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



Flagstone Patio Design Ideas

Flagstone patio’s make for one of the most beautiful outdoor living spaces. We are going to share design ideas that incorporate various amenities onto flagstone patios.

Archadeck of Charlotte has been designing and building outdoor living spaces for nearly 30 years in Charlotte. Take a look at the photos below to get some good insight for color and design!

Flagstone is being used above as not only a patio but also inside a screen porch as well as a stairway leading down to a patio.

In the above photos, you see a variety of colors that can be selected from even though these are a natural material that are harvested from a quarry. See where it serves as a patio to support an outdoor kitchen. There are two examples above of where the flagstone is used as a patio for outdoor fireplaces. This is a very versatile and exquisite surface. Click to see our stone patio photo gallery.


What is the best exterior paint for my porch?

Are you looking to add a screen porch or covered patio? Most likely you will need exterior grade paint for a portion or all of the columns, header, and ceiling!

While there are many paints that are exterior grade on the market, we have had the best performance overall with Sherwin Williams various exterior grades from gloss to flat finish.

At Archadeck of Charlotte, we design and build over 300 porches a year and paint is the final wrap on our project. It is critical that we have a surface that is both beautiful and protects the investment of our clients.

To see hundreds of porch designs with beautiful paint finishes, visit the numerous photo galleries on our website. Give us a call for a free consultation at (704) 944 – 1350 or drop us an email at to set up a free design consultation.


Is Travertine slippery?

With the explosion in the outdoor living category, there are more innovations being used for patios and porches. Over the past 10 years, the use of Travertine Tile style pavers has seen a boom!

Travertine Tile stone deck with iron rail by Archadeck of Charlotte

Travertine Tile stone deck with iron rail by Archadeck of Charlotte

The combination of the beauty of the product and the low-maintenance have made it grow in popularity. In addition, the price of Travertine is not that much greater than a paver patio.

Travertine stone raised patio in Charlotte by Archadeck with stone steps

Travertine stone raised patio in Charlotte by Archadeck with stone steps

The consistent question that arises is whether or not Travertine is slippery? The quick answer is no. This is true if you are using the Travertine stone paver (as opposed to travertine tile). In addition, so of the commercial sealers can make it more slippery. We have found it to be no more slippery that any other stone patio! To see some great patio designs, visit our stone patio photo gallery on our website.


Price per square foot to lay pavers

What should I expect to pay per square foot to lay pavers in Charlotte, NC?

Let’s start with the grade of the land. The steeper the grade, the higher the cost. This can require but is not limited to fill dirt, more crushed stone and aggregate, retaining wall block, etc…

Next, the size of the patio matters when it comes to price per square foot. The larger the patio, the cost per square foot may come down due to efficiencies in labor. When you have a small patio, the same things need to happen and the labor needs to make a minimum amount to make it worthwhile.

The substrate or material type also affects the price per square foot. Paver patios are made by various manufacturers with different price points from companies such as Belgard or Pavestone. The patterns may also affect labor costs.

When you think about having a paver patio designed-and-build by a professional patio company, the price per square foot should come in between $14 – $25 per square foot.

If you are considering adding a patio to your Charlotte-area home, give us a call for a free consultation at (704) 944 – 1350. Take a look at some great Charlotte paver patio pictures on our paver patio photo gallery.  Also enjoy perusing our stone patio photo gallery.

How much does a screen porch cost?

When researching screen porch pricing, you will need the following information in order to get a more accurate idea of pricing:

  1. What will the roof style be (gable, shed, hip, flat)?
  2. How and where does the porch need to be tied into the house or will it be free-standing?
  3. What are the ideal dimensions or square footage that you are looking to have built?
  4. What are the materials that you are desiring to use?
  5. How about electrical requirements (ceiling fan, outlets, lights, etc….)
  6. What finishing touches do you want (paint/stain)?
  7. What is the height from grade?

If you can approximate this information, you can save a lot of time obtaining quotes!

To see wonderful screen porch designs, visit our Charlotte screened porch photo gallery.

Gable Roof Screen Porch with Custom Fireplace


Want to extend your patio? Can it match?

Patio extensions are more and more common. What happens is people’s lifestyles change and they want larger spaces whether it’s to accommodate more furniture, features such as fire pits, or simply entertain more outdoors.

The challenges vary by the type of patio material that is already in place as to effective the extension will be. We can start with concrete. Even though you plan on expanding the concrete, even it weathers. In addition, you have different finishes from brushed to smooth. One way to make your concrete patio extension look uniform is to use a solid stain over both the new and existing concrete!

Paver patio’s also weather. Once solution my be to pick up some of the existing pavers and mix them in with the new batch to make it more uniform. The other item to be aware of with pavers is the change in grade to where the extension is desired as retaining wall may be required.


Travertine patio’s are very easy to extend as they have minimal fade and are a more natural stone. They also are larger sizes and the labor to blend in would be less that pavers!

Flagstone patio’s would also be fairly simple to expand and color fade should not be a challenge as again the flagstones are a natural material!

Another possibility for concrete patios is to do a “concrete overlay” over the existing patio and then make the extension a comparable thickness and this way the entire patio appears to be have been laid at once. This requires a minimum of a 3″ overlay. To see patio designs, go to