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How do we begin the design process for a new deck, porch, or patio?

Creating outdoor living spaces requires outdoor design. Obviously, outdoor furniture will be a central element to enjoy the spaces with your family and friends. The outdoor furniture you plan to use is a great starting point for planning your outdoor living space(s). Knowing what type of furniture and activities you plan on using will drive the design of the new spaces. Obviously, it will affect size but also shapes and transitions. The form should always follow function.

Chicagoland patio
Planning your new Chicagoland patio requires knowledge of how much furniture you will need to use it the way you wish.

When we begin the design process for a screened porch, paver patio, deck, or any of our projects we start by asking about use. I like to understand what rooms they wish to have in the new outdoor spaces. Most want an area to dine and to cook, some want a family room, many want a space for a fire pit or fireplace, some want spaces for hot tubs, and many have other ideas for outdoor spaces.

Chicagoland deck
This multi-level Chicagoland deck accommodates different living areas for many outdoor living and entertaining opportunities, including a pergola-covered area, offering partial shade on sunny days.

Often getting this conversation started is difficult. Most people have not thought about their backyard in this way. Asking about the outdoor furniture that they plan to use gets the conversation started. Most homeowners want to include a grill and a table for dining. Beyond these two staples, each homeowner adds those elements that create their unique outdoor space.

Chicagoland porch
This Chicagoland porch is a fantastic outdoor living space for conversation with loved ones.

The base for creating outdoor design always flows from the functional needs. Once we know the basic spaces that the homeowner wants to have we begin blocking out the project. When we apply the aesthetic tastes of the client the design takes a more exact shape and form.

Chicagoland screened porch
This Chicagoland screened porch offers a space, where these homeowners and their guests can escape the elements and insects.

If you are ready to discuss options for adding a new deck, porch, or patio, Archadeck of Chicagoland is here to help you design the space that suits your outdoor living needs! Sign up for a free design consultation or call Archadeck of Chicagoland at (847) 250-4100 to speak with a design consultant and begin creating your new dream space.