Can I put a grill under a roof?

Most of our clients at Archadeck of Charlotte prefer to have a roof over them when they are using their grill. The idea of standing under the sun for an extended period is not exciting. Furthermore, being rained on is not an exciting prospect either!

For years we could design and build covered areas to place your grill. There is a building code violation that prevents us from doing that. The concept is that the practice presents a fire hazard.

There are 2 ways now we design “covered” spaces in order to be protected from the elements while you are grilling.

One is simply to design the outdoor kitchen or grilling station on the outside of the roof just enough to where you can stand under the roof while the grill station is not covered!

The second is a much more expensive but quite legal option. We can purchase and install a vent hood and place the outdoor kitchen directly under the roof. For more information on grilling and outdoor kitchens, go to

Is it OK to grill in a screen porch or covered patio?

Most of us want our grill or smoker to be close to our back door and covered by a roof so that we can cook regardless of the elements.

The common question is what are the building codes? Is it legal? Is it safe? How can I do it if I want to?

The first question is around the building codes. In the Charlotte, NC market it is only allowed by code if there is a vent hood inside the screen in porch. There seems to be some gray area when it comes to a covered porch or patio. We have seen where a tall open pavilion is allowed to have an outdoor kitchen as long as the grill is on the perimeter of the structure and therefore allowing smoke to not be trapped and become a hazard.

The question around legality is really referring back to the first question which is really around local building codes. Most counties have there own codes that derive from a national code but are enforced by a local agency to varying degrees.

The question of safety is the primary concern for most. If you are simply using a normal charcoal grill and you are not putting it up against a house wall, you are realistically pretty darn safe. The challenge is more of the soot from the smoke staining the ceiling of the porch structure more than a safety issue.

Having a covered area for an outdoor kitchen is great as long as you follow the above information! For great outdoor kitchen photos, go to

Paver patio with stone outdoor kitchen in Charlotte

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this stone outdoor kitchen

Archadeck of Charlotte services Ft. Mill and Rock Hill, South Carolina

Archadeck of Charlotte is a long tenured outdoor living business that has been servicing Ft. Mill and Rock Hill, South Carolina for over 20 years! In 2013, Archadeck of Charlotte was ranked the #130 largest remodeler in the United States by Qualified Remodeler Magazine. The company has experienced rapid growth the past couple of years based on its large referral base and scope of work!

Unlike most exterior remodeling companies, Archadeck of Charlotte does a combination of stone work (outdoor fireplaces, fire pits, outdoor kitchens, and patios) as well as carpentry (decks, screen porches, sun rooms, pergolas).

In addition, they have 2 sister companies that service all of the surrounding areas. Value Remodelers and Handyman Services is a full-scale interior remodeling company that specializes in kitchen and bath remodeling.

Renew Crew of Charlotte is an exterior cleaning and sealing company that can power wash your house, patio, driveway, and then put a sealer or protectant on them to keep them clean longer. For more information on all 3 Archadeck companies, the web sites are:


Where should I put my grill on my patio or deck?

A common question we get at Archadeck of Charlotte is where should I place my grill on my patio or deck?

The answer we provide is based on asking a few more questions. Is this going to be simply a grill without an outdoor kitchen attached to it? How often do you grill? Is your grill aesthetically pleasing to where it should be highly visible or more subdued? What is your exterior cladding, vinyl, stucco, wood, or brick? Do you mind being out in the rain periodically? 

Once these answers are provided, we can assimilate a strategy as to where to best place the grill. We always want to consider the proximity to your indoor kitchen unless you have a complete outdoor kitchen where it will not be necessary to walking back and forth throughout the process. In addition, are there level changes in your deck or patio that will make placement a different consideration? Do you have an area that will provide shelter from the rain? We usually can figure out the placement within 5 minutes. To get some great ideas, go to  

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built outdoor kitchen with Green Egg, Fire Magic Grill, Travertine counter, outdoor sink, and outdoor refrigerator

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built outdoor kitchen with Green Egg, Fire Magic Grill, Travertine counter, outdoor sink, and outdoor refrigerator

Are Outdoor Kitchens really practical?

Are outdoor kitchens really practical? We get asked this question at Archadeck of Charlotte nearly as much as the use of a pergola. One thing for sure, the outdoor kitchenImagehas passed the phase of being just a fad. The first outdoor kitchens we began getting demand for 6 years ago were to take a grill and create a stone box, stone counter top and some work space on it.

That evolved into adding an appliance of two such as a refrigerator or ice maker. Today? Today the outdoor kitchen has gone from a novelty, to intriguing, to a more common appearance in the backyards of Charlotte in homes ranging from $350,000 on up. With the additions of pull-out trash cans, warming drawers, Green Egg smokers, and sinks that run with hot and cold water, outdoor kitchens are not only practical, they are fabulous! To see some great ideas and photos on outdoor kitchens, go to


How close can an outdoor fireplace be to my home?

A common question we get at Archadeck of Charlotte is “how close can an outdoor fireplace be to my home?” there are a couple of wAys to look at it.

The local building codes in the greater Charlotte market requires that you keep your outdoor fireplace a minimum of 10′ from your home. In addition, you can build within 10′ as long as your chimney extends at least 2′ above the highest pitch within the 10′. This often makes the fireplace 16′ and higher and it becomes cost prohibitive!

The other way to look at is use good common sense. Even if you construct the fireplace (and especially fire pit) 10′ away, you don’t want to build a large fire that can get out of control. For some great outdoor fireplace and fire pit photos, go to