Hardscape sitting walls, design and purpose

With the absurd growth of paver and stone patios, the public is taking notice of features that accompany them. Whether it be an outdoor fireplace, fire pit, outdoor kitchen, or sitting walls.

The sitting walls serve multiple purposes. They are custom designed to meet function and aesthetics.

 

At Archadeck of Charlotte, we typically design them to follow the soft curve or bay of a patio layout to add a “picture frame” or provide definition. They are commonly used as a space saver when we build a fire pit as shown above. We design them to be 18″ – 20″ tall, which matches the height of a typical chair you would sit in.

Other uses include the function of a barrier to water draining back onto the patio due to the grade of your land. In addition, they can be used as a combination of a retaining wall and a sitting wall. Go to archadeckofcharlotte.com to see a complete photo gallery of outdoor living space designs.

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this pave patio with paver steps and sitting walls

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this pave patio with paver steps and sitting walls

Hardscape designs

Hardscape designs can be defined by a combination of products being incorporated into a project. We have grown into a full hardscape design build firm at Archadeck of Charlotte.

The origins of hardscapes was really referring to any retaining wall work and patio work. Today we lump the term “hardscapes” with almost any hard surface like outdoor kitchens, outdoor fireplaces, fire pits, and water features.

The market has made a major shift towards more and more hardscape designs in the Carolinas. The combination of substrates such as stacked stone, pavers, and block are a very common theme today.

To see a wide variety of hardscape designs, you can visit archadeckofcharlotte.com or go to the show room in Charlotte at 2225 Coronation Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28227.

Outdoor Fireplace vs. Fire Pit….pro’s and cons

We now know that fire features are all the craze in Charlotte, NC. We have seen year over year growth in the category for 10 straight years!

Stone outdoor fireplace integrated into screen porch with EZE Breeze windows

The common question people ask is should I invest in a fireplace or a fire pit?

 

Here are the key differentiators:

 

  1. Price – a common fireplace is around $8,000 while a common fire pit is around $1,500
  2. Function – a fireplace is wonderful if you are sitting in front of it to project heat while a fire pit everyone can sit around it
  3. Aesthetics –  a fireplace can be a focal point of the backyard due to size and stature while a fire pit a complimentary accessory
  4. Return on Investment – the fireplace is probably a bigger “wow” factor

To see multiple fire feature photos and designs, go to archadeckofcharlotte.com

Top 5 Patio Design Ideas for Charlotte

Here are the top 5 patio design ideas for Charlotte, North Carolina by Archadeck:

  1. A stone fire pit with a matching stone sitting wall that leaves the perfect amount of room for your feet while being close enough to feel the warmth of the fire!
  2. A water feature that provides a soothing sound of moving water and very low-maintenance since the design has no standing water to attract algae and mosquitoes.
  3. A highly functional and beautiful outdoor kitchen with all of the storage area one wants to store utensils and cleaning supplies. The design fits in perfectly with the architectural characteristics of the home.
  4. A walkway designed with the same material as the patio to provide a dry area to commute between the driveway and the backyard.
  5. A wrap around sitting wall constructed with the same paver material as the patio to provide a consistent and functional patio.

To see a wonderful photo gallery of patio design ideas, go to archadeckofcharlotte.com

 

 

Patios on Lake Norman with fire pits

 

There are so many outdoor living opportunities on Lake Norman. We find patios to be the largest growing segment of areas to add to the backyard along the lake. With the patio people want the ambiance and warmth of a fire pit.

Archadeck of Charlotte has been designing and building fire features and patios around town for almost 30 years now! The patios range from the popular and affordable pavers to stamped concrete and flagstone. We are seeing a rising demand for Travertine patios as they resemble tiles.

The fire pits come in all shapes and sizes. We also design and build outdoor fireplaces along the lake but keeping the view of the lake pure is critical in the design phase! To see a whole photo gallery on Lake Norman decks and patios, go to archadeckofcharlotte.com

 

Rustic covered patio with exposed rafters and an outdoor fireplace with stone on columns by Archadeck of Charlotte

Rustic covered patio with exposed rafters and an outdoor fireplace with stone on columns by Archadeck of Charlotte

Ideas for your outdoor living space (What haven’t I thought of for the porch/ patio?)

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this outdoor fireplace on a flagstone patio with dual sitting walls

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this outdoor fireplace on a flagstone patio with dual sitting walls

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 Green Egg and outdoor living space built by Archadeck of Charlotte

A very common question we get is “what haven’t I thought of for my porch/ patio? Can you give me some additional ideas of trends whether they are functional or simply aesthetic value?

Archadeck of Charlotte designs and builds outdoor living spaces in the Carolinas and has done so for over the past 25 years. There are several newer trends and ideas we can share for your outdoor space.

Water features are a very hot trend right now. You can do something simple like a small waterfall that has a soothing noise and adds beauty or design and build a pond with a waterfall.

Fire features to extend your outdoor living to year around include fire pits and fire places. We design them incorporated with structures like covered patios and porches or free standing on patios and decks.

Outdoor lighting is the perfect accent for evening functionality, safety and ambiance.

Outdoor heaters can be very effective again on a covered porch or open patio.

Shade structures are a must in the Carolina’s as the hot sun can make it uncomfortable without them!

There is an extensive photo gallery available to get outdoor living design ideas at http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com

Winterizing your outdoor living space (winterizing your porch)

Screen Porch with EZ Breeze windows and stone outdoor fireplace

Stone outdoor fireplace with Eze Breeze windows in screen porch

stone patio with stone outdoor fireplace

Outdoor fireplace and patio in Charlotte

Screen Porch with wood burning stone fireplace

Archadeck of Charlotte design and built this screen porch and stone outdoor fireplace

What are the best ways to winterize your outdoor living space or porch? There are several ways to extend the time you are able to spend outdoors, specifically in the Carolinas!

The most popular way to winterize your outdoor living space is by adding a fire feature. This could mean something as simple as a fire pit or a real focal feature like an outdoor fireplace.  If you have a covered patio or screen porch, you can even have the outdoor fireplace integrated into the structure.

PGT Industries has been manufacturing its Eze Breeze window porch enclosure product for years now. In the greater Charlotte area, these are a wonderful to enclose your porch and with the aid of an outdoor fireplace or space heater, you can be outside year around.

To see a tremendous photo gallery of design ideas or more information on these products, go to charlotte.archadeck.com