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

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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

 

Top 4 screen porch amenities

What are the top 4 screen porch amenities? We are going to list them in order of popularity here in the Charlotte, North Carolina market:

  1. Integrating an outdoor fireplace into the screen porch. Whether it’s a wood-burning or gas fireplace, the popularity has grown each year for the past 10 years and counting. The function, beauty, and natural draw to fire have made this something homeowners will splurge on for the outdoor space!

Stone outdoor fireplace integrated into screen porch with EZE Breeze windows

2. EZE Breeze Porch Windows have been sold and installed by Archadeck of
Charlotte for the past 15 years. Over the past 5 years, we started advertising them on TV and the idea of extending your outdoor living season is too appealing to pass up.

Charlotte sunroom with Eze Breeze windows

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this EZE Breeze sun porch

3. Travertine Tile flooring is another amenity that has seen a tremendous increase in demand. Experience the beauty of the floor, the low maintenance aspect, and of course the feeling that you moved your indoors outside.

Travertine tile screen porch with stone outdoor fireplace

Screen Porch with integrated outdoor fireplace and outdoor TV and tile on screen porch by Archadeck of Charlotte

4. Lighting is another area where we see more demand. From LED to lighting on a dimmer, people want options to make their screen porch not only functional in the evening but also provide warm ambient light.

To see a complete photo gallery of screen porch ideas, go to archadeckofcharlotte.com

 

What are my screen options for my porch?

There are several varieties, colors, and features when it comes to screen for porches. Archadeck of Charlotte is one of the largest screen porch builders in the country and never leaves the Charlotte metro area.

Screen porches have become favorite spots for families in suburban Charlotte and the surrounding Ft. Mill, SC market. They offer a great escape from everyday life and make you feel like you’re on vacation in your backyard.

There are a wide variety of screen options. A basic option is what’s called rolled screen. This is a cost effective option that works perfectly fine. It is stretched across the outside of the porch posts and often stapled into the post. Then a trim board is attached over the screen such as a 1×4 making the fasteners disappear where the screen is attached.

The photo above on the right shows a product called Screen Eze which allows for wider spans and has an aluminum frame that attached the panel to the posts. This product is great is if you want large openings!

Eze Breeze windows are complete units that convert your screen porch to a sunroom and right back again simply by sliding the panes up or down as shown above. They have a full screen on the outside and vinyl panels that can completely close off the room or slid to let it have a breeze.

There are also vinyl framed screens that operate similarly to the Screen Eze and have a vinyl trim that attaches to the posts as opposed to aluminum.

To see a wide variety of applications for your screen porch, go to archadeckofcharlotte.com

Which porch roof do I want and why?

One of the most important decisions people have to make when it comes to covering their deck or patio is selecting the appropriate roof line.

 

There are several options to choose from and sound reasons to pick each. The first thing we assess as a professional screen porch builder is what obstacles are in the way and what is the architecture of the home. This means are their windows where a roof may be designed, if it needs to tie in up on the existing roof, are there vents, pipes, chimney, sky lights?

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

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

These are all items that can affect the placement and design of a potential roof. If you are looking for the lowest cost solution, a shed style roof attached to the back wall is going to be the lowest cost option. Put a gable roof or “A” frame is the second least expensive option and is great for allowing more light back into your home since it vaults and allows light back into the house.

A hip style roof fits great on a home that already has a hip roof or in between 2 gables on the back of a house. It tends to be pricier due to the fact that you have more roof line. Working with an outdoor living expert is advisable to get an experienced eye to look at your roof options with you.

Call Archadeck of Charlotte at (704) 944-1350 or email us at charlotte@archadeck.net to discuss what roof style works best for you and your home.

To see a variety of screen porch and covered paito roof lines, go to porchlifestyle.com

Does my screen porch count as square footage for tax purposes?

As a design/ build firm of custom outdoor screen porches, patios, and decks, customers often inquire as to the tax implications and resale value of adding a screen porch.

EZE Breeze screen porch with a difficult roof connection built by Archadeck of Charlotte

EZE Breeze screen porch with a difficult roof connection built by Archadeck of Charlotte

In terms of from a legal standpoint as well as a listing realtor, screen porches DO NOT count as square footage in your homes value equation.
They DO however increase the value of the home!

pool-patio-w-screened-porch

In North Carolina and South Carolina, the average return on investment (ROI) when you add a screen porch is somewhere north of 80%, which ranks right up there with the best investments you can make in your home. When you add that to the fact that it will most likely become your favorite and most used space for entertaining, it is a great investment.

Some homeowners add EZE Breeze windows to make it a convertible screen porch and sunroom. This still will not count as square footage even though you are technically enclosing the porch. The square footage equation kicks in when you have heated living or conditioned space (HLA). To learn more about screen porches, go to charlotte.archadeck.com

 

 

5 ideas on how to upgrade or update your Charlotte porch

Here in the south, having a porch is like drinking sweet tea, it’s just what we do. Whether it’s a back porch screened in or open or a front porch, we simply love to spend time outdoors on our porches.

If you have a porch and want to update or upgrade it, here are 5 ideas that can have a great effect on the aesthetics and functionality:

1. ENLARGE IT
Many of us have a porch but would like to make it bigger. The challenge is that most of us have trouble visualizing how to do this with the way the existing roof line is constructed. Call an expert that both designs and builds porches and they can give you a consultation on various means of enlarging the porch. It might mean taking the porch and widening along the back or front of your house or it may mean projecting out further into the yard.

2. NEW COLOR WITH NEW RAIL
Rails are one of the most visible parts of a porch. If you have an existing wood rail that is either failing or tired looking, why not update it with some type of metal rail? How about composite or vinyl rail to give you a beautiful new look that is also low-maintenance? How about a combination of wood rail with metal pickets? Color is an easy way to update your porch and this can mean everything from the rail to the flooring and ceiling

3. PORCH COLUMNS
The trend today is get away from standard 4×4 posts or columns and go too more decorative columns and larger/ wider columns. If the porch is screened in and normal sized, a 6×6 that is trimed out looks beautiful. If the porch is open without screen, you can even go to an 8×8 or larger if it is a large porch. You can use cedar, fiberglass, or laminated columns.

4. CHANGE THE ROOF LINE
The roof line not only affects that look of the porch, it also changes the feel of space when you are in the porch. By changing the roof line, you may add more height. This can allow more light back into your porch and into your home as well. You can also change the architectural feel of the back of the home. This also allows for a change in ceiling material and perhaps decorative trims.

5. CHANGE THE FLOOR
If you currently have wood deck boards on your porch floor as most do, you can add a dramatic difference by upgrading to tile flooring or stone flooring. You can move to a higher end tongue and groove flooring, a Brazilian hardwood such as IPE or Tigerwood flooring, or even throw rugs can enhance the porch!

For more ideas on updating and upgrading your porch, go to charlotte.archadeck.com

Archadceck of Charlotte designed and built this double-deck open porch in Matthews, NC

Archadceck of Charlotte designed and built this double-deck open porch in Matthews, NC

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this beautiful screen porch using Ipe Brazilian hardwood decking as the porch floor

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this beautiful screen porch using Ipe Brazilian hardwood decking as the porch floor

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

Beautiful screen porch by Archadeck of Charlotte with Travertine tile and an outdoor fireplace integrated into the porch

Beautiful screen porch by Archadeck of Charlotte with Travertine tile and an outdoor fireplace integrated into the porch

What should I build first for my Charlotte backyard, my pool or my deck/porch?

pool-patio-w-screened-porchHomeowner’s are confused as to the appropriate order in which to build outdoor spaces in their backyard. They hear too many varying opinions on which should be constructed first, their in-ground swimming pool or their screen porch/deck. This blog is intended to provide a common sense approach to the answer from many years of building experience with an industry leader in design/ build of outdoor living spaces.

While the pool will no doubt be the focal point of the backyard, that is the only reason that makes sense to start with the pool. I would argue you should definitely start the design of the outdoor space with the location of the pool that will take into consideration the grade of your land and trees and so forth. In the scheme of things, start construction of the deck or screen porch first! Why?

Charlotte open porch near poolThe primary reason to begin with your deck or screen porch prior to the pool is footing locations. A footing is not a flexible pipe that can be moved or diverted. If your deck design calls for let’s say a 12′ projection and a 20′ width, the footings must go in specified places by local code requirements for safety standards. If the pool were to be constructed first, there may be a series of plumbing or electrical lines that are laid right where you will need to dig your footings and therefore one of two things will happen, neither of which is desirable. Number one, you would have to change the size/ footprint of your original desired design which leads to cost overruns or number two, to a less than desirable size.

If you build the deck or porch first, the pool contractor can easily lay their lines out of the way of the footings with flexible lines and/or elbows. This is my simple argument that will keep you out of problems after the fact. The reason you hear differing opinions is usually self serving out of the contractors with the pool contractors wanting to wrap up a sale and fear of the homeowner not funding the pool right away if they do the deck first!

Travertine stone raised porch with metal rail and brick columns in Waxhaw, NC with a pool

Travertine stone raised porch with metal rail and brick columns in Waxhaw, NC with a pool