Great screen porch designs!

What makes for a great screen porch design?

It starts with the roof line!

Screen Porch by Archadeck of Charlotte with outdoor fireplace and pergola

Screen Porch by Archadeck of Charlotte with outdoor fireplace and pergola

 

Notice how the architecture fits the architecture detail and color of the house and trim.

Designing the outdoor space to the appropriate scale of the house for both looks and function is the next important consideration

 

Charlotte outdoor living trex island mist deck

Make sure the furniture that you plan on placing inside the porch will fit!

Next is material usage. Utilizing materials that will hold up given the climate conditions and wear and tear makes for a good part of the design consideration.

Gable Roof Screen Porch with Custom Fireplace

 

For the most comprehensive screen porch design ideas, go to archadeckofcharlotte.com

 

Do Trex decks stain or mildew? Do Trex decks fade?

There is a lot of bad history and bad press out there on – line. If you don’t know what you are really looking at, it can be very misleading.

Trex is the originator of the composite deck industry and in fact, the original product did have these issues. The product faded relatively quickly. It was easy to stain with the spill of any oil based product. Mildew grew easily due to the porous nature of the design.

Along came the invention of Trex Transcends. This was a vast improvement of the original products that solved the major problems consumers complained about. By engineering a cap stock over the original core of the product, the product now has a 25-year fade warranty in addition to protection from staining. The product is so superior that in the previous 7 years, we literally have no callbacks on Trex. So when you do your research on Trex, make sure you are looking at the Trex Transcends!

Click here to see a complete photo gallery from a Platinum Pro Trex Contractor,

Learn more about Trex decks in Charlotte on our Trex web page.

 

Are people building more wood decks or Trex decks today?

Like everything else in life, people want to know the latest trends. Are people building more with pressure-treated wood or composite decking like Trex?

Each year we are building more and more composite decks here in Charlotte, NC. The drivers remain the same, low-maintenance and long lasting investment. We have people moving here from the north all the time who have already had Trex decks and can’t imagine going back to wood.

The only two reasons people select wood decks are a much lower price point or if they just love the feel of real wood. The older objection from composite decking was that is looked like “fake wood”. With all of the technology enhancements, Trex has been able to replicate a real wood grain with a variety of warm colors that appear to be everything from a stained deck to a real Brazilian Hardwood deck.

We are building about 50% with Trex decking this year. The category is only about 20 years old so the increase has been dramatic. To see the most complete Trex photo gallery, visit our Charlotte Trex decks photo gallery.

What are the latest decking trends?

Archadeck of Charlotte is one of the largest design/ build firms for outdoor living in the  USA. As the largest of the over 50 Archadeck franchises in the country, we have built over 23,000 jobs over the past 28 years in the Carolinas.

Like anything else, things change over time. What are the latest decking trends? There is a continued push to low-maintenance materials such as Trex Transcends composite deck and rail, Travertine stone decks, Flagstone raised patios, etc….

We are seeing a big push for picture framing decks with accent colors and materials. People are looking more and more to make their outdoor living space more than just a deck. They prefer an integrated outdoor living oasis. Decks are a big part of this, specifically for homes that are built on crawl spaces as homeowners do not want to negotiate steps right out their back door.

 

When we design decks today, people want outdoor kitchens that are conveniently built right on the deck such as the one shown above. They love fire features such as this wood burning outdoor fireplace built into the ground and up to the surface of the deck, wonderful for entertaining! The travertine tile deck above is both elegant and easy on the feet.

To find a complete photo gallery of deck trends, go to charlotte.archadeck.com

 

What is the average size for a deck?

What is the average size of a deck? We get asked this quite often and this question raises more questions.

If you define “average” by the deck most people get when they buy a home, you would get an answer of somewhere between a 10′ x 12′ and 12′ x 16′ as these are the most popular sizes that builders include on houses with crawl spaces.

Trex Transcends composite deck with a hot tub recessed onto a cement pad and composite beching for the ideal

Trex Transcends composite deck with a hot tub recessed onto a cement pad and composite beching for the ideal relaxing backyard!

Most decks are actually enlarged or built after a homeowner takes occupancy to fit their needs. This is where the appropriate questions come in. How many people will typically occupy the deck on any given weekend? How many people live in the house? What are your outdoor living lifestyle preferences? What other amenities will there need to be space for on your deck? Will you place a grill, a hot tub, a water feature, a fire feature? What about outdoor furniture? Will you plan on eating meals and therefore need to consider the  shape and size of your table?

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

These are the questions that should be answered rather than what is the average size deck! We are professional design/ build consultants that can help you design your deck by giving you all of the considerations. For more information, you can go to  http://charlotte.archadeck.com/

 

Ideas for placing your hot tub on a deck

Hot Tub in a custom screen room with stone skirting by Archadeck of Charlotte

Hot Tub in a custom screen room with stone skirting by Archadeck of Charlotte

Can a deck hold the weight of a hot tub? How and where should I place my hot tub in my backyard?

Here are some ideas from a pro that will help guide you through the options!

Decks can be structured to hold the weight of a hot tub by using load calculations of the hot tub completely filled with water. It requires closer joist spacing and more footings per square foot. The hot tub can sit on top of the deck, be slightly recessed, or completely recessed. The height in which you decide you want the tub recessed should be thought through as to who are the primary users of the tub and how easy is it for them to climb in versus step down?

Pressure -treated wood decks, composite decks such at Trex, or masonry raised patios can all be used as platforms to house hot tubs. It has been our experience that the closer we place the hot tub or spa to the house, the more use you will actually get out of the tub

Trex Transcends composite deck with a hot tub recessed onto a cement pad and composite beching for the ideal

Trex Transcends composite deck with a hot tub recessed onto a cement pad and composite beching for the ideal relaxing backyard!

Designing privacy screening on the sides of the tub is a good idea if you prefer to keep your affairs private! In addition, designing a structure such as a screen porch around the hot tub is a choice or option for some! To get various design ideas for your outdoor spa, go to http://www.charlotte. archadeck.com

7 Ways to Design the Perfect Deck!

People spend months agonizing over how to design the perfect deck. Having design and built over 20,000 such projects in Charlotte, NC, Archadeck can lend some solid experience and expertise in this area.

Pressure-treated wood deck stained with pergola and outdoor kitchen by Archadeck of Charlotte

Pressure-treated wood deck stained with pergola and outdoor kitchen by Archadeck of Charlotte

We start by asking questions about the project.

1. How many people on a normal basis will be on this deck?

2. What is your outdoor living lifestyle now and what will it be going forward?

3. Do you mind maintenance or are looking for low-maintenance?

4. Are you looking to maximize space or are you wanting some curves and design flair?

5. Think about where you want your stairway to land?

6. Do want a traditional rail or something low profile?

7. How about accessories, do you want benches, planters, cooking station?

Unique deck with multiple levels and an outdoor fireplace in South Charlotte by Archadeck

Unique deck with multiple levels and an outdoor fireplace in South Charlotte by Archadeck

If you keep the above questions in mind and answer them, this simple blog will lead to the perfect deck!