Ideas for placing your hot tub on a deck

Hot Tub in a custom screen room with stone skirting by Archadeck of Charlotte

Hot Tub in a custom screen room with stone skirting by Archadeck of Charlotte

Can a deck hold the weight of a hot tub? How and where should I place my hot tub in my backyard?

Here are some ideas from a pro that will help guide you through the options!

Decks can be structured to hold the weight of a hot tub by using load calculations of the hot tub completely filled with water. It requires closer joist spacing and more footings per square foot. The hot tub can sit on top of the deck, be slightly recessed, or completely recessed. The height in which you decide you want the tub recessed should be thought through as to who are the primary users of the tub and how easy is it for them to climb in versus step down?

Pressure -treated wood decks, composite decks such at Trex, or masonry raised patios can all be used as platforms to house hot tubs. It has been our experience that the closer we place the hot tub or spa to the house, the more use you will actually get out of the tub

Trex Transcends composite deck with a hot tub recessed onto a cement pad and composite beching for the ideal

Trex Transcends composite deck with a hot tub recessed onto a cement pad and composite beching for the ideal relaxing backyard!

Designing privacy screening on the sides of the tub is a good idea if you prefer to keep your affairs private! In addition, designing a structure such as a screen porch around the hot tub is a choice or option for some! To get various design ideas for your outdoor spa, go to http://www.charlotte. archadeck.com

7 Ways to Design the Perfect Deck!

People spend months agonizing over how to design the perfect deck. Having design and built over 20,000 such projects in Charlotte, NC, Archadeck can lend some solid experience and expertise in this area.

Pressure-treated wood deck stained with pergola and outdoor kitchen by Archadeck of Charlotte

Pressure-treated wood deck stained with pergola and outdoor kitchen by Archadeck of Charlotte

We start by asking questions about the project.

1. How many people on a normal basis will be on this deck?

2. What is your outdoor living lifestyle now and what will it be going forward?

3. Do you mind maintenance or are looking for low-maintenance?

4. Are you looking to maximize space or are you wanting some curves and design flair?

5. Think about where you want your stairway to land?

6. Do want a traditional rail or something low profile?

7. How about accessories, do you want benches, planters, cooking station?

Unique deck with multiple levels and an outdoor fireplace in South Charlotte by Archadeck

Unique deck with multiple levels and an outdoor fireplace in South Charlotte by Archadeck

If you keep the above questions in mind and answer them, this simple blog will lead to the perfect deck!

Need a pool pavillion design?

Since 2012, there has been a dramatic rebound in the new pool building business here in Charlotte, NC for single family homes. This is a great sign the economy is rebounding and people are investing in outdoor living with disposable income. They are not stopping with just the pool itself though.

With the explosion of outdoor living concepts and the expanded movement of people moving from the inside to the outdoors for the home relaxation, everything from outdoor kitchens to fire features are part of the design.

Pool pavilions are being built now fairly regularly and people are not even waiting until the next season after the pool is built. They want what the want and they want it now! Pool pavilions are often a combination of a shade structure, restroom, changing room, grilling area, and outdoor home theater.

Archadeck of Charlotte gets asked to design and build pool cabana-like structures all over the greater Charlotte market. The considerations are roof design, column style and material, ceiling materials, and of course the above mentioned features. If you are in the market for a pool cabana or pool pavilion, check out the designs at http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com or go to HOUZZ and see various design ideas for the outdoors!

Pool pavilion with a stone box for a Green Egg and outdoor living space built by Archadeck of Charlotte

Pool pavilion with a stone box for a Big Green Egg and outdoor living space built by Archadeck of Charlotte

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

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

 

 

What are my deck stair and patio stair design options? Things to consider!

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this lattice privacy screen to keep neighbors view limited

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this lattice privacy screen to keep neighbors view limited with flared Trex composite stairway

Deck and patio stair designs vary greatly from house to house and person to person. The mixing of various substrates, sizes, and styles make it quite confusing for homeowners. There are some factors to consider prior to having the stairs designed.

Are you most interested in function or form? How does budget play into your decision making process? Is safety a concern as you may have small children or elderly parents? How many steps are going to be necessary to get from the deck or patio down to grade? Have you considered a multi-tiered approach to break up the number of continuous steps?

Archadeck of Charlotte is a leading design/ build firm that does outdoor living as a specialty and has constructed over 23,000 structures over the past 26 years with many requiring stairways. We are often consulted on various design ideas for steps and have a large photo gallery on-line at http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com where they can be viewed.

Higher up deck and patios require more thought with the design to make sure you have the proper spacial planning and safety thoughts while in the design phase. There are web sites like eshow that have additional ideas on steps and companies like Archadeck that can design and build!

Beautiful Outdoor Living Spaces and Designs at Lake Norman, NC

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this composite deck, rail, and benches at Lake Norman

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this composite deck, rail, and benches at Lake Norman

Double-decker porch with brick and cedar colums and a dry deck system in Matthews, NC

Lake Norman is one of the largest lakes in the southeast. It offers hundreds of miles of shoreline, beautiful greenery and landscape, custom designed homes, all of the watersports and fishing imaginable on a lake, and the best of outdoor living spaces and designs! Some of the most beautiful design ideas and architectural integration comes from Lake Norman homeowners and at Archadeck of Charlotte, we are heavily involved in the design/ build phase of the outdoor spaces.

Most people have trouble visualizing what something might look like or what the possibilities are to enhance their backyards. We start with the homeowner’s wishes and concepts and bring them to life through 3D computer-aided design renderings to scale so that prior to building the structure, the homeowner can actually see how this will look on their exact home. It gives the homeowner the unique opportunity to make major or subtle changes to the design and giving them a great understanding of how this will impact not only the overall look of the project but also the cost.

From Mooresville, Cornelius, to Huntersville, Lake Norman has grown immensely over the past 15 years and more people are finding the outdoor so desirable that they are adding onto their homes rather than moving just to stay in the area. The schools are improved and the choices have improved.

The most common outdoor living spaces are to build a nice composite low-maintenance deck like Trex that allows for great views of the lake. We often design and build shade structures that keep the view available but also keep the sun from rendering the backyard useless. Outdoor kitchens and fireplaces are now as common as patios. To see a wide variety of designs and photos, visit http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com

Why would I build an outdoor fireplace versus a fire pit?

Should you add a fire pit or fireplace as a feature on an outdoor living space? One thing is for certain, fire features are hot (no pun intended)!

Archadeck deck in Charlotte with fire pit

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this pretty stained deck and fire pit

So…why would you build an outdoor fireplace versus building a fire pit? Here are some important considerations:

1. Function

Do you want this to be part of a room enclosure like a screen porch or sun room? If so, it will by default have to be a fireplace for venting purposes. If you want to have a large group most of the time, a fire pit actually allows for a large group to sit on all sides and allows for more people to enjoy the warmth of the fire than a fireplace.

2. Aestheitcs

An outdoor fireplace is a focal feature of an outdoor space. By it’ sheer size and design, when build right and placed appropriately, the outdoor fireplace is a most attractive addition. On the other hand, if you have incredible views of water or woods, you may want something much lower profile like the fire pit. Both fire features can be additive to the overall landscape design but placement of the feature is critical.

wood burning stone outdoor fireplace with fieldstone on a flagstone patio in Charlotte

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this flagstone patio and fieldstone outdoor fireplace

3. Price

A stone outdoor fireplace can be as low as $8,000 and go up to $15,000 depending on size and additional features. The stone outdoor fire pit is more like $1,000 and go upwards depending on size and features.

There is a significant price difference as you can see. If budget will not allow for the fireplace, a fire pit will still serve as a great place to entertain friends and family. The one thing you will forgo is the focal point of the space. To see a complete photo gallery of outdoor fireplaces and fire pits, go to http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com

Have you been told you can’t build a roof line for a screen porch you really want?

When you are having a screen porch built, there is a big difference in talking to someone who can build a screen porch and those that design and build screen porches every day! We have had countless prospects call us at Archadeck of Charlotte to look at the potential of a screen porch for the back of their house. When we recommend a gable roof for example, we hear “the last guy said we could not have a gable roof”.

Designing and building screen porch roofs does take a lot of experience and vision. The back of the house has several potential obstacles that include but are not limited to chimneys, windows, different roof lines that may jet into the space, dryer vents, air returns, roof vents, etc…

Roof designs are critical because they can affect the amount of light that comes back into your home. They also are critical to insure the porch looks architecturally correct and appear as if it were built with the home, not as an afterthought.

Please make sure you go to our photo gallery under “screen porches” at http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com, to see what the possibilities are when it comes to screen porch roof design or simply call Archadeck at 704-999-1330.