The internet is a big space…a big outdoor living space from an Archadeck of Central Iowa perspective. By that I mean: There are many places to find us on the internet. The purpose of this page is to sort out where we are and why so you can find us more effectively and appropriately.
Below is a reference to the various internet sites we personally and actively manage. Each of these sites have somewhat different purposes and/or content as described below. Click on any of the highlighted links or URL’s to open the associated sites; graphic images and logos associated with the sites are also set up as links and will open their respective site upon clicking.
The core component of our web presence is our local Archadeck of Central Iowa web site at http://central-iowa.archadeck.com. Our site contains information about what, how and where Archadeck of Central Iowa operates. There is a convenient “how can we help?” section available on each page (some pages require clicking the “click to contact us now” side banner to see this) to request a complimentary design consultation or additional information. The site also contains a vast photo gallery of various Central Iowa deck, porch and patio projects we’ve designed and built over our tenure here.
Archadeck of Central Iowa operates as part of the national Archadeck | Outdoor Living franchise brand of service professionals dedicated to the development of outdoor living spaces, rooms and accessories. Our national web site can be found at http://www.archadeck.com. This site contains information about how and where the Archadeck brand supports us…and you, as an Archadeck client; including information about our warranty, guarantee and financing offerings. The site contains a photo gallery of various Archadeck offices’ projects.
Conversational and “Social” Sites
Blogging is an excellent medium for us to talk about various outdoor living topics. Its also an effective way for us to tell stories about projects of specific interests. Our blog site is called, appropriately, “An Outdoor Living Space.” We started blogging here on WordPress in 2009. In 2016, we transitioned our blogging to our local web site, conveniently found at the “Our Blog” header at the top of each page; the first post there is an index with links to the 87 blog posts first written on WordPress. Those are retained there for historical purposes – plus, they’re pretty good! As are the new ones written on our web site since. Check it all out via the links here; bookmark, subscribe and/or check back frequently.
The posts section of our Google+ business page allows us to post items of interest related to outdoor living and the spaces, rooms and accessories we design and build to maximize your outdoor living enjoyment. Many posts here will include information about specific projects we are working on or have completed. Our Google+ postings can be found at https://plus.google.com/112535594002613762960/posts?hl=en. Follow us there to keep up on our Google+ conversations.
Twitter allows us to “tweet,” in 140-character bursts, about outdoor living and Archadeck of Central Iowa activities. If you like short and sweet (shorter than Google+ and blogs, less “cluttered” than Facebook), try following us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/GoOutsidePlay.
The timeline on our Facebook business page allows us to post items of interest related to outdoor living and the spaces, rooms and accessories we design and build to maximize your outdoor living enjoyment. Many posts here will include information about specific projects we are working on or have completed. Our Facebook postings can be found at https://www.facebook.com/ArchadeckCentralIowa. Join our largest social media audience by liking our Facebook page!
Photos and Videos
As mentioned above, our local Archadeck of Central Iowa web site contains a vast photo gallery of various Central Iowa deck, porch and patio projects we’ve designed and built. As the core component of our web presence, the galleries here offer pictures across a wide variety of projects representing the entire spectrum of products we design and build. However, in the interest of space, we don’t go deep with photos on any one project. We tend to do that more within the other sites listed below.
Our Google+ business page contains a section for photos (and videos) and here we offer albums of pictures related to specific products we’ve designed and built as well as specifc projects. On the project albums, we generally provide that deeper view of the project with several pictures of the space. Follow our Google+ page to be notified when when new pictures and video are added…and to stay in the loop on the other outdoor living conversations we’re having here.
Houzz is a beautiful, well-organized photo gallery site focused on ideas for your home…house…houzz. Houzz allows professional architects, designers, builders and remodelers such as Archadeck of Central Iowa to showcase home spaces they’ve developed…in whole or in part…indoors or outdoors. Houzz allows homeowners and other users to set up and manage albums to collect and organize pictures of spaces of interest. Houzz demands high-quality photos – and projects – so we are privileged and honored to be able to showcase our projects via the Houzz profile for Archadeck of Central Iowa. We use Houzz to showcase specific projects with multiple pictures in project albums. I think you’ll really enjoy Houzz and the many ideas you’ll find here – it’s my personal favorite site for getting ideas for home…mine and yours.
Porch is a relative newcomer to the home-oriented, online photo gallery sites that offer builders and remodelers such as Archadeck of Central Iowa the ability to showcase their work for potential clients. It’s concept and format is similar to Houzz…and maybe a bit more user-friendly than most other sites. The map with pin drops showing project locations is a fun feature. Like Houzz, we’ll use the Archadeck of Central Iowa Porch profile for that deep view of projects, including “before” and “during” photos (which Porch handles better (and easier for me) than any other site). If you want that full, start-to-finish, view of some of our deck, porch and patio projects, check us out on Porch.
Our Facebook business page contains a section for photos (and videos) and here we offer a variety of albums of pictures related to specific products and projects we’ve designed and built. Facebook is less structured and focused than other gallery sites, but that gives us some freedom to publish photos in a loose, fun, conversational style. So, have some fun with our largest social media audience at the Archadeck of Central Iowa Facebook page! Like our Facebook page to be notified when when new pictures are added…and to stay in the loop on the other outdoor living conversations we’re having there.
Pinterest provides a virtual space to collect (pin) and organize (0n “boards”) photos – and videos – you come across on the Internet. Pinterest was one of the first technologies offering this “online scrapbooking” function and has evolved to a nice, wide-ranging, easy-to-use site for this purpose. While wide-ranging, Archadeck of Central Iowa’s Pinterest boards are, of course, focused on outdoor living spaces, rooms and accessories – both those we have designed and built and those that inspire us. Hey, I’m always looking for ideas and inspiration, too!
If pictures are worth a thousand words, then how many words are videos worth? Find that answer at https://www.youtube.com/user/ArchadeckCentralIowa/videos.
There you’ll find our YouTube channel and videos we’ve shot of over 20 deck, porch and patio projects we’ve done around the Des Moines area. However, we also post links to these videos on other sites listed here, including our web site, Pinterest, Google+ and Facebook. So, you’ll find our videos scattered throughout some of these other photo gallery sites listed here in addition to our YouTube channel dedicated to Archadeck of Central Iowa project videos.
Yes, we’re on a lot of places on the world wide web…because you’re there, too. We try to put our focus on sites that make sense for who we are and what we do and at the same time offer an engaging and educational experience for you. Hopefully, you’ve found the information here and in the referenced sites helpful as you assess options for your outdoor living spaces, including how our design/build services can be engaged to bring your outdoor dreams to fruition. If you have questions or when you’re ready to take that next step with us, you can call us at our office number or…keeping with the internet theme here…use any of these online methods to contact us:
- Complete the “how can we help?” section available on any page of our local Archadeck of Central Iowa web site
- Post on any of our conversational walls or comment on photos you see across our various photo galleries
- e-Mail us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Go Outside (and on the internet) and Play! (Surf!)