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Deck? Porch? Both?

As Your Birmingham Outdoor Living Contractor, We Recommend Building One of Each for a Complete Set

What’s made of wood or composite, has a railing and steps, screens on three sides, windows you can close when it’s cold outside, a big screen tv and a ceiling fan, smells of cedar, has a cooking surface and a refrigerator and granite countertop with bar seating and a table for eight?

cozy porch with railings

Wow! Is it a deck, a cedar screened porch, an Eze-Breeze 4-track window enclosed porch or an outdoor kitchen? Wait … did we forget to tell you it has a beautiful shade pergola, too?

double deck with porch

Okay, don’t give up. It’s all of the above, or what Archadeck of Birmingham calls a deluxe outdoor living space, or a Birmingham outdoor living combination.

That’s right; at Archadeck of Birmingham, we are happiest when we are making our clients happy by designing and building a big ol’ Birmingham outdoor living combination space. When the stars align, you can walk out onto your cedar screened porch and from there onto your deck with an outdoor kitchen or outdoor fireplace and a pergola over one section of the deck for shade.

cozy open porch with fireplace

As your Birmingham deck and porch builder, we know how perfect it feels when you create a combination of options side-by-side in your outdoor living space. If you enjoy entertaining and want to invite more people than one table can seat comfortably, no problem! With a porch and a deck, you can have more than one dining area. Kids at one table and adults at another? Put the kids on the porch so the adults can dine under the stars.

Ready to get started? Schedule your complimentary design consultation with our team today! Reach out to us at (205) 576-5780.

What’s The Best Way to Plan and Build an Outdoor Living Combination?

We don’t have just one answer to that question. Every homeowner’s situation is different. Since all of our outdoor living spaces are custom-designed and built for one home on one specific property, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer.

cozy screened porch

Here are three scenarios, and each one could be the best way for a Birmingham homeowner to plan and build an outdoor living combination:

The One-Piece-At-A-Time Scenario

You build a deck, either wood or low-maintenance composite, depending on your personal preference. A few years later, you decide you would like to turn that deck into a screened porch and add a new deck attached to the porch. After another year or two, you realize that you would use your screened porch more if it were enclosed with the Eze-Breeze window system to keep out pollen in spring and chilly air in winter. At some point you want to add an outdoor kitchen. We may have to add more support under the deck, but we can definitely put an outdoor kitchen there for you. And don’t forget the pergola. Since your new deck is large enough to have more than one seating area, you can put a beautiful wood, composite or vinyl pergola over one section where you can enjoy sitting outdoors in the shade.

wood deck with pavilion

The Phased Building Program Scenario

Homeowners who want to work with Archadeck’s phased building program know in advance that they want several components to their outdoor living space. They may not have the budget to build all of them at one time, but that’s alright. Working with your Archadeck of Birmingham deck and porch designer, you can plan the whole project in advance so we can prepare each section for the next one to come later. The end result will be a cohesive outdoor living combination where each piece is built on to the one before when your budget allows.

wood deck and covered porch

The difference between the phased building program and the one-piece-at-a-time scenario is planning. When we build a deck knowing a screened porch will follow, we can tie the construction into your home and each section into the next with preparation and forethought. Planning leaves less chance we’ll have unforeseen obstacles to overcome later.

living space with deck

The Everything-All-At-Once Scenario

If your budget allows, why not plan to move ahead with all of the components now so we can design and build all of the parts of your outdoor living combination together? Right from the start you can enjoy the porch when you want to watch your big screen TV outdoors. You will have a covered space when the weather is rainy and a big deck area where you can cook, eat and relax under the stars. With more than one outdoor space functioning together as a cohesive area, you can entertain larger groups with guests flowing from the porch to the deck and back as they mix and mingle.

wood deck with tube slide and swings

The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts

Whichever route you take to get there, in the end you’ll love your Birmingham outdoor living combination. When you have a series of outdoor living spaces working together, you get a synergy that you will quickly learn to take for granted. The entire space works together with different areas for specific purposes, while the whole space can also be used for a special event without sending your guests into different sections of the house where they won’t all be able to see each other.

deck and screened porch

In the three scenarios above, we still haven’t covered all of the possibilities. For example, if you build the screened porch first (as opposed to converting the deck to a porch), you have several options for your porch flooring. You can select wood or composite flooring to match that of your deck, or you can contrast the deck flooring by using tile on the porch.

cozy wood deck with railings

If your lot has several different elevations, you may want to use the underside of your deck as a covered porch. That way you have another option for spending time outdoors without getting burned by the Alabama sun’s UV rays.

screened porch

If you prefer a simple grill rather than a full outdoor kitchen, you might want to think about adding an outdoor fireplace to your new deck. It’s possible! As your Birmingham deck builder and porch builder, we are interested in hearing about the outdoor combination space of your dreams. Let’s work together to make those dreams come true.

deck and screened porch

We want to be your Birmingham outdoor living combination contractor. Call Archadeck of Birmingham for a complimentary design consultation at (205) 576-5780 or email us at We look forward to creating the outdoor lifestyle you’re dreaming of!

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners of Archadeck of Birminghamcompany owners

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