This design rendering depicts a porch, deck and hardscape combination space.

This design rendering depicts a porch, deck and hardscape combination space.

Who isn’t interested in getting the most for the money? When it comes to an outdoor living space homeowners want to get the most benefit possible from their addition. It is only natural to yearn for the most aesthetically pleasing, enjoyment laden, functional square footage inclusive structure possible within your budget. Much like shopping for a new car, most of us are drawn to the one with all the “bells and whistles”… it is human nature. What if I told you that choosing to build a combination outdoor living  space could provide you with all the “bells and whistles” in your backyard even on a budget? Sound too good to be true?  Well, it isn’t.

Here’s a good example; since a hardscape area costs roughly half of what a deck addition costs, by choosing to build a well-designed deck and hardscape area in unison you can get a combination of two satisfying outdoor living spaces for only about half as much more than a deck would cost singularly. Keep in mind, to everything there is a season and the growing trend over the past decade is to cultivate outdoor living spaces; not just a single outdoor structure. Outdoor living spaces have evolved from the 1950s idea of a grill and a picnic table on a patch of concrete, to patios and decks intertwined with dining and lounging  spaces for many people under the comfort of shaded pergolas and screened porches. An integrated area may even include seating areas around a fire pit to enjoy even on those chilly evenings.

This concept is evident through one of our most recent prepared design renderings scheduled to be built in East Hampton, CT. The homeowners wanted a low-maintenance outdoor environment which would allow plenty of natural light to flow into their home. The rendering doesn’t show it, but located just to left of their beautifully landscaped backyard is a tranquil lake. We wanted to ensure our design didn’t impede upon any of the views from the existing home, or the proposed outdoor living spaces:

Proposed outdoor living combination in East Hampton,CT.

Proposed outdoor living combination in East Hampton,CT.

The design we perfected includes a 3-season porch, spacious deck and bi-level patio with a versatile, graduated retaining wall. The porch details include screen with sliding storm windows and glass in the gables. The interior is to include a white beadboard vinyl ceiling that will never need painting. One of the most unique features of the design is the use of a cruciform gabled roof reminiscent of the architecture seen in gothic design, and churches.  The deck is being built with Fiberon low-maintenance decking in Tudor Brown with stainless steel cable rail to garnish wider views of the backyard. In the coming months, as part of our staged building option, the homeowners intend to have us add an outdoor fire pit and custom kitchen area to the patio too!

Pool deck and hardscape combination design rendering in Bristol, CT

Pool deck and hardscape combination design rendering in Bristol, CT.

If an outdoor living space addition is part of your plans for the upcoming outdoor season ahead, consider the benefits of a combination space. Not only will it ensure more “bang for your budget” it will also mean less lifestyle interruption and damage to your turf and landscape.

Archadeck of Central Connecticut Outdoor LivingIf you would like to learn more about adding an outdoor space that you can enjoy for many years to come, contact Archadeck of Central Connecticut. Our timeless designs will ensure your outdoor space becomes a beloved part of your lifestyle and a lasting asset to your home and landscape. Call us today for a free design consultation at  (860) 829 – 5588
centralct@archadeck.net