Which Outdoor Fireplace is Right for Your Home in Charlotte?

Should you choose a stand-alone fireplace or one integrated into a porch or deck?

Outdoor living in Charlotte is nearly year-round.  Adding an outdoor fireplace to your outdoor living space will close the gap and create a space that is truly usable in all seasons.  But what type of fireplace best suits your needs?  There are benefits to all types of outdoor fireplaces, but there are differences that should be considered before you add a fireplace to your outdoor living area.

Stand-alone Outdoor Fireplace

A stand-alone fireplace, though detached from your home, is usually accompanied by a paver or stone patio.  A detached fireplace area is a fantastic idea for homes with large backyards, because it allows the homeowner to create aesthetic appeal to an area that would otherwise be unfinished and unused.  Stand-alone fireplaces turn boring flat areas of a yard into luxe gathering spaces, where we meet with friends and family for a relaxing evening – just add wine!  Custom stone fireplaces are show-stopping focal features in an outdoor living area.  Your friends won’t want to leave, and neither will you.

Outdoor-Fireplace-with-pave

Alternately, a detached outdoor fireplace can be tucked away into a quiet or hidden corner of your backyard to create a secluded sanctuary.  Imagine walking from your back door to your fireplace hideaway and feeling like you’ve been transported far away from woes and worries of the day.  We can help you create a getaway that will not require leaving your home – one that you can escape to any day you choose.

Charlotte large patio with outdoor fireplace and outdoor kitchen

If you have considered adding another fire feature, such as a firepit, why not upgrade to a custom outdoor fireplace?  If you are looking to expand your family’s use of your backyard, a fireplace will upgrade those plans nicely!  If you are seeking a truly custom fire area for your family, a detached fireplace will accommodate.  Gather ‘round for daily after-dinner conversation.  No one will ever object to a family meeting again if you offer a cozy fireplace area, where cares fall away, and comfort is offered on-sight.

Charlotte outdoor fireplace by Archadeck of Charlotte

Outdoor Fireplace Integrated into a Porch

If you have a porch area in need of character, adding a custom fireplace will turn your space into a beautiful four-season outdoor room.  Porches are essential and practical, but they offer so much more when used as an outdoor room.  Adding a fireplace to a porch will add usable time but can also change how you use the porch altogether.  Add a TV above the fireplace for catching your favorite shows or have a movie night for the kids at their weekend sleepover!  Fall is a perfect time to utilize a fireplace on your porch, mere steps away from inside your home, but lightyears from the outside world.  Imagine football games on Saturday and Sunday, wine after Thanksgiving dinner, and hot cocoa and Hallmark movies at Christmastime in your cozy outdoor space.  Coffee on cool weekend mornings…the list goes on and on!

Archadeck of Charlotte stone outdoor fireplace

Adding a fireplace to your covered patio or porch area will augment your home’s livable square footage and encourage use on days that you would otherwise be indoors.  A bit of cool weather won’t keep you bundled up inside.  Enjoy a good book on cool mornings or evenings.  Your sanctuary exists right outside your door!

Brick Gas Outdoor Fireplace under covered patio

Outdoor Fireplace Integrated into a Deck

Maybe you prefer open-air to covered porches and patios.  If your current deck is spacious and convenient, but you feel it just needs something more, a fireplace will fulfill that requirement.  Decks are one of the most practical additions to our homes.  We enjoy them for grilling, eating, sunning, and relaxing.  Take your relaxation to another level by adding a fireplace to your deck.  Your friends will applaud your ingenuity!  A fireplace will take your deck from a space of utility, albeit great, to an actual living area.

Charlotte multi-level Trex deck with outdoor fireplace

Be creative, add an air of flair and luxury!  A deck with a fireplace is a great conversation-starter and gathering spot.  Imagine convening for weekly book club or a random happy hour with friends and neighbors.  Decks are great investments alone, but with the added usability a fireplace offers, they become so much more!

Charlotte deck building composite deck outdoor fireplace

Archadeck of Charlotte specializes in all things outdoor fireplace, not matter your specific requirements.  We will work with you to plan, design, and build the perfect outdoor fireplace, and turn your current outdoor space into one of luxurious style.  From lavish enclosed porches, to perfect patios of respite and decks that will redefine convention, Archadeck of Charlotte is ready to build the custom outdoor fireplace of your dreams.

If you are considering a new Charlotte outdoor fireplace, give us a call for a free design consultation at (704) 944-1350 or email us and a Design Consultant will contact you promptly.

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Designing a custom pool house or pool cabana? What should be included?

Charlotte open porch near poolAt Archadeck of Charlotte, we get called upon more frequently than ever to design and build pool houses and cabanas. With people moving their lives outdoors, the want is to have all of the conveniences closer to where they are spending their free time to entertain friends and family.

The outdoor pool business appears to be booming based on the number of requests we are getting for these structures! We begin with space planning. How many people will typically use the space? What functional purposes are we trying to solve for? Along with shade protection and weather protection, what other conveniences do you desire? Outdoor shower? Outdoor bar? An outdoor fireplace either free standing or integrated into the cabana?

These are logical starting points when beginning the design process for a pool house. Thinking about changing facilities and a restroom? All of these items require space planning and architectural thought! What type of roofing will you desire? Standing seam metal roofing? Architectural fiberglass shingles to match your home? What about flooring, a non-slip tile or some other masonry surface?

This structure can serve a dual purpose of hiding and housing your pool equipment as well. We have a beautiful photo gallery for you to gather design ideas at charlotte.archadeck.com as well as houzz.com as we feature our projects there as well!

Archadeck of Charlotte designed this Gazebo pool cabana with fire pit and patio

Archadeck of Charlotte designed this Gazebo pool cabana with fire pit and patio

For your Charlotte outdoor fireplace, beware do-it-yourselfers and beware of the bricklayer (need a mason, artisan)

The most sought after outdoor living spaces today are built around the outdoor fireplace. Everyone wants them and many are surprised by the price to design and build them. When outdoor fireplaces are free standing out in the yard and adjacent to a patio or a deck, they can range in price from $7,000 up and they get more expensive as you make them wider, taller, use alternative materials, and so forth.

An even more popular application of the outdoor fireplace is integrating them into a screen porch or 3-season room so that you also have cover. These tend to be more expensive because you need skilled carpentry to insure the function and aesthetics are there to make the fireplace seamless with the roof structure. In addition, when you integrate a wood burning fireplace with a screen porch, the chimney needs to extend 2′ above the highest pitch within 10′ of the chimney. Furthermore, if the porch is up in the air, you need to build your stone work from the ground up and this adds additional masonry costs.

With the above variables in mind,there are those that seek out cheaper ways of having their fireplaces built. The unfortunate part of construction is that there are few barriers to entry. Any handy person can claim their ability to construct just about anything. The truth is that there is more to building an outdoor fireplace than meets the eye. People look at it and think all I need is some bricks and morter. Think again.

It starts with the footing. It is critical to have the proper depth, concrete, rebar, and so on. Then you need to understand the local building codes. Even if you don’t plan on pulling a building permit, they are some basic safety ideas that the code book provides for. How are you going to design your hearth? Have you any idea of the mantle material, where it needs to be placed, the width and depth? Finally and perhaps most importantly is the flu architecture. What is that? Designing the flue and chase so that the smoke draws properly up the chimney and not back at you through the fire box.

For these reasons, beware of trying to construct an outdoor fireplace by yourself or with a bricklayer. The money you save will be quickly spent trying to reconstruct the structure to actually perform! We have a vast photo gallery of outdoor fireplaces at http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this outdoor living space featuring a Sunbrite outdoor TV and stone outdoor fireplace

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this outdoor living space featuring a Sunbrite outdoor TV and stone outdoor fireplace

A beautifully integrated outdoor fireplace in a screen porch with EZE Breeze windows in Charlotte, NC on stained pressure-treated wood decking by Archadeck of Charlotte

A beautifully integrated outdoor fireplace in a screen porch with EZE Breeze windows in Charlotte, NC on stained pressure-treated wood decking by Archadeck of Charlotte

Archadeck of Charlotte voted best in DESIGN AWARD by HOUZZ for 2014!

The mega award winning Archadeck of Charlotte has been bestowed the prestigious best DESIGN AWARD as can be found at http://www.houzz.com/pro/erichkent.

This is the 2nd year in a row our company has been honored. In 2013, Archadeck of Charlotte was voted the CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD as well!!

Houzz.com is a web site that caters to people who are looking for great design ideas for the outdoor living and interior remodeling spaces. We submit projects and they decide which ones get published on their web site. Many of our customers use Houzz as a resource and design inspiration ideas in conjunction with our web site http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com and even at http://www.archadeck.com where consumers can use the Design Guide as a great tool!

Winning these awards is important to us to show our experience and credibility in this most scrutinizing world. We pride ourselves on our creativity and attention to our customers!

Custom outdoor fireplace and pizza oven with an outdoor kitchen on a Trex Transcends Gravel Path deck on Lake Wylie in South Carolina by Archadeck of Charlotte

Custom outdoor fireplace and pizza oven with an outdoor kitchen on a Trex Transcends Gravel Path deck on Lake Wylie in South Carolina by Archadeck of Charlotte

Paver Patio with ledge stone fire pit and sitting wall and a wood pergola with an outdoor kitchen in Ft. Mill, SC by Archadeck of Charlotte

Paver Patio with ledge stone fire pit and sitting wall and a wood pergola with an outdoor kitchen in Ft. Mill, SC by Archadeck of Charlotte

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

Winterizing your outdoor living space (winterizing your porch)

Screen Porch with EZ Breeze windows and stone outdoor fireplace

Stone outdoor fireplace with Eze Breeze windows in screen porch

stone patio with stone outdoor fireplace

Outdoor fireplace and patio in Charlotte

Screen Porch with wood burning stone fireplace

Archadeck of Charlotte design and built this screen porch and stone outdoor fireplace

What are the best ways to winterize your outdoor living space or porch? There are several ways to extend the time you are able to spend outdoors, specifically in the Carolinas!

The most popular way to winterize your outdoor living space is by adding a fire feature. This could mean something as simple as a fire pit or a real focal feature like an outdoor fireplace.  If you have a covered patio or screen porch, you can even have the outdoor fireplace integrated into the structure.

PGT Industries has been manufacturing its Eze Breeze window porch enclosure product for years now. In the greater Charlotte area, these are a wonderful to enclose your porch and with the aid of an outdoor fireplace or space heater, you can be outside year around.

To see a tremendous photo gallery of design ideas or more information on these products, go to charlotte.archadeck.com

New code for North Carolina for outdoor fireplaces!

EZE Breeze Screen Porch with Outdoor Fireplace integrated and sky lights

EZE Breeze Screen Porch with Outdoor Fireplace integrated and sky lights

Archadeck of Charlotte has designed and built hundreds of outdoor fireplaces in and around the greater Charlotte area. Up until this year, we built them with all of the same materials. Now, there is a code stating that when you build a gas outdoor fireplace, you must use a stainless steel frame that is being enforced. This is especially important when building the outdoor fireplace in a screen porch! It is a more expensive way to construct them but all of the surrounding counties seem to be adopting the code! For more information on outdoor fireplaces, go to charlotte.archadeck.com