Rustic chic screen porches..today’s designs

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this gazebo style screen porch with Cabot Stain

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this gazebo style screen porch with Cabot Stain

There is a real demand for designing screen porches with a rustic chic flare. We see different trends come and go but this idea of rustic chic has been there for awhile and the demand is picking up steam. If you really think about all that goes into a screen porch, you realize how many elements effect the aesthetics and overall architectural appeal.

We start with the construction and trim. The materials you choose for your flooring, columns, and ceiling all influence the appeal. In Charlotte, NC we see some exposed rafters up in the ceiling. We see dark, warm stains being used on the columns and floor.

Then think about trim detail. How do finish off the screen and the attaching mechanisms? How about the bottom and the top of the screen porch? For a great photo gallery of screen porch designs, go to http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com

How can I determine the column size for my screen porch?

One of the important but mainly overlooked details when designing and building a screen porch or covered patio is the column size. So, how can you determine the appropriate size?

A good rule of thumb should take into consideration not only the size of the roof structure but also the height. the higher the porch, the more substantial the columns should be. Material or substrate also plays a role in the size of the porch column. For example, if you are utilizing a round fiberglass column, they are accompanied by a base cap that will make the column appear even wider. When you are using wood, perhaps there is an intent to wrap it with trim?

Custom porch by Archadeck of Charlotte in Myers Park area with round fiberglass columns and vinyl rail

Custom porch by Archadeck of Charlotte in Myers Park area with round fiberglass columns and vinyl rail

Most deck builders and porch builders will use 4×4 columns as a standard and upgrade to 6×6’s upon request. Archadeck of Charlotte will use 8×8’s or even 12×12’s for large open porches or porches that are 12′ off the ground or more. To get some great visual ideas on these and more concepts, go to http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com