Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Lots of reasons to celebrate…the Luck of the Irish (but what about those Notre Dame basketball uniforms?), Spring Break, the NCAA Basketball Tournament and much more. And, lets not forget, the NCAA Wrestling Championships – huge here in Des Moines, being hosted at our own Wells Fargo Arena this week. March Madness, I believe its called.
All this can mean only one thing: Spring is just around the corner! Just like the green beer we’re going to drink today (and/or we drank yesterday), our outdoor landscape will soon be turning green, too. And with that, lets move it outdoors! More time on our Des Moines-area decks, patios and porches. More time around our outdoor kitchens and dining areas enjoying cool drinks and grilled food with family, friends and neighbors. More late late-night relaxation by the firepit or fireplace. The phrase “less is more” does not apply to outdoor living. I was first reminded of that several years ago, early in my Archadeck career, when a client whom I was working with on a deck/porch project design said to me “Think Big, Harold.” Beth’s comments still ring in my head, today – it is a big outdoors!
Here are two topics that underscore that:
- The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) recently published results of their survey of the top outdoor living trends for 2013. All the elements, features and amenities they’ve associated with outdoor living spaces epitomize how “big” outdoor living has become. But, more importantly than “big,” it also highlights how critical enjoyable outdoor living areas are to homeowners’ (current and future) satisfaction with their homes. “In this uncertain economy, homeowners want to get more enjoyment out of their yards,” said ASLA Executive Vice President and CEO Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA. “They want attractive outdoor spaces that are both easy to take care of and sustainable.”
- Three years ago, St. Patricks Day, 2010, I wrote what then became the most popular posting on this blog. Its popularity wasn’t just the insightful information about the decks, porches, patios, pergolas and outdoor living spaces, rooms and accessories we do around the Des Moines area. What put it over the top was its reference to “green beer.” I followed up on that in 2011 with an update on the color choices available in decking and railing colors. Those two blog posts combine for the now second-most popular all-time blog topic here. That colorful trend continues unabated since, and now even expands to the hardscaping and patio surface options; just a few examples follow:
TimberTech now offers 22 colors of deck boards across their Twin Finish (wood-plastic composite), XLM (PVC) and Earthwood Evolutions (capped-composite) decking lines. Their more recent additions include Silver Maple (in their new Evolutions Natural line) and Brick, Slate and Brownstone (in their Evolutions line). You can now choose to pair their decking with 11 different colors of railing across their various railing styles; more recent colors include Brick and Antique White.
Trex – particularly in their Transcends capped composite decking line (which is our primary Trex recommendation) – continues to have what I, personally, consider to be the best names (and colors…and style) for deck boards and railing. Trex Transcends is now offered in 8 different colors with Tree House and Tiki Torch being their newest additions. Trex’s Transcends Railing comes in these same colors, plus black and white.
Belgard Hardscapes offers pavers and wall stones in a myriad of colors and styles for your patio spaces. The colors and styles offered are regional in nature with pavers because of the differing sediment colors and tones across the country (i.e, black dirt in the Midwest; red clay in the Southeast). My latest product/color matrix chart for our Des Moines-area Belgard options showed 11 different paver products in 18 different colors. Not all products are offered in all colors…but still. And, keep in mind that a “color” in pavers means a blend of colors, not a solid color.
- Lastly, if colored concrete or stamped concrete patios are more to your liking, my current color chart shows 24 different color additives for concrete.
Enough color choices to match the “big-ness” of the great outdoors. Enough to make your head spin…like green beer the day after St. Patrick’s Day. But also, enough to make your neighbors green with envy when they see your stunning outdoor living space by Archadeck of Central Iowa. We are uniquely positioned and qualified in the Des Moines market to help you thru all the design decisions related to your deck, patio and porch projects – from function, size, layout, colors and value. Our design process can show your outdoor spaces and structures as they look on your home thru near-photo-realistic 3D renderings. In our Urbandale showroom, we’ve got a wide assortment of decking, railing and patio products and colors in various display forms to see, touch and even walk on. Our design process eases you through the selection process and gives you the security of knowing what you’re going to get before you get it. And then we make it happen. And guarantee it will happen.
Archadeck | Outdoor Living. Better Building by Design.
PS – Our Dream Backyard Makeover Contest runs thru April 22nd. If you haven’t checked that out yet – or submitted your backyard entry – you’ve still got time. Visit our Facebook page for details. Good Luck!