Best Patio Surfaces in Charlotte, NC

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

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How much does an outdoor kitchen cost?

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

Sun room options

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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

Building a patio myself

A patio seems like a fairly easy project to tackle for those that are handy.

Outdoor-Fireplace-with-pave

What are the pitfalls?

  1. Grading – knowing how to slope the patio and when you will need retaining wall block to keep the patio from falling or separating
  2. Materials – having the information on how much off the base to purchase and how to compact
  3. 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
  4. Finish – how to keep the weeds from growing up through the seams and to keep the patio from staining easily
  5. Warranty – when you build it yourself, you may end up doing it more than once which increases your costs!

Charlotte outdoor kitchen travertine patio

Great screen porch designs!

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

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

 

Charlotte outdoor living trex island mist deck

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.

Gable Roof Screen Porch with Custom Fireplace

 

For the most comprehensive screen porch design ideas, go to archadeckofcharlotte.com

 

Charlotte Outdoor Living Infused with Luxury and Practicality

Outdoor living in four distinct areas, wrought with high style and functionality by Archadeck of Charlotte.

Outdoor living means different things to different folks.  These homeowners meant to take every possible opportunity to be outdoors, whether in the open-air areas, or inside the protection of the screened porch.  This luxurious Charlotte screened porch, deck, and patio combination will keep these homeowners outdoors for many a day and many a purpose.  Whether private relaxation or entertaining is on the agenda, Archadeck of Charlotte has provided many ways for them to draw full enjoyment and use out of their gorgeous outdoor living space.

Charlotte outdoor kitchen travertine patio

Increase your time outdoors with a screened porch and Charlotte outdoor fireplace.

The Charlotte area climate lends itself to plenty of outdoor living time each year, and these homeowners worked with Archadeck of Charlotte to capitalize on milder “out-of-season” temperatures with a screened porch, complete with outdoor fireplace.  This custom outdoor fireplace with stone façade will facilitate warmth and ambiance as cooler temperatures move into our area this fall.  Notice how well the stone façade of outdoor kitchen unit and fireplace cohesively bind the deck and screened porch areas!  Speaking of the kitchen area, the cook will not be left out of the occasion when duty calls.  With a custom bench for friends and family built alongside, the grill master elect will enjoy their time working.

Cook, soak up the sun, and enjoy a conversation with loved ones on your Charlotte deck and patio!

This beautiful Charlotte outdoor living space not only offers many options for entertaining and leisure, but the variety of building materials really set it apart, giving it a truly custom aesthetic.  These homeowners will enjoy the low-maintenance advantages of their new elevated Trex deck.  The deck and fascia material are Trex Transcend Island Mist, which gives a weathered appearance, playing in perfect complement to the darker deck skirting in Trex Transcend Vintage Lantern.  Vintage Lantern is a perfect match to the exterior of the screened porch.  The custom mix of colors, textures, and patters truly set this deck apart!

Charlotte outdoor living trex island mist deck

The custom travertine tile patio provides a beautiful and organic staging area for comfortable patio furniture.  The patio will provide an area for conversation with friends and family, or a private spot of respite.  Imagine a cool fall morning with coffee or tea in-hand, or a starlit evening with a glass of wine!  Patios are fantastic transitional areas and might be staged for conversation or even eat-on spaces when entertaining.

The beautiful array of colors, patterns, and materials all work in harmony with the home’s original brick façade.  Each element – the brick, stone, travertine, and Trex decking materials – lends the whole a feeling of unconventional luxury.  Archadeck of Charlotte can help choose materials for your outdoor living space that will bring an air of custom style with choice low-maintenance and natural stone elements to best suit your design tastes, home, and lifestyle.

If you are looking for luxurious Charlotte outdoor living ideas that will allow you more time outdoors with family and friends, give us a call for a free design consultation at (704) 944-1350 or email us and a Design Consultant will contact you promptly.

Can I put a grill under a roof?

Most of our clients at Archadeck of Charlotte prefer to have a roof over them when they are using their grill. The idea of standing under the sun for an extended period is not exciting. Furthermore, being rained on is not an exciting prospect either!

For years we could design and build covered areas to place your grill. There is a building code violation that prevents us from doing that. The concept is that the practice presents a fire hazard.

There are 2 ways now we design “covered” spaces in order to be protected from the elements while you are grilling.

One is simply to design the outdoor kitchen or grilling station on the outside of the roof just enough to where you can stand under the roof while the grill station is not covered!

The second is a much more expensive but quite legal option. We can purchase and install a vent hood and place the outdoor kitchen directly under the roof. For more information on grilling and outdoor kitchens, go to archadeckofcharlott.com