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

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Patio or Deck, how do I decide?

Travertine stone raised patio in Charlotte by Archadeck with stone steps

Travertine stone raised patio in Charlotte by Archadeck with stone steps

How does one go about deciding whether to build a patio or deck? This is a common dilemma for homeowners. Some recommendations from Archadeck of Charlotte are highlighted below.

The first thing to consider when you are looking at whether to build a deck or a patio is the grade of your land. If you are living in a home where it is built on slab and there is little to no slope to your grade where you want to build the structure, a patio is a logical choice. In addition, look at the height of your back door threshold from grade and make sure there is at least 6″ so there is enough room to add “sleepers” to construct a deck. Otherwise, you would need to have a free-standing deck that you would need to build a step to go up to.

If you are living on a home constructed on a crawl space, a deck can be a natural selection because you can adjust the height of the deck to accommodate any rise and add attractive design options like making the deck mulch-level. This even gives you the option of designing a deck and a patio together.

We have great deck design options and patio options to view at http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com

What are the best options for pool decks and spa decks?

wood deck with hot tub and low voltage deck lights

outdoor living room with custom deck and hot tub

Pool decks and spa decks are growing in popularity once again as our economy heats up. At Archadeck of Charlotte we have seen a large increase in demand, in particular for hot tub/ spa decks. 

The options are many but they are easily narrowed down by your particular circumstances and wants. Materials range from natural woods, stone, and concrete to synthetic materials such a “Cool Deck” and composite materials such as Trex Composite Decking and Railing.

If you want your pool or spa deck to be low maintenance, Trex or other synthetic materials are ideal! If you are looking to keep the costs down, a concrete slab or pressure-treated wood deck are going to be viable options. 

What is most helpful if to contact a professional deck builder and deck designer who can walk you through not only the material options but the options for the deck height for the most functional way to design the access in and out of the hot tub or pool. To see great hot tub deck designs and pool deck designs, go to http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com  

Don’t feel like cleaning up the all that pollen in Charlotte, NC?

Each and every year we get an enormous amount of a greenish-yellow coating of dust better known as pollen. It generally hits us in late March and goes until the beginning of May. It covers our cars, screens, house walls, patios, decks, and porches.

 

Are you tired of cleaning it. A most affordable and safe solution is Renew Crew, an Archadeck of Charlotte company. Renew Crew is a company that “power cleans” your exterior surface without the high pressure stream of a pure power washing company. With years of education and experience in this field, the company has trained professionals that can take care of all our your exterior cleaning needs for a very affordable price. For more information of Renew Crew, go to charlotte.renewcrewclean.com or call 704-944-1350

Zen Deck design for outdoor relaxation

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this deck and pergola

Composite deck and pergola in Charlotte

Why is that the outdoors brings us an inner peace? Isn’t it ironic that we live indoors but are happiest and at the most peace outdoors?

A few years ago customers approached us at Archadeck of Charlotte and wanted an outdoor platform to practice Yoga, meditation, and various other spiritual rituals and stretching. The simple idea of a “Zen Deck” was born by creating and outdoor platform right outside the door of the home where you can grab a mat or rug and enjoy the outdoors in a very convenient way!

We can design and size, shape, or height with the natural materials such as this photo or with low-maintenance composite materials! To get great design ideas and information, go to http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com

 

 

Charlotte Deck Builder explains deck options and the prices…

Outdoor Fireplace Charlotte with travertine and stone seating walls

Outdoor Fireplace with travertine tiles and stone seating walls

The cost of building a deck comes down to 3 basic components. The material you select will have the greatest overall influence on the eventual price of building a deck. The three components are of course the material cost, the cost of the hardware, and the cost of the labor.

The least expensive deck board is going to be a Southern Yellow Pine that you can buy at a Lowe’s or Home Depot. There are however better grades of Southern Yellow Pine and you’ll want it to be pressure-treated to avoid rot and that adds to the cost while still being affordable. Then you can jump to Brazilian Hardwoods like IPE and Tigerwood and these are on par cost wise with many of the composite decks on the market. Today, people are also opting for stone on their deck. This is the most expensive option and requires additional structure to the deck to support the additional weight. For great photos and more information on these options, go to charlotte.archadeck.com

Archadeck of Charlotte wins 7 awards at Hammock Beach Resort!

Archadeck of Charlotte custom designed Trex deck

Charlotte Deck Builder (Archadeck) custom designed composite deck

Archadeck of Charlotte won 7 awards collectively at the annual Archadeck meetings at Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, Florida. They were recognized for largest sales volume, top selling franchisee owner, 2nd place salesman of the year, rookie salesman of the year, outstanding marketing acheivement, President of all franchises, and achievement in design! The team traveled together to the Hammock Beach Resort and below you will see a photo of the owner and the sales organization holding their trophies! It is quite an accomplishment to be the number one franchise for over 15 consecutive years! To learn more about Archadeck of Charlotte, go to www.charlotte.archadeck.com   

Archadeck of Charlotte owner Eric Kent with team at Hammock Beach Resort

Archadeck of Charlotte wins 7 awards at Hammock Beach Resort