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

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.

 

Front Porch ideas that add value and beauty!

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this gable roof front porch on a wood deck platform and totally changed the curb appeal in Myers Park area.

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this gable roof front porch on a wood deck platform and totally changed the curb appeal in Myers Park area.

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this beautiful raised brick front porch with a complimentary roof

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this beautiful raised brick front porch with a complimentary roof

Down in the south, we love to live outdoors! The traditional front porch with rocking chairs and ceiling fans are is making a comeback! What are the features and benefits of a front porch?

1. Enhance the curb appeal of your home

2. Provide additional outdoor living space to entertain or just enjoy neighbors passing by

3. Provide shelter from the elements as people come to visit at the front door

4. Return on investment

Archadeck of Charlotte has been designing and building front porches for over 25 years in the Carolina’s. To get more porch photo’s, go to http://www.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

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

New code for North Carolina for outdoor fireplaces!

EZE Breeze Screen Porch with Outdoor Fireplace integrated and sky lights

EZE Breeze Screen Porch with Outdoor Fireplace integrated and sky lights

Archadeck of Charlotte has designed and built hundreds of outdoor fireplaces in and around the greater Charlotte area. Up until this year, we built them with all of the same materials. Now, there is a code stating that when you build a gas outdoor fireplace, you must use a stainless steel frame that is being enforced. This is especially important when building the outdoor fireplace in a screen porch! It is a more expensive way to construct them but all of the surrounding counties seem to be adopting the code! For more information on outdoor fireplaces, go to charlotte.archadeck.com

Rustic chic screen porches..today’s designs

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this gazebo style screen porch with Cabot Stain

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this gazebo style screen porch with Cabot Stain

There is a real demand for designing screen porches with a rustic chic flare. We see different trends come and go but this idea of rustic chic has been there for awhile and the demand is picking up steam. If you really think about all that goes into a screen porch, you realize how many elements effect the aesthetics and overall architectural appeal.

We start with the construction and trim. The materials you choose for your flooring, columns, and ceiling all influence the appeal. In Charlotte, NC we see some exposed rafters up in the ceiling. We see dark, warm stains being used on the columns and floor.

Then think about trim detail. How do finish off the screen and the attaching mechanisms? How about the bottom and the top of the screen porch? For a great photo gallery of screen porch designs, go to http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com