Beautiful Outdoor Living Spaces and Designs at Lake Norman, NC

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this composite deck, rail, and benches at Lake Norman

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this composite deck, rail, and benches at Lake Norman

Double-decker porch with brick and cedar colums and a dry deck system in Matthews, NC

Lake Norman is one of the largest lakes in the southeast. It offers hundreds of miles of shoreline, beautiful greenery and landscape, custom designed homes, all of the watersports and fishing imaginable on a lake, and the best of outdoor living spaces and designs! Some of the most beautiful design ideas and architectural integration comes from Lake Norman homeowners and at Archadeck of Charlotte, we are heavily involved in the design/ build phase of the outdoor spaces.

Most people have trouble visualizing what something might look like or what the possibilities are to enhance their backyards. We start with the homeowner’s wishes and concepts and bring them to life through 3D computer-aided design renderings to scale so that prior to building the structure, the homeowner can actually see how this will look on their exact home. It gives the homeowner the unique opportunity to make major or subtle changes to the design and giving them a great understanding of how this will impact not only the overall look of the project but also the cost.

From Mooresville, Cornelius, to Huntersville, Lake Norman has grown immensely over the past 15 years and more people are finding the outdoor so desirable that they are adding onto their homes rather than moving just to stay in the area. The schools are improved and the choices have improved.

The most common outdoor living spaces are to build a nice composite low-maintenance deck like Trex that allows for great views of the lake. We often design and build shade structures that keep the view available but also keep the sun from rendering the backyard useless. Outdoor kitchens and fireplaces are now as common as patios. To see a wide variety of designs and photos, visit http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com

Archadeck of Charlotte? No Complaints!

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

ANOTHER GREAT ARCHADECK OF  CHARLOTTE REVIEW!

HOMEOWNER NAME: PARKER

PLEASE RATE THE FOLLOWING FROM 1 – 5 WITH 1 = LOWEST TO 5 =HIGHEST

COURTEOUS:  5

CONSIDERATE OF FAMILY AND PROPERTY: 5

ADDRESSED CUSTOMER QUESTIONS WHEN ASKED: 5

no complaints about Archadeck of Charlotte

Archadeck of Charlotte clients’ actual review

QUALITY OF WORK: 5

CLEAN JOB SITE:  5

SATISFACTION WITH FINISHED PROJECT:  5

“Steve and Nick were amazing! Steve designed the deck as well as built it. Steve is very professional, always let us know the progress, and his plans. We are so please with the final results and would happily recommend Archadeck for any outdoor project. Please feel free to put on on a contact list for any referrals

The job site was clean and the project was completed on time.”

Give us a call for a free consultation at 704-944-1350. For more great Archadeck reviews and testimonials, please visit our website.

What are the top 3 ways to repair your deck?

Pressure-treated wood deck that is multi-tiered and designed and built by Archadeck of Charlotte

Pressure-treated wood deck that is multi-tiered and designed and built by Archadeck of Charlotte

If you simply need to bring your deck up to speed, there are 3 simple things that can be done to repair your deck or even enhance the deck.

First, make sure your footings are solid as this is the foundation that keeps your deck upright and level. This can be achieved by using a level and then figuring out which of the footings are out of level. You would then dig around the footing and expose it. Make sure it is properly dug to the correct depth per the code in our area and reinforced with concrete.

Secondly, most deck issues are with the hand rail and deck boards as they are exposed to the sun. If the boards are not rotten, take a palm sander, smooth out the splinters then come back and clean and seal the deck boards.

Finally, you may have simple cupping or deck boards lifting off of the joists. Take a screw gun and make sure you hit the floor joist solidly to get a good grip on it.

If you need assistance or want to see great deck examples, go to charlotte.archadeck.com

What is the price now for Trex decking or composite decking in general?

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this Trex Transcends composite deck and rail with architectural steps

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this Trex Transcends composite deck and rail with architectural steps

Depending on where you live in the country, the price of Trex decking or composite decking in general varies. It is still expensive versus pressure-treated wood in the southern United States. When you live in the north, the weather tends to be harsher and people generally are not building with Southern Yellow Pine like we do in the south. Up North, there is a fair amount of Brazilian Hardwoods such as IPE or Tigerwood being used and they are even more expensive than a composite deck.

In the south, there is a bundle of Southern Yellow Pine that gets harvested here and there is little transportation cost built in. By the time the product gets on to the back of someone’s deck, pine is about 1/3 of the price of composite if you are simply comparing boards pricing. Once you consider the labor, fasteners, and the wood sub-structure, a Trex or composite deck is only about 40% more than a wood deck.

If you want to see the best of wood, composite, and Brazilian Hardwood decks, check out the photo gallery for decks at www.charlotte.archadeck.com

Sun City Lakes lives outdoors with Archadeck decks and screen porches

Travertine stone patio and landscape design in Charlotte

Archadeck of Charlotte stone patio and landscape design

Sun City Lakes, South Carolina is an active adult living community. The residence and Sun City have a great appetite for outdoor living and Archadeck of Charlotte has designed and built many decks, screen porches, and patios in the community. We feature many of the designs on our extensive photo gallery at our web site charlotte.archadeck.com.

The combination of vast experience of working with SCCL Architectural Review Committee and bringing 25 + years of design and build experience to the area have made for a great combination and value for residents. Whether the resident is looking to expand a deck, design a patio and fire pit/ fire place, or a unique screen porch, Archadeck has been a large partner in the outdoor living space at Sun City Lakes, SC!

Can you place a fire pit on a deck?

Archadeck of Charlotte built this Trex Transcends Spice Rum composite deck with a composite bench and stone fire pit that is gas burning

Archadeck of Charlotte built this Trex Transcends Spice Rum composite deck with a composite bench and stone fire pit that is gas burning

Can you really place a fire pit on a deck? The answer technically is yes. Archadeck of Charlotte has been doing it for the past several years and has consulted with local building code officials to do it legally and as safely as possible.

The safest ways to build a fire pit on a deck is to use gas logs as you can then control the flame. If you really want a wood-burning fire pit, you want to keep it at least 10 feet from your home and control the amount of wood you place in the pit. You will also want to think about building the pit a bit taller in order to handle the ashes.

Building a stone fire pit on a deck is more cost effective if your deck is low to the ground as you will need a footing directly under it to handle the weight. The taller the deck, the taller the support structure will need to be to handle it and therefore increase the cost of the project. If you would like to see more ideas on fire pits and decks, go to www.charlotte.archadeck.com