As COVID-19 took hold last year, people began spending more time at home than ever before. It wasn’t long before interest in redesigning home offices and tackling home improvements began to rise. This activity soon turned into a tidal wave of home renovation, multiplying the demand for new porches, decks, and patios.
If you are considering adding or renovating an outdoor living space, you may want to get started sooner rather than later. Spring has always been a peak time for construction, and now the industry is busier than ever. As the increased demand continues, many companies are still completing projects from 2020, and the industry is experiencing significant material and supply delays. These factors, along with regular variables such as weather and permitting, are causing many outdoor living projects to take longer than usual to complete.
How the COVID Home Improvement Rush Impacts Timelines
At Archadeck, we welcome the high number of project inquiries we receive. However, the reality of doing so often means longer lead times between your first call and your design appointment as well as longer lead times between design completion and the start and finish of construction. Construction delays have been compounded during the pandemic because material suppliers are also experiencing COVID-related supply chain disruptions of their own. Rest assured that high-quality construction and excellent client service continue to be our top priorities. We thank all of our current and prospective clients for your patience as we deliver the best of our services in challenging times.
Communication is Key
Flexibility and effective communication are essential for success in the construction profession. One of our goals is for you to know what to expect when you work with us. To achieve this, we offer regular updates via email, text, and site visits to keep you informed of your project’s progress.In some instances, during the selection phase, our designers can advise you if certain materials are likely to be more delayed than others. When possible, this gives you an opportunity to factor in the pros and cons of your timing requirements when making design decisions.
Quicker Outdoor Living Upgrades
If you want to upgrade your outdoor living space sooner rather than later, you may want to consider making smaller changes or pursuing less complicated projects. Such changes may include:
- Power-washing your deck or patio
- Re-staining or painting your existing deck
- Changing your patio furniture
- Installing cantilever umbrellas for shade
- Adding portable heaters or fire pits
Re-decking is one type of renovation that can produce a lot of impact while also being efficient and cost-effective. If you have an outdoor living space that is structurally sound but in desperate need of a makeover, re-decking allows us to replace your decking boards, railing, and/or steps with something similar or completely new. Doing so can give your outdoor living space a refreshed or whole new look without having to start from scratch. Visit our page on re-decking to learn more.
Are You Ready to Renovate?
Now is a perfect time to invest in your home and property. If you are ready to get started, call Archadeck today at 919-973-1523 to set up a design consultation. No matter what 2021 brings, the Archadeck team will work diligently to bring your backyard dreams to life as quickly as possible. Getting in the queue is a vital first step. The sooner you make the call, the sooner we can get you on our calendar. We look forward to working with you!