This Screened Porch and Deck Combo in Lake Crest Provides Double the Outdoor Living Enjoyment!

Outdoor living aficionados already know the benefits a deck OR screened porch provide. A deck is the Mother of all open-air outdoor living structures as it provides an area to grill, entertain, relax, and become one with nature. A screened porch, on the other hand, provides many of the same benefits while keeping pests and inclement weather at bay. Many Hoover, AL, homeowners look to Archadeck of Birmingham to build either a deck or screened porch to their home. However, these Lake Crest residents decided they wanted both — and Archadeck was more than happy to oblige!


Deck and Screened Porch Combinations — the Ultimate Anything Goes Outdoor Living Space!

When we initially met with these Lake Crest homeowners they had an existing deck, however, the deck they had did not provide the shade they craved to escape the hot afternoon sun, nor did it contain the low-maintenance qualities they were looking for. Archadeck of Birmingham designed and built an outdoor living combination space that delivered all these qualities, and more!

Open and airy gable-roofed screened porch

>Read more about how a screened porch serves as a mosquito-free outdoor space

The space we built includes a gable roof screened porch with an open gable end. Not only does the open gable end design add a ton of charm to the aesthetics of the porch, but it also provides more ventilation which aids in keeping the porch cool and comfortable. The interior of the porch is finished with a pressure-treated wooden floor which we installed on a diagonal for added interest and a pressure treated wooden rail. We installed aluminum black aluminum balusters to this area as well, to match those used on the deck.

Low-maintenance TimberTech deck


The convenient grill deck is located right off the screened porch. We finished this area using all low-maintenance materials including TimberTech Pro Legacy decking and black aluminum balusters. The Legacy collection is capped on all four sides, even down to the grooves. This provides total immunity against moisture, which is a plus in this low-to-grade deck design.

Archadeck of Birmingham even installed a deck gate as part of the deck design. When our clients have pets and/or small children that utilize a deck space, we often recommend the addition of a gate for safety, security and peace of mind.


These Lake Crest homeowners are just elated with their new outdoor living space. The element they love the most is the versatility it provides.

At Archadeck of Birmingham, we pride ourselves on custom-designing each outdoor living project we build. Our objective with every client we work with is to create the perfect outdoor living space just for them! When we meet with homeowners we talk with them about their preferences and their wish-list so we get a solid idea of what they want in their outdoor space. We make suggestions based on our experience and our knowledge of the many kinds of materials available for their type of project. The result is a custom outdoor living space giving that client their dream space for relaxing, entertaining, and simply enjoying — just like this one in Hoover, AL.

Have you been thinking about a new outdoor living space for your home? Contact Archadeck of Birmingham today to make the most of the time you spend outdoors time well spent! Call us now at 205-970-0121 or email us at [email protected] to schedule your deck design consultation.

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham.

Mountain Brook Pool Oasis Gets A Low Maintenance Makeover

What is better than having a tranquil inground pool with a spacious deck surround just steps away from the back door of your home?


Answer — Having that deck surround built from high-quality, low maintenance materials, of course!

It is just a fact: pools (inground or above) require a tad bit of maintenance to keep them fresh, healthy and beautiful for endless use. These Mountain Brook homeowners were looking for a way to improve the aesthetics and function of their pool deck surround without adding the chore of deck maintenance to their outdoor to do list. This is where Archadeck of Birmingham was able to come to their rescue!


When we met with the homeowners during the consultation, their existing pool deck was built quite some time ago. The deck, even though it was composite, was built using an early composite that did not feature poly-wrapping like that of today’s more advanced composites. This was causing the deck to look aged. On closer inspection, Archadeck also noted that the original installation was hand screwed and not properly supported. These issues were leading to a structural failure of the structure. Since they really liked the idea of low maintenance, they decided to update the area with a brand spanking new composite deck.

New Low Maintenance Decking Steals the Show!


Archadeck of Birmingham removed the old pool deck and began building a new one from the ground up! Using this approach allowed us to ensure the substructure of the pool deck was up to code and structurally sound. The homeowners chose lovely TimberTech low maintenance decking from the ProTerrain collection in silver maple. This decking capped on all four sides all the way down into the grooves. The capping is made with 100% synthetic materials for total immunity against moisture, making it the perfect choice for a poolside oasis! With an easy to clean surface and color engineered to stay looking new, this decking also comes with a 30-Year Fade & Stain warranty.

— Black aluminum 42" railing surround the entire space, for safety and aesthetics.

As your Birmingham-area premiere deck builder, we can help you choose the best material and design to suit your individual needs and tastes. Call us now at 205-970-0121 or email us at [email protected] to schedule your deck design consultation.

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham.

Covered Porch Expansion Creates Private Backyard Retreat

These Jefferson County, AL, homeowners can attest that expanding your porch by just over 50% can make that porch 100% more usable and enjoyable! Archadeck of Birmingham helped them create a relaxing covered porch where they can sit with their feet up. By day, they enjoy the view of their beautiful backyard gardens. By night, they are mesmerized by the dancing flames of the fire pit they use as the centerpiece of this cozy porch setting.


Envision the Outdoor Space You Want—We Can Make It Happen!

With just a partially-covered patio, this home in the Vestavia area of Jefferson County AL didn’t offer quite enough of an outdoor living space. The homeowners wanted a larger covered area with room to move around. They wanted enough room to add furniture and a sleek fire table. They wanted an open porch with the comfort of an indoor room—where they could enjoy the outdoors.


The roof of their home covered an area on their patio about 6 feet deep. It was clearly too small for the relaxing outdoor room they had in mind. They asked us to extend the covered area to encompass the entire patio. Our covered porch design added another 8 feet to the depth of their protected space, plenty of room for their comfortable chairs, sofa, and fire table.

Birmingham porch builder designs gable roof porch cover

Birmingham and Vestavia porch builder Archadeck of Birmingham extended the covered area by adding a gable roof porch cover with an open gable end. The effect is open, airy, and cozy at the same time. Having a roof over the entire patio enabled us to add a ceiling fan and recessed lighting, too. Now the homeowners can enjoy additional shade in the warmer months and a fan to stir up a sweet breeze on demand. For a decorative touch, we added cedar brackets at the top of the posts to create an arch-like aesthetic at the front of the porch.


While enjoying their extended covered porch, the homeowners can now view more of their beautifully-landscaped gardens. Previously, their smaller porch was enclosed on three sides and they could only see straight ahead. While the straight-on view was quite lovely—with a garden, fountain, and picturesque low stone wall—now the view includes the equally-beautiful landscaping on either side.


The homeowners did a wonderful job of outfitting the space. Their outdoor furniture is attractive, incredibly inviting, and provides indoor-level comfort. The fire table adds a richness to the setting, day or night. While we didn’t install the fire table, we did extend the clients’ gas line to facilitate its installation.


A covered porch this alluring means the homeowners will never be at a loss for where to spend their leisure time. Morning coffee on the porch, afternoon iced tea, cocktails or herbal tea at night—any time is “porch time” at this private Vestavia-area getaway spot.


If you are looking for a covered porch solution for the way you want to live outdoors in the Birmingham area, call us now at 205-970-0121 or email us at [email protected].

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham.

This Screened Porch is a Master Bedroom Oasis

When these clients, who live just north of Birmingham, contacted us, they wished for a deck upgrade, specifically for the lady of the home. If you are a reader, you likely have a favorite spot indoors, where you love to devour your latest book. Have you considered creating an outdoor reading retreat?

If you have a particular need for a special space for your own private time, Archadeck of Birmingham can help you design your perfect area of respite and relaxation. We often build porches and decks in common areas of homes, where families and friends can gather. Sometimes, though, our goal is to design and build an exclusive space for special use, like this custom screened porch.

— Birmingham area screened porch, perfect for private reading and relaxing.

Allay insect invasions with a custom screened porch design by Archadeck.

The need for this new screened porch was not just about location. Archadeck of Birmingham replaced these homeowners’ private master bedroom deck, which played double duty as their carport cover. It was also essential that they gained a more usable space, which was achieved by building a new screened porch, rather than simply replacing the old deck with a new one. This screened porch will give the resident reading enthusiast a protected area, away from mosquitoes and other insects, which kept her from being able to read outdoors before.

— Enjoy the outdoors, minus mosquitoes, with a custom screened porch.

This porch design features a metal shed roof to match the existing roof. The porch extends six feet from the home and is extra-wide at 24 feet across with large screened openings, offering extensive views from within. The porch interior features TimberTech PRO Terrain composite decking in Brown Oak, keeping a natural wood look throughout the space. The ceiling features a wood finish with open rafter design – very rustic chic! To keep this second-story porch exclusive and totally private, we did not build exterior stairs, which could be accessed from outside the home.

What a difference a new porch can make!

— From wide-open to private and protected!

If you are looking for a custom screened porch solution for the way you want to live outdoors in the Birmingham area, call us now at 205-970-0121 or email us at [email protected].

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham.

Don’t Let “Down Time” Become Lost Time for Outdoor Living Enjoyment This Year!

Were you planning or hoping to add a new deck or porch to your Birmingham-area home this year? You still can!


Just because many of your activities have come to a stop doesn’t mean you have to put a year’s worth of backyard dreams on hold till next year. The present moment is actually the best time to have your new outdoor living space built. That’s right, we mean now!

Many homeowners who had planned to add or improve an outdoor living space have put those plans on hold. When restrictions are lifted and we’re free to resume our daily lives, will everyone try to accomplish their delayed projects all at once? Think of the businesses that will be overwhelmed with requests for appointments. How many of us will snag an appointment with our favorite salon or barber shop in that first week they’re open again?

Archadeck of Birmingham is open for business now.

We are still operating full steam ahead! “Virtual design consultations” are the new normal for us, at least for a while longer. We are conducting business differently now, but we have not stopped designing and building the Birmingham area’s beautiful backyard getaways. With today’s technology, we can conduct meetings remotely and sign documents electronically.


Instead of meeting with you in person, we can use video conferencing to talk about how you want to improve your outdoor living space. We can visit your home to take measurements and photos of your project site, contact-free. We can talk with you on the phone while you guide us around your property—either from a distance, or from inside your home. There is no need for us to enter your home during the design or construction phase of your project.

We don’t have a crystal ball. We do predict, however, that many homeowners are going to want to schedule their outdoor living projects as soon as the stay-at-home order is lifted. After waiting to build that deck, porch, or deck-and-porch combination, folks will be in a hurry to begin. Why wait?

What outdoor living structures do you have in mind? A deck? Would that be a wood deck, or a low-maintenance composite or PVC deck? A porch? Would that be a covered porch, or a screened porch?


Outdoor living season is already underway. Spring and summer don’t take time off for a pandemic. Our advice to Birmingham-area homeowners: Beat the rush—and the inevitable backlog—by scheduling your design consultation with Archadeck now. Let’s get your project on our construction calendar before everyone else starts to compete with you for those time slots.

Consider Archadeck’s Financing Option During this Economic Slow-Down


Archadeck of Birmingham has a financing option available to our clients who may have the jitters during this uncertain economy. Would that make a difference for you? If finances are keeping you from moving ahead and scheduling a design consultation for your backyard project, give us a call.

The more you stay at home, the more you need an outdoor living space where you can enjoy the outdoors with comfort and ease. We’re ready to help you put those ideas into action sooner rather than later.

To get started with your outdoor living project, contact Archadeck of Birmingham today. Make the time you spend outdoors time well spent! Call us now at 205-970-0121 or email us at [email protected].

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham.

More time at home, more time to notice all those pesky mosquitoes!

We hope that if you are at home, affected by the COVID-19 crisis, that you are enjoying quality family time. Perhaps you are spending more time outdoors, escaping from the stress of work-at-home and home schooling. Have you noticed the influx of mosquitoes during your time spent outdoors?

Archadeck of Birmingham hopes that even though life is turned upside-down for many of us, that you are finding your own silver lining. Spring has officially sprung, and warmer temps are allowing us to step outside for fresh air and sunshine. If you are spending time on an open porch, deck, or even just in an open yard, you are probably using lots of mosquito spray. Those things are everywhere – already! Archadeck of Birmingham can help!


Keep the skeeters at bay with a new screened porch.


According to the CDC, the rate of mosquito-borne and tick-borne illnesses is on the rise in Alabama. This is due in part to better reporting, but it is also because there are more disease-carrying ticks and mosquitoes. Populations are exploding across the United States.

— Image courtesy

Archadeck of Birmingham can design and build a screened porch for your home, which will help keep mosquitoes, ticks, and other creepy crawlers OUTSIDE, where they belong. A screened porch will still allow ample fresh air and sunshine, with screened openings to eliminate a great deal of the threat of pest intruders.

Get allergy protection with an Eze-Breeze porch.

If you want to take your pest protection a step further, and obtain protection from pollen, we offer custom Eze-Breeze porch designs that will offer great relief.

Eze-Breeze porches are screened porches, which have the addition of 4-track vinyl windows, that can be left closed during high-pollen periods and opened up to 75% of the screened openings when conditions are better. These custom porches are often referred to as 3-season rooms or 4-season rooms, depending on whether they include an outdoor fireplace. They can even be used when days are cool, but the sun is warm – like a sun porch!


Get year-round enjoyment with a custom sunroom design!

If you are looking for the most usable outdoor living space, Archadeck of Birmingham offers custom sunroom designs. Our sunrooms are actual enclosed room additions with large walls of windows for optimum sunlight entry. They also include insulated walls, heating and cooling, and fabulous interior finishes. What’s more, you don’t have to choose ONLY a sunroom. Our sunrooms are typically accompanied by a deck or patio outdoor living space – our sunroom outdoor living combinations will give you the best of both worlds.


Can your deck or porch be converted to an outdoor room?

If you currently have an open porch or deck, which you are considering converting to a screened in space, Archadeck of Birmingham can help you determine whether it is possible. With proper existing structural framing, your open space could be converted to an outdoor room. Footings and structures must meet essential load criteria in order to add walls and a roof, and we can tell you if your space is a good candidate for conversion!

If you are looking for a screened porch builder in the Birmingham area, call us now at 205-970-0121 or email us at [email protected].

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham.

Archadeck of Birmingham Staycation-Worthy Outdoor Living is Possible NOW!

What are you doing during this time of working remotely and exercising social distancing from your Birmingham-area home?


Are you staring at the proverbial “four walls” within your home and wishing you had more of a recreational/leisure space in your back yard? You might be engaging in “if only” thinking right now. If only I had a screened porch! If only I had a deck large enough for my grill and a dining area! If only I had a big open porch where I could set up my temporary home office as the weather gets warmer! If this is what you’re thinking, then we would like to help you get started.


At Archadeck of Birmingham, we want to help you get beyond this time of closed venues, canceled activities, and perhaps even canceled vacations. the current situation we all find ourselves in is indeed beyond our control, but how you choose to spend this time, is totally in your control. Instead of looking at the glass half empty, we encourage homeowners to look at it as half full and take this time to put your outdoor living space plans in action.

> Read Tips for Planning, Timing and Financing Your Birmingham Deck or Porch Project

We’re Open and Actively Building Backyard Dreams

We understand if a new or improved outdoor living space is not top-of-mind for you right now. But if that IS what you’re thinking about, there is no time like the present to begin. Because our work is done outdoors and we can easily comply with social distancing, our business has not come to a halt. We are very fortunate in this regard. Archadeck of Birmingham is still actively designing and building custom outdoor living spaces for our neighbors throughout the Birmingham-area.


Technology will keep us all safer these days by enabling us to meet with you from afar. Your family’s safety, and that of our staff and crews, are our primary concerns. We can use whatever videoconferencing option you prefer to conduct our design consultation. If you haven’t used video conferencing yet, we’ll walk you through it. We’ll still be able to go through Archadeck’s comprehensive needs analysis with you. This is our in-depth process of making sure we design the kind of outdoor living spaces that meet your needs and enhances your at-home lifestyle.


When we come to measure your site and take photos of the proposed construction area, you won’t need to come out and shake hands. We can conduct business by cell phone while we’re there. When our crew is on site, you will not need to interact with them. Our goal is for you to feel at ease, on your terms, as you work with us to create the outdoor living space of our dreams.

Vacation at Home in A Custom-Staycation-Worthy Outdoor Living Space

Nobody likes canceling events they’ve been looking forward to for months. How about setting up your own vacation spot where nobody can cancel your enjoyment. We are ready to design and build a custom deck, porch, screened porch, outdoor room or combination of all of the above.


If you’re among the many Americans who have had to cancel vacations this spring, put that vacation money to use building your private staycation destination. Getting a tax refund? Upgrade your new deck with a custom pergola and outdoor bar seating. The best part of investing in your own "spa-like outdoor oasis is that you will be able to indulge in its benefits not only this season but for years down the road. Let us design an outdoor living environment you can use whenever you want, day or night. Our custom-designed outdoor structures will increase your home’s value too!


> Read more about how a porch addition can add value to your home @ Your Home’s Exterior Serves As The Face Of Your Home

If you’re ready to take that vacation money—or tax refund—and put it into a private staycation-worthy oasis right in your backyard, just call us. We also offer easy financing options as well.

Our primary goal is for you to feel at ease, no matter the situation. We’ll meet your needs with the same outstanding customer service our clients have come to expect from Archadeck. “Social distancing” will not stand in the way of our ability to create and deliver the outdoor living space you have in mind.


Are you ready to build a backyard vacation spot at your home? There is no charge for our design consultation, and videoconferencing is an option. Contact us today at 205-970-0121 or email us at [email protected].

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham.

Tips for Planning, Timing and Financing Your Birmingham Deck or Porch Project

How is arranging to add a new deck or screened porch to your Birmingham-area home like cooking your favorite dish or baking your signature dessert? You need to prep the ingredients before you combine them and pop the mixture into the oven!


You understand the sequence of steps and realize they may slow you down in the beginning. Following the recipe in the recommended order ensures you’ll proceed more efficiently as you near the moment your … contractor breaks ground on your outdoor project.


At Archadeck of Birmingham, we understand our clients are usually in a hurry to have their new deck or deck-and-porch combination completed. Especially this time of year! Once you decide what kind of outdoor living space you want, and contact a builder to get started, in your mind it’s almost finished. What’s the hold-up?

With Archadeck of Birmingham, Porch or Deck Financing Doesn’t Have to Slow You Down!

Are you putting off the question of financing your new outdoor living space? Maybe you’re in a rush to start enjoying that new screened porch you’re dreaming about. Maybe you’re especially eager to have it completed before the mosquitoes arrive.


Our busy season is just around the corner, so timing is everything! We want to design and build your outdoor living space so you can enjoy it as soon as possible. We know what that anticipation feels like!

This brings us to two important points about timing your project:

  1. The sooner you call us to schedule a design consultation, the sooner we can add your project to our construction calendar. Did we leave out a step here? Yes—you must sign a contract with us before we can add your project to our calendar!

    Spring is near, and summer’s not far behind! Our project schedule will get busier with each week that passes as we hurtle into the outdoor living season. We want your project to be one of those that’s scheduled with the early birds, not one that has to wait because we’re so busy.

  2. Do you need to lock in financing before you can sign a contract for us to build your new wood deck or composite deck? Please let us know this during our initial meeting. We work with a financing partner known for their quick approvals.

    Securing your financing needs to be an early step in the process. Financing is part of the “prep work” that must take place before we can start building your outdoor living project.

You’ll find more information on factors that affect your project’s timing in our article about Understanding Your Outdoor Living Project Timeline ….


In January we wrote, If Your Goal Is a New Deck or Porch by Spring 2020, You Need To Call Now. That was two months ago!

As Snuffy used to say in the “Barney Google and Snuffy Smith” comic strip, time’s a-wastin’!

To get started with your outdoor living project, contact Archadeck of Birmingham today. Make the time you spend outdoors time well spent! Call us now at 205-970-0121 or email us at [email protected].

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham.

Hoover AL 3-Season Room with Eze-Breeze Window System

Archadeck of Birmingham was called on to create a more usable outdoor living area for these Hoover AL residents. Formerly, their outdoor area was a simpler design – a tiled area with a pergola for partial sun protection. This family opted for a new outdoor room with multiple seasons of use.

When it comes to enjoying your outdoor living space for more hours each year, a screened porch is a smart choice. What makes this outdoor room even smarter, is the inclusion of Eze-Breeze, 4-track vinyl windows. These windows will keep these homeowners’ new multi-season room warm and cozy on cool days, giving them many more opportunities for use!

— Hoover, AL, 3-season room.

We want to be your 3-season room builder too!

This comfy-cozy little outdoor area is the perfect space of respite for these homeowners and their family. Our 3-season rooms will allow a full or partial three seasons of usage, which for many homeowners, is a wiser investment in an outdoor living space. Adding a multi-season room expands livable square footage.

— Interior of Eze-Breeze 3-season room in Hoover, Alabama.

An outdoor fireplace is a sensible and beautiful addition to any 3-season room!

Of course, the Eze-Breeze convertible windows will keep this family outdoors even in cooler temperatures, but by adding a custom stone outdoor fireplace, they will gain even better use of their new 3-season room. Outdoor fireplaces are being included in screened porches more and more. They are gorgeous, with the appearance of ambient fire at the flip of a switch, but they are beautiful even when not in use – adding tons of character to outdoor living spaces.

— Gas outdoor fireplace with stone façade and custom mantel.

We could even argue that by adding the outdoor fireplace, this family can use their Eze-Breeze 3-season room for more than three seasons! In our southern climate, we have more than a few days each year in winter, which allow us to step beyond the confines of our indoor living spaces. Imagine this space decorated for fall and winter holidays!
If you are looking for a new take on your own outdoor living space in the Birmingham area, call us now at 205-970-0121 or email us at [email protected].

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham.

This Vestavia Hills Deck Renewal is so Zen!

Archadeck of Birmingham designed and built this lovely outdoor living space back in 2003. Fast forward to 2020, these Vestavia Hills clients called on us to revive their wood deck.

We love our return clients! This beautiful backyard space is truly a space of calm retreat – a backyard Nirvana, if you will. These homeowners trusted us over fifteen years ago to help them create their backyard respite, and we were so happy to return to update their aging, full sun-exposed wood deck with an all-new finish.

— Wooden deck in Vestavia Hills, AL.

Searching for a deck builder in Vestavia Hills? Call Archadeck!

You might notice that this wooden deck has a floating effect. Situated at the ground level, we were able to leave it completely open, without a deck railing installation. This not only expands the usable space of the deck, but it gives it a truly unique aesthetic. Unobtrusive, it simply melds with the surrounding landscape. For this project, only the exposed portion of the deck needed replacing. We simply tore up the old decking boards and replaced them with all-new pressure-treated pine decking. Notice the decking board orientation, which gives the space a dynamic visual effect.

— Stunning Vestavia Hills deck!

Multi-level, multi-purpose wood deck

This deck has two separate levels, spanning the back of these clients’ home in Vestavia Hills. The upper level is partially protected with a roof, but also has areas that are open to full sun. One full side is dedicated to outdoor grilling and smoking, but still had plenty of room for spill-over seating for entertaining. The lower deck level has its own entry points via the French doors in the home. This is a perfect scenario for entertaining, as it encourages easy traffic flow going into and out of the home from the deck. Any number of outdoor relaxation or entertaining activities can be had upon this unique deck.

— Grilling and smoking will be a breeze on this Vestavia Hills wood deck.

If you are looking for a deck builder in the Birmingham area, call us now at 205-970-0121 or email us at [email protected].

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham.

See Archadeck of Birmingham, Outdoor Specialty Builders, at the GBAHB Home Building & Remodeling Showcase

Archadeck of Birmingham is proud to be a part of the 2020 Home Building & Remodeling Showcase on February 7 – 9. If you are considering a new outdoor living space, we are ready to speak with you there!


A great number of local builders will be showcasing their specialties at the GBAHB Home Building & Remodeling Showcase this year, it’s true. If you are in the market for a new home, remodeling, or home addition, you will have a lot of companies vying for your attention. If you are planning an outdoor living space, we recommend calling on Archadeck of Birmingham (booth #28), your local outdoor living design and build specialists since 1993!

Show Dates & Information:

  • Finley Center – Hoover Metropolitan Complex
  • Archadeck of Birmingham – Booth #28
  • Friday, February 7 – 10 A.M. to 7 P.M.
  • Saturday, February 8 – 10 A.M. to 7 P.M.
  • Sunday, February 9 – 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.

Looking for a deck builder? See Archadeck of Birmingham!


For more than 25 years, Archadeck of Birmingham has been a trusted Birmingham deck builder. If you are considering a new custom deck for your Birmingham area home, we want to see you at the Home Building & Remodeling Showcase. Let’s discuss the various natural wood and composite deck building materials and dynamic customization options we can offer. Why choose a non-specialized builder, when you can trust Archadeck of Birmingham with every facet of designing and building your new deck? Outdoor living building and design is all we do!

Want to have it made in the shade? Choose Archadeck, your custom pergola builder!


Our custom pergola designs are form and function, creating a truly unique and usable outdoor space with partial sun protection and full design appeal! There is no standard shape or size when it comes to Archadeck of Birmingham pergola designs. Each is uniquely its own design. Our custom pressure treated wood and cedar pergolas are true show-stoppers. If you are looking for a pergola builder, choose Archadeck of Birmingham, your trusted outdoor living designer and builder since 1993!

We are the area’s choice screened porch builder!


Another Archadeck specialty is custom-designed screened porches. Many Birmingham area residents are choosing screened porches for their flexibility, usability, and of course, they are aesthetically beautiful! Speak with Archadeck of Birmingham about a new screened porch design for your home, which will give you many hours of use each year, even in less-than-perfect weather conditions. Be protected from mosquitoes and other potential porch invaders with a fabulous, usable screened porch design, built to last by Archadeck of Birmingham.


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Can’t decide on one space? Choose an outdoor living combination by Archadeck!

More and more, Birmingham area residents are choosing multiple outdoor living spaces, customized to the nth degree, fulfilling their every outdoor living need. Archadeck of Birmingham will work with you to configure multiple outdoor living spaces, all designed to work in unison to create one fabulous, functional space. Perhaps an Eze-Breeze porch and deck will fulfill your needs. Maybe a 4-season room and composite deck are more to your taste. How about a deck, porch and sunroom outdoor living combination? Design options, combinations, and premium building materials choices are virtually limitless. Archadeck of Birmingham can help you achieve your ideal in outdoor living with any combination of outdoor living spaces you desire. Each of our projects is unique – not two are the same!


If you are considering a new outdoor living design in 2020, we hope to see you at the GBAHB 2020 Home Building & Remodeling Showcase!

If you will not be attending the Showcase, and want to discuss your new outdoor living design, call us now at 205-970-0121 or email us at [email protected].

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham.

If Your Goal Is a New Deck or Porch by Spring 2020, You Need To Call Now

With so many things you have to wait for, here’s something you don’t: calling Archadeck of Birmingham to start planning your outdoor living project. In fact, it’s to your advantage to call our office as soon as possible to schedule your free design consultation. Spring will be here before we know it! The sooner you start the design process, the sooner you’ll be enjoying that new deck, screened porch, or combination outdoor living space.


We wait for the weather to improve; we wait for the mail to be delivered; we wait for our child’s weird haircut to grow out. There are plenty of situations where we cannot control the timing, so we wait. If you wait until spring before contacting us, though, you will MISS being able to enjoy your new outdoor space this spring.

That’s right! If you don’t contact us until spring, you probably won’t be enjoying your new deck, screened porch, or a porch-and-deck combination until summer. We can’t add your project to our construction schedule until we’ve met with you, designed the project, and signed a contract. So call now to get started!


Want a New Deck? Why Wait?

Birmingham deck builder Archadeck of Birmingham is eager to meet you and talk with you about the new deck you have in mind. You’ve probably gathered plenty of ideas, and you may have some questions. One of your questions is likely to be, “When will the work on my deck be completed?”


Timing is everything. At Archadeck, we always have jobs on the calendar—any reputable builder will—and we can’t push yours ahead of clients who called before you did. Your timing is great, though, if you call now, because winter is our slowest season. You won’t have quite as many jobs ahead of yours right now.


When we talk about timing and outdoor construction, we have to talk about the weather. The Birmingham area has had a period of unseasonably warm weather, and we’ve seen a good deal of rain. While it may have felt like spring, we’re still in winter. Continued rain and some freezing days are still possible between now and March 19, the first day of spring in 2020. It’s always possible that weather challenges will cause delays to projects we start this winter. The sooner your project is underway, the less impact those winter weather delays will have on your hopes of getting your new deck by mid-spring.

Don’t Wait for “the Right Time” to Talk About Screened Porch Design Ideas

How will you know when it’s the right time to make your design consultation appointment with expert screened porch designer Archadeck of Birmingham? Waiting for “the right time” is not a good way to find out. Let’s go ahead and start the ball rolling. Do you have any family occasions coming up this spring that you hope to be celebrating on a new screened porch? If so, call us now to get started.


With a screened porch, your party doesn’t need a rainy-day fallback plan. A porch roof overhead will mean you won’t have to grab party food and gifts and dash into the house when rain descends unexpectedly.

Will Financing and/or Our Phased Building Program Help You Get Started?

Are you dreaming about a combination outdoor living space with a deck AND a screened porch together? With a screened porch, you can un-invite the pesky neighborhood flies and mosquitoes and enjoy dining outdoors again! Meanwhile, evenings on your new deck will make you wonder why you waited until 2020 to get it done!


If budget concerns are causing you to hesitate this winter, we have two solutions that may allow you to move ahead. First, Archadeck of Birmingham has a financing partner offering extended terms, no fees, and no down payments. Financing isn’t right for everyone; we understand that. If it will make the difference for you—making 2020 the year you spring forward into a new outdoor living space—then consider that idea.

The second option that may help you is our phased building program. If you have a multi-structure project in mind, we can plan it all in one cohesive design and proceed with each piece when your budget allows. Give us a call to learn more about this possibility.

Delays May Happen; Take Control and Schedule Your Consultation ASAP!


We’ve talked about potential weather delays affecting a construction schedule in winter. That’s not the only source of possible delays once your project is underway. Permitting backlogs, zoning issues, HOA approval, material availability and delivery … those we cannot control, and neither can you.

What you can control is when you decide to call us and schedule your design consultation. Whatever your outdoor living dreams are made of, contact Archadeck of Birmingham today to make the time you spend outdoors time well spent! Call us now at 205-970-0121 or email us at [email protected].

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham.

These Jefferson County AL Homeowners Have it Made in the Shade!

Sometimes you don’t need the whole backyard oasis to enjoy the outdoors at home. Sometimes you just need some shade! Archadeck of Birmingham came to the rescue when these Jefferson County, AL, homeowners decided to take control of the excess sun on their patio.


At Archadeck of Birmingham, we custom design and build the perfect shade covers for all kinds of outdoor structures. When you’re getting so much sun you cannot enjoy your patio, deck, or pool surround, you’ve got to do something about it! If you have little ones who like to play outdoors (of course they do!), don’t let another spring and summer pass without calling us for a custom shade solution.

Your Jefferson County Porch Builder

When does a patio become a porch? When we build a roof over it! That’s right, when you add a roof over your patio, for all practical purposes you suddenly have a porch. Where would you rather be when the sun is beating down on you and your family while you try to enjoy the outdoors? You’d probably rather be in the shade!

Such was the case for these homeowners. Without a single shade tree in their yard—or any trees at all—they needed a shade solution for their patio. They had heard about our excellent work designing and building custom outdoor living structures around Birmingham, so they called to set up a free design consultation. Since they already had the patio, this porch roof was a budget-friendly project that solved a huge problem for them.


Archadeck of Birmingham added a shed-roofed porch"m-porch-builder/ cover over the clients’ existing concrete patio. We designed the new structure with top-quality cedar posts supporting the shed roof. The inside ceiling of the porch is knotty pine, and it looks beautiful!

The roof we added over this Jefferson County patio is a real roof, as sturdy, solid, and dependable as the roof on their home. Whether you call it a porch or a covered patio, it offers the ultimate protection from the hot Alabama sun—and that’s not all. This roof will shield the homeowners from rain showers, too. If you like sitting outside to enjoy the sight, sound, and aroma of a spring or summer rain shower, this porch is the place to be.

Benefits of Converting Your Patio to a Porch

You can roll up all the individual benefits of a covered patio into one huge reason to add a roof over your patio. A roof will enable you to enjoy your patio more often. Make that much more often, if you live here in sunny Alabama.


Adding a roof structure makes perfect sense if you have a patio, deck, or pool surround that gets too much sun. If you want to enjoy your outdoor leisure space more often, just add shade! Never again will these Jefferson County AL homeowners gaze out at their yard on a hot summer day and wish for just an ounce of shade. Thanks to Archadeck of Birmingham’s custom design and quality construction, their patio has all the overhead protection they could need.

Does your family need a shade solution? Contact Archadeck of Birmingham today to make the time you spend outdoors this year—and next year— time well spent! Call us now at 205-970-0121 or email us at [email protected].

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham.

Sweet Homewood AL Entryway Makeover

Some of our projects are so striking and different, we just have to showcase them. At Archadeck of Birmingham, it’s not always about large porch and deck projects. Our smaller projects can be just as impactful, as you will see with this entryway makeover in Homewood.

This adorable abode gave us the perfect opportunity to design and build a custom outdoor space, which isn’t exactly the type to be enjoyed in the typical sense. It’s not a large deck for hosting parties, or a screened porch for outdoor relaxation. A custom Archadeck of Birmingham trellis design was just the ideal creative accoutrement for this home’s front entryway.

— The perfect “welcome home” entryway design by Archadeck of Birmingham.

If you are considering a pergola or trellis design for your home, call Archadeck!

These homeowners were looking for an aesthetic upgrade for the front of their home. Archadeck of Birmingham designed and built a sleeper deck with stair and pergola/trellis to welcome these clients and their guests to their front door. Both the deck and trellis were built with pressure-treated wood. The wood can be left natural and allowed to gray over time – or these Homewood homeowners can choose to paint or stain it. Either way, it will remain an impactful ornamental structure, which truly sets their home apart. Talk about curb appeal!

— Architectural pergola entryway design by Archadeck of Birmingham.

In addition to the trellis and deck, Archadeck of Birmingham poured a concrete pad below, which connects the new entryway with the driveway and flagstone path, leading to the patio area. This worked to create a cohesive design aesthetic with areas beyond the entryway.

We really think this unique trellis design adds a wonderful home sweet home appeal to the front of the home. If you are thinking of adding an architectural entryway or backyard ornamentation, call Archadeck of Birmingham to discuss your ideas.

Contact Archadeck of Birmingham today for a completely custom, impactful pergola/trellis design! Call us now at 205-970-0121 or email us at [email protected].

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham.

One Redecking and One New Deck, a Matched Pair, Big and Little

The Pelham, AL, deck project featured here is a prime example of redecking as a cost-effective option when you want your deck to look new again. By cost effective, we mean redecking may be less expensive than replacing your old deck. The homeowners whose project you see here chose redecking. They took that a step further, however; in addition to having their elevated deck redecked, they asked us to build a new, smaller deck at ground level.


What’s the Difference Between Redecking and Replacing a Deck?

Would you rather have a new deck or a redeck? No, we’re not just making up a word. At Archadeck of Birmingham we have found that many homeowners are not familiar with the concept of redecking. It seems to be a well-kept secret.

Recently we wrote about another high-quality deck replacement by Archadeck of Birmingham in Hoover, AL. For that project, the client wanted an entirely-new deck, and we were happy to take care of that. We removed the old deck, and everything in that project was new construction—from the footers to the railings.

In a redecking project like the one here, we replace the deck surface, railing, and stairs, but we re-use the support structure from the prior deck. Now you understand why redecking can be more affordable than a deck replacement. With redecking, your cost for wood will be lower, and labor is less, too, because it will take less time for our crew to complete.

The above holds true whether you’re choosing wood or composite as your new decking material. Either way, redecking saves you the cost of building a new support structure.

How Do I Know if Redecking is Right for My Deck?

For this, call deck builder Archadeck of Birmingham for a free design consultation. Unless you’re a licensed contractor, you probably won’t be able to tell if your deck is a candidate for redecking. We’ll need to examine the support structure of your deck to determine if it’s still usable or if it needs to be replaced.


The underpinnings of your deck are not exposed to sun and moisture the way your deck surface, railings, and stairs are. UV rays and moisture are destructive to wood decks, causing wood fibers to break down over time. Meanwhile, the support structure beneath the deck is usually protected and less likely to experience the same destruction.

Note: if building codes have changed since your original deck was built, and the support structure no longer meets code, we will have to remedy that. Even then, redecking should deliver cost savings when compared to a complete deck replacement.

Part 1: Redecking in Pelham, AL

These clients in Pelham were interested in redecking. We evaluated their old deck’s support structure and determined that it was still sound and capable of supporting a deck. The typical life span of a wood deck is somewhere around 10-15 years. Our determination that the old support structure is safe to reuse means it should hold up for at least that length of time.


The homeowners chose pressure-treated wood for their new deck surface, stairs, and railings.

For the balusters or pickets in the railing, the clients selected thin, black balusters. Many homeowners select this style of balusters because they seem to increase visibility. When you’re on the deck looking out—or in this case, down—the black balusters almost seem to disappear. More than any other design change during a deck replacement or redecking, updating your railings and balusters will freshen the look of your deck.

Part 2: Adding a New Deck Down Below

The homeowners do enjoy using their yard and wanted a second (smaller) deck at ground level. It makes sense that if they’re in the yard, they’ll use the smaller deck, and if they’re in the house, they’ll step out onto the elevated deck. It’s nice to have both options!


For the new, smaller deck we used the same materials that we used for redecking the larger deck. Notice that the clients chose to include a railing on this new deck, too. A railing was not required here because the small deck is so close to the ground. As a design element, though, the railing and balusters tie the two decks together, visually, and declare them a matched pair.

Contact Archadeck of Birmingham today to make the time you spend outdoors this year—and next year— time well spent! Call us now at 205-970-0121 or email us at [email protected].

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham.

Another High-Quality Deck Replacement by Archadeck of Birmingham

When your back yard is on such a steep slope that you don’t really have a back yard, your deck becomes very, very important. For all practical purposes, the deck is your back yard. These clients in Hoover, AL, enlisted Archadeck of Birmingham to tear down their old back yard deck, and build them a new one.


Archadeck of Birmingham is more than a deck designer and deck builder; we are also your Birmingham-area deck replacement specialists. Before we could build the new deck here, we removed the clients’ old wooden deck, which had nothing down below and only incorporated one door.

Your Pet-Friendly Deck Builder

One thing we love about this deck is that it’s a “pet-friendly” deck. The homeowners have dogs and needed their new deck designed with a custom gate at the top of the deck stairs. When we design outdoor living spaces for pet owners, we design for the pets, too!

White, Round Balusters Give This Deck a Fresh Look

For their new deck, the homeowners chose pressure-treated wood as their decking material. To freshen the design they selected white, round, aluminum Deckorators balusters for their new railing. Because so many people these days choose black/square balusters, the white/round ones make this space super charming!

Cantilevered, Suspended in Air!


What a view! Not many visitors to this deck will see the view you’re looking at now. We cantilevered the deck three feet out beyond the beam that supports it. This simple yet efficient design almost looks like it shouldn’t work, but it does!

Archadeck of Birmingham Goes the Extra Mile

While we were working on this Hoover AL deck replacement, we also re-ran the client’s gas line for their grill. You could say we’re always willing to go the extra mile…

It seems like we’ve been doing a lot of building in Hoover, AL, lately! Pretty soon they’re going to add “Outdoor Living by Archadeck of Birmingham” on their “Welcome to Hoover” sign at the city limits!

Is it time for a deck replacement at your home? Contact Archadeck of Birmingham today to make the time you spend outdoors this year time well spent! Call us now at 205-970-0121 or email us at [email protected].

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham.

Jefferson County AL Homeowners Call Archadeck Back for More!

One of the strongest testaments to the quality of our work and the way we treat our clients is the amount of repeat business we see. Yes, we are that good, and at Archadeck of Birmingham we treat you like our family.

We love getting calls from old friends saying they have another outdoor project they’d like us to design and build for them. Who are these old friends? Repeat customers! If they want us to come back and design/build another project for them, we must be doing something right.


Such is the case with these Jefferson County homeowners who wanted to give their front porch a facelift. They called Archadeck of Birmingham to do the job because their first project with us had gone so well.

Round 1 Recap: Covered Porch & Deck Combo + Eze-Breeze Outdoor Room


This home is in Jefferson County, AL, just a stone’s throw from the Mountain Brook city limits. Covered porch and deck builder Archadeck of Birmingham added Eze-Breeze windows to the clients’ existing screened porch. We built a deck along the back of the home and covered a good portion of that with an open-gable roof structure.


The homeowners gained an array of outdoor living options: open deck area, covered porch, and an Eze-Breeze porch where they can opt for windows or screens. Materials we used for these backyard outdoor spaces included cedar posts for the covered porch and TimberTech Legacy decking in pecan. Having been there recently, we can tell you this: it still looks brand new!


Round 2: From Open Front Stoop to Covered Front Porch

Pleased with the work we had done on the back of their home, the clients called us again to give their front porch area a makeover. They wanted to add a roof to the landing at the top of the steps leading to their front door. You may sense a theme here—low-maintenance living. In the back they have low-maintenance composite TimberTech decking. In the front, we added low-maintenance aluminum AFCO columns and posts and an all-aluminum rail.


We like the complementary black-and-white color scheme the homeowners chose for their front porch. The columns and trim are white, while the aluminum railing, pickets and posts are black. The V-joint spruce porch ceiling we built for them is painted white, too. These colors create a space that fits in perfectly with the home’s white siding and black shutters. The result is a covered front porch that looks original to the home.


Do you have an outdoor project in mind for your home? Are you looking for a Birmingham, Jefferson County, or Mountain Brook, AL, porch builder? Front porch or back porch, we’ll treat your home like it was our own so you’ll refer your closest friends and family!

Contact Archadeck of Birmingham today to make the time you spend outdoors this year time well spent! Call us now at 205-970-0121 or email us at [email protected].

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham.

Outdoor Living Space Transformation in Mountain Brook AL

Here at Archadeck of Birmingham, we pride ourselves on the ability to transform an existing outdoor living space. Whether it is an aging deck in need of resurfacing or a dated backyard design that no longer fits the clients’ needs, we are masters at eliminating the negative and accentuating the positive.

Building on (and out), on the positive elements of an existing outdoor living space is exactly what we did for these Mountain Brook, AL, homeowners!


These homeowners had an existing brick paver patio with an integrated cedar pergola. Upon consulting with Archadeck of Birmingham, they indicated their desire to have a more substantial area that offered shade and protection and storage potential. Additionally, they also wanted to extend their open-air outdoor living space with a deck. And, last but not least, the protected space would need to work in unison with the new deck.

Our solution was to design a space that spoke to the homeowner’s needs, budget and lifestyle and fit the design and architecture of the home.

Many elements went into the new outdoor living space. Our design includes a cedar screened porch with a storage area that steps onto a spacious TimberTech synthetic deck.


First, Archadeck removed the existing cedar pergola to create room for the new cedar screened porch. The new porch is finished in all cedar details including a cedar tongue and groove barrel-style ceiling and rails. The new porch includes ceiling fans for enhanced comfort and air circulation on balmy days, and the cedar railing is finished with black aluminum balusters for added aesthetic contrast.


The low maintenance deck was built using TimberTech Terrain decking with a pressure treated wooden rail and matching TimberTech rail cap. The balusters match the screened porch in black aluminum, and for added function and ambiance we installed deck post lighting.


Our Mountain Brook clients are just elated with the way the project turned out. They now have an area to enjoy open-air outdoor living and a protected space that extends the time they can spend outdoors. This outdoor living combination truly satisfies!

We want to be your Birmingham outdoor living space contractor, too! Call us now at 205-970-0121 or email us at [email protected].

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham.

Have you read the news? New Deck - New 4-Season Room - New Porch in Shelby County, AL

Combo spaces, such as this one, are what we sometimes refer to as a deluxe outdoor living space.

— Shelby county outdoor living combination space by Archadeck of Birmingham

There is no denying the appeal of a deluxe outdoor living space. An outdoor living combination space (or deluxe outdoor living space), marries the function and aesthetic elements of two or more outdoor structures allowing them to function as one large space. You may also see these versatile spaces referred to as “outdoor living rooms” in the media. Archadeck of Birmingham has watched the popularity of this type of outdoor living environment soar to new heights over the past few years as homeowners have developed an increasing desire to transfer more of the assets of interior living to the outdoors.

To appreciate the concept of deluxe outdoor living, you only need to consider the parts of your home you use for relaxing, entertaining and other recreational activities: the living or family room, the dining room, the kitchen, a parlor, media room or playroom. Now, simply take those areas and think about moving their functions outside, and voilà… you have discovered the appeal of the deluxe outdoor living combination space!

With this in mind, Archadeck of Birmingham wants to share our most recent combo space with you…

These Shelby County, AL, homeowners are certainly reveling in the good news! Archadeck of Birmingham just completed transforming the existing open porch on their home into the ultimate deluxe outdoor living combination space!

This outdoor living combination project is much more than a mere open porch to sunroom conversion. We literally revamped the entire outdoor living area for these clients. The brick columns and roof remained as-is for this project, however, Archadeck of Birmingham replaced the deck structure of the previous open porch and added a new sunroom and open porch.


The large deck is what is referred to as a sleeper deck and it is positioned over the homeowner’s existing sloped concrete patio. A sleeper deck is when sleepers are placed between the deck surface and the ground or slab below. Sleepers help support the decking and allow moisture and air to flow below it. They also help stabilize the deck.


For the decking material the homeowners chose low-maintenance TimberTech Terrain: decking in silver maple. The new deck railing is pressure-treated pine with a matching TimberTech rail cap.

The transition from the new deck to the covered porch is flanked by 6 × 6 Cox support posts which add a substantial presence to the structure as a whole.


For the four-season room, we installed low E windows with transoms across the top and a sliding glass storm door. The interior of the new sunroom/4-season room is a dream come true with beautiful a ceramic tile floor that mimics the look of marble. The new outdoor room also features a charming beadboard ceiling and walls, and the space is fully conditioned to enjoy during every season.

As your Birmingham deck, porch and outdoor room builder, we know how perfect it feels when you create a combination of options side-by-side in your outdoor living space!

We want to be your Birmingham outdoor living combination contractor. Call us now at 205-970-0121 or email us at [email protected].

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham.

Archadeck of Birmingham is Making Hoover AL More Beautiful, One Backyard at a Time!

One of our favorite areas to work in here at Archadeck of Birmingham is Hoover, AL. One of the benefits of living in Hoover is the ambiance of upscale country living while remaining just a short drive away from the conveniences of Birmingham’s metro areas. Hoover homeowners also have the luxury of spacious, wooded lots perfect for outdoor living! Many of the region’s properties are not only picturesque but also well-suited for outdoor entertaining. Such is the case with the recent project we just completed in lovely Altadena Woods!

New & Improved Hoover Backyard


These homeowners had an existing porch in which they wanted to build out from to extend their outside living real estate. The kind of structure they had in mind for this project was the addition of a new low-maintenance deck. As part of the project, they also wanted to update and improve the porch they already had. As your local Screened porch and deck builders we were able to transpose their vision and ideas into a custom design. After finalizing the plan, Archadeck of Birmingham got to work on this new deck and improved porch project.

New Deck with Attention to Detail

The design of the new deck addition is awe-inspiring. The footprint features a wrap-around design with octagonal edges. With a spacious flowing step-down, the homeowners can easily reach the backyard effortlessly and the transition is easy on the eyes as well!


For the new deck addition, we used TimberTech Pro Terrain decking in the Brown Oak color. Since the deck is low-to-grade, no railing was required by code. Not having to install railing on this stunning deck just adds to the appeal as it delivers clean, crisp, unfettered views of the lovely setting.

Improved Screened Porch Feels Like New!


Archadeck of Birmingham didn’t end with the new deck, we also revamped the existing screened porch. The improvements we made to the porch reflect a truly custom approach to improving an existing outdoor living space. First, we installed new pressure-treated wall posts to the porch. We then added a pressure-treated wooden rail (knee wall) to the custom height of 24" to give it a one-of-kind look and feel. We also rescreened the entire perimeter. Archadeck installed beautiful Deckorators aluminum balusters within the knee wall span and inside the screen door to create a cohesive aesthetic.


We took the screened porch comfort level up a notch from their previous structure. In order to ensure all the clients were covered (even the 4-legged variety), we installed the doggie door provided by the homeowner. As your trusted Hoover porch builder, we also installed pet screen below the rail and within the door. This is standard with our screened porch additions when the clients have pets.

Contact Archadeck of Birmingham today to learn more about improving your outdoor living space enjoyment and make the time you spend outdoors this year, time well spent! Call us now at 205-970-0121 or email us at [email protected].

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham.

This Custom Front Entry In Homewood, AL, Says "Welcome Home" In The Best Possible Way!

Does an outdoor living space have to feature back-of-home placement in order to enhance your outdoor living lifestyle?

Answer: NO.

When you imagine an outdoor living space, where does your mind take you?


You likely think of a backyard deck, porch or patio. However, did you know that an outdoor living space doesn’t necessarily have to be designed with backyard placement in order to enhance your outdoor lifestyle? It’s true. When considering the addition of a custom outdoor living space, you should consider where you need, and want it. A truly custom design doesn’t have to abide by any unwritten rules or recommended placement guidelines. Our recent custom front entry addition in Homewood, AL, is the perfect example…


When Archadeck of Birmingham met with the homeowners during the design consultation, they had an existing concrete front porch with tile and iron scrollwork railings. Since their home is located on the main road, their first goal was to add privacy to the front of their home. They also wanted an area where they could enjoy the positive benefits of their property without the negative aspects, such as mosquitoes and direct sun. Last but not least, they also wanted the design to add curb appeal to their home and a welcoming atmosphere for guests.

Comfort & Curb Appeal!


The custom design Archadeck came up with addressed all of the client’s needs, desires, and budget! First, we installed a sleeper system over the existing front porch in order to accommodate the new structure. We then installed new walls, new 6 × 6 wall posts, flooring and railing. TimberTech Terrain low-maintenance decking was used on the floor of the new porch and the bench steps we added out front. For the railing, we installed TimberTech Radiance Rail in white to add a clean contrast to the gray tone of the porch flooring. The entire area was then screened using the SCREENEZE® system which we mounted from the inside so as to not take attention away from the beauty of the porch posts.


The clients are thrilled with their new front-of-home screened porch entry! It has added curb appeal to the home along with providing a place for enjoying the outdoors in a private, cozy, insect-free space!

Custom outdoor living areas are replacing the traditional front porch because they fulfill every need that the traditional porch fills, along with several more that a front porch just can’t match. And, as an added bonus, the outdoor living space is just as nice as a front porch when it comes to spending time with your family.

As the Birmingham-area’s premier porch builder, Archadeck of Birmingham can custom design a front-of-home, side, detached or back-of-home porch to fit your needs and lifestyle! Contact Archadeck of Birmingham today to learn more at 205-970-0121 or email us at [email protected].

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham.

How Archadeck of Birmingham Created a Cohesive and Impressive Outdoor Space in Ross Bridge

Our recent project in the lovely Ross Bridge neighborhood of Hoover, AL, is proof of how Archadeck of Birmingham can enhance and/or expand any existing outdoor living space.


When we first consulted with these homeowners, they indicated they wanted to add a new side deck to replace their old deck and refresh their existing open porch. They wanted to enhance their outdoor living real estate, as a deck addition would provide an open-air environment to soak up the sun and enjoy outdoor entertaining. At the same time, they wanted to freshen up their existing porch cover making it more cohesive to work in unison with the new deck.


Archadeck of Birmingham was able to provide both — through a new deck construction, resurfacing and upgrades!

We built these Ross Bridge homeowners a bigger, more spacious wooden deck than the prior one, with a gorgeous landing. We also raised the footprint of the deck to better work in unison with their covered porch. The new deck was built using premium pressure-treated pine and deck railing using all-aluminum rails.

The new deck will enhance their outdoor living lifestyle adding more space and functionality. The taller deck design also provides ample storage underneath whereas their previous deck provided minimal.


In addition to the new side deck, we updated the flooring on their existing covered porch and added aluminum railing to match those used on the deck. The entire outdoor living area is cohesive and refreshed!

Eliminate the negative and accentuate the positive with redecking — yes, even for porches!

When your outdoor living space’s substructure is in good shape, still capable of supporting a deck or porch safely, and you want to change the floor surface material, we often recommend redecking/resurfacing. Many Hoover, AL, homeowners are not aware that redecking is an option. One of the primary benefits of redecking is its cost – lower than the cost of completely replacing a structure. You will save on materials and labor costs when you resurface because you’re only replacing the surface, stairs, and railing, not the support structure below.


As your Hoover expert deck builder, Archadeck of Birmingham is your local resource for quality new deck additions and redecking. To see if your space is a candidate, first, we’ll need to come out and assess the substructure. If it’s sound, we can proceed with a resurfacing project. We’ll then help you select the right flooring material to fit your needs and budget.

On the fence about a new deck, deck extension or redeck? Visit Archadeck of Birmingham Asks, What’s Your Deck Satisfaction Score? to determine your deck satisfaction score!

Contact Archadeck of Birmingham today to make the time you spend outdoors this year time well spent! Call us now at 205-970-0121 or email us at [email protected].

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham.

Archadeck of Birmingham Answers the Call for a Privacy Deck in Mountain Brook, AL

When you say, “Come see my house!” you’re usually inviting a few friends – not the whole town, or even the whole neighborhood. But that’s what it felt like for these homeowners in Mountain Brook, AL. Because of the way their property sits on the main road, and on a curve, their home and their yard were visible on three sides. They called Mountain Brook AL deck builder Archadeck of Birmingham for a deck and a privacy solution.


It’s not that people were trying to encroach on this family’s privacy. It’s just that the homeowners were on view any time they went outside. They found it hard to enjoy being outdoors … and on display. When you need a privacy screen, you really need a privacy screen.

The Best Listener is the Best Deck Designer


At Archadeck of Birmingham, we listen to you talk about what you need in a deck (or screened porch, or covered porch, etc.). We want to know why you want a deck, how you intend to use it, and what features are your top priorities. We listen, and we come back with a design to address your needs. If a client doesn’t feel we captured exactly what they want, we’ll talk some more, listen harder, and go back to the drawing board. It doesn’t happen often, but we are always willing to proceed with another iteration of a design if that’s what it takes to create your perfect outdoor living space. With this Mountain Brook, AL, deck design, however, we nailed it the first time.

Private Deck, Private Family Time

We understood the homeowners’ desire for privacy on three sides when we designed their deck. They chose an all-pressure-treated wood deck, and as you can see we answered with pressure-treated railings, gates, and privacy fence, too. We designed the wooden deck railings and gates to match the alternative fencing style of the privacy fence.


The 7-ft. privacy fence and railings feature horizontal rows of wood with a uniform amount of space between each row and the next. No “see-through” cable railings for this deck! The gaps between the rows allow light to pass through and keep the deck feeling “breathable.” The family can still see (and therefore, feel) the lush, wooded setting around their property. At the same time, the rows of wood sufficiently block the view of anyone passing by.


Because the lot slopes and a portion of the deck is elevated, we included 1 × 6 horizontal skirting to give the underside of the deck some privacy, too. This horizontal skirting also features horizontal rows of wood with gaps between the rows, but here the gaps are smaller.

Reminder: Wood Decks Are Beautiful, Too!

If you’ve become convinced a deck must be made of composite or synthetic materials to be beautiful, this project reminds us wood decks are beautiful, too. The uniform pattern of the wooden railings, stairs, gates, and privacy wall create an inviting hide-away. If this were a piece of art – and actually, it is – it might be titled: “A Study in Wood.” This project reminds us of the days, before the advent of composite decking, when we took the beauty of a wooden deck for granted.


The homeowners wanted the deck to include two wide staircases for ease of access, each leading to a different part of the yard. One staircase is 7 feet wide with a mid-level landing and a double-door, hinged gate at the top. The other is 5 feet wide with a rolling gate at the top. Because the gates are also built in the horizontal “privacy fence” style, they fill the visual breaks that the staircases create in the privacy railings. They also secure the safety of any children and pets playing on the deck.


Glorious Privacy, Glorious Shade

Now this Mountain Brook, AL, family has a spacious, secluded outdoor living space where they can relax without feeling like they’re always on public view. This beautiful wood deck is graced with plenty of shade – the dappled shade of a nearby tree and solid shade of the roof’s wide overhang.


Do you need a deck that prioritizes privacy? Would you prefer a deck that’s all wood, or are you a fan of composite decking and the low-maintenance lifestyle? Either way, contact Archadeck of Birmingham today to make the time you spend outdoors this year time well spent! Call us now at 205-970-0121 or email us at [email protected].

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham.

Screened Porch to 3-Season Room Conversion is a Breeze in Hoover, AL

When you have to put a project on the back burner, for whatever reason, and you know it’ll be really great, well … it’s worth the wait. Like true love between two people on distant shores, when they finally get together, shazam! United at last!


That pretty much describes the way these homeowners in the Trace Crossing neighborhood of Hoover, AL, feel about their new Eze Breeze 3-season room. Their home is located in the Creekside section of Trace Crossing. Originally, their outdoor living space consisted of a concrete slab patio, like so many homes.

In 2013, the homeowners talked about adding a 3-season room. They wanted to build it on their concrete patio. The timing wasn’t quite right for them, however, so they settled for a screened porch instead. Since Archadeck of Birmingham is Hoover, Alabama’s best screened porch builder, they called us to build the porch. We designed and built a gable roof screened porch addition on their concrete slab, and the clients loved it. But all the while since, they kept thinking about that three-season room. Someday …

Following Through on Their Vision for a 3-Season Room

These clients appreciated the fact that Archadeck of Birmingham not only builds porches and decks; we are also the best Hoover, AL, three-season room builder. Fast forward to 2019: when the time was right, these clients called us again. We’re ready for that 3-season room now, they said.


We were able to enhance their porch screens with the Eze Breeze system, turning that Archadeck screened porch into an Archadeck custom three-season room. The difference is that a 3-season room offers more versatility and can be used comfortably during more of the colder months than a screened porch. Eze Breeze is a 4-track clear vinyl window system that gives you a combination of sliding windows to keep cold out and allows your porch screens to let breezes in. You decide, on any given day, which to use – windows or screens – or some combination of each! Is today the day for a little fresh air, or a lot?

The Eze Breeze 4-track window system allows you to slide the clear vinyl window panels open or closed as you wish. At any point, you can open up to 75% of the windows, revealing 75% of the screens at once for plenty of fresh air.


Here are some of the options that have earned Eze Breeze a favorable reputation for versatility:

  • Slide up to 75% of the windows open, to reveal screens;
  • Keep all of the windows closed to ward off cooler outdoor temperatures;
  • Use a space heater to keep your 3-season room cozy when temperatures drop. Keeping the vinyl windows closed will help you keep the heat inside where you need it.

At Archadeck of Birmingham, we love the Eze Breeze system for its quality, durability, and ease of use. The window frames are sturdy, and the vinyl window panels are crystal clear. You’ll get the same clear view you would see with traditional glass windows. The Eze Breeze window frames are available in white, beige, or bronze. For this project, our clients chose the bronze window frames.

Finishing Touches on the New 3-Season Room

The screened porch upgrade to a three-season room is complete. For aesthetics, we knocked the original “broom” finish off the concrete patio and then polished the concrete, stained it and sealed it. The result is an attractive floor that gives a refined appearance to the room. The windows high up in the roof gable allow lots of natural light inside. And last but not least, the clients’ two fluffy white dogs have their own little dog door built into the porch door.


Have you been thinking about adding a custom three-season room to enjoy year-round use of your outdoor living space? Contact Archadeck of Birmingham today to make the time you spend outdoors this year time well spent! Call us now at 205-970-0121 or email us at [email protected].

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham.

No More Splinters for This Family in the Liberty Park Neighborhood of Vestavia Hills, AL!

Lakeside living in Vestavia Hills, AL, just became more enjoyable for this family, whose home overlooks Boulder Lake in Liberty Park. Archadeck of Birmingham replaced their aging porch and wood deck with low-maintenance TimberTech decking. One of the many advantages of these beautiful composite decking boards is no more splinters. It’s safe to go barefoot again!

These homeowners decided it was time to replace their original screened porch and side deck, which were more than 15 years old. These structures were showing their age, for one reason because they were exposed to the sun all day long. The sun’s UV rays will damage wood over time, giving it a weathered look and causing wood fibers to break down.

Why TimberTech Makes So Much Sense for These Clients

These homeowners didn’t want to get locked into 10-15 more years of wood deck maintenance. Composite or synthetic decking was the solution for their lifestyle. These products are designed to look and feel like wood, but they last quite a bit longer. The boards you see in these photos, TimberTech PRO decking, are capped on all four sides with a polymer that provides complete surface protection. This decking comes with a 30-year warranty, and it resists fading and splintering as well as damage from moisture, termites, or fungal decay.

A Custom-Designed Deck and Screened Porch Combination

Working with deck builder and screened porch builder Archadeck of Birmingham, these homeowners participated in designing their new screened porch and deck combination. They chose their favorite deck color from the TimberTech PRO Legacy Collection, both for the deck surface and for the floor of their new screened porch.

The deck is finished with a matching TimberTech Pro Legacy rail cap, this area entails the topper your hand rests on when you reach out to hold onto the railing. The homeowners selected powder-coated aluminum balusters from Deckorators. And yes, that’s another low-maintenance solution, and a durable choice, too! The black pickets or balusters are also an excellent choice for deck and porch railings because they provide a high level of visibility. If you replace wood railing pickets with thin, black aluminum, you’ll be amazed at the “new” view you discover even though you’re looking at the same scenery!

One more design note: we raised the deck posts’ concrete footers in the area of the ferns and sprinkler in order to make the overall design more cohesive. It’s a construction detail the casual observer might not notice, but it’s in line with Archadeck’s exacting processes and standards.

A Bonus Outdoor Living Space We Haven’t Even Mentioned

You’ve probably noticed the area under this new deck is usable as a covered patio. Whether family members are seeking shelter from a rain shower or trying to stay out of the sun, this dry, under-deck area is a great option.

Do you need a new Birmingham screened porch, deck, or both? Contact Archadeck of Birmingham today to make the time you spend outdoors this year time well spent! Call us now at 205-970-0121 or email us at [email protected].

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham.

New Hoover AL Deck and Screened Porch Refurbishment

At Archadeck of Birmingham, our goal is to always build outdoor living spaces that are specific to each home and family. These residents in the Lake Crest neighborhood had unique needs, which we were able to deliver on.

Many homeowners these days are choosing low-maintenance decks to replace their aging wood decks. This is a sensible solution for anyone, who is looking for a deck, on which they will spend far more time relaxing and entertaining than upkeep. The TimberTech PRO Legacy collection is a low-maintenance decking choice with beautiful wood-like finishes, and was chosen for this Hoover Alabama deck. This decking is capped on all four sides, and is moisture and damage resistant, which means the homeowners will be enjoying this deck for many years to come.

The low-maintenance benefits don’t just apply to decking. We also gave them a fully powder-coated aluminum deck railing, offering the same ease of upkeep. A simple spray or gentle wipe-down is all this aluminum rail will require over its lifetime!

The screened porch got a facelift, along with critical structural upgrades.

In lieu of completely tearing down and reconstructing the screened porch, Archadeck of Birmingham was able to replace the crucial design and support elements. The porch roof and flooring were saved for this project. We replaced the decaying porch posts underneath while keeping the existing floor joists intact, re-leveling the entire porch structure.

All porch wall posts were replaced, and new screens installed. In addition, we installed a brand new porch railing, ordered specifically to accommodate the square balusters.

Are your looking for a custom deck and porch builder?

Archadeck of Birmingham’s outdoor living solutions are not just about building perfunctory porches and decks. They are about getting to know our clients, assessing their outdoor living needs, and bringing to life the spaces they dream of. Let our custom design and building expertise work for your porch and deck aspirations.

Contact Archadeck of Birmingham today to make the time you spend outdoors this year, time well spent! Call us now at 205-970-0121 or email us at [email protected].

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham.

Archadeck of Birmingham Designs Picture-Perfect Screened Porch in Alabaster, AL

Doesn’t this new screened porch look right at home nestled in this wooded lot in Alabaster, AL? These Archadeck of Birmingham clients in Alabaster’s Portsouth neighborhood made an excellent choice to use pressure-treated pine for their new porch. We like the way this porch demonstrates how your choice of building materials can complement your home’s surroundings.

The adorable 12’x16’ screened porch is just the right size for these homeowners and is compatible with the size of their adjoining paver patio. A larger porch would have dwarfed the patio and might have made it seem too small.

Floor-to-Ceiling Rustic Look Blends with Natural Surroundings

The aesthetics of pressure-treated pine throughout this screened porch are anything but boring. From the diagonal orientation of the floorboards to the exposed rafters, the porch delivers a thoroughly rustic vibe. We used PT pine for the rafters, wall posts, and rails in addition to the flooring.

For the ceiling, we used durable T1 11 plywood, which has a textured, ribbed surface and resembles natural wood. This material, often used for siding, gives the look of beadboard without the expense and works well in this open-rafter design.

We designed the porch with an open gable roof for extra height and greater expanse of the screened area. This summer, the family will appreciate the additional airflow the open gable roof facilitates. The porch roof matches the home’s existing roof, also a gable design. As your Alabaster, AL, screened porch builder, Archadeck of Birmingham custom-designs each porch to blend in and look original to the home rather than added on.

Custom Details Reflect our Clients’ Preferences

You’ll notice the homeowners put their own stamp on the project in several ways. They chose black aluminum balusters for the railing design around the porch, in the screened doors, and along the exterior stairway. The porch has not one, but two screened doors to the outside. One leads to the patio and the other opens out to the back yard. Finally, the clients chose to wrap their screened porch with a heavy-duty pet screen rather than standard screening material. The combination of balusters and pet screen will guard against damage to the screens from the family’s rambunctious fur-kids.

Do you need a Birmingham screened porch? Are you thinking about replacing, expanding, or enclosing your existing porch? Contact Archadeck of Birmingham today to make the time you spend outdoors this year time well spent! Call us now at 205-970-0121 or email us at [email protected].

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham.

Same Pool, Different Deck for the Most Summer Fun in Jefferson County, AL

What a difference a pool deck makes! These Jefferson County, AL, homeowners had a pool, and they had a deck. What’s wrong with this picture? The two were not working together in a way that might suggest backyard fun or summertime outdoor living at its most refreshing. The homeowners called Archadeck of Birmingham for a solution to their backyard dilemma. Summertime was not far off.

The first thing you might notice about this back yard is the steep slope of the lot. As you walk away from the house, the yard drops off quickly. The family had a small deck overlooking their above-ground pool, but they didn’t have a way to access the pool directly from the deck. It almost looks as though the deck was teasing them!

— This image shows the existing deck before Archadeck of Birmingham began the project.

Poolside Solution: A Spacious Multi-level Deck

Deck designer and builder Archadeck of Birmingham created a new two-level deck that includes an elevated area as well as a pool deck. The spacious poolside deck provides plenty of room for lounge chairs around the pool and access directly from the deck to the water.

The elevated portion of the new deck overlooks the pool, offering the same view of the pool and the back yard that the original deck offered. The difference now is that the deck stairs lead to the pool instead of away from it. And the new railing balusters are thinner so they obstruct less of the view compared to the old wooden pickets.

Natural Wood as Far as the Eye Can See

For this Jefferson County, AL, deck replacement project, the clients chose pressure-treated pine, which looks right at home amidst the heavily-wooded surroundings. While the railing is also made from PT pine, they selected black aluminum balusters from Deckorators. Dark balusters are an excellent choice here. They seem to disappear as you look through the deck railing, so they obstruct very little of the view.

Poolside Deck Access Enhances Convenience and Safety

When you have a backyard pool, safety matters and every second counts! Having easy access to the pool from the home and the elevated deck means a parent can rush to the pool quickly if needed. That was an important design consideration for pool deck builder Archadeck of Birmingham. We knew the family needed quick deck-to-pool access for safety as well as convenience. Whether you’re saving a swimmer’s life or simply carrying beverages on a tray, direct access is beneficial.

Do you need a Birmingham pool deck? Are you thinking about replacing, expanding, or updating your existing deck? Contact Archadeck of Birmingham today to make the time you spend outdoors this year time well spent! Call us now at 205-970-0121 or email us at [email protected].

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham.

Archadeck of Birmingham Asks, What’s Your Deck Satisfaction Score?

Archadeck of Birmingham hereby proclaims the month of May as Deck Satisfaction Awareness Month, to coincide with Deck Safety Month. Deck Safety Month is observed and promoted each May by The North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA).

— In honor of Deck Satisfaction Awareness Month, deck builder Archadeck of Birmingham asks you to consider whether you need to replace your deck, expand it, or redeck.

How old is your deck?

If you have a pressure-treated wood deck, you may be aware that its estimated life expectancy is 10-15 years. Maintaining your deck, sanding and sealing the wood – including stairs and railings – every couple of years keeps your wood deck looking good and extends its life. Nevertheless, at some point your deck may become unsafe because of its age. Are the railings loose? Do some deck boards wobble when you walk across them? Are any posts that touch the ground showing signs of rot? This is by no means a complete checklist for a deck safety assessment. These questions may simply help you realize your deck is living on borrowed time.

— Does this resemble your back yard deck?

Don’t wait for a worst-case scenario to occur. No one wants their home to appear on the news in another “deck collapse” story. At Archadeck of Birmingham, we recommend planning to replace your wood deck well before it deteriorates. If yours has reached or passed an age of 15 years, it’s time to give Archadeck of Birmingham a call.

• If your deck needs to be replaced, your deck satisfaction score is LOW.

Are you tired of the chore of maintenance for your wooden deck?

You would not be the first client to replace a wood deck after several years, tiring of the annual maintenance chores. Just because the deck may last 10-15 years doesn’t mean you have to keep it that long. If wood deck maintenance is something you hate and dread, stop punishing yourself.

• If you feel weighed down by the demands of deck maintenance, your deck satisfaction score is TOO LOW.

When your deck’s substructure is in good shape, still capable of supporting a deck safely, and you want to change your deck surface material, we recommend redecking. Many homeowners are not aware that redecking is an option. One of the primary benefits of redecking is its cost – lower than the cost of completely replacing a deck. You will save on materials and labor costs when you redeck because you’re only replacing the surface, stairs, and railing, not the support structure below.

When you call deck builder Archadeck of Birmingham to inquire about redecking, we’ll need to come out and assess your deck’s substructure. If it’s sound, we can proceed with a redecking project there. We’ll help you select low-maintenance composite or synthetic decking boards so you’ll never face wood maintenance chores again. Low-maintenance decking comes in several brands, a vast array of colors, several price ranges, and different surfaces designed to mimic the look of natural wood grain.

• If you redeck with low-maintenance materials because you have dreaded wood maintenance chores, your deck satisfaction score is HIGH.

Do you need to expand your deck?

Don’t feel bad if you added a deck to your home only to find it’s just too small. This has happened to many homeowners. Others have purchased a home with a deck that’s too small and tried to make it work. One of our jobs as Birmingham deck designers is to make sure our clients select a deck size that will truly meet their needs. If your deck builder didn’t guide you to the deck size you really need, we suggest you take action to remedy the situation. There’s no need for you to continue feeling dissatisfied with your too-small deck. Let’s expand it!

• If your deck is too small, your deck satisfaction score COULD BE MUCH HIGHER.

The process of expanding your deck will depend on what materials it’s made of. We strive to make sure a deck expansion doesn’t look like one. We always want the finished project to look cohesive and not like a portion was added later.

First, we need to determine what size deck will meet your needs … finally! With your help, your Archadeck of Birmingham deck design consultant will start with pencil and paper to work through the necessary calculations. We’ll ask questions about how you want to use your deck and specifically what makes you feel your deck is too small.

When determining your ideal deck size, we want to make sure you have enough room for the furnishings you want to use. Think of the dining room inside your home. Not only do you have sufficient room for a table and chairs, you also have room to pull chairs out and walk around them. Space requirements on the deck are no different.

— Archadeck of Birmingham expanded this Shelby County deck. You can read about this project in Two Deck Segments Combine as one Multi-level Deck in this Brooke Highland, AL, Deck Expansion.

We have rule-of-thumb calculations for deck size based on what furniture you want to use. For example, if you want to use a 48” round dining table, then a deck that’s 12’x12’ would feel ample. The minimum area for that table would be 10.5’x10.5’, but why make your space that tight? Many dining tables are 4’x6’. To use a table like this comfortably, you need a deck that’s at least 14’x16’. These calculations don’t include space for comfortable lounge furniture in addition to dining table and chairs. Go bigger! What good is a deck if you don’t have room for the events in your life? If you plan to host birthday parties, houseguests, or neighborhood get-togethers, make room on the deck for everyone to feel welcome.

• If your deck is large enough that you never feel cramped for space, your deck satisfaction score is HIGH.

Does your deck look dated?

Sometimes a deck’s style expires before its useful life comes to an end. If that is the case at your home, it may be time to upgrade to a modern decking material and railing style. A well-maintained wooden deck may have a lifespan of 30 years. If your deck is 20 years old but features big, clunky wood railings with wide balusters, why wait 10 more years to replace it? An updated deck and modern railing system will do wonders for your home. Replacing a bulky wood railing system with today’s thin cable railings – or even replacing balusters (pickets) with glass panels – will greatly improve your view from the deck. You’ll be amazed at how much more you’ll enjoy your deck when you bring its style up to date.

• If your deck reflects a 21st-century design aesthetic – instead of one popular 20-30 years ago – your deck satisfaction score is HIGH.

What’s your deck satisfaction score? Are you thinking about replacing, expanding, or updating your deck? Contact Archadeck of Birmingham today to make the time you spend outdoors this year time well spent! Call us now at 205-970-0121 or email us at [email protected].

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham.

See this TimberTech Composite Deck in Shelby County AL!

At Archadeck of Birmingham, it’s not just about building new decks. It’s about creating outdoor spaces, often times from previous builds, which will better accommodate the homeowners and their guests. This Shelby County composite deck project is one such story.

As with many Shelby County homeowners today, this family wanted to upgrade their existing outdoor living area to low-maintenance. Though that was our overall goal, this project wasn’t only about the composite deck. Elements of their existing porch were in need of rehab, and Archadeck of Birmingham was pleased to answer the call.

We are your trusted Shelby County composite deck builder!

The new composite deck was constructed with TimberTech PRO Terrain decking. With TimberTech’s four-sided capping technology and a 25-year fade and stain warranty, this family will be enjoying their new deck for many years to come. This is a true low-maintenance deck, which will see many hours of enjoyment, and much less time maintaining than the standard wood deck.

See more composite decks by Archadeck of Birmingham.

Furthering the low-maintenance function of the space, we installed an all-aluminum railing. This powder-coated railing too, will withstand many years of exposure, and require only a quick wipe or spray to keep clean of dust and debris.

A bit of porch TLC was a must!

This family had an existing covered porch, which required attention. Over years of exposure, certain aspects of the porch had aged past the best usability. Archadeck of Birmingham got to work re-constructing and replacing crucial elements of the porch, including porch walls and posts to suspend the existing roof, as well as the soffit and gutters. Whether your outdoor living space is in need of a total makeover, an addition for more space, or re-building and replacing aged elements,

Archadeck of Birmingham can help!

Are you considering building a custom composite deck? Contact Archadeck of Birmingham today to make the time you spend outdoors this year, time well spent! Call us now at 205-970-0121 or email us at [email protected].

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham.

This Portico Addition Shows Archadeck isn’t Just for Back Yards!

What’s a portico? Smaller than a front porch, bigger than a stoop, a portico is a covered entrance supported by columns – or in this case, posts. Archadeck of Birmingham gave this Blount County, AL, home a front entry makeover with a custom-designed portico scaled in proportion to the house.

It’s fair to say we don’t get many calls for a portico in the Birmingham area, but that might just be because many homeowners aren’t familiar with them. As you can see in these photos, the portico serves two purposes, one aesthetic and the other functional.

First, the portico adds style to the front of the house and directs your focus to the front door. It’s welcoming. Second, the portico serves the very practical purpose of keeping the homeowners and visitors dry as they reach the front door on a rainy day. The homeowners stay dry while unlocking the front door. Guests can ring the doorbell and wait outside without getting drenched. Even a package can stay dry at this front door because it has a covered entry.

The structure we now call a portico dates back to Greek temple architecture, according to Encyclopaedia Britannica, so you could say the portico is classically inspired.

How to Know Whether Your Home Needs a Front Porch or a Portico

To answer that question, we would need to ask you a question: why are you thinking about adding a front porch or portico? How do you see yourself or your family using it? Questions like this are part of Archadeck’s design process. We call it a comprehensive needs analysis. By asking all the right questions, we are better able to design an outdoor living space that meets your needs. No buyer’s remorse here!

If you’d like a place to sit and visit with friends or just enjoy the fresh air, you’ll need a porch. Porticos don’t include enough space for furniture. If you want room for rocking chairs, a table and chairs, or a porch swing, you’re going to need a front porch. On the other hand, if you just want a covered entry for shelter and don’t plan to use it socially or for leisure, a portico will suffice. Both the porch and the portico will add curb appeal, so either way you’re covered on that front.

When Considering Costs, a Portico is Budget Friendly

Because a portico is smaller than a front porch, the portico will be more affordable in terms of materials and labor. We constructed this portico in Blount County, AL, with pressure-treated pine, which is usually more affordable than wood alternatives. You could also build this project with low-maintenance composite decking materials; it’s a choice each client can make. With the wooden portion protected by a roof, the wood used here will likely last longer than a wood deck and require less maintenance. The difference is that a deck receives the brunt of harsh weather and UV rays, two forces that cause wear and tear on a wood deck.

A Portico Design any Front Door Could Love

To complete this portico design, we repeated the gable roof style at the front of the home. We were able to match the home’s roofing shingles and used the same siding that was used on the house. The two sections of gabled roof are a matched set, big and little. The effect is charming!

The portico addition has given this home a face lift and increased the home’s curb appeal. This project serves as a reminder that your home’s back yard is not the only place for an outdoor living space. It’s true Archadeck is known for designing and building some amazing decks, screened porches, and cedar porches. Keep in mind, however, that front porch designer and builder Archadeck of Birmingham designs and builds porticos as well. Which of these would boost your home’s curb appeal?

— Home before Archadeck of Birmingham added the new portico.

Does your home need a front entry makeover? Contact Archadeck of Birmingham today to talk about front porch and portico designs. Call us now 205-970-0121 or email us at [email protected].

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham.

Homeowners See Wisdom of Replacing Older Deck Before Listing Home for Sale in Hoover, AL

Ready to list your home for sale and not sure what to do about your old deck? These homeowners in the Russet Woods neighborhood of Hoover, AL, called on Archadeck of Birmingham to replace their aging deck prior to listing their home.

You can find varying opinions about how much a new deck will add to your home’s resale value. Is it a wise investment? Can you increase the listing price to cover the cost of adding a deck? Remodeling Magazine estimated in their 2018 cost vs. value report that,on average, homeowners will recoup about 82% of the cost of a deck when they sell a home.

What does that mean for you? If it sounds like you might not make back your investment on a new deck, let’s examine this from a few different angles. First, while you may not recoup 100% of the deck cost, you can add some portion of that cost to your listing price. Second, adding or replacing a deck can improve your chances of selling your home faster, especially if your deck is downright irresistible. Third, while you are selling your home, your family gets to enjoy the new deck yourselves. Family time spent enjoying your outdoor living space can be priceless.

Archadeck of Birmingham suggests you talk with your realtor about trends in your area. A realtor can give you a good feeling for how much faster you can expect to sell your home by replacing an older deck.

Why a New Deck Makes Sense for these Hoover, AL, Homeowners

One thing’s for sure: if your home has an older deck that’s less than beautiful, it will have a negative impact on the home’s sale. Replacing the deck makes sense in terms of safety and aesthetics. Do you want every prospective buyer to look at your home and think, ugh, we’ll have to replace that old deck?

Our clients in the Russet Woods neighborhood of Hoover, AL, wanted a deck that would create a good first impression on prospective home buyers. Their old deck would not have created the favorable impression they needed. For a solution, they called on Hoover, AL, deck builder Archadeck of Birmingham to design and build a simple replacement deck.

New Pressure-Treated Wood Deck is a Win-Win

This clean and crisp wooden deck is the perfect addition to this sun-dappled, wooded lot in the Russet Woods neighborhood. The deck features two sets of stairs for easy access to both sides of the sloping yard. The homeowners chose to include a gate at the top of each stairway. Prospective home buyers with children or pets will appreciate the inclusion of this extra touch. The deck provides current and future homeowners a beautiful place to sit and relax among the trees.

Are you thinking about selling your home? Is it time to replace your older Birmingham-area deck? A new outdoor living space could make your home irresistible to prospective buyers. Contact Archadeck of Birmingham today. Call us now 205-970-0121 or email us at [email protected].

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham.

Two Deck Segments Combine as one Multi-level Deck in this Brook Highland, AL, Deck Expansion

When you need more space on your Birmingham area deck, do you expand your current deck or just build a new deck that’s larger? A homeowner in this situation might have two concerns: Which approach is the most cost-effective, and which will look the best? Premier deck builder Archadeck of Birmingham was happy to address both concerns by creating a stunning deck for these Shelby County, AL, homeowners.

You could say we refreshed their existing deck. You could also say we created a new deck. That’s because we expanded their first deck by adding a new one that is simply a step down from the first. We also redecked their existing deck with the same beautiful PT pine we used on the new deck addition. The end result is a beautiful, cohesive multi-level deck that’s more than twice as big as the original. Now this family has more than double the space for their outdoor enjoyment.

Design and Materials Set the Scene

When you have an outdoor living space this large, you have the choice of using it as two adjacent spaces or one big space. What’s great is you can change your mind whenever you want! This multi-level deck design incorporates visual cues that support either decision. You may feel like you have two decks today and one deck tomorrow. It’s all determined by which cues you emphasize.

Perhaps you’re having a party and a bunch of folks are coming over. You need a big deck. Three design elements support this space functioning as one big deck: the decking surface color, the parting board, and the railing.

First, for the lower-level deck and upper-deck-level, the homeowners chose pressure-treated wood stained with a light shade. Second, did you notice the darker brown board that runs through the entire surface? This is called a parting board. It’s a design element used for visual interest. In this case, because it runs from end to end – crossing the upper deck and the lower deck in one unbroken line – it creates continuity. Third, the entire deck area, upper and lower, shares a distinctive railing. Looking at those elements, you can see it as one big deck with room for the host’s favorite smoker. Mmmm – you can almost smell those ribs cooking.

Now, perhaps you need two outdoor areas for different activities. The simple fact that there is an upper level and a lower level gives you the perfect dividing point for two areas. To create more emphasis, you could move furniture around so people sitting on the lower deck have their backs to the top level. Your daughter and her classmate can construct their 3-D science project at the table on the upper level. Meanwhile, the grownups can sip iced tea or cocktails on the lower level while they enjoy the sun-dappled shade of late afternoon.

See more of our amazing wooden deck designs.

Distinctive Features Make this Deck Unique

On this multi-level deck, the first things you notice are the distinctive black balusters in the railing system. These black, powder-coated aluminum balusters add a bold contrast against the lighter-colored deck surface and visually define the perimeter of the deck. Another distinctive feature: a bay corner design at the two outer-most corners of the deck’s lower level. Most deck corners follow a 90-degree angle. When you trim off that corner angle you get a distinctive deck shape that’s not quite square and not quite round. Interesting! Finally, the deck’s railing system includes a secure pet gate at the top of the stairs leading down into the yard.

At Archadeck of Birmingham, we pride ourselves on custom-designing each outdoor living project we build. Our objective with each project is to create the perfect outdoor living space for that specific client. We talk with the client about their preferences and their wish-list so we get a solid idea of what they want in their outdoor space. We make suggestions based on our experience and our knowledge of the many kinds of materials available for their type of project. The result is a custom outdoor living space giving that client their dream space for relaxing, entertaining, and simply enjoying.

Have you been thinking about expanding, replacing or redecking your Birmingham-area deck? Contact Archadeck of Birmingham today to make the most of the time you spend outdoors this year. Call us now 205-970-0121 or email us at [email protected].

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham.

Ready to Begin Your Outdoor Living Addition? Look to the Calendar for Guidance, not Mother Nature

Here in the Birmingham area, it may not feel like spring, but a quick look at the calendar will remind you that indeed spring is just around the bend. Mother Nature has decided to let the wet weather stick around a little longer than usual this year. This means once it leaves many homeowners will wish they would have made the decision to move forward with their anticipated outdoor living projects based on the calendar and not the weather.

— Are you counting down the days until spring?

We encourage those of you that are in the planning stages for a new deck, porch, screened porch or combo outdoor living space to act now to ensure your addition is completed in time for the outdoor living season ahead. Logistically, there may be many up-and-coming events taking place in your family that you want to plan outdoor celebrations around. For instance, graduation day will be here sooner than you think; maybe you have an outdoor wedding or reception on the calendar for your backyard this summer — having your outdoor structure completed to accommodate these events means getting the ball rolling now, rather than later.

— Having your project scheduled and completed in time to enjoy this spring means getting the ball rolling now, rather than later

At Archadeck of Birmingham, we make every effort to have your project built in time for those special events or celebrations you have planned. It may seem far off, but warm weather and getting down to the business of outdoor living will be here in the blink of an eye.

Once you make the decision to move forward with your outdoor living space, we will work with you to perfect your plan. We will schedule a consultation to discuss material choices and how you want to use your space. Once we perfect the plan, we will submit it for your approval. At this point in the process, it is easy to make any changes to the project plan before the contract is signed and building of your outdoor oasis begins.

Keep in mind that Archadeck is a professional design/ build firm and your project is protected by two separate guarantees, constituting the most expansive customer protection plan in the industry. Local oversight assures your property and privacy is respected. We attend to every detail from securing any needed building permits to final cleanup. And we work very hard to be as unobtrusive as possible during the entire construction phase. We take the business of creating the backyard of your dreams very seriously. We also build year-round, as our climate allows us to build your project even during the winter!

Contact us today to ensure a spot on this spring’s schedule!

If you are on the fence about deciding whether to start your deck, porch or outdoor structure project, now or later, keep in mind that lead times during the height of the outdoor living season can be in excess of 8 weeks. Lead times are less during cooler periods when outdoor living isn’t a top priority for homeowners. Quicker turn-around and lead times, however, will ensure you get the full benefits of your outdoor space when you are ready, and the timing won’t interrupt your outdoor activities or your lifestyle.

- Are you on the fence about starting your outdoor living project?

Call us now to get the ball rolling at 205-970-0121 or email us at [email protected].

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham.

Top to Bottom Porch Improvements by Archadeck of Birmingham!

At Archadeck of Birmingham, we build complete custom outdoor living spaces, but sometimes we are also called upon for needed functional and aesthetic upgrades for homeowners’ existing outdoor areas.

Do you have a porch or other outdoor living area, which doesn’t require a total overhaul, but would be much improved with a few simple additions? These Birmingham homeowners had an existing screened porch but found themselves in need of just a little more usability of their outdoor space. With no coverage outside the screened porch, they were limited in their use of the space for smoking and grilling. Archadeck of Birmingham built a solution for sheltering their Big Green Egg and grill and defining an outdoor cooking space.

— Covered porches offer shelter and shade for outdoor cooking amenities!

Archadeck of Birmingham is your trusted Birmingham porch builder.

For this Birmingham family, we added a custom shed roof with a small hip. Even though there is a hip in the porch roof structure, the top is a complete shed roof. This is the type of custom capabilities that you will find when you work with Archadeck of Birmingham. We will work to provide your ideal design aesthetic, even when a structure must include unexpected elements.

— Birmingham porch roof interior with a necessary hip design.

We installed a T111 exposed porch rafter ceiling with false wall design, and standard pressure treated porch posts to create this open porch, where outdoor cooking will be much more accommodating!

— Exposed rafter ceiling, false wall, and porch posts.

A few porch upgrades for this Vestavia, Alabama, home were just the ticket!

This Vestavia home had an existing dual level outdoor living design, which required a few updates and additions. Archadeck of Birmingham gave them brand new porch support posts and added a brand new pressure treated deck floor on the lower level.

— This double-deck space now has new support posts, deck flooring, and deck railing.

In addition, we installed a new pressure-treated wood railing on the second level, with Deckorators picket infill.

— Brand new deck flooring on the lower level looks great with custom diagonal installation!

Have you been thinking of ways to improve your Birmingham area outdoor living space for functionality and aesthetics? Contact Archadeck of Birmingham today to make the time you spend outdoors this year, time well spent! Call us now at 205-970-0121 or email us at [email protected].

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham.

Archadeck of Birmingham Will be at The Home Building & Remodeling Showcase This Weekend -- Stop in and See Us!

Are you thinking about adding a new or improved outdoor living space to your Birmingham-area home this season?

If the answer is YES, then make plans now to attend 10th annual Home Building & Remodeling Showcase THIS WEEKEND at the Finley Center – Hoover Met Complex.

Are you contemplating on adding a new deck, porch, screened porch, outdoor fireplace or all of the above this year? Home and trade shows are a wonderful resource to gain new ideas and talk to experts in the field as you begin planning your project. Archadeck of Birmingham will be participating in the Home Building & Remodeling Showcase taking place 2/08 -2/10. Stop by our booth, we will be in booth #52, and say hello!

— Beautiful custom deck in Brook Highlands by Archadeck of Birmingham.

This comprehensive home show connects you with knowledgeable and experienced remodeling and building experts. Every aspect of your home can be explored, from the smallest design detail to a full-on interior home addition. Professionals will be on hand to share their valuable knowledge to bring your ideas to life or inspire you with new ones. This includes Archadeck of Birmingham, the outdoor living experts, we can take your backyard vision and turn it into a reality.

Whether you are looking to add or upgrade a backyard deck or add an entire outdoor living environment to your property, we can help answer all your questions and begin planning your custom project in time to enjoy this spring!

— Spacious open porch overlooking backyard pool by Archadeck of Birmingham.

It is all happening this weekend, so make plans to visit The Home Building & Remodeling Showcase. This all-encompassing remodeling and building event will surely put you on the path toward making the home of your dreams, and backyard, a reality.

Don’t want to wait to discuss your project until the show? Call us now at 205-970-0121 or email us at [email protected].

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham.

Resolve to Realizing your Outdoor Living Aspirations in 2019!

We had an incredible year in 2018. We helped clients realize their outdoor living dreams, and we are ready to help you achieve yours in 2019!

At Archadeck of Birmingham, we are client-focused. Our goal is to build outdoor living areas that will best suit your needs, and we know that one space or design does not fit all. Whether you are looking for a deck or porch – or a complete outdoor living combination with multiple amenities – we can design your ideal outdoor living area and have you realizing your outdoor living dreams this year. Take a look at a few of our favorite projects from 2018…

Deck, screened porch and more in Homewood, AL!

This project has it all — a comfy screened porch with an integrated outdoor fireplace, and a spacious grill deck. Having access to an open-air outdoor area alongside an enclave that offers shelter from showers AND a warming fireplace — who could ask for more?

These Homewood homeowners wanted to transform their aging deck into a safe and more functional outdoor living area. Archadeck of Birmingham built them a custom screened porch with a gable roof. Floor-to-ceiling screens all the way to the top of the gable will offer the homeowners and their guest’s ultimate fresh air and light entry into the space. The finished v-joint ceiling accommodated clean installation of recessed lighting and ceiling fans. In order to attach the new porch, we removed the home’s original overhang and replaced it.

Their new screened porch includes a custom gas-insert outdoor fireplace. The same ceiling fans that will help cool the porch on warm days, can be used to circulate warm air about the space on cooler days. You can read more about this amazing project in our feature story
Out with the Old Deck, In with a new Screened Porch & Deck Outdoor Living Combination in Homewood, AL

Double your pleasure with two screened porch additions in Hoover, AL!

Archadeck of Birmingham is the area master of screened porch building and design. With this in mind, we highlighted two screened porch additions in 2018 on our blog. The first is a Must-see Farmhouse-Inspired Screened Porch Transformation, that renewed the style and function of a too-small screened porch and patio. The end result is a custom farmhouse-inspired outdoor room in Ross Bridge!

What makes this porch so special is the on-trend details we used in its construction. These include a sliding barn door, knotty pine ceilings and a custom buffet and drink ledge.


Our second focus porch project in Hoover is a Custom Cedar Screened Porch. Archadeck of Birmingham designed and built a cedar screened porch right on top of their existing deck. The porch is cedar-framed with custom trim, which conforms to the archway design in the patio below.

We kept the existing spiral staircase that leads between the new porch and the ground level outdoor amenities, but we added cedar railing framing with aluminum balusters around the screened porch area. This new enclosed screen porch area delivers a new way to enjoy time in both outdoor areas, as both spaces will complement the use of the other.

Speaking of BARN doors…

With the exploding popularity of barn doors as design elements, Trending Barn Doors Are Everywhere Including This Birmingham Screened Porch!

This project makes up an entire screened wall where we installed in a breezeway between the house and the garage. In effect, we created a screened porch out of a breezeway. The screened wall was made using a custom wooden barn door as the sliding panel in the center. Picture a barn door where the center wood panel is replaced with screen. All of the openings you see here are screens, not glass, even the lower ones below the railing.

A pet-friendly porch in Mountainbrook, AL!

This project consists of a pet-friendly screened porch we built for two cats and their human family. The porch is built with pressure-treated pine, and the black aluminum balusters are made by Deckorators. Notice the railing and balusters inside the porch screens. Some homeowners would have used a knee wall here, but these humans wanted to give their cats floor-to-ceiling views of the outdoors.

It doesn’t matter if you are looking for a porch, screened porch, deck or all of the above. We can help you realize your outdoor living dreams in 2019. Contact Archadeck of Birmingham today to make the time you spend outdoors this year, time well spent! Call us now at 205-970-0121 or email us at [email protected].

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham.

Archadeck of Birmingham Designs Family-Style Screened Porch/Deck in North Highlands

An Outdoor Living Space for All Ages!

This spacious screened porch and deck in the North Highlands Subdivision, North Shelby County, AL, was designed with the entire family in mind. If you have any doubts about that, just look at the adult furniture at one end of the porch and the children’s table at the other end. In the photo showing the basement-level patio tucked under the porch, you’ll see children’s swings hanging from the beam at the end of the deck/porch.

Archadeck of Birmingham built the porch and deck with pressure-treated pine and black aluminum balusters for a clean look and floor-to-ceiling views of the outdoors. To continue the balusters all the way around, we even designed a custom screened door with balusters. The homeowners love the wide expanse of screens that keep the porch bright and bring the outdoors in. The rich V-joint spruce ceiling tops off the screened porch with flair.

To bring indoor comforts out of doors, we installed oodles of electrical amenities. Inside the screened porch we installed four can lights in the porch ceiling, a ceiling fan with lights and electrical outlets galore. Outside we installed a sconce light at the porch door and flood lights on the outer corners of the porch. Tucked away under the porch is another ceiling fan that will provide much-appreciated cooling breezes to anyone relaxing on the patio. We know who else will appreciate those breezes: anyone pushing the children in their swings.

The staircase down to the yard has a mid-level landing and features black aluminum balusters that tie in with those around the screened porch.

Let Birmingham screened porch builder Archadeck of Birmingham design and build the perfect screened porch for your family. Add a deck and a patio for a combination outdoor living space. Call us now at 205-970-0121 or email us at [email protected]. We look forward to creating the perfect space for the outdoor lifestyle you want!

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham.

Nail down 2018 pricing for your 2019 Birmingham outdoor living project!

At Archadeck of Birmingham, we are always thinking of outdoor living projects. We understand that this time of year, you might be less inclined to do so, but we are here to tell you that it pays to think of your upcoming 2019 outdoor living project now!

Most of us have found ourselves in the post-Thanksgiving and Black Friday mandatory recovery period. We’re talking physical, mental, and fiscal recovery, and we feel you! Though it might seem ridiculous to add one more thing to your end-of-year to-do list, we implore you to stop a moment to think ahead. When it comes to cost savings building your 2019 Birmingham deck, screened porch, porch, or outdoor living combination project, you can actually save money if you act now. We don’t mean to sound the alarm…but we’re sounding the alarm!

You see, manufacturers will enact their 2019 price increases shortly after the new year. Those costs are passed down to Archadeck of Birmingham, and in turn to you, our client. Other general circumstances, such as a strong economy, also dictate building materials pricing. A strong economy is, of course, what we all want, but the unfortunate truth is better economic times create higher costs, less available labor force, and longer project delivery times. It behooves anyone looking to build a new outdoor living space in 2019, to get in touch with us now, so that your contract is signed before the ball drops on New Year’s Eve, to take advantage of lower costs and to get on our 2019 building schedule now!

Looking for a Birmingham screened porch builder? We’ve got you covered.

— Recent custom screened porch in Hoover, AL, by Archadeck of Birmingham.

Archadeck of Birmingham is here, and we are ready to begin planning your 2019 outdoor living building project now. We can help you design and build the outdoor space of your dreams, and all you have to do is quickly reach out to us now to get the ball rolling. Not only will starting your project planning now save money on your project, but it also gets you on our schedule for the upcoming springtime rush. It’s kind of like the Black Friday of outdoor living construction! Be ready to beat the rush! Here’s what you need to do.

It’s simple, really! Allow us to guide you through planning your 2019 Birmingham outdoor living project NOW.

1. Call us at 205-970-0121 TODAY! Stop putting us off. Our awesome outdoor building professionals are ready to provide you with a FREE design consultation!

2. Have your Pinterest boards and ideas in-hand, as well as any questions you might have for us when we visit! You should definitely visit the Archadeck of Birmingham Pinterest boards as well…

3. Think about not only how beautiful you want your space to be, but how you see yourself using it! If you’re thinking about a deck, maybe you want to add a grill area, eat-in space, and even a pergola-covered space for partial sun protection and relaxation. We’ve got you thinking now! Tell us how you envision yourself and your family living outdoors. Be ready to help us determine the best outdoor living solution for you!

4. Consider different materials that you would like to have in your space, such as low-maintenance composite decking, beautiful cedar porch materials, and even stone elements for columns or an outdoor fireplace. Know your design preferences, and we will help you along with product samples too!

— TimberTech deck in Hoover, AL, by Archadeck of Birmingham.

5. Be ready to review, re-review, and approve Archadeck of Birmingham’s professionally-produced design plans.

6. Sign on the dotted line no later than December 31, and pay an agreed upon deposit amount on your contract. The, pat yourself on the back, and toast a drink to Archadeck of Birmingham and to saving money your newly planned outdoor living space in 2019!

Will you be adding a new custom outdoor living space to your Birmingham area home next year, but want to lock in 2018 materials prices? Call us now at 205-970-0121 or email us at [email protected]. We look forward to creating the perfect space for the outdoor lifestyle you want!

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham.

Out with the Old Deck, In with a new Screened Porch & Deck Outdoor Living Combination in Homewood, AL

These Homewood, Alabama, homeowners will be living large in their new screened porch and grill deck by Archadeck of Birmingham.

Do you have an outdoor living area that has seen better days? One that causes so much strife that you never have guests over for outdoor activities? Maybe one that you just wish could offer your family more use? If so, call on Archadeck of Birmingham. We are your outdoor living experts and will help you define your outdoor living style, and design and build your new and much-improved space. We believe if you asked these Homewood, Alabama, homeowners, they would tell you the same! See how we took away an old, dilapidating deck, and turned it into a new screened porch with outdoor fireplace and attached grill deck.

— Homewood AL screened porch and deck outdoor living combination.

Homewood screened porch designs by Archadeck of Birmingham!

These Homewood residents had a desire to turn their aging deck into a safe and more usable outdoor living area. Archadeck of Birmingham built them a custom screened porch with a gable roof. Floor-to-ceiling screens all the way to the top of the gable will offer the homeowners and their guest’s ultimate fresh air and light entry into the space. The finished v-joint ceiling accommodated clean installation of recessed lighting and ceiling fans. In order to attach the new porch, we removed the home’s original overhang and replaced it.

— Homewood AL screened porch with gable roof, finished ceiling, lighting, and ceiling fans.

Even with our temperate Alabama climate, these homeowners will extend their hours in their new screened porch a custom gas-insert outdoor fireplace. The same ceiling fans that will help cool the porch on warm days, can be used to circulate warm air about the space on cooler days.

— Homewood Alabama screened porch with outdoor fireplace.

The grill deck’s decking is TimberTech Terrain in Silver Maple, a great choice for its heat dissipation in the hot Alabama sun. TimberTech composite decking will not only offer these homeowners a comfortable deck on which to grill, but also the ease of low maintenance, without the need to sand, stain, or seal periodically.

— TimberTech Terrain composite deck in Silver Maple.

We created a custom railing for the entire porch and deck space with pressure-treated wood framing and posts, Deckorators pickets, and matching TimberTech composite railing top cap.

— Matching custom deck and porch railing help pull the two spaces together aesthetically.

We also built custom steps from the deck to the homeowners’ sloping backyard. The stair framing was built with pressure-treated wood, and the step risers and treads were constructed of TimberTech composite decking.

At Archadeck of Birmingham, we can design a brand new version of your ideal outdoor living space. Maybe you have an aging deck that you would like to replace with a bigger, low-maintenance version, or even with an outdoor living combination, such as a porch and patio or screened porch and deck. We will listen to your needs and outdoor living style to create one or more spaces that will have you outdoors more often, keeping you there for more hours.

Is your aging outdoor living space ready for a new era revamp with a custom outdoor living combination? Call us at 205-970-0121 or email us at [email protected]. We look forward to creating the perfect space for the outdoor lifestyle you want!

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham.

Custom Cedar Screened Porch in Hoover, AL

Archadeck of Birmingham improved upon an existing deck for these Greystone neighborhood residents, upping their outdoor living experience by a lot.

Decks are a staple in outdoor living, and with good reason. They are fantastic spots for grilling and soaking up the warm sunshine. Decks can accommodate just about any an outdoor living activity or non-activity, as it were, but some folks agree that a custom screened porch trumps a deck for their added accommodations. Archadeck of Birmingham is here to tell you that a screened porch will have you doing things outside that your grandparents never thought possible! These Hoover, Alabama, homeowners called on us to turn their existing deck into something more – a lot more!

— Screened porch in Hoover, AL.

These Greystone residents had a very nice, conventional brick and tile deck. This wasn’t so much a case of replacing an old, rickety structure, but more so an opportunity for the family to get more use of the space. We designed and built a cedar screened porch right on top of their existing deck. The porch is cedar-framed with custom trim, which conforms to the archway design in the patio below. We kept the existing spiral staircase that leads between the new porch and the ground level outdoor amenities, but we added cedar railing framing with aluminum balusters around the screened porch area. This enclosed screen porch area will give the homeowners and their guests a new way to enjoy time in both outdoor areas, as both spaces will complement the use of the other.

We want to be your Birmingham screened porch builder.

— Cedar framed screened porch with gable roof and spruce v-joint ceiling.

The interior of the screened porch will be the perfect spot for entertaining or private relaxation for these Hoover, AL, homeowners. With spruce pine v-joint ceiling, we were able to cleanly install electrical wiring for ceiling fans, recessed lighting, the TV, and outlets. The high gable roof will ensure lots of light and air enters the porch, all the while being protected from the hottest sun under roof, unlike an open-air deck or uncovered patio. Ceiling fans will further facilitate air circulation throughout the space!

— Custom cedar screened porch in Hoover, AL.

At Archadeck of Birmingham, we understand that not all outdoor living is done the same. We offer a variety of solutions to accommodate your ideal in outdoor living. From decks to porches, to outdoor living combinations of more than one living space, we are ready to get you on your way to spending more hours and the most valuable time outdoors.

— Beautifully furnished and decorated screened porch.

Have you been considering a new custom screened porch for your Birmingham area home to increase your outdoor living experience? Call us at 205-970-0121 or email us at [email protected]. We look forward to creating the perfect space for the outdoor lifestyle you want!

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham.

Homewood, AL, Homeowners Love Their New Condo Deck with Innovative Planter Box!

If you think condominiums can’t have decks, think again! The owners of this condo in Homewood, AL, called in deck builder Archadeck of Birmingham to remedy their aging deck – and also to disguise a tree stump!

— New wooden condominium deck in Homewood with an innovative custom planter box.

Their original pressure-treated wood deck had reached the end of its useful life, so a completely new deck was in order. Meanwhile, their tree that had been growing up through the original deck had been removed, leaving a stump. They wanted the new deck design to include a way to hide that stump.

Mind you, this deck is in the midst of four connecting condo units. The tree removal company had used a crane to lift the tree out. That was the only way they could extract it without disturbing the neighboring units. (The tree removal took place before Archadeck was on site to build the deck.)

No design challenge is too great for Archadeck of Birmingham!

The new deck of pressure-treated wood is unique in that it runs the entire width of the condo’s back yard, from fence to fence. Making it even more unusual, we created a terraced look by designing a series of 10-ft.-wide bench-style steps leading down from the deck’s top level to the back yard. The effect is one of easing the transition from the top level down to ground level.

Where’s the stump, you ask? Why, inside the planter box, of course! We fashioned this 6×6-ft. planter box on the deck so the homeowners can add seasonal color to the space. Guests will never know there’s an old stump hidden there.

Altogether this was quite an unusual project for Archadeck of Birmingham, which made it all the more interesting. We love the results, and of course the homeowners are thrilled with their new deck and planter box combination.

Do you have a design challenge to test our deck or porch design skills? Deck and porch designer Archadeck of Birmingham can handle whatever you toss our way.

We love a design challenge when it comes to creating the perfect outdoor living space for your family whether it’s a deck, porch, outdoor kitchen or outddoor living space combination. Call us at 205-970-0121 or email us at [email protected]. We look forward to creating the perfect space for the outdoor lifestyle you want!

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham.

Archadeck of Birmingham helped this Hoover, AL family expand their cozy home to create more usable space inside and out!

Are you considering moving your family to a larger home? Expand smartly with indoor/outdoor square footage!

Most families with children have faced this decision at one time or another – selling your home to upgrade on square footage. But have you considered how expanding indoor and outdoor living space could aptly provide the extra room you are looking for? These homeowners needed more space to spend time with their children, and we gave them just that – inside and outside!

— The custom sunroom and covered porch leads seamlessly to the open deck.

Deck, porch and sunroom outdoor living combinations give families more livable square footage!

We worked with this Hoover, Alabama family to add a custom sunroom onto the back of their home, which can be used in all seasons. We opened up a bay window area in their home and gave them a brand new room that can be used for just about anything – play room, extended dining space, TV room, reading/learning nook, rainy day activity and craft area – the possibilities are virtually limitless! This family will find themselves spending time in a truly custom flex space that looks original to the home, with perfectly matched exterior finishes. The sunroom has lots of windows for optimum light entry. The floor is a low-maintenance, kid-durable wood-look tile. The sunroom opens up with French doors, right onto the covered porch area.

— Plentiful tall windows and light paint and flooring help to create a bright and airy space.

A covered porch and attached open deck expands livable square footage directly off the sunroom

These Lake Crest neighborhood residents will be able to use their sunroom in conjunction with their covered porch, or as a completely separate space. We gave them an expansive covered porch that leads between the sunroom and open deck area. The family will be able to easily traverse the connected spaces for optimal use of their home and backyard. The porch is pressure treated pine. The deck is built with low-maintenance Timbertech Terrain decking in the brown oak color. We used Deckorators aluminum railing, framed in pressure treated wood, which protects the entire outdoor space. Low-profile aluminum pickets are a great way to offer an unimpeded view beyond the railing. An L-shaped landing will sufficiently handle high traffic and takes the family safely from the yard to the deck and back again.

— Notice the custom look that is achieved with diagonally installed deck and porch flooring.

If you have been brainstorming ideas to offer your family more space in your current home, and have thought of moving, Archadeck of Birmingham could have a solution for you. We can help you think of innovative ways to accommodate your growing family with not just space, but truly usable indoor and outdoor space, where you can make memories for years to come.

Have you been thinking about moving your family to a larger home? Let us show you how to add more square footage to your livable space, without building an addition or moving! Call us at 205-970-0121 or email us at [email protected]. We look forward to creating the perfect space for the outdoor lifestyle you want!

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham.

Must-see Farmhouse-Inspired Screened Porch Transformation in Hoover, AL

Archadeck of Birmingham renews the style and function of a too-small screened porch and patio, creating an uber custom farmhouse outdoor room in Ross Bridge!

— On-trend farmhouse screened porch with custom barn door in Hoover, AL.

We have all seen the standard builder-grade patio and outdoor room combos. Too small, nothing custom, no real wow factor. To save time and money builders many times build a bare minimum outdoor space, which is where Archadeck of Birmingham comes in. These Hoover, Alabama homeowners needed more space but also wanted a space that reflects their own personal style. We worked together to create a truly unique outdoor living space that brings all the WOW!

— Before, the screened porch only covered half of the patio slab.

Archadeck of Birmingham screened porches are custom extensions of your home and style!

Archadeck of Birmingham completely tore down the old screened porch and began anew. The project even required taking down and reinstalling Hardie Plank siding to make way for the new porch. Every precaution was taken to ensure that the tear-down and rebuilding didn’t do damage to the home. We decided to utilize the entire concrete patio pad for the porch, which doubled the living space, easily combatting the first problem with the original porch. We also accomplished a much more open and airier feel by trading in the old flat ceiling for a new vaulted one. This is the kind of custom touch that our outdoor living experts can provide to each project that truly sets Archadeck of Birmingham apart from the rest.

There is nothing cookie-cutter about this screened porch. Speaking of cookies, we built a custom buffet ledge atop the railing, where the homeowners can serve food and beverage to guests or enjoy a drink or coffee or lunch break of their own! How cool is that?

— Custom buffet and drink ledge in Hoover, AL screened porch by Archadeck of Birmingham

Find your own custom screened porch design ideas.

Additional custom-tailored elements of this fabulous space include a knotty pine ceiling with outdoor ceiling fan and recessed lighting and a beautiful sliding barn door in place of the traditional hinged screen door. The entire porch is trimmed in pressure treated pine keeping in perfect harmony with the barn door’s design. The homeowners wish to share their space with the entire family, including their cats. We screened the porch with cat screen, so the cats can be in the space without damaging the screen. Pet-friendly outdoor living!

— Knotty pine ceiling with recessed lights and outdoor ceiling fan in Hoover, AL farmhouse screened porch.

At Archadeck of Birmingham, we want to help you design and build an outdoor space that reflects your lifestyle and design tastes. No matter your need, we will work with you to customize an outdoor living area that accommodates your home and family, including your pets. We’ll bring your space on-trend and create a truly functional outdoor room. Don’t be hampered by the limited efforts of those, who were there before you. Dream big, build beautifully, live lavishly!

— Barn door on screened porch in Hoover, AL.

Are you ready to replace your builder grade outdoor living space for a custom spacious screened porch? Call us at 205-970-0121 or email us at [email protected]. We look forward to creating the screened porch lifestyle you want!

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham.

Archadeck of Birmingham Transforms this N. Shelby County Backyard Space!

You know that saying when life gives you lemons make lemonade? That same proverbial wisdom of optimism and can-do attitude goes into many of the outdoor living space transformations we design here at Archadeck of Birmingham!

One of our most recent projects in North Shelby County, right outside Hoover, serves as proof of this concept.

When we met with these homeowners, they had an existing shed roof porch. They wanted to increase their outdoor living space area and build upon what they already had in place instead of starting from scratch. Archadeck of Birmingham built out from their existing space and in turn, created a spacious screened porch and multi-level deck design providing plenty of additional outdoor living space!

The entire project was finished using pressure treated pine and the homeowners added in-deck lighting within the stair treads, posts, around the outside perimeter of the deck and on the porch exterior to enhance the functionality of the area at night, and to create ambiance.

Birmingham-area homeowners still want wood when it comes to building a deck or porch. We receive many inquiries each week about wooden decks and low-maintenance composites alike. Despite all the competition, pressure-treated wood is still the number one decking material sold today. Nearly 75% of all new decks are finished with pressure-treated lumber.

— Even the family dog loves the new outdoor living space!

Archadeck of Birmingham specializes in designing and building outdoor living structures of various materials, including pressure-treat wood, cedar and synthetics, in all shapes and sizes.We believe in building wooden decks with top-quality pressure-treated pine. We purchase our pressure-treated pine from specialty lumber suppliers, not from home improvement stores. We use a higher grade of wood that minimizes inconsistencies like knots and warping.

If you’re interested in adding a wooden deck to your home— or upgrading an existing outdoor living space—contact Archadeck of Birmingham today. Call us at (205) 970-0121 or email us at [email protected].

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham

Mountain Brook, AL Homeowners Look to Pet-Friendly Archadeck of Birmingham for Their Cats' Screened Porch

Archadeck of Birmingham is going to the dogs. And the cats. When we design outdoor living spaces for pet owners, we design for the whole family, including those precious pets. You might be surprised by the number of Archadeck customers who ask about incorporating pet-friendly design details into their custom outdoor living space.

Today’s featured project in Mountain Brook, AL, is a beautiful screened porch we built for two cats and their human family. The porch is built with pressure-treated pine, and the black aluminum balusters are made by Deckorators. Notice the railing and balusters inside the porch screens. Some homeowners would have used a knee wall here, but these humans wanted to give their cats floor-to-ceiling views of the outdoors.

Look closely and you can see their multi-level cat tower reflected in the dark TV screen. The cat tower is actually located in the back of the room near the point where the screen meets the house wall, behind the couch, chair and lamp. These cats will always be able to keep a close watch over outdoor activities.

On the outside, in the grill area on the upper landing, you may be able to make out two hummingbird feeders. Those should keep these cats entertained!

Custom Designing Your Space with Your Pets in Mind

A pet-friendly designer and builder, Archadeck of Birmingham is always amenable to designing with your pets in mind. According to the 2017-2018 APPA National Pet Owners Survey, 68% of U.S. households own a pet (American Pet Products Association).

In our experience the pets under consideration are usually dogs and cats, but if yours don’t fit into those two descriptors, please let us know about your pets and their needs. We are happy to design and build your Birmingham porch, deck or pool pavilion with their needs in mind. If you’re considering the addition of an outdoor space for human enjoyment, don’t overlook the role the area will play in the life of your pet, too.

If you have rambunctious pets and worry about the possibility they might destroy your screens, we can use a stronger, pet-friendly screening with increased resistance to punctures and tears. This product will provide better protection from pet damage than typical screening.

Cat doors and dog doors are always an option if you want your pets to run freely in and out of the home. That convenience is as much for the humans (the door openers) as it is for the furry family members, isn’t it?

— The cat on this Birmingham deck was a bit camera shy the day we photographed the project!

On the flip side, we highly recommend designing a gate at the top of your deck stairs, especially if your yard isn’t fenced. That way, your dog can have free run of the deck and you don’t have to worry about him running down the stairs and then down the street! Of course, it depends on how tall your dog is and whether he’s a jumper. Let’s just say gates protect smaller breeds best.

Pets Are Good for Us and We Are Good to Them!

With a little research, you can find medical studies indicating that spending time with our pets is relaxing for humans and can improve our health. One such study reports that stroking or petting a beloved animal can trigger your body to release a relaxation hormone and reduce levels of a stress hormone. No one will argue with the suggestion that dogs keep you healthier when you have to walk them!

If you are in search of the perfect outdoor living space for your family, including your furry friends, contact Archadeck of Birmingham today to learn more. Call for a free design consultation at (205) 970-0121 or email us at [email protected].

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham

Archadeck of Birmingham's Wet Weather Days Bring Construction Delays

Instead of asking “How’s life been treating you lately?” we’ll ask it like this: “How’s the weather been treating YOUR outdoor construction project lately?” Specifically, your outdoor living project. Perhaps one that Archadeck of Birmingham is building for you?

Archadeck of Birmingham customers are frustrated that afternoon thunderstorms are wreaking havoc on the construction schedule for their outdoor living projects. The screened porch, deck or patio they had expected to be completed by now is not finished yet. Why, why, why?

We share your frustration and wish we could handle the weather as just another obstacle to be overcome, but we can’t. It’s Mother Nature, and she will not be handled.

The Weather IS What the Weather IS

You know the saying, The grass is always greener on the other side? If you have rain every single day, the grass is going to be greener on your side, too, and that is certainly the case here in the Birmingham area. Every. Single. Day. And we aren’t just having rain, but big ol’ thunderstorms that send everyone running for cover.

We knew a woman who used to laugh at people scurrying to get out of the rain. She always said, “You’re not sugar. You won’t melt.” The problem is, with these thunderstorms it’s not about personal comfort, it’s about safety.

An article posted recently on reminds us that the weather here is pretty much the same from June through August and even into mid-September. "Hot and humid with scattered afternoon storms” is correct 95 percent of the time. If you happen to be in the spot where the thunderstorms hit—usually in the afternoon—you may experience a brief but intense period of dangerous lightning and damaging winds called “wet microbursts.” They last just a few minutes, but during those minutes wind speed can be greater than 60 mph, enough to damage trees and power lines.

It’s true we didn’t need to tell you what the weather has been like in the Birmingham area lately. You know because it affects you, too.

Schedule and Re-Schedule, It’s the Best We Can Do

The reason we mention the weather is to acknowledge—and make you aware, if you’re not already—that Archadeck of Birmingham IS behind schedule at this time. Not only does that affect the clients whose projects we are building right now, it also affects those who are scheduled to come after them. It’s the proverbial domino effect.

We are doing what we can to move things along, but you must be aware that we cannot control or mitigate weather-related construction delays. For example, when one of these storms hits our job site, our crew rushes to cover work in progress and to secure materials and equipment including power tools. We don’t send a crew home because it’s storming. Since we all know the storm will pass fairly quickly, the crew waits for it to clear, and then they jump back into the job. There is still a delay while they uncover what they just covered, etc., before they can swing back into full building mode.

Thunderstorms with lightning and wet microbursts are hazardous. We take the safety of our crews seriously—and the safety of your property, as well, because unsecured equipment and materials could do some damage in 60-mph winds.

The crew doesn’t get advance notice of a storm bearing down. These summer afternoon thunderstorms move so erratically it’s hard for the meteorologists to predict where they will strike. Once the storm passes, it still takes time to set everything back up and get going again—turning a day’s work into a day and a half.

We Share the Same Goal: The Outdoor Living Space You’ve Been Waiting For

As a company that derives joy from designing and building outdoor living projects our clients LOVE, we understand your excitement. Of course, you are eager for your Birmingham deck, porch or patio project to be completed so you can start enjoying it. When we first give you a construction schedule, you know bad weather could be a factor, but until it happens to you, it’s not part of your reality.

We appreciate your patience as we get through these next several weeks of continuing scattered afternoon storms. We share your frustration, and we want your project to be completed just as much as you do.

Now, thinking ahead to those crisp fall days with no clouds in sight, what outdoor living project can we build for you (once we get back on schedule)? Call for a free design consultation at (205) 970-0121 or email us at [email protected].

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham

Don't Be Daunted By The BIG Outdoor Living Projects You See On Our Website

If your heart is telling you that you’d prefer a smaller scale outdoor living space, then by George, it’s time to stop,and listen. Very often we work with homeowners who want to go smaller rather than bigger when it comes to their outdoor living space. As the premier Birmingham-area deck and porch builder, Archadeck of Birmingham will fully support you in this decision.

You are probably familiar with the old saying bigger is better, right? As Americans, we generally assume this old saying rings true — hence our affinity for bigger cars, houses and yes, super size fries. But the old saying of bigger is better is not the case for everyone. The reasoning behind building bigger decks and outdoor living spaces is simple. It is because homeowners crave a transference of the comforts and function they have in their interior living space, outdoors. However, if the scale of the project is not in proportion with the home it is being used on, or alongside, then it certainly doesn’t make sense — after all, it just wouldn’t make sense to build a 1200 foot deck onto a 1200 foot home!

As a homeowner looking for a custom outdoor living design and build company, perusing our website photo galleries may make you feel like we only build BIG outdoor living spaces. As the economy has improved over the last few years, building projects have generally increased in size, scope, and level of specialization, including the introduction of many new amenities and materials. Decking, porch materials, hardscapes and electrical components are just a few of the areas that have all changed dramatically in the last decade. With this in mind, building a BIGGER outdoor structure is not always the best option for many Birmingham homeowners. Outdoor living structures should compliment the scale and proportion of your home, lifestyle needs and budget.

Here at Archadeck of Birmingham. we don’t just build, we design and build outdoor living spaces. To design, we first listen to you, the homeowner, as you describe the space you have in mind. We will never try to talk you into something bigger or fancier than you want or need. On the other end of the spectrum, if you are only seeking a repair for your deck, porch or outdoor living structure, Archaeck is not a repair company.

Archadeck of Birmingham pours the same level of expertise and level of specialization into every project we build — both large and small. Whether it is a singular traditional pressure-treated wooden deck, cedar pergola or a full-on outdoor living combination space, we will professionally design and build the Birmingham-area outdoor living space you’ve always wanted.

Call for a free design consultation at (205) 970-0121 or email us at [email protected].

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham

6 Reasons Fall is the Best Time to Build a Screened Porch in Birmingham, AL

As summer is coming to an end, you might be thinking of putting off your outdoor living project until spring. Why wait? Now is the perfect time to create a screened-in porch or three-season room for your home. Since starting the process now will result in an autumn or winter building schedule, you’ll be able to enjoy your new outdoor space at the first opportunity the weather allows. And we all love those occasional winter and early-spring days when the afternoons feel like full-on spring! There are many perks to building in the fall:

1. Cost Savings Before the 2019 Price Increases on Building Materials

We always recommend building an outdoor living project before the end of the year because you’ll benefit from the current year’s prices that way. Building materials historically increase in price just after the first of the year as a reflection of rising energy and labor costs. Currently, lumber prices are already up because of U.S. tariffs on Canadian lumber. We can’t predict what will happen in the lumber market between now and December. It’s a safe bet that if you get on our calendar now to start your project in the fall, it will cost less than if you wait until spring.

2. Be Ready for Spring Weather

Wouldn’t it be great to have your new cedar porch or three-season room completely finished before spring weather arrives? While spring seems a long way off, we must consider the potential for construction delays from rainy weather, hold-ups with building permits or inspections and other factors beyond our control. In addition, Archadeck of Birmingham—like all reputable builders—usually has a bit of a lead time before we can start on a new project. The first step is to meet with us soon for a design consultation so we can put your project on our calendar for this fall or winter. If you wait to start the process in the spring, you may not be able to enjoy your new outdoor living space until late spring or early summer. Time’s a-wastin’!

3. Fall is a Great Time to use Your Screened-in Porch

The sooner we start designing and building your porch, the sooner you’ll be able to enjoy it. If all goes well—without those delays we cannot predict or control—you may have your project completed before fall turns into winter. Here in Birmingham, fall is one of the most comfortable seasons temperature-wise with lower humidity, cooler days and crisp nights. Autumn can be downright glorious around here—a great time to enjoy a porch whether it’s a screened porch or open (covered) porch.

4. Consider Eze-Breeze Windows for Winter Use & Pollen Protection

If you’re considering a 3-season room, you’ll have windows to close when it gets cold, so what are you waiting for? We love the Eze-Breeze convertible 4-track window system that turns a screened porch into a 3-season room. When the weather is nice, you can open 75% of the windows at once to reveal screens. When it’s rainy, cold or pollen season, you can close all of the windows to preserve indoor comfort and keep the pollen outside where it belongs. That means if you have your new outdoor room built before winter, you can let the fresh air in when you want it and keep it out when you don’t. With Eze-Breeze windows you’ll use your porch more days out of the year, not just this year but every year!

5. Outdoor Heaters & Fireplaces

There’s something extra cozy about using an outdoor heater or fireplace on a screened porch during our mild Alabama winters. That’s right, a fireplace! If you haven’t thought about including an outdoor fireplace on your screened porch, it’s something to consider—either a gas burning or wood burning fireplace. Outdoor heaters can create a cozy outdoor room, too. Today’s outdoor heaters are safer and more affordable than ever.

6. Landscape Replacement

Ask any landscaper … letting your lawn recover during its dormant season can help to give you a prettier yard when spring arrives. Why do we mention this? Because while we do our best to minimize the impact of our construction activity on your lawn, most outdoor home improvement projects do necessitate some amount of repair work there. If you choose to have your porch built in the fall, you can use the cooler seasons to get your landscape back in shape by spring.

What outdoor living project have you been planning for next spring? Archadeck of Birmingham would like to design and build your new screened porch, cedar porch, open porch or three-season room this fall so you can enjoy it by spring. Call for a free design consultation at (205) 970-0121 or email us at [email protected].

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham

Trending Barn Doors Are Everywhere Including This Birmingham Screened Porch

With the exploding popularity of barn doors as design elements, we knew it wouldn’t be long before we were using them in our designs for Birmingham outdoor living projects. Sure enough, here we go— Archadeck of Birmingham’s first project using these trendy sliding barn doors.

These doors are so practical, it’s no wonder they’re catching on in Birmingham and everywhere. Visually they’re dynamic and attention-getting, yes, but they are also very functional.

The project shown here is an entire screened wall that we installed in a breezeway between the house and the garage. In effect, we created a screened porch out of a breezeway. The screened wall was made using a custom wooden barn door as the sliding panel in the center. Picture a barn door where the center wood panel is replaced with screen. All of the openings you see here are screens, not glass, even the lower ones below the railing.

The framing for the screens and the barn door panel was custom made for this space using 6″×6″ pressure-treated wood posts. These Cox structural pre-manufactured wood posts are great for projects like this that are painted instead of stained. These sturdy posts won’t move or warp.

The tell-tale barn door hardware above the center panels lets you know there is a sliding door here. The left center panel is stationary, and the right center panel slides to the left to reveal a doorway to the outside. The door has an insert of fiberglass screen with a white aluminum frame. The homeowner painted the wood to match the white aluminum.

What was once a Birmingham covered porch is now a screened porch with a sliding barn door. It’s a perfect example of taking a design trend—barn doors—and customizing it to make it work for what you need—a sliding door to your screened porch. It looks simple enough, but it’s actually a huge design statement.

This sweet project is also an example of some of the smaller projects we do. Archadeck of Birmingham is always interested in the smaller projects as well as the large ones. If seeing photos of our big projects gives you the impression that’s all we do, please don’t hesitate to call and ask about any small outdoor living project you have in mind.

Archadeck of Birmingham would like to design and build your outdoor living space whether your design preferences lean toward trendy or traditional. Call for a free design consultation at (205) 970-0121 or email us at [email protected].

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham

Archadeck of Birmingham Creates At-Home Oasis for Mountain Brook, AL, Homeowners

If you look up “oasis” in the dictionary, you might find a picture of this home’s exquisite pool deck—actually, it’s several decks—and pergola we recently completed in Mountain Brook, AL.

First, you have to love a home that has an outdoor living space designed so that you can step through your glass doors directly onto your pool deck. How convenient! In this case, the pool deck meets the home’s back doors (in the center section) on both sides of the pool.

The pool is an inground above ground pool, sometimes called a semi-inground pool, made with beautiful Italian tile. We built a free-standing deck around the pool and extended the deck opposite the house to create a lounge area under a large pergola. Archadeck of Birmingham built the deck with pressure-treated pine and the pergola with cedar. The railing, which extends the length of the deck and the pergola, is all aluminum.

So you can get a sense of the size of this project, the pool is 17’-9″×51′. The pergola is 12′×29′. There are decks, each 12′×30′, on either side of the pool where the house extends beyond the center section. The deck also wraps around both sides of the home to create a 4′×60′ walkway along each side. Finally, we built a 15′×24′ deck on the side of the home not pictured here. The entire project is over 2,700 sq. feet of outdoor living bliss with the walkways unifying the space. For the pergola posts, which are cedar, we used 10×10′s instead of the typical 4×4′s or 4×6′s to give the pergola a really beefy appeal.

For comfort, ambiance and safety, we incorporated more than a few electrical features throughout the structure: sconces, spotlights, fans and lights on the steps leading up to the deck.

If you needed one more thing to convince you this home, with its multiple decks-within-a-deck, is paradise itself, then we will tell you that the home backs up to a beautiful golf course.

While we can’t build you a golf course, Archadeck of Birmingham would like to design and build the perfect oasis at your home. Call for a free design consultation at (205) 970-0121 or email us at [email protected].

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham

Birmingham Homeowners Trust Archadeck of Birmingham to Bring Their Outdoor Lifestyle Vision to Life

Your design sensibilities don’t change when you go outdoors, so why shouldn’t you design your deck the way you design your home’s interior rooms? These Birmingham, AL, homeowners found that Archadeck of Birmingham supported their design choices 100% for this low-maintenance, multi-level deck project with several remarkable amenities.

For their decking boards, the homeowners selected low-maintenance TimberTech Tropicals composite decking in Amazon Mist and a striking deck railing system with an urban retro feel. The railings are from TimberTech’s Evolutions Rail Contemporary line. The homeowners selected black low-maintenance posts and rail caps with see-through stainless steel cable infill instead of the traditional balusters or pickets. Looking through the railings, the cables are barely visible, so anyone on the deck has an unobstructed view of the yard and surrounding foliage.

And the bed swing! The custom cedar bed swing is a work of art set apart on its own level of the deck and suspended from a magnificent, pergola-like cedar frame. This bed swing makes a bold statement about the way these homeowners prioritize relaxation!

To obscure the neighbors’ view of their private outdoor space, the homeowners asked for a substantive privacy screen. We built the privacy screen of cedar to echo the cedar bed swing and its frame and to tie the two sections of the deck together. The overlapping cedar boards provide strong visual interest that says, look at this beautiful wall, rather than, see how we’re blocking the neighbors’ view.

A wonderful feature not visible in these photos is a wood-burning fire pit in the center of the deck’s seating area. Archadeck of Birmingham designed and built a recess in the middle of the deck to accommodate the homeowners’ metal fire pit. We imagine the homeowners and their friends will spend many an evening on this deck sharing good times and gazing into the hypnotic flames.

The finished deck project is exquisite, multi-textured and endlessly inviting on several levels (pun intended). The homeowners are pleased that their vision coupled with Archadeck of Birmingham’s design and seamless execution has resulted in an outdoor space that functions as an extension of their home. With emphasis on a low-maintenance lifestyle, relaxation and comfort, this Birmingham deck with privacy screen, fire pit and bed swing may just give you some outdoor lifestyle ideas of your own!

Archadeck of Birmingham would like to design and build the perfect outdoor living space for your lifestyle. Call for a free design consultation at (205) 970-0121 or email us at [email protected].

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham

Composite or Wood Deck? At Archadeck of Birmingham, We Want to Help You Select Materials That are Right for You

Picture your two outstretched hands, palms up and slightly cupped, weighing the differences. Left, or right? Ask yourself these two questions: Wood deck or synthetic materials? Composite or natural wood? Will the contents of one hand outweigh the contents of the other? Which selection is going to come out the winner?

Archadeck of Birmingham is here to help you work through this decision as you get ready to build a deck or a combination deck and porch outdoor living space. We know it’s a hard decision. While it’s one we hear about and talk about almost every day, as your Birmingham deck builder, we know it could be a new decision for you, the homeowner. Stop for a moment and think about these questions.

How much do you know about composite and synthetic decking?
How much do you know about wood decks?
What kinds of decks do your friends have?
What are their experiences with their decks?
Have you owned a deck before, or will this be your first one?


These two words are sometimes used interchangeably, but there can be differences.

• Purely synthetic decking is made of PVC. AZEK makes synthetic decking boards and railing systems, probably the most durable of all decking products on the market.

• When people refer to composite decking, they are usually referring to products made by AZEK and TimberTech, among others. Composites are synthetic but not made of PVC. Composite decking boards are formed from a mixture of plastic and wood fibers. Some of these manufacturers also produce a composite board that is capped on three or four sides. The cap, or shell, provides an extra layer of protection and durability. These boards are called capstock and are usually the most expensive composite decking products.

• While all synthetics and composites are more expensive than pressure-treated wood, several of the composite manufacturers offer a few different product lines at different price points. Some composite decking is less expensive than some other composite decking.

• The technology for producing composite and synthetic decking materials is constantly improving. Newer product lines may look more “like wood” — with wood-like grain, texture and streaking — than older ones. You can get more information from the various manufacturers’ websites about their newer product lines.


Wood Decks (Pressure-Treated Pine) — Pros and Cons

Synthetic/Composite Decks — Pros and Cons


Here are some questions to help you decide:

1. Which type of material do you prefer to look at and touch? If you have a strong preference for the aesthetics of one type of deck over another, and price is not an issue, that preference might supply your answer. Select the decking material that looks and feels the best to you. For some people that will be wood; for others it will be synthetics. Remember, this applies if price is not an issue. That means if you prefer wood decks, you can afford to pay someone to handle the annual maintenance.

2. How do you feel about the annual chores of wood deck maintenance, including sanding, staining and sealing? If you don’t want to spend your valuable free time on these chores, can you afford to pay someone else to do the work?

3. How long do you plan to stay in your current home? A general rule of thumb is that if you’re going to be in your current home for five years or more, a synthetic/composite deck can be a wise investment. You will recoup much of the cost of a composite deck in what you will save on maintenance costs and time spent working on the upkeep of a pressure-treated wood deck.

Archadeck of Birmingham would like to answer any questions you have about decks and decking materials. Call Archadeck of Birmingham today at (205) 970-0121 or email us at [email protected].

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham

From Hoover, AL, to Brook Highland and all of Birmingham, Outdoor Living Spaces are for Everyone

YOU deserve the biggest and best outdoor living space you want. It doesn’t matter whether you want to enjoy it with bunches of other people or if it’s all just for you. Now and then we encounter someone holding the preconceived notion that a deluxe outdoor living space is just for families or just for entertaining lots of guests. In contrast, Archadeck of Birmingham believes an outdoor living space is just for anyone, for whatever reason, whenever.

Today we’re looking at two different outdoor living spaces that illustrate how Archadeck of Birmingham custom designs each and every outdoor living space we build for the needs of one specific client. No two clients are alike, and no two outdoor living spaces are exactly alike, either. That’s how you know, working with us, you’ll get the space you’ve been dreaming of.

Deck time is playtime in Hoover, AL

Wouldn’t it be fun if your porch and deck doubled as a playground? If you have kids who love to play outdoors, and you enjoy being outdoors with them, then this “playground” in the Sulphur Springs area of Hoover, AL, is for you. It’s an elevated screened porch and deck combination with a couple of unique features. First, they have a plastic tunnel slide that starts on the deck and ends at ground level near the foot of the deck stairs. Sorry, no adults allowed on the slide! Children only!! Then, for more fun, they installed two swings hanging from the lowest deck beam. (Adults, if you’re very well behaved, you may swing.) The swings are literally under the deck.

Archadeck of Birmingham designed the screened porch and deck combination around the tunnel slide the homeowners had purchased. We know what’s important here! The large screen porch is built of pressure-treated wood, while the deck is made of low-maintenance TimberTech decking. The clients chose a low-maintenance composite material for the deck since it will be uncovered and exposed to the elements.

Originally the deck was designed to be the same level as the porch, but to make the slide work we lowered the deck and installed another landing to accommodate the specifications of the slide. We will do whatever it takes to build the project you want. In this case the homeowners love spending time outside with their children and asked us to add on to the original design to give them ample space for outdoor play.

Brook Highland, AL, pool pavilion for one; nieces optional

This homeowner in Brook Highland, AL, wanted the perfect poolside porch. It is large and grand and she doesn’t have to justify it to anyone. We love this project. Sometimes the client’s nieces come over to enjoy the pool and porch with her. It’s the perfect space offering shade and relaxation after an energetic swim in the Alabama sun. The client had custom cedar bed swings made for the space, and of course now that’s her nieces’ FAVORITE place to spend the night.

The cedar poolside pavilion features a cathedral ceiling with can lights, a chandelier and ceiling fans, fit for a queen and princesses, too. As you can imagine, these swinging day beds are perfect when you want to relax and unwind after a long work week.

No matter the size of your family or the makeup of your household, Archadeck of Birmingham is ready to design the perfect custom outdoor living space to meet your needs. Whatever outdoor living space you desire, for you and your fur-baby or you and a cast of others, let us help you select the shape, size and materials that are right for you.

Call Archadeck of Birmingham for a free design consultation at (205) 970-0121 or email us at [email protected].

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham

Understanding Your Outdoor Living Project Timeline...

It is only natural that many people think of building outdoor projects in the moment. This is usually during the outdoor living season when the weather is nice and they want to spend time outside, but sometimes it can be challenging to hire a quality contractor during these busiest of times. Choosing to secure your project design and details early has many advantages. That is why I am often stumped when a customer has their preliminary design in place and says we will just wait to sign the contract in order to confirm moving ahead with the project.

From our 25+ years experience as an outdoor living space designer and builder, procrastinating about when to begin a project can mean waiting longer to enjoy your finished space. Any reputable contractor will have some lead time before they can begin construction on your project. In addition, there are many timing factors that are beyond our control and moving ahead will prevent less hold up of your anticipated project.

The timing factors you cannot control

When you sign a contract with Archadeck of Birmingham to build your project, we will add your project to our construction schedule. Keep in mind that we have other jobs underway in the Birmingham, AL, area. This means more projects, with signed contracts, which were scheduled to begin in the order they were confirmed.

Before we build anything, we work with you to design the outdoor living space you’ve dreamed of. The design process may take several iterations from rough sketches to polished 3-D renderings. Some clients think of elements they want to add or change each time they see a new version of their design. That’s okay because it’s your home. But each change must go back to our drafting department and be added to the architectural renderings. Archadeck of Birmingham is one of the few local Archadeck offices that still structure their own drawings in-house. We are a certified office and supply our clients a rendering for every porch or outdoor room we design.

When the design is finalized, we also finalize all of your material choices including the genre of materials you choose to use on your project, including woods, synthetics, amenities, porch ceilings, railings, pillars and beams, etc. Knowing what materials you want in your design enables us to give you an exact quote for your project. At that point, we can sign the contract and schedule the job.


We must submit the confirmed design and specifications to the local permitting agencies, either city or county, depending on where you live. Sometimes we encounter delays at these agencies. Permitting usually takes 3-5 days, but the permitting process is unpredictable. If zoning issues arise, additional action is required. You may have to meet with a zoning board, and you must get on their calendar a certain number of days in advance of their meeting. If you just miss getting on the agenda, you may have to wait a month until the next zoning board meeting.

HOA approval

Does your community or neighborhood require Homeowners Association approval of your construction plans? How often does this group meet, and how far in advance do you need to notify them of your plans? In most of the neighborhoods in and around the Birmingham-area, HOA approval usually takes about 3-5 weeks.

Material Availability & Delivery

We special order many of the materials we use from reliable vendors we have worked with for many years. Some of the materials may not be available during the timeline we need them or in the amounts required for a particular project. In these cases, additional material arrival date and delivery may be affected. While we can usually predict when materials will arrive, every now and then we encounter delays.

Mother Nature

Every season has its share of bad-weather days that can set a construction schedule back. Weather can be unpredictable. For example, the Birmingham region is just coming out of a rainy spell, and now would be a perfect time to get your project underway.

As you may have gathered from the details outlined above, you cannot call a contractor in May to build a project you plan to start enjoying by Memorial Day. With so many factors beyond your — and our — control, the timing works out best if you begin planning farther ahead.

— Isn’t it time you called Archadeck of Birmingham today and start living the outdoor lifestyle you deserve?

The most important timing factor for your new outdoor living project is when you first make the point of contact schedule your design consultation. The sooner you start the process, the sooner your new porch, deck, screened porch, (or outdoor living combination space) will be completed. That’s why you should go ahead and get started now, while spring is fresh in the air. Before you know it, summer will be here! If you take steps now to begin setting up the project, you’ll be showing off your new outdoor living space in no time at all!

Call Archadeck of Birmingham for a free design consultation at (205) 970-0121 or email us at [email protected].

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham

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