Outdoor TV’S…what do I need?

With evolution in Charlotte, NC and the surrounding market moving even at a faster pace from the inside of their home to outdoor living, there are more and more features that people want to enjoy outdoors. A fast growing one is outdoor TV’s. The leader in the category of outdoor televisions is Sunbrite , they practically own the category.

The question is, do I need an outdoor rated TV or not if I cover the TV with a roof? The answer is…it depends.

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

The advantages of the outdoor TV is the equipment is literally built to withstand the elements of hot or cold. In addition, the non-reflective screen keeps the glare off and allows you to see a perfect picture even on a bright and sunny day!

If you have a roof over your deck or patio and the TV is completely covered and out of the elements, a standard TV should be fine for years ( I know that personally). Having said that, with an outdoor space and depending on how much you watch, investing in a product like Sunbrite can be well worth the investment! As a Sunbrite dealer, we supply them at our cost when we design and build outdoor living spaces at Archadeck of Charlotte. To find photos of outdoor living designs, go to www.charlotte.archadeck.com

Vacation in Aruba? Great excuse for business!

We just arrived back from sunny Aruba and were so fortunate to have missed the snow here in Charlotte, NC this week! Truth be told it was a vacation but it’s amazing the ideas you can attain while vacationing. We were staying at the Marriott Stellaris Resort and Casino in Aruba on Palm Beach and they have a beautiful pool. We were one of four couples that went to have a relaxing week and it really was a bonus that we missed NOTHING in Charlotte due to the inclement weather.

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this covered outdoor kitchen with a cabana and all of the outdoor appliances including a Fire Magic AOG Grill

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this covered outdoor kitchen with a cabana and all of the outdoor appliances including a Fire Magic AOG Grill

One of the fun features of the Aruba Marriott is they have a swim up bar and pool volleyball net. Several of the days we participated in the volleyball to be proceeded by swimming up to the bar for refreshments. Two of the couples we were with happen to own pools in south Charlotte and an idea hit me! What about creating a swim up bar in their own personal pool? How fun would that be for entertaining? We are all in our 50’s with kids that have either moved out and enjoy entertaining friends.

Archadeck of Charlotte has been designing and building outdoor living spaces for over 26 years and this would be the perfect compliment to many of the projects we already build! My thinking is that while we are hired to surround the pool with everything from outdoor fireplaces, outdoor kitchens, and shade structures, why not offer a swim up bar feature?

The ideas began to grow while were there this past week. While we felt keeping it simple and affordable were going to be important attributes, design is was going to be key. After a tough week contemplating this, I believe we have come up with great ideas to offer a couple of different swim up bar options! To get ideas from this, go to http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com or call 704-944-1350.

Outdoor Living Spaces …ideas for Cornelius, NC and Lake Norman

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This particular multi-level deck has travertine tile on one level. Travertine Turkish tile is a very popular tile for outdoor projects. Spice up your space with a variety of floor coverings such as a wood space contrasted with a tile or paver space.

In the Carolina’s, Lake Norman and the city of Cornelius are synonymous with outdoor living. The area boasts some of the most beautiful neighborhoods from The Pointe to The Peninsula and many others. There are miles and miles of shoreline and wonderful homes that outline the lake.

Homeowner’s in Cornelius and Mooresville, NC are constantly in search of the latest trends in outdoor living whether it be covered decks, stone patios, trellises, pergolas, outdoor kitchens, or outdoor fireplaces. Most of the projects are being designed with multiple outdoor living spaces that may be multi-tiered and include a variety of materials. Archadeck of Charlotte, a 26-year old design/build company has been designing outdoor spaces around Lake Norman and has extensive design and construction expertise. The company has a wonderful outdoor show room or can direct you to homes in your neighborhood to get great ideas!

Low-maintenance materials are in more demand than ever now. With the humid climate in the area, composite decking such as Trex or TimberTech, are quite popular especially where there is a second story or raised elevation. These decks can cascade down to beautiful stone or paver patios and each space serves separate purposes. The top deck is great to station your grill our outdoor kitchen while the lower patio may have a fire feature and family gathering area. To get more ideas, visit http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com