Charlotte Outdoor Living Infused with Luxury and Practicality

Outdoor living in four distinct areas, wrought with high style and functionality by Archadeck of Charlotte.

Outdoor living means different things to different folks.  These homeowners meant to take every possible opportunity to be outdoors, whether in the open-air areas, or inside the protection of the screened porch.  This luxurious Charlotte screened porch, deck, and patio combination will keep these homeowners outdoors for many a day and many a purpose.  Whether private relaxation or entertaining is on the agenda, Archadeck of Charlotte has provided many ways for them to draw full enjoyment and use out of their gorgeous outdoor living space.

Charlotte outdoor kitchen travertine patio

Increase your time outdoors with a screened porch and Charlotte outdoor fireplace.

The Charlotte area climate lends itself to plenty of outdoor living time each year, and these homeowners worked with Archadeck of Charlotte to capitalize on milder “out-of-season” temperatures with a screened porch, complete with outdoor fireplace.  This custom outdoor fireplace with stone façade will facilitate warmth and ambiance as cooler temperatures move into our area this fall.  Notice how well the stone façade of outdoor kitchen unit and fireplace cohesively bind the deck and screened porch areas!  Speaking of the kitchen area, the cook will not be left out of the occasion when duty calls.  With a custom bench for friends and family built alongside, the grill master elect will enjoy their time working.

Cook, soak up the sun, and enjoy a conversation with loved ones on your Charlotte deck and patio!

This beautiful Charlotte outdoor living space not only offers many options for entertaining and leisure, but the variety of building materials really set it apart, giving it a truly custom aesthetic.  These homeowners will enjoy the low-maintenance advantages of their new elevated Trex deck.  The deck and fascia material are Trex Transcend Island Mist, which gives a weathered appearance, playing in perfect complement to the darker deck skirting in Trex Transcend Vintage Lantern.  Vintage Lantern is a perfect match to the exterior of the screened porch.  The custom mix of colors, textures, and patters truly set this deck apart!

Charlotte outdoor living trex island mist deck

The custom travertine tile patio provides a beautiful and organic staging area for comfortable patio furniture.  The patio will provide an area for conversation with friends and family, or a private spot of respite.  Imagine a cool fall morning with coffee or tea in-hand, or a starlit evening with a glass of wine!  Patios are fantastic transitional areas and might be staged for conversation or even eat-on spaces when entertaining.

The beautiful array of colors, patterns, and materials all work in harmony with the home’s original brick façade.  Each element – the brick, stone, travertine, and Trex decking materials – lends the whole a feeling of unconventional luxury.  Archadeck of Charlotte can help choose materials for your outdoor living space that will bring an air of custom style with choice low-maintenance and natural stone elements to best suit your design tastes, home, and lifestyle.

If you are looking for luxurious Charlotte outdoor living ideas that will allow you more time outdoors with family and friends, give us a call for a free design consultation at (704) 944-1350 or email us and a Design Consultant will contact you promptly.

Outdoor Living Space designs in Waxhaw, NC

We have been designing outdoor living spaces in Waxhaw for 30 years now! My how times have changed. We went from designing and building decks and patios, to entire outdoor living spaces with multiple vignettes.

Today’s approach to outdoor living is quite simple. People want all of the comforts of the indoors with the charm and the escape of being outdoors.

It is no longer enough to have a single outdoor space. The demand is for both shade structures like covered patios and screen porches as well as open areas like patios and decks.

It is almost a given when we design outdoor living spaces that they include some type of fire feature. It may be a wonderful outdoor fireplace or a simple fire pit. Some type of outdoor kitchen is going to be standard in the design. The outdoor kitchens range from a simple grill station to a full range of outdoor appliances like a Green Egg smoker, a sink, a wine refrigerator, and more.

To see a wonderful gallery of outdoor living spaces in Waxhaw, NC and the surrounding area, go to


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.

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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


Small ideas that have a large impact on your deck!

What are some things you can do to make your deck just a little bit nicer than your neighbors? What makes your home unique either aesthetically or functionally? This blog is about ideas that are simple that can vastly improve your deck!

Starting with aesthetics, sometimes it’s nothing more than just clipping the corners to create more character and give the deck a more interesting shape. From there, the direction in which you have the deck boards installed can improve the appearance. Whether it is on a diagonal or possibly a herringbone design. A nice touch is to create a picture frame look by running a couple of deck boards a different direction following the perimeter of the deck. This will require some blocking in between the floor joists. Railing options are plentiful. You can consider metal rail as an option or simply metal pickets that come in a variety of colors and styles. Finally, color makes a big difference. If you are selecting a composite you want to make sure it’s a color that compliments your house colors. Many times,we combine 2 different colors like making a border a complimentary color to the deck board or rail.

Functional considerations include step placement and width. The higher off the ground your deck is, you probably do not want real wide steps because they chew up a lot of your yard. The lower decks it is a nice touch to have wide steps, flared steps, or octagonal steps. By placing the stairway to one corner of the deck keeps the rest of the deck available for furniture placement. Lower decks also do not require rail in North or South Carolina as long as the rail is less than 30″ off grade. It can look nice using rail as an accent without going all the way around the low deck. We find multi-level decks add great aesthetic appeal but are not as functional unless you make each level large enough to accommodate either furniture or a grill or a whatever your thought is for utility of the space. This is an important consideration in deck design.

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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

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