Tips to Build An Eco-Friendly Deck or Patio

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Image courtesy of Trex Looking for the best tips on how to build an eco-friendly deck or patio? This is the first in a 2-part series of articles on how to construct a green outdoor living space. Today we answer the … Continue reading

Suburban Maryland Spring Home & Landscape Show 2013

This weekend we’re finally enjoying some spring-like weather here in Maryland and homeowners will be excited to hear that one of the top home shows in our area is taking place this weekend! Saturday March 9th – Sunday, March 10th, 2013 is the return of the popular Suburban Maryland Spring Home Show at the Discovery Sports Center at Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown MD. You can print a free admission pass from their website, and our company, Archadeck of Central Maryland, will be in the exhibitors area to meet with homeowners interested in updating their backyard or outdoor living space. We’ll also be promoting our Dream Backyard Makeover Contest worth over $70K!

The Suburban Maryland Home Show is an event designed for homeowners in all stages of remodeling, landscaping and decorating their homes. There will be hundreds of home improvement and landscaping exhibits with product demonstrations, displays and design ideas. With a combination of new products and expert advice from the pros, this home show helps inspire homeowners with countless ideas on enhancing their home’s comfort and functionality, as well as its aesthetic appeal and overall value.

This show is for geared toward new home buyers and long-time homeowners alike, and should be of particular interest to anyone wanting to update, enhance, or create a new look or amenity for their own home.

Show Address:

Discovery Sports Center at Maryland SoccerPlex (for direction click here, or view this on Google Maps)
18031 Central Park Circle
Germantown (Boyds), MD 20841

Show Hours:

  • Saturday, March 9, 2013 10:00am – 8:00pm
  • Sunday, March 10, 2013 10:00am – 6:00pm

Do you want to build a new deck, patio or gazebo to improve & extend your outdoor living space for this spring, summer & fall? Be sure to stop by the Archadeck of Central Maryland booth to check out pictures of our latest projects, get more info on our custom-build services and products, plus ask our experts any questions about your upcoming home project. We hope to see you at the home show!

John Barrett Archadeck of MarylandArchadeck of Central Maryland is a leader in outdoor design & construction for Baltimore, Montgomery County, Howard County, Anne Arundel County and Prince Georges County MD. Our team has been designing & constructing outdoor living spaces for over 11 years and has been the recipient of CotY (Contractor of the Year) awards and other distinctions, plus featured in the Washington Post. We’d love to help create the perfect outdoor living space for you, whether you’re thinking of building a new deck, 3- or 4-season room, sun room, screened porch, patio, trellis, pergola, arbor, fire pit or other project. Our design consultation is free. Give us a call at 301-926-3001 or email us to schedule yours today.

Savor Sip and Style Luxury Home Show Maryland

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Are you a Marylander with an eye for design, looking to savor spring in style? Then you’ll definitely want to attend the Savor Sip & Style Luxury Home Show at Turf Valley in Ellicott City, Maryland this weekend! This annual home show features the best in vendor showcases, food, wine & spirit tastings, informative seminars and more. Attendees will be able to see the latest in upscale lifestyle when they visit with more than 100 luxury home, food, and style vendors gathered for the event.

The Savor Sip & Style home show will be held: Saturday, February 16 – Sunday, February 17, 2013 from 11 am – 5 pm.
Location: 2700 Turf Valley Road, Ellicott City, Maryland 21042
Tickets: You can buy tickets online here starting at $10 each, or you can get 2 VIP passes through this Living Social deal for just $9 each (ends today).

Tickets are good for admission on both days. VIP tickets include 5 tasting coupons and souvenir tasting glass.

Be sure to stop by booth 448 in the grand ballroom to see Archadeck of Central Maryland, your premier deck, patio & outdoor living space contractor. We’ll be displaying pictures of our projects, promoting our Dream Backyard Makeover Contest, plus answering any questions you may have about creating the perfect outdoor oasis. We look forward to seeing you there!

John Barrett Archadeck of MarylandArchadeck of Central Maryland is a leader in outdoor design & construction for Baltimore, Montgomery County, Howard County, Anne Arundel County and Prince Georges County MD. Our team has been designing & constructing outdoor living spaces for over 11 years and has been the recipient of CotY (Contractor of the Year) awards and other distinctions, plus featured in the Washington Post. We’d love to help you with your next home renovation, whether you’re thinking of building a new deck, 3- or 4-season room, sun room, screened porch, patio, trellis, pergola, arbor, fire pit or other project. Our design consultation is free. Give us a call at 301-926-3001 or email us to schedule yours today.

Dream Backyard Makeover Contest from Archadeck!

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All of us here at Archadeck of Central Maryland are thrilled to announce our largest contest in our company’s history, and one lucky person will win a dream backyard makeover thanks to Archadeck and our partners TimberTech and Belgard Hardscapes!

Grand Prize: Dream outdoor living project for your backyard designed and installed by Archadeck ($70,000 in retail value)

2nd Prize: Deck Renovation ($7,000 retail value)

3rd Prize: Outdoor Lighting Package ($3,000 retail value)

To enter: Visit our Facebook page (or any Archadeck franchisee) to enter: http://bit.ly/DreamBackyard

Note: You’ll be asked to “like” our Facebook page, and then you’ll see the entry form on our “Promotions” tab. You’ll be asked to fill out a short entry form including uploading a picture of your backyard and a writing a brief (maximum 250 words) description. Also, please note you’ll need to enter this contest from your computer, as it is not currently accessible via mobile devices.
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Other important information:
The contest runs: Feb. 1st – April 22, 2013
Two finalists will be announced each month, and then Facebook voting will take place from April 23-30, 2013.
Grand prize winner announced in May and the project build should begin during June/July 2013.
Fine print: DREAM BACKYARD MAKEOVER CONTEST – NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. OPEN TO LEGAL U.S. RESIDENTS AND LEGAL RESIDENTS OF PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA. VOID ELSEWHERE & WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. See complete Official Rules for entry instructions, full explanation of determination of winners, prize restrictions and other details. Limit one entry per person/household/property. SPONSOR: Outdoor Living Brands, Inc., TimberTech & Belgard, Richmond, VA USA 23294. This Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

Good luck to all who enter and we can’t wait to help one lucky person win the backyard makeover of their dreams!

2013 Top Home Improvement Trends for Decks and Outdoor Living Space Materials

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We were recently asked what the upcoming top home improvement trends for decks and outdoor living space materials are for 2013. Since we here at Archadeck of Central Maryland work with many clients to create the perfect outdoor spaces, including decks, patios, sunrooms, screen porches, hardscapes, gazebos and more, we were happy to tackle the question. So what materials, techniques and types of projects do we think will dominate 2013?

Short answer: Top materials trends we’re seeing are Cap Stock materials & PVC technology.

And a more thorough answer: Three technologies exist today for producing low maintenance decking: composite, cap stock and PVC.

Composite was first introduced by Trex and is still available from all of the major manufacturers today. However, composite is prone to staining, scratching, fading and is more susceptible to mold and mildew. Many of the composite product do not look very natural. Its only advantage today is cost. As a result of the improved products on the market composite is quickly losing market share. Many of the products have been discontinued and those still in production will likely not be around much longer.

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We’re seeing a trend in PVC Technology using top-notch materials like Azec and Fiberon. The benefits of using these types of materials for decks and outdoor living areas are that it’s stain-, mold- and scratch-resistant. The product can dent, but is a lower price point, and we’re seeing a growing number of decks and outdoor structures constructed from it. PVC is generally the most expensive material compared to the other materials we’ve already described.

Cap Stock

Another top 2013 trend for outdoor structure materials are Cap Stock materials. These are recycled wood and recycled plastic on the inside with an acrylic, high density polypropylene or other propriety formulation shell. This provides extra protection for the boards and helps extend the life of the deck. Cap Stock has all of the stain, mold, mildew resistance as PVC, looks more like natural wood, is almost as scratch resistant, and is lower in cost than PVC. As a result this has been the most popular choice for customers looking for the best value in low maintenance flooring. All of the major manufacturers including Trex, Fiberon, TimberTech (acquired by Azek in August 2012) and some of the other lower profile manufacturers like Rhino Deck all offer this technology.

We’ll be sharing more top home improvements trends and projects right here on our blog, so feel free to email us any related questions and we may feature your query in a future blog post!

John Barrett Archadeck of MarylandArchadeck of Central Maryland is a leader in outdoor design & construction for Montgomery County, Howard County, Anne Arundel County or Prince Georges County MD. Our team has been designing & constructing outdoor living spaces for the past 11 years and has been the recipient of CotY (Contractor of the Year) awards and other distinctions, plus featured in the Washington Post. We’d love to help you with your next home renovation, whether you’re thinking of building a new deck, 3- or 4-season room, sun room, screened porch, patio, trellis, pergola, arbor, fire pit or other project. Our design consultation is free. Give us a call at 301-926-3001 or email us to schedule yours today.

New Year’s Resolutions – Home Improvement and Enjoying the Outdoors

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Do you have a home improvement project on your New Year’s Resolution list? Maybe it’s the project that your spouse has been hinting for you to look into and start for the past few years… a deck that has been weathered and worn down after decades of use. A patio or hardscape area that needs to be expanded. Or perhaps you never get the chance to even enjoy the outdoors and your own yard, so you’re resolving to make 2013 the year in which you truly enjoy the nature and beauty of your own property?

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According to USA.gov, these are the most popular New Year’s Resolutions.  Many involve improving health, such as getting fit and running more regularly.

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Not surprisingly, there are also many popular resolutions revolving around enjoyment of life and luxuries, such as going on a trip or saving money toward other goals.

Many people start off the new year with good intentions to keep their resolutions, but according to a recent Forbes article, only 8% of people actually achieve their New Year’s goals. If you are in the majority, and have trouble sticking to your New Year’s Resolutions, here are 6 tips to keep you on task:

  1. Write it down. Physically writing down your  resolutions or goals on paper, makes it more real. Commit your goals to writing can make you 33% more successful, according to a study by Dr. Gail Matthews at Dominican University of California.
  2. Get accountability. Ask a friend or family member to keep you accountable. Ask them to regularly call or e-mail to find out your progress on meeting your goals and sticking to your resolutions.
  3. Save up. If you haven’t budgeted for the project, start examining your finances and options as well as setting aside additional money each month.
  4. Set a timeline. Place dates and mark up your calendar or planner so you know when you to begin. For your home project you’ll need to allot time towards research, interviewing contractors and beginning the design process.
  5. Do your research. If your resolution is to finally tackle a big home improvement project, make sure you take the time to thoroughly research the company/contractor you hire. For your own protection, you’ll want to make sure they hold the proper contractor’s license. In Maryland you can check the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation website to search for contractor licenses here. You’ll also want to make sure the company is insured and verify their warranty protection.
  6. Stick to it. Don’t give up! If you start to lose steam toward meeting your timeline or accomplishing your goals, you can place a picture of your dream house project on your fridge or on your desk at work. Visualize your goals. Be realistic, but also work hard to achieve your goals and be a part of the 8%.

Take these simple steps to get your project on track and complete your New Year’s Resolution home improvement project before another New Year’s Eve transpires.

John Barrett Archadeck of MarylandIf you’re thinking about building a new deck, 3- or 4-season room, sun room, screened porch, patio, trellis, pergola, arbor or fire pit at your home in Montgomery County, Howard County, Anne Arundel County or Prince Georges County MD, give us a call to discuss ideas. We’d love to help you with your next home renovation and help you check that off your New Year’s Resolution list! Our design consultation is free. Give us a call at 301-926-3001 or email us to schedule yours today.

Post Derecho Maryland Storm Deck Repair Needed

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The derecho, the complex storm that caught most of us off guard here in Maryland and the DC metropolitan a little over one month ago, created some substantial damage and unfortunately some casualties. This dangerous storm left over a million local residents without power, plus the high impact winds meant a lot of tree limbs fell and debris hit homes, cars, and outdoor structures. Unfortunately, some of the beautiful outdoor living spaces we have created had to “weather” what is being called one of the “most destructive complexes of thunderstorms in memory to have swept through the entire DC area.”

We rebuilt a deck for one client last September, and she emailed us to let us know that a tree struck her deck and there was some minor damage from the 2012 derecho. She wanted us to come out, inspect and give our professional opinion on the repair needed so that she could let her insurance company know. She also mentioned: “By the way – I know our old deck would have collapsed like a deck of cards. The tree definitely took the brunt of the damage not our deck; a testament to excellent construction.”

We love to hear feedback like that from our customers, and we’re glad that our solid construction, sturdy and high-quality materials, and reliable craftsmanship have helped many Maryland residents enjoy their outdoor living space and are structures that will stand the test of time.

John Barrett Archadeck of MarylandIf you had damage done to your deck, patio, screen porch or other outdoor structure, feel free to give us a call. We offer free deck safety inspections. We also design and build new decks, 3- or 4-season rooms, sun rooms, screened porches, patios, trellises, pergolas, arbors or fire pits for homes in Montgomery County, Howard County, Anne Arundel County or Prince Georges County MD. Our initial design consultation is free. Give us a call at 301-926-3001 or email us to schedule yours today.

Every Good Party… Ends up Outdoors!

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It used to be said that every good party ends up in the kitchen. Nowadays, the best parties always end up outside. Nothing is more relaxing than going out on that perfect summer night. With a cool breeze, a glass of wine, perfect lighting, comfortable outdoor furniture, and engaging conversation, you just might have the party everyone remembers all year.

Once the party is over, you have your own private getaway to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Everyone knows that after working all day and battling DC traffic, you need to unwind. Leaving the televisions, iPads, iPhones, and all other distractions inside, come outside to relax by yourself, or surprise your spouse by just having a conversation. Having the perfect patio, deck, or porch allows you to extend your home outside. It is like a room out in nature.

I can already hear people saying, “what about the bugs?”

With our screened in patios, you can enjoy the outside completed protected. Our customers have told us that one of their favorite times to enjoy their screen in porch is when a storm is coming in. Completely protected from the rain and able to sit back and listen is an experience that a night on the couch will never duplicate. For our deck and patio customers, we have other solutions from our sister company, Mosquito Squad, to make certain the bugs never ruin an evening.

Besides the bugs, another concern people have is wondering if they will ever use their new outdoor living area. Who wants to invest money into a patio and never use it? When an outdoor living area is designed specially for you, you will wonder how your ever lived without it. It becomes our customer’s favorite part of their home.

John Barrett Archadeck of MarylandIf creating your own private getaway sounds like something you would like to at least explore, have us come out and see what options are available to you. If you’re thinking about building a new deck, 3- or 4-season room, sun room, screened porch, patio, trellis, pergola, arbor or fire pit at your home in Montgomery County, Howard County, Anne Arundel County or Prince Georges County MD, give Archadeck of Central Maryland a call to discuss ideas. Our design consultation is free. You can call us at 301-926-3001 or email us to schedule yours today.

New Outdoor Living Design Guide Available



Last month we were pleased to be featured in the March 2012 Traditional Home Magazine and Country Living Magazine. Our 2012 Archadeck ‘Outdoor Living Design Guide‘ was featured as a resource for homeowners looking to enhance their outdoor spaces. If you’re interested in requesting your own downloadable copy, click here. You’ll valuable information for homeowners interested in building or remodeling outdoor living spaces such as decks, screen porches, gazebos, trellises, hardscapes, and outdoor kitchens.

John Barrett Archadeck of MarylandIf you’re thinking about building a new deck, 3- or 4-season room, sun room, screened porch, patio, trellis, pergola, arbor or fire pit at your home in Montgomery County, Howard County, Anne Arundel County or Prince Georges County MD, give Archadeck of Central Maryland a call, we’d be happy to discuss your options and share what high quality projects we can create. Our design consultation is no obligation and free. Give us a call at 301-926-3001 or email us to schedule yours today.