultation. Even though you would not be obligated to hire us until you sign your contract, we do require a design retainer if we create a custom design.
Are you considering a new outdoor living design for your Nashville area home? Archadeck of Nashville is ready to help you achieve backyard nirvana, with a space that is customized to your every need. Let’s talk soon!
Let Archadeck of Nashville design and build that amazing outdoor space you have always dreamed of. Contact us today to learn more by calling the number shown to the right, or send us an email at [email protected]
If all other things were equal, wouldn’t you choose the contractor that provides a 100 percent guarantee that your project will be completed? And wouldn’t you choose a locally-owned and operated design-and-build company over one that’s run by folks in some other state? In both cases, Archadeck of Nashville is the company in Nashville to choose.
Every Archadeck of Nashville contract includes a 3rd-party completion guarantee.
We are locally owned in Nashville, and we design and build outdoor living structures throughout the greater Nashville area.
What’s a 3rd-party Completion Guarantee?
No other outdoor living contractor in the Nashville area offers a written completion guarantee. Archadeck of Nashville does. What does that mean? It means when you sign a contract with Archadeck of Nashville, your project is automatically covered by this completion guarantee. If anything were to happen to Archadeck of Nashville, the National Guarantee Corporation would step in to make sure the job was completed by another Archadeck builder. Not just completed, but completed to the agreed-upon specifications of your contract with Archadeck of Nashville.
If you select another builder for your project, and if they go belly-up before it’s completed, you’ll be left high and dry. In this scenario, you don’t even need to assume the builder has bad intentions. They could have the best of intentions but become ill or otherwise incapacitated. They could hit a run of bad luck or have financial troubles and go out of business. Regardless of what might happen to prevent them from completing your job, you would need to start over with another builder. You would lose the money you paid the first contractor.
National Guarantee Corporation is an independent company funded by Archadeck’s entire franchise system. NGC’s sole purpose is to step in to fulfill the obligations of any local Archadeck office, if needed. First, NGC would pay another Archadeck builder to complete your project per your contract with Archadeck of Nashville. Second, NGC would also cover our workmanship and structural warranties for two years. This type of guarantee provides peace of mind, similar to a bond or insurance, but the difference is you don’t pay extra for this protection. It’s not an optional protection you only receive if you “opt in.” The NGC completion guarantee is automatically included with every Archadeck project—at no additional cost.
When You Work with Archadeck, You ARE Buying Local
My name is Russell Henderson, and I live in the Nashville area and support and build in our local communities. I own and operate Archadeck of Nashville. When we say Archadeck of Nashville is locally-owned and operated, that’s exactly what we mean. It’s a simple fact.
Do you prefer to support local businesses? Choose Archadeck of Nashville. Want a builder who is nearby, someone you know where to find if you need to? Here we are! You can’t get any more “local” than Archadeck of Nashville. We’re as local as they come.
Being part of the Archadeck/Outdoor Living Brands franchise system gives us more power to serve you, not less. Archadeck of Nashville has access to resources that other local contractors don’t. If your project is complex and requires the expertise of a qualified engineer, Archadeck headquarters has an engineer we can consult at any point. Our architectural drawings are prepared by professional draftsmen using the latest software. Within our network of Archadeck design consultants, we share best practices and proven innovations with each other. As a local design-and-build firm with access to the resources of a larger corporation, Archadeck of Nashville can serve you in ways that no other local builder can.
Notice we began this article by saying. “If all other things were equal …” Truth be told, all other things are not equal. In addition to being a local company with a completion guarantee and national resources, we stand out with top design skills and high-quality craftsmanship. You can’t go wrong when you have Archadeck of Nashville custom design and build your outdoor living structures.
Let Archadeck of Nashville design and build that outdoor project you’ve been dreaming about. Contact us today to learn more by calling the number shown to the right, or send us an email at [email protected]
Nashville area residents, like those across the country, have been adhering to stay-at-home orders for some time now. For many, that means working and schooling from home. Our lives have become busier at home, and in these times, we might put off planning home improvements. Archadeck of Nashville urges you not to wait when it comes to planning to build your new porch or deck this spring or summer.
Is a new outdoor living design on your home improvement agenda this year? While we understand your hesitation, we also want to let you know that there will be pent-up demand for our services once the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. We have spoken with clients, who are planning a new space but are holding off finalizing their plan. As the saying goes, “The early bird gets the worm,” or in this case the new outdoor living space.
We are here for you now, ready to get your project underway
Archadeck of Nashville is still able to assist you with planning your new outdoor living area. We are currently providing virtual design consultations. We can also review design drawings and contracts with you virtually. As well, since we are outdoor living builders, we can walk the areas outside your home to take measurements and scrutinize your building space either at a safe distance from you or speaking with you virtually. As many of you have begun to telecommute, you can understand the importance of being able to provide your services during this time of uncertainty. The same goes for our sales professionals and designers – we can help you now, and we will!
Why act now?
Even though Archadeck of Nashville is able to build decks, porches, and patios year-round, we do have a busy season. That season is now, typically beginning in March. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we have seen a slower start to our seasonal rush. This means that when restrictions are lifted, we will receive an influx or consultation and design requests. We will only be able to handle so much and implore you to call us to begin sooner if you want to build your space this spring or summer.
While we have had to put many things off – spring breaks were canceled, concerts are being rescheduled, and some summer vacations will not be fulfilled this year. The great news is you do not have to put off improving your life at home! Allow Archadeck of Nashville to create the staycation retreat your family will be able to enjoy every day this summer.
When it comes to construction, timing really is everything. There are many variables, which can affect deadlines. Do not allow your initial hesitation to delay your project’s launch date. Let’s talk soon!
Let Archadeck of Nashville design and build that amazing outdoor project you’ve been putting off. Contact us today to learn more by calling the number shown to the right, or send us an email at [email protected]
In these strange times, as a homeowner spending more time “safer at home,” you may feel pulled in two directions. On one hand, when you’re home more, you’re more likely to feel the desire for a private backyard oasis where you can enjoy the outdoors. On the other hand, you may feel the need to budget more tightly and hang on to your cash.
If that describes you, are you postponing your porch, patio, or deck addition, waiting for better days? Consider a middle ground. When you select Archadeck of Nashville to design and build your new outdoor living space, we have a financing option that might ease your pain. If you’re “stuck,” maybe financing can help you feel “unstuck.”
Financing your backyard deck or porch project could make all the difference if it allows you to move forward during this time of uncertainty. We all need a backyard escape, now more than ever. Have you had to cancel your spring vacation? Wouldn’t it be great to have the ideal outdoor living space in your own back yard, the perfect location for your summer “staycation”?
Maybe you’re thinking more about hardscapes right now! With financing, perhaps you and your family could be enjoying a new patio and outdoor kitchen combination by Archadeck of Nashville as soon as this summer.
More Than One Financing Option for Your Screened Porch Gives You Flexibility
It’s likely that one of our financing options can help turn your outdoor living dreams into reality. Most of our clients who choose to finance are interested in the option that charges no interest if your loan is paid in full within 12 months. That’s not the only option, however, so give us a call if you want to learn more about financing your project, no matter the circumstances. For additional information, you can also read our blog post, “5 Great Reasons to Consider Financing Your Outdoor Renovation Project.”
Archadeck is Focused on Keeping Our Clients and Our Team Healthy
As we all work hard to minimize the spread of COVID-19, we are taking whatever steps necessary to provide the best client service possible. At Archadeck of Nashville, we are complying with the social distancing mandate currently in force. We are using technology like video conferencing and e-signatures to make it work, and we invite you to experience our virtual design consultation.
Let Archadeck of Nashville design and build that amazing outdoor project you’ve been putting off. Contact us today to learn more by calling the number shown to the right, or send us an email at [email protected]
From start to finish, Archadeck of Nashville can design and build your new outdoor living project without breaching our area’s social distancing mandate. We’ve been using virtual presentations and electronic signatures for years. Working with these technologies is not new to us, and we can make them work for you, too.
While many companies are trying to wrap their minds around how to work with clients and provide customer service virtually, we are way ahead. Archadeck of Nashville has embraced teleconferencing and e-signatures for quite some time, primarily because many of our clients appreciate the convenience.
If you have a specific video conferencing platform that you prefer to use—for example, Skype, Google Hangouts, or Zoom—we can use that. If you’re not familiar with the technology, don’t worry, we can walk you through it. It’s important to us that you are comfortable with the process, so we will help you get there.
There is no need to wait until the COVID-19 situation has passed and life is back to “normal.” Archadeck of Nashville is open for business now. Professional construction and design activities are not curtailed by the “Safer at Home” order issued for our area.
We want you to know that we have the ability to carry out every step in Archadeck’s meticulous design-and-build process without face-to-face contact. You and your outdoor project will not be short-changed in the process. We can still talk about materials and design choices for your project. Together we can view examples of our prior projects featuring the specific options that interest you. Your project will still be custom designed to fit your home and fulfill your needs. Your new outdoor living structure(s) will still reflect the top-notch craftsmanship for which Archadeck is known.
After speaking with you by phone or video conferencing, we can drive to your home, take measurements and photograph the site for your project. We don’t need to enter your home. If you would like to speak with us in person, however, we can do that outdoors while keeping a safe distance between us. You can also stay inside and watch us through the window as we measure your project site and take the necessary photos.
This is the Time to Create the Perfect Paver Patio for Your Enjoyment!
Hardscapes seem very appealing right now, don’t they? Does your family need a private backyard area designed specifically to enhance your enjoyment of the outdoors? Think of the ways you could enjoy a new patio, a bigger and better patio, or a patio with an outdoor kitchen and fire pit. Then, let’s embellish that beautiful patio with seating walls, a pergola for partial shade, or a patio cover for total shade this summer.
Unlike interior remodeling projects you may have planned—like painting, new flooring, etc.—a new outdoor living space won’t require you to let anyone into your home. Our construction crew will remain outside and won’t need to have contact with you or your family. While it may seem daunting, don’t worry! We can make the process seamless and POOF! In no time at all, your family could have a new backyard setting to enjoy this season—and for years beyond.
If you have any concerns about working with an outdoor builder at this time, please let us know. We would like to address your concerns and alleviate your fears, if you have any, about a design-and-build process that includes “virtual” interactions. Here’s what will not be virtual: our crew working in your yard!
Let Archadeck of Nashville design and build that amazing outdoor project you’ve been wanting. Contact us today to learn more about our virtual design consultation by calling the number shown to the right, or send us an email at [email protected]
Homeowners looking to add a paver patio prior to selling a home are the ones most likely to inquire about their potential return on investment. At Archadeck of Nashville, we do hear questions like this one fairly often. In our experience, you can’t put your finger on a definitive answer because there are too many variables and the housing market can be unpredictable. We’ve gathered some information you may find helpful in estimating your paver patio return on investment.
Meanwhile, homeowners who plan to stay in their home for the foreseeable future may not be quite as concerned about their paver patio resale value. Knowing the potential ROI, however, can help you feel validated about the money you spend on a patio addition. It’s certainly nice to know you’re likely to recoup a portion of those costs later.
What Goes Into Paver Patio Return on Investment?
First, we want to establish that there is more than one way to see a return on your investment in a Nashville paver patio. The typical ROI is expressed as a percentage of what you are paying to add a new paver patio to your home. Different surveys or studies will arrive at different percentages, and those will vary by location.
One such report was produced by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP). This survey-based report, 2018 Remodeling Impact Report: Outdoor Features, found the estimated ROI for a paver patio addition was 69%. The patio considered for this survey was an 18-foot-by-16-foot concrete paver patio.
There’s another way to express your return on investment when adding a paver patio: how much pleasure and enjoyment the new patio gives you. Evenings spent on the patio, under the stars, with subtle outdoor lighting for ambiance … you see the value in that. How do you monetize that value—or do you really need to? Cooking on the grill and entertaining friends outdoors … if that’s how you enjoy life, do you even express paver patio ROI in monetary terms?
When Paver Patio Resale Value is Your Priority
We understand homeowners investing in a patio addition want to know what they can expect to recover on the cost of the patio if they choose to sell their home. Don’t automatically assume that the more you spend, the more you’ll recoup later. While it would seem to be a logical expectation, it doesn’t always turn out that way.
HGTV.com published an article, Maximum Value Outdoor Living Projects: Patio, that revealed some eye-opening information. According to the president of the Appraisal Institute, patios that bring the greatest return on investment are those that look original to the home. They didn’t mean the patios holding the most value looked old or worn out. Rather, the point was that these patios, though new, seemed to have been in place since the homes were first built. They were designed to complement the homes and were proportionate to the homes and properties.
What does that mean to you, the homeowner considering a new paver patio addition? According to this article, it means if you add an extravagant, over-the-top patio to a modest home, you won’t recover a proportionate amount of the cost.
What Does Paver Patio ROI Mean to You?
If you are primarily concerned with the dollar value a paver patio addition will bring when you sell your home, be sure to let us know that. When you meet with your Archadeck of Nashville design consultant, we will work with you to keep the new patio proportionate to your home. We can help you choose the best pavers to keep those costs in line, too.
On the other hand, if your primary concern is enjoying that new patio, we encourage you to add a patio that you can enjoy to the hilt. Patios provide the perfect setting for parties of all sizes; just add lighting, music and food! Graduation parties, retirement parties, and last-weekend-before-school parties—all of these gatherings are more fun outdoors on a patio.
Do Paver Patios Add Value to a Home?
Yes, they do, in more ways than one. Consider this additional information from the 2018 report by the National Association of Realtors and National Association of Landscape Professionals, mentioned above. They found that 84% of homeowners surveyed said they “have a greater desire to be home since completing the [paver patio] project. 83% have an increased sense of enjoyment when they are at home, and 77% feel a major sense of accomplishment when they think of the project.”
Each of those measurements expresses a form of value or return on investment. Sometimes value is about joy rather than finances. The survey behind this report also asked homeowners to assign a score to the joy their new paver patio brought them. The overall “Joy Score” after adding a paver patio in this report ranked 9.7 out of 10. That says a lot about return on investment. The enjoyment you and your family get from a new patio is something you cannot put a price on.
At Archadeck of Nashville, many of our clients have told us that patios—and other hardscape additions—have enhanced their lifestyles immensely.
Contact us today to schedule your hardscape design consultation. You can reach us by phone at the number to the right or send us an email at [email protected] or fill out the form above and we will get in touch with you very shortly.
As with all outdoor living structures, there is a right way and a wrong way to design and build paver patios and hardscapes. When a patio is installed correctly, according to the best patio quality standards, you won’t have problems with it. When a patio is not designed and built correctly, you’re likely to see drainage issues, uneven or sinking pavers, and weeds growing up between pavers. You can trust Archadeck of Nashville to know the difference between the right way and the wrong way to design and install your patio.
Which Patio Would You Rather Have?
We’re guessing you would rather have a beautiful patio with no issues when it comes to quality. That’s a patio you can enjoy. It’s a patio you’ll enjoy sharing with your friends, too, and one you’ll be proud to show off for many years.
Much of the beauty of a successful patio comes from its design. With endless possibilities, your patio’s design can be curved or rectangular or terraced to extend over more than one level. Your Nashville patio design might include amenities like seating walls, planter boxes, or a fire pit or outdoor fireplace. The array of available paver styles means your patio design can feature different color pavers for borders and accents or one solid color as a uniform field.
We love designing with Belgard pavers because of their durability and simple beauty—and because our clients love them, too. Whether you prefer plank pavers, cobblestone styles, herringbone designs or something circular, Belgard gives you plenty to like.
Archadeck of Nashville is your Nashville high-quality paver patio designer. We design each client’s patio to be unique, and our designs are guided by the style of your home and the features of your property. Combine that with our ability to listen as you describe what kind of patio you want and you’ll find we’re the ideal patio designer to build your ideal patio.
Your Nashville High-Quality Paver Patio Installer
In addition to a pleasing design, a patio’s beauty comes from expert construction. Installing hardscapes is not a simple matter. That takes us back to the concept that there’s a right way and a wrong way to build patios. Archadeck of Nashville demonstrates the right way every time we design and build a new patio. Working to meet or exceed the quality standards of the ICPI, we’re knowledgeable about the technical aspects of soil density, base preparation, drainage issues, etc.
Drainage is the key to a successful patio installation, as is the case with any impermeable structure. If your property has unresolved drainage issues, we’ll talk with you about your options to address them prior to a patio installation.
If you’re wondering how we know so much about patios that have been installed the wrong way, it’s from our work replacing poorly-built patios. Some of our clients became our clients when they had problems with a patio that wasn’t installed properly—by another builder, of course. What is your best option in that situation? If your patio builder isn’t up to speed with ICPI quality standards, do you want to call them back and give them a second chance? Not likely. When the question is “Why Should You Use a Professional Patio Builder to Build Your New Nashville Patio?” … our answer is, “Why wouldn’t you?”
Contact us today to schedule your custom patio and hardscape design consultation. You can learn more by calling the number shown to the right, or send us an email at [email protected]
Here in the Nashville area, we love our sunshine . . . and we love our shade! If your patio or deck gets too hot, how are you going to enjoy it? By adding a pergola with a Polygal cover, that’s how! Rain showers? No problem! The Polygal cover also keeps you from having to cancel your outdoor plans when rain showers creep in.
Pergolas are crazy popular for two main reasons. As a decorative element, they make a dramatic design statement over a deck or patio, and they provide some degree of shade. The amount of shade you’ll get from a pergola depends on the number, size, and angle of the rafters and slats across the top. In addition to its design, a pergola’s shade protection depends on its placement in relation to the sun’s path overhead.
What if there was a more complete way to add shade to your outdoor living space and to stay dry, too? There is—a pergola with a Polygal cover designed and installed by Archadeck of Nashville.
What Nashville Homeowners Need to Know About Polygal Pergola Covers
Polygal is the brand name for transparent or translucent multi-wall polycarbonate sheets. It’s plastic, and a sheet of this special plastic overhead can make the difference between enjoying your outdoor living space or having to stay indoors. When excess heat, burning UV rays, or rain put a damper on your ability to relax outdoors, it’s time to call Archadeck for protection.
Archadeck of Nashville is your Polygal expert in addition to being the area’s premier designer and builder of decks and patios. If too much sun is an issue in your yard, a covered pergola will definitely increase your enjoyment of your outdoor living space. Let’s talk about that when you meet with your Archadeck design consultant to plan your new deck or patio. If you have shade and rain protection in mind, we can include that in your deck or patio design. We can also design and add a covered pergola to your existing outdoor living space.
What the Variety of Polygal Options Means for You
Polygal is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. It comes in different colors, styles, layers, and thicknesses for a reason. A transparent pergola cover will barely be noticeable, will let in more light, and can keep you dry when it rains. A bronze-tinted Polygal pergola cover will provide more shade and can actually reduce the temperature within the area it covers. Those are just two of the many possibilities.
Your Archadeck of Nashville design consultant can walk you through the variations of Polygal to determine which is right for your needs. For example, different colors and degrees of transparency will provide more—or less—shade for your patio or deck. We’ll determine the color and level of transparency that will provide the amount of shade and light you want. Some will block UV rays and/or heat. All of them block rain, so there’ll be no reason to cancel your cookout because of showers! We recommend adding a Polygal cover to a pergola because they make your outdoor space so much more usable.
One More Benefit of a Polygal Cover for Your Pergola
If we haven’t gotten your attention yet, this may: a Polygal cover is considerably more cost-effective than adding a roof over your deck or patio. Roof tie-ins can be difficult and add more expense to your shade solution than a sheet of layered, multi-wall plastic will. A covered pergola also eliminates the need to work around second-story windows as we would have to when adding a roof structure.
Let Archadeck of Nashville design the sun/heat/rain protection you need into your outdoor living project. Contact us today to learn more by calling the number shown to the right, or send us an email at [email protected]
Are you looking to update your aging deck to improve its aesthetics and bring it into the 21st century? Consider another update that could be even more important: structural improvements to bring your deck up to code. Archadeck of Nashville is the deck builder with the design skills, experience, and building code knowledge to do the job correctly.
We receive a good many requests from Nashville-area homeowners looking to bring their existing deck to code. This is important for many reasons. Whether you view it as updating your deck’s design along with structural updates, or vice versa, the two go hand-in-hand.
Top 3 Reasons To Have Your Aging Deck Brought Up To Code
Your safety and that of your family and friends. An older deck may have deteriorated in hidden areas and developed structural issues you’re unaware of. In addition to being concerned for the health and well-being of family and guests, you should consider liability issues.
Paving the way for listing your home for sale. If you decide to sell your home, it’s likely your older deck will need to be brought up to code prior to listing. That’s a good reason to update structural elements while updating your deck’s style.
In preparation for redecking. Before we can update your deck’s aesthetics with new surface boards, we must ensure the support structure is up to the current building code. This will be even more important if you select low-maintenance composites or synthetic/PVC boards for redecking. First, wood-alternative decking boards, heavier than the original wood decking, usually require additional support. Second, the manufacturer’s warranty on new composite/synthetic decking will not be valid if your deck’s substructure isn’t up to current code.
Why Older Decks May Be At Risk
Building codes for decks and other outdoor living structures can vary from one town, city, or county to the next. One thing’s for sure: building codes have been strengthened over the last 15-20 years. As some older decks have collapsed or railings have fallen away, homeowners have become more aware of the dangers that may be lurking. It’s possible your aging deck was not even up to code when first built. Depending on its age, it’s likely that even if your deck originally met code, it no longer does.
Issues Addressed When Bringing Your Nashville-Area Deck Up To Code
Potential structural issues are too numerous to list here. Consider a handful of the many issues we look for when inspecting your deck for recommended or required structural updates:
Balusters (pickets) spaced too far apart. Requirements have changed over the years.
Inadequate ledger flashing. Moisture here will cause wood to rot in places you cannot see.
Unsecure ledger. Requirements for attaching deck to house have changed, and materials available have improved with newer technologies.
Footings too shallow. The concrete footings supporting your deck posts may not be sufficient.
Stair handrails unsafe or stairs not supported sufficiently, especially if they have a wide span.
Update Your Deck’s Style, Too!
As you talk with your Archadeck consultant about improving the safety of your deck, consider design changes as well. This is an excellent time for redecking with wood or low-maintenance composites. Redecking projects usually include new stairs and railings. You’ll want your stair surface to match the new deck surface, and it’s an excellent time to update your deck railings and balusters.
Deck railing manufacturers like Deckorators, Fortress, and TimberTech continue to develop new styles that will bring the look of your deck current again. If your deck has wooden rails, posts, and balusters, consider aluminum, iron, or composite railings to freshen that look immensely.
Don’t stop there; consider other design options to refresh your deck. Would a directional change in the stairs improve access? Would you like to update your deck’s traffic flow? How about improving ambiance and safety with deck lighting on posts or railings?
Low-Maintenance Decks Benefit from Updates, Too!
We’re not only talking about updates to a wood deck. Archadeck of Nashville can update the look of your composite or PVC deck as well. If your composite deck is several years old, a new railing system will give it a pleasing new aesthetic.
Adding a new patio to update your outdoor living space? Refresh your deck—wood or composite—so it looks brand new at the same time! Deck and patio combinations are extremely popular and create the perfect combination outdoor living space.
Let Archadeck of Nashville bring your deck up to code, update its style, and perhaps add a patio for the perfect deck-and-patio combination outdoor living space. Contact us today to learn more by calling the number shown to the right, or send us an email at [email protected]
Not every patio builder is certified to install paver patios, and you may be wondering if that matters. Yes, actually, it should matter a great deal to any homeowner who wants to be confident their hardscapes are installed beautifully and correctly! Archadeck of Nashville is certified by the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) to install your pavers with expertise and professionalism.
To sum up why you should call Archadeck of Nashville to design and build your hardscapes:
You won’t find a Nashville deck builder more qualified to build that deck-and-patio combination you’ve been wanting.
You won’t find other certified paver patio designers and installers who have the experience we have building all kinds of outdoor living structures, in combination or separately.
Archadeck is known for designing and building superior quality structures, including hardscapes built with today’s interlocking pavers.
No other paver installer in the Nashville area can offer you The Archadeck Difference, including our experience, professionalism, high-quality building standards, attention to detail, and warranties.
ICPI Certification Sets Archadeck of Nashville Apart
What’s the significance of ICPI certification? First, an ICPI-certified patio designer and builder is an exceptionally-qualified professional with specialized training. ICPI Certified Concrete Paver Installers have passed a written exam. We are well-versed in the industry’s best practices and stay up-to-date as new products become available.
The work of an ICPI-certified builder meets Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute specifications, standards, and construction guidelines. For example, your ICPI Certified Concrete Paver Installer has the technical expertise to prevent patio settlement and reduce seasonal movement of your pavers.
You may meet landscapers who claim to have vast experience installing paver patios and hardscapes. If they’re not ICPI certified, tell them you’re not interested.
Pavers are extremely popular, and paver manufacturers are developing new products and product lines all the time, each more beautiful than the last. Don’t let an unqualified builder ruin your beautiful pavers! At Archadeck of Nashville, we often use high-quality Belgard pavers. We love Belgard for their consistent durability and long-lasting good looks. We do work with other paver brands as well, though, so don’t rule out other brands. When we meet with you for your Archadeck design consultation, we’ll explore which hardscape products best suit your personal needs and budget.
When it comes to designing and building your hardscapes AND your deck, sunroom, porch and/or outdoor kitchen, you definitely want our Archadeck team working for you. No other paver installer or outdoor living builder brings as much skill and expertise to your project.
If you want your back yard to stand out as amazing …
Let Archadeck of Nashville build a high-quality paver patio hardscape for your home so you can have the outdoor living space you’ve been wanting. Contact us today to learn more by calling the number shown to the right, or send us an email at [email protected]
Are your eyes playing tricks on you? Can you really get a custom deck on a budget? YES, it can be done. Archadeck of Nashville is the local deck design-and-build company that can accomplish this feat for you.
If you’re already familiar with Archadeck of Nashville, then you’re probably aware of our reputation for exacting standards and high-quality craftsmanship. We deliver beautiful deck designs with professionalism, clear communication, and respect for your budget. It’s important to us that you know you can get a high-quality deck without breaking the bank.
Archadeck Can Deliver a Quality Deck for Less Than $15,000
Does the prospect of getting a custom deck on a budget appeal to you? At Archadeck of Nashville, we don’t give you an estimate and then reveal the actual cost after we’ve done the work. Nobody likes that kind of surprise. With an Archadeck of Nashville custom deck design, you know what you’re going to get, down to every last detail. We’ll meet with you to learn as much as possible about what you want in a deck, and we’ll draw up plans for that deck. We’ll give you an actual quote, not just an estimate. That quote will be based on several factors, including the materials you have selected. Staying within your budget is as important to us as the actual deck construction.
To illustrate how completely we understand the importance of delivering a quality deck on a budget, we created a gallery featuring our decks under $15,000. There you will see 8 different deck designs that we call our Lifestyle Classics. These are not pre-fabricated decks! We will custom-build the deck you choose, board by board. Archadeck’s engineering and drafting team created these 8 designs specifically for homeowners who are seeking cost-effective decks that don’t compromise on quality, beauty or function.
The materials you select will affect the cost of your deck. To keep these 8 deck designs under $15,000, we build them with pressure-treated wood, the most cost-effective decking material available. We do offer upgrades if you want to select a different decking material. If you’re interested in low-maintenance composite decking, we offer several budget-friendly options that can be added to your design. The decision is yours: a high-quality wood deck for less than $15,000 or a deck that costs more and offers the promise of a low-maintenance lifestyle. Your priorities are our priorities.
Focus on Quality: Archadeck Delivers High-Quality Workmanship on EVERY Deck
At Archadeck of Nashville, we don’t cut corners or lower our standards just because a client requests a budget-friendly deck. We work with the same professionalism and follow the same processes—using the same checklists—no matter how budget-friendly your deck happens to be.
When you contract with us for your new custom deck, you’ll get more than a stack of materials and a couple of guys with tools. You get what we call the Archadeck difference. If you’re wondering why you should choose Archadeck of Nashville for your outdoor living project, consider these factors: experience, professionalism, attention to detail, and warranties. Which of these are more important to you? Guess what—you don’t have to choose one and sacrifice the others. With Archadeck as your deck builder, you’ll get all those qualities—and more—regardless of the cost of your deck.
Let’s focus for a moment on professionalism and what that means to us. It’s more than communicating clearly and returning your phone calls. It means we are licensed and carry the proper insurance, including workers comp. insurance. It means we know the building code and always meet or exceed code specifications. We obtain building permits when they’re required and adhere to requirements for inspections by your local building department. We’re not going to “wing it.”
Is it possible, here in the Nashville area, to get a high-quality, designer outdoor living space without breaking the bank? Yes, it certainly is possible . . . when you work with Archadeck of Nashville. Read our reviews and know that our attention to quality does not decline when a client chooses one of our budget-friendly deck designs.
Let Archadeck of Nashville design and build that amazing outdoor project you’ve been putting off. Contact us today to learn more by calling the number shown to the right, or send us an email at [email protected]
Why hold off on having the deck, screened porch, or patio of your dreams? When you look at the next five years, will you see yourself enjoying the new outdoor living space you’ve been wanting? Or will you see yourself postponing enjoyment, waiting until you can do it without financing … someday?
If you feel you should postpone adding a new outdoor living space until you have the cash in hand to pay for it, you’re not alone. Many homeowners share your reluctance to use financing. Ask yourself this, though: what are you really postponing?
If you need a reason to give yourself permission to consider financing your project, Archadeck of Nashville has 5 of them for you
1. Have it ready when you want it!
If you want to enjoy your new custom deck next spring, that doesn’t mean you should contact us for a quote next spring. By the time spring rolls around, we’re building decks and screened porches for folks who contacted us in the fall and winter. Spring is our busiest season. Every reputable builder will have other jobs on the books. That means there will be lead time before we can start a new project – especially in the spring.
When you see the holidays looming ahead, parked firmly between you and spring, you may think your outdoor living project will just have to wait. Again. Maybe not! Financing will allow you to have that new screened porch or deck-and patio-combination built on a timetable that works for you.
2. Leave your investments where they earn the most.
Use the lending company’s money while your well-invested funds reap stronger returns. Our financing partner, GreenSky, currently offers financing with no interest if you pay in full within 12 months. You would actually save money compared to common alternatives like cashing out investments or using a home equity loan.
3. Make the most of today’s celebrations and milestones.
Holidays. Birthdays. Graduations. Weddings. The big occasions your family celebrates together will be even more special in that new covered patio or patio-and-porch combination you’ve dreamed of. Financing will allow you to plan ahead so you get your project designed and built with time to spare.
4. Make the most of everyday good times with family and friends.
Are you approaching the last of couple years the kids will be living at home? The arrival of your first grandkids? What better time to go ahead and add that outdoor living space you can all enjoy it together? The years are slipping away all too quickly. Financing your project can mean you don’t have to wait years to build it.
5. Treat yourself!
Don’t make yourself wait any longer for that sunroom or 3-season room you’ve been dreaming of. You deserve an outdoor room where you can relax and enjoy just being there. Would a financing option make that a reality for you? Archadeck of Nashville can custom design and build the perfect outdoor room for your needs when you are ready.
Why has Archadeck partnered with GreenSky for financing your project?
GreenSky offers a financing option that could be the solution you need. They currently offer financing with no interest if you pay in full within 12 months. With a plan like this, your project may suddenly be within reach sooner than you imagined.
Let Archadeck of Nashville design and build that amazing outdoor project you’ve been putting off. Contact us today to learn more by calling the number shown to the right, or send us an email at [email protected]
If your newly-built home has an open porch, Archadeck of Nashville wants you to know you may actually have a screened porch that’s halfway done! We specialize in transforming these open porches into screened porches for increased functionality and years of enjoyment.
Have you purchased or looked at new construction for your next (or first) home? If so, you may have encountered this reality: today’s new home builder is going to offer you a covered porch, but they won’t screen it in. Why? Because they don’t have to. Their homes are selling just fine as they are.
That doesn’t mean you have to settle for what the builder provided! Our clients tell us they get a great deal more use out of a porch once it’s screened in. A screened porch not only protects you from sun, rain, and pesky insects, it becomes an outdoor room that you can truly live in. A screened porch, customized to meet your needs, may turn out to be your favorite room of the house.
Making that New Home – and Porch – Your Own
Homeowners find it takes some time to truly make a house “your own.” Indoors, that may mean new paint colors or wallpaper, or adding a special one-of-a-kind tile backsplash in the kitchen. Outside, that may mean expanding a porch, deck, or patio to create a more functional outdoor living space. With a newly-built home, converting a covered porch into a screened porch is one of the most satisfying ways to claim your space.
In a relatively short time, your porch experts at Archadeck of Nashville can turn that half-finished porch into the screened porch you really need. We can often finish these projects in just a couple of days. In many cases, we don’t need to get a builder’s permit because we’re not creating or altering any structural components. (Don’t worry – we’re not one of those companies that tries to side-step the permitting process. If your project requires a permit, we will definitely obtain it.)
Converting a Covered Porch into a Screened Porch
Another reason why this porch transformation may not take as long as other porch projects is because your builder has already done half the work. When the roof, ceiling, and floor are already in place, your new porch may be halfway there!
Of course, there’s more to the process than simply tacking up screens. We’ll need to add more posts, depending on the size of your porch. Whether it’s 10 × 20 or 5 × 20, or bigger, we put in columns every 5 or 6 feet. We work hard to match the columns the builder had in place. We’re very good at matching materials to make your outdoor room look like it was screened in all along. We enjoy building within the aesthetics of the home.
Along with screens, we can also add a knee wall to make it seem more like a real screened room. It is a real screened room, yes, but there is something about a knee wall that makes it feel more defined, more “finished.”
Instead of screens alone, you also have the option to install an Eze-Breeze system that includes windows and screens. With Eze-Breeze, your room crosses over from screened porch to a 3-season room. The windows are made of crystal-clear vinyl panels that slide open (up to 75% out of the way) when you wish to reveal screens. With Eze-Breeze you have the advantage of being able to close the windows fully when there’s a chill in the air. That’s one thing you can’t do with a screened porch, so it’s something to consider!
Wiring Your Screened Porch for Sound … and Heat … and More
Did your covered porch come with a ceiling fan? How else will you stir up breezes on a sultry Nashville night? What about interior light fixtures, and exterior lighting, too? What about heat? We wrote an article recently about creature comforts on your new Nashville porch, and one of the takeaways is our enthusiasm for infrared heaters made by Infratech. These radiant heaters are energy-efficient and safe, and they give off a soft glow. Having infrared heaters on your screened porch is an excellent way to give yourself more porch days each year! They work so much better than traditional space heaters that there’s simply no comparison.
Finally, while you may have an electrical outlet on your porch now, you probably need a few more. You’ll want to plug in your TV, a lamp or two for ambiance, your gaming system, a sound system, and perhaps a refrigerator for refreshments. Think big, especially if you enjoy entertaining. Your new screened porch is going to become everyone’s favorite room.
Making it More Than a Porch …
We can upgrade your porch in other ways, too, in addition to adding screens and a knee wall or the Eze-Breeze system. If you want to create a more complete outdoor space, consider adding an adjacent patio area and a fire pit. A screened porch and patio work together as a set to make your outdoor space even more functional. And a fire pit … we don’t have to tell you how much enjoyment a fire pit adds in your back yard.
If you’ve found the home of your dreams, Archadeck of Nashville can give you the outdoor living space of your dreams! If cash flow is a concern right now, we offer a financing option many clients find helpful. We can schedule your design consultation and talk about the financing arrangements when we meet with you about your porch project.
Let Archadeck of Nashville transform your covered porch into a screened porch for maximum enjoyment. Contact us today to learn more by calling the number shown to the right, or send us an email at [email protected]
To make the most of Nashville’s glorious porch season, all you need are a few creature comforts! And maybe good friends, a good book, or a good movie. While Archadeck of Nashville celebrates porch season all year long, we know temperatures here do get a little cold for a porch in the winter. We have just the solution for you.
Creature Comfort Options and Considerations for Your New Nashville Porch or Screened Porch
Fall is definitely porch season in Nashville. As the air turns crisp, there’s no place like a screened porch to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Unfortunately, perfect porch conditions won’t last once winter’s chill sets in. Will that send you inside to wait for spring? Not necessarily!
Stay “Porch-Warm” with Infrared Heaters
If you haven’t used an infrared heater outdoors porch yet, you are in for a wonderful surprise. You may have heard that space heaters are not very effective on a porch. That’s true for old-school space heaters, but infrared technology is quite different. Instead of warming the air, the infrared heater emits waves that warm anything in their path. That includes you!
This fall, and into the winter, stay cozy and warm on your new Nashville porch with an infrared heater. They’re energy-efficient, safe, and clean. Unlike the harsh light emitted by some other electric heaters, infrared emits only a soft glow and has no odor. Can you tell we’re fans of these amazing radiant energy heaters? The infrared heaters we install for our clients who want more porch days each year are from Infratech.
— Infratech heater on porch.
Infratech heaters make such a difference to your comfort on a porch we recommend them to all of our Nashville porch clients now. This technology will dramatically increase your outdoor living season during the in-between months. If you love your porch time, you will LOVE having a porch with an Infratech infrared heater.
Staying Cozy on Your Nashville Porch this Fall
Picture yourself on a crisp, fall Friday afternoon, working from home on your comfy couch – on the porch! You may have a warm throw and a cup of coffee, but you’ll be able to wiggle your toes in the warmth of your infrared heater. Breeze through your work while listening to leaves rustle and watching the colors of fall take shape.
Any night after a tough day, you’re ready to relax on the porch and let your cares fall away. Why go out? Enjoy the comforts of home on the porch with your girlfriends, some wine, and throw blankets all around. Your infrared heater will make it possible. Unless your friends have infrared heaters on their porches, too, your new porch is destined to be the gathering place of choice.
A weekend night at home with the kids, movie night … on the porch? Yes! Bring the popcorn and everyone’s favorite beverages out to the porch because you’re all going to stay warm and cozy – if your porch is equipped with an infrared heater. Enjoy!
There’s nothing like an outdoor fireplace for ambiance, and that’s true on a porch as well. Whether you are looking to add a screened porch or open porch, we can design the perfect porch and outdoor fireplace combination. Hours spent in front of the fireplace are some of our favorite times, and that goes double when your fireplace is on your porch. Would you prefer a crackling wood fire or hypnotic gas flames in your outdoor fireplace? You decide!
Outdoor TV on Your Screened Porch? Yes!
Have you been wondering if you can have a TV on your screened porch? You can! Watching movies or sports can feel like a special event when you’re outside on the porch. Movies with the family are more fun on the porch! As the air gets chilly this fall, let Archadeck of Nashville design your new screened porch to include a TV and an Infratech infrared heater. Creature comforts never felt so good!
How Many Amenities Can One Porch Hold?
So many of our “creature comforts” today are powered by electricity, so when we’re designing your porch we can include plenty of outlets! The days of one or two electrical outlets on the porch are gone, gone, gone. Easy access to outlets makes everything easier. How else will you hang your festive and fun string lights around the inside of your porch? No limits! Bring out the lamps, your laptop, the TV (of course!), your music, and video games.
If you plan to entertain on your porch, why not set up a wet bar for easy access to your favorite cocktails? You may need more outlets if you want to plug in your compact fridge, blender, and margarita machine! Archadeck of Nashville is in favor of making your porch time more enjoyable!
We want to make your porch time special, warm, and cozy by designing and building a porch with all your favorite amenities. Contact us today to learn more by calling the number shown to the left, or send us an email at [email protected]
Have you walked around asking yourself, Screened porch, or 3-season room? 3-season room, or screened porch? No, it’s not a New Age mantra, just a homeowner trying to make a tough decision. You know you definitely want ONE of these, but which one?
One thing most of us can agree on is that this crazy, warm fall weather is going to turn cold at some point. We may not have long before cold temperatures drop in. What then? You do not want to spend another winter closed up in your house waiting for spring. Our advice: bridge the seasons with a screened porch or 3-season room by Archadeck.
Nashville screened porch, or 3-season room?
Approach your decision by recalling what you like about screened porches, and what you like about 3-season rooms. It may help to write these thoughts down as you build your case for one or the other.
You don’t have to make your decision alone. Your Archadeck of Nashville porch designer is a phone call away, and it’s never too early to start a conversation. If you’re thinking about adding a screened room or three-season room to your home, give us a call while you’re first weighing the options. No need to wait until you’re ready to begin construction.
Pros and Cons of a Nashville Screened Porch
Thoughts of a screened porch may conjure up childhood memories of warm summer nights when the air was completely still. Today, we wouldn’t think of building a screened porch without at least one ceiling fan! Let’s look at benefits and drawbacks of choosing a screened porch.
We’ll skip over the obvious benefits of protection from insects, outdoor debris, rain showers, and harmful UV rays. Why skip these? Because a screened porch and a Nashville 3-season room offer these same benefits.
Screened Porch Benefits vs. a 3-Season Room
Nostalgia. For many homeowners, nothing but a screened porch will do. Anything else is just a modern contraption.
Nature. A screened porch puts you right outdoors in the midst of nature. You’re protected from the elements and insects, yes, but aside from those protections you experience nature first-hand on a screened porch. Sounds, smells, sights – and of course, breezes.
Simplicity. With a screened porch, there are no components that you’ll need to put up or take down from season to season. It’s just screens. (If you think about tacking up sheets of plastic to keep out the cold in winter, you don’t need a screened porch. You need a 3-season room!)
Affordability. In most cases, a screened porch will cost less than a three-season room. Your choice of materials for flooring, ceiling, etc. will affect your costs.
Screened Porch Drawbacks vs. a 3-Season Room
Winter. When you have only screens, you cannot escape the cold. Simplicity is nice until it gets too cold outside to enjoy your screened porch.
Pros and Cons of a Nashville Three-Season Room
We construct three-season rooms with a system of windows and screens. The windows are movable and/or removable. We offer two different window-and-screen systems for our 3-season rooms: Eze Breeze and Scenix Porch Windows. They’re both great! More about those two systems below.
3-Season Room Benefits vs. a Screened Porch
Extends porch season. More porch days per year! With a 3-season room, you can enjoy your outdoor room on many days that are too cold for a screened porch. A space heater is practically useless on a screened porch, but it can comfortably warm a 3-season room with your windows closed. Up to a point, that is; we do have winter days in Nashville that are too cold for 3-season rooms.
Flexibility. You decide when you want the open air feeling of screens or you want to use windows to keep out the chill.
3-Season Room Drawbacks vs. a Screened Porch
More “trouble.” One person’s trouble is another person’s convenience, so keep in mind that not all homeowners object to opening and closing windows to reveal screens. With removable windows, once you remove them, you’re committed to putting them back in place when the temperatures drop.
Cost. Many variables contribute to the cost of an outdoor room, especially your selection of materials. The most basic three-season room will probably be more expensive than the most basic screened porch.
Nashville’s Best 3-Season Rooms
At Archadeck of Nashville, we design 3-season rooms with either Eze-Breeze or Scenix Porch Windows. Both systems offer you the flexibility to open and close windows to reveal more or less of your screens. Both offer an experience similar to being in a bright, airy sunroom when the windows are closed – until it gets too cold outside. That’s because true sunrooms are insulated. Your three-season room won’t be.
Eze-Breeze window panels are made of crystal-clear vinyl. You have the ability to slide the vinyl panels open to reveal up to 75% of the room’s screens. At that point, it really feels like a screened porch. You can also remove all of the window panels and store them until cold weather returns.
Scenix Porch Windows are made of sliding glass panels and retractable screens. They offer more of a sunroom feel, but they don’t offer the flexibility of removing the glass panels entirely.
If you’re thinking about adding a screened porch or 3-season room to your home, let Archadeck of Nashville help you make the right choice for you. Contact us today to learn more by calling the number shown to the right, or send us an email at [email protected]
Whether you’re putting your house on the market or you’re simply tired of the way it looks, we have three words for you: Front. Porch. Makeover!
That’s right. Adding a front porch to your home or creating one that’s bigger and more alluring will dramatically improve your home’s curb appeal. You don’t have to be selling your house to enjoy the thrill of a having home with amazing curb appeal. Treat yourself!
The front of your house is its face. That’s where your home greets the world. Have you ever thought about what your home’s face is saying to friends and family when they arrive? What is it saying to neighbors when they walk or drive by – and to you, when you return home each day?
Archadeck of Nashville believes your home’s façade should represent you and your sense of style and hospitality. There’s no better way to accomplish that than by having a new front porch designed with those intentions in mind. With a custom front porch design that’s thoughtful and intentional, your home’s curb appeal will go through the roof! (Pun intended!)
Benefits of Dramatically Improving Your Home’s Curb Appeal with a New Front Porch
Be the envy of the neighborhood! With a beautiful front porch, your home will become a point of reference for your neighbors. You’ll raise the standard for everyone around you. Don’t be surprised to see others follow suit!
Increase your home’s resale value! If you’re planning to sell your home, boosting its curb appeal is a no-brainer. Is your realtor not encouraging you to make any changes quite this bold? Archadeck of Nashville promises that if you add a new front porch, or improve an existing front porch, your realtor will approve. Emphatically.
Make your home an even more beloved treasure. There’s a deep, emotional value to putting your own stamp on your home and making it yours aesthetically. You’ve worked hard to design your home’s interior to reflect your tastes and your style. That may be true for your landscaping, as well. Coming home every day to a front porch designed just to your liking brings special satisfaction – even joy – that can’t be matched.
Increase the value of the time you spend outdoors. Sitting with family and friends on the front porch harkens back to a simpler time. Whether you remember the “good old days,” or they were before your time, you’ll find porch time is quality time. Furnish your new front porch with comfortable rockers or porch swings – or both! – and spend time there with folks who enjoy human interaction and quality discussion.
Gain a peaceful place where you can unplug and feel grounded – again. Need we say more?
Want More Reasons to Add a New Front Porch to Your Nashville Home?
HOA restrictions – If your neighborhood’s heavy on restrictions, it may be easier to get approval for a front porch than a larger structure added to the back of your home. You should be given extra credit when you add a front porch with so much curb appeal it enhances the entire neighborhood!
Residential Zoning Regulations – If zoning setbacks have kept you from building the backyard space of your dreams, a new front porch could be your answer. You may discover that a wonderful front porch was what you needed all along.
Protection from the elements – How many times have you dashed from the car to the front door only to get drenched trying to unlock it? How many packages have been soaked because the sky opened up after a package was left on your doorstep? How long has it been since you sat outdoors on an open porch and enjoyed the sight, smell, and feeling of gentle rain falling all around you?
A custom-designed and -built front porch dramatically adds character to a home like nothing else can. And yes, a home’s character and charm contribute immeasurably to its curb appeal! When you work with an Archadeck of Nashville front porch designer, we’ll help you choose the perfect materials to create the front porch of your dreams. We’ll install the ceiling fans and you supply the rocking chairs!
Could your home use a front porch makeover? Whether you have a few front steps or a small porch with barely room for a doormat, adding a custom-designed front porch will boost your home’s curb appeal exponentially. Contact us today to learn more by calling the number shown to the right, or send us an email at [email protected]
You want a patio built to the correct technical specifications so you can count on enjoying it for many years to come.
You may even want a patio designed and built in conjunction with other outdoor living structures like a deck, screened porch, pergola, fireplace, fire pit, or outdoor kitchen. Archadeck of Nashville is the one company that can do ALL of that for you! And more.
You can find a variety of companies and individuals eager to build a patio for your Nashville home. While Archadeck may not sound like the name of a patio company, Archadeck of Nashville is actually a highly-qualified and experienced Nashville patio contractor. We are not new to this line of work.
Why You Should Select Archadeck of Nashville as Your Patio Designer and Builder
We meet or exceed Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) standards and construction guidelines with each and every patio we design and build. Not every Nashville patio builder can make this claim. Patio construction is complicated. We follow the industry’s best practices. We know how to determine the recommended paver size for your specific patio. By paying careful attention to variables like soil density at your location, we can prevent patio settlement and reduce seasonal movement of your pavers.
Archadeck of Nashville follows the most stringent quality building steps as recommended by ICPI. For example, when preparing the pavement foundation, including soil subgrade and base, we know the technical requirements for base thickness that apply to your particular installation. ICPI recommends a minimum 4-in. thick base for patios and walkways. Some landscapers only put down a thin layer of bedding sand. Before long, their clients see weeds popping up through their patios.
Archadeck’s unprecedented 5-year warranty covers the structural integrity of all of our projects – including our patios and other hardscapes. You will not get this protection from another builder. In addition, Archadeck provides a 1-year workmanship warranty and a 2-year performance warranty for your patio.
What about your patio paver manufacturer’s warranties? You may think you can take those manufacturer’s warranties for granted, but you need to know whether your patio contractor has brand-specific training. With Archadeck as your patio builder, you know those manufacturer’s warranties won’t be voided by improper installation.
For many of our hardscape designs we use high-quality Belgard pavers for their consistent beauty and durability. Do you prefer the time-worn look of Belgard’s popular Dublin Cobble® paving stones or the more contemporary look of their beautiful outdoor porcelain pavers? When our clients browse Belgard’s many paver options and see the wide variety of colors, shapes, and surface types, rarely do they have trouble finding several they love. The hardest part is narrowing down their selection!
Are You Ready to Enjoy the Nashville Patio Lifestyle?
Are you ready to build a patio in the Nashville area? Are you looking for the shade protection of a Nashville covered patio? Many of our clients choose a patio design with a portion of the patio covered and a portion exposed to the elements. This kind of ultra-practical patio design provides protection from UV rays and rain showers. You’ll stay cooler under a covered patio – especially if you include a ceiling fan or two in your patio design. The uncovered patio area will become your favorite place after the sun goes down. There’s no finer spot than your own patio for sitting under the stars at night. Add a fire pit to that custom patio and your pleasure doubles.
This is the bottom line when it comes to selecting the best Nashville patio designer and installer. Archadeck of Nashville is capable of doing more than landscapers can, and we design better outdoor living structures, patios included. We have the depth of knowledge and breadth of experience you will not find with a landscaping company – or any other patio builder.
When you add a patio to your home, you’re investing in your family’s enjoyment. You need a company you can trust, Archadeck of Nashville, to get the job done correctly – and beautifully. Don’t forget that last part.
Timing the construction of your outdoor living project is not as tricky as trying to anticipate the highs and lows of the stock market. You don’t have to figure out when to buy and when to sell. The only true parallel is this: we know prices will change. With stocks, prices might rise or fall. With construction projects, prices only move in one direction – up – and the timing of that movement is completely out of our control.
Today’s Price May Be Better Than Tomorrow’s
At Archadeck of Nashville, we know from observation that materials manufacturers typically raise their prices soon after the first of the year. This recurs every year. We share this information with prospective customers around November each year so they’ll know it’s wise to sign a contract with us prior to year-end. Otherwise, they can expect a price increase.
What if you’re close to making your decision to move ahead with a new deck, porch, or patio project? In November/December, after meeting with us for a design consultation, many clients prefer to wait until after the first of the year to sign a contract. The drawback to waiting is that a price we quote you in November or December won’t hold in January. We will have to apply manufacturers’ price increases and adjust your quote if it becomes stale. It’s not a bait-and-switch situation, and we never want any client to think we’re pulling a trick like that.
Wait, Can Materials Pricing Increase at Any Time?
What about other times of the year? Manufacturers’ price increases – other than those we see each January – are not predictable. They can hit at any time, and do – without warning. If prices increase while you have a contract pending, you run the risk of a price adjustment. We can hold the price we’ve quoted you for 30 days. If you wait longer than 30 days to sign a contract, you may find the price has increased.
If you’ve heard, in so many words, “The day you can get your project at the best price was yesterday," this is what we’re referring to. Manufacturers’ prices do increase – from big materials (lumber and outdoor kitchen appliances) to medium (railing posts and LED fixtures for deck lighting) to small (fasteners, screws, or nails). For hardscape projects, if the maker of your favorite pavers increases their price, the impact on your project will be significant. If you’ve waited 6-8 weeks to sign your contract with Archadeck of Nashville, you may wish you had signed more quickly. Yesterday’s price was better than today’s. Yesterday is gone. Please don’t be surprised if this happens.
Could Labor Costs Increase, Too?
While an increase in labor costs would be more extreme, it truly depends on how long you have waited to accept our contract. The longer you wait, the more likely the possibility that labor costs could increase. Labor costs are not creeping upward constantly the way materials costs seem to do. But annually or perhaps every year and a half, we do face increased labor costs.
Nashville deck builder Archadeck of Nashville is not going to hire less-skilled crews each year in an attempt to contain costs. We depend on our experienced crews to ensure Archadeck quality is built into all of our projects. Our crews are committed to building our projects “the Archadeck way,” which means always building to code and sometimes exceeding code. It’s not unreasonable to expect they’ll receive wage increases periodically. Any good contractor knows that paying wages that keep pace with the cost of living is one way to keep a good crew.
If Cash Flow is an Issue, Consider Financing Your Outdoor Living Project
Archadeck of Nashville offers a financing option many clients find extremely helpful. If you are open to financing your outdoor living project, doing so could enable you to sign your Archadeck contract before our quote expires. You can lock in the price we’ve quoted you before too much time passes and manufacturers raise their prices again.
— Archadeck of Nashville offers financing. Visit our website today to learn more!
With Archadeck of Nashville’s financing plan, you will not have to make payments during the first 12 months, nor will you be charged interest during that period. Just give us a call for additional financing plan details. We can schedule your design consultation and talk about the financing arrangements when we meet with you.
If you are looking for the most qualified outdoor living designer and builder in the Nashville area, and one that offers financing for your project, contact us today to learn more by calling the number shown to the left, or send us an email at [email protected]
If you want a new space for relaxing at home that’s bright and sunny, open and airy, and always comfortable, that’s a sunroom, right? Let’s pause for a moment and explore that assumption. For some homeowners, a sunroom truly is the ideal choice. For others, not necessarily! You may actually want a screened porch without realizing it.
— Inviting and comfy screened porch with all the luxurious trimmings!
Experience the Archadeck Difference
When you first meet with Archadeck of Nashville to discuss the outdoor living project you have in mind, we will ask you many questions. It’s to your benefit that we do so. Archadeck builders use a thorough design process that helps each homeowner bring their project into focus by clarifying their own “wants” and “don’t-wants.” We call this step in the process a comprehensive needs analysis.
Even if you begin our meeting absolutely certain you want a sunroom, we ask that you humor us by answering our exploratory questions. You may be surprised by what rises to the surface as you examine your wants and don’t-wants with our guidance.
— Nashville custom sunroom.
Sunroom builder Archadeck of Nashville brings a wealth of experience to this design process. We have worked with hundreds of Nashville-area homeowners and have found the needs analysis serves an extremely important purpose. Through it we will either confirm that a sunroom is what you really want or reveal that a screened porch may actually satisfy your cravings more fully.
Here’s the point: We want to save you from experiencing regret later, after your sunroom is completed, wishing you had requested a screened porch instead. That’s the Archadeck difference.
1. Essential question: Screens or windows?
Close your eyes and imagine yourself sitting in a comfortable chair in your new outdoor living space. What images float through your mind? Do you picture yourself surrounded by screens or by windows? A room with screens is very different from a room with windows, so allow yourself to “try out” both possibilities. Try to imagine your new room as a screened porch. How does it feel? Are you relaxed? Then imagine yourself in a sunroom. How does that feel? Which feels better in your new space, screens or windows?
— Interior of Eze Breeze porch in Nolensville, TN, built by Archadeck of Nashville.
There is a third possibility that’s somewhat of a hybrid. Are you familiar with Eze-Breeze windows? The Eze-Breeze porch system provides screens when you want screens and windows when you want windows. We call this outdoor living space a three-season room/porch. Talk about the best of both worlds! Each window opening is filled with a screen and a clear, vinyl window panel. When you want a breeze, slide the window panels aside – or remove them entirely – and enjoy the fresh air. You can open 75% of the window panels at one time by sliding them out of the way to reveal screens. When it’s too cold outside, you can close all of the window panels for a sealed room.
2. Essential question: Outdoor experience or indoor experience?
Do you want an outdoor oasis or an indoor oasis? A screened porch design positions you in the midst of nature. As you relax there, you can hear the everyday sounds that fill the outdoors. In the morning, you might enjoy hearing a rooster or the chirping of baby birds in the nest. In the afternoon, distant exclamations of children playing or honey bees buzzing from blossom to blossom. In the evening, Canada geese passing overhead. Later at night, an owl in the treetops. Do you find pleasure in these sounds or would you prefer they not intrude?
— This open and airy screened porch brings you closer to nature.
Relaxing on your new screened porch, you’ll smell the scents of nature as they float by. Close your eyes and try to imagine the scents of freshly-cut grass, flowers in the garden, and a neighbor’s backyard cookout. Do these imaginings take you to a place you enjoy – or one you want to escape?
— Imagine enjoying the sunset on this custom screened porch!
Surrounded by screens, you’ll feel the temperature’s gradual drop from afternoon into evening. As nightfall approaches, you may find yourself pulling on a sweater or pulling up a fleecy throw over your legs. Do you find that transition relaxing, or does it intrude on your enjoyment of the space?
In a sunroom, you have more control over the sounds and scents surrounding you. If you would prefer listening to music without the intrusion of neighborhood noises, a sunroom will suit you best. If you’d rather not smell whatever your neighbor is grilling, a sunroom will seal off the wafting scent of charred meat and vegetables. If you prefer a constant temperature of your choosing – unaffected by the sun’s path across the sky – you need a sunroom.
3. Essential question: Breeze or air conditioning?
Will a ceiling fan’s breeze keep you comfortably cool most days? Will the warmth from a fireplace keep the night’s chill at bay? If you prefer to experience nature first-hand, including the highs and lows of our Middle Tennessee temperatures, you may find a screened porch more enjoyable than a sunroom. If fans and fireplaces are your solutions to finding comfort in an outdoor setting, we think a screened porch is going to offer you ultimate relaxation.
On the other hand, if temperature control is your top priority and humidity is your worst nightmare, a sunroom is your best option. If you want to experience full sun in an amazingly bright and airy room without ever feeling uncomfortably warm, you need a sunroom’s total climate control.
At Archadeck of Nashville, we will never judge your ability to luxuriate in the sounds and scents of nature or your desire for complete control over your environment. We simply want to help you make the best decision when it comes to planning the perfect outdoor living space for you and your family.
If you are looking for the most qualified Nashville sunroom and screened porch designer and builder, contact us today to learn more by calling the number shown to the left, or send us an email at [email protected]
You’ve made your decision between synthetic/composite and wood decking; you’ve chosen to go with a low-maintenance decking material. This was a big step and helps you move forward with planning your new or replacement deck project. Now you face your next decision: Which low-maintenance decking product will you select? If you’ve been reading about the excellent qualities of TimberTech’s products, and you choose TimberTech low-maintenance decking, you’ll still need to narrow it down.
Which TimberTech Product Will you Choose? Your Priorities Will Drive Your Decision
We mentioned in Part 1 of this series that TimberTech offers three lines of decking:
To clarify one point that might be confusing, the TimberTech AZEK™ boards were previously known simply as AZEK, a solid PVC product also called synthetic decking. The PRO and EDGE products are known as composite decking. These boards are made with a combination of recycled wood fibers and recycled plastic. All TimberTech decking boards are covered with a durable polymer cap. TimberTech AZEK™ and TimberTech PRO™ are capped on four sides, and TimberTech EDGE™ is capped on three sides.
There’s no need to get totally bogged down in the branding and marketing of these three product lines. You just need to pick one. But where do you start?
We recommend you start by getting clear about your priorities. Otherwise, you might go around in circles trying to compare these three excellent product lines. They’re all great. Most deck designers and builders would be happy with any of them. And yet, you still must choose one. So let’s get started.
A quick look at the different warranties for these decking boards will tell you a lot about the anticipated lifetime of each:
All TimberTech decking materials are resistant to splitting, splintering, rotting or structural damage from termites or fungal decay. The warranty for TimberTech AZEK™ decking additionally covers cupping, blistering, peeling, flaking, and cracking.
If longevity is your top priority, and budget is not an issue, you would be wise to choose TimberTech AZEK decking boards for your Nashville deck.
If looks are everything to you, then you have quite a bit to look at in TimberTech decking. Each of their three product lines features a different array of colors and textures.
— AZEK Harvest Collection.
• TimberTech AZEK™ offers three collections: Vintage, Arbor, and Harvest, with a total of 17 color choices. Colors range from variegated to warm and earthy to soft, calming tones.
Textures range from natural woodgrain patterns to traditional woodgrain embossing.
— TimberTech Pro Terrain decking.
• TimberTech PRO™ offers three collections: Legacy, Tropical, and Terrain, with a total of 16 color choices. Colors range from dramatic to saturated to natural.
Textures range from hand-scraped to pronounced woodgrain to dual-embossed grain patterns.
— TimberTech Edge decking.
• TimberTech EDGE™ offers two collections: Premier and Prime, with four color choices and a touch of woodgrain texture.
You can expect the price range for TimberTech decking to reflect each product’s longevity, the number of color options, and the degree of wood-like texture. If the price is your highest priority, TimberTech EDGE™ will be your most affordable option. Many homeowners find the cost of TimberTech EDGE™ comparable to that of a wood deck when they factor in the cost of wood’s annual maintenance. An additional price benefit over wood is that a TimberTech EDGE™ deck will look great for at least 10 years longer than a well-maintained wood deck.
If your top priority is sustainability, you can’t go wrong with any TimberTech decking products.
• Synthetic and composite decking saves trees, making it more environmentally sustainable than building with wood.
• TimberTech AZEK™ capped polymer (synthetic) decking is made from up to 36% recycled material.
• TimberTech PRO™ and TimberTech EDGE™ composite decking is made from reclaimed wood and up to 73% recycled plastic.
• Scrap from TimberTech’s manufacturing process goes right back into the mix.
• TimberTech recycles water during the manufacturing process.
• Because TimberTech does not require painting, staining, or sealing, it eliminates use of environmentally harmful paint, sealers, and stains.
If you’re ready to make low-maintenance part of your outdoor living lifestyle, contact us today to learn more. You may call the phone number listed to the right or send us an email at [email protected].
Capped polymer decking, made from up to 36% recycled material
Mold and mildew resistant
Can use heat-bending for custom curved deck designs
Enhanced UV protecting gives better heat dissipation
Made from a combination of plastic and reclaimed wood: ground wood flour and recycled plastic
Closely emulates the look of traditional hardwood
Entry-level pricing for budget-conscious homeowners
Low-maintenance – no need for sanding, staining, SEALING.
Better holding power and hidden fastener options, to eliminate popped screw heads
Save thousands of trees annually
Polymer cap protects from foot traffic, scratches, staining and fading
Splinter-free, barefoot comfort.
This is not a trick question: How do you find the best, most reliable, most qualified Nashville deck builder? The short answer: Contact Archadeck of Nashville. We are your Nashville-area deck specialists.
The long answer: Like many consumers, you will probably type "deck builder” into an internet search engine and see what listings come up. Will you take your chances with the listing that rises to the top? (Did you know companies can pay to show up at the top of the list? It doesn’t mean they’re bad, but it doesn’t tell you whether they’re qualified or recommended.) What if that company is not a specialized deck builder but a general contractor that just happens to build decks? Is that good enough for you?
If you want your deck to be built correctly, and built to last, will you select a specialist or a generalist?
• Deck specialist: A deck builder; a company that specializes in designing and building outdoor living structures.
• Generalist: A general contractor who knows something about building lots of different kinds of projects.
Top 7 Reasons You Want to Choose a Deck Builder to Build Your Deck
We design and build many, many decks. In addition to the specialized deck experience Archadeck of Nashville brings to each job, our clients also benefit from the experience of Archadeck’s network of experts. Archadeck has been building decks since 1980 and is a nationally-respected custom deck building company. Each local owner/operator such as Archadeck of Nashville is backed by a support organization providing engineering and technical guidance. Our architectural drawings are prepared by professional draftsmen based on specs we provide after working out design details with you, the client.
A lack of experience can lead to a deck that isn’t structurally sound. Archadeck’s designs ensure structural integrity based on years of hands-on experience in outdoor living space design and construction.
“Russ and company did an excellent job of redesigning and replacing our old, worn out deck… We have been through enough remodel jobs to tell the very good work from average. This deck is built to last! Nice job guys.”
— John S.
2. Materials – including the best low-maintenance decking materials.
Do you want to consider the full range of available decking materials, not just pressure-treated pine lumber? There’s a reason why smaller companies don’t work with low-maintenance decking products – and a reason why upscale builders like Archadeck do.
Building with low-maintenance deck materials requires specialized training. Archadeck builders receive training directly from the manufacturers of products like TimberTech AZEK. With these newer materials, we are not simply hammering nails into boards. If your low-maintenance decking materials are not installed correctly – with the right fasteners and using correct techniques – you have two problems. Your deck may not be structurally sound, and your general contractor’s ineptness may actually invalidate the manufacturer’s warranty.
Not only do we have the technical knowledge to install the best low-maintenance deck materials, we have access to better pricing on many brands. Archadeck has an established national relationship with several preferred material vendors.
3. Trends and custom designs.
We work with decks every day, and we follow design trends. We’re up to date on new products including new railing styles and the latest in deck lighting. With our knowledge and experience, we are in the best position to suggest design ideas you may not be aware of.
You should expect your deck builder to add value by working with you to design your own unique outdoor living project. Every project we design and build is custom-made for that one client and their home. One of our goals is to make sure your new outdoor living project blends seamlessly with your home’s architectural style. A one-size-fits-all deck project will not meet these criteria.
“Archadeck removed our deck and built a larger deck for us. Russell provided great ideas and design for the new deck. The builders were courteous, neat, and timely. We are very pleased.”
— Beverly N. of Antioch, TN
You’ll need to check references to be sure your deck builder is qualified to build the deck project you have in mind. Are they properly licensed, insured, and familiar with local building codes? Do they have the project management skills to handle all the details involved? How many projects like yours has the contractor done? A reputable deck builder will not object to answering these questions; they will expect you to ask.
Archadeck follows a precise project methodology and we devote meticulous attention to every single detail. It’s the details that can make or break the safety and success of your deck project. Part of our process includes conducting a comprehensive needs analysis to help identify exactly what you’re looking for. We will give you an exact price quote, a detailed contract, and a specification sheet before we begin construction.
“Russel, Lee and the whole team at Archadeck were great to work with. Quality and attention to detail were truly outstanding on our large custom deck project. They were professional and responsive and provided great customer service… We are thrilled with the project and highly recommend them.”
— Moira T.
We encourage you to read our reviews. If you want to speak with clients, we will provide contact information.
“Working with Russell of Archadeck was a streamlined and pleasant experience. From the initial contact to the completion of our deck he constantly communicated with us and listened to our feedback. The finished product was exceptional and greatly exceeded our expectations… Out of every contractor we have ever used, he was the most professional, courteous and dependable. We would highly recommend him and his company!”
All Archadeck projects, including those designed and built by Archadeck of Nashville, are backed by two warranties and a guarantee.
• Our 12-month warranty covers workmanship – meaning we’ll fix anything that’s not right.
• Our 60-month warranty covers structural issues such as the foundation, integrity of framing, and roof leaks, etc.
• Our guaranteed insurance program protects clients if your local Archadeck office cannot complete a project due to death, illness, or going out of business. The Archadeck corporate office guarantees that your residential outdoor living project will be completed to the terms of your Archadeck contract and built to the agreed upon specifications. Professionals from another Archadeck location will come in and complete your project.
In addition to the above, aspects of your project will be covered by manufacturers’ warranties on the materials we use.
A Proven Nashville Deck Builder You Can Trust
There is only one way to know you’ll have a deck you can enjoy, worry-free, for many years to come. Hire Archadeck of Nashville to design and build a custom deck that’s perfect for your home. A high-quality deck is an investment that can pay huge dividends in the form of years of enjoyment and an enhanced quality of life for your family.
If you are looking for the most qualified Nashville deck builder, contact us today to learn more by calling the number shown to the right, or send us an email at [email protected].
Part 2 of our 3-part series featuring new products and features from TimberTech and AZEK.
At Archadeck of Nashville, we are the first to know about new products and features on the horizon, and we’re always eager to share that information with you. In our last blog article, we wrote about different width deck boards and different cap configurations, including 3-sided and 4-sided capped composite options. In Part 2 we explore the ever-expanding possibilities of combining AZEK and TimberTech products in the design of your outdoor living projects.
TimberTech for Decking and More; AZEK for Trim, Moulding and Siding
As Middle Tennessee’s trusted deck designers and installers, we like the way AZEK and TimberTech have realigned their branding this year. AZEK decking is now included as part of the TimberTech brand. TimberTech offers three lines of decking: TimberTech AZEK™, TimberTech PRO™ and TimberTech EDGE™. (We’ll compare these three collections in Part 3 of this series next week.)
In addition to these three decking collections, TimberTech also features railing, porch materials, pavers, dry space solutions, fasteners, lighting and accessories. Meanwhile, the AZEK Exteriors product line offers distinctly unique trim and moulding plus siding and accessories.
What do the new branding and new product lines mean to you? Quickly you can envision the many design possibilities and almost limitless versatility as you combine TimberTech and AZEK Exteriors products to make your deck or porch uniquely yours. Archadeck of Nashville can work with you to design your deck or porch using several of these low-maintenance products.
Oh, the Possibilities … Your New Deck, Your Porch, Your Outdoor Living Escape
Let’s consider some specific examples. If you especially like the TimberTech AZEK decking boards, and one of the TimberTech railing options, that’s great! These products can be used side-by-side on the same project. They complement each other when used together in one design.
The TimberTech AZEK decking boards come with an amazing 50-year stain and fade warranty. Because TimberTech AZEK decking is made of capped polymer, or PVC, it’s the longest-lasting wood-alternative decking product available. With TimberTech AZEK synthetic decking you have three design collections to choose from: the Vintage, Arbor and Harvest collections. The Vintage Collection offers the multi-width decking, including standard, narrow and wide decking boards we wrote about last week.
TimberTech AZEK decking pairs nicely with a TimberTech railing. Several of these railing designs are made of low-maintenance capped composites, while TimberTech also offers aluminum railing as well as railing with glass infill. Do you see now why we mention the versatility of these products?
Instead of a deck, perhaps you have a porch or sunroom in mind. TimberTech boards designed specifically for a porch floor use an interlocking tongue-and-groove connection that gives them a tighter fit than decking boards. We can incorporate AZEK Exteriors trim and moulding into your Nashville porch design – and these products are great for sunrooms, too! AZEK trim and moulding are superior to wood trim because they’re made of PVC. They stand up to weather and time – which means they always look crisp and new.
That’s just a brief glimpse of the ways you can mix and match TimberTech and AZEK products to create the perfect deck, porch or sunroom for your Nashville home. When you have Archadeck of Nashville designing your outdoor living project, you can be sure we will suggest winning combinations of materials to create the custom design that’s right for your dream project.
NEXT IN OURSERIES: Part 3: AZEK and TimberTech: Edge, Pro or PVC?
Are you ready to make low-maintenance part of your outdoor living lifestyle? Contact us today to learn more by calling us at the number shown to the right, or send us an email at [email protected].
Archadeck of Nashville is proud to offer high-quality synthetic decking choices like TimberTech and AZEK to our clients. We stay in tune with new decking technologies and on the pulse of design changes and trends. With this in mind, TimberTech and AZEK have a lot of new announcements for 2019! In part one of this three-part series, we explore the new dimensional changes and options in decking boards.
New Products from TimberTech and AZEK: How wide? How many sides?
We take our cues from you. If selecting decking materials with the maximum longevity is your most important consideration, we will guide you with that priority in mind. If aesthetics and design possibilities are what get you excited, then that’s where we’ll start as we work with you to design the perfect deck for your home.
Fresh Nashville Deck Designs with Multi-width Decking
One of the most exciting new products from TimberTech is the multi-width decking in their AZEK Vintage collection. We love it. These decking boards now come in narrow, standard and wide widths, and together they increase design flexibility exponentially. Consider using one width for the decking “field,” which is the primary surface area of your deck, and another width for borders, parting boards and accents.
Nashville deck builder Archadeck of Nashville has always offered custom deck designs specific to each client’s home and personal preferences. Now, having three widths of AZEK Vintage decking expands our custom design possibilities. We like the layout options for large decks with specific areas for lounging, grilling and dining. Decking boards in different widths can help differentiate these areas visually. Multi-level decks, too, will look great with surfaces differentiated by the various widths of decking boards.
You’ve heard of patios with pavers arranged to give the appearance of a rug on the patio? Now we can easily accomplish that design with decking boards as well. We are just getting started when it comes to carrying out the many ways multi-width decking is going to rock your world.
Composite Decking Protects with 4-Sided and 3-Sided Capped Options
It’s time to take a new look at 4-sided and 3-sided capped composite decking boards. TimberTech has arranged their product lines and price points to give you several options for your new deck or replacement deck. The good news is that regardless of the option you select, all are visually appealing, low-maintenance and offer longevity beyond that of natural wood.
• All the selections in TimberTech’s AZEK line are PVC products, so they are fully capped with the protection of a polymer finish. TimberTech provides a 50-year fade and stain warranty with AZEK decking boards – the best warranty in the industry.
• 4-sided cap composite boards: If you prefer the look of composite decking with some wood content, the TimberTech PRO line provides exceptional protection and longevity. The polymer cap surrounding the decking board on all 4 sides seals out moisture completely. TimberTech’s PRO line decking boards have a 30-year fade and stain warranty.
• 3-sided cap composite boards: TimberTech’s most affordable decking boards, their TimberTech Edge line, are capped on three sides to stand up to foot traffic and the assault of rough weather. The 25-year warranty takes you well beyond the life of a wood deck.
If low-maintenance decking is important to you, the design possibilities seem endless! Let Archadeck of Nashville help you sort it all out.
NEXT IN OURSERIES: Part 2: AZEK or TimberTech? How about both? Stay tuned!
Are you ready to make low-maintenance part of your outdoor living lifestyle? Call us today to learn more at the phone number listed to the right, or send us an email at [email protected].
If you are thinking about hiring a contractor to design and build an outdoor living project at your Nashville-area home, the time to take action is now.
At Archadeck of Nashville, we are always thinking of outdoor living projects. We understand that this time of year, you might be less inclined to do so, but we are here to tell you that it pays to think of your upcoming 2019 outdoor living project now.
The outdoor living season has peaked and naturally, you’ll be spending less time outdoors as it gets colder here in TN. Don’t let an out-of-sight, out-of-mind mentality end up costing you money or time when it comes to planning your new deck, porch or patio! See; many homeowners believe they should wait until after winter weather has passed before talking to a deck or porch builder about building their anticipated project. This belief will increase the cost of your project.
You see, manufacturers will enact their 2019 price increases shortly after the new year. Those costs are passed down to Archadeck of Nashville, and in turn to you, our client. Other general circumstances, such as a strong economy, also dictate building materials pricing. A strong economy is, of course, what we all want, but the unfortunate truth is better economic times create higher costs, less available labor force, and longer project delivery times. It behooves anyone thinking of adding a new outdoor living space in 2019, to get in touch with us now, so that your contract is signed before the ball drops on New Year’s Eve, to take advantage of lower costs and to get on our 2019 building schedule now!
Along with impending tariffs that may influence material prices in the coming year we are also a sustainable business that needs to raise prices from time-to-time.
6 steps to locking in cost savings on your Nashville outdoor living space project.
In order to lock in 2018 prices, you need to take the following actions:
1. Call us as soon as you can (this week, if possible!) to schedule your free design consultation.
2. Gather all your ideas about what you would like your new deck, porch, patio or other outdoor living space to look like – and all your questions.
3. Meet with an Archadeck of Nashville design consultant to begin planning your project. Be prepared to answer questions about how you and your family want to use this outdoor living space because your answers will influence the design we create for you. Every structure we build is custom-designed for one client, so each design is unique.
4. Consider the various materials available – such as wood vs. low-maintenance composites and synthetic options – and choose the materials you want for your addition. Your Archadeck design consultant will guide you through this process and show you samples of various materials. If your project includes other elements such as a pergola, outdoor fire feature, outdoor kitchen, etc., you will need to select materials for each element.
5. Review and approve the professionally-designed plans Archadeck’s team creates for your project. We may take the design through several iterations before we arrive at the final design.
6. Sign a contract with Archadeck prior to December 31, 2018. A portion of the price we agree upon will be payable at signing.
Will you be adding a new custom outdoor living space to your Nashville area home next year, but want to lock in 2018 materials prices? Call us today to learn more at the phone number listed below, or send us an email at [email protected]. We look forward to creating the perfect space for the outdoor lifestyle you want!
Archadeck of Nashville proudly serves Arrington, Brentwood, Franklin, Gallatin, Hendersonville, La Vergne, Lebanon, Mount Juliet, Murfreesboro, Nashville, Nolensville, Smyrna, Spring Hill and Thompson’s Station, TN.
There are many good things that come out of a box. Gifts…engagement rings… and even Chinese take-out (if that is what you have a craving for), are all good. However, choosing to go with an out-of-the-box prefabricated sunroom addition for your Nashville-area is not on the list.
Over the years, Archadeck of Nashville has removed many prefabricated sunroom additions for local homeowners for a myriad of reasons. From inferior installation to client disappointment over aesthetics and quality, out-of-the-box additions such as these are almost always filled with false promises. While their lower cost may be appealing, you end up investing in a space that isn’t going to fit the ideal you have in mind. This is especially the case if you’re looking for a custom sunroom addition.
Prefabricated metal sunrooms are not designed for the architecture or individual specifications of your home. They are better quantified as appendages that are stuck onto your house. Sure, you can find a company who will install what they tout as a custom sunroom, but these prefab structures never look original to your home. With limited customization options like window placement or door style, you are not getting a room built for your home you are getting a room that is trying to look like it was made for your home.
— Custom sunroom addition by Archadeck of Nashville.
In addition to aesthetics, structural issues are also high of on the problem list when it comes to prefab sunrooms. On many of these projects Archadeck of Nashville has remedied or removed, we have seen dangerous structural problems. These include a lack of inspections prior to installation and not meeting code. Inadequate substructures are among the most frequent issues we see. A roofed structure, such as a custom porch or outdoor room, can carry a weight of 15,000 – 30,000 lbs. When this weight is added to an inadequate substructure, problems will occur. Although fabricated rooms are lighter, the deck or patio they are being added to are not built to sustain a permanent addition.
At Archadeck of Nashville, we design and build custom sunrooms that transition perfectly into our client’s existing home. Transition is important when considering an outdoor room addition. A sunroom will add significant value to your home and it’s important to have it designed, planned and built properly. The new project shouldn’t take away from the existing architecture of the home, but instead be a flawless addition.
The moral of this story is to make sure you hire a licensed professional when embarking on any sunroom or outdoor room project. At Archadeck of Nashville, we are the company that provides you with top-notch craftsmanship, customized design and quality. We want happy, satisfied lifetime customers. Each of our projects is built to Archadeck’s stringent quality control standards to ensure it is everything you ever imagined it could be, and more!
If you are looking for a Nashville sunroom builder to build your new outdoor room contact us at the phone number listed below, or send us an email at [email protected].
Archadeck of Nashville proudly serves Arrington, Brentwood, Franklin, Gallatin, Hendersonville, La Vergne, Lebanon, Mount Juliet, Murfreesboro, Nashville, Nolensville, Smyrna, Spring Hill and Thompson’s Station, TN.
This project is located in Oak Hill, which is within the Brentwood area of Davidson County. Here, like many other spots in the Nashville area, is enjoying a revitalization as many homeowners are choosing to remodel and reform their existing properties. Enhancing an outdoor living space can increase the enjoyment and value of your home at the same time. Such is the case with our most recent project in Oak Hill.
— This Oak Hill wooden deck remodel compliments the classic brick home.
When Archadeck of Nashville first met with these Oak Hill homeowners had an existing deck. The deck they had was showing signs of age and wear and was no longer conducive to the outdoor living lifestyle they desired. These homeowners were craving more space, more privacy and more beauty in their backyard!
Archadeck of Nashville came to the rescue with this stunning, bi-level custom deck design. The deck is built from Southern pressure-treated pine and features a stunning parting board adding dynamic aesthetics. The new deck is spacious enough for whatever the homeowners have in mind, from entertaining to sunsets for two. The deck is accessible from all areas of the home’s second story. This allows the deck to be conveniently used as an extension of the home’s interior when hosting family and friends.
We used Deckorators black aluminum railing to add contrast to the design. The lower level of the deck makes the perfect transition into their spacious backyard. Archadeck of Nashville added integrated LED stair lighting to the project for safety and ambiance in the evening.
Last but certainly not least, we installed custom wooden lattice panels to hide the under deck area and provide a heightened level of privacy.
If you would like to learn more about the benefits of a new outdoor living space addition or remodel of an existing space for your Oak Hill home, Contact us today! You can reach us at the phone number below or send us an email at [email protected].
Every deck we build is different. Each design we create is as unique as the clients we are building them for. Whether you choose a wooden or low-maintenance decking material we can help guide you on which will function best with your specific needs. We pride ourselves on knowing how to make your outdoor space perfect before we even break ground.
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! You can reach us at the phone number on the right, or send us an email at [email protected].
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!
You can reach us at the phone number on the right, or send us an email at [email protected].
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 the phone number on the right, 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 the phone number on the right, 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 the phone number on the right, 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.
You can reach us at the phone number on the right, 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. You can reach us at the phone number on the left, 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 the phone number on the left, or send us an email at [email protected].
Archadeck of Nashville is honored to have been awarded an Archadeck Customer Service Award for two years running – 2017 and 2018. 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.
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, also with an NPS score of 62.
Archadeck of Nashville’s NPS score for 2018 was 100. Owner, Russell Henderson, and the entire team are dedicated to providing superior service and great results for all clients. Here are some of the factors that your Archadeck of Nashville team values:
Dedication to best-in-class communication with our clients 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 the phone number above, 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 the phone number on the left, 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. You can reach us at the phone number on the right, 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.
Contact us today to learn more at the phone number listed to the right, or send us an email at [email protected].
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 the phone number listed to the left, 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 at the phone number listed to the left, 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 at the phone number listed to the left, 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. As your choice screened porch builder, 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.
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 an 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 the phone number listed to the left, 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 the phone number listed to the left, 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 the phone number listed to the right, or send us an email at [email protected].