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.

For more information on sun room design and building codes, go to archadeckofcharlotte.com

 

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

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.

 

Porch Accessories…what else can I add to my porch?

Archadeck of Charlotte designs and builds porches and can add accessories like porch swings

Archadeck of Charlotte designs and builds porches and can add accessories like porch swings

As you have read over the past several years in my blog posts, our porches are becoming more and more the area we want to spend more time. There are more accessories for the porch now than ever!

Porch swings are one of the most common asked about accessories. They can be mounted and hung in a screen porch, on an open porch, or even on a pergola. They are primarily available in pressure-treated wood that will not rot but can be found in a low-maintenance alternative such as pvc. They can also be customized by skilled carpenters.

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Archadeck of Charlotte designs and builds porches like this and added porch draperies

Archadeck of Charlotte designs and builds porches like this and added porch draperies

raperies for porches are another hot trend. The roof of the porch keeps much of the sun out but when the sun is going down, it sneaks under the roof and people want to be protected at twilight as well. There are a variety of shear fabrics with varying levels of opacity that are readily available.

Cooling misters are available and relatively affordable to install around the perimeter of the porch. On the flip side, heating systems can be installed or free-standing heating systems can be purchased so that you can use the porch year round. This is the real want by consumers today, year-round outdoor living.

Easy access on and off the porch are other concepts that people want help with whether it be adding additional entry points from their exterior back house walls or adding walking paths from their existing driveway back to the porch.

To get the most complete design ideas for your porch and other outdoor living spaces, go to http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com

What are my best options for shade structures in NC/SC?

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Stone Outdoor Fireplace in Charlotte on patio in porch

Most people in the Carolinas at some point are looking for shade options for their backyard. Whether it is to cover a patio, cover a deck, or even an outdoor kitchen, people want protection from the elements.

There are many options to achieve this depending on budget, architectural concerns, and size. Pergolas, arbors, and trellis’ are words often used interchangeably that are relatively inexpensive options to provide some shade. They are generally custom built in materials that range from wood to vinyl. They are not rain resistant but can be with the appropriate covers that are now available on the market. You can purchase fabric for the top of the pergola, aluminum ceilings that install under the rafters, and even polycarbonate roof sheathing that allows lights into the structure but does stop rain from coming through.

Retractable awnings provide wonderful shade protection and are available in a wide variety of colors and sizes.

Solid roofs or what we refer to as covered patios or covered decks (“Open Porches”) are going to be more expensive but ultimately provide the most protection from all of the elements. They can be designed and built with matching roof shingles to your home, matching gutters, and matching soffit and fascia that will make the cover to appear to be a natural extension of the house!

Archadeck of Charlotte is a custom builder of shade structures and outdoor living spaces, to see a large photo gallery of options, go to www.charlotte.archadeck.com

Houzz picks award winners for 2014 and Archadeck of Charlotte is a winner!

When you think of great web sites to find home remodeling ideas, remodeling photos and images, and finally the latest remodeling trends for your home, look no further than Houzz! If you have not checked it out, they have thousands of images that can give you so many ideas and actually help you visualize what your home could look like!

Archadeck of Charlotte designing and built this beautiful Trex deck and rail with a stone outdoor kitchen and screen porch

Archadeck of Charlotte designing and built this beautiful Trex deck and rail with a stone outdoor kitchen and screen porch

Archadeck of Charlotte has been designing and building great outdoor living spaces for over 26 years now and most of its business comes by word of mouth. The increasing amount of sources to do reviews is astonishing. It’s hard to believe there is a better reference source outside of friends and family for your home remodeling than Houzz. We are so proud to have been voted one of the best in customer satisfaction and design by customers of Houzz in the Charlotte, NC greater market area! See below the announcement:

We’re writing to let you know that you’ve been voted by the Houzz community as a winner of our Best of Houzz 2014 awards!
Your work won in the Design and Customer Satisfaction categories, as your portfolio includes some of the most popular images on Houzz in 2013.
We constantly feed images to Houzz of the many projects we complete that we feel worthy of the web site. They only allow very finished projects so that customers have a great experience.

Check out Archadeck of Charlotte on Houzz and see some great ideas and inspirations for your next outdoor project.

Researching composite decking in the Carolina market? Trex and Archadeck are the right combination!

Trex Transcends Tropics with 2-level deckAs a design/ build organization, we introduced Trex composite deck and rail to the Charlotte market over 15 years ago! The original product was gray and had no woodgrain. The product evolved to have 3 more colors over time but they faded out to gray eventually.

Trex listened to the market and realized they needed a product that like wood and introduced a natural looking wood grain to improve the appearance of the board. The market then requested the product not fade and Trex added UV inhibitors into the product to greatly reduce fading. Then the market felt the product scratched too easily and stained easily due to the porosity of the board.

Fast forward to roughly 2009, Trex introduced the Trex Transcends product line that had all of the benefits that the market had requested over the years. Archadeck of Charlotte sits on the Trex Advisory Board and has been an active participant in relaying market data and taking the product back to market. Trex Transcends features a capstock with acrylic and PVC that makes the product fade resistant, stain resistant, scratch resistant, all while maintaining a wood like appearance with a wonderful color selection. There are 5 primary Transend colors that are complimented by a premium color line called Trex Tropics that have the appearance of Brazilian Hardwoods!

Archadeck has installed and worked with Trex for years and is most knowledgeable about the product line, the best installation techniques, and the overall value proposition to determine if it’s right for the particular circumstances. You can find hundreds of photos on www.charlotte.archadeck.com with great deck designs! You can also go to www.trex.com !

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this Trex Tropics Spiced Rum composite deck

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this Trex Tropics Spiced Rum composite deck