A great testimonial for Archadeck of Charlotte

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this outdoor living space for the Spada’s in south Charlotte.  The screen porch is on an existing cement slab that was extended to create more space for the porch. In addition, there is a patio area for the grill and landscape design along with a privacy fence to hide the HVAC system.  Tune into the video testimonial and go to www.charlotte.archadeck.com for design ideas!

Do we really build screen porches for our pets?

It’s amazing how many of us design and build screen porches with our pets in mind. At Archadeck of Charlotte, we are constantly consulting with homeowners on making sure the screen porch will be suitable for their pets!

Charlotte Eze Breeze Porch with Trex Transcends decking

Charlotte Eze Breeze Porch with Trex Transcends decking

The most common concerns are the strength of the screen and the access of a “doggy door”. There are specialty screens like “pet screen” on the market that are resistant to tearing for a modest upcharge. Many people rely on the rail, which is built on the inside of the screen to be a detractor for pets ripping the screen. Mostly, we just love our pets and want to make sure there is a nice outdoor area for them without them escaping. Screen porches are fun and functional for both humans and our pets! To see some great screen porch ideas, go to www.charlotte.archadeck.com

How do I know if my screen porch is big enough or how to plan for the neccessary space?

At Archadeck of Charlotte, we often find that people choose the size of their screen porch based more on the back of their house rather than thinking through how they are going to furnish the screen porch or how there are going to utilize the space. While looking at the different roof lines, doors, and windows on the back of the house are all elements for consideration, another important element is how much furniture you would like to place inside the screen porch on how you would like to situate it.

Screen porches are really “outdoor living rooms” these days and many people have a table for dining as well as a couch, rocking chairs, TV’s, and small tables. Our advice at Archadeck is to measure the furniture and leave room for chairs to slide out as well as plan on leaving pathways for traffic flow. By taking these items into consideration, you will create a very functional screen porch. To get ideas, click on this link to our photo gallery at http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com 

Archadeck of  Charlotte built screen porch with outdoor fireplace and travertine

Archadeck of Charlotte screen porch with outdoor fireplace and travertine tile

“Where is the best place to put a billiards room in your house if you don’t quite have the space”

Billiards tables are large, heavy, cumbersome, and really great for recreation and entertaining! Where is the best place to put a billiards table in your home? If you purchase a regulation size billiards table, you not only need room to support the table but additional room to manuver your pool stick. There just aren’t that many rooms in the average home to accomodate this. Archadeck of Charlotte designed and build this outdoor living room that is designed to be a screen porch, sun room, and billiards room! The room features EZE Breeze windows that are retractable and convert a screen porch into a sun room and right back again.  A typical billiards table is 7′ x 3’6″ and then there should be at least another 3′ all the way around to manuever. So if you don’t have the ideal spot in your house for a billiards table, why not design and build a combination screen porch and sunroom that can also house the pool table? To see more rooms, take a look at Archadeck’s photo gallery at http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com

Archadeck of Charlotte EZE Breeze billiards sunroom

EZE Breeze sunroom billiards room

How much should an outdoor fireplace cost?

We have a broad perspective of the competitive market for outdoor fireplaces in Charlotte, NC and the surrounding market. Outdoor fireplaces are available as a “do-it-yourselfer”, a pre-fabricated unit, and a custom built variety.

We have written in previous blogs by Archadeck of Charlotte that it is not advisable to build an outdoor fireplace if you do not do this for a living. You can reference our “why should a do-it-yourselfer not build an outdoor fireplace” blog. In terms of pre-fabricated units, they range from $6,000 – $9,000 depending on size and material and that includes the cost of labor. A custom stone outdoor fireplace can range from $6,000 on up depending on size and stone. The average stone outdoor fireplace seems to run around $7,000 for a free-standing to over $10,000 for one that is integrated into a screen porch. These prices do include labor and material. For more information, go to http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com

Stone outdoor fireplace with stone travertine patio

Stone patio with outdoor fireplace

Which roof design is the best for my screen porch?

At Archadeck of Charlotte, we often get asked, “which is the best roof style for my screen porch? The answer depends on function and architecture. Take a look at the back of your house and the roof lines. What do you see? The various styles include a shed roof (least expensive), gable roof, hip roof, and a gazebo syle roof. Depending on your existing roof lines and how it will tie in will give you one-half of the answer. The other half lies in function. If you are concerned about how much light will be lost in your home due to the new roof on the screen porch, the best solution is a gable as it will allow the maximum amount of light back into the house. If you want to eliminate the sun from hitting your furniture and heating up your house,  a shed roof or even a hip roof will do the job. Make sure you consult a pro when deciding on the best roof for your screen porch. Too see many screen porch designs, check out the photo gallery at http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com 

Screen Porch by Archadeck of Charlotte

Custom screen porch or covered deck in Charlotte by Archadeck

Under what conditions does a detached garage or detached screen porch make sense?

We get many inquiries for detached structures. The most common being detached garages and detached screen porches. Archadeck of Charlotte is a custom remodeler and outdoor living space provider and we are looked to as the expert for these types of questions.

The question of whether it makes sense to build a detached garage depends on where you live, your zoning requirements, the functionality, and finally your budget. Detached garages are not really a problem if you live in a temperate climate where it does not rain a lot and does not get severely cold. One of the advantages of building a detached structure is it allows you to make it larger that you might if it were attached because the “set back” rules do not apply to structures that are not built into the existing house.  From a budget standpoint, it is often less expensive to build a free standing garage than it is trying to remodel part of the house and add to it depending on what costs you can avoid with what you have.

A detached screen porch’s primary advantage is back to the idea that you avoid the set back rules for your land survey. Some people are not able to add a screen porch simply because the way there plot is laid out will not allow for it. By building it detached, the counties do not enforce the setback rule. Detached screen porches also allow for you to have a 4-sided screen wall while connected to the house you most likely are going to have one or two walls that are sided or bricked! To see examples of both attached and detached structures, click through to http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com or  http://www.archadeckofcharlotte.com