Can I put a grill under a roof?

Most of our clients at Archadeck of Charlotte prefer to have a roof over them when they are using their grill. The idea of standing under the sun for an extended period is not exciting. Furthermore, being rained on is not an exciting prospect either!

For years we could design and build covered areas to place your grill. There is a building code violation that prevents us from doing that. The concept is that the practice presents a fire hazard.

There are 2 ways now we design “covered” spaces in order to be protected from the elements while you are grilling.

One is simply to design the outdoor kitchen or grilling station on the outside of the roof just enough to where you can stand under the roof while the grill station is not covered!

The second is a much more expensive but quite legal option. We can purchase and install a vent hood and place the outdoor kitchen directly under the roof. For more information on grilling and outdoor kitchens, go to archadeckofcharlott.com

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What are my options to cover my pergola?

While pergola’s are beautiful, there remains questions as to how much shade they actually provide. Over the past 10 years, there have been a variety of solutions that will provide additional shade and even create a dry space under your pergola.

 

The early solutions were fabric that could be attached to the top of the pergola to act similar to an awning but they were fixed in place. They came in a variety of colors and the Sunbrella fabric prevented them from fading. Some of the challenges we mildew and they still were not water proof.

Later, a company called Shade Tree developed a retractable fabric that installed under the pergola rafters. These have great utility but again are not water proof.

Most recently, we have discovered a polycarbonate resin that acts as a roof that can be screwed down on top of the pergola. This not only provides additional shade but is water proof!

If you are looking for just more shade, the easy solution is to add more rafters and perlins and place them closer together! To see a complete photo gallery of images of pergolas, go to archadeckofcharlotte.com

Composite Deck and Pergola

What is the best exterior paint for my porch?

Are you looking to add a screen porch or covered patio? Most likely you will need exterior grade paint for a portion or all of the columns, header, and ceiling!

While there are many paints that are exterior grade on the market, we have had the best performance overall with Sherwin Williams various exterior grades from gloss to flat finish.

At Archadeck of Charlotte, we design and build over 300 porches a year and paint is the final wrap on our project. It is critical that we have a surface that is both beautiful and protects the investment of our clients.

To see hundreds of porch designs with beautiful paint finishes, visit the numerous photo galleries on our website. Give us a call for a free consultation at (704) 944 – 1350 or drop us an email at charlotte@archadeck.net to set up a free design consultation.

 

What are my shade options for my Charlotte patio?

In Charlotte, our backyards are consistently under siege by the constant heat and bright shine from the sun.

What are the options for shade? This time we are going to discuss ideas ranging from the least expensive to most expensive.

There are options of umbrellas like above that range from hundreds of dollars to a couple of thousand dollars. The upside is the low cost and they can be attractive. The negatives are they are not permanent, require movement, and maintenance.

Awnings can be attached to the back of the house and depending on the quality and size, can range from $1,000 up to $6,000. They are relatively effective at blocking the sun. They are not the most attractive option and do not hold up in wind and need to be maintained.

Pergolas or arbors as they are sometimes called are another option for shade. They can range from $2,000 – $8,000 depending on materials and size. They are quite attractive and a cost effective way to shade your deck or patio. The negative is they do not block out rain and the shade is only partial.

Finally, a solid roof structure like the one constructed in the photo above by the pool. These can run from $10,000 and up depending on size and materials. The positives are the total block from sun and rain, they are beautiful when designed properly, and increase property value. The only negatives are the higher cost and potentially blocking light from coming into your home.

To see a complete photo gallery of shade structures, go to archadeckofcharlotte.com

 

Which porch roof do I want and why?

One of the most important decisions people have to make when it comes to covering their deck or patio is selecting the appropriate roof line.

 

There are several options to choose from and sound reasons to pick each. The first thing we assess as a professional screen porch builder is what obstacles are in the way and what is the architecture of the home. This means are their windows where a roof may be designed, if it needs to tie in up on the existing roof, are there vents, pipes, chimney, sky lights?

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this brick screen porch with EZE Breeze windows

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this brick screen porch with EZE Breeze windows

These are all items that can affect the placement and design of a potential roof. If you are looking for the lowest cost solution, a shed style roof attached to the back wall is going to be the lowest cost option. Put a gable roof or “A” frame is the second least expensive option and is great for allowing more light back into your home since it vaults and allows light back into the house.

A hip style roof fits great on a home that already has a hip roof or in between 2 gables on the back of a house. It tends to be pricier due to the fact that you have more roof line. Working with an outdoor living expert is advisable to get an experienced eye to look at your roof options with you.

Call Archadeck of Charlotte at (704) 944-1350 or email us at charlotte@archadeck.net to discuss what roof style works best for you and your home.

To see a variety of screen porch and covered paito roof lines, go to porchlifestyle.com

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.

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