Category Archives: Archadeck of Kansas City

It’s the details that make the project with this Leawood KS deck

There is a long list of reasons to consider a custom design for your outdoor living space. One of the items near the top is the time and consideration that a custom builder will give you to help identify the right structure(s) for how you want to live in your new space. Another thing a custom builder will consider is the transition areas between your home, your new space and your yard. It’s important that your Kansas City deck, patio or screened porch builder blends your new space with your home and the rest of your property.

Leawood KS composite deck with lightingWe recently completed a Leawood wraparound deck. We replaced an aging cedar deck with a new, larger TimberTech deck that leads down to a pavestone patio area. The owners knew they wanted to connect their deck and patio. We created a design that has a pass-through deck area connecting the spaces.

We used TimberTech Legacy Tigerwood flooring and AZEK Premier lighted railings. We also included riser lights built into the steps. The multi-level lights help ensure safety for everyone and add a touch of understated elegance in the evenings. The lights also create an easy-to-follow pathway for new guests who may be unfamiliar with the property. The color choices, including the TimberTech Radiance rail infill connection, complement both the exterior of the home and pick up the dark brown of the surrounding trees and mulch.

Leawod KS deck with AZEK rail and lights lrTwo transition features really make this project stand out by blending in with great subtlety. First, we stair stepped down as we came across the back of the home, moving slowly from decking to stone steps to patio. The clients used minimalist landscaping to great effect between the grass and the deck. Instead of having a gap between the two, they used mulch, liriope and hostas to create visual continuity.

As you can see from the photos, this project could easily be included in any home magazine on the newsstand. More importantly, it is going to stay looking beautiful for many years to come. The low-maintenance, fade-resistant quality of the building materials will stand the test of time almost as well as those large stone slabs we used.

Steve Folsom - Kansas City deck and porch builder

Steve Folsom – Kansas City deck and porch builder

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.

 

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.

Steve Folsom - Kansas City deck and porch builder

Steve Folsom – Kansas City deck and porch builder

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.