Can I build a sunroom with HVAC?

Building a “sun room” without HVAC is possible. Defining a “sun room” varies by person that is asked.

Our definition of a  sun room is a room that is primarily glass but is not necessarily heated and cooled. Some people refer to a screen porch as a sun room. Others refer to any room on the back of the house as a sun room. A more classic definition of a sun room is a room that is used for recreation and escape and allows maximum light exposure to make you feel more like you are outdoors!

Stunning 2-story sunroom by Archadeck utilizing unique architectural design to overcome a difficult roof line

Stunning 2-story sunroom by Archadeck utilizing unique architectural design to overcome a difficult roof line

Archadeck of Charlotte builds classic stick-built construction that is designed to match the architecture of your existing home.

The only legal way to build a sun room with out heating and air conditioning it in Charlotte, NC and the surrounding area is to leave the existing door from the house intact completely. Once you modify the opening in anyway, the code then calls for the room to be completely insulated and HVAC installed to code.

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Do Trex decks stain or mildew? Do Trex decks fade?

There is a lot of bad history and bad press out there on – line. If you don’t know what you are really looking at, it can be very misleading.

Trex is the originator of the composite deck industry and in fact, the original product did have these issues. The product faded relatively quickly. It was easy to stain with the spill of any oil based product. Mildew grew easily due to the porous nature of the design.

Along came the invention of Trex Transcends. This was a vast improvement of the original products that solved the major problems consumers complained about. By engineering a cap stock over the original core of the product, the product now has a 25-year fade warranty in addition to protection from staining. The product is so superior that in the previous 7 years, we literally have no callbacks on Trex. So when you do your research on Trex, make sure you are looking at the Trex Transcends!

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Learn more about Trex decks in Charlotte on our Trex web page.


Does the back of my house need to match the front?

As a professional design/ build firm, a common question is posed as it relates to the architectural details when considering the back of the house. How important is it that the back of the house mimics the front?

custom built sunroom in Charlotte

Energy-efficient custom built sunroom with lattice under deck

It depends who you ask. For this expert opinion, there are certainly considerations. Number one, which details are you referring to? For example, if you have  a front porch and are going to build a back porch, should the columns match? I would suggest that while many people may not notice, it does make sense if you have round columns on your front porch to stay with that theme on the back porch.

What about color? If your front porch is painted (as opposed to stained), should you stay with paint on the back porch. Unless you are going out of your way to create a rustic look in back, traditionally you would go ahead and paint the back porch as well and make it appear that it was part of the original home rather than an add – on.

Another common question refers to substrates (material types). If there is only brick on the house, does it really make sense to use stone on the columns or outdoor fireplace? I would suggest mixing materials actually adds architectural interest!

To find wonderful design details for the front and back of the house, go to Archadeck’s photo gallery at


Charlotte open porch near pool

How to select the right contractor? A contractor’s perspective!

Choosing the right contractor is often a challenge. There are many published articles and opinions on this so we thought we would share the questions you need ask to consider which contractor is right for you?

1. What is the scope of the project? Large or small? Does the contractor have extensive experience doing what you want done?

2. What are the key criterion for you? Design? Quality? Service? Price? You won’t get the lowest price with the best design and best quality typically. What is really important?

3. Can you rank the order of importance?

4. How can you get the best value or “bang for the buck”? The best contractors will walk you through various options

5. Does the project require a building permit and is the contractor taking care of it?

6. Is the contractor providing ideas to help facilitate a final design?

7. Does the contractor have the appropriate license and insurance?

8. Can the contractor readily provide references? Can they provide more than 10? This is important! Even if you don’t call all 10, if they cannot provide 10 – 100, are they really that experienced?

9. Do they have a physical location? Can they be found if something goes awry?

10. Are they BBB rated?

11. Do you like the person you will be dealing with?

These are some suggestions as to how to formulate a plan when selecting the appropriate contractor for your project! You can find more information on Archadeck at