Any one who has been through any type of home renovation has experienced construction delays. It is a reputation that is well earned.
The reasons most laymen attribute this phenomenon to are:
- They are using my money and going to another job
- They are disorganized
- They are lazy
- They are incompetent
While this is true in some cases, I will share with you from a professionals point of view, some additional causes. I happen to be a part of a franchise system so I know hundreds of remodeling contractors across the country and fully understand what happens. Here are the most common causes:
- The scope of work changes: more often than not, cleints have change orders to their original scope of work and this may require everything from updating the building permit, updating the HOA information, ordering additional and possibly special order materials, and so forth. Meanwhile, we do not want to leave that job so the jobs that had been promised afterwards are now delayed!
- Unforeseen sight conditions: when you are a remodeling contractor, you cannot predict things you cannot see or know for sure. For example, when you are digging footings and there is a drain where no one know. This is a problem!
- Weather: for exterior remodeling, weather is a big variable that is quite misunderstood. Even if it only rains partially one day, there is a good chance that entire day is lost. It may result in an additional day or 2 if it is too wet to perform the service.
- Human factors: while we believe we are going to complete a project in a specified time, the skilled labor we all depend on are still humans! Meaning, they get sick, have problems, car troubles, etc…..
When you are planning your next remodeling project, plan for these delays, they should be expected but most likely for the reasons you had not thought of!
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How do you pick the best color for your screen porch? Here are a couple of easy tips for you to take into consideration when making your selection.
What is the trim color around your windows and doors? If you want your porch to look like it’s a part of the home and not an afterthought, this would be the easy and safe way to choose a color for the posts on your screen porch.
Archadeck custom built this screen porch in Huntersville, NC
If you want a more rustic feel, perhaps you have a heavily wooded lot, than a nice wood tone stain color would fit nicely like the one below.
Rustic covered patio with exposed rafters and an outdoor fireplace with stone on columns by Archadeck of Charlotte
Color choices are endless but if you think about the above two considerations, it really makes it quite simple! To see a wide variety of colors and styles of screen porches, go to archadeckofcharlotte.com
What are the best patio surfaces if you are living in Charlotte, NC? It depends on what you will be using the patio for!
The most traditional surface is concrete. It is still the standard for track builders to provide a small “slab” outside the rear exit door of a home. The advantages are lower cost, low maintenance, and ease of installation. The disadvantages are primarily the propensity to crack and poor aesthetics. Stamped concrete improves the aesthetics, raises the cost, but does not address the cracking.
Retaining wall with decorative stone and multi-level in Charlotte by Archadeck
Flagstone is a popular surface for it’s aesthetics and is often found in high end neighborhoods. The advantages are the beauty and low maintenance, the disadvantages are the very high cost and will still crack over time.
Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this pave patio with paver steps and sitting walls
Paver patios are the most popular surface in Charlotte. They combine the reasonable price point with good aesthetics. People believe that weeds can grow up in between the pavers (which normally happens only when an amateur constructs the patio and does not add enough base or seeds fall from above and grow in the poly sand). They come in a variety of colors and sizes.
Travertine Tile stone deck with iron rail by Archadeck of Charlotte
Finally, Travertine patios have been the fastest growing segment of the market here in Charlotte. They have tighter lines than traditional paves with less chance of weeds growing in between in the sand. In addition, the look resembles a tile and in fact can be purchased as a tile for applications directly over concrete on decks. The price point is slightly higher than pavers.
For more information on all outdoor living spaces, go to archadeckofcharlotte.com
Outdoor Kitchen is a term used for a wide variety of meanings. In Charlotte, NC, an outdoor kitchen is used generally to imply a built-in grill station that includes a counter top, a stone or brick cabinet, and a grill. The smallest outdoor kitchen is about 5 linear feet wide and 2’6″ deep.
The term outdoor kitchen can also imply not only a built-in grill, but a full range of appliances that people want to incorporate into their outdoor living space. It’s not uncommon for Archadeck of Charlotte to install a refrigerator, ice maker, warming drawer, side burner, and even keg orator into the cabinet. Of course each additional appliance requires the cabinet to be larger and therefore increasing the cost.
Over 80 percent of all of the outdoor kitchens we design and build every year are constructed with a stone veneer while the majority of the remaining 20% is a brick veneer to match the house walls. The counter tops range from Travertine to granite.
The smaller outdoor kitchens (excluding the appliances) will run around $3,000 and can go upwards of $10,000 driven by size, materials, and features!
To see wonderful design ideas, go to archadeckofcharlotte.com
Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this cedar pergola in south Charlotte with a fieldstone outdoor kitchen and Green Egg
Paver Patio with ledge stone fire pit and sitting wall and a wood pergola with an outdoor kitchen in Ft. Mill, SC
Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this covered outdoor kitchen with a cabana and all of the outdoor appliances including a Fire Magic AOG Grill
The term sun room has different meanings and connotations. Archadeck of Charlotte is a custom sun room design/ build company and even we use sun room as a term loosely. This blog will break down the options for you and the implications.
- Traditional Sun rooms are integrated into the back of the house and are heated living spaces. When they are added to a home, they count as square footage towards both your taxes as well as your property value. More simply put, they have a nice return on investment if you sell your home when the market is up due to the fact the room has heat and air and is therefore part of the home. They are another room in your home that simply have more windows than the others. They are used for entertaining and relaxing.
- There are several companies that “manufacture” sun rooms. These are very similar to the option above. The primary difference is they are pre-fabricated off site, often have energy-efficient windows and doors, but do not look like part of the house. It is obvious they were added on after the fact.
- Archadeck designs and builds sun rooms that fit the definition of the first type above by using “stick – built” construction on site and integrating the room into the existing house seamlessly.
- Archadeck also designs and builds sun rooms that do not have heat or air conditioning but are more of a “3 – Season” room. These rooms are designed to provide all of the qualities of the above spaces but are less costly. Not only do you save on the fact that you will not pay for HVAC, this room also does not require insulation, termite treatment, vapor barrier, and so forth.
For more information of sun rooms, visit archadeckofcharlotte.com
Stunning 2-story sunroom by Archadeck utilizing unique architectural design to overcome a difficult roof line
EZE Breeze windows by Archadeck of Charlotte prevents pollen from getting in your porch!
Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this EZE Breeze sun porch
This brick sunroom was designed and built by Archdeck of Charlotte
A patio seems like a fairly easy project to tackle for those that are handy.
What are the pitfalls?
- Grading – knowing how to slope the patio and when you will need retaining wall block to keep the patio from falling or separating
- Materials – having the information on how much off the base to purchase and how to compact
- Design – to build a patio is just part of it, the proper design to accommodate what you want to furnish or seat on the space is another part
- Finish – how to keep the weeds from growing up through the seams and to keep the patio from staining easily
- Warranty – when you build it yourself, you may end up doing it more than once which increases your costs!
What makes for a great screen porch design?
It starts with the roof line!
Screen Porch by Archadeck of Charlotte with outdoor fireplace and pergola
Notice how the architecture fits the architecture detail and color of the house and trim.
Designing the outdoor space to the appropriate scale of the house for both looks and function is the next important consideration
Make sure the furniture that you plan on placing inside the porch will fit!
Next is material usage. Utilizing materials that will hold up given the climate conditions and wear and tear makes for a good part of the design consideration.
For the most comprehensive screen porch design ideas, go to archadeckofcharlotte.com