Don’t let your outdoor living plans be bamboozled by an aging, unusable wood deck – go green with bamboo

Archadeck of Hartford-Fairfield helped this family up their outdoor living game by building them an expansive deck with views for days! Don’t let your outdoor living aspirations be held captive by an unaccommodating space. Call on us to enliven your backyard with a custom deck, like these Berlin CT homeowners did.

These Berlin homeowners were looking for a reimagined outdoor living space to replace their existing wood deck, which had surpassed its usable lifespan. They needed a new and improved space for entertaining and private relaxation, but went a step further by choosing a sustainable product – bamboo! As the area’s only green product outdoor living builder, Archadeck of Central CT was only too happy to provide these clients with a deck that would fulfill all their outdoor living needs, and moreover, one that is truly beautiful!

Looking for a central CT green deck builder? Look no further!

— Berlin, CT, bamboo deck for strength and sustainability!

At Archadeck of Hartford-Fairfield, it’s not just about tearing out the old deck, and building a new one in its place. We listen to our clients’ needs for their custom deck design. We want to know what is good or bad about their existing space. We want to know if they require more space, and how they intend to use it. We ask important questions to determine how we can improve upon any elements that are lacking with the existing space. For these Berlin, Connecticut, homeowners, it was important to give them a deck that would breathe new life into the style and intended use of their backyard.

Oh, bamboo! Are you too good to be true?

— Expansive tiered bamboo deck design in Berlin, CT.

We designed an expansive, multi-level deck to accommodate their desire to entertain. The tiered deck design creates an easy transition and easy entry into the home on both levels, which will accommodate heavy foot traffic for parties and get-togethers. This beautiful deck was constructed with bamboo, which is one of the strongest building materials in existence, actually a grass, not a hardwood! A new bamboo deck by Archadeck of Hartford-Fairfield will stand up to wind, weather, and many years of use, rivaling the hardest of hardwoods. Is bamboo too good to be true? No way!

That deck railing, though!

Some of the finer points of custom outdoor living design often aren’t even a consideration for clients. They might believe deck railings are just a standard, necessary element, without realizing that the railings can be an integral part of a beautiful deck design. We gave these homeowners a gorgeous cedar balustrade with tempered glass infill and a bamboo top rail. These railings are the perfect complement to the overall look of the space, and will give the homeowners and their guests a completely unimpeded view beyond the deck!

— Cedar deck railing with tempered glass panels and bamboo top rail in Berlin, CT.

Other custom elements of this deck design are in the beveled shape of the transition. Decks do not have to be rectangular! Along the beveled portion of the deck and on the stair risers, we installed deck lighting for use after dark.

— Beveled deck transition with deck lighting in Berlin, CT.

When it comes to sustainable deck design and building, Archadeck of Hartford-Fairfield should be your first choice. Our expertise in green deck building, along with the sustainable products we offer set us apart from all the rest. If you’re looking for a green deck, look no further than Archadeck of Hartford-Fairfield.

If you are looking for a green deck builder, contact Archadeck of Hartford-Fairfield today at 203-978-9050.

These Cromwell, CT, Homeowners Prove Archadeck of Hartford-Fairfield is the Company You Want to Keep

If your family is going through changes, take Archadeck of Hartford-Fairfield with you! Whether it’s a physical address change or a lifestyle change, we want to be right there.

— Cromwell, CT, deck by Archadeck of Central CT

An excellent example of how this works is the story of a family for whom we built a Fiberon low-maintenance deck in Middletown, CT, several years ago. They loved the work we did there. They felt strongly about the level of service we provided and the high quality of the outdoor living space we designed and built. Because they were so pleased with the job, when they moved they called us again. Not only did they want us to return to design and build their new outdoor living space, they wanted to use Fiberon as their decking material again. Repeat performances all around!

New deck above; re-deck below

When the clients moved from Middletown to Cromwell, they decided to refresh the existing deck at their new home, and they wanted to link the house deck with the pool deck. This home had decks attached to the house at two levels—a second-story deck and a ground-level deck below it—and a pool deck that was completely separate. The lower deck didn’t need to be completely replaced, so we kept its existing substructure and only redecked the surface with new decking boards.

Connecting the multi-level deck to the pool deck

Our redesign of the upper deck includes a landing partway down the new stairs that connects to the pool deck. This design is a huge improvement for the homeowners. The previous configuration had them walking down the deck stairs, through the yard, and up another set of stairs to the pool deck. Now they have a choice when they start down the stairs and reach the landing from the upper deck. They can either continue down the stairs to the yard, or they can follow the landing across to the new gate for the pool deck.

The Fiberon color our clients selected for their upper deck replacement Ipe (pronounced ee-pay, the color of an exotic hardwood), and they selected vinyl railings. They are fully invested in the low-maintenance outdoor living lifestyle.

Grilling in the shade

Beneath the upper deck, the homeowners have a shaded area with comfortable seating on the lower deck. The grill can be positioned right at the edge of the lower deck so the grill isn’t under the covered area, yet the grill master can remain in the shade while grilling.

If you are considering a new deck, replacement deck or redecking at your Middletown, Cromwell or Central CT home, call us to talk about your ideas and see how we can serve you. Call Archadeck of Hartford-Fairfield at 203-978-9050.

Archadeck of Hartford-Fairfield Talks About Taking Outdoor Living Spaces to a New Dimension

Across central Connecticut, we have left a trail of happy clients who love the outdoor spaces we’ve created for them including decks, screened porches and patios. In each of these cases, the new structure we designed and built was attached to their home with a door leading from the main house to the new addition. The exceptions are gazebos, pavilions and in some cases patios, which you could argue are not attached in that way.

— One of our recent open porch additions serves this family well for outdoor entertaining.

Currently, we are exploring the concept of building an outdoor structure on the client’s property but not directly attached to the client’s house. We’ve all seen this in the form of a detached garage. Some detached garages are built with an apartment or some type of living quarters above the garage itself. We want to take that idea to another level, whether it is for recreational purposes or for workspaces.

— Imagine your own space just for exercise or yoga…

The purpose of a detached structure on one’s property has never been limited to living quarters. Several examples come to mind. Besides the garage, the earliest use might have been the woodworker’s workshop and the garden shed. In both of these examples, the intent would have been to build a structure in which the woodworker or gardener could store tools and supplies. They also needed a workbench or table, basically, a place to work.

— Imagine a space for sewing, crafts and cherished hobbies…

Next comes the “she shed.” In contrast, we typically think of a man cave as being inside the house, usually in the basement or a spare den or bedroom. Women must have an inherently greater need to get out of the house because we’ve come to think of their escape structure as being detached from the home: the she shed. Maybe it was the garden shed that first morphed into a she shed. Somewhere a woman decided she could use that shed however she chose, and that usage did not have to include gardening — or any work, for that matter. Ideas like this spread like wildfire now in the electronic age where we share so much through social media. Just search Pinterest for “she shed” and you’ll see what we mean.

As soon as you start to think of additional uses for a detached building at your home, quite a few very appealing possibilities come to mind:

  • Art studio
  • Craft room
  • Writer’s studio
  • Sewing room
  • College suite
  • Theatre room
  • Yoga room
  • Weight room
  • Cigar room

And, of course, we would include she shed, man cave, workshop and garden shed on a list of potential uses for a detached building at your home.

Some of these uses seem purely recreational and some seem work-related. Who’s to say which is which (besides your tax accountant when you’re looking for deductions)? Is the art studio of a full-time attorney who dabbles in painting landscapes any different from that of a working artist totally self-supported by her artwork? Her sewing? Her writing? At what point do crafts stop being recreational and start paying the bills? If you call it an outdoor living space, must you only dabble in hobbies there, or can you perform “real work” there, too?

As designers and builders, it’s not for us to say that any one use for a detached outdoor living structure is more legitimate than another. At Archadeck of Hartford-Fairfield, we design and build outdoor living structures. We don’t tell you what you can or can’t do with them. It’s our job to ask you how you want to use your outdoor space — and then to collaborate with you in designing it to meet your needs. We’re simply suggesting that you might want to consider adding a detached outdoor living structure at your home for any number of leisure or professional purposes.

If you’re interested in talking with us about your ideas for a new detached outdoor living structure at your home, contact us to learn more about how we can exceed your expectations. Call us at (203) 978-9050.

Archadeck of Hartford-Fairfield Receives Customer Satisfaction Award for Perfect Net Promoter Score

Archadeck of Hartford-Fairfield is thrilled to have been awarded an Archadeck Customer Satisfaction Achievement Award at the Outdoor Living Brands Annual Meeting recently held in Scottsdale, AZ. 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 measuring how likely customers would be to recommend a company, product or service to a friend or colleague. The Net Promoter Score is derived from asking customers one question and rating responses based on a 0-to-10 scale. Archadeck customers see this question after their outdoor living project has been completed. The question asked of these customers is this: “How likely are you to recommend [this company, this product, this experience, this representative] to your friends, family or business associates?” The Net Promoter Score is used across industries as a way to quantify customer satisfaction.

We’re proud to announce that we finished the 2017 calendar year with a perfect Net Promoter Score of 100, the highest possible score! We want to thank all of our 2017 clients for entrusting Archadeck of Hartford-Fairfield to design and build your outdoor living projects. Knowing you will recommend us to your friends, family and colleagues means the world to us.

By definition, a Net Promoter Score of 100 also means we achieved the Best-in-Class customer satisfaction rating based on the NPS system. All 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. Examples include Apple with an NPS of 72, Southwest Airlines with an NPS score of 62 and Amazon, which also has an NPS of 62.

Some of the key service elements we believe in are the driving factors behind achieving this exemplary Net Promoter Score. These include:

• Our commitment to communicating with the client from start to finish
• Sending out a welcome package so each client knows what do expect during the construction of their project
• Consistently 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 making sure the client understands the value of their feedback

We are proud of the hard work our entire team puts in every day, because that certainly contributed to Archadeck of Hartford-Fairfield winning this customer satisfaction award. You can rest assured we are the company you keep and we’ll still be around years down the road. This is because we offer quality products and strong warranties, use highly-skilled carpenters and craftsmen and know what it means to keep our customers happy.

— Our goal is to make all our customers happy, even the 4-legged kind!

Contact us today to learn more about working with a Best-in-Class outdoor living company! You can reach us at (203) 978-9050.

Going retro: Archadeck of Hartford-Fairfield designs 3-season rooms with today's "hot" jalousie windows

If the image of jalousie windows stirs up your good memories of a simpler time, you are not alone. At Archadeck of Hartford-FairfieldT, we have seen these retro-vintage-inspired windows increase in popularity lately. Specifically, clients adding a 3-season room or sunroom have been asking for them.

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Not everyone can remember what they’re called, because the name is not something you hear every day, but almost everyone recognizes the jalousie window in a magazine or photo online. They give your room a retro look — some might call it whimsical. Perhaps your grandmother or great aunt had these windows on a porch or 3-season room, and seeing them now reminds you of your visits as a child. Today’s jalousie windows do come with a side order of nostalgia.

The jalousie window features a column of parallel glass or acrylic slats, like louvers, and the column of slats runs all the way from the top of the window frame to the bottom. The angle of the slats is adjustable by a crank on the side of the window. All of the slats move at the same time, in the same direction, when adjusted. The difference between slats and louvers is that louvers (on a louver door, for example) are stationary while a jalousie window’s slats are adjustable.

When the jalousie window is completely open, the slats are positioned horizontally, and there is a gap of a few inches between each slat. When the jalousie window is closed, the slats are tight and almost straight up-and-down. What keeps them from closing completely flush is that they overlap. The top of one slat rests on the bottom of the one above it.

Besides the retro appeal, why do our clients request jalousie windows? First, it’s all about the breeze! No other window allows as much airflow, so these windows were treasured for maximizing ventilation in the days before homes had air conditioning, especially down south. Today they can remind us of days spent in Florida, Hawaii or the Caribbean.

In our New England climate, we enjoy 3-season rooms because, when the temperature is right, we can open the windows and bask in the fresh air. But modern window systems only allow some window panels to open while others stay shut, so you never achieve maximum airflow. The jalousie window, on the other hand, opens fully, providing as much airflow as a screened porch.

Tafco jalousie windows

Speaking of screens, today’s jalousie windows can include screens so you don’t suffer pesky insects while you’re enjoying the fresh air.

As Hartford-Fairfield’s premier designer of sunrooms and three-season rooms, Archadeck of Hartford-Fairfield has found four additional benefits to using this gem of a window style:

Price: Jalousies are more cost-effective than many other window systems.
Inexpensive to repair: If one slat is damaged, you don’t need to replace the entire window, just the one slat.
Keeping rain out: With jalousie windows, you can leave the windows open while it’s rainy outside, as long as it’s not raining extremely hard. Because you can position the slats at a downward slant, the rain will not run into your home through the open windows.
Unobstructed views: These windows allow the least-obstructed view compared to any other windows except the picture window.

If you prefer a window that doesn’t require curtains or blinds for privacy, you can select jalousie windows with wooden slats instead of glass. Closing them will keep the light out, and opening them will let light in — as well as the outside air, of course. For a compromise between light and darkness, you can choose frosted glass slats; these provide some privacy while allowing some light into the room as well.

Are there drawbacks to jalousie windows? We’ve found two drawbacks the homeowner needs to consider:
Not completely watertight: If a heavy, driving rain is aiming right at your windows, these windows are not sealed as completely as others. During a torrent, rain may seep in even when the windows are closed.
Not airtight: The construction of the jalousie window does have some gaps, so these windows will never seal a room as completely as other types of windows. Homeowners find these windows are best suited for a room they’re not trying to heat and cool throughout the year.

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Archadeck of Hartford-Fairfield can help you determine whether jalousie windows will be right for your outdoor living space in Avon, Farmington, Cheshire or anywhere else in Central Connecticut. We are the designers that build, as opposed to builders that design. Call us at (203) 978-9050.

Archadeck is Hartford-Fairfield's first-quality builder for luxurious outdoor living -- at home

Sometimes you just need to see your surroundings with fresh eyes.

Picture this: you’re on vacation or a business trip and you’re enjoying top-of-the-line accommodations. You admire the resort’s elegant cabana overlooking the indoor-outdoor pool and its terraced surroundings. You especially admire the multi-level deck that starts near the pool and goes off in several directions. With short stairways leading from one level to another, each landing on the deck is comfortably furnished as an alcove for conversation, private dining and relaxation under the stars. Subtle lighting nestled among the deck’s many planter boxes offers an ambiance of casual luxury.

It feels good to get away, but it always feels great to get back home again. And yet, the feeling you had at the resort lingers. Can you recreate this at your home?

Oh, yes you can, if you know the right people … someone to listen carefully as you describe not just the physical characteristics of the place, but the way it made you feel. Someone who can take what you describe and come back with three-dimensional renderings that bring your vision to life on the page or screen. An experienced designer of outdoor living spaces who can create designs, indoors and out, that will allow you to experience nature’s beauty at home while keeping you snug in the winter, cool in the summer.

You’ll want a designer who can recommend the best materials and explain the differences when it’s time to make your selections. Would you prefer top-quality, exotic hardwood decking or the newer low-maintenance decking products that offer incredible endurance and always look new? Would you prefer a screened porch with open rafters or beadboard ceiling — or one that lets in the sun’s sensuous rays through carefully-placed skylights? Will your new sunroom dazzle you with craftman-inspired tile or the warm glow of polished wood?

You’ll want someone who can custom design an outdoor living space that’s just right for your family no matter how many contradictions that embraces. Someone who has enough experience with innovative design features that they can design what you ask for … and take it a step or two further in ways you may not have imagined.

That designer of the perfect upscale outdoor living spaces is Archadeck of Hartford-Fairfield. We know how to listen, so you’ll get the unique deck, porch, sunroom, 3-season or 4-season room that fits your family’s lifestyle, not a tired design out of a book. We have mastered the art of deluxe outdoor living spaces, too, so as to combine structures that complement each other while making your home a welcome retreat or a vibrant showplace. Maybe it’s a new, bigger sunroom with French doors that open onto a screened porch with a massive stone fireplace. Or a great wrap-around deck opening off of a 4-season room that becomes a sports oasis where friends and family always gather to watch the big games.

Archadeck of Hartford-Fairfield listens to you and what you want in an outdoor living design. We communicate with you at every step of the design and building processes to eliminate surprises. We hire skilled craftsmen who always exceed expectations. We help you select the quality of materials that you want in your home. The outdoor living spaces we build appear original to the home, not something “added on” as an after-thought. We know you are an exacting client, and we will not disappoint.

— Luxurious outdoor kitchen and custom pergola in Cheshire, CT.

What’s more, we know you can hire anyone you want to design and build your central Connecticut outdoor living space. When you choose us to bring your outdoor living ideas to life, we want you to be so pleased — yes, thrilled — that you recommend us to your friends and colleagues at every opportunity. Quality is important to you, the homeowner, and it is equally important to us.

If you want to recreate a luxurious experience you had while traveling, or you’re ready to re-imagine your home’s outdoor living space with fresh eyes, contact us to learn more about how we can exceed your expectations. Call us at (203) 978-9050.

This Durham, CT, Deck Outdoor Living Trio Creates the Perfect Harmony for Outdoor Living Enjoyment!

Archadeck of Hartford-Fairfield designed and built this custom outdoor living combination to speak to the individual needs of this Durham, CT, family. The space includes a paver patio, screened porch and spacious deck. Each of the structures was designed to work in unison, much like one large outdoor room with different areas to enjoy various functions.

The homeowners are musicians and they wanted a space for family and friends to gather for playing music and outdoor entertaining. The entire design is low-maintenance so more time can be spent harmonizing in the space rather than maintaining it.

We used Fiberon Ipe decking on the deck, stairs and screened porch. The screened porch features a tempered glass knee wall and gable end queen fan trusses so the view into the spacious backyard is never obscured.

Part of the ease of this design is the way Archadeck of Hartford-Fairfield built the stairs wide enough to serve as seating. This element makes it easy to play musical instruments within the space as no constraints are present.

The homeowners are elated with their new space. There is no denying the appeal of an outdoor living combination design. Outdoor living combination spaces, such as this project, marry the function and aesthetic elements of two or more outdoor structures allowing them to function as one large space.

If an outdoor living space is part of your plans for the upcoming outdoor season ahead, consider the benefits of a combination space. Contact Archadeck of Hartford-Fairfield today to add harmony to your outdoor living lifestyle. Call (203) 978-9050.

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