Back in 1990 when we started, if you had asked us how long Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad would be building decks in this area, we might have shrugged our shoulders. When you start a business, your business plan might be a 5-year plan or a 10-year plan but I’m not sure if anyone has a 25-year or 30-year business plan. But indeed in 2015, we are celebrating our 25th anniversary and we still absolutely love what we do!
Looking backward, this is a good time to reflect on the blessings as well as the blood, sweat and tears that have gotten us where we are today.
First, we’re not just a deck builder any more! We’ve now built hundreds of porches too. Our projects now also include patios, pergolas, outdoor kitchens, outdoor fireplaces and many combinations of these different spaces.
Secondly, decks have come a long way baby. A decade or two ago, a well built rectangular wooden deck was the dog daddy of outdoor spaces. Today’s decks are made out of high performing synthetic materials that don’t ever rot and don’t suffer from the damaging effects of sun and rain. Today’s decks come in custom sizes, custom shapes, and are often built in multi-levels.
We are also blessed to have two- and three-time customers. In 25 years, many of our clients have moved or they might have grown out of their smaller spaces. They’ve come back to us to add a space to their new home, for their larger deck, or to add a porch or another outdoor space to their home.
Referrals are another key piece of the formula. Much of our work is by referral from both older and more recent customers.
Forging through and past recessions has been a huge challenge. Our economy experienced a recession in 2000 and again in 2007. Indeed we sadly watched good friends’ businesses close and saw many deck builders hang up their tool belt for the last time. Those were very difficult years. Who would have thought with the 2000 recession, there would be another so quickly after? In difficult times, our strategy has been to keep doing the work we are passionate about and the business will follow.
So what’s next? We didn’t have a 25 year plan when we started so we are not sure what our business will look like 25 years from now. From a market perspective, it’s fun to speculate what new materials and new structures will be popular even 10 years from now.
Here’s to many more great years of doing what we love.