Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this composite deck, rail, and benches at Lake Norman
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
Should you add a fire pit or fireplace as a feature on an outdoor living space? One thing is for certain, fire features are hot (no pun intended)!
Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this pretty stained deck and fire pit
So…why would you build an outdoor fireplace versus building a fire pit? Here are some important considerations:
Do you want this to be part of a room enclosure like a screen porch or sun room? If so, it will by default have to be a fireplace for venting purposes. If you want to have a large group most of the time, a fire pit actually allows for a large group to sit on all sides and allows for more people to enjoy the warmth of the fire than a fireplace.
An outdoor fireplace is a focal feature of an outdoor space. By it’ sheer size and design, when build right and placed appropriately, the outdoor fireplace is a most attractive addition. On the other hand, if you have incredible views of water or woods, you may want something much lower profile like the fire pit. Both fire features can be additive to the overall landscape design but placement of the feature is critical.
Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this flagstone patio and fieldstone outdoor fireplace
A stone outdoor fireplace can be as low as $8,000 and go up to $15,000 depending on size and additional features. The stone outdoor fire pit is more like $1,000 and go upwards depending on size and features.
There is a significant price difference as you can see. If budget will not allow for the fireplace, a fire pit will still serve as a great place to entertain friends and family. The one thing you will forgo is the focal point of the space. To see a complete photo gallery of outdoor fireplaces and fire pits, go to http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com
Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this flagstone patio with patio steps and black aluminum rail
Want to see the best design ideas and photo gallery for patio designs in North Carolina and South Carolina? We have the most extensive patio photo gallery and even a video gallery on You Tube that can give you great ideas on what you can do with your outdoor living space.
Archadeck of Charlotte has been designing and building outdoor spaces for over 25 years and has chronicled many of their best designs in their photo gallery and on You Tube. You can find unusual materials, designs around various elevations, and even combinations of fire features and water features! You don’t have to look any further than the links below!
Go to www.charlotte.archadeck.com or go to http://www.youtube.com
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 http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com
Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built outdoor kitchen with Green Egg, Fire Magic Grill, Travertine counter, outdoor sink, and outdoor refrigerator
Screen Porch by Archadeck of Charlotte with outdoor fireplace and pergola
Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this gazebo style screen porch with Cabot Stain
How would I go about choosing the appropriate paint and/or stain color for my screen porch? We have 25 years experience at Archadeck of Charlotte designing and building screen porches and covered patios.
The first thing we look at is the existing trim color of the home. Is this a color you are going to stay with? If so, it makes sense to paint the porch columns the same color and the house trim to make it appear as if the porch came with the house and was not an after thought!
Secondly, what look are you going for in your outdoor living space? Do you prefer a more rustic porch? Are you looking to have a soothing or uplifting ceiling? Dark stains are quite in vogue today and give a deep and rich feeling to the room.
Finally, think about maintenance considerations. Generally speaking, stain is going to be lower maintenance than paint and does not show dirt as readily! To get great color ideas for your screen porch, go to http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com
stone outdoor fireplace with flagstone patio and outdoor kitchen in Charlotte
So many people want to get ideas for their outdoor living space, they just don’t know where to look or who to go to! There are some very efficient and effective ways to go about gathering good design ideas and concepts for your backyard.
You can start by attending Home and Garden Shows in your local market. Here in Charlotte, there are 3 in the spring and 2 in the fall where a large number of vendors display beautiful projects for you to view.
You can go to web sites where remodeling professionals often have extensive photo galleries that you can search for the particular types of projects you are looking for.
You can also hire a design professional that may be willing to come out to your home free of charge to discuss the possibilites with you and share expert advice! For great ideas for your outdoor living desires in Charlotte, either call 704-944-1350 (Archadeck of Charlotte) or go to www.charlotte.archadeck.com
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 kitchenhas 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 www.charlotte.archadeck.com