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/

 

Trex Transcends decking color combinations, ideas from the experts!

What are the best Trex Transcends color combinations? Trex has a 5 color pallet choice is the Transcends line that includes a beige called Rope Swing, a gray called Gravel Path, and dark brown called Vintage Lantern, and medium brown called Tree House, and finally a reddish brown called Fire Pit.

Trex Transcends deck and rail by Archadeck of Charlotte with metal Decorator pickets

Trex Transcends deck and rail by Archadeck of Charlotte with metal Decorator pickets

Trex has an upscale color pallet that is called Trex Tropics. The boards are of the same excellent quality of the standard color pallet but have a black streak through them to give them the rich look of Brazilian Hardwoods. There are 4 colors in the line that includes a gray called Island Mist, a dark reddish brown called Lava Rock, a brown called Spiced Rum, and a light brown called Tikki Torch.

Trex Composite dekcing installed by Archadeck of Charlotte

Trex Transcends composite deck and fascia in Charlotte, NC

 

The combinations are plentiful and varied. The Trex rail system also allows for color combinations that will make a designer dream away! From solid black like the photo above, to solid white, the Trex Transcends rail also can be purchased in matching colors to the above mentioned decking colors. Adding metal pickets or glass inserts give the designer tremendous options when looking to create a beautiful backyard space

We love to see the Vintage Lantern as a great accent board to be used on steps, fascia, or even a picture frame around the deck. As the primary deck color, the Gravel Path or Tree House create the perfect combination of colors.

When using the Trex Tropics colors, the black streaker that is prevalent throughout the line is complimented well by black pickets in the rail or even the solid black composite rail system.

To find a complete line of color combinations, go to our photo gallery at http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com

Beautiful Outdoor Living Spaces and Designs at Lake Norman, NC

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this composite deck, rail, and benches at Lake Norman

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this composite deck, rail, and benches at Lake Norman

Double-decker porch with brick and cedar colums and a dry deck system in Matthews, NC

Lake Norman is one of the largest lakes in the southeast. It offers hundreds of miles of shoreline, beautiful greenery and landscape, custom designed homes, all of the watersports and fishing imaginable on a lake, and the best of outdoor living spaces and designs! Some of the most beautiful design ideas and architectural integration comes from Lake Norman homeowners and at Archadeck of Charlotte, we are heavily involved in the design/ build phase of the outdoor spaces.

Most people have trouble visualizing what something might look like or what the possibilities are to enhance their backyards. We start with the homeowner’s wishes and concepts and bring them to life through 3D computer-aided design renderings to scale so that prior to building the structure, the homeowner can actually see how this will look on their exact home. It gives the homeowner the unique opportunity to make major or subtle changes to the design and giving them a great understanding of how this will impact not only the overall look of the project but also the cost.

From Mooresville, Cornelius, to Huntersville, Lake Norman has grown immensely over the past 15 years and more people are finding the outdoor so desirable that they are adding onto their homes rather than moving just to stay in the area. The schools are improved and the choices have improved.

The most common outdoor living spaces are to build a nice composite low-maintenance deck like Trex that allows for great views of the lake. We often design and build shade structures that keep the view available but also keep the sun from rendering the backyard useless. Outdoor kitchens and fireplaces are now as common as patios. To see a wide variety of designs and photos, visit http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com

What is the most effective way to restore my deck?

Pressure-treated wood deck with English Lattice and pergola in Huntersville, NC by Archadeck

Pressure-treated wood deck with English Lattice and pergola in Huntersville, NC by Archadeck

Do you have a wooden deck that has seen better days? Are you concerned at all about deck safety and if your deck is going to withstand another season. There are several things to look for and different ways to handle these concerns.

First and foremost, you want to examine the structure of the deck itself. Are the footings solid? Are your columns in good shape holding the deck up? How about the floor joists? What kind of footings were used to originally construct the deck? The rail is another important feature to examine. Has it worked loose of time? Are all of the fasteners still engaged? Give it the old rattle test with you hand.

The most common areas for a deck to go are the actual decking boards themselves and the wood rail cap. When these begin to go bad, you have a few choices. You can sand and stain yourself if it has not rotten, you can call a professional deck restoration company such as Renew Crew of Charlotte and have it done for you, or you can get a professional to simply come out and give you a deck safety inspection such as Archadeck of Charlotte.

Deck safety inspections are often inexpensive and many companies such as Archadeck will deduct the cost of the inspection from the fix itself if they are hired to perform the deck restoration. If your deck is more than 4′ in the air and is over 10 years old, it is an excellent idea to have the deck thoroughly inspected. If the findings are the structure is in good shape, the best way to restore the deck is either to replace the deck boards and rail with a good grade of lumber or composite and this can be done relatively inexpensively! To get some good restoration ideas for your deck, go to our photo gallery at http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com

Charlotte deck builder discusses deck design and material options

Travertine Tile stone deck with iron rail by Archadeck of Charlotte

Travertine Tile stone deck with iron rail by Archadeck of Charlotte

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

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

Archadeck of Charlotte designs and builds hundreds of decks every year since 1988. The one constant has been change. The options for a deck are numerous and allow for creativity in function and form.

As the largest Charlotte deck builder, Archadeck sees most every grade, drainage problems, difficult house designs, and space restrictions due to set backs or customer preferences. Loaded with a staff of experienced designers, here are some of the various options when designing a deck:

1. Multi-level decks

These are particularly effective when you are designing a deck that is large. It keeps it from looking like a giant appendage or rectangle and with the right designer, you can create separate meeting spaces and nooks to keep your grill or fire pit. When you have large elevation changes, it also affords for the multi-level design.

2. Material options

While pressure-treated southern yellow pine is still the largest substrate used in residential decking, composite decks like Trex and AZEK have picked up considerable share over the years. Their value is now often outweighing the cost differential for homeowners who do not want the constant maintenance. In addition, stone and tile decks are gaining in popularity as people want a higher end look for the outdoor living spaces. For the real creative tasted, mixing materials such as stone borders with composite in-lays are a great option.

3. Railing

The building code for the Carolina’s insists on have a 3′ rail of some type once your deck structure is more than 30″ off grade. Independent of your decking substrate choice, people have multiple options for railing and mix many times. Once again, pressure-treated wood rail is still the most popular due to price, but wood rail with powder-coated aluminum pickets is a close second now. There are options of vinyl rails, iron rails, composite rails, and even stone and brick posts with metal or composite in between.

To get some great ideas on deck and rail designs, go to http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com and visit the deck photo gallery!