Looking for screen porch design ideas?

In Charlotte, NC, nearly everyone wants a screen porch. They can be quite simple with slanted or a shed roof and a basic shape with screen and a door. Or…

Our design ideas begin with looking at your home’s roof line and imagining what would be the appropriate architectural fit whether its a gable roof, a shed roof, a gazebo style roof, or even a flat roof.

Gazebo style screen porch in the Ballantyne area of North Carolina by Archadeck

Gazebo style screen porch in the Ballantyne area of North Carolina by Archadeck

Then we look at colors of your home and the trim color. There are two primary routes we take. Depending on what you are trying to achieve, we can go with a rustic porch look or try to make the porch look as though it was part of the home rather than an addition. This is done through color and roof line.

By changing the size of the columns supporting the roof can make your porch seem more substantial and even decorative. In addition, adding architectural trim such as crown molding under the ceiling or dental molding to the exterior along with trim out the columns can make the porch more formal.

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

By combining different materials such as stone and wood you can really jazz up your screen porch! To get many porch design ideas, go to charlotte.archadeck.com/pickYourProject/Porches

Ipe Brazilian Hardwood Decking is becoming popular for Lake Wylie decks

Archadeck of Charlotte designs and builds over 1,000 decks each year throughout the greater Charlotte area that includes Lake Wylie, South Carolina.

Deck species vary from the least expensive option of pressure-treated wood Southern-yellow pine, cedar, composite decking, bamboo decking, and Brazilian hardwood decking such as Ipe (pronounced ee-pay). It is easily recognized for it’s beauty and if you have ever held a piece of Ipe, you would notice the extreme density of the board.

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this beautiful screen porch using Ipe Brazilian hardwood decking as the porch floor

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this beautiful screen porch using Ipe Brazilian hardwood decking as the porch floor

The board comes in a tongue and groove design that is best utilized inside a screen porch or sunroom as pictured above. It truly brings out a finished and can be highlighted as a rustic deck.

This Ipe deck was built by Archadeck of Charlotte and utilized a powder-coated aluminum balluster by Dekorators with a twist in the spindle for added character

This Ipe deck was built by Archadeck of Charlotte and utilized a powder-coated aluminum balluster by Dekorators with a twist in the spindle for added character

Ipe decking can have a variety of rail systems to mix with it. In the above captioned deck, we used pressure-treated wood posts with an Ipe rail cap and mixed in Deckorator aluminum balusters that are low-maintenance.
Ipe does not rot and does not even need staining if you like the look of weathered wood. If you want the rich deep look it has when applied, you will want to keep it oiled with very specific treatments. If you would like further information on Ipe decking or care and maintenance, go to http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com