At Archadeck of Chicagoland, the real award is when our clients love their new space and when their new space meets their needs aesthetically as well as functionally. We are, however, proud to have won several design awards over the years. We’d like to share a few here.
Archadeck is a national company with locations throughout the United States. Here at Archadeck of Chicagoland, we’re proud to have been serving this market for over 25 years. We recently won 3 national design awards and would love to share the stories for each of these custom builds.
This award-winning project is a spacious, multi-level Belgard paver patio, designed by Archadeck design consultant, Maggie Lawlor. The different levels create defined spaces for multiple functions, such as dining, seating for a fire pit and grilling. The patio’s Weston wall is a perfect location for plants and also creates separation from the rest of the yard. The ambient Weston fire pit serves as a great focal point in the space, and creates a gathering area for entertaining. The patio’s shape and color seamlessly integrate with the existing home addition and flows nicely to the rest of the yard.
These homeowners wanted something unique and modern for their outdoor living space. They wanted separate spaces for dining, for entertaining and for a seating area. It was important that the three spaces were able to relate to each other so when they were entertaining guests they could all feel a part of the party, and also have their own dedicated space to either eat our lounge. They also wanted a bar by the grill so that the cook has a chance to mingle with guests too.
What a difference!
The lower level patio uses Belgard Mega Arbel pavers in Ashbury Haze. The Mega Arbel pavers are uniquely sized and shaped to fit together in a close mosaic yet provide the unique sensibility of flagstone. The upper level patio has a soldier course in Belgard Holland Stone in the color Ashbury Haze. The seating walls are Belgard’s Weston Wall in the Cotswold Mist color. The grill surround is 32" high and is custom sized to fit their grill.
The cooking area comes complete with a custom-built bar area. This area serves multiple purposes. Most importantly, those sitting at the bar can interact with the chef, with others eating in that area and with family and guests enjoying the lower level patio. The additional benefit of the large bar is some food and beverage serving space. Notice the fluted pattern detail in the bar and grill wall for aesthetic appeal.
Notice the central feature of the lower patio. This fireplace is equipped with a gas line and ceramic logs. The fire pit is a generous 4’ wide size using Belgard Weston Wall in Cotswold mist.
Above you see the design plan for this space. The design plan iterates the design and layout, sizes, materials and patterns. It also details the materials that are unseen here such as the compacted crushed stone building the patio base and the ever-so-slight pitch away from the home to ensure that water does not pool in the space.
We were thrilled to work with this lovely couple to design the outdoor space to meet all of their needs. A great outdoor space is designed for how you want to live. The size, shape, space and materials support your aesthetic preferences as well as your functional needs. As us about custom effects such as the fluted wall effect. We’ve built hundreds of paver patios throughout the Chicagoland area and bring 25 years’ experience to the table to share with you as we, together, design your treasured new custom space.
Even better, much of what you see in the picture of this completed project is the same deck, or at least it’s the same sub-structure of the old deck. Depending on the foundation of your existing deck, it’s possible that it is in good enough shape to re-use only switching out the decking boards and railings for a seemingly brand new deck. If you are thinking about trading in your old wood deck for a new low-maintenance deck, you may be able to use much of the sub-structure to turn your old deck into a new composite or synthetic deck.
How do you know if your current deck sub-structure is usable and a candidate for resurfacing? You will want to ask a qualified deck builder to inspect your existing substructure. Because Archadeck builds to standards that exceed all local building codes, some reinforcement is often needed. The benefit is a nice cost savings and a deck that looks brand new.
Let’s look at this project further. TimberTech Terrain Collection composite decking in Brown Oak was selected for the decking boards. The warm Brown Oak color was contrasted beautifully with White TimberTech Radiance Rail. Whereas color pallets with subtle contrasts have long maintained popularity, homeowners are increasingly finding that utilizing contrasting color makes for a beautiful crisp, clean and more current design look.
In the picture above, you’ll see the portion of the deck that was added on. With a new pool in the backyard, the family wanted a deck to connect the pool to the home. We were able to utilize parting boards between sections and alternate decking board direction for the pool area to create multiple outdoor living spaces within the same structure. In this image, you can also see the great effect of the dark graspable handrail with the contrasting white pickets and railing posts. This deck is low-maintenance to ensure the family can spend all their free time enjoying their new space instead of reserving time for performing maintenance on a regularly scheduled basis.
Deciding whether to add decking all the way around or just partially around the pool area was carefully considered. We wanted the deck to achieve the function of easy access to the pool and ample space for sunning. But we didn’t want the pool deck area to be so large that the scale dwarfed the dimensions of the other two levels of the deck.
Below is the 2-dimensional design drawing for this new space. Archadeck of Chicagoland creates and provides architectural drawings for our clients to ensure they are aware of what their space will look like without having to fill in some of the details through imagination.
Archadeck design plans also articulate the specifications of the project allowing clients to know exactly what their project includes and which materials will be used as well as other design and build details.
If you are considering adding a new deck or re-surfacing an existing deck, give us a call for a free consultation. We would love to meet with you at either our Palatine or our Naperville Showrooms. You can reach us at 847-496-4333. Feel free to drop us an email.