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About archadeckkansascity

Archadeck of Kansas City had been designing and building custom outdoor living spaces since 2001. Locally owned and operated by Bonnie and Dan Hall, we serve families throughout the Kansas City area, designing decks, porches, and screened porches for the way they want to use them.

Solving our love/hate relationship with the sun

Screened porch with composite flooring Kansas City

Screened porch with composite flooring

It’s a real challenge to get just the right amount of natural light inside your home. If you live in one of the many houses that has a south or southwest facing yard, the sun can really beat down on the back windows during the summer, forcing you to use the blinds all day and into the early evening. It’s a peculiar problem: having so much sun that you need to keep things dark. One solution is to build a porch or pergola in the yard. You then get the dual benefit of having a fabulous new outdoor living space and being able to welcome a moderate and more comfortable amount of sun into the rear of your home.

When you add a Kansas City covered or screened porch to your house, you are creating a hybrid space that is neither indoors nor truly outdoors. You benefit from sun and rain protection and open up a world of possibilities in terms of adding outdoor amenities like ceiling fans and entertainment systems. You may also realize a benefit from reduced cooling costs in the summertime thanks to the newly created shade.

If you want to protect the rear of your home from the sun’s harshest rays, but are concerned that there might be too much shade, let us know during the design process and we will design to accommodate that desire. We can easily use a gable or skylights to alter the amount of light in the porch area and, ultimately, the usable interior light in your home. Homes that hardscape patio retaining wall pergola Shawnee KSface the east or northeast rarely have the harsh lighting environments I’ve described. Don’t worry if you don’t know your home’s orientation. Making recommendations based on your home’s layout is a key part of our design consultation.

Pergolas are a smaller scale project and investment. They will be less expensive to build and often don’t need building permits. Pergolas can be freestanding or attached to your home and can be oriented in any direction. They are extremely flexible in terms of size, shape, style, and the building material used.

If you want a Kansas City pergola built specifically for its shady qualities, the orientation of the pergola and the kind of rafters it has will be critically important. For more shade, you will want to increase the number or size of the slats. You will need to tweak the spacing between the slats and pick an ideal angle. As the sun moves across the sky each day, the amount of light filtering through will change. We are happy to design a pergola to account for all of these variables and achieve the desired effect for you home and yard.

Bonnie and Dan Hall, Archadeck of Kansas City Owners

Bonnie and Dan Hall, Archadeck of Kansas City Owners

If you’re considering the addition of an outdoor fireplace – or a deck, porch, patio or other outdoor living structure – to your Kansas City area home, don’t wait. Give us a call at (913) 851-3325 for a free consultation or email us at kansascity@archadeck.net. We look forward to your call.

Be very wary of a contractor who can start on your Kansas City porch or deck right away in the spring, summer, or even fall

Spring and summer are insanely busy for professionals in the outdoor building trades. Our skilled tradesmen are working very long days and our project start dates are pushed out quite a way.

If you encounter a contractor in mid-May who says that he is available to start right away, be very wary. It’s the equivalent of talking to one of Santa’s elves on December 15 and having him say that things have been slow so he’s been getting a lot of reading done at the office. It’s a sufficiently unusual enough situation that it should set off warning bells in your head.

Combination shed and gable roof Overland Park porch lrAny experienced, reputable, licensed contractor will be booked solid in the warmer months. If you talk to a contractor who is not, you should ask yourself why. A new contractor will not have had the time or opportunity to to build a reputation in the community. This makes it difficult to judge the quality of his work because there will be fewer past customers to consult for references and not many previous jobs sites to go visit. This might not ultimately be a deal breaker, but you will need to do additional due diligence about his skills and competency to assure yourself that he/she will do a professional job on your porch or deck.

A contractor with a poor reputation is another matter entirely. There is no amount of cost savings on a job that will make up for trusting your home and your money to someone who has done shoddy or incomplete work in the past.

If you contract with Archadeck of Kansas City in the spring or summer, we will have to put you on our waiting list before we can begin your project. At this time of year, we regularly receive 20x more phone calls each month than we do during the winter. We don’t want to make customers wait, but we have to. That’s the bad news. The good news is that I can give you as many references as you want. If you have the time and want to visit 20 of our past customers, you could. I can also send you to many review sites which each have many reviews attesting to the quality work and excellent service you will receive.

Once that you accept that you will probably have to wait before breaking ground on your new outdoor living space, you might want to get a jump on some of the planning that will improve the work that you and your reputable contractor will do together. First, think about how you want to use your new space. Identifying function goes a long way toward creating a quality design for any living space. Do you hate bugs? Love sun? Host large parties? Want a place for your cats to watch birds? Think about these kinds of activities and take notes.

It’s also important to think about your budget. There is no need to be bashful about talking about money. Building is our business and we have these conversations daily. Your budget will drive the scope and materials of your project, so it’s important to have an idea about it up front. You don’t need to know all of the cost details in advance, but you want to know enough to stay within a budget where you are comfortable.

Bonnie and Dan Hall, Archadeck of Kansas City Owners

Bonnie and Dan Hall, Archadeck of Kansas City Owners

If you’re considering the addition of a deck, porch, patio or other outdoor living structure to your Kansas City area home, don’t wait. Give us a call at (913) 851-3325 for a free consultation or email us at kansascity@archadeck.net. We look forward to your call.

Top 9 ways people use their Kansas City area screened porch

Kansas City porch with outdoor fireplaceWe’ve been building screened porches here in the Kansas City market for many years. When we meet with prospective homeowners, the first question we always ask is how they want to use their space. Most of the activities listed below are very common. A couple are unique that we thought we’d add for fun. A screen porch works for every person and furry being in your household. It works for young, old, women, men, as additional space, as your favorite space, during the day, at night and in many more situations.

A screened porch is an enclosed area which has numerous benefits as you’ll see below. Enjoy our top 9.

 

1: Eat, drink and be merry

Have breakfast

Drink your morning cup of coffee – in your pajamas (you’ll have much privacy on your screened porch)

It’s the best bug-free outdoor dinner location around

 

2: Watch

Have small children play while Mom is working in kitchen so she can keep an eye on them

Watch baseball or football game on TV on your porch

Get up close to a summer thunderstorm without getting wet – listen to the rain

 

3: Don’t watch

Send the dogs out when they’re under foot without worrying about them leaving

Send older children out when they’re under foot without worry of them leaving

 

4: Sleep

Take a nap

Sleep outside over night

Kids’ overnight camp out where they’re protected from bugs and/or rain

A great place for teen sleepovers – keep the giggles outside

A great place when your college-aged child brings home 4-5 friends for the weekend

 

5: Work

Enjoy an outdoor afternoon working on laptop catching up on social media and email

Move a desk out to use for paying bills or your remote office on nice days

 

6: Play

Entertain family and guests – food, drinks, both

Girls’ night in? Cigar night? Book club? Poker night?

 

7: Pet porch

Dogs watching for wayward cats and treacherous squirrels

Cats keeping a watchful eye over everything

 

8: Snuggle

Enjoy your outdoor fireplace on a cool crisp fall day

Sit close and hold hands for date night in

 

9: Read

The morning newspaper

Your favorite book

 

Bonnie and Dan Hall, Archadeck of Kansas City Owners

Bonnie and Dan Hall, Archadeck of Kansas City Owners

The most important items on this list are under #10 – the way you want to live on your screened porch. If you’re considering the addition of an outdoor fireplace – or a deck, porch, patio or other outdoor living structure – give us a call at (913) 851-3325 for a free consultation or email us at kansascity@archadeck.net. We look forward to your call.

 

 

How much should your new porch cost?

We’ve all become used to the luxury of being able to price much of what we want to purchase by doing a few quick searches with keywords online. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could do the same thing with a major construction project such as a new porch? The good news is consumers are finding they have increasing numbers of choices to allow customization of their Kansas City porches and decks. The bad news is that each new choice makes pricing a little more complicated.

I wrote about this phenomenon as it applies to estimating the cost for Kansas City decks and most of the same points apply. If you think of a porch as a souped-up deck, that makes perfect sense. For instance, permitting costs for any significant home improvement project will vary by municipality. Everything I said in that article about materials costs for decks applies to porches too. Porches also have additional factors to consider that make a standard per-square-foot estimate impossible.

Kansas City screened porch with exposed shed style roof

Screen porch with exposed shed style roof

What kind of roof?

Roof selection is driven by three factors: how it will tie-in to the rest of the home, how much it costs, and what style the customer prefers. The first of these trumps the others. In most cases, a single-slope roof is the least expensive, but it might not be possible to use with the existing architecture. Hip and gable roofs are usually more costly. Some cities require a licensed engineer or architect to design the roof. We have full resources to meet all city regulations and requirements, even if your city requires an architect or engineer to approve the roof.

Include a fireplace?

Just as a fireplace makes a huge difference to the design, feel, and use of a screened porch, its presence or absence will substantially change the cost of adding  this amenity to your home. Wood-burning and gas-fueled fireplaces and the materials chosen for the fireplace surround will be important cost factors as well.

Don’t forget electrical.

While you may not be planning on adding an outdoor fireplace to your new porch, you probably are planning on having lights, perhaps a few speakers, and several outlets for a whole host of devices including laptops, table lamps, cell phone chargers, and possibly even coffee cup warmers or the Keurig machine. We work with the various subcontractors such as gas, electrical or plumbing so you don’t have to.

Lenexa KS screened porch AZEK floorEverything else…

There are a lot of pieces and parts of your porch that either aren’t the first design considerations evaluated or perhaps they are important components that you don’t notice or don’t see. For example, what sort of trim makes the most sense for your porch? This answer may depend heavily on the degree to which you want to do maintenance. Do you have special requirements about your screening? Depending on your configuration, different types of wall posts may be needed. What about interior ceiling trim? Custom lighting? How many ceiling fans? Where will they be mounted. If you’re a Microsoft Excel expert, you’re probably wondering if there are enough columns in a standard spreadsheet to list the options and associated pricing. That’s where Archadeck comes into play. We’ve built screened porches with a whole host of different combinations of styles, roof types, trims, posts, ceiling types, and amenities. We will help recommend the best configuration based on how you want to live on your new porch.

Your porch will be part of your home

We’ve never built two porches that are exactly alike. We partner with every client to design the addition to their home that uses the design, materials, shape, size, layout and amenities that are best for them. The moment we connect the porch to your house, it becomes part of your home and that’s something that’s more important and personal than anything that can be pulled out of a table of numbers.

Bonnie and Dan Hall, Archadeck of Kansas City Owners

Bonnie and Dan Hall, Archadeck of Kansas City Owners

If you’re considering the addition of an outdoor fireplace – or a deck, porch, patio or other outdoor living structure – give us a call at (913) 851-3325 for a design consultation or email us at kansascity@archadeck.net. We look forward to your call.

Building beyond the code. We build to last, not to pass.

kansas-city-porch-contractorBuilding codes specify the minimum requirements to adequately safeguard the health, safety and welfare of building occupants. All licensed contractors must meet these standards when they complete their jobs. Of course you want your new construction to meet these standards, the question is, do you want to exceed them?

Odds are, you do. Archadeck designs typically go beyond those minimum standards for a variety of reasons. The first is that we build for long-term durability. We want you to use and enjoy your Kansas City deck or porch for a very long time to come. Structures that are built to minimum code may sag or sink after only a few years. We upgrade the structural supports beyond the code by using stronger joists, support beams and bracing. We build to last, not to pass.

Building codes are not updated very frequently. Some of the materials and techniques that we use were unavailable even a few years ago. We don’t want our structures to sag, sink or settle so we keep up with industry developments that allow us to give you a stronger, more durable Kansas City porch, deck or patio. You may never see the waterproof flashing or structural bolts and fastenings, but they are working hard for you every day.

AZEK Morado deck TimberTech rail Shawnee KS lrYou don’t want to count and weigh in your guests before sending them outside. You probably don’t know what weight a deck designed to minimum code requirements will safely support, nor should you have to. Archadeck structures will hold more than the minimum so if an extra person or two arrives for dinner on the deck, your only worry will be if you bought enough food.

One more benefit of building beyond the code is that life isn’t built to code. Building codes are written to deal with most common and some uncommon situations, they rarely take into account the extremes. A huge tree fell on one of our porches a few years ago and the roof stayed intact. The tree only only took off a few shingles; no one was hurt. You can’t plan for every contingency, but knowing that all areas of your home are built to a higher safety standard allows you to sleep better at night.

Here is some feedback from a recent client:

From start to finish, Archadeck has proven they are the best in the business. The attention to detail the building team took exceeded our expectations. From removal of the existing structure to completion of the new deck the Archadeck crew are truly master carpenters. Even the wood selected by them to build the substructure is of the highest quality and will last many, many years.

Michael & Diane F.

Bonnie and Dan Hall, Archadeck of Kansas City Owners

Bonnie and Dan Hall, Archadeck of Kansas City Owners

If you’re considering the addition of an outdoor fireplace – or a deck, porch, patio or other outdoor living structure – give us a call at (913) 851-3325 for a free consultation or email us at kansascity@archadeck.net. We look forward to your call.

Did you know that building prices are better in the winter?

My personal belief is that the best customers are ones that are well informed, so I do everything that I can to answer each client’s questions and to supply key information that they might not think to ask about. For instance, there is no reason that the average homeowner would know that many manufacturers announce price increases on their building materials early each calendar year.

Since you want the best value for your money, this is important knowledge to have. Even builders and contractors like Archadeck of Kansas City don’t get much advance notice of price changes. We wish we did so that we could tell homeowners that a project will cost X price now, but will increase to Y price on a specific date. All we can state with certainty is that the industry pattern is to raise prices for construction materials during the first few months of a new year.

One reason for this phenomenon is that new home construction and home improvement projects nationwide typically fall off during the winter months.  This is true in Kansas City as well, but we are able to build in this area almost all year–unless there is ice or snow on the ground. Call our office almost any day of the week and we can name multiple building sites where you will find Archadeck crews working on a project.

Another reason that we expect to see increased prices soon is that the construction industry has been on an upswing for the past two years. That means higher demand for all types of building materials: wood, non-wood, fixtures, stone, manufactured trim pieces, and all the other components that are necessary to build your deck, patio or porch. Locking in prices now may mean that you may pay less for your project or will be able to afford some upgrades that will be out of reach in a few months at your desired price point.

In addition, contracting for your backyard addition now will also give you use of your new living space sooner. We can get you on the schedule now when the calendar is a little less crowded and we don’t have the delays often caused by spring rains. You can enjoy your new space as soon as the weather turns warm. If you want to take advantage of the time and financial benefits of building in winter, plan on committing to your building project by the end of December or mid-January at the latest.

Bonnie and Dan Hall, Archadeck of Kansas City Owners

Bonnie and Dan Hall, Archadeck of Kansas City Owners

If you’re considering the addition of an outdoor fireplace – or a deck, porch, patio or other outdoor living structure – give us a call at (913) 851-3325 for a free consultation or email us at kansascity@archadeck.net. We look forward to your call.

Read some reviews and testimonials about Archadeck of Kansas City

Selecting a contractor to build a porch, deck, patio or other outdoor living space is a huge decision. The great news is that it’s much easier to do due diligence now than it was in the past. We recommend that you visit some of our existing customers to see actual projects and meet homeowners that we have worked with. We also encourage you to view our reviews on Angie’s List and do other research online. At Archadeck, we also utilize and post-job survey tool. Our clients are sent an email in which there are only two questions. The first question is for a rating on a scale of 1-10. The second question is solicits comments on what the client liked or didn’t like about the job. From this survey, below are some results.

“The quality of the materials and craftsmanship and the strong work ethic of everyone associated with the project.”

Charles & Dianne C;  Shawnee, KS

“Our deck project was a fairly large job and it was done in a timely manor. The crew who worked on it were polite and always here on time and worked hard. Our deck is beautiful and we love it.  Steve was very professional and helped design our stairs to perfectly walk down to our new patio.  We were very happy with the outcome and would highly recommend Archadeck to anyone. We look forward to enjoying it for years to come.”

Barry & Jill K; Leawood, KS

(What did you like?) Absolutely everything!!! The project turned out exactly as we planned. The quality of work was exceptional!

Ronald & Jeanne P; Olathe, KS

“The construction process and the end product are the best we’ve ever experienced in all of the home improvements projects we have completed.”

Tim & Julie S; Lenexa, KS

“Finish work was excellent and all work done in a timely manner. The workers were fantastic to work with and always on time.”

Steve & Carla M; Olathe, KS

“Excellent crew that took our concepts and produced them.  Steve added some additional suggestions for a gorgeous deck and screened porch area for us.”

Maureen Purcell; Overland Park, KS

“Process from start to finish was explained well, completed in a timely manner and results are outstanding.”

Bradley & Rebecca D; Overland Park, KS

“High quality design, built on time, honest and detail-oriented professionals”

Jeffrey B; Leawood, KS

“Great crew, great materials, great execution. It was a very good experience.”

Steven & Pamela M; Overland Park, KS

“We practically LIVE in our screened porch. We requested a place for a doggy door and they happily accommodated. It’s so nice to still be able to just open the door from the kitchen and let the dogs out in the morning. The materials they used were top notch and we can’t say enough about this new addition.”

Mark & Barbara B; Overland Park, KS

“Very well built, both from a functional and design perspective. Owner is wonderful to work with; responsive before, during and afer the project was completed. We have received many many compliments on the look and design.”

Rodney & Nikki J; Lenexa, KS

“The whole experience of working with Archadack, Steve and the whole crew was exceptional. The deck turned out to be everything we expected and more. Steve was very precise about how things would be from day one. He kept us informed every step of the way. The deck itself is done with such precision that would be hard to match. Every single board is precise to the nth degree. We have already had many wonderful comments, many saying it is the best looking deck they have ever seen. His crew was very clean cut and pleasant. To date we have never hired an any work done at our home that we have been happier with. We would highly recommend Archadeck to anyone without one single hesitation. Archadeck is simply the best you will find anywhere. Thanks, Steve,and crew!”

John and Gloria H; Shawnee, KS

“The screened porch looks like it has always been part of the house. The quality of the work is exceptional.”

Charles & Colleen P; Lenexa, KS

“I like the quality of the work and the professionalism of all employees. Archadeck wants their customers to be happy and that is evident by the way they treat their customer’s property.”

Briana M; Olathe, KS

“The quality of the porch is outstanding. All of the owners and employees are good listeners and communicators so that the design and work is truly a collaborative endeavor. There were no surprises because of this. The integrity of the company is impeccable.”

Susan Y; Overland Park, KS

“The whole experience was positive – from the planning phase, to the construction, and then finally the finished project. We’re extremely happy with the result. The crew was very professional and worked quickly, especially considering the hot weather.”

David L; Overland Park , KS

“Total professionalism, workers are courteous and clean up daily, workmanship is of the highest standards, Archadeck in my opinion is the best Kansas City has to offer.”

Rodney H; Overland Park, KS

Bonnie and Dan Hall, Archadeck of Kansas City Owners

Bonnie and Dan Hall, Archadeck of Kansas City Owners

If you’re considering the addition of a porch, deck, patio, outdoor fireplace or other outdoor living structure, give us a call at (913) 851-3325 for a free consultation or email us at kansascity@archadeck.net. We look forward to your call.

Planning, strategy and consideration are often the most important parts of designing a new Kansas City porch

Lenexa screened porch with TVIf you’re reading this blog post, you’re probably considering adding a porch to your home. You probably have lots of ideas about what you want your new porch to include. You may envision a mounted flat screen TV, a railing that’s easy to see through and perhaps large screened areas with minimal posts for the best view of the yard. Those are all good and important considerations. Before those considerations, we need to look at how you plan to use your porch. If you plan on using your porch mostly for eating, we may suggest mounting the TV in a different area. If you want to add an outdoor fireplace to your porch, do you want that to be the focal element of the seating area or do you want to be able to enjoy the fireplace from either of two living areas such as a seating area and an eating area?

In addition to considering how you want to live in your new space, we will need to look at any architectural challenges the back of your home presents. Things like roof lines, number of stories, elevation, second story windows, and other architectural features have bearing on where and how your porch attaches to your home.

Overland Park porch looks original to home lrTake the porch featured to the left. Archadeck of Kansas City’s biggest challenge on this job was integrating the new deck and porch beautifully and seamlessly into a house that had three different roof lines and a second-story window that needed accommodation. The easiest path would have been to use a simple shed roof, but we wanted a design that would be harmonious with the existing gable roofs. We built a shed roof with a featured gable that increases the feeling of openness on the porch, provides good drainage, and is a great stylistic fit with the rest of the rear facade.

Another very important consideration is maintenance. Remember the days of old when annual painting just went with the territory for deck owners? Now, low-maintenance materials abound. You can have a deck that you never need to paint or stain. You can have columns or siding of high tech manufactured materials that will reduce the need for painting, repair or replacement.

AZEK deck and flooring on Overland Park open porch lrOur clients at this particular home wanted to make sure that their new Kansas City open porch would be a haven of relaxation, not an source of extra household chores. We made that desire part of the design by working almost exclusively with low-maintenance building materials. The AZEK flooring requires almost no upkeep and has an industry-leading warranty. The AFCO aluminum railing is similarly easy to care for and provides little visual distraction from the yard and garden.

Day, night or in between?

Today’s porches are anything but “sun porches”. They’re great in the day but they are also wired for enjoyment in the evening and for longer months throughout the year. We build in electrical outlets, wire ceiling fans, mount TV’s, install gas fireplaces, and add all the amenities might hope for in your new space.

Bonnie and Dan Hall, Archadeck of Kansas City Owners

Bonnie and Dan Hall, Archadeck of Kansas City Owners

If you’re considering the addition of an open porch – or a deck, patio, outdoor fireplace or other outdoor living structure – to your Kansas City area home, give us a call at (913) 851-3325 for a free consultation or email us at kansascity@archadeck.net. We look forward to your call.

 

 

Here’s what we see in custom upscale Kansas City porches

Kansas City 2-level porch lrIf you’re thinking about adding a screened porch on to your home this coming year, don’t you wish you had an uncle or friend in the business to give you the scoop on what you may want to incorporate into your porch? You want really good insight without being sold. You want someone to point you in the direction of who to call, where to look, and what to expect. At Archadeck of Kansas City, our clients will tell you that our only focus is in building a porch or outdoor space for how you want to live. In fact, if you call us for a free consultation and your first question is whether you should use wood or composite, we won’t answer you – at least at that point. We will ask you how you plan to use the porch, how long you’re going to be in your house, and whether or not you want to paint or stain every year or every couple years. We will ask if you plan on eating on your porch, watching the fire or TV on your porch, and how many people you plan on entertaining. If we build a space that looks pretty and uses lots of nifty materials but you never use it, then we have failed. But, once we work through how you want to live in your new space, here are some things we’ll share with you about the types of porches we’re building for our local area clients.

Lenexa screened porch and AZEK deckFlooring

Synthetic decking  offers tremendous advantages over traditional wood floors. Some of these products have extensive factory warranties. They are available in a wide variety of colors to suit almost any taste or design scheme and they require very little maintenance. Complete the room with a few throw rugs and you have a floor that looks like one that could easily be in an interior room.

Kansas City screen porch attached Evergrain deck lrCeilings

Do you love the airy, expansive feeling of vaulted ceilings? They used to be almost unheard of on screened porches completed 20-30 years ago. Now a vaulted ceiling style seems to be the most requested. Clients who have similar ceilings inside their home often like to carry the style into their outdoor space. Alternately, people who have flat interior ceilings may enjoy having the extra space and light they provide on their porch.

Railings

Railings used to be an afterthought on many outdoor living projects, but they too have improved dramatically by the development of synthetic building materials. The railings are typically right up against screens and are one of the first areas of a porch that get wet from the rain. This makes railings another great candidate for using a synthetic material.

Kansas City porch with outdoor fireplaceOutdoor Fireplaces

Although still a significant expense, improvements in fireplace inserts have made an outdoor fireplace more affordable. If you decide to add a gas fireplace on your porch, you have a choice between vented or ventless and can choose from several different heat-resistant materials for the front. Brick, stone and wood are all options that can be used for your outdoor porch fireplace. Regardless of the type you pick, the fireplace will extend the season for using your porch and add to the room’s warmth and ambiance.

Wire it for sound, and amenities

Consumer electronics are available almost everywhere we go and the porch is no exception. Surround sound speakers, televisions, and custom lighting can all be incorporated into the design of your porch so you can enjoy your favorite activities inside or out. Your music, TV, lights, and even your gas fireplace can all be controlled via remote – very convenient.

Leawood KS screened porch

Creating kitchen access to this Leawood KS porch required removing a wall and installing a large custom sliding door.

Custom furnishings

Many of today’s custom screened porches can provide protection from roughly 90% of inclement weather. This allows our customers much more latitude in choosing furnishings for their new living space. Both traditional and all-weather wicker are attractive, affordable and low-maintenance. You’ll see sofas appointed and accessorized with beautiful all-weather outdoor fabric from companies like Sunbrella. In addition, your protection from the elements also allows you to freely use more decorative touches like baskets and candles.

Bonnie and Dan Hall, Archadeck of Kansas City Owners

Bonnie and Dan Hall, Archadeck of Kansas City Owners

If you’re considering the addition of an outdoor fireplace – or a deck, porch, patio or other outdoor living structure – to your Kansas City area home, give us a call at (913) 851-3325 for a free consultation or email us at kansascity@archadeck.net. We look forward to your call.

Do yourself a huge favor before hiring a contractor to build your Kansas City porch or deck…

screen porch builder Leawood KSAs a homeowners, you’re very fortunate to have a wealth of good due diligence information at your fingertips. As fast as you can type (company name) reviews, you can start reading what real customers have to say about that company. If Angie’s List and the BBB don’t come up upon searching, make sure to visit each of those to learn more about a contractor you might be considering. We are very proud of our BBB A+ rating and of winning the Angie’s List award in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and counting. Members of Angie’s List leave detailed reviews covering everything from the initial consultation to the friendliness of the contractors and more.

At Archadeck, we have an additional review system we’ve implemented. We work with an independent company called Listen360. After each job, every customer receives an email requesting a rating on a scale of 1-10 and one simple question about how we did. Here are some reviews we’ve received from our customers here in the Kansas City area.

“High quality design, built on time, honest and detail-oriented professionals”
Jeffrey B., Leawood KS

“The quality of the materials and craftsmanship and the strong work ethic of everyone associated with the project.”
Charles & Dianne C., Shawnee KS

“Our deck project was a fairly large job and it was done in a timely manor. The crew who worked on it were polite and always here on time and worked hard. Our deck is beautiful and we love it.  Steve was very professional and helped design our stairs to perfectly walk down to our new patio.  We were very happy with the outcome and would highly recommend Archadeck to anyone. We look forward to enjoying it for years to come.”
Barry & Jill K., Leawood KS

“Absolutely everything!!! The project turned out exactly as we planned. The quality of work was exceptional!”
Ronald & Jeanne P., Olathe, KS

“The construction process and the end product are the best we’ve ever experienced in all of the home improvements projects we have completed.”
Tim & Julie S., Lenexa KS

“Excellent crew that took our concepts and produced them.  Steve added some additional suggestions for a gorgeous deck and screened porch area for us.”
Maureen P. & David H., Overland Park KS

“Process from start to finish was explained well, completed in a timely manner and results are outstanding.”
Bradley & Rebecca D., Overland Park KS

“I like the quality of the work and the professionalism of all employees.  Archadeck wants their customers to be happy and that is evident by the way they treat their customer’s property.”
Briana M., Olathe KS

Here are some links to read more reviews. We want you to do your due diligence. We want you to be confident in your decision.

Archadeck of Kansas City on Angie’s List

Archadeck of Kansas City on the BBB

Bonnie and Dan Hall, Archadeck of Kansas City Owners

Bonnie and Dan Hall, Archadeck of Kansas City Owners

If you’re considering adding a new outdoor space to your Kansas City area home this winter or next spring, give us a call for a free consultation at at (913) 851-3325 for a free consultation or email us at kansascity@archadeck.net. We look forward to your call.