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McHenry County Magazine

Summertime brings longer days and warmer weather well into the evening hours, just begging you to relish the season.

From the simplicity of adding a hammock in your backyard or comfy new outdoor furniture on your patio, extending your dining area, choosing a fire pit for those crisp autumn evenings, building a deck or patio, or adding a whole new three- or four-season room, there are ideas suited to every budget to help you enjoy the outdoors to its fullest extent right at home.

Pergolas, gazebos and arbors are wonderful ways to add interest to an outdoor area, creating al fresco living in comfort. They enhance your surroundings while providing a cool, shaded refuge. Grow vines or ivy over a pergola to create an especially intimate ambience. Gazebos can be built to hold a dining table and chairs, a hot tub, or spa. And arbors are a lovely way of inviting your guests into your yard or a garden area.

Family and friends can relax, cook out, visit and play on a patio that flows naturally from your house into your yard, becoming an inviting extension of your living room. Whether you use concrete, stamped concrete, pavers, stone, or slate, there are great ideas to fit any budget. And, if you’re considering adding a hot tub or spa, you should know that a patio can usually hold more weight than a deck.

Also well-suited for extending living space to the outdoors, decks can be the perfect place to host parties, gatherings with friends and hold family cookouts. They also are an ideal way to improve the use of space around a pool. Deck designs are extremely flexible for various types of yards, and can maximize space usage even if there is a slope in the yard.

Brad Beller, of Brad F. Beller Construction, Inc., says many veteran deck owners decide to take the next step and screen in their existing deck. “We all wait so long for spring and summer here in Illinois, and when it finally arrives, we want to enjoy it every moment we can,” says Beller. “Screened decks are one of the most requested jobs we do.” He goes on to say that his company quite often is asked to wire the rooms for large screen TVs and speakers as well. “All our screened porches and other enclosed rooms are designed by an architect we have on board, and we have a team of highly skilled contractors to make your ideas a reality. Whether you’re considering a screened room, 3-season room, a home addition, basement finishing, or a room remodel, we have decades of experience when it comes to renovations and construction, so we get the job done, and do it right the first time with quality materials.”

Sunrooms and enclosed porches share many similarities. They can be enjoyed even when weather conditions are less than desirable. Northwestern Sunrooms, LLC in Crystal Lake is where many of these dream projects take shape. Dayne Van Arsdale, Northwestern Sunrooms Team Member says, “Our rooms are custom designed to match your lifestyle needs. Whether you want to create a tranquil retreat within your home or an elegant living space to entertain guests, we work with you every step of the way.” Accodring to Van Arsdale enclosed porches are designed for use throughout the year, and are commonly referred to as three- or four-season rooms. They can feature fully insulated walls, ceilings, windows and doors.

Northwestern Sunrooms offers many features for sunrooms and enclosed porches, but perhaps most notable is a window design called a “Vertical 4-Track Window” which allows the flexibility of sliding four panes up, down, or to the middle. “Style, safety, and flexible designs are the cornerstones of our WeatherMaster Window Systems,” says Van Arsdale. “You have the versatility to color match your new sunroom with the existing exterior of your home, and they combine the open feeling of a screened room and the comfort and convenience of an enclosed porch.”

Benefits abound in creating any outdoor living space, including adding value to your home, increasing the visual appearance for your property overall and creating additional living space.

But the most important benefit is the hours of enjoyment and relaxation you and your family will have — right at home.

To see more examples of decks and sunrooms, please visit www.bradbellerconstruction.com.

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