How do I pick the best color for my screen porch?

Charlotte outdoor living trex island mist deck

How do you pick the best color for your screen porch? Here are a couple of easy tips for you to take into consideration when making your selection.

What is the trim color around your windows and doors? If you want your porch to look like it’s a part of the home and not an afterthought, this would be the easy and safe way to choose a color for the posts on your screen porch.


Screen porch by Archadeck of Charlotte

Archadeck custom built this screen porch in Huntersville, NC

If you want a more rustic feel, perhaps you have a heavily wooded lot, than a nice wood tone stain color would fit nicely like the one below.


Rustic covered patio with exposed rafters and an outdoor fireplace with stone on columns by Archadeck of Charlotte

Rustic covered patio with exposed rafters and an outdoor fireplace with stone on columns by Archadeck of Charlotte

Color choices are endless but if you think about the above two considerations, it really makes it quite simple! To see a wide variety of colors and styles of screen porches, go to


Beautiful Outdoor Living Spaces and Designs at Lake Norman, NC

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this composite deck, rail, and benches at Lake Norman

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this composite deck, rail, and benches at Lake Norman

Double-decker porch with brick and cedar colums and a dry deck system in Matthews, NC

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

Why would I build an outdoor fireplace versus a fire pit?

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 deck in Charlotte with fire pit

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:

1. Function

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.

2. Aestheitcs

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.

wood burning stone outdoor fireplace with fieldstone on a flagstone patio in Charlotte

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this flagstone patio and fieldstone outdoor fireplace

3. Price

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

Have you been told you can’t build a roof line for a screen porch you really want?

When you are having a screen porch built, there is a big difference in talking to someone who can build a screen porch and those that design and build screen porches every day! We have had countless prospects call us at Archadeck of Charlotte to look at the potential of a screen porch for the back of their house. When we recommend a gable roof for example, we hear “the last guy said we could not have a gable roof”.

Designing and building screen porch roofs does take a lot of experience and vision. The back of the house has several potential obstacles that include but are not limited to chimneys, windows, different roof lines that may jet into the space, dryer vents, air returns, roof vents, etc…

Roof designs are critical because they can affect the amount of light that comes back into your home. They also are critical to insure the porch looks architecturally correct and appear as if it were built with the home, not as an afterthought.

Please make sure you go to our photo gallery under “screen porches” at, to see what the possibilities are when it comes to screen porch roof design or simply call Archadeck at 704-999-1330.


Archadeck of Charlotte teams up with Make A Wish Foundation and check out this customer review!

Archadeck of Charlotte got rave reviews for its partnership with Make A Wish and providing this custom screen porch for a deserving family

Archadeck of Charlotte got rave reviews for its partnership with Make A Wish and providing this custom screen porch for a deserving family

Liz Patton

I can’t say enough good things about Archadeck. I am a wish coordinator at Make-A-Wish, and Archadeck helped us grant a terminal child’s wish quicker than we could have hoped! They built her a 12×12 screened in porch in a matter of weeks, and the quality of work was amazing. The family is beyond thrilled, and as an organization, we are so thankful to be able to work with such an awesome group of people at Archadeck. They are very easy to work with and they do great work. They kept us updated along the way and made sure that everything they did was up to our standards. Seriously, if you’re looking to have any type of deck built, contact these guys! They were also the lowest quoted price we received, and we reached out to every local place we could find. All in all, great work, great price, and even better people!

Archadeck of Charlotte? No Complaints!

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







no complaints about Archadeck of Charlotte

Archadeck of Charlotte clients’ actual review




“Steve and Nick were amazing! Steve designed the deck as well as built it. Steve is very professional, always let us know the progress, and his plans. We are so please with the final results and would happily recommend Archadeck for any outdoor project. Please feel free to put on on a contact list for any referrals

The job site was clean and the project was completed on time.”

Give us a call for a free consultation at 704-944-1350. For more great Archadeck reviews and testimonials, please visit our website.

Enclosing your screen porch with an outdoor fireplace in the Carolinas

The last few years has been a building boom for screen porches with outdoor fireplaces in the Carolinas. As one on the largest design/build firms in the Carolina’s, we have seen the demand increase exponentially for this type of project. The enclosed link is one the most often selected photos on our web site.

What is driving the demand? We can’t say for sure but would love some comments back?

We believe it the continuing urge for people to expand their outdoor living to year around and feel like they escaped from everyday life’s challenges? We also think it is a great way to go back to valuable time with family and friends without distractions! We would love to hear from you thoughts as to what is driving this amazing growth in outdoor fireplaces.


Take a look at a picture of one of our popular porches that includes an inclusive outdoor fireplace.

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