Rustic chic screen’s designs

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this gazebo style screen porch with Cabot Stain

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this gazebo style screen porch with Cabot Stain

There is a real demand for designing screen porches with a rustic chic flare. We see different trends come and go but this idea of rustic chic has been there for awhile and the demand is picking up steam. If you really think about all that goes into a screen porch, you realize how many elements effect the aesthetics and overall architectural appeal.

We start with the construction and trim. The materials you choose for your flooring, columns, and ceiling all influence the appeal. In Charlotte, NC we see some exposed rafters up in the ceiling. We see dark, warm stains being used on the columns and floor.

Then think about trim detail. How do finish off the screen and the attaching mechanisms? How about the bottom and the top of the screen porch? For a great photo gallery of screen porch designs, go to

Ceilings for screen porches including tongue and groove

When we get asked for professional advise on screen porches, one of the least thought of areas is the ceiling. It is surprising since it is one of the most visible areas and can dramatically change the look and feel of the room.

Archadeck of Charlotte has designed and build thousands of screen porches over the past 24 years and some of the best looks include tongue and groove and even coffered ceilings.

Screen porch by Archadeck of Charlotte with cofered ceiling and can lights

Screen porch with coffered ceiling in Waxhaw, NC

Ceilings are most often designed and built with ply bead material which is plywood based and comes in 4×8 sheets and then trimmed with lattice trim into the porch ceiling.Tongue and groove ceilings eliminate the lattice trim and are a more true beadboard. The cost of the the ply bead is substantially less and is a key driver as to why most people opt for it. The coffered ceiling can drive the cost up anywhere from $1,000 – $1,500 depending on the size and intricacy of the trim detail.To see many more screen porch and covered patio ceilings, go to