How should I design my deck steps?

Stairways leading from decks to grade can be viewed 2 different ways. One is simply to get from Point A to Point B with comfortable accessibility. The other is to design the stairway to offer architectural flair or make them welcoming and grand!

At Archadeck of Charlotte, we have been designing and building decks for nearly 30 years in the Carolina’s. When your deck is low to the ground, you can do more interesting designs like the ones above as they do not take up a tremendous amount of space since there few steps needed.

 

Casuwel Outdoor Furiture is the most comfortable and complete line of all weather furnishings available through Archadeck of Charlotte

Casuwel Outdoor Furniture is the most comfortable and complete line of all-weather furnishings available through Archadeck of Charlotte

By trying to make several steps more dramatic, you can see from the photo above how much space the steps can chew up on your patio or ground! To see a wide array of deck design ideas, visit archadeckofcharlotte.com

 

What are my options for lighting my deck or patio outdoor living spaces?

With the advent of moving from the inside to outdoor living, one detail that often gets overlooked is lighting!

What options are there for lighting your deck, patio, or porch? There are many and we begin the design process by asking some basic questions. Are you looking for ambient light or bright light? Is this for safety, function, beauty, or a combination?

wood deck with hot tub and low voltage deck lights

outdoor living room with custom deck and hot tub

Would you like your lights concealed or is surface mount acceptable? At Archadeck of Charlotte, we love designing outdoor spaces and we include all of the amenities and accessories in our designs that most never think of!

The best way to design lighting is to do so at night. It is great to experiment with different locations and power wattage to understand what you are truly investing in. We have a wonderful showroom at 2311 Village Lake Drive in Charlotte, NC where you can come see various fixtures as well as receive an education on deck, patio, and porch lighting.

Some lighting may be less obvious, such as rope lighting designed inside of crown molding to create an ambient light on your porch ceiling! Call Archadeck of Charlotte at (704) 944-1350 or email us at charlotte@archadeck.net or simply visit our website to view more outdoor living space.

 

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