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The Latest News in Chicagoland's Outdoor Living Spaces

Hello, Chicago. This is my blog about the creation and enjoyment of outdoor living spaces in our great town. It is also about my company’s quest to create awesome leisure spaces for our clients.

For me “outdoor living” is the extension of your home with living space beyond the walls and roof. Outdoor living certainly includes the creation of outdoor rooms. This is our business; we create rooms that are physical structures for people; such as decks, screen porches, gazebos, pergolas, sunrooms, or patios. Outdoor living also includes landscaping, outdoor lighting, water features, hardscaping, and anything that connects us with nature.

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Gazebo Design in Gurnee, IL, by Archadeck of Chicagoland

For 30 years, Archadeck has dedicated itself to the design and construction of outdoor living spaces. Founded in Richmond, Virginia, in 1980, Archadeck has grown to more than 70 franchise offices around the country. Collectively, we have built more than 70,000 outdoor living projects. So, if you’re looking for a trusted experience, there is no need to look any further.

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Chicagoland pool patio and open porch design by Archadeck of Chicagoland

Dave Berryhill, designer, ownerMy name is David Berryhill. As the designer/owner of Archadeck of Chicagoland for the past 6 years, I welcome you to my blog – “an outdoor living space,” if you will. My wife, Kristen, and I purchased our Archadeck franchise in February of 2004. We always wanted our own business. In the summer of 2003, after the bubble burst and the company I had helped build for nine years was no more, we began a search. We sought a business that would provide a desirable, tangible product, that had strong potential, and we would enjoy.

Those last criteria might sound odd, but I had spent my career with companies offering products or services that were not very exciting.

I was drawn to the construction element but especially attracted to the creation of outdoor living spaces. For several years I was a landscape hobbyist, including taking classes at the Morton Arboretum. For as long as I could remember I enjoyed arranging interior spaces but once I had a yard I found my true passion. The opportunity to start and build our Archadeck Franchise has offered a convergence of passions.

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Screened porch interior by Archadeck of Chicagoland

However, what we really promote and sell is outdoor living…an outdoor living lifestyle. Our mission, our passion, is to design and blend those products to flow with your lifestyle. We create designs that look original to your home and blend with your landscaping. Ultimately, our goal is to enhance your enjoyment of your home while enhancing the value of your property. This takes more than just throwing a few sticks on the back of your house and calling it a “deck.” Many do-it-yourselfers and many “carpenters” have tried this approach and I’m sure we all have various examples of the results throughout our neighborhoods.

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Pergola and paver patio by Archadeck of Chicagoland

Archadeck has refined a different approach – we believe, a better approach – to developing outdoor living spaces for our clients’ lifestyles. We are one of the few companies devoted to this aspect of your home, your lifestyle at home. We are probably the only company devoted to it for 30 years.

If you are interested in learning more about outdoor living and the difference Archadeck brings to those spaces, then I encourage you to connect with us here often. We will discuss and promote various concepts, products, and issues related to outdoor living. We’ll offer perspective on the art form that is an outdoor design and the difference that is Archadeck.

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Composite deck design by Archadeck of Chicagoland

Of course, we hope that when the time comes we can create your new outdoor space and your friends. If you share our passion for outdoor living, we welcome you to share your ideas and thoughts with us.

If you are ready to discuss your new Archadeck outdoor living space, we are ready to help! 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.