How to Search for Outdoor Furniture Like a Pro

Like inside your home, furniture is the finishing touch to creating the perfect outdoor living space. We all want to get out and enjoy the warm weather while it’s here, so having a comfortable area to relax is important. Seating clusters let your family and friends enjoy each other’s company while extending your home outdoors.

Your outdoor furniture should bring people together, stand up to the elements, and showcase personal style. Here are a few things you’ll need to consider before choosing your new furniture, followed by the pros and cons for the furniture materials:

How do you use the space?
Do you host more family bbq nights or grown-up cocktail parties? Do you prefer lounging in the sun with a good book or do the neighbourhood kids often use it for water-fights and dance parties?

What’s your style?
Do you prefer bright, tropical colours and cushy pillows or more muted, natural earth tones and cleaner lines?

How does the traffic flow?
Are you be able to walk through the space from the bbq to the kitchen without tripping? You love big comfy wicker pieces but how will they fit in your tiny patio space?

How durable does it need to be?
Are you looking for something that will last as long as the home or do you plan on replacing everything in a few years when the kids have moved out?

What is your budget?
Let’s face it, most of us have to adhere to a budget. Once you’ve established yours, there are plenty of creative options: maybe one big comfy statement piece paired with simple built-in benches and colourful cushions, or a matching set from the big box store.

Plastic

Plastic is often the cheapest option when it comes to outdoor furniture. Sold at most big box stores, it is very portable and usually stackable for easy storage.

Although it’s the least expensive option, plastic is also the least durable option for outdoor furniture. It can fade when left out in the sun and break or crack easily.

Aluminum

Aluminum is a great option for many areas of the country. Its powder-coat finish is extremely durable and doesn’t rust or fade, making it perfect for salty or wet locations like Halifax. This light weight material is easy to move around and easy to clean with just soapy water. Because it is so malleable, aluminum outdoor furniture tends to come in a wide variety of styles.

Aluminum’s light weight is both a pro and a con of the material. High winds can move the furniture around so it’s good to protect it by placing it inside when bad weather is expected. Additionally, aluminum does hold heat and can be hot to sit on when left out in the sun.

Steel

Steel is very durable and, unlike aluminum, won’t move around in hard winds. When protected appropriately it can withstand the elements well.

Steel, because of its heft, can be expensive and difficult to move around in a space. It requires a protective coating of some sort to prevent it from rusting.

Wicker

Wicker can come in both woven wood or synthetic versions (synthetic wickers holds up well in the elements, wood may need to have some type of sealant). It is both lightweight, making it easy to move around your outdoor living spaces and durable. Cleaning wicker is easy with a hose and mild soap.

Wicker outdoor furniture sets tend to be pricey and can often be too bulky for a lot of smaller spaces.

Wood

Wood furniture is classic. It’s sturdy and doesn’t hold heat as much as aluminum furniture does. Cedar and Teak are two of the harder woods that are great for the outdoors. They see little effect from rain and actually have enzymes that protect against decay.

Wood furniture can be expensive and softer woods can absorb moisture and rot over time. Paint or sealant is needed to keep water out.

Top 5 Spring Deck Trends

In recent years all-weather materials have come a long way, and in turn, let us spend more time outdoors. While a lot of these comforts have become the norm, there are still plenty of options that you might not have considered. We’ve pulled together 5 fun and functional items that you might want to consider adding to your outdoor living wish list.

1. Built-in Lighting

Lighting adds versatility to your space and has become one of the most requested deck add-ons that we see today. There are so many new LED options available that your backyard space can easily be transformed without moving a single piece of furniture. We recommend mixing it up as much as possible, adding features like path lights, riser or railing lights, and even recessed lighting inserted directly into the deck boards. Not only does lighting safely extend the time you’re able to stay out in the evenings, but it also adds a warm ambiance. We no longer need to be blinded by the lone backdoor light – there are a ton of options! Click here to see our lighting gallery for inspiration and click here to read about some deck lighting options.

2. Railings Working Double-Time

Railings are there to provide safety and most deck designs require them by law (depending on height etc.). But there’s no reason they can’t be made more beautiful and useful. There’s a growing trend for the “Cocktail Rail”, which gives you and your guests a place to rest food and drinks. By creating a shelf for the top rail, you can add some visual interest and create a more useful space.

Some lower decks (ask your designer/builder) can also use bench seating as the “railing” along the edge. Not only do these give added protection from falling, they provide plenty of built-in seating when entertaining. For an added bonus, consider having the seats flip up providing extra storage for all those cushions and backyard accessories. Here’s a project we recently completed with built-in storage benches.

3. Outdoor Chefs

For most Canadians, backyard grilling is a staple for summertime entertainment. The growing trend is for creating food prep areas and cooking equipment storage. Outdoor Kitchens are starting to live up to their names including things like built-in grill bases, sinks, mini-fridges or ice chests, stone work-tops and beautiful storage components. One of the newest trends is outdoor cabinetry that blends indoor style with outdoor durability. Check out our Outdoor Kitchen gallery here for some ideas.

4. High-Tech Deck

Electronic manufactures have seen an opening in the outdoor living market and are starting to offer equipment specifically for outside. With advancements in both equipment and storage, new options like wall mounted tvs, speakers, and routers are becoming more available and affordable. If you like getting outdoors as much as possible, think about how adding these gadgets might improve your space.

5. Maintenance Free Options

People are spending more time outside and on their decks, but they want to enjoy that time and not spend it doing maintenance. Wood alternatives are now predicted to grow in the decking industry at a faster rate than traditional wood – and for good reason. Composite decking resists fading, staining, scratching, and mold, it won’t rot, warp, crack or splinter. It’s virtually maintenance free and lasts on average 15 to 20 years longer than regular wood decks. Click here to see our gallery of composite decks and click here to read a blog article on why composite decking might be the right choice for you!

Deck Safety

Every year there seems to be a story about a deck or dock that collapses, which can cause serious injury. May is National Deck Safety Awareness Month and it’s something that we at are very passionate about. Our deck safety inspections are thorough and let homeowners know what they need to address now, what they can wait on and what to be aware of.

If you aren’t sure if your deck is in good shape, here are a few safety signals to be aware of:

Splintering
Not only are splinters annoying and sometimes painful, they are signs of a deck that needs some TLC. Over time, wood dries out when exposed to the elements, causing splintering. Splintering is the first sign of wood that needs to be attended to or replaced. Sometimes a good professional cleaning and sealing will do while other times new deck boards are required.

Creaking
When walking on your deck, it shouldn’t creak extensively. A lot of sounds could be a sign of a weakening attachment or connection. A professional deck builder can evaluate the connections and attachment and make sure a collapse isn’t right around the corner.

Swaying and Shaking
When a deck is in good structural shape, it will not shake or sway. If your deck is moving, call a professional. The issue could be that the structure is just past its prime or maybe more footings are needed.

Warping or Bowing
Much like splinters, warping or bowing can be a sign of a deck safety issue. If the boards are pulling apart from the structure, it may need to be replaced with new boards.

If your deck is displaying any of these issues, it doesn’t necessarily mean your deck needs to be replaced. A deck can be structurally sound but the boards may need to be addressed for instance. That being said, it’s important to have it evaluated by a professional if you have any concerns.

The Archadeck Building Process

Have you ever gotten to the middle of a project and realize, you don’t know what’s coming next? While that can be exciting in some ways, when it comes to large investments like outdoor living spaces, the unknown can be scary. If you’re considering enhancing your property, it’s important to discuss the process with potential patio and deck builders.

At Archadeck Outdoor Living, we’re very upfront with the designing and building process. Here’s how working with us goes:

Step 1. Connect
The first step in the client/Archadeck relationship is a connection. Whether you call or submit a request online, a member of our team will call to schedule a free in-home consultation at a time that works for you.

Step 2. Consult
At your home, we’ll have a conversion about what you need or want in your outdoor living spaces. While we’re taking a look at your space and measuring your property, we’ll be able to give you some design ideas and ballpark pricing.

Step 3. Design
From our no-obligation consultation, we will have enough information to get to work. Our trained designers will create a custom plan and 3D rendering so you can envision what the finished project will look like on your property. We’re always happy to tweak and update the design until it’s exactly what you’re looking for. We want you to feel comfortable with what you’re adding to your home.

Step 4. Build
We want the building process to be as seamless as possible, that’s why we’ve created a detailed Job Progress Methodology to make everything go smoothly. From filing for building permits to the final walk through, Archadeck of Nova Scotia wants to make sure you’re informed and satisfied along the way. We also offer a written warranty for workmanship and structural integrity. That warranty is further backed by the National Guarantee Corporation, which guarantees that your project will be completed to the terms of your contract.

Step 5. Enjoy
At the end of the day, Archadeck prides itself on enhancing the lives our clients with quality outdoor living projects. Our goal is to give you a space you’ll love for years to come.

If you want to discuss adding an outdoor structure to your backyard, please contact us to set up your free in-home consultation. Call 902-444-DECK (3325) or click here to email us directly.

The Coast's - My favourite room with Maurice Meagher

Feature in The Coast’s Homes Halifax City Guide

Recently, Owner and Project Developer Maurice Meagher was featured in The Coast’s City Guide to talk about his favourite room. The Homes Halifax guide tells you everything you need to know about buying, living and doing real renos in the HRM.

Maurice invited Francesca Handy into his home to discuss his and wife Wendy’s inspiration behind the family’s favourite room. North x North photography was there to capture the light-filled room perfectly.

Head over to our sister company Case Design/Remodeling’s project gallery to see more of NxN’s recent work. Once the leaves are in full bloom – they’ll be heading out to update all of our recent outdoor projects as well. So be sure to check back in a month or two!

Click here to read the full Coast story.

SPRING Ideal Home Show!

We’d love to see you!

The Spring Ideal Home Show is Atlantic Canada’s largest. Halifax Exhibition Centre is the place to be March 31st to April 2nd for everything you need to get started with basic home improvements, maintenance projects, major renovations and new construction.

Our booths will be just to the right when you enter the largest section. Stop by and we’ll answer any questions on building your new outside space.

Don’t miss our main stage seminar each day on OUTDOOR LIVING TRENDS

Also, The Ideal Garden & Patio Show is a must-see for anyone looking to begin a landscaping project – whether you’re planning a major outdoor overhaul or simply looking for some recommendations on types of flowers to plant. Exhibit categories will include landscape contractors, designers, garden centres and many other professionals. This section will pair perfectly with your new Archadeck outdoor project!

Show times:
Friday March 31 – 10:00 to 8:00
Saturday, April 1 – 10:00 to 6:00
Sunday, April 2 – 10:00 to 5:00

Tickets are available at the door:
Adult Pass – $11
Senior Pass (60+) – $9
Children under 18 are free when accompanied by an adult

Friday Special – 50% off all admission categories between 10:00 & 1:00. This discount is courtesy of Halifax Exhibition Centre and Master Promotions Ltd.

Address:
Halifax Exhibition Centre
200 Prospect Road
Halifax, NS B3T 1P2
1-888-454-7469

Make sure to fill out a ballot at the show for your chance to win a hand crafted Amish Rocker valued at over $1700.00, courtesy of KVADRO Furniture.

Click here to sign up for the show’s newsletter and receive a $1 off admission coupon!

Bring GREEN into Your Outside Spaces

Every year on March 17, the Irish and the Irish-at-heart across the world observe Saint Patrick’s Day. What began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland has become an international festival celebrating Irish culture with parades, dancing, special foods and a whole lot of green. This Sunday, the Halifax parade will travel down Lower Water Street, click here for more info.

Pantone Inc. is known worldwide as the standard for colour manufacturing. Since 2000, they’ve declared a “colour of the year” where fashion designers, florists, interior and graphic designers use the colour to guide their planning and products.

This year GREEN is where it’s at. PANTONE 15-0343 Greenery to be precise is a “springy yellow-green shade that evokes feelings of the great outdoors”.

Also, don’t forget that this weekend the clocks SPRING FORWARD! While it takes some people more time to adjust to time changes, there’s no denying that it brings more light to the evenings and gives renewed hope that Spring is just around the corner.

So while Spring and the colour GREEN is on our minds, we wanted to talk about how you can incorporate the bright, fun colour to your outside spaces.

Built-in planters for seasonal foliage and built-in benches allow plenty of additional seating and a place to display colourful cushions. Sunrooms, screened rooms and covered porches can be spruced up with a fresh coat of paint or comfy new furniture.

Green can really brighten and refresh your mood – it symbolizes growth, harmony, freshness, and fertility. So, we’ve pulled some photos from our site and Pinterest to give you some inspiration of how you can bring green to your outdoor spaces.

Archadeck Porch

Built in planters and greenery

Outdoor kitchens and porches

Sunrooms and front porches

Outdoor accents

Winter: the Perfect Time to Plan your New Backyard

Some people enjoy the winter and some people hate it. But living in Canada, we don’t get much choice in the matter. Often people plan a southern getaway to have something to look forward too during the cold, dark months. At Archadeck, we often tell people to start planning their new outdoor space in the winter, not only to have something to look forward too, but also to have something you know you can enjoy as soon as the spring hits.

Not surprisingly, the spring and summer months make up our busy season in the porch, patio and deck building industry. As the weather warms up and people move outside, they often realize they would like to improve their outdoor living space. Unfortunately, it can take weeks or months to get a new structure built – which cuts into the time you can actually use it.

At Archadeck we design and build custom outdoor living spaces – and it takes time. First step is the design process. During this phase, we learn your expectations, likes and dislikes. Depending on the type of deck you are looking for, we may do two or three designs to make sure it is exactly what you’re looking for.

After the design is finalized, we complete and submit building plans to the city for permitting. It can often take a few weeks to get the go-ahead from them and no work can be done until the permit is given.

With design and permit in hand, building can begin. Depending on the scale of the project, you should be enjoying your new space in just a few short weeks!

So, all this to say: we want you to enjoy your outdoor living spaces as much as possible. The earlier you get started, the more time you will have once the warm weather hits. Planning is a big part of that. Designing and planning can begin during a snowstorm or while the ground is still frozen. Another, benefit of starting now, is getting on the top of the building list when the weather lets us get out and start building.

If you are interested in a new patio, deck, sunroom, outdoor kitchen, etc., please let us know – we’re here to help! Our trained and experienced designers will work with you to create a space that fits your needs, tastes and budget.

Come be Inspired! 2017 Halifax Real Home Show

Visit us at booth 118 & 116

For 18 years, Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Nova Scotia has hosted the only home show dedicated solely to consumers interested in building, buying or renovating.

When: March 3-5, 2017 (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) Where: Cunard Centre, 961 Marginal Road, Halifax (next to Pier 21)

Visit their site to get $1 off the entrance fee


NOVA SCOTIA’S PREMIUM OPEN HOUSE FOR HOME BUYING, BUILDING, RENOVATING & ENJOYING!

Once you make the decision to build, buy or renovate, the process has only just begun. Are you searching for the right information on products, plans or contractors? Are you wondering about what your options are on different features and upgrades? Wouldn’t it be great to get this all done in one location?

Whether your priority is to find new ways to make your home more energy efficient, or if you are looking at your options for future projects, you will find this and much more at the Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Nova Scotia (CHBA-NS) Real Home Show 2017, taking place at the Cunard Centre (next to Pier 21) in Halifax on March 3-5, Friday – Sunday.

We understand that even small changes can make a big difference, and would like to help you make the right choices for your home. This show offers hundreds of displays featuring, builders, renovators, products, services, suppliers and industry professionals.

Don’t miss your chance to win great prizes this year, including a $5000 Stanley & DEWALT Tool Prize awarded to one lucky visitor. Bring your plans and talk to the professionals. This is an opportunity you don’t want to miss so mark your calendar today!

Hours:

  • Friday, March 3 – 10am – 7pm
  • Saturday, March 4 – 10am – 7pm
  • Sunday, March 5 – 11am – 5pm

Cost:

  • General Admission: $7 / person *(print off a coupon and receive $1-off your entrance fee)":http://nshomebuilders.ca/real-home-show/
  • Children: under 12 are admitted Free when accompanied by an adult
  • Military employees & spouses: Free on Friday (you must have proper identification or be in uniform)
  • Senior Rate: $6 / person *($5 with coupon)":http://nshomebuilders.ca/real-home-show/ – must be 65 or older and proper identification must be provided.

Contests:
Everyone loves to win and at this year’s show, there will be lots of opportunities to do just that! Or grand prize is a $5000+ Stanley and DEWALT Tool Package for a dream work shop! Click here to see details.

TimberTech News

TimberTech has featured one of Archadeck Nova Scotia’s award-winning decks in their latest news press release and their most recent blog post. Click the links to read their stories.

We’re also really excited and proud to be featured in their 2017 product catalog. Click here for a free download – and be sure to keep an eye out for our project (page 8-9 and scattered throughout)!

“We’re proud to be an integral part of this award-winning design,” said Julia Fitzgerald, TimberTech’s chief marketing officer. “By establishing strong relationships with companies like Archadeck, we’re able to get the word out about TimberTech’s premium products and continue to serve as the leading provider of innovative building products in the industry.”

Tips for Planning Your New Deck

Winter is a great time to start planning for your outdoor living space. It’s a big decision and can be a big investment. You want to get as much as you can from your outdoor space and you want to be confident that you’ll love it when it’s complete.

Better planning will always deliver a better end result.

Planning details beforehand can save time and money in the long run, and it all starts with asking questions. It’s important to know what you’re looking for but there are plenty of things you might not have considered. Below are a few helpful hints to get you started on the right foot.

How Will You Use This Space?

“I want a bigger deck” doesn’t exactly answer any questions. Understanding how you want to use the space will help you get a clearer idea of what you might need.

  • Size of the space: would you love to have comfy furniture for lounging?
  • Landscaping: would you like built in planters that add visual interest or an herb garden close to the grilling area?
  • Dining area: would you love to host more dinner parties for your family and friends?
  • Seating and storage: have you thought about built-in benches storage underneath?
  • Outdoor cooking: would you grill every night if you could – would a built in kitchen area with prep space, storage, or running water, be helpful?
  • Nighttime use: would you like to enjoy your deck in the evenings? outdoor lighting provides safety and ambiance, screened in areas provides protection from flying nuisances, fire pits can be used all year long.

How Will External Factors Affect This Space?

Knowing your yard is important. Take some time to think about:

  • Topography: is it flat, sloped, rocky, etc? These factors can really affect the placement of your new project. They can also add interesting features such as multi levels to work with the slopes or leaving a rock or tree incorporated into the design.
  • Landscaping: are there gardens and trees you’d like to keep in place or would you like to start from scratch? Create low-maintenance shrub boarders or beautiful wild English gardens – the opportunities are as endless as your thumb is green.
  • Views: can you see the lake or rolling hills from a certain point in your yard? Sight-lines and views can greatly enhance the enjoyment of your outdoor space – thinking about rail systems like narrow balusters or glass panels can have a big impact.
  • Privacy: alternatively, do you want to get some privacy from your neighbours? Would a fence or landscaping help divide your space, hide unsightly oil tanks, or dull the noise of passing traffic?
  • Your existing home: how will it affect the light or airflow into your home? Will this new space change the traffic flow in and out of your home – would it make sense to relocate the existing patio door?
  • Sun / Shade: Which way does your property face? Does it get morning sun or is it sweltering in the afternoon? Structures like pergolas or porches can help with direct sunlight and can also be handy for grilling in the rain (or snow!).
  • Permits or Homeowners Association Regulations: there are rules to building, even for a small deck on your own property. Make sure you know what’s allowed – and what isn’t.
  • Future considerations: are you planning on having children or thinking of aging family members where lots of stairs might be an issue? Would you like an enclosed space for pets? Planning ahead can be helpful down the road when needs might change. Even if you don’t need a fence at the moment, it’s helpful to consider how one might fit with the design now.

Is Resale Value Important to Me?

Will adding an outdoor space add value to you home? You bet!

A quick internet search tells you that decks can increase your home’s value by about 80% of the project cost ($15,000 deck = about $12,000 back when you sell your home) if well maintained. It may not be your top concern at the moment, but it’s definitely something to consider during the planning stage.

Finally – The Look

You want to ensure that your personality and lifestyle shines through.

  • Gather Ideas: sites like HOUZZ or Pinterest or the project gallery on Archadeck Nova Scotia are a good place to gather ideas and determine your style.
  • Materials:
    • do you have strong feelings (one way or another) about specific materials?
    • do you prefer wood or composite; dark, earthy tones, or bright beachy hues; stone pavers or brick? The options are endless, but your style and location will help determine what works for you.
    • what materials can be used in this Nova Scotia climate, or what can be locally sourced?
    • what will those materials look like as they age?
    • what’s your tolerance for ongoing maintenance?
    • what fits within your budget

It’s important to consider all these facts before plans are drawn. Your deck design should provide solutions and consider all your wants and needs.

Archadeck of Nova Scotia offers full design and build projects. From getting the proper permits, knowing the suppliers and materials that work best in our maritime climate, to site cleanup and final landscaping – we look after everything – so you don’t have to.

We’re here to help – if you have questions on enhancing your backyard, or if you’d like to set up a free consultation, give us a call 902-444-DECK (3325) or email us at novascotia@archadeck.net

From our Outdoor Living Design Guide, here’s a list of things to consider adding to your space:

The Top 4 Most Beautiful *AND* Useful Deck Lighting Types to Consider

Deck lighting options have come a long way in recent years. Most homeowners rely on their back porch light to illuminate their outdoor spaces, but it often falls short in form or function. Either it doesn’t provide light where you need it, or they’re too bright to enjoy a quiet evening outdoors.

When you’re planning your new deck, you should think about how you’ll be using it in order to understand what kind of lighting will be helpful. By adding lighting to the design and concept development you increase the value, usefulness and comfort of your new deck. Not only do deck lights give cozy ambiance, but they also provide safety by illuminating any trip hazards.

Pro-Tips:

  • It’s ideal to install when you’re building (or at least have it pre-wired), because it’s difficult to install after the deck is complete.
  • Look for powder-coated or rust-free and fade-resistant products to withstand the elements.
  • LED bulbs are energy efficient and should be used whenever possible.
  • Try to visualize where are there likely to be shadows or hard to see spaces?
  • Decide where you need lighting for safety, and where you need style for cozy ambiance.

After you’ve considered the above points you can start to get down to decision making. While there are a lot of options to wade through, we tend to sort deck lighting ideas into the following 4 categories:

In-deck or Ambient Lights:

These are mounted flush with the deck surface. They create soft light and give an ambient up-glow. They’re great for marking the perimeter of the deck or highlighting different levels, especially when there are aren’t railings.

Stair or Riser lights:

These lights are both elegant and helpful. They can be installed in the tread or riser of the stair and give a soft glow. They subtly light the path to make staircases safe at night. They can sit on each step or be staggered to every second.

Post Cap or Sleeve lights:

You can choose to install lights around the cap of the post, or mounted on the sleeve of the post itself. The post lights are usually dome shaped, causing the lights to shine directly down, casting a delicate glow on the decking. Cap lights are a ring or collar of light around the post cap. Keep in mind that these lights would be at eye level when seated and might make it hard to see past at night.

Under-rail lights:

These lights are mounted under the rail and run in a continuous line, or separated and placed between every few balusters. They are hidden and provide a soft down-glow of light around the perimeter of your deck.


Don’t forget other smart options, like timers or remote dimmers giving you complete control. Timers can be set to come on at dusk and off at dawn or run for specific hours. Dimmers allow you to control the ambiance with just a click of a button.

Smart lighting choices made early on in the design can save you money, and provide you with greater satisfaction in the long run. Living in Halifax, we all want to make the most of the deck season we get each year. So while your deck lighting increases the safety of your family and guests, it should also extend the usability of your outdoor space.

We’ve pulled together this gallery of some of our most popular outdoor lighting options. Our expert deck and deck lighting designers are always a click or a call away to discuss what choices might best “bring your ideas to light” 902-444-DECK (3325)

Archadeck Nova Scotia Awarded Houzz Best in Design 2017

Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World

Halifax, Canada, January 20, 2017 – Archadeck of Nova Scotia of Halifax has won “Best Of Design” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The outdoor living design/build specialist in decks, sunrooms, screened porches, stone patios and outdoor kitchens was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2017” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals, including Archadeck of Nova Scotia,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality.”

“We are excited that so many Houzz users have been inspired by our outdoor living projects. We would like to thank the Houzz community for all the positive feedback this year. Our team strives each and every day to provide cost effective, innovative designs that transform backyards and add value to homes in the Halifax area. We are looking forward to another year of new clients, designs and transformations.” Maurice Meagher, Owner

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About Houzz
Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

5 Simple Reasons Why You Should Consider a COMPOSITE Deck

Does winter have you dreaming about warm evenings, sipping wine and gazing at the stars from a new or newly renovated back deck? We totally agree. Lucky for you, it’s the best time to start planning for your new spring building projects. There are so many choices to be made before you can begin construction on a new deck but if you start gathering info now, you can make informed decisions when it comes time to build. It can also give you something to look forward to, during the cold dark winter months!

One of the first things to consider is WOOD vs. COMPOSITE decking. There are pros and cons to every choice you make, but we want to point out some of the top reasons we think you should consider composite decking.

Low Maintenance:

Unlike wood, there is no annual sealing or staining with composites. There are no splinters, twisting, warping or rot, which means you can build and enjoy without worry. The best way to maintain a composite deck is to sweep when necessary and hose it down occasionally. They’re mostly stain resistant, but any marks can be removed with soap and water.

Eco Friendly:

Composite Boards get their name from the fact that are made from wood scraps (sawdust, wood chips, or wood fiber pieces) and plastics. Because the wood and plastic are often recycled or recovered, composite decks are considered a more environmentally friendly and sustainable deck product. There is never a need for harmful paint, sealers or stain, they create less waste on project sites, and they also last much longer, saving unnecessary trips to the landfill.

Durability:

Hurricanes. Sea salt breezes. 4 seasons in a day. We’re not complaining, but let’s not forget that a deck in Halifax (or anywhere in the Maritimes for that matter) takes a wee bit more of a beating than in other climates. These decks stand up to Nor’Easters blowing salt salt spray as well as they do a spillover from a Kitchen Ceilidh. They resist mold, staining and fading and can offer up to a 25 year warranty. With minimal care and maintenance, these decks can outlast several homeowners.

Resale Value:

To that end, if you’re thinking about what the state of your deck is or might be when or if it comes time to sell, a quick internet search tells you that decks can increase your home’s value by about 80% of the project cost ($15,000 deck = about $12,000 back when you sell your home). Wear and tear on your deck, however, decreases that value over time. If you haven’t maintained your wood deck, it can lose most of its value within 5 to 7 years or even become a liability during negotiations. Composite decks typically maintain their value for upwards of 15 to 25 years.

The Look:

Last, but certainly not least, you want to enjoy the look of your deck. Colour options and grain patterns offer a realistic hardwood look. The choices let you complement your home’s exterior or mix colours to create unique, custom deck designs. You can have a breezy, beachy grey and white feel; or a modern, sleek dark wood deck, the choices are as endless as your imagination. The installation is easier and generally looks cleaner then wood decks. Hidden fasteners keep boards in place ensuring a smooth and flawless finish.

There are so many choices when it comes to building a deck and it can be a significant investment for you. Over the years we’ve found that the people who are happiest with their choices when they spent more time researching their options. We’ve curated some of our favourite composite decks here. Take a look and let us know if you have any questions, we’d love to help!

Also – Our Design Guide will help get you started – download now

How to Make Your Halifax Fire Pit

The Halifax fire pit is designed to make any home look fabulous. It has a beauty to it and is a relaxing place to sit, enjoy the outdoors, have warmth from the fire, and be happy. Fire pits are a great center piece for having friends or family over or to just pull up a chair and relax alone. There could be many places around the home in which you may want to set up the fire pit. It is important to pick the perfect spot and to know the correct ways to use it. There are three important facts to consider when wanting to install your Halifax fire pit. These include:

• The placement and location of pit
• The burning of materials
• Never leave unattended

The placement and location of a pit is a crucial part of installation and enjoyment. When deciding a location, make sure the pit is away from any trees, buildings which could be combustible, and other structures which can catch fire easily. This will help to prevent any accidental fires. When sparks fly in the air from things burning in the fire, it can easily catch low lying tree limbs on fire. For woodworking patios it is not safe to burn or use a pit on or near. The porch could catch fire and move to the home. It is best to use a porch or patio which is made of brick or stone.

The burning of materials is important to prevent as much as possible. Yard debris or garbage can create a smoking hazard, as well as certain materials such as plastic or rubber can float in the air and catch other things on fire. Magazines, paper, driftwood, pressure-treated wood, cardboard or particle board and pallets are also materials to never burn inside of the fire pit. It is important to always be safe, cautious, and at the same time, enjoy the pit.

The last one is to never leave the fire pit unattended. It is important to know what to do in the case of a spark or the fire ignites another object or material. Always have a fire extinguisher on hand, water or a water hose, some dirt or even sand. These things not only can help put the fire out but can also prevent it from spreading.

A great stress reliever is being able to build a nice warm fire, pull up a chair and relax. Fire pits are great to just sit around alone with a good book, or with friends or family. When deciding to install a pit, it is important to consider the placement and location, the burning of materials, and never leave pit unattended. The fire pit can add beauty to a home and can be used for many years to come.

Archadeck of Nova Scotia Wins Big in 2016

Before the end of each year, mixed in among the holiday parties, Halifax is also host to a number of awards galas for local businesses and the homebuilding industry.

Archadeck of Nova Scotia was fortunate enough to win 2 awards this season and we couldn’t be prouder of the team that made it all happen.

The Peter Kohler Peak Awards

The Nova Scotia Home Builders’ Association annual gala event brings together residential construction professionals to celebrate the year’s achievements and project distinction. The Peter Kohler Peak Awards recognize excellence in the home building and renovation industry. We were very excited to win the Most Outstanding Residential Renovation of One Room for our multi-level deck project seen here. Here’s part of our team below on the winning night, from behind the scenes.

Consumer Choice Awards

Consumer Choice Awards recognize business excellence, brand reputation and customer satisfaction. Companies are rated by a consumer-driven selection process and only top-ranked companies in the area are recognized and given the Consumer Choice seal of business excellence. We are pleased to announce that the team at Archadeck of Nova Scotia has won again this year, making it 3 years running. Click here to see our short Consumer Choice Awards video.

Here’s a link to the Consumer Choice Awards Press Release

How to Stay Safe With Your Halifax Fire Pit This Summer.

It’s that time of year, the weather is getting better, and it’s a great season to enjoy evenings with the family, or friends entertaining around a fire pit. Here are some tips to stay safe this summer when enjoying a fire pit in your Halifax backyard:

Think about the placement, and location of the fire pit.

Any fire element, especially a woodburning, open fire pit should not be placed anywhere near a combustible building, overhanging trees, or structure. Contact Halifax Regional Municipality if you have questions regarding their rules.

If you’re thinking about a fire pit on your deck surface, a propane fire table, or fire pit is probably your best option. A wood-burning fire pit would be OK on a stone, or brick patio.

Be conscious of what you are burning

Many municipalities don’t allow yard debris to be burned, because it can become a safety hazard.

Don’t leave any fire unattended.

This is a good rule for a propane fire, or a fire of any type. Also have a plan to extinguish a fire if needed, dirt, sand or water can be used to safely extinguish a fire.
Need help with the design of your deck, patio or outdoor living space, and have some questions about incorporating a fire element? Give us a call at 902-444-3325 or check out some of our projects in our gallery.

Archadeck of Nova Scotia Receives Archadeck Outdoor Living’s Design Excellence Award in the Deck Category

Archadeck of Nova Scotia was awarded the Archadeck Outdoor Living Design Excellence Award for Decks in their First Quarter Design Excellence Contest.

Richmond, VA – May 6, 2016 – Maurice Meagher, owner of the Archadeck of Nova Scotia location in Halifax, Nova Scotia was awarded the Archadeck Outdoor Living’s Design Excellence award in the Decks category in the first quarter Design Excellence contest. As North America’s largest custom designer and builder of outdoor structures and spaces, Archadeck Outdoor Living has grown to a franchise network of over 50 locations across the United States and Canada. The contest recognizes design excellence in several project categories among its franchise locations each quarter.

The Archadeck Design Excellence Award is awarded in different project categories each quarter including decking projects, hardscape or patio projects and porch and room projects. The quarterly winners of those categories are then entered to win the Design Excellence Award Grand Prize, which is determined by a collective vote by the Archadeck franchisee network at the end of the current calendar year. Maurice Meagher and his Nova Scotia team received the Design Excellence Award Grand Prize in 2015.

“To be selected as the First Quarter winner in the Decks category especially as we were awarded the Grand Prize in 2015 is very exciting,” said Maurice Meagher, the owner of the Nova Scotia location. “We constantly strive to exceed client expectations and to have our designs gain such recognition from our colleagues means a great deal to our entire team.”

Mr. Meagher’s winning decks project is an elaborate multilevel and multifunctional deck. The design encompasses over a thousand square feet and incorporates a large dining area adjacent to the outdoor kitchen, a spacious sitting area with a gas fire pit and features an inviting inset hot tub/spa all with access to all of thsese amenities via wide stairways. The project was constructed using low maintenance TimberTech Terrain decking and trim and is bordered with matching black Composite rail and rail cap. A privacy fence was incorporated on both sides of the structure and the deck and stairs are enhanced with lights for evening use.

“We are proud to present this award to Maurice Meagher and the entire Archadeck of Nova Scotia team,” stated Mike Reeder, Vice President of the Archadeck Outdoor Living Brand. “Maurice and his team are well known within the Archadeck system for their creative take on design. It’s always exciting to see what will be next and this project did not disappoint!”

The winning project will be featured in the Archadeck Design Excellence Award photo gallery, which will be found on the company’s website at www.Archadeck.com.

Archadeck Outdoor Living is North America’s largest builder of custom-designed and built decks, screened porches, sunrooms, outdoor living rooms, outdoor kitchens and outdoor living structures. Qualified Remodeler and Remodeler Magazine consistently rank Archadeck at the top of their respective annual “Best” lists. Archadeck projects have graced the covers of Gardens, Decks and Patios and Decks & Backyard Projects. The company has been featured in articles in This Old House, Smart Money, Coastal Living, Better Homes & Gardens and Gardening & Deck Design, as well as on HGTV. Additional information can be viewed at www.archadeck.com.

Archadeck of Nova Scotia Receives Archadeck Outdoor Living’s Top Design Excellence Award Distinction

Archadeck of Nova Scotia receives the highest acknowledgement of design excellence in the Archadeck franchise system by being awarded the 2015 Design Excellence Award.

Richmond, VA – March 9, 2015 – Maurice Meagher and the team at Archadeck of NS, Canada was awarded the Archadeck Outdoor Living’s top design award, which recognizes building design excellence among its franchise locations. As North America’s largest custom designer and builder of outdoor structures and spaces, Archadeck Outdoor Living has grown to a franchise network of over 50 locations across the United States and Canada.

Awarded annually, the Archadeck Design Excellence Award is awarded in different project categories including decking projects, hardscape or patio projects and porch and room projects. The winners of those categories are then entered to win the Design Excellence Award Grand Prize, which is determined by a collective vote by the Archadeck franchisee network.

“To be selected as the Grand Prize winner of the Archadeck Design Contest by my peers is a great honor,” said Maurice Meagher, the owner of the Nova Scotia location. “The highest honor any franchisee can earn is the enthusiastic endorsement by their peers.”

Mr. Meagher and the team at Archadeck of NS winning project is a stunning outdoor living space, which combined stacked stone veneer in the style of Frank Lloyd Wright, a multi-level composite deck with three conversation areas, a glassed-in balcony, a screened porch with dining area and a fireplace, and built-in floral planters.

“Despite the wrath of a hard winter, Maurice and his team were able to create a backyard masterpiece even while snowflakes fell around the residence,” stated Mike Reeder, VP of the Archadeck Outdoor Living Brand. “His level of expertise and design is an inspiration to the entire Archadeck system.”

The winning project is featured in the Archadeck Outdoor Living Design Guide and soon to be launched Archadeck Design Excellence Award photo gallery, which can be found on the company’s website at www.Archadeck.com.

For more details and photographs of the project visit the Archadeck of Nova Scotia Website.

Archadeck Outdoor Living is North America’s largest builder of custom-designed and built decks, screened porches, sunrooms, outdoor living rooms, outdoor kitchens and outdoor living structures. Qualified Remodeler and Remodeler Magazine consistently rank Archadeck at the top of their respective annual “Best” lists. Archadeck projects have graced the covers of Gardens, Decks and Patios and Decks & Backyard Projects. The company has been featured in articles in This Old House, Smart Money, Coastal Living, Better Homes & Gardens and Gardening & Deck Design, as well as on HGTV. Additional information can be viewed at www.Archadeck.com.

Archadeck of Nova Scotia Receives 2015 Peter Kohler Peak Award

Archadeck of Nova Scotia receives the highest acknowledgement of design excellence and craftsmanship at the Annual NSHBA Gala by being awarded Most Outstanding Exterior Renovation for 2015.

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia – November 28th, 2015 – Maurice Meagher, owner of Archadeck of Nova Scotia located in Halifax was awarded Most Outstanding Exterior Renovation of the Year at the 2015 Peter Kohler Peak Awards Gala event, which took place last night. The Peak Awards, which is a celebration recognizing professionalism and excellence with NSHBA members in the Nova Scotia home building and home renovations industry.

“We are delighted to be recognized by our peers from the Nova Scotia Home Builders Association and fellow members, what an honor”.

Archadeck’s winning project is a breathtaking outdoor living space, which included a multi-level composite deck with glass railing for enjoy stunning views of the water, stone veneer pillars, deck planters for flowers, a screened porch with fireplace, and a private curved composite balcony off the master bedroom.

“We are very satisfied and would recommend Archadeck to friends and family (which we have done).” – Homeowner of the awarded project.

View this project on the Archadeck Website

Archadeck of Nova Scotia Awarded Best of Houzz 2016

Archadeck of Nova Scotia
Awarded Best of Houzz 2016

Over 35 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building,
Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World

Halifax, NS – January 13, 2016 – Archadeck of Nova Scotia has won “Best of Design” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The outdoor living design & build specialist in decks, sunrooms, screened porches, stone patios and outdoor kitchens was chosen by the more than 35 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 35 million monthly users on Houzz. A “Best of Houzz 2016” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“We are excited that so many Houzz users have been inspired by our outdoor living projects. We would like to thank the houzz community for all the positive feedback this year. Our team strives each and every day to provide cost effective, innovative designs that transform backyards and add value to homes in the Halifax area. We are looking forward to another year of new clients, designs and transformations.”

“Anyone building, remodeling or decorating looks to Houzz for the most talented and service-oriented professionals” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We’re so pleased to recognize Archadeck of Nova Scotia, voted one of our “Best of Houzz” professionals by our enormous community of homeowners and design enthusiasts actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

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About Archadeck of Nova Scotia
This multiple award winning deck builder located in Halifax, NS has been recognized over the years for their innovative design and quality craftsmanship with building not only decks but sunrooms, screened porches, stone patios, outdoor kitchens, pergolas and firepits. From concept to completion their team works with a process that covers every detail so that you don’t have to worry if anything was missed. Projects are protected by two separate guarantees, constituting the most expansive customer protection plan in the industry.

Archadeck of Nova Scotia 2016 Halifax Consumer Choice Award Winners

February 18, 2016 08:30 ET

Archadeck of Nova Scotia 2016 Halifax Consumer Choice Award Winners
HALIFAX, NS—(Marketwired – February 18, 2016) - Consumer Choice Award is thrilled to announce the 2016 Top Service Provider for Decks & Patios in the Home & Construction category for the Halifax Area. We would like to extend heartfelt congratulations to all this year’s winners; your dedication to superior service has resonated with the people of Halifax.

Each year across Canada, Consumer Choice Award gathers opinions, perceptions and expectations through the responses of thousands of consumers and businesses. All winners have gone through a rigorous selection process conducted by a third party research firm to ensure only the most outstanding service providers are the winners within their respective industry.

About Archadeck of Nova Scotia
This multiple award winning deck builder located in Halifax, NS has been recognized over the years for their innovative design and quality craftsmanship with building not only decks but sunrooms, screened porches, stone patios, outdoor kitchens, pergolas and firepits. From concept to completion their team works with a process that covers every detail so that you don’t have to worry if anything was missed. Projects are protected by two separate guarantees, constituting the most expansive customer protection plan in the industry.

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