How do I know if my screen porch is big enough or how to plan for the neccessary space?

At Archadeck of Charlotte, we often find that people choose the size of their screen porch based more on the back of their house rather than thinking through how they are going to furnish the screen porch or how there are going to utilize the space. While looking at the different roof lines, doors, and windows on the back of the house are all elements for consideration, another important element is how much furniture you would like to place inside the screen porch on how you would like to situate it.

Screen porches are really “outdoor living rooms” these days and many people have a table for dining as well as a couch, rocking chairs, TV’s, and small tables. Our advice at Archadeck is to measure the furniture and leave room for chairs to slide out as well as plan on leaving pathways for traffic flow. By taking these items into consideration, you will create a very functional screen porch. To get ideas, click on this link to our photo gallery at 

Archadeck of  Charlotte built screen porch with outdoor fireplace and travertine

Archadeck of Charlotte screen porch with outdoor fireplace and travertine tile

How much should an outdoor fireplace cost?

We have a broad perspective of the competitive market for outdoor fireplaces in Charlotte, NC and the surrounding market. Outdoor fireplaces are available as a “do-it-yourselfer”, a pre-fabricated unit, and a custom built variety.

We have written in previous blogs by Archadeck of Charlotte that it is not advisable to build an outdoor fireplace if you do not do this for a living. You can reference our “why should a do-it-yourselfer not build an outdoor fireplace” blog. In terms of pre-fabricated units, they range from $6,000 – $9,000 depending on size and material and that includes the cost of labor. A custom stone outdoor fireplace can range from $6,000 on up depending on size and stone. The average stone outdoor fireplace seems to run around $7,000 for a free-standing to over $10,000 for one that is integrated into a screen porch. These prices do include labor and material. For more information, go to

Stone outdoor fireplace with stone travertine patio

Stone patio with outdoor fireplace

Fall is coming, time to enclose your deck?

Charlotte Eze Breeze Porch with Trex Transcends decking

Charlotte Eze Breeze Porch with Trex Transcends decking

Here we are, it’s fall! The perfect outdoor living season in Charlotte, NC! Have you considered closing in your deck? We at Archadeck of Charlotte get requests for ideas all of the time on what are the options for enclosing a deck or patio? The most common option is what we refer to as a screen porch. This is no more than using your existing deck and building a roof over it that fits the architecture of your home and building screen walls with a door. We outfit the new room with a ceiling fan, lighting, outlets, and perhaps TV and you have a wonderful new outdoor family room. In our climate, you can enjoy a screen porch for 9 – 10 months of the year easily. For those that want year around outdoor living, we can equip the porch with Eze-Breeze retractable windows to create a hybrid sunroom and screen porch. If you don’t have an insect issue but simply want to shade your deck, we can design a roof on decorative columns with no screen or what we call an open porch. Finally, if you want to enclose your deck totally, we can use the existing foundation and add structure to it and create a full-fledged sun room! To see more ideas, click through to and you will see a large photo gallery of shots all done in Charlotte!

Under what conditions does a detached garage or detached screen porch make sense?

We get many inquiries for detached structures. The most common being detached garages and detached screen porches. Archadeck of Charlotte is a custom remodeler and outdoor living space provider and we are looked to as the expert for these types of questions.

The question of whether it makes sense to build a detached garage depends on where you live, your zoning requirements, the functionality, and finally your budget. Detached garages are not really a problem if you live in a temperate climate where it does not rain a lot and does not get severely cold. One of the advantages of building a detached structure is it allows you to make it larger that you might if it were attached because the “set back” rules do not apply to structures that are not built into the existing house.  From a budget standpoint, it is often less expensive to build a free standing garage than it is trying to remodel part of the house and add to it depending on what costs you can avoid with what you have.

A detached screen porch’s primary advantage is back to the idea that you avoid the set back rules for your land survey. Some people are not able to add a screen porch simply because the way there plot is laid out will not allow for it. By building it detached, the counties do not enforce the setback rule. Detached screen porches also allow for you to have a 4-sided screen wall while connected to the house you most likely are going to have one or two walls that are sided or bricked! To see examples of both attached and detached structures, click through to or