Lake Norman Outdoor Living Growth

Travertine Tile stone deck with iron rail by Archadeck of Charlotte

Travertine Tile stone deck with iron rail by Archadeck of Charlotte

Lake Norman is one of the largest lakes in the Carolina’s. Situated north and west of Charlotte, NC, it is hundreds of miles of shoreline with the perfect blend of privacy and happening areas. There are small coves that are great escapes, active boating and fishing areas, and gorgeous lake front homes that rival any wonderful beach front properties.

With all of the development of these homes on and around the lake, the residents want to enjoy Carolina’s ideal year around weather and be outside more and more. Even those with more modest homes are investing in grand outdoor living spaces. The spaces typically include a deck, a patio, a screen porch, an outdoor fireplace or fire pit, and elaborate outdoor kitchens.

The biggest growth seems to be in shade structures where you and your guests can be outside comfortably with a ceiling fan under the covered porch or patio and protected from the hot sun. The designs are endless and with the expanded growth in demand for outdoor living around Lake Norman, the features continue to push the envelope with all of the amenities we are accustomed to inside being designed and built for the outdoors! Go to http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com to see great Lake Norman outdoor spaces.

Need a pool pavillion design?

Since 2012, there has been a dramatic rebound in the new pool building business here in Charlotte, NC for single family homes. This is a great sign the economy is rebounding and people are investing in outdoor living with disposable income. They are not stopping with just the pool itself though.

With the explosion of outdoor living concepts and the expanded movement of people moving from the inside to the outdoors for the home relaxation, everything from outdoor kitchens to fire features are part of the design.

Pool pavilions are being built now fairly regularly and people are not even waiting until the next season after the pool is built. They want what the want and they want it now! Pool pavilions are often a combination of a shade structure, restroom, changing room, grilling area, and outdoor home theater.

Archadeck of Charlotte gets asked to design and build pool cabana-like structures all over the greater Charlotte market. The considerations are roof design, column style and material, ceiling materials, and of course the above mentioned features. If you are in the market for a pool cabana or pool pavilion, check out the designs at http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com or go to HOUZZ and see various design ideas for the outdoors!

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 Big Green Egg and outdoor living space built by Archadeck of Charlotte

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

 

 

Outdoor TV’S…what do I need?

With evolution in Charlotte, NC and the surrounding market moving even at a faster pace from the inside of their home to outdoor living, there are more and more features that people want to enjoy outdoors. A fast growing one is outdoor TV’s. The leader in the category of outdoor televisions is Sunbrite , they practically own the category.

The question is, do I need an outdoor rated TV or not if I cover the TV with a roof? The answer is…it depends.

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this outdoor living space featuring a Sunbrite outdoor TV and stone outdoor fireplace

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this outdoor living space featuring a Sunbrite outdoor TV and stone outdoor fireplace

The advantages of the outdoor TV is the equipment is literally built to withstand the elements of hot or cold. In addition, the non-reflective screen keeps the glare off and allows you to see a perfect picture even on a bright and sunny day!

If you have a roof over your deck or patio and the TV is completely covered and out of the elements, a standard TV should be fine for years ( I know that personally). Having said that, with an outdoor space and depending on how much you watch, investing in a product like Sunbrite can be well worth the investment! As a Sunbrite dealer, we supply them at our cost when we design and build outdoor living spaces at Archadeck of Charlotte. To find photos of outdoor living designs, go to www.charlotte.archadeck.com

Vacation in Aruba? Great excuse for business!

We just arrived back from sunny Aruba and were so fortunate to have missed the snow here in Charlotte, NC this week! Truth be told it was a vacation but it’s amazing the ideas you can attain while vacationing. We were staying at the Marriott Stellaris Resort and Casino in Aruba on Palm Beach and they have a beautiful pool. We were one of four couples that went to have a relaxing week and it really was a bonus that we missed NOTHING in Charlotte due to the inclement weather.

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

One of the fun features of the Aruba Marriott is they have a swim up bar and pool volleyball net. Several of the days we participated in the volleyball to be proceeded by swimming up to the bar for refreshments. Two of the couples we were with happen to own pools in south Charlotte and an idea hit me! What about creating a swim up bar in their own personal pool? How fun would that be for entertaining? We are all in our 50’s with kids that have either moved out and enjoy entertaining friends.

Archadeck of Charlotte has been designing and building outdoor living spaces for over 26 years and this would be the perfect compliment to many of the projects we already build! My thinking is that while we are hired to surround the pool with everything from outdoor fireplaces, outdoor kitchens, and shade structures, why not offer a swim up bar feature?

The ideas began to grow while were there this past week. While we felt keeping it simple and affordable were going to be important attributes, design is was going to be key. After a tough week contemplating this, I believe we have come up with great ideas to offer a couple of different swim up bar options! To get ideas from this, go to http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com or call 704-944-1350.

Enclosing your screen porch with an outdoor fireplace in the Carolinas

The last few years has been a building boom for screen porches with outdoor fireplaces in the Carolinas. As one on the largest design/build firms in the Carolina’s, we have seen the demand increase exponentially for this type of project. The enclosed link is one the most often selected photos on our web site.

What is driving the demand? We can’t say for sure but would love some comments back?

We believe it the continuing urge for people to expand their outdoor living to year around and feel like they escaped from everyday life’s challenges? We also think it is a great way to go back to valuable time with family and friends without distractions! We would love to hear from you thoughts as to what is driving this amazing growth in outdoor fireplaces.

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Take a look at a picture of one of our popular porches that includes an inclusive outdoor fireplace.

Give us a call for a free consultation at (704) 944 – 1350 or drop us an email at charlotte@archadeck.net.