Deck Design Ideas from Archadeck

Would you like some innovative and current deck design ideas? Archadeck of Charlotte designs thousands of decks each year. We thought we would share how to get started and what to consider when designing your new outdoor space.

Hot tub deck with a privacy fence and outdoor shower by Archadeck of Charlotte

Located in Charlotte, NC this backyard oasis was designed and constructed by Archadeck. It includes a pool deck, screened porch, covered outdoor kitchen and dining area, firepit and raised spa deck.

Where to begin? We suggest with thinking about size. How many people will commonly populate the space? What are your limitations in terms of setbacks according to your individual property survey? What pre-existing obstructions need to be considered such as plantings, trees, irrigation, drainage, vents on the back of the house, gas lines, etc… ?

What materials should you use? Some of these questions should be considered once you have established a realistic budget for the project by doing some research! Pressure-treated wood is a cost effective solution that will not rot. Composite decking such as Trex Transcends is a wonderful low-maintenance alternative that is now available in a variety of wood colors and patterns. Perhaps you are looking for a Brazilian hardwood such as Ipe? There are great masonry options such at Travertine stone decking materials.

Trex Transcends composite deck with a hot tub recessed onto a cement pad and composite beching for the ideal

Trex Transcends composite deck with a hot tub recessed onto a cement pad and composite beching for the ideal relaxing backyard!

If it’s a second story deck, perhaps you may want to utilize a dry deck system below so that it creates 2 distinct outdoor spaces economically and put a patio below?

Designing decks with shape to them has become very popular. Whenever we add shape to the deck, we have to consider the additional square footage that may be required so that we keep enough functional space where we need it. Perhaps we think about a bump out for the grill?

Pressure-treated wood deck stained with pergola and outdoor kitchen by Archadeck of Charlotte

Pressure-treated wood deck stained with pergola and outdoor kitchen by Archadeck of Charlotte

Accessory items on the deck that are popular today include pergolas for shade, solid roof structures for shade and protection from precipitation. In addition, built-in outdoor kitchens are growing in popularity with the simplicity of just a grill with counter top to a full range of appliances.

In addition, we have added outdoor fireplaces built right into the decks as well as fire pits. Deck lighting is quite practical and attractive. To find the best in deck designs, go to charlotte.archadeck.com and www.trex.com

Ipe Brazilian Hardwood Decking is becoming popular for Lake Wylie decks

Archadeck of Charlotte designs and builds over 1,000 decks each year throughout the greater Charlotte area that includes Lake Wylie, South Carolina.

Deck species vary from the least expensive option of pressure-treated wood Southern-yellow pine, cedar, composite decking, bamboo decking, and Brazilian hardwood decking such as Ipe (pronounced ee-pay). It is easily recognized for it’s beauty and if you have ever held a piece of Ipe, you would notice the extreme density of the board.

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

The board comes in a tongue and groove design that is best utilized inside a screen porch or sunroom as pictured above. It truly brings out a finished and can be highlighted as a rustic deck.

This Ipe deck was built by Archadeck of Charlotte and utilized a powder-coated aluminum balluster by Dekorators with a twist in the spindle for added character

This Ipe deck was built by Archadeck of Charlotte and utilized a powder-coated aluminum balluster by Dekorators with a twist in the spindle for added character

Ipe decking can have a variety of rail systems to mix with it. In the above captioned deck, we used pressure-treated wood posts with an Ipe rail cap and mixed in Deckorator aluminum balusters that are low-maintenance.
Ipe does not rot and does not even need staining if you like the look of weathered wood. If you want the rich deep look it has when applied, you will want to keep it oiled with very specific treatments. If you would like further information on Ipe decking or care and maintenance, go to http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com

Is Cedar a good choice for decking or screen porches in North and South Carolina?

We field thousands of questions each year around which materials are best suited for our climate here in North Carolina and South Carolina. The products we specify are used for screen porches, pergola’s, decks, exterior cladding, etc….

One of the products that generates many questions is Cedar. Cedar is a beautiful product with many great qualities that includes a natural grain and beautiful knots that give it a rustic character. To get the best authentic look at Cedar, you would want to stain it rather than paint it as the paint hides some of these characteristics. You can use cedar as a time accent, a structural member, or a decking.

Here in the Carolina’s, we typically see cedar used more for wide decorative columns on a pergola or holding up an open porch than anything else. There are two major pitfalls with cedar. One is that cedar is not pressure-treated and will rot over time. The second is that cedar is quite costly relative to pine. We are a natural grower of pine and so there is no real freight charge where we live and it keeps that price on the low end.

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this cedar pergola in south Charlotte with a fieldstone outdoor kitchen and Green Egg

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this cedar pergola in south Charlotte with a fieldstone outdoor kitchen and Green Egg

With our moist climate, we do get a lot of wood rot in the Carolina’s. It is important to keep the cedar stained. To see a great variety of wood species and design ideas, go to

http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com

What time of year do you stop building in the Carolinas?

North and South Carolina are very transient markets, meaning we have a huge influx of people that move here from the North and Midwest. This leads many people to ask the question, “when is the best time of year to build”? or when do you stop building due to the cold weather in the Carolinas?

The quick answer is we build all year around. That is not to say that there aren’t days or perhaps up to several days that it is just too cold for things like concrete, paint and stain, and sometimes even for the carpenters to build.

The most common affected trades are the masonry crews and paint/stain crews as the products often require temperatures to be above 50 degrees to be effective. The good news is that our coldest month seems to be January and even then we average 50 degrees for the month.

Common sense is a best practice for considering when and when not to build. Most screen porches and decks get built each and every day of the year unless we have percipitation. There may be breaks in the work due to weather but for the most part, time of year should not be a factor if you are concerned about getting your project done. The advantage of building during January and February is that often that is your lowest cost basis since lumber prices tend to be lower in these months! To have your questions answered by the pros, go to http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com

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

Best way to seal your deck…try Cabot as Archadeck recommends Jarra Brown

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built wood deck and stone fire pit

Wood deck and fire pit with decorator pickets

Best way to seal your deck…try Cabot as Archadeck recommends Jarra Brown

We often get asked, what is the best way to seal a wood deck? We have years of experience with Cabot stain as it is generally used by the pros and is a high quality deck stain.

In terms of color, we love Jarra Brown for its semi-transparent and rich brown color that makes your pressure-treated pine deck appear to be a Brazilian hardwood like IPE!

To see more Cabot stain deck colors, go to charlotte.archadeck.com

Great sale on Cabot Stain to protect and beautify your deck at Archadeck of Charlotte

Archadeck of Charlotte is a stocking dealer for Cabot Stain. We have several gallons that we want to sell off to reduce our inventory as certain colors have not sold as well. We are willing to sell them at reduced prices and you can call at 704-944-1350 to see what we have and how much it costs. We do  have a show room at 2311 Village Lake Drive in Charlotte that you can come visit and see the colors as well! Please find the following link to see several stained decks in our photo gallery  http://charlotte.archadeck.com