Great Deck Plans and Deck Designs for backyards in Charlotte

We are often asked for deck plans or deck designs for various backyards in the greater Charlotte, NC market. Our deck plans have been developed over the past 27 years and take many things into consideration.

Decks overlooking water:

A deck plan to overlook water whether it’s Lake Norman, Lake Wylie, Overlook Mountain, or simply a pool is all about the rail! When we put together a deck plan that have a scenic overlook, we want to minimize the line of sight obstacles so as to maximize the view. This can be done through either glass rail, cable rail, thin metal, and so forth. A great way to to maximize the view from the inside of your home is to lower the deck level so it does not osbcure the view from inside the house.

Large Decks for maximum entertaining:

While multi-level decks are beautiful and visually appealing, a functional deck design to maximize space means keeping the entire or most of the deck on one level. This way you can easily arrange furniture, grills and smokers, accessories, and so forth without worrying about a step-down. If you want a small private area for an intimate gathering while all the same time having a lot of space to entertain, building an octagonal off-shoot with it’s own benching is a great touch or perhaps a 10’x10′ recessed area off to one side will do the trick.

Aesthetically Pleasing Decks:

Curves and clipped corners really add to the visual appeal of a deck. Knowing where to place them so you do not cut down on a lot of your square footage is key and consulting a design professional. Here is where multi-level decks really make sense. You can also utilize multiple colors with picture frame borders and decorative insets that really differentiate your deck from any other! We love to design unique decks and have a showroom to show off the options at 2311 Village Lake Drive in Charlotte, NC 28212.

Trex Transcends deck and fire pit by Archadeck of Charlotte

Trex Transcends deck and fire pit by Archadeck of Charlotte

Trex Transcends composite deck and rail by Archadeck of Charlotte

Trex Transcends Tiki Torch with Trex Transcends Vintage Lantirn skirting and black pvc capped composite rail and an outdoor kitchen on the deck by Archadeck of Charlotte

TimberTech Earthwoods Rosewood Composite deck and rail

Multi-level and pattern composite deck design by Archadeck with composite rail

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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

Ipe Brazilian Hardwood Decking is becoming popular for Lake Wylie decks

Archadeck of Charlotte designs and builds over 1,000 decks each year throughout the greater Charlotte area that includes Lake Wylie, South Carolina.

Deck species vary from the least expensive option of pressure-treated wood Southern-yellow pine, cedar, composite decking, bamboo decking, and Brazilian hardwood decking such as Ipe (pronounced ee-pay). It is easily recognized for it’s beauty and if you have ever held a piece of Ipe, you would notice the extreme density of the board.

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

The board comes in a tongue and groove design that is best utilized inside a screen porch or sunroom as pictured above. It truly brings out a finished and can be highlighted as a rustic deck.

This Ipe deck was built by Archadeck of Charlotte and utilized a powder-coated aluminum balluster by Dekorators with a twist in the spindle for added character

This Ipe deck was built by Archadeck of Charlotte and utilized a powder-coated aluminum balluster by Dekorators with a twist in the spindle for added character

Ipe decking can have a variety of rail systems to mix with it. In the above captioned deck, we used pressure-treated wood posts with an Ipe rail cap and mixed in Deckorator aluminum balusters that are low-maintenance.
Ipe does not rot and does not even need staining if you like the look of weathered wood. If you want the rich deep look it has when applied, you will want to keep it oiled with very specific treatments. If you would like further information on Ipe decking or care and maintenance, go to http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com

What is the best way to have your deck boards run?

Multi-level deck with stone outdoor fireplace by Archadeck of Charlotte

Multi-level deck with stone outdoor fireplace by Archadeck of Charlotte

Trex Transcends deck and fire pit by Archadeck of Charlotte

Trex Transcends deck and fire pit by Archadeck of Charlotte

Customers are wanting their decks to be as much of a fashion statement as they are built well. A common question we get at Archadeck is, “what is the best way to have my deck boards run?”

We typically recommend running the deck boards on a diagonal for three reasons but there are exceptions to this:

1. This will normally allow us to build your deck without splices as most decks are designed wider than the actual projection away from the house.

2. This construction method allows for structural integrity as the boards span multiple floor joists and avoids “racking”

3. The diagonal pattern is pleasing to most of our customers from an aesthetic appeal standpoint.

The exceptions are as follows:

1. When using composite decking, most manufactures recommend spacing the floor joists 12″ on center when using composites due to the weight

2. When you are looking at cutting some cost and the dimensions of the deck are designed for standard lumber sizes to eliminate waste

To see some pretty deck board designs, go to http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com

If you want the best education on Trex composite decking, see our Trex page and Trex YouTube Channel

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this Trex Transcends composite deck and rail with architectural steps

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this Trex Transcends composite deck and rail with architectural steps

Archadeck of Charlotte has been designing and building Trex composite decks for over 18 years! We have so much knowledge and experience with the product that we developed an exclusive page just for Trex information and for our Trex YouTube video playlist on our channel!

We have dedicated an entire space in our web site to a photo gallery, design ideas, and learning we share from our 26 years experience with decks in Charlotte, NC. The You Tube channel has a vast array of designs and color choices for Trex Transcends composite decks and rail.

We even utilize Trex for things like outdoor showers, benches, walkways, porch walls, pergolas, and screen porch trim detail.

Trex Transcends deck and rail with vertical deck skirting and an outdoor kitchen by Archadeck of Charlotte

Trex Transcends deck and rail with vertical deck skirting and an outdoor kitchen by Archadeck of Charlotte

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.

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!