This Kathleen, GA, Redecking Project Opens the Gate for Enjoyment!

Out of the many new deck and redecking projects we complete here at Archadeck of Central Georgia none rarely ever encompass focusing on just the deck flooring. Our primary goal with all our projects is to improve the outdoor living experience as a whole for each client we service. Our most recent redecking project in Kathleen, GA, serves as a fine example of redecking with benefits…

When we initially consulted with these Kathleen, GA, homeowners there existing deck flooring was in rough shape. Time, the elements and not keeping up with annual maintenance had begun to take its toll and was evident in the appearance of the decking boards. The homeowners also wanted to extend the deck blueprint to include an area just off the master bedroom. Additionally, they also wanted to create a safety barrier for their dogs to enjoy the deck. After a careful inspection of the deck, we deemed it a viable candidate for redecking as the structural framework was in good condition.

Once Archadeck of Central GA perfected the design of the deck to include the items the homeowners desired, we got to work. We expanded an area of the deck in order to accommodate the deck from the master bedroom’s French doors. The original deck and the new extension was finished with TimberTech Legacy decking in Pecan. Choosing a low-maintenance decking board, such as TimberTech, means the deck will never need to be painted, stained, scraped or power-washed. Nor will it warp, cup, split or rot — leaving more time for enjoyment and less time worrying about maintenance!

In addition to the new composite decking, we also added a beautiful new railing system created with Fortress Iron pickets and a TimberTech rail cap. To quell the desire for the homeowner’s beloved dogs to enjoy the deck, we added custom Fortress iron gates to the space. This means the entire family can now enjoy the backyard in safety and serenity!

If you are considering upgrading or extending your Macon or Warner Robins area deck. Maybe redecking might be the right choice for you. Visit our website to learn more about all our outdoor living space designs, including new decks, redecking and much more!

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Proof in the Power of Redecking in Macon, GA

Our recent redecking project in Macon, GA, proves the power of eliminating the negative aspects of an existing outdoor living space and accentuating the positives…

This particular project began by using the existing footprint of a well-done DIY deck. The homeowner had built the existing wooden deck some 10+ years back, and structurally, the deck was in good shape. However, over time, lack of maintenance and exposure to the elements had caused the deck to wither and age.


(Existing deck before we began the redecking project.)

Following a thorough inspection of the existing deck, Archadeck of Central GA deemed the structure sound. The only facet not built according to code was the railing. Using the same footprint, we redecked the structure with low-maintenance Fiberon ProTect Advantage decking in Gray Birch. This high-quality decking mimics the look of premium hardwoods and features a 3-sided PermaTech® cap layer for exceptional stain and fade resistance. The solid composite core resists splintering, cracking and decay and is backed by a 25-year warranty.


( Redecking is completed — wow!)

In addition to replacement of the decking boards with the new Fiberon product, Archadeck of Central GA also installed a new white PVC edge band, new railing with white Deckorators pickets and rebuilt the privacy trellis/screen area.

If your backyard deck has seen better days, then maybe it is time to consider redecking as an option to enhance, extend and beautify its function and livability. If the substructure (which is the base that the deck is built on) is in good shape, you may be able to save money and time by redecking instead of demolishing your old deck and starting from scratch. There are two key elements we will use to determine if your deck is a candidate for redecking: the quality of the original substructure and how it has weathered over time. If any applicable building codes have changed since the deck was originally installed, we will make sure it complies with those as well.

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Pride and Prosperity; Looking Ahead to the Future of Helms College

If you read my Archadeck of Central GA blog, you are probably well aware of my relationship with Helms College. Helms College is an institution of higher education that provides a unique approach to experiential learning and career education. Through intensive career advisement and academic support, Helms empowers students to obtain stackable credentials and launch careers in high demand occupations. As an active member of their Strategic Advisory Committee and now in my 2nd year as Chairman of the Board, we are working towards our 20/20 strategic plan for the future.

Since opening the doors of The Polly Long Denton School of Hospitality in 2006, Helms College has grown to encompass not only The Polly Long School of Hospitality in Macon but also The Augusta School of Hospitality and the new School of Health Services, also located in Augusta. Part of the focus of the Strategic Advisory Committee is to plan and budget for the next four years of growth at Helms. This growth will benefit the entire community and includes pursuing expansions within the catering genre of Helms College and expansion from a geographical perspective with the hopes of adding schools in additional schools in additional locations in Georgia, South Carolina and beyond.

One milestone that is worth mentioning is our most recent graduating class was part of the largest enrollment at Helms College to date and was the first to have students from the School of Health Services walk the line!


Helms College winter graduation 2017

None of the planned growth at Helms is possible without our fundraising efforts. Our team works diligently to plan fundraising events that inspire the community and allow students and staff the opportunity to enrich the skills they are learning. Last year’s Goodwill Gala was held in November 2016 and had one of the biggest turnouts of any Gala to date.


At the 2016 Goodwill Gala

The Goodwill Gala which is held annually in Macon at the Anderson Conference Center also provides students with an extraordinary opportunity to stretch their culinary skills by cooking for and serving the guests in attendance. It’s the perfect opportunity for them to showcase their talents for gala guests who see the students’ dedication to their craft up close and personal. Proceeds from this event benefit Goodwill’s academic and career development programs, including the Polly Long Denton School of Hospitality. You can read more about the most current Goodwill Gala at
12th Annual Goodwill Gala to be Held Friday, November 18th, 2016.

I am both humbled and proud to be part of such a wonderful organization. I am looking forward to my continued involvement at Helms and Goodwill as we prosper and nurture the foundation of learning that began in 2006 into the seeds of hope that are giving a hand up to countless lives throughout Middle GA and the CSRA.

What if you chose the Chevy instead of a Cadillac but ended up ordering a Jaguar?

A cautionary tale

Have you ever wanted the Cadillac but purchased the Chevy? It’s easy to justify cutting back on some of the features or requirements that we have for ourselves to be more in line with a budget or because of our “champagne tastes”. With outdoor building, use much caution when taking this path. If a contractor gives you a quote for what you want, it’s a reputable builder and the price seems higher than you thought, there’s probably a reason it is so high. Share your concern with the contractor and ask them to provide insight into the pricing and alternative options.

Although there are certainly a few bad apple contractors out there, for the most part, your project is priced out allowing you to get the high-quality construction you deserve and allowing the contractor to make money doing it. If the price is too high and you begin to cut features, be careful of what you’re cutting. You may end up getting a space that doesn’t serve your needs.

At Archadeck of Central GA, we had a customer who had us provide a quote for a new gazebo. When we provided the quote, the customer decided that she has wanted the Cadillac but her budget only afforded her a Chevy. Instead of asking us to identify money-saving changes to the plan, she found a jackleg builder who claimed they could build a “Cadillac” for the price of a “Chevy”. Halfway through the construction, with 90% of the money, they disappeared! The homeowner asked us to come back to finish the project. Unfortunately the work the jackleg builder did complete was not to code and had to be torn down. When we were finished, our client had a “Cadillac”. However, after paying twice, she ended up paying the price of a “Jaguar”!

This is a cautionary tale. If you know it’s a good builder and you trust them, ask for their insight about project modifications to get more inline with your budget. If their price is significantly lower than the other prices, be assured that you will get what you are paying for — which is a lot less than you are hoping for. An outdoor project is a big deal. It makes sense to build it right the first time.

If you’re considering adding a new custom outdoor living space to your Central GA home, contact us for a free consultation. Call 478-745-2000, email us or fill out the form on this page and we will quickly get in touch with you.

How Much Sun Do You Want On Your New Porch? You pick.

Most homeowners who come to us asking for a screened porch or outdoor room ask for a bright and airy room. A well-designed outdoor room will allow a lot of natural light but will also provide the right amount of shade. It’s easy to forget one or the other when considering the design of a new outdoor room. If you are craving a room with lots of natural light, you will be seeking features that let in a lot of natural light such as a gable roof or wide screened openings. If you have some nice outdoor amenities such as a pool, you may be looking for an adjacent space that provides just the opposite – a good deal of sun protection. As you work with the design consultant for your new space, share lots of information with them. Tell them the different living activities you want to enjoy in your new outdoor room. If you want a room where you can feel the warm morning sun as it peeks over the trees at the first light of day but know you won’t want any direct sun by early afternoon, tell your designer. A good designer knows how to match functional requirements with the correct structural components to make your room perfect for how you want to live outside.

These homeowners were soon-to-be second-time porch owners. They had a screened porch on their previous home in Jackson Lake and wanted to add a porch to this home. Here is what we took into consideration. The new porch would face West but they have enough trees to keep the sun at bay in the afternoons and as the sun comes down. With the roof design of this porch, when the sun gets below the roofline, it also gets below the treeline so they are protected from the hot sun. If they had used a different roof style such as a gable roof, the higher roof would not have allowed the amount of sun protection they desired.


Exterior view of this porch and attached deck

As we continued with the design process, the next consideration was how to best connect a porch to their home. The back of this brick home had a bayed window right next to where the porch would connect. It also had a low house roof requiring a roof connection. We were able to connect the roof right next to the bayed window but made sure to take some extra considerations for rain. As you can see in the picture above, rain runs down the side of the bayed window roof. We added additional flashing and enclosed a small area of the shed roof to protect the porch from streaming or splashing water in the rain. Take a look at the picture below to see how this enclosed porch roof section fits perfectly with the beadboard style ceiling in the porch interior.


Complicated roof connection

Take a look inside the porch. Wide screened openings provide tremendous visibility to the backyard. We did not use pickets below the handrail continuing the excellent visibility to the backyard. The flooring is pressure-treated wood installed on a diagonal for visual interest. Below the floor boards, we always attach screening to keep crawling bugs at bay.


Enjoy your Macon holiday season outside

Speaking of the hot Georgia sun, there is a huge benefit to living in the warmer Southern United States. You may even be able to make some holiday memories outside on your new porch. Grab a couple small space heaters, turn on the fans to move the warmer air around, turn on some holiday music and enjoy the holiday on your new screened porch.

If you’re considering adding a new custom outdoor living space to your Central GA home, contact us for a free consultation. Call 478-745-2000, email us or fill out the form on this page and we will quickly get in touch with you.

If you want a covered deck for your Macon area home, there are a couple of good options

When these homeowners in Providence in Macon GA called us, they had a couple very specific objectives. They had a carport that they were forcing to double as a home for both their cars and their porch chairs. They wanted a permanent spot for their porch chairs and to dedicate their carport exclusively to their cars. Their second objective was to utilize a hexagon-shaped patio cover they had purchased. They knew they wanted a deck and they also knew they did not want to do any regular maintenance such as sanding, power washing or staining.

We built a two-section Fiberon ProTect composite deck for their backyard. The deck encompassed a hexagonal section to house the patio cover. It also included a rectangular section for the times they wanted to relax on their deck unencumbered from a cover. Here in Central GA, we have beautiful and long spring and fall seasons but our summers can become very hot. Many of our customers want a combination space that has both a covered area and an uncovered are.

Above, you can see how their pre-purchased patio cover fits seamlessly with the new hexagonal shaped section of their deck. The family purchased mosquito netting to make sure their indoor/outdoor space includes protection not only from the sun, but also from unwanted guests. The deck railing include narrow-profile dark railings which accomplish two objectives. First, they are very aesthetically pleasing and have a great upscale look. Secondly, the narrow profile and dark color naturally draws your eye through the railing and out onto the yard. Whether they are under cover or on the open section, their outdoor living experience is very integrated with their yard.

Above you can see the hexagonal section of the deck and how well the custom deck and free standing cover work together. The synthetic Fiberon decking is as durable as it is attractive. To ensure bug protection, we put a screen below the deck boards to keep any crawling bugs at bay.

If you’re considering adding a new custom outdoor living space to your Central GA home, contact us for a free consultation. Call 478-745-2000, email us or fill out the form on this page and we will quickly get in touch with you.

Gable? Shed? Flat? Hip? What is the best roof for your new Central GA area porch?

What are the factors and how do you decide?

Gable roof

When homeowners come to us looking to add a screen porch, open porch, 3- or 4-season room or sunroom to their home, one of the first things we discuss is where the room will be and what roof shape it should have. Quite often homeowners request a gable roof atop their new room. A gable roof has a high point and slopes downward in 2 directions from that high point. This effectively makes a triangle shape. It’s reminiscent of the pictures that young children draw where a square represents the house and the triangle atop represents the roof. There’s a good reason for it to be a preferred style. A gable roof creates a vaulted ceiling from the inside. Vaulted ceilings allow more light to enter and pool in the room. If you’re looking for a backyard room or roofed structure addition, you most certainly want a bright and cheery space and this is just one of the roof shapes that will help you accomplish that goal.

Here is the challenge. A gable roof doesn’t work with every home. We love the gable roof for its height but we cannot allow the height of a room addition to infringe on the view from other rooms within the house. If you have a two-story home with quite a few windows on the second story, it’s likely that adding a gable roof room addition on the back of your home will reduce or eliminate the view from those upper story rooms. You do not want to look out of your bedroom window only to see shingles from a roof. When we come out for your consultation, we will look at all the options with you so it’s important not to count anything out until we look at it together.

Shed roof

A shed roof is connected to the house wall and slopes downward from the point of the connection. It essentially creates a half triangle when you look at it from the side. A shed roof option is often used exactly when the above scenario exists. Let’s say you have a number of second-story windows that you don’t want to infringe upon. Often you can attach the roof below the windows having it slope downward from that point. This allows some elevation in the interior ceiling creating a slightly vaulted effect. The ends of a shed roof can be left screened or finished with glass to ensure even more light enters the room.

The porch roof pictured above has a very shallow shed style roof. You can see that the second-floor windows limited the roof options. You can also see that the home facade included a gable on either side of the porch area. Vertical obstructions may not be the only architectural constraint.

Flat roof

Before we start discussing flat roofs, we are going to dispel one of the prevailing misconceptions about flat roofs. People feel that water will pool and stand on a flat roof. Our flat roof designs are engineered to have enough slope and proper draining to ensure that water drains successfully from the roof. A flat roof is a great option for aesthetic appeal, especially here in the south. Residences and structures throughout the south can often have sitting porches along the front, sides or back of the home. Quite often these open sitting porches have a flat roof.

This roof shape is very appealing as you see above. You may suspect from reading this blog that the common factors influencing roof selection are obstructions whether vertically or horizontally. Single story homes also require significant consideration when selecting the roof shape as it relates to being a good fit with the existing roof. We want your new room to look as if it was built with your home. This requires matching the trim and gutter lines. It also includes ensuring the house roof and porch roof complement each other making it appear that the porch or sunroom was always there.

Hip roof

A final option roof option is a hip roof. This roof shape is a more complex option from a construction standpoint. It has a high point and descends down from that high point in 4 or more directions creating a 3-dimensional shape. Selecting this roof shape depends on your goals for the room and is also heavily influenced by the constraints mentioned above. A hip roof may be used to match or complement one or more hip roof elevations on your existing home. Above you’ll see a free-standing cabana with a hip roof.

This roof has a very pleasing aesthetic. A downside includes that it may be a little more expensive because the architecture is more complex than some of the other roof shapes. It’s always important to remember that you’re making design decisions for a room you will use for many years in the future so make sure it’s what you really want.

If you’re considering adding a new porch, 3- or 4-season room or sunroom to your Central GA home, contact us for a free consultation. Call us at 478-745-2000, email us or fill out the form on this page and we will quickly get in touch with you.

Three things about this Kathleen GA Screened Porch you might never notice if we didn't tell you

To start, which part is added and which is new?

Can you tell whether it’s the screened porch or the covered deck that’s new? Take a look at some of the details. Look at the roofilnes, shingles, brick, columns and gutters. The screened porch is the recent addition.


There is quite a difference between the old open porch and step-down deck and the new screened porch deck replacement.

Scrolling back up to the look at the finished picture, you probably would never notice that the brick skirting on the new porch and on the home are not perfect matches. As often happens, the brick used with the original home is no longer available. Working with a local brick manufacturer, they helped us source the closest match but also suggested that we pressure wash the new brick to remove a layer of sand and ensure an even better match. We were happy to do that because we want our structures to look like they’ve always been part of the home.

Now take a look at the picture below. Look at the screened portion in the top right corner. Affixing a new roof to this home’s existing rooflines was quite a challenge. The house had a steep gable roof with the attached shed roof covered deck area. Not only did we want to effectively tie into the existing roof but we didn’t want to compete with the shed roof of the existing covered deck. You’ll want to scroll back up again to look at the challenge of fitting another roofline into the existing configuration.

While looking at the image above, also notice the diagonal decking which lends a tremendous custom look when using traditional pressure-treated wood flooring. It’s important to note that crawling bugs should never be a worry on our porches. We make sure to affix screening below the decking boards to keep creeping bugs out.

In the last photo below, imagine sitting in one of the chairs and look at how well you can see the area outside the porch. Now remember days of old when thick wooden pickets would make it very difficult to see beyond the pickets.

There’s a reason that slender dark-colored metal pickets are popular now. Not only are they attractive but the visibility is astonishing. The dark color leads your eye to what lies beyond. The slender profile minimizes any distractions to your eye.

Not wanting to be limited to just a couple hidden treasures on this porch, also notice the benefit of having a porch contractor that ensures all proper electrical wiring is in place. This ensures you can have the number of ceiling fans you desire along with having outlets for hanging your decorative lighting also.

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Top 5 reasons that picking a deck company with over 25 years' experience is the best choice

We know how difficult it is to select a contractor. We’ve helped our clients make decisions about selecting a contractor for the past 27 years here in the Macon and Warner Robins area. You might think that a lot has changed in 27 years but in reality, the reasons for making a good decision on a contractor have not changed. You want someone highly qualified, with a list of happy customers happy to testify to their experience and it is important to select a contractor with a long and proven track record. We all know that training is more than critical. Training is essential. First and foremost, a contractor you choose must be top notch at their craft. They must also have significant experience of applying this craft and happy customers to show for it.

What is the value of over 25 years’ experience?

  • We’ve been there and done that

Imagine going to a new hair stylist that was well trained but had never cut that length or never put color on a real person. Imagine going to get your car fixed at a brand new shop where the guys are well trained but don’t have much experience working on real cars. We’ve built hundreds and decks and porches in this area over the last 27 years. We’ve used almost every material working at hundreds of different locations in all different neighborhoods. We’ve worked with every type of ground condition, every slope, every drainage situation, new homes, historic homes and even a log cabin. You can be certain that your home is not a training ground and that provides peace of mind. We are tremendously proud that 59% of our customers this year are either repeat customers or customer referrals.

  • We have seen every roofline and attached roof to every conceivable roof out there. Other contractors say they can’t do it

As a roof structure contractor, our job is to successfully add a room to a house where that room was not originally intended. No thought, care or attention was paid to adding on when the house was originally built. Interrupting siding is just one consideration. Flashing successfully is just another consideration. But what about working around bay windows, under second story windows and between spaces with multiple rooflines? We can’t tell you how many times we have been called to a home and homeowners relay that every contractor said a roof connection will not work with their home configuration. We have never met a home we couldn’t work with to successfully connect a porch or sunroom roof.

  • Experience working with deck and porch-building materials

In the custom-building trade, every detail has a story. Every material is not only different in the claims it makes on the marketing packages. It’s different when you actually use it. For example, pressure-treated pine is a great decking option. It’s strong and most often the most economical choice. But what about if the boards are placed too close to each other and the hot Georgia sun gets hold of it? What will happen when abutting boards expand and there is no space left for expansion? In addition to having extensive on-the-job experience working with all different materials, what happens if those materials change over time? Unfortunately we are seeing a phenomenon here in the southeast of the quality of pressure-treated pine degrading. It seems difficult to imagine that a 2 × 4 of pine from 5 years ago is not the same 2 × 4 of pine now. As with all farming engineering, many items are being engineered to grow faster. With that comes less structural stability. These are the types of things a long-time contractor knows, can counsel you about and will be able to notice trends in. We have also had the chance to see the condition over time – ones that are 10 years old, 15 years old, etc.

  • See the real thing, not just a drawing or a conceptualization

Whether you’re planning on spending $5,000 or $35,000, you deserve the chance to see the handiwork of the contractor you select. Seeing an architectural rendering is great. Seeing a 3-D rendering is even better. Seeing that type of structure with those materials on a real house is the best case scenario. Our past customers are happy to provide a tour of their outdoor space so you can see exactly the workmanship you will be receiving on your similar structure.

  • We treat your backyard like it’s a backyard and not like a job site.

We know your backyard is where your kids play and where your dogs bound out to the minute the yard is cleared every day. We pick up, keep sharp things out of the yard and otherwise treat your yard as our own throughout the entire building process. We know it can be uncomfortable having a team of people in your backyard but we make sure that when we’ve left for the day and finished the job, you are rest assured that we have treated your yard like our own throughout the entire project.

Contact us for a free consultation. Call us at 478-745-2000, email us or fill out the form to the right and we will quickly get in touch with you.

This Macon family knew the importance of doing it right the first time

When we first met with these Macon GA homeowners, they knew they wanted a new deck to overlook their pool. They wanted a great space to fit a table and chairs as well as their Big Green Egg smoker. Looking with some foresight, they also knew they wanted to add to their current sunroom at some point in the future. They had a current deck but wanted to make sure this deck’s foundation could accommodate a roof in the future. In order to achieve that objective, we demolished the existing deck and built the substructure of the new deck to accommodate the additional weight of a roof for the future. Appreciating the importance of doing it right the first time, they were careful to evaluate their future growth plans and to share those plans with us. It is not all too uncommon for homeowners to know they want a porch in the future but also know it’s not in the current budget. Indeed the foundation is a bit different for a deck than it is for a roofed structure. It’s not much more expensive to build extra reinforcement into a deck substructure allowing yourself full flexibility for the future.

They had originally envisioned a bay-shaped deck but decided a more traditional rectangular shape but also a larger size. Also in their original visions of their deck, they considered traditionally sized railing posts. Upon further consideration, they decided to go with a larger and bolder sized deck post with an elegant and attractive cap on each. The deck posts and complimented by black metal pickets to match the rail caps.

Applying the same additional options considerations, they also decided to upgrade to composite decking. This Fiberon ProTect composite decking is low-maintenance and will alleviate all annual maintenance. They will never need to think about staining, scraping, sealing, fading or the other maladies that befall genuine wood. The decking is in an attractive warm chestnut color.

The final very important consideration for this pool deck was the foot traffic from the deck to the pool. They knew they didn’t want to hose down their deck when feet wet from pool water turned into muddy footprints on the deck. Similarly, they didn’t want muddy feet entering the pool. The decided on a very clever footbridge finished with the same Fiberon composite decking to match the deck. Even though the feet leading from the pool to the home will be wet, they will not need to worry about warping nor will they need to worry about splinters.

Even though building a new deck or outdoor living space is exciting with thoughts of what your space will be like that season, it’s also very important to think about how you may want your space to evolve over the years. You also don’t want to look back and wish you had chosen a slightly more pricey material option that would require far less maintenance over the years. Talk to your builder about your current needs as well as your future desires for the space. Let them know how you plan to use the space, how often and with how many people. Good builders are happy to share what they’ve learned after building hundreds of spaces for other local homeowners.


Stephen Denton, Owner
Archadeck of Central GA

These Byron GA homeowners were able to have their new deck on time, and they way they wanted it too

So many times quality is exchanged for haste, but not with this new Byron GA deck. These homeowners were hosting a big event for Memorial Day and had quite a list of things they wanted for their deck overhaul. As a testament to the whole team, which includes Archadeck and the homeowners, the new deck was finished just the way they wanted and was ready on time.

When the homeowners first called us, they had a poolside deck had taken quite a beating. It was aged and had splinters which made walking barefoot a bad idea. What made it worse is the deck served as the path between the house and the pool and nobody wants to wait until they’re poolside to kick off their shoes.

The homeowners had high standards for what they wanted on their deck and they weren’t willing to compromise quality for expediency. For example, they wanted lattice deck skirting but not the ordinary white lattice which can be picked up at any home improvement store. They didn’t have any white trim on their house so white lattice would have looked like a sore thumb. We special ordered almond lattice which required extra time but we made sure to get it delivered and installed in time. In addition, In addition to needing the almond color for the skirting, they also wanted to seal the railing and lattice framing with an almond color sealer. If we used traditional pressure-treated pine, they would not have been able to apply the sealant in time for the party since traditional pine requires about 90 days to cure. We ordered kiln dried wood which can be sealed right away. The family was adamant about meeting their quality standards so we did our job to get the upgraded materials delivered and installed. At the very end, our crew had to work on a Saturday morning to have every last detail attended to before the party. And they did.

Above is a picture of the almond lattice skirting complete with a sliding barn-style door. There was no way to use a swinging door to access the storage area and the pool pump that resided under the deck. Whether a door swung in or out, it would hit something. We designed the sliding door to have a nice wide opening that didn’t intrude on anything either immediately inside or outside the skirting.

For the deck, we were able to create a deck that looked new while still using most of the understructure of the old deck. We did reinforce the support and add some joists but otherwise we utilized what was existing. We added timberTech Terrain in a Brown Oak color for the decking. Take a look at the diagonal decking pattern for a nice custom look to their deck.

With the railing, they were looking for a Chippendale style. In keeping with utilizing as much of the old deck as possible, we removed the center portion of each railing section and added a new Chippendale section. You would never know if we didn’t tell you. We added a TimberTech rail cap that matched the decking. This accomplishes two objectives. First, it ties the deck and railing together. But in addition, the low-maintenance decking board does a much better job of standing up to the sun and standing water which is the beating that horizontal surfaces suffer.

Take a look at the whole project shown in the picture below. We did have to rebuild the entire stair set to get the stairs up to the quality standard. This allowed us to tie in the last horizontal element with the TimberTech by using TimberTech for the stairs.

The project came together beautifully. It was done on time and not a bit was sacrificed in making this happen.

Contact us for a free consultation. Call us at 478-745-2000, email us or fill out the form below and we will quickly get in touch with you.

Feng Shui played a huge part in making this Warner Robins koi deck so perfect

Feng Shui and the art of deck design

Feng Shui is a though system governing spatial arrangement. According to this school of thought, the placement of spaces, walkways and items within the space have a significant effect on how peaceful and enjoyable it is. We had the good fortune of working with these Warner Robins GA homeowners years before in building an Ipe deck on the front of their home. They lived in an area where, like old times, people convened in their front yards to socialize and be part of the community within their street. Knowing the value of a well-placed and high quality space, they knew we would be the perfect people to call when they wanted to build a deck to go with their koi pond in the back of their home.

From the backyard, the family had a set of stairs that ascended to a small landing at the second floor level. This stair set provided access from the main living level to the backyard. The problem was that they never used the stairs. Instead, they used the stair set within the home down to their much used lower level living area. The exterior stair set ended up being an eyesore from both the outside and the inside since the landing deck railing was viewable from the inside.

We suggested removing the stair set and exchanging that door for a window. This removed the eyesore from both the inside and outside and created a much more favorable space upstairs which was now no longer obstructed by the railing.

Next came the fun task of designing a deck on the lower level where they could enjoy their koi pond. Feng Shui played a huge part here too. The deck has a couple levels, each visually distinct by the direction change in the decking. The levels flow seamlessly from one to the other. The koi pond is surrounded with a deck space on 2 sides allowing the maximum viewing space of the pond. Brightly colored furniture furthers the light-hearted and relaxing feel of the space. It beckons you to pull up a chair and stay a while.

The look of Ipe and low maintenance to boot

The family wanted to maintain some consistency and continuity with the Ipe Brazilian hardwood deck on the front of their home but they wanted low maintenance for this deck. Fiberon composite decking comes in an Ipe color that does a good job of complimenting the look of genuine ipe. The color is warm and rich and the boards have streaking to match the exotic unique coloring of the exotic hardwood. The added benefit is that, unlike the deck on the front, this deck will not need to be stained and/or sealed. It will continue to look this good year after year. The 25-year manufacturer’s warranty guarantees that fact.

Also to compliment the front deck, this one has Fortress Iron Baroque railing pickets. They not only compliment the other deck but they also maximize visibility to the yard with their dark color and slender profile.

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The space that couldn't get any better - until it did!

Take a look at this outdoor living space in Milledgeville GA. This local college professor had a great vision for where he wanted to rest and unwind when not teaching at Georgia College & State University.

Milledgeville GA pergola and outdoor kitchen

Archadeck of Central GA built his outdoor living space back in 2010. The deck included the ultimate outdoor kitchen complete with refrigerator, grill, oven, smoker, storage areas, a cook top and even a sink for food prep. The professor knew he wanted a pergola atop. The pergola not only adds a beautiful aesthetic and ambiance, but it also adds a degree of shade. The outdoor kitchen facade is beautifully covered in cultured stone. The storage area doors are custom built with Ipe Brazilian hardwood. This hardwood serves a larger purpose than it’s stunning rich look. Because the doors were near a grill, they needed to maintain a certain fire rating. Ipe is so dense that it maintains a fire rating high enough to sit aside a grill or even to face an outdoor fireplace.

Believe it or not, it gets more beautiful!

Take a look above at the plan for phase 2 of this incredible Milledgeville deck and outdoor kitchen. While the homeowners used the space regularly, they found that they wanted more shade and a larger space. They were wheeling their TV outside to enjoy watching TV outdoors but had to wheel it back in at the sight of rain or at the end of the day. Converting the pergola into roof cover would indeed make their beloved space the space that allowed for all the ways they want to live outside.

Above is a design rendering for their new outdoor space. At Archadeck of Central GA, it’s important that our clients see exactly how their new space is going to look. We not only provide architectural renderings but also show those in 3-d from various views.

As you can see, this space is not only being converted to a porch but it’s also being extended to include quite a bit of additional space. To keep the light and airy feel, the screened porch will have a gable roof creating a high vaulted ceiling inside. The porch will be complete with Fiberon Horizon decking in Ipe color. The new railing will include Fortress iron black metal pickets.

As soon as this outdoor upgrade and remodel is finished, we will bring you another blog with finished pictures. Hold tight to see this space completely transformed.

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There's more than one good reason to do it right the first time

When these Macon GA homeowners bought there new home, they knew they wanted a new deck. The home had an existing deck that had a bit of age on it. They saw from a plaque on the deck that the existing deck was built by Archadeck many years before. They gave us a ring and we went out to take a look at it. We found that they did not need to replace the deck. They simply needed to re-surface the deck. This resurfacing is also called re-facing or re-decking. If the deck substructure was built correctly the first time, it should last for many years to come. The decking boards generally have little defense against sun, foot traffic and the other elements so the decking boards wear much more quickly and also show their age more. In order to get these homeowners a new deck, we simply had to replace the decking.

The original size was fitting for their needs. Code had changed a little since it was originally built but we only needed to add one post to make the current deck up to current codes.

If you have an older deck that you’re thinking of replacing, you may be able to just re-face it or re-deck it. The best way to find out is have us take a look at it. Give us a call to discuss your next decking project. (478) 745 – 2000. We look forward to your call!

To see more Central GA deck pictures, browse through our deck gallery. If you know you’re particularly interesting in a low maintenance deck for your Central GA home, click to view our composite and synthetic deck image gallery. Is a wood deck right for you? Wander through out wood deck photo gallery and note some of our deck designs and materials you like. We can take a look at them together during our consultation.


Stephen Denton, owner
Archadeck of Central GA

Come rain or shine, this Macon Fiberon deck would be done on time

Some say the second time’s a charm. When these Macon GA homeowners called us, we realized they were not new to working with Archadeck. They had worked with another Archadeck office in NC adding a deck to their home in that area. They enjoyed that process and the workmanship so they called us first when looking to add a small deck to their home in Macon’s Providence community.

Their new home in Macon was a town home and there wasn’t much space to fit a deck coming off their porch. There were a couple additional challenges in addition to space. They had dogs that would use the deck to gain access to the backyard so the stairs, even though with little room, needed to be easy to get up and down for all the residents of the home.

There was also one unforeseen challenge when we built this project last fall. Mother Nature decided to dump a tremendous amount of rain in our area. Normally rain does not slow down building very much. It’s always expected that a few rainy days will come and often we can just pick up construction immediately after a big rain. When it didn’t stop raining, we had to build through it. The family was anxious to have their new deck. With visions of US Postmen in our heads, we continued building until the deck was done.

Taking a look at the deck, you’ll notice the beautiful color of the decking and the nice darker colored striation pattern in the boards. Per the family’s request, we selected low maintenance decking in Fiberon’s Paramount line. By the time we were done, their new low maintenance deck was done on time making all the family members happy.

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Which composite decking is right for you? PVC, Capstock or traditional composite?

What is the perfect decking board for your Central GA deck?

Twenty years ago, there were just one or two choices for your deck – pressure treated pine wood or perhaps a wood that was just a little fancier such as cedar. Now there are exotic hardwoods along with a number of synthetic options. Here are some ways to choose the best decking material for your new deck, porch, or other outdoor project.

Do you like to clean, paint, stain and seal? Do you like it a lot?

There’s no way of getting around it. If you have a natural wood deck, you will need to do routine maintenance on it. How routine? Perhaps it’s one time each year. Perhaps it’s every 18 months. But, all wood decks need maintenance. If your deck has full exposure to the sun based on the orientation of your home and the number of surrounding trees, you are going to need maintenance more frequently than others whose deck has more protection from the harsh effects of sun on wood. If your deck is surrounded by trees, that may present the challenge of wet foliage hanging out on your wood deck too long.

Can you get out of cleaning, staining and sealing? Yep. You sure can.

While most choices have a good, better, best selection; with maintenance it’s fairly cut and dry. Wood: maintenance required. Synthetic: no maintenance required. Now this doesn’t mean that drops and splatters will automatically disappear if dropped on synthetic decking. Anything spilled or smeared or sprinkled upon your synthetic deck will need to be removed. If your dog drags mud across your deck, it will need to be cleaned up with water and possibly a gentle sponge. If your hamburger or hot dog share some ketchup or mustard with your deck, you’ll want to wipe them up the same way you would on your kitchen floor.

Assuming you want to go the low maintenance route…

If you’re reading this, you probably are thinking about going with low maintenance decking. If you’ve started to do some research, you’ve probably realized that there are quite a few options. Not only are there different brands such as TimberTech, AZEK, Trex and Fiberon; but there are different types of composite at different prices.

The first low-maintenance board to come out was called “composite” because it contains a combination of synthetic resin combined with wood fibers. As you can image, there are many different ways composites can be made. When it first came on the market 20 or so years ago, it had some problems with mold but those problems are long in the past. Today’s companies have identified the right mix of materials to create a great decking board and it comes with a 25 year warranty. These warranties may differ only a little from one manufacturer to the next but the protections afforded by the warranties protect against material defects and the aging woes of wood including checking, splitting, splintering, rotting or fungal decay. There is one protection that the upper end all-synthetic boards enjoy which is warrantied stain and fade protection. As we noted, if you clean up and wipe away spills and messes, you should not need to worry but for warrantied stain and fade protection, PVC is your best choice.

PVC synthetic decking

If composite is a great option, PVC is the big daddy. As mentioned above, the warranty includes protection against material checking, splitting, splintering, rotting, termite attacks, fungal decay and even warrantied protection against fading and staining. What’s the drawback? You guessed it – price. Because there are no natural fibers, all of these protections can be afforded and warrantied. But the synthetic resin is a good bit more expensive than wood fibers. So, the top of the line product does have pricing at the top end of the synthetic decking price spectrum.

Is there a happy medium?

A product called capstock is a happy medium. Capstock is a composite board capped with PVC so you get the best of both worlds. The price? As you expected, the price is in the middle but not that much higher than composite. Here in Central GA, our recommendation is Fiberon ProTect. Fiberon is a top notch synthetic decking company. ProTect is their capstock board. It meets all the performance standards of a synthetic decking board for a tremendous value.

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Can you have a new deck Macon porch or deck built in the winter?

Absolutely!

And you know what? It’s a really good idea. Here are the top 4 reasons you should have your new outdoor space built in the winter.

  1. Less wait time no matter when Spring rolls around in a few months
  2. Less disruptive on your yard and landscaping
  3. Less disruptive to your life
  4. Less expensive

We’ve all been there.

It’s mid May. It’s been warm for quite a while. The kids are going absolutely mad in the house. You have an 80 degree day. You throw the kids in the van and go screaming over to your neighborhood pool only to find out they don’t open until Memorial Day. Guess what? If you have your new porch built this winter, it won’t matter if the first amazing Spring day is February 1st, March 1st or even April 1st. Your new space will not only be completely ready but all the furnishings and finishings will be in place to open the back door and start your your 2016 outdoor living.

Mud and construction don’t go together

If you’re building, you will have more disruption to your yard. Perhaps it’s wheelbarrows, perhaps it’s a Bobcat or maybe it’s just more foot traffic across your lawn. If you have your outdoor construction done in the winter, it gives your lawn and landscaping any time to heal that they need. When you get ready for spring planting, pay no mind to any lawn disruption because it’s already over.

Milk and cookies get old

When you have someone working in or around your home, you probably enjoy serving milk and cookies on a day you know they’ve worked really hard. But after a few days of having those same people working around your home, you are just wishing you could have the privacy in your back yard back. No matter how neat, clean, or kind a crew is; and ours is!; you are anxious to have work completed. This is a whole lot easier in the winter months. The kids aren’t running around the backyard and you are not doing any gardening or outdoor dinners. But when Spring comes around, that disruption will be long over.

Saving the best for last? Yessiree!

Lower prices! As you can imagine, there is less demand on the lumber yards in the Winter. This is the time the supplies are often discounted and we can take advantage of that. In addition to prices being lower in the winter, it’s very likely that materials prices will go up with the first warm weather of the season. Many manufacturers will have annual price increases that are effective in January of the year. Unfortunately, they don’t send out advance notice. It’s always a great idea to begin your project in the winter taking advantages of lower materials costs. Materials are the biggest expense on any job so saving 5% or 10% on materials will make a big difference.

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Stephen Denton, owner
Archadeck of Central GA

Switching out wood for stone and Eze-Breeze windows for screen remade this entire Macon GA porch and deck

These Macon GA homeowners called us and wanted a couple updates on their porch and deck. They knew specifically what they wanted to fix and needed some of our help not only in fixing it but in making recommendations on how to best fix those problems.

Here was the list:

  • replace the screen windows with Eze-Breeze windows to increase the length of time throughout the year they could use their screened porch
  • create a beautiful upscale facade for their existing porch outdoor fireplace
  • fix the flooring problem on the screened porch that was allowing bugs to enter the porch
  • make the deck more low maintenance

Done!

Upgrading the Macon screened porch to an Eze-Breeze screened porch

If you’re looking to get a lot more life out of your screened porch, upgrading the windows to Eze-Breeze windows is a great way to go. The Eze-Breeze window system is a 4-track vinyl window system that allows you to fully close each window or to open each window up to 75%. And, you can open the windows either from the top or from the bottom. If your mind’s eye brings up a picture of murky vinyl or cheap looking windows, thing again.

Taking a look at this picture, you’d think you were looking at a Macon sunroom. The windows are clear, super strong, easy to clean, and custom. On this porch, the windows start low to the ground and extend 6 feet up for a wonderfully bright and airy feel on this porch.

Upgrading the facade on the outdoor fireplace was a fun project. They already had the outdoor fireplace but it had a very plain facade and did not have a mantle. We faced the entire facade with stone and added a beautiful mantle. Looking at the before and after, you’ll hardly believe it’s the same fireplace.

Fixing the porch floor

Although it can’t be seen in any picture, porches may have screening to keep flying creatures out but there’s nothing stopping crawling bugs from going through the floor boards and entering your porch. This is why we add screening beneath porch floor boards to keep any crawling bugs from making your porch their home. There is a right way and a wrong way to screen under decking boards to protect from bugs. The screening needs to abut the boards themselves. The former builder had added screening underneath the joists which was a method that did not keep the crawlers out of the porch. Not only did we remove the screening from under the joists but we also added new tongue and groove pressure treated plywood to the floor. Take a look – it’s stunning!

Last but not least was making this Macon deck more low maintenance. We replaced the floor boards with Fiberon Paramount deck and white aluminum pickets. This family won’t need to do any more painting, staining or sealing for their deck and porch that are like new with these updates.

If you’re considering adding a new outdoor space to your Macon, Warner Robins or Central GA area home, give us a call for a free consultation. If you have a space like this one that just needs a few replacements or upgrades, we are happy to help you identify the best upgrades to make your space like new. Give us a ring at (478) 745 – 2000. We look forward to your call!


Stephen Denton, owner
Archadeck of Central GA

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