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

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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.

Which stone is best for my backyard patio?

How do you go about selecting the best stone for your backyard patio?

This blog will take you through the various options and why or why not you might select them! The basic patio started with cement. The product is relatively inexpensive (although the cost has risen over 20% the past 2 years) and can be done quickly. The key to a good concrete job is the preparation of the site, the PSI used for the concrete, the thickness of the patio base, and the finish. In addition, there needs to be an understanding of the grade of the land as well as where to strategically place the contraction joints so that the cracks that are inevitable will happen in the joints.

Paver patios have gained in popularity each and every year in North Carolina and South Carolina. We see a high demand in Huntersville as well as Fort Mill. These are great in that most are moderately priced, will not crack, and come in a variety of colors. If the appropriate base is not constructed, there will be weeds that grow from beneath and if cheap sand is used, it will all wash away. Consult a professional for a long lasting paver patio.

 

Travertine pavers are popular these days in the Ballantyne, NC as well as Waxhaw< NC areas and into south Charlotte. This substrate offers the look of tile while being much more slip resistant. They come in a variety of colors and are just slightly more expensive than pavers. If you get a professional to install French Pattern Travertine, you will love the character of the patio based on the variety of sizes.

 

Finally, flagstone patios are the high end of the price spectrum. These are irregular shaped flat stone laid either in concrete or crushed stone and sand. They come in a variety of colors and are best known for their beautiful appearance.

Call Archadeck of Charlotte to schedule your free design consultation at (704) 944-1350 or email us at charlotte@archadeck.net.

To see a full photo gallery of patios and other outdoor living spaces, go to:

Charlotte-area stone patios photo gallery

Charlotte paver patios photo gallery

Photo gallery of outdoor kitchens in and around Charlotte NC

 

Can I put pavers over my existing concrete patio?

Paver Patio with ledge stone fire pit and sitting wall and a wood pergola with an outdoor kitchen in Ft. Mill, SC

Paver Patio with ledge stone fire pit and sitting wall and a wood pergola with an outdoor kitchen in Ft. Mill, SC

 

A common scenario is a home with a small concrete patio or slab that a homeowner wants to extend and add a patio. The question we get asked all of the time is can you build over the existing slab or does it need to be removed?

The answer most of the time is yes that the existing slab is actually a great foundation for the new pavers. You can also incorporate Travertine or even flagstone on existing concrete.

The only times you would not keep the existing concrete is when you have a challenge with the grade or the threshold of the house door is too low to accommodate both the existing slab and the additional height of the patio material. To view a variety of patio designs, go to our photo gallery at charlotte.archadeck.com

 

Landscape Edging Options?

Archadeck of Charlotte built this brick landscape edging to match the house wall as well as the brick wall to hide the garbage cans

Archadeck of Charlotte built this brick landscape edging to match the house wall as well as the brick wall to hide the garbage cans

There are several options when it comes to landscape edging. There are many “do-it-yourself” options that include plastic edging, simple railroad ties, or even dry-stack stone.

There are more elaborate and decorative options as well that can be done by landscape/ hardscape professionals. These include but are not limited to paver block walls, decorative concrete, brick edging, stone edging, etc…

There is definitely an art to installing landscape edging and it includes footings, mortar, height, and so forth. While the “do-it-yourself” crowd can and do attempt the various solutions, it is recommended that you involve a professional at some level for best results!

For a complete design photo gallery, go to charlotte.archadeck.com

Want to cover an outdoor kitchen?

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this covered outdoor kitchen with a cabana and all of the outdoor appliances including a Fire Magic AOG Grill

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this covered outdoor kitchen with a cabana and all of the outdoor appliances including a Fire Magic AOG Grill

How can you cover an outdoor kitchen? It is a question we get asked often at Archadeck of Charlotte! There are multiple ways to provide various levels of protection against sun and the elements.

The least expensive is construct a decorative pergola/ arbor that will at least provide some shade from the sun and also can be quite attractive! You could have a cabana/ gazebo designed and built that is more elaborate and depending on the architecture of your home, it can really enhance your outdoor kitchen and outdoor living space.

Another option is to construct it in a screen porch. This can be done with a vent in order to properly ventilate the room. To see great outdoor kitchen cover designs, go to www.charlotte.archadeck.com

Brick outdoor kitchen with a Green Egg and outdoor sink in Charlotte by Archadeck

Brick outdoor kitchen with a Green Egg and outdoor sink in Charlotte by Archadeck

How can I get the best ideas for my outdoor living space?

Archadeck designed this outdoor fireplace and outdoor kitchen and patio

stone outdoor fireplace with flagstone patio and outdoor kitchen in Charlotte

So many people want to get ideas for their outdoor living space, they just don’t know where to look or who to go to! There are some very efficient  and effective ways to go about gathering good design ideas and concepts for your backyard.

You can start by attending Home and Garden Shows in your local market. Here in Charlotte, there are 3 in the spring and 2 in the fall where a large number of vendors display beautiful projects for you to view.

You can go to web sites where remodeling professionals often have extensive photo galleries that you can search for the particular types of projects you are looking for.

You can also hire a design professional that may be willing to come out to your home free of charge to discuss the possibilites with you and share expert advice! For great ideas for your outdoor living desires in Charlotte, either call 704-944-1350 (Archadeck of Charlotte) or go to www.charlotte.archadeck.com