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Top 4 Things to Consider Before Building Your Outdoor Living Project

You know you’re ready to add outdoor living space to create your dream sanctuary, but how do you know which project is right for you? Are you dreaming of a gorgeous paver patio to add to your landscaped garden? Or maybe you’re thinking about an enclosure to enjoy protection from the rain.

When it comes to deciding between a deck, patio, screened porch, or maybe a simple shade structure, there are many factors to consider. Our process at Archadeck will help guide you to the project that best fits your outdoor living needs.

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Low-maintenance deck by Archadeck of Chicagoland

1 – Outdoor Living Project Timeline

Do you need a deck built-in time for an upcoming celebration or gathering? Or are you looking for a room to enjoy a warm cup of cocoa in time for a chilly fall evening? In the Archadeck process, one of the first questions we ask is the time frame you’re looking to build your project. Having plenty of time to allow for the design process, obtaining permits, material delivery, building, and checking final details is important to keep in mind. Knowing what type of space you want and when you need it by is necessary before we begin the design process.

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Cozy porch project by Archadeck of Chicagoland

2 – Outdoor Living Project Space and Function

Maybe your current deck is too small for your large family and needs to be replaced with a larger alternative. Or maybe a smaller patio will meet your need for an intimate area for seating and dining. Our design consultants will learn about how much space you want and specifically how you plan to use it. Do you want a deck that runs along the entire back of your house? Or do you need a combination project to separate different areas of your yard? When you and the designer discuss these details, it will help them create a design that will match your needs; this is an essential step in our process.

TimberTech deck
TimberTech deck project by Archadeck of Chicagoland

3 – Outdoor Living Project Aesthetic & Your Personal Design Taste

Looking for rich colors low maintenance TimberTech decking offers? Or maybe you are deciding between Mega Arbel or Lafitt pavers for your patio. Your design consultant will discuss your taste to get an idea of what best fits your style. We will also show you pictures of previous projects to get an idea of your likes and dislikes. The second meeting with our design consultant is held at our showroom so you can see examples of specific pavers, low maintenance deck boards, and screened window options.

Paver patio project by Archadeck of Chicagoland

4 – Outdoor Living Project Budget

Knowing your budget is an important piece of our design process. This is covered initially during your consultation so that we create a design appropriate to what you’re comfortable investing in.

Are you ready to plan a new outdoor living project for your Chicagoland home? 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.