Patio with water feature, how much would it cost


How much would it cost to have a patio with a water feature built into my backyard? Of course it depends on the size and materials. I am going to attempt to provide a reasonable expectation on a budget for this type of project!

A very modest paver patio that is large enough to house a 4′ x 6′ water feature that has a motor to create a soothing sound and all the patio area for a table and chairs should run between $10,000 – $13,000 in the Charlotte, NC area.


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

If you add a fire pit like the one featured above you could add roughly $1,500!

Call Archadeck of Charlotte to schedule your free design consultation at (704) 944-1350. To see many patios with a wide variety of water and fire features, visit our website at



How do I justify paying more for a deck?

How do you justify paying more for a deck? I recently heard a great line that went something like this: “if I only had paid more it would have cost me less”.

As a consumer, there has to be a solid reason to pay more for our purchases. In the case of a deck of patio, I will share some that may resonate with you.

Hot tub deck with a privacy fence and outdoor shower by Archadeck of Charlotte

Located in Charlotte, NC this backyard oasis was designed and constructed by Archadeck. It includes a pool deck, screened porch, covered outdoor kitchen and dining area, firepit and raised spa deck.

  1. Customer assurances and piece of mind (insurance, license, warranties)
  2. Design (does it fit your taste and is it functional for your furniture and needs)
  3. Quality (the materials and labor)
  4. Ease of doing business with ( do they have a physical location, are they easy to reach with questions)
  5. Add value (is the contractor able to add more to the project with ideas and finished look)
Retaining wall with decorative stone and multi-level in Charlotte by Archadeck

Retaining wall with decorative stone and multi-level in Charlotte by Archadeck

As a consumer, it is never wise to pay more unless you can justify why. The attempt here was to help you think through your purchasing decision of a deck or patio and what you may not have considered when you looked at the “apples – to apples” quotes!

If you love the outdoors, Snap Lock/ Dry Deck systems create 2 spaces without the costs on a high deck!

For those that are trying to both maximize their outdoor living space and maximize their dollar, creating a dry deck or under deck system is the way to go! There are several ways to achieve an extra functional space under your deck if it is high up in the air.

We are all looking for ways to stretch our dollar further. At the same time, our appetite has grown for living outdoors and having more space to entertain. The space requirements often are comprised of an area of shade, an area that is open to get some sun and to allow for free air flow for your grill or outdoor kitchen, and areas that allow access from our main living area and down at grade.

These requirements often lead to costly decisions or cause us to compromise and leave out some of the features we want. We say that we will come back to it in phases and that we will start with just a deck and then come back and create a shaded area. The challenge is, most of the time we never get around to it.

A solution is a Snap Lock dry deck system or under deck system that creates a roof over a lower patio area. The effect is that you are creating 2 spaces while building one. If you love the outdoors, this is a wonderful cost effective option.

We often get called to repair failed systems that people have invested in that have leaked. The most common problem we find was they either bought a flawed system or the system was not installed per the manufacturer’s recommendations.

The 2 most effective systems we have found that not only look aesthetically pleasing, but have an extremely low failure rate are either an EPDM rubber membrane system that you apply over pressure-treated plywood that goes on over the floor joists or a powder-coated aluminum under deck system that attaches below the floor joists. These have been proven over time to keep water from leaking down to the lower patio. To see great photos of these outdoor living spaces, go to the photo gallery at

A beautiful and functional space below a deck from Archadeck of Charlotte

A beautiful and functional space below a deck from Archadeck of Charlotte

ARchadeck of Charlotte, designed and build this wood deck with stain by Renew Crew

Archadeck of Charlotte, designed and build this wood deck with stain by Renew Crew

Archadceck of Charlotte designed and built this double-deck open porch in Matthews, NC

Archadceck of Charlotte designed and built this double-deck open porch in Matthews, NC

How can I get the best ideas for my outdoor living space?

Archadeck designed this outdoor fireplace and outdoor kitchen and patio

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

Archadeck of Charlotte wins all of the major awards at the 2012 Annual Awards Banquet!

Top deck and outdoor living builder, Archadeck of Charlotte won all of the major awards at the 2012 awards banquet held in Charleston, SC. Like most every year since it’s inception (1988), Archadeck of Charlotte was the largest franchise amongst all of the national Archadeck franchises.

Archadeck of Charlotte was also recognized for Outstanding Customer Service award based on surveys from its large customer base. In addition, both Mark Norton and Mike Luick were honored as the two top individual sales people in the country. Mark Norton and Eric Kent won the best design awards for hardscapes and porch and patio categories.

Archadeck of Charlotte is celebrating its 25th year in business and has amazingly completed over 22,000 projects and sold close to $100mm in projects. They are also a growing Charlotte based employer. For more information, go to


What are my patio step options and price implications?

A common question people are seeking answers to are their choices regarding patio steps and deck steps and the price implications. We will detail several of those below.

A primary consideration for patio steps is to determine if you want to match the substrate of what the patio flooring is or do you want to contrast? What is the substrate leading down to the patio or from the patio?

If cost is a primary consideration, wood steps are going to be a far less expensive way to go then masonry. TheImage challenge with with wood steps is they will require maintenance and are not necessarily the most aesthetically pleasing in combination with masonry. The paver steps are rustic and provide a low maintenance solution. Travertine stone steps are perfect as shown above when they are combined with a Travertine stone patio.

Concrete patios are best suited for concrete steps. A great way to warm up the look of the concrete is to stain or color it with products that are very inexpensive from companies like Quickcrete or Rust-Oleum. If you are in need of further ideas and photos, you can go to to see the latest!

What are my options for paver steps or patio steps?

Archadeck of Charlotte designs and builds 100’s of patios annually. Instead of the more traditional wood steps coming down from a deck, screen porch, house, or down a slope, people are wanting to see different options for patio steps or paver steps.


Archadeck of Charlotte paver patio with paver steps

Archadeck of Charlotte custom designed and built this paver patio and paver steps in FT Mill, SC

The cost of wood steps is lower than masonry products. The beauty and low-maintenance aspects of masonry steps are making them a more popular selection today in the Carolinas! For great ideas go to the photo gallery at www.charlotte.archadeck.comTravertine stone patio in Charlotte with stone steps