What are the latest decking trends?

Archadeck of Charlotte is one of the largest design/ build firms for outdoor living in the  USA. As the largest of the over 50 Archadeck franchises in the country, we have built over 23,000 jobs over the past 28 years in the Carolinas.

Like anything else, things change over time. What are the latest decking trends? There is a continued push to low-maintenance materials such as Trex Transcends composite deck and rail, Travertine stone decks, Flagstone raised patios, etc….

We are seeing a big push for picture framing decks with accent colors and materials. People are looking more and more to make their outdoor living space more than just a deck. They prefer an integrated outdoor living oasis. Decks are a big part of this, specifically for homes that are built on crawl spaces as homeowners do not want to negotiate steps right out their back door.


When we design decks today, people want outdoor kitchens that are conveniently built right on the deck such as the one shown above. They love fire features such as this wood burning outdoor fireplace built into the ground and up to the surface of the deck, wonderful for entertaining! The travertine tile deck above is both elegant and easy on the feet.

To find a complete photo gallery of deck trends, go to charlotte.archadeck.com


Patio with water feature, how much would it cost


How much would it cost to have a patio with a water feature built into my backyard? Of course it depends on the size and materials. I am going to attempt to provide a reasonable expectation on a budget for this type of project!

A very modest paver patio that is large enough to house a 4′ x 6′ water feature that has a motor to create a soothing sound and all the patio area for a table and chairs should run between $10,000 – $13,000 in the Charlotte, NC area.


Archadeck of Charlotte designed this Gazebo pool cabana with fire pit and patio

Archadeck of Charlotte designed this Gazebo pool cabana with fire pit and patio

If you add a fire pit like the one featured above you could add roughly $1,500!

Call Archadeck of Charlotte to schedule your free design consultation at (704) 944-1350. To see many patios with a wide variety of water and fire features, visit our website at archadeckofcharlotte.com



Which stone is best for my backyard patio?

How do you go about selecting the best stone for your backyard patio?

This blog will take you through the various options and why or why not you might select them! The basic patio started with cement. The product is relatively inexpensive (although the cost has risen over 20% the past 2 years) and can be done quickly. The key to a good concrete job is the preparation of the site, the PSI used for the concrete, the thickness of the patio base, and the finish. In addition, there needs to be an understanding of the grade of the land as well as where to strategically place the contraction joints so that the cracks that are inevitable will happen in the joints.

Paver patios have gained in popularity each and every year in North Carolina and South Carolina. We see a high demand in Huntersville as well as Fort Mill. These are great in that most are moderately priced, will not crack, and come in a variety of colors. If the appropriate base is not constructed, there will be weeds that grow from beneath and if cheap sand is used, it will all wash away. Consult a professional for a long lasting paver patio.


Travertine pavers are popular these days in the Ballantyne, NC as well as Waxhaw< NC areas and into south Charlotte. This substrate offers the look of tile while being much more slip resistant. They come in a variety of colors and are just slightly more expensive than pavers. If you get a professional to install French Pattern Travertine, you will love the character of the patio based on the variety of sizes.


Finally, flagstone patios are the high end of the price spectrum. These are irregular shaped flat stone laid either in concrete or crushed stone and sand. They come in a variety of colors and are best known for their beautiful appearance.

Call Archadeck of Charlotte to schedule your free design consultation at (704) 944-1350 or email us at charlotte@archadeck.net.

To see a full photo gallery of patios and other outdoor living spaces, go to:

Charlotte-area stone patios photo gallery

Charlotte paver patios photo gallery

Photo gallery of outdoor kitchens in and around Charlotte NC


Which porch roof do I want and why?

One of the most important decisions people have to make when it comes to covering their deck or patio is selecting the appropriate roof line.


There are several options to choose from and sound reasons to pick each. The first thing we assess as a professional screen porch builder is what obstacles are in the way and what is the architecture of the home. This means are their windows where a roof may be designed, if it needs to tie in up on the existing roof, are there vents, pipes, chimney, sky lights?

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this brick screen porch with EZE Breeze windows

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this brick screen porch with EZE Breeze windows

These are all items that can affect the placement and design of a potential roof. If you are looking for the lowest cost solution, a shed style roof attached to the back wall is going to be the lowest cost option. Put a gable roof or “A” frame is the second least expensive option and is great for allowing more light back into your home since it vaults and allows light back into the house.

A hip style roof fits great on a home that already has a hip roof or in between 2 gables on the back of a house. It tends to be pricier due to the fact that you have more roof line. Working with an outdoor living expert is advisable to get an experienced eye to look at your roof options with you.

Call Archadeck of Charlotte at (704) 944-1350 or email us at charlotte@archadeck.net to discuss what roof style works best for you and your home.

To see a variety of screen porch and covered paito roof lines, go to porchlifestyle.com

How often do I need to stain my deck?

Pressure-treated wood decks require staining in order to make them last. The most common question we get at Archadeck of Charlotte is “how often do I need to stain my deck”?

The answer is it depends! The factors to consider are what is the exposure of your deck to the sun? Is it southwest? If so, it will most likely need to be stained annually. If it is north, there is likely to be mildew since it doesn’t get much sun so it will need to be cleaned but perhaps will only need staining once every 3 years.

Any of the other directions will be somewhere in between!

To get more information or if you want an estimate, go to charlotte.renewcrewclean.com or call Renew Crew at (704) 944-1350 or email us at charlotte@renewcrewclean.com.


Hot tub deck with a privacy fence and outdoor shower by Archadeck of Charlotte

Located in Charlotte, NC this backyard oasis was designed and constructed by Archadeck. It includes a pool deck, screened porch, covered outdoor kitchen and dining area, firepit and raised spa deck.

Check out Archadeck’s Super Bowl 50 advertisement right after the game!

Archadeck of Charlotte has supported the Carolina Panthers since their inception! We are excited to share the night with them tonight and sponsor part of the “post game show” hosted by Stephen Colbert and Tina Fey!

This is the start of our busy season with people wanting to move back outdoors here in Charlotte. We will be highlighting outdoor fireplaces, outdoor kitchens, and a gorgeous flagstone patio from a happy customers backyard!

Archadeck of Charlotte designed this Gazebo pool cabana with fire pit and patio

Archadeck of Charlotte designed this Gazebo pool cabana with fire pit and patio

If you look in the background, you will see my wife and a customer enjoying the great backyard! I hope you check out this exciting and historic game tonight and stay tuned for the post game!

If you are interested in videos on some of our backyard designs, go to our YouTube channel, “Archadeck of Charlotte” in the search button. You can always go directly to our website and find a wonderful photo gallery as well as links to YouTube!

Call Archadeck of Charlotte today at (704) 944-1350 or email us at charlotte@archadeck.net to schedule your free design consultation.

What do I need to consider to have a 2nd story outdoor fireplace?

The growth of outdoor fireplaces in the Charlotte, NC market is amazing. We began designing and build them nearly 10 years ago and now are one of the largest in the country.

Stone outdoor fireplace integrated into screen porch with EZE Breeze windows

We get requests to build them on patio’s, on decks, and integrated into screen porches as well as next to covered patios and pergolas. A common question is “can I have a fireplace on a 2nd story deck?

There are two ways to achieve this. First, you can create a large footing and block up the fireplace and stone it all the way up and have the face of the fireplace sit on the edge of the deck and not have rail in that space. As you might imagine, depending on the height, this is quite an expensive proposition! In addition, the chimney has to be at least 2′ higher than the closest roof within 10′ of the new chimney.

2nd story outdoor fireplace on a deck by Archadeck of Charlotte

The second way to have a 2nd story fireplace is to have it framed out on top of the deck with stainless steel and cement board. We then apply synthetic stone and make sure the deck is appropriately structured to hold the weight of the new fireplace.  By constructing it out of steel frame instead of block, it greatly reduces the weight load and therefore allowing it to be built on the deck and at a considerable savings!

Call Archadeck of Charlotte at (704) 944-1350 or email us at charlotte@archadeck.net to schedule a free design consultation to get started on building a wonderful outdoor fireplace. Check out our website for more complete outdoor living spaces.