How do I pick the best color for my screen porch?

Charlotte outdoor living trex island mist deck

How do you pick the best color for your screen porch? Here are a couple of easy tips for you to take into consideration when making your selection.

What is the trim color around your windows and doors? If you want your porch to look like it’s a part of the home and not an afterthought, this would be the easy and safe way to choose a color for the posts on your screen porch.

 

Screen porch by Archadeck of Charlotte

Archadeck custom built this screen porch in Huntersville, NC

If you want a more rustic feel, perhaps you have a heavily wooded lot, than a nice wood tone stain color would fit nicely like the one below.

 

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

Color choices are endless but if you think about the above two considerations, it really makes it quite simple! To see a wide variety of colors and styles of screen porches, go to archadeckofcharlotte.com

 

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Looking for screen porch design ideas?

In Charlotte, NC, nearly everyone wants a screen porch. They can be quite simple with slanted or a shed roof and a basic shape with screen and a door. Or…

Our design ideas begin with looking at your home’s roof line and imagining what would be the appropriate architectural fit whether its a gable roof, a shed roof, a gazebo style roof, or even a flat roof.

Gazebo style screen porch in the Ballantyne area of North Carolina by Archadeck

Gazebo style screen porch in the Ballantyne area of North Carolina by Archadeck

Then we look at colors of your home and the trim color. There are two primary routes we take. Depending on what you are trying to achieve, we can go with a rustic porch look or try to make the porch look as though it was part of the home rather than an addition. This is done through color and roof line.

By changing the size of the columns supporting the roof can make your porch seem more substantial and even decorative. In addition, adding architectural trim such as crown molding under the ceiling or dental molding to the exterior along with trim out the columns can make the porch more formal.

Custom porch by Archadeck of Charlotte in Myers Park area with round fiberglass columns and vinyl rail

Custom porch by Archadeck of Charlotte in Myers Park area with round fiberglass columns and vinyl rail

By combining different materials such as stone and wood you can really jazz up your screen porch! To get many porch design ideas, go to charlotte.archadeck.com/pickYourProject/Porches

Beautiful Porch ideas of Lake Wylie, SC

Screen porch with deck design off the side

Hip Roof screen porch with deck design off the side

Are you looking for beautiful porch ideas in the Lake Wylie area? Look no further! We have been designing and building front and back porches for 26 years in and around the area and have thousands of home photos for great design ideas!

You can go to Pinterest or Houzz and see all kinds of photos but to really dial in on the market with screen porch or covered deck and patio photos, you have to check out http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com to see Carolina outdoor living ideas.

Let’s start with material considerations. If you like a more rustic porch, why not go with a beautiful stained cedar that you can have nice wide porch columns and trim. Have the roofing match your existing home so that it looks as if the porch were built with the home. In addition, have your gutter, soffit and fascia all material and color matched to blend in nicely.

Secondly, flooring options can make a big difference. If you want that rustic feel, either stained wood deck boards or a tongue and groove material for the porch floor works well. If you want a more finished or contemporary look, have the floor tiled with a Travertine or ceramic tile.

Think about integrating an outdoor fireplace right into the porch design for year around comfort and incredible beauty. Drop shades or outdoor curtains are wonderful options to block the sun from you as it shines in brightly below the roof line. Don’t forget the electrical options when designing your dream porch. Of course you want ceiling fans, plenty of outlets, can lights, and perhaps TV for those that truly want to live outdoors.

If you enjoy entertaining, think about a built in bar station with an ice maker and also a cooking station with a vent hood! The possibilities are really endless with porches and the amenities people are adding seem to grow every year. It’s best to begin with the end in mind. In other words, have the entire design completed prior to construction so that if you do the project in phases, it looks  like it was done all at once when completed! If you need on – site help, call 704-944-1350.

Screen porch with EZE Breeze windows in Charlotte

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this screen porch with EZE Breeze retractable windows

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.

 

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

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

How do I choose the correct paint or stain color for my screen porch or covered patio?

Screen Porch by Archadeck of Charlotte with outdoor fireplace and pergola

Screen Porch by Archadeck of Charlotte with outdoor fireplace and pergola

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

How would I go about choosing the appropriate paint and/or stain color for my screen porch? We have 25 years experience at Archadeck of Charlotte designing and building screen porches and covered patios.

The first thing we look at is the existing trim color of the home. Is this a color you are going to stay with? If so, it makes sense to paint the porch columns the same color and the house trim to make it appear as if the porch came with the house and was not an after thought!

Secondly, what look are you going for in your outdoor living space? Do you prefer a more rustic porch? Are you looking to have a soothing or uplifting ceiling? Dark stains are quite in vogue today and give a deep and rich feeling to the room.

Finally, think about maintenance considerations. Generally speaking, stain is going to be lower maintenance than paint and does not show dirt as readily! To get great color ideas for your screen porch, go to http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com