What is ICPI and why is it important to know when you are looking for a Fort Wayne area paver patio installer?

Chances are, you’ve never heard of ICPI. And you likely don’t want to know too much about professional paver patio design and installation. But what you are certain about is when you are looking for a contractor to do a job, you want to hire someone who is tops in their field and invests their time and effort to pursue industry training and certification. When it comes to residential concrete paver installation, being an Interlocking Concrete Paving Institute Certified Installer (ICPI) is as good as it gets.

To meet the guidelines required to be an ICPI certified installer, patio builders complete professional education coursework and demonstrate installation experience. This is important because having experienced and education in paver installation techniques will result in a patio that will stand the test of time. In my training, I also learned techniques for increasing efficiency which results in time and money savings for my customers. I also added to my knowledge of green infrastructure and permeable pavers.

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This certificate probably won’t get me more party invitations, but Archadeck of Ft. Wayne did this work to show our commitment to excellence in all areas of outdoor living construction and design. We did it so you don’t have to.

When it comes to selecting a professional to design and install your Ft. Wayne paver patio or similar project, you owe it to yourself to work with a someone who goes the extra mile in pursuit of quality.

Baron Biedenweg – Archadeck of Fort Wayne and NE Indiana

If you live in the Ft. Wayne area and you’re thinking about adding a custom outdoor space to your home, give us a call for a free consultation at (260) 969 – 8663 or email us at neindiana@archadeck.net.

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Archadeck’s Fort Wayne Home & Garden Show Special Offer

The 44th annual Fort Wayne Home & Garden (homegardenshow.com) show kicks off on Thursday March 2 and runs through Sunday March 5th at the War Memorial Coliseum.  The show is the largest of it’s kind in the tri-state area and features over 650 vendors showcasing a wide variety of vendors.

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Booth 1401

Archadeck of Northeast Indiana will once again be participating in this premier home show. We invite you to stop by booth 1401 to say hello and discuss your next outdoor living project. The mild winter we have enjoyed thus far has spurred a lot of early interest. We are excited to offer $500.00 off any project* that is under contract by June 1, 2017. We are looking forward to see you there!

Hours are Thursday and Friday 11a – 9p, Saturday 10a – 9p, Sunday 11a –5p.

Archadeck of Fort Wayne is northeast Indiana’s premier custom outdoor living design and build firm. Our forward thinking designs are built to last, love and enjoy. If you are considering an outdoor space addition to your home or landscape, give us a call for a free consultation at (260) 969-8663 or email us at neindiana@archadeck.net.

*Offer good on projects of at least $5000.00 if under contract by June 1st, 2017.

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Stamped Concrete Patio

We know and fully understand that budget drives the decisions made for outdoor living projects. That doesn’t necessarily mean settling for boring. These homeowners stepped out on wobbly concrete blocks directly on to grass.

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Before, nothing to entice you to enjoy your yard.

Archadeck of Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana designed a stamped concrete patio using a granite stamp pattern. A pewter base color with a gray plum secondary release color makes an eye catching statement.

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Belgard Granika steps span the width of the door making a safe and stylish approach.

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Close up view of the stamped pattern shows the variation that can be achieved.

Archadeck of Fort Wayne is northeast Indiana’s premier custom outdoor living design and build firm. Our forward thinking designs are built to last, love and enjoy. If you are considering an outdoor space addition to your home or landscape, give us a call for a free consultation at (260) 969-8663 or email us at neindiana@archadeck.net.

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Screened Porch and Paver Patio Transforms Backyard Living

These northern Indiana homeowners lived with an awkward set of steps leading to a mismatched and buckled cement/cement block patio. Archadeck of Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana helped them transform their outdoor living space into an inviting and accessible space for relaxation and entertainment.

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Before: an awkward step down to a buckled and mismatched cement patio.

A pressure treated wood deck was built and became the flooring for a lovely screened porch utilizing the Screen Eze system with Super Screen coated polyester screening. Exteria’s stone skirting adds interest to the low maintenance exterior as does a standing seam metal roof.

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Exterior view.

Inside a Westbury rail adds a layer of safety and protects the screen. A low maintenance vinyl ceiling makes for a bright and clean look. A Casa ceiling fan with light will keep the air circulating and extend the usability into the evening.

A trendy and space saving custom made sliding barn type screen door provides access to the brand new paver patio. Belgard’s Dublin Cobble Harvest Blend with a Lafitt border creates another inviting space for these homeowners.

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This custom sliding barn door does not intrude on the indoor space.

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Belgard paver patio extends the outdoor space beautifully.

Archadeck of Fort Wayne is northeast Indiana’s premier custom outdoor living design and build firm. Our forward thinking designs are built to last, love and enjoy. If you are considering an outdoor space addition to your home or landscape, give us a call for a free consultation at (260 969-8663) or email us at neindiana@archadeck.net.

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Should you give your outdoor contractor your “real” budget?

We all know that contractors don’t have a standard price list and that there is a degree of contingency and margin in pricing. The unknown is, if we are paying too much. We at Archadeck of Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana understand your reticence about disclosing that budget figure. When choosing a contractor it is important to have confidence in the trustworthiness of that contractor.  We ask to so we can offer solutions and designs that will not exceed what you are comfortable with spending, while trying to give you everything you want included.

There are many different elements involved in a custom outdoor space. Take a deck for example. Options range from standard pressure-treated pine up to Ipe Brazilian hardwood and to it’s price rival PVC (composite) decking. Choosing the higher end material could easily exceed your budget. Then there is railing, ranging from less expensive wood options to a variety of low-maintenance choices like aluminum, iron or PVC. Again going with the high end choice could blow your budget. Add in a custom shape, upgraded stair design, lighting and other options that will add to the expense.

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When we at Archadeck of Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana meet for your initial free consultation we will ask what your proposed budget is along with what you want for that money. We will ask about options you want to consider. We do this because we have intimate knowledge of the materials available and years of experience in design options. We can tell you if a particular upgrade is worth the investment. We can suggest a design alternative that could cut costs and leave you some flexibility with upgrades in other areas. Being upfront with your budget in the beginning also speeds the proposal process along as we are not spending time presenting a plan that is more than you care to spend.

Should you give your contractor your “real” budget? The answer to that is YES if you have done your homework and chosen a contractor that you know is reputable, trustworthy, talented, experienced and successful. One of the best ways to know all of that is testimonials from past customers. Check their online reviews. They will either tell a story or they won’t. Low ratings or no ratings should give you pause.

We at Archadeck of Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana invite you to read our customer testimonials. Check out our A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, our 5 Star rating with Houzz and Yelp. Do your research. If you talk with more than one contractor give them each the same amount of information about your budget and list of wants and needs. Carefully evaluate the proposed project and materials. And keep in mind that the contractor that says he can start tomorrow may not be your best choice. The best contractors are busy contractors.

Archadeck of Fort Wayne is northeast Indiana’s premier custom outdoor living design and build firm. Our forward thinking designs are built to last, love and enjoy. If you are considering an outdoor space addition to your home or landscape give us a call for a free consultation at (260) 969-8663 or email us at neindiana@archadeck.net.

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Maximize your Outdoor Experiences

In northern Indiana our weather is fickle and summer is over before you know it. Busy lives make finding the time to enjoy outdoor living even more difficult. These Crooked Lake homeowners worked with Archadeck of Northeast Indiana to find a way to maximize their outdoor living area. We designed and built a striking vinyl pergola atop their existing upper level deck to give them some relief from the heat and the sun. In addition, Timber Tech’s Dry Space under deck drainage system was installed along with gutters to keep the lower patio area dry.  A summer shower no longer ends the outdoor fun and the furnishings stay clean and dry.

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Vinyl pergola attached to the ledger board and supported by two posts.

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Timber Tech’s Dry Space under deck drainage system will keep the ground level patio area dry.

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Another view of the Timber Teck Dry Space system. Gutters were installed to channel the water away.

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They hated their deck…

These homeowners bought their house knowing that the deck needed a lot of work and that there was nothing but mud below it. They contacted us to see if we could evaluate whether it was safe or not, and to recommend solutions to make the space more enjoyable, and safe to host the large parties they planned with their view of the golf course.

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The existing deck was very tired and was not extremely well built initially. It was time for it to go. The layout was generally good and fit the style of the home, so beyond making a long walk way wider so it could be used for a sitting area just outside the door, we stayed with a similar deck foot print. Because we were going to expand the outdoor living space by adding a patio below the deck, we did add a stair and landing connecting the upper deck to the lower patio area.

The patio was created by adding a retaining wall that also served as an auxiliary seat and plant display. We then installed a patio built to ICPI specifications, using Belgard Mega Libre pavers with a border of Belgard Moduline and Dublin Cobble. The underside of the new deck was treated with TimberTech Dry-Space so that the patio could be enjoyed even if it was raining, while also covering the unsightly deck joists. The deck support posts were wrapped to match the deck above and the underside of the stairs was covered. The patio, deck and railing will require little maintenance beyond normal cleaning.

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The materials for the deck were TimberTech Terrains-Brown Oak, capped composite decking with a 25-year fade and stain warranty. Trex Transcends-Rope Swing, composite fascia was chosen because the color was the closest match to the house trim, tying everything together. TimberTech Radiance rail was chosen because it is very sturdy and presents a refined look with no visible fasteners. The rail cap was custom modified to provide a drink rail in areas that overlooked the golf course.

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Finishing touches included a ceiling fan with light under the deck over the patio, LED riser lights, post cap lights, stair riser lights and accent lights on the lower support posts. Additionally, a drip line from the irrigation system was incorporated behind the beam trim so the hanging plants would be well nourished.

If your deck is past it’s prime, call us to help you enjoy your outdoor living area again.   We will provide a no cost consultation. We are the Fort Wayne’s premier deck and porch builder and would like to work with you. Call us at 260/969-8663 or email us at neindiana@archadeck.net .

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