Top 5 Patio Design Ideas for Charlotte

Here are the top 5 patio design ideas for Charlotte, North Carolina by Archadeck:

  1. A stone fire pit with a matching stone sitting wall that leaves the perfect amount of room for your feet while being close enough to feel the warmth of the fire!
  2. A water feature that provides a soothing sound of moving water and very low-maintenance since the design has no standing water to attract algae and mosquitoes.
  3. A highly functional and beautiful outdoor kitchen with all of the storage area one wants to store utensils and cleaning supplies. The design fits in perfectly with the architectural characteristics of the home.
  4. A walkway designed with the same material as the patio to provide a dry area to commute between the driveway and the backyard.
  5. A wrap around sitting wall constructed with the same paver material as the patio to provide a consistent and functional patio.

To see a wonderful photo gallery of patio design ideas, go to archadeckofcharlotte.com

 

 

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Are people building more wood decks or Trex decks today?

Like everything else in life, people want to know the latest trends. Are people building more with pressure-treated wood or composite decking like Trex?

Each year we are building more and more composite decks here in Charlotte, NC. The drivers remain the same, low-maintenance and long lasting investment. We have people moving here from the north all the time who have already had Trex decks and can’t imagine going back to wood.

The only two reasons people select wood decks are a much lower price point or if they just love the feel of real wood. The older objection from composite decking was that is looked like “fake wood”. With all of the technology enhancements, Trex has been able to replicate a real wood grain with a variety of warm colors that appear to be everything from a stained deck to a real Brazilian Hardwood deck.

We are building about 50% with Trex decking this year. The category is only about 20 years old so the increase has been dramatic. To see the most complete Trex photo gallery, visit our Charlotte Trex decks photo gallery.

Can I put a roof over a rear vent fireplace in Charlotte?

One of the challenges we have as licensed General Contractors that build screen porches and covered patios in Charlotte is the dreaded “rear vent fireplace”. If you have a home with a gas fireplace and there is a silver metal vent on the chimney over your deck and patio, chances are this is going to pose some challenges if you want to cover your patio or screen in your deck.

It is a definitive code violation to cover a gas vent with a roof even if you are not screening in the porch! Not to worry, there are options:

  1. Remove the vent and cover and you simply will not have a fireplace (some people claim they don’t use it anyway)
  2. Replace your rear vent fireplace with either a ventless or electric fireplace box
  3. Have a contractor build a flue/ chase and extend the vent up through the new roof for proper ventilation.

One important caveat to the extension of the vent. Each manufacturer of gas fireplaces has very specific guidelines on how to properly vent their equipment. Make sure you are contracting with a mechanical contractor and outdoor living contractor who have experience with this so you don’t waste your money! To read more, visit our outdoor fireplaces page on our website.

 

 

Top 4 screen porch amenities

What are the top 4 screen porch amenities? We are going to list them in order of popularity here in the Charlotte, North Carolina market:

  1. Integrating an outdoor fireplace into the screen porch. Whether it’s a wood-burning or gas fireplace, the popularity has grown each year for the past 10 years and counting. The function, beauty, and natural draw to fire have made this something homeowners will splurge on for the outdoor space!

Stone outdoor fireplace integrated into screen porch with EZE Breeze windows

2. EZE Breeze Porch Windows have been sold and installed by Archadeck of
Charlotte for the past 15 years. Over the past 5 years, we started advertising them on TV and the idea of extending your outdoor living season is too appealing to pass up.

Charlotte sunroom with Eze Breeze windows

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this EZE Breeze sun porch

3. Travertine Tile flooring is another amenity that has seen a tremendous increase in demand. Experience the beauty of the floor, the low maintenance aspect, and of course the feeling that you moved your indoors outside.

Travertine tile screen porch with stone outdoor fireplace

Screen Porch with integrated outdoor fireplace and outdoor TV and tile on screen porch by Archadeck of Charlotte

4. Lighting is another area where we see more demand. From LED to lighting on a dimmer, people want options to make their screen porch not only functional in the evening but also provide warm ambient light.

To see a complete photo gallery of screen porch ideas, go to archadeckofcharlotte.com

 

Flagstone Patio Design Ideas

Flagstone patio’s make for one of the most beautiful outdoor living spaces. We are going to share design ideas that incorporate various amenities onto flagstone patios.

Archadeck of Charlotte has been designing and building outdoor living spaces for nearly 30 years in Charlotte. Take a look at the photos below to get some good insight for color and design!

Flagstone is being used above as not only a patio but also inside a screen porch as well as a stairway leading down to a patio.

In the above photos, you see a variety of colors that can be selected from even though these are a natural material that are harvested from a quarry. See where it serves as a patio to support an outdoor kitchen. There are two examples above of where the flagstone is used as a patio for outdoor fireplaces. This is a very versatile and exquisite surface. Click to see our stone patio photo gallery.

 

What is the best exterior paint for my porch?

Are you looking to add a screen porch or covered patio? Most likely you will need exterior grade paint for a portion or all of the columns, header, and ceiling!

While there are many paints that are exterior grade on the market, we have had the best performance overall with Sherwin Williams various exterior grades from gloss to flat finish.

At Archadeck of Charlotte, we design and build over 300 porches a year and paint is the final wrap on our project. It is critical that we have a surface that is both beautiful and protects the investment of our clients.

To see hundreds of porch designs with beautiful paint finishes, visit the numerous photo galleries on our website. Give us a call for a free consultation at (704) 944 – 1350 or drop us an email at charlotte@archadeck.net to set up a free design consultation.

 

Is Travertine slippery?

With the explosion in the outdoor living category, there are more innovations being used for patios and porches. Over the past 10 years, the use of Travertine Tile style pavers has seen a boom!

Travertine Tile stone deck with iron rail by Archadeck of Charlotte

Travertine Tile stone deck with iron rail by Archadeck of Charlotte

The combination of the beauty of the product and the low-maintenance have made it grow in popularity. In addition, the price of Travertine is not that much greater than a paver patio.

Travertine stone raised patio in Charlotte by Archadeck with stone steps

Travertine stone raised patio in Charlotte by Archadeck with stone steps

The consistent question that arises is whether or not Travertine is slippery? The quick answer is no. This is true if you are using the Travertine stone paver (as opposed to travertine tile). In addition, so of the commercial sealers can make it more slippery. We have found it to be no more slippery that any other stone patio! To see some great patio designs, visit our stone patio photo gallery on our website.