How do I pick the best color for my screen porch?

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How do you pick the best color for your screen porch? Here are a couple of easy tips for you to take into consideration when making your selection.

What is the trim color around your windows and doors? If you want your porch to look like it’s a part of the home and not an afterthought, this would be the easy and safe way to choose a color for the posts on your screen porch.

 

Screen porch by Archadeck of Charlotte

Archadeck custom built this screen porch in Huntersville, NC

If you want a more rustic feel, perhaps you have a heavily wooded lot, than a nice wood tone stain color would fit nicely like the one below.

 

Rustic covered patio with exposed rafters and an outdoor fireplace with stone on columns by Archadeck of Charlotte

Rustic covered patio with exposed rafters and an outdoor fireplace with stone on columns by Archadeck of Charlotte

Color choices are endless but if you think about the above two considerations, it really makes it quite simple! To see a wide variety of colors and styles of screen porches, go to archadeckofcharlotte.com

 

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5 ideas on how to upgrade or update your Charlotte porch

Here in the south, having a porch is like drinking sweet tea, it’s just what we do. Whether it’s a back porch screened in or open or a front porch, we simply love to spend time outdoors on our porches.

If you have a porch and want to update or upgrade it, here are 5 ideas that can have a great effect on the aesthetics and functionality:

1. ENLARGE IT
Many of us have a porch but would like to make it bigger. The challenge is that most of us have trouble visualizing how to do this with the way the existing roof line is constructed. Call an expert that both designs and builds porches and they can give you a consultation on various means of enlarging the porch. It might mean taking the porch and widening along the back or front of your house or it may mean projecting out further into the yard.

2. NEW COLOR WITH NEW RAIL
Rails are one of the most visible parts of a porch. If you have an existing wood rail that is either failing or tired looking, why not update it with some type of metal rail? How about composite or vinyl rail to give you a beautiful new look that is also low-maintenance? How about a combination of wood rail with metal pickets? Color is an easy way to update your porch and this can mean everything from the rail to the flooring and ceiling

3. PORCH COLUMNS
The trend today is get away from standard 4×4 posts or columns and go too more decorative columns and larger/ wider columns. If the porch is screened in and normal sized, a 6×6 that is trimed out looks beautiful. If the porch is open without screen, you can even go to an 8×8 or larger if it is a large porch. You can use cedar, fiberglass, or laminated columns.

4. CHANGE THE ROOF LINE
The roof line not only affects that look of the porch, it also changes the feel of space when you are in the porch. By changing the roof line, you may add more height. This can allow more light back into your porch and into your home as well. You can also change the architectural feel of the back of the home. This also allows for a change in ceiling material and perhaps decorative trims.

5. CHANGE THE FLOOR
If you currently have wood deck boards on your porch floor as most do, you can add a dramatic difference by upgrading to tile flooring or stone flooring. You can move to a higher end tongue and groove flooring, a Brazilian hardwood such as IPE or Tigerwood flooring, or even throw rugs can enhance the porch!

For more ideas on updating and upgrading your porch, go to charlotte.archadeck.com

Archadceck of Charlotte designed and built this double-deck open porch in Matthews, NC

Archadceck of Charlotte designed and built this double-deck open porch in Matthews, NC

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this beautiful screen porch using Ipe Brazilian hardwood decking as the porch floor

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this beautiful screen porch using Ipe Brazilian hardwood decking as the porch floor

Custom porch by Archadeck of Charlotte in Myers Park area with round fiberglass columns and vinyl rail

Custom porch by Archadeck of Charlotte in Myers Park area with round fiberglass columns and vinyl rail

Beautiful screen porch by Archadeck of Charlotte with Travertine tile and an outdoor fireplace integrated into the porch

Beautiful screen porch by Archadeck of Charlotte with Travertine tile and an outdoor fireplace integrated into the porch

Lake Norman Outdoor Living Growth

Travertine Tile stone deck with iron rail by Archadeck of Charlotte

Travertine Tile stone deck with iron rail by Archadeck of Charlotte

Lake Norman is one of the largest lakes in the Carolina’s. Situated north and west of Charlotte, NC, it is hundreds of miles of shoreline with the perfect blend of privacy and happening areas. There are small coves that are great escapes, active boating and fishing areas, and gorgeous lake front homes that rival any wonderful beach front properties.

With all of the development of these homes on and around the lake, the residents want to enjoy Carolina’s ideal year around weather and be outside more and more. Even those with more modest homes are investing in grand outdoor living spaces. The spaces typically include a deck, a patio, a screen porch, an outdoor fireplace or fire pit, and elaborate outdoor kitchens.

The biggest growth seems to be in shade structures where you and your guests can be outside comfortably with a ceiling fan under the covered porch or patio and protected from the hot sun. The designs are endless and with the expanded growth in demand for outdoor living around Lake Norman, the features continue to push the envelope with all of the amenities we are accustomed to inside being designed and built for the outdoors! Go to http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com to see great Lake Norman outdoor spaces.

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

Rustic chic screen porches..today’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 http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com

Sun City Lakes lives outdoors with Archadeck decks and screen porches

Travertine stone patio and landscape design in Charlotte

Archadeck of Charlotte stone patio and landscape design

Sun City Lakes, South Carolina is an active adult living community. The residence and Sun City have a great appetite for outdoor living and Archadeck of Charlotte has designed and built many decks, screen porches, and patios in the community. We feature many of the designs on our extensive photo gallery at our web site charlotte.archadeck.com.

The combination of vast experience of working with SCCL Architectural Review Committee and bringing 25 + years of design and build experience to the area have made for a great combination and value for residents. Whether the resident is looking to expand a deck, design a patio and fire pit/ fire place, or a unique screen porch, Archadeck has been a large partner in the outdoor living space at Sun City Lakes, SC!