We are often asked for deck plans or deck designs for various backyards in the greater Charlotte, NC market. Our deck plans have been developed over the past 27 years and take many things into consideration.
Decks overlooking water:
A deck plan to overlook water whether it’s Lake Norman, Lake Wylie, Overlook Mountain, or simply a pool is all about the rail! When we put together a deck plan that have a scenic overlook, we want to minimize the line of sight obstacles so as to maximize the view. This can be done through either glass rail, cable rail, thin metal, and so forth. A great way to to maximize the view from the inside of your home is to lower the deck level so it does not osbcure the view from inside the house.
Large Decks for maximum entertaining:
While multi-level decks are beautiful and visually appealing, a functional deck design to maximize space means keeping the entire or most of the deck on one level. This way you can easily arrange furniture, grills and smokers, accessories, and so forth without worrying about a step-down. If you want a small private area for an intimate gathering while all the same time having a lot of space to entertain, building an octagonal off-shoot with it’s own benching is a great touch or perhaps a 10’x10′ recessed area off to one side will do the trick.
Aesthetically Pleasing Decks:
Curves and clipped corners really add to the visual appeal of a deck. Knowing where to place them so you do not cut down on a lot of your square footage is key and consulting a design professional. Here is where multi-level decks really make sense. You can also utilize multiple colors with picture frame borders and decorative insets that really differentiate your deck from any other! We love to design unique decks and have a showroom to show off the options at 2311 Village Lake Drive in Charlotte, NC 28212.
Trex Transcends deck and fire pit by Archadeck of Charlotte
Trex Transcends Tiki Torch with Trex Transcends Vintage Lantirn skirting and black pvc capped composite rail and an outdoor kitchen on the deck by Archadeck of Charlotte
Multi-level and pattern composite deck design by Archadeck with composite rail
Hip Roof screen porch with deck design off the side
Are you looking for beautiful porch ideas in the Lake Wylie area? Look no further! We have been designing and building front and back porches for 26 years in and around the area and have thousands of home photos for great design ideas!
You can go to Pinterest or Houzz and see all kinds of photos but to really dial in on the market with screen porch or covered deck and patio photos, you have to check out http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com to see Carolina outdoor living ideas.
Let’s start with material considerations. If you like a more rustic porch, why not go with a beautiful stained cedar that you can have nice wide porch columns and trim. Have the roofing match your existing home so that it looks as if the porch were built with the home. In addition, have your gutter, soffit and fascia all material and color matched to blend in nicely.
Secondly, flooring options can make a big difference. If you want that rustic feel, either stained wood deck boards or a tongue and groove material for the porch floor works well. If you want a more finished or contemporary look, have the floor tiled with a Travertine or ceramic tile.
Think about integrating an outdoor fireplace right into the porch design for year around comfort and incredible beauty. Drop shades or outdoor curtains are wonderful options to block the sun from you as it shines in brightly below the roof line. Don’t forget the electrical options when designing your dream porch. Of course you want ceiling fans, plenty of outlets, can lights, and perhaps TV for those that truly want to live outdoors.
If you enjoy entertaining, think about a built in bar station with an ice maker and also a cooking station with a vent hood! The possibilities are really endless with porches and the amenities people are adding seem to grow every year. It’s best to begin with the end in mind. In other words, have the entire design completed prior to construction so that if you do the project in phases, it looks like it was done all at once when completed! If you need on – site help, call 704-944-1350.
Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this screen porch with EZE Breeze retractable windows
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
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
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