What’s made of wood or composite, has a railing and steps, screens on three sides, windows you can close when it’s cold outside, a big screen tv and a ceiling fan, smells of cedar, has a cooking surface and a refrigerator and granite countertop with bar seating and a table for eight?
Wow! Is it a deck, a cedar screened porch, an Eze-Breeze 4-track window enclosed porch or an outdoor kitchen? Wait … did we forget to tell you it has a beautiful shade pergola, too?
Okay, don’t give up. It’s all of the above, or what Archadeck of Birmingham calls a deluxe outdoor living space, or a Birmingham outdoor living combination.
That’s right; at Archadeck of Birmingham, we are happiest when we are making our clients happy by designing and building a big ol’ Birmingham outdoor living combination space. When the stars align, you can walk out onto your cedar screened porch and from there onto your deck with an outdoor kitchen or outdoor fireplace and a pergola over one section of the deck for shade.
As your Birmingham deck and porch builder, we know how perfect it feels when you create a combination of options side-by-side in your outdoor living space. If you enjoy entertaining and want to invite more people than one table can seat comfortably, no problem! With a porch and a deck, you can have more than one dining area. Kids at one table and adults at another? Put the kids on the porch so the adults can dine under the stars.
We don’t have just one answer to that question. Every homeowner’s situation is different. Since all of our outdoor living spaces are custom-designed and built for one home on one specific property, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer.
Here are three scenarios, and each one could be the best way for a Birmingham homeowner to plan and build an outdoor living combination:
You build a deck, either wood or low-maintenance composite, depending on your personal preference. A few years later, you decide you would like to turn that deck into a screened porch and add a new deck attached to the porch. After another year or two, you realize that you would use your screened porch more if it were enclosed with the Eze-Breeze window system to keep out pollen in spring and chilly air in winter. At some point you want to add an outdoor kitchen. We may have to add more support under the deck, but we can definitely put an outdoor kitchen there for you. And don’t forget the pergola. Since your new deck is large enough to have more than one seating area, you can put a beautiful wood, composite or vinyl pergola over one section where you can enjoy sitting outdoors in the shade.
Homeowners who want to work with Archadeck’s phased building program know in advance that they want several components to their outdoor living space. They may not have the budget to build all of them at one time, but that’s alright. Working with your Archadeck of Birmingham deck and porch designer, you can plan the whole project in advance so we can prepare each section for the next one to come later. The end result will be a cohesive outdoor living combination where each piece is built on to the one before when your budget allows.
The difference between the phased building program and the one-piece-at-a-time scenario is planning. When we build a deck knowing a screened porch will follow, we can tie the construction into your home and each section into the next with preparation and forethought. Planning leaves less chance we’ll have unforeseen obstacles to overcome later.