Have Charlotte back porches replaced southern front porches of yesteryear?

The historical American front porch grew from a sensible home addition, which provided interior shade and protection over open windows during rain, to a status symbol and community gathering spot. Do we still enjoy our southern front porches of today like we did our grandparents’ front porches? Have backyard porches replaced front porches?

Many newer Charlotte area homes still have front porches. In planned communities, they might be smaller than those of our parents and grandparents. Custom homes in our area might feature larger front porches, but are we truly using them the same way we used to? Do we value our private back porches more these days?

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Welcoming front porch design

Are you looking for a Charlotte porch builder? Call on Archadeck of Charlotte.

While we don’t see back porches eliminating the need for or uses of front porches, we understand the appeal! Back porches are wonderful spaces of private respite and outdoor entertaining, which pick up where traditional front porches leaves off.


Comfortable back porch design with mosquito curtains

Back porches offer privacy

The most obvious difference in using a front porch for outdoor living versus a back porch, is that back porches offer privacy. If you like stepping out in early mornings to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea, a back porch is a perfect venue on which to retreat. Private backyard spaces are also wonderful for parties and get-togethers.

Waxhaw back porch
Private back porch in Waxhaw NC

Front porches are limited by HOAs

Charlotte open back porchIn many communities with homeowner’s associations, front porch design is limited. If homeowners wish to personalize their front porch with paint, lighting, furnishings, or privacy accoutrements, they might be denied by the HOA. Even though an HOA might still dictate the size and style of a back porch, chances are guidelines for your private backyard space will be more accepting of your intended porch design and use.

Back porches offer more space and more usability

Many times, space dictates the size of our front porch. A small front porch will inherently offer less usability. Porches overlooking backyards can be chock full of amenities for extended use. Many of our back porch designs are extensive outdoor living areas, which feature outdoor fireplaces, ceiling fans and lighting, surround sound and TVs, multiple living areas, screens and/or Eze-Breeze windows, and more!

Charlotte backyard screened porch
Charlotte backyard screened porch with outdoor fireplace and attached deck

Are you ready to build the back porch of your dreams?

Catawba back porchHaving a front porch is a way to stay connected to your neighbors and community. They offer curb appeal to almost any home, by creating an inviting façade. While we do not believe the importance of our southern front porches is lost in today’s outdoor living, we do believe that a back porch is a great way to expand and improve your family’s outdoor living.

We have been your trusted Charlotte porch builder since 1998. If you are ready to extend the way you live outdoors, Archadeck of Charlotte is ready to help you design the perfect back porch for your home. Give us a call at (704) 944-1350 or email us.

What is a 3-season room in Charlotte NC?

Our mild Charlotte area climate offers many outdoor living opportunities throughout the year. As the premier Charlotte outdoor living designer and builder, Archadeck of Charlotte addresses the question, “What is a 3-season room?” The answer is not as simple as you might think.

A deck is certainly a deck. A patio is a patio. A porch, however, comes in a few iterations, including that of a 3-season room. Does a porch require Eze-Breeze windows to be considered a 3-season outdoor room? Is HVAC required? Well, no…and no!

What is a 3-season room in Charlotte?
Charlotte Eze-Breeze 3-season room

We are your choice Charlotte 3-season room builder!

A sunroom is not a 3-season room.

Many times, sunrooms are mistaken for 3-season rooms, as they serve a similar function. Sunrooms are rooms with lots of windows for natural light entry. The difference in an Eze-Breeze three-season room and a sunroom, is that sunrooms are actual home additions with insulation and HVAC. They are climate-controlled with the feeling of being outdoors all year long. Sunrooms are 4-season rooms!

A sunroom is not a 3-season room.
Charlotte sunroom

Is a screened porch a 3-season room?

In Charlotte, a screened porch is three-season room. What constitutes this designation? Well, simply put, screened porches are usable in the Charlotte area for all or part of three seasons per year. Typically, a Charlotte screened porch is usable for nine months out of the year – March through November. While some days in some of the transitional months might be too cool to utilize a screened porch in the Charlotte area, others lend themselves beautifully.

What is a 3-season room?
Charlotte screened porch/3-season room

We want to be your Charlotte screened porch builder!

3-season roomWhat’s more, it is not necessary to have Eze-Breeze windows on your porch to get three seasons of use. While an outdoor fireplace can create a cozy space on cool days, it is not necessary to have one on your screened porch for it to be considered a 3-season room. With a fireplace and space heaters, a screened porch could even get use in the winter months, which would technically make that screened porch a 4-season room.

Sun porches are not 3-season rooms.

A sun porch is not a 3-season room.Sun porches are not as common as they were many years ago. These are simply enclosed porches with fixed windows, which were built for one reason – soaking in the sun when the air temperature outdoors is too cool to enjoy without bundling up. Because sun porches are not climate-controlled or insulated, they are best in cooler seasons, and will be rendered unusable on warm or hot, sunny days, as they create a greenhouse effect with the sun that is trapped within the space. We would liken it to entering your car, which has been parked in direct sunlight all day! Sun porches are also not usable on cold, overcast days, as full sun is required in cool weather to get optimum effects.

Which type of 3-season outdoor living design is right for you?

Each of our projects at Archadeck of Charlotte is custom-designed to fit the specific home and outdoor living style of our clients. Some families might prefer their 3-season room with windows. Others might only wish to have screens. There is no wrong answer – just the answer that is right for your home and family!

If you are considering building a 3-season room, Archadeck of Charlotte will create the perfect outdoor room for your home, lifestyle, and budget! Give us a call at (704) 944-1350 or email us.

Do I want a gas or wood burning outdoor fireplace or fire pit?

Archadeck of Charlotte has built many custom outdoor fire features over the years. We all know that outdoor fireplaces and fire pits serve many functions in outdoor living. They can be beautiful stone focal points in any outdoor living design, and bring warmth and ambiance when in use. Maybe you are considering adding a fire feature to your new porch, deck, or patio. Have you thought about whether you prefer wood-burning or gas?

Archadeck of Charlotte will first create your outdoor living design to include a fire feature, which adheres to your local building and usage codes. Depending on where you reside, fire pits and outdoor fireplaces will have to be built a certain distance from your home’s structure. There may also be rules dictating whether you can have a wood-burning fire feature in your outdoor space. We will provide all pertinent planning information, specific to your home and locale. When it comes time to make the final call, which will you choose?

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Custom gas fire pit by Archadeck of Charlotte

Pros and cons of a wood-burning outdoor fireplace or fire pit

Wood-burning fireplaces and fire pits offer a classic open fire ambiance

wood burning outdoor fireplaceIt almost goes without saying that a wood-burning outdoor fire feature is the ultimate in fiery ambiance. Wood gives you the mesmerizing combination of crackling and dancing flames.

Wood-burning fire features are more work

Though you might long for the classic outdoor fire with real wood, you might not like the clean-up post-fire. Also, you might not wish to split or purchase fire wood for your wood-burning fireplace or fire pit. Wood-burning fires can inherently have ash escape the confines of the fire box, which will entail sweeping or spraying off your patio, deck, or porch after you have had a fire. If you are looking for low-maintenance, wood-burning might not be right for you!

Pros and cons of a gas-burning outdoor fireplace or fire pit

Gas outdoor fire features are convenient

gas burning fireplaceUsing your gas-burning outdoor fireplace or fire pit will entail less planning. You can enjoy an impromptu visit to your favorite outdoor living space, and have flames at the literal push of a button. You can control the height of the flames just as easily. When you’re ready to go inside, you simply turn off your fire, rather than having to extinguish it.

Gas-burning outdoor fireplaces and fire pits are no muss, no fuss

Since you will not have to cut, purchase, store, or burn fire wood, there is much less of a fuss all-around for a gas-burning fire feature. You will not have to stack or store fire wood, sweep wood debris, or perform any ash clean-up after you have a fire. If you are a neat freak, even for your outdoor living area, a gas burning fire feature could be right for you!

Outdoor burning safety tips and information

We urge anyone in the Charlotte area, who wishes to use an outdoor fireplace or fire pit, to research their county and city level burning rules for recreational fires. Most municipalities do not allow the burning of garbage on Charlotte area properties. It is essential for the safety of your home, surrounding homes, and wildlife that recreational fires be handled with the utmost care.

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Custom fire pit by Archadeck of Charlotte

See outdoor burning information for surrounding areas:

Mecklenburg Fire Marshal’s Office recreational fire guidelines
Charlotte Fire Department Fire Prevention Bureau recreational fire guidelines
Huntersville Fire Department outdoor burning and grilling regulations

Wood-burning fire feature safety tips:

wood burning outdoor fireplace

  • Have a method for extinguishment available at all times during burning
  • Never leave a fire unattended
  • Do not burn paper, cardboard, or other waste in your wood-burning fire pit or fireplace
  • Try to avoid burning softer woods, such as pine, as they tend to pop more, running the risk of embers escaping into other areas
  • Never use gas, lighter fluid, or other fire expectorants
  • Do not leave the area until the fire is 100% extinguished

If you are considering adding a new porch, deck, or patio with a custom stone outdoor fireplace of fire pit, Archadeck of Charlotte can guide you to your perfect selection! Give us a call at (704) 944-1350 or email us.

Finish and performance choices for your Charlotte Trex deck

Archadeck of Charlotte is the leading Trex® deck designer and builder in the Charlotte area. Our expertise in Trex decking spans decades. When choosing a Trex deck for your home in the Charlotte area, you want to select a design and build firm, who specializes in Trex products – we are your trusted Charlotte Trex deck building experts. See our beautiful deck designs, and the products offered by Trex!

There are many reasons that Charlotte area residents love Trex composite decks. Without a doubt, if you are looking for a long-lasting, truly low-maintenance deck or porch, Trex decking is the way to achieve it. Trex has a comprehensive line of decking choices, with three performance levels in an array of gorgeous finishes and price points for budget-minded homeowners.

Trex Select, Enhance, Transcend


Trex Select

Trex Select Earth Tones decking is available in five beautiful finishes, that are complementary to any home finish and style. What does a “good” performance level have to offer? Affordability, high-performance shell technology, mold resistance, and a 25-year limited residential fade and stain warranty.

Charlotte Trex deck
Charlotte Trex deck – Trex Select Earth Tones: Madeira

If you are looking for a deck with superior beauty and long-lasting color and product performance, Trex Select Earth Tones will deliver on all fronts. This decking line offers a wood grain aesthetic with a solid color, traditional painted wood deck appearance that will never go out of style, and will remain beautiful through many years of use.

Trex Select finishes

Trex Select Earth Tones color choices are:

Madeira, Pebble Grey, Saddle, Winchester Grey, and Woodland Brown


We are your trusted Charlotte Trex deck builder!


Trex Enhance

The Trex Enhance Basics line offers the benefits of composite decking, such as durability and mold resistance, all while competitively priced – rivaling the price of wood decking! If you are looking for quality decking with a lower price point, Basics is the perfect choice.

Charlotte Trex deck
Charlotte Trex deck – Trex Enhance Basics: Clam Shell

Trex Enhance Naturals offers optimal performance found in all Trex decking lines, in addition to multi-tonal finished decking for a more natural wood appearance, minus the splintering and maintenance that wood decks require!

Both Basics and Naturals offer a 25-year limited residential fade and stain and are made of 95% recycled materials.

Trex Enhance finishes

Trex Enhance Basics and Naturals color choices are:

Beach Dune, Clam Shell, Saddle, Coastal Bluff, Foggy Wharf, Rocky Harbor, Sunset Cove, and Toasted Sand


Trex Transcend

Trex Transcend Earth Tones and Tropicals lines offer unmatched quality and the most beautiful array of natural wood grain and color finishes on the composite decking market. This green material is created with 95% recycled materials, engineered with optimum fade, scratch, stain, and mold resistance, and offers the most beautiful decking design choices of any man made decking material.

Charlotte Trex deck
Charlotte Trex deck – Trex Transcend Tropicals: Tiki Torch & Spiced Rum

The appearance of natural, exotic wood without the hassle of annual sanding, staining, and painting are some of the things that put Trex Transcend at the top of the heap for the choicest decking.

Trex select finishes

Trex Transcend Earth Tones and Tropicals color choices are:

Havana Gold, Island Mist, Lava Rock, Spiced Rum, Tiki Torch, Gravel Path, Firepit, Rope Swing, Tree House and Vintage Lantern

If you are considering adding a new Trex deck to your Charlotte area home, Archadeck of Charlotte is ready to help you design the perfect deck for your home, lifestyle, and budget! Give us a call at (704) 944-1350 or email us.

Flooring Considerations for Charlotte Porches

Archadeck of Charlotte has built many porches over the last 30 years, and flooring choices are as varied as our clients. Many folks begin with their desired aesthetic – most have an idea of the look and style they want for their porch. When choosing a porch floor, we recommend options for maintenance and performance, pricing, and aesthetics.

Maintenance and performance are important considerations when choosing a porch flooring material. How much time do you have to spend on maintaining your porch floor? How long will it last, and how will it stand up to constant use? If you are looking for a low-maintenance floor, Trex composite decking and other materials, such as ceramic tile flooring are ample choices. These choices are also top performers when it comes to busy outdoor living areas, in that they stand up spills, dropped items, and exposure to the elements.

Charlotte Trex deck and porch
This Charlotte deck and porch design features Trex composite flooring throughout. Not only does the Trex flooring tie the two outdoor living spaces together, but it will offer these Charlotte homeowners the benefits of true low-maintenance. This deck will never require sanding or staining, and will be beautiful for 25 year or more!

Charlotte screened porch with tile floor
This traditional brick Charlotte screened porch features a low-maintenance wood-look ceramic tile flooring, which is installed in a distinctive herringbone pattern. This floor will offer ease of cleaning with a simple sweep/vacuum and mop-up every so often, and will withstand many years of use.

Archadeck of Charlotte is your trusted Charlotte porch builder!

Pricing for your porch flooring is also a major consideration. Archadeck of Charlotte understands that budgets are always on the minds of our clients when choosing building materials. Cost-effective choices, such as pavers, travertine tile, and traditional wood decking are great for porch projects with budgetary concerns. Pressure-treated wood or cedar will require maintenance every couple of years to keep them looking great.

Charlotte porch with wood floor
This beautiful Charlotte porch was built with pressure-treated wood, and looks great in its natural finish! This porch and extra-wide steps that transition from the porch to the back yard will require sanding every year or two to maintain its beauty, and to rid the surface of any splintering.

Cost can be a long-term consideration, as well. Will you be sanding, painting, or staining your wood porch flooring, or will you hire a professional? Wood can last a very long time with proper care and maintenance, but if you are not willing to perform the maintenance or to pay to have it done, pavers or tile are great low-maintenance choices.

Charlotte porch with Travertine floor
This gorgeous Charlotte porch features an expansive travertine tile floor, which can be easily kept clean with regular sweeping and even a periodic garden hose spray if necessary. Travertine is a very popular choice for patios and porches in the Charlotte area for its low environmental impact, its low-maintenance benefits, and its natural beauty!

Charlotte porch with wood floor
This Charlotte porch and deck design feature a richly-stained wood flooring, paired with the exterior stone and masonry to give it a rustic aesthetic. This porch and deck will require future maintenance in sanding to eliminate splinters, and re-staining every year or two, depending on wear.

As mentioned above, aesthetics is a very important concern for homeowners, who are looking for a unique and beautiful outdoor living space! As the most experienced porch builder in the Charlotte area, we can work with you to achieve your desired appearance, while keeping in mind the cost and maintenance needs of your porch flooring materials.

Charlotte porch with Belgard paver flooring
This Charlotte screened porch features a Belgard paver floor. This floor will be very easily maintained to keep it clean. Since the porch is screened, debris will be far less likely to impede the space. Clean-up will be mainly to keep the dust and pollen at bay when necessary. Pavers are an exceptional choice for porch flooring, and can add an element of beautiful customization, as you see here with the natural stone colors you would find in a natural stone product!

Are you considering a custom porch for your Charlotte area home? Archadeck of Charlotte is ready to design and build a porch that is perfectly suited to your tastes, maintenance preferences, and budget! Give us a call at (704) 944-1350 or email us.

Charlotte outdoor kitchen and bar entertainment uses, pairings, and recipes

Archadeck of Charlotte has been designing custom outdoor living spaces in the Charlotte area for more than 30 years. Outdoor kitchens and bars are very popular in our area. How might you see yourself in a new outdoor kitchen? Does your ideal design include a custom outdoor bar? How would you entertain? What would you serve to your guests?

No matter your outdoor living needs, whether they include a full outdoor kitchen, or simple grill and dining table, you will find many wonderful uses for private dinners and entertaining alike. The Internet is chock full of classic and exotic outdoor cooking recipes, as well as wine and spirits pairings for your outdoor kitchen. Let’s take a look at a few that might be helpful for your outdoor entertaining this summer!

Outdoor kitchen with a Big Green Egg

Many of our outdoor kitchen designs include a Big Green Egg. It’s not just about the savory smoked meats if you have this versatile outdoor cooker! Try this delicious sounding smoked Yukon Gold potato salad recipe at your next outdoor party.

Charlotte outdoor kitchen

Big Green Egg Smoked Potato Salad Recipe

Charlotte outdoor kitchen

Charlotte outdoor bar for summertime cocktails

Are you a master mixologist, or do you aspire to be one? What types of drinks do your friends love at your outdoor bar this time of year? Is it craft beers, crisp ciders, or something fancier? Your friends will be impressed and delighted with flavorful, warm weather drinks served fresh at your outdoor bar!

poolside outdoor bar

Take a look at this cool summertime concoction, which is sure to cause a stir at your next gathering!

Lakeside outdoor kitchen for a fresh-caught dinner for two

You don’t have to be a skilled fisherman to serve up a delightful summertime lakeside dinner for two! Visit your local fresh market for the catch of the day, and whip up something special on your private patio and outdoor kitchen. Outdoor grilling might have you craving seasonal fish. If you’re looking for a grilled fish recipe, consider Monkfish!

lakefront outdoor kitchen

Try Whole Foods’ grilled Monkfish recipe!

After dinner drinks under a covered patio with outdoor kitchen

Are you looking forward to cigars and drinks with friends this summer for relaxation in your favorite outdoor living space? After-dinner drinks and conversation are welcome reprieves from the fast-paced lives we live. Take time to relax and have meaningful conversation in your favorite outdoor living space this summer.

Try a box-aged Daniel Marshall Red cigar and Balvenie for a true after dinner experience!

Wine pairings for a variety of outdoor kitchen creations

What better way to enjoy your favorite outdoor grilled meal than with a chilled bottle of wine, on-hand in your full-service outdoor kitchen? There’s no running indoors for a fresh bottle –your perfect pairing is always right at your fingertips!

Here are some simple pairing guidelines.

If steak is on the grill, serve up Malbec, Shiraz, or Zifandel. For fresh gourmet burgers, Shiraz and Zifandel will serve. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay will round off your pork and chicken grilled recipes, respectively. If you’re thinking salmon, keep it light with a Pino Gris or Riesling.

Are you ready for summertime entertaining and relaxation in your own outdoor kitchen and entertaining space? Archadeck of Charlotte is ready to build your ideal outdoor living design! Give us a call at (704) 944-1350 or email us.

Four times a patio accompaniment was the perfect outdoor living solution

At Archadeck of Charlotte, we are accustomed to building outdoor living areas, which are comprised of more than two types of spaces. These outdoor living combinations address specific needs for our clients, offering ultimate usability.

Often, we combine decks and screened porches, or even decks with both open and covered areas. We know that building more than one option for outdoor living is going to offer families better use of their backyards. See how these Charlotte patios stick the proverbial landing for four Archadeck of Charlotte outdoor designs!


Mooresville porch and raised patio design by Archadeck of Charlotte

Ipe hardwood deck and flagstone patio

This Ipe deck and patio combination create a cohesive outdoor living solution. The deck is surrounded by graduated steps for easy traffic flow and easy access between spaces. In this case, the homeowners have a covered area on the wood deck, which will offer sun protection when desired. The beautiful flagstone patio includes a custom fire pit, giving them a whole different use for the space. Fire pits add ambiance, warmth, a nice area to gather with family and friends, or to relax in quiet comfort


Ipe deck and flagstone patio by Archadeck of Charlotte

Eze-Breeze porch and travertine patio

When it comes to ultimately comfortable outdoor living, an Eze Breeze porch is the ideal solution. In this case, the beautiful, functional screened porch is accompanied by a natural travertine patio with a stacked stone outdoor kitchen and bar. This is a very sensible avenue by which to achieve functional outdoor cooking and dining space just outside your screened porch.


Eze-Breeze porch and outdoor kitchen patio by Archadeck of Charlotte

Porch, deck, and paver patio

This multi-functional outdoor living design has a bit of everything. Spaces like this are perfect for private use and entertaining alike, as they offer many usage options. Imagine the kids on the porch playing board games, teenagers hanging out on the pergola covered deck, and you enjoying a quiet space of reflection on the private paver patio below. Sipping morning coffee, visiting with a friend, or even staging this patio for a romantic starlit dinner are all perfectly achieved on this patio!


Screened porch, pergola-covered deck, and patio design by Archadeck of Charlotte

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Open porch and multi-use patio

This beautiful open gable covered porch design is accompanied by a fantastic natural stone travertine patio. The patio has two separate living areas built-in, with space for eating or conversation between them. The stacked stone outdoor kitchen is easily accessed from the porch and patio space. In addition to the usability offered by the cooking space, we built a stacked stone seating wall and large fire pit for even more outdoor living opportunities.


Travertine patio, stacked stone kitchen and fire pit, and covered porch by Archadeck of Charlotte

Beautiful and functional outdoor living designs are Archadeck of Charlotte specialties. Our ability to custom design and craft an ideal solution for your home and lifestyle are what set us apart. Are you ready to improve your outdoor living with a new multi-use space that includes an attached functional patio? Give us a call at (704) 944-1350 or email us.

See Archadeck of Charlotte’s outdoor design and build capabilities first-hand!

If you have seen our commercials on TV or follow us on social media, perhaps you have wondered how you might be able to see custom outdoor living designs by Archadeck of Charlotte. We are hosting an open house on Saturday, May 11 – come, see our porch, deck, and patio designs for yourselves!


Screened porch, deck, and patio design with fire pit by Archadeck of Charlotte


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Trex Decks

Archadeck of Charlotte specializes in completely custom outdoor living design and build projects for any home and outdoor living style. We build beautiful, low-maintenance Trex decks, custom-tailored to the style of your home and the way you wish to enjoy your deck. Trex offers a wide array of finish choices, including true wood-look decking. Deck design isn’t just about decks, though. Perhaps you’d like to add a custom pergola, and all our deck designs come feature beautiful deck railings, where required by code. Take a look at the deck below, which features some of Trex’s most popular finish selections.


Trex decking finish choices with custom railing and adjoining patios by Archadeck of Charlotte

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Custom Outdoor Kitchens

If you are looking to take your cooking skills outdoors, call on Archadeck of Charlotte for a completely customizable outdoor kitchen design. Beautiful stacked stone, solid surface countertops, and a plethora of cooking appliances may be included in your new outdoor kitchen. Commonly, we include smokers, grills, cook tops, sinks, refrigerators, and even warming drawers. How do you envision yourself preparing food for your family in a new outdoor kitchen?


Beautiful paver patio and outdoor kitchen design by Archadeck of Charlotte


Screened Porches

If you have been thinking about adding a screened porch to your Charlotte area home, we would love to show you around the Eze-Breeze screened porch at our Charlotte design center! Screened porches will add livable square footage to your home, while offering you an indoor/outdoor space to enjoy entraining or private relaxation. These flexible outdoor living spaces, which often include a custom outdoor fireplace, are usable for most of the year, and will bring you outdoors even when weather is less than perfect. The Eze-Breeze porch at our showroom has a beautiful stone fireplace, high inset gable roof, and finished beadboard ceiling for cleanly-installed electrical elements, such as recessed lighting and a ceiling fan.


Eze Breeze screened porch design by Archadeck of Charlotte


What else can you see at our open house on Saturday, May 11?

Our sister companies will all be represented at the Archadeck of Charlotte open house on Saturday, May 11, 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Talk to us about outdoor lighting, irrigation, exterior home surfaces cleaning, or even about a kitchen or bathroom remodel!

If you’d like more information about our open house, give us a call at (704) 944-1350 or email us.

What are Eze-Breeze windows? Are they a great value for my screened porch project?

Archadeck of Charlotte has been a Charlotte area Eze Breeze distributor and installer for more than 17 years. Many of our clients ask us about these convertible window systems. What are they? How much do they cost? Are they worth the investment?

We Charlotte area residents enjoy a mild climate, well-suited for many outdoor living scenarios. One of our most popular outdoor living design and build projects is the screened porch. Our clients love screened porches for many reasons. At Archadeck of Charlotte, we know their true value. They give us valuable time outdoors throughout the year, even when the weather is less than ideal. Screened porches with outdoor fireplaces and/or space heaters offer us outdoor living opportunities in cool weather. They give us protection from the sun and rain. They shield us from pests. If you want to take your new screened porch to the next level, adding Eze Breeze windows is the way to achieve it!


Eze Breeze screened porch

What are Eze-Breeze windows?

Eze Breeze windows are adjustable vinyl windows in a powder-coated aluminum frame, which allow you to enjoy your screened porch with the windows open or closed. They come in vertical or horizontal sliding track systems. Eze Breeze windows add value in versatility, giving your more hours of enjoyment of your screened porch each year. The window vinyl is clear and has the appearance of glass. With a space heater, Eze Breeze windows will allow you to utilize your screened porch year-round. A valuable investment? Yes, we believe so!


Eze Breeze porches are great for all seasons

How much do Eze-Breeze windows cost?

You can expect to invest an average of $400 per window, depending on the model you choose, plus labor to install. As a rule, including Eze Breeze windows in your screened porch project will add 15-20% in cost. These windows differ in many ways from traditional glass. They are lightweight, flexible, and shatterproof. Driven by stricter building codes, glass windows will easily drive your project costs up by 30%.


Black Eze Breeze windows add a dramatic aesthetic

Why might you want Eze-Breeze windows on your screened porch, even this time of year?

Though windows are not needed for warmth this time of year, they are invaluable for allergy sufferers. With an Eze Breeze screened porch, your whole family can enjoy the space during allergy season. Even if you do not suffer from seasonal allergies, these windows will enclose your screened porch to protect it from the thick layer of pollen that we must clean from our siding, driveways, porches, patios, and decks this time of year.

Yikes! Take a look at this NC pollen cloud.

Eze Breeze windows create an indoor/outdoor living space, where you can add beautiful furnishings and décor without the threat of having them ruined by the elements, including pollen, rain, or even wind!


Fine furnishings and décor are protected in an Eze Breeze screened porch

We are your trusted Eze Breeze screened porch builder!

If you are considering building a new screened porch for your Charlotte area home, ask us about the value and versatility of Eze Breeze windows for your new space! They come in a variety of styles and colors to suit your custom outdoor living design needs.


Eze Breeze porch and stone patio backyard sanctuary

Are you ready to talk about a new Eze Breeze porch for your Charlotte area home? Give us a call for a free design consultation at (704) 944-1350 or email us and a Design Consultant will contact you promptly.

4 Essential Elements for a Great Southern Porch

Archadeck of Charlotte has been designing and building custom porches in the Charlotte NC area for over 30 years. We have built many front porches, open porches, and screened porches – large, small, traditional, and modern, but there are a few mainstays for all porches in the South.

Living in and around the beautiful Queen City, you have likely seen firsthand the porches of old on some of our aged and historic homes. If you enjoy a weekend getaway in Charleston or Savannah, you too, have relished the splendors of the past, beholding the beautiful southern porches in their historic districts. If you would like for your porch to echo those of times past, we can offer a few recommendations to achieving the desired aesthetic and function.


Beautiful Charlotte front porches – reminiscent and grand

We have been a trusted Charlotte porch builder since 1998!

1. A great southern porch has lots of seating

Gathering with family, friends, and neighbors happens spontaneously in the South. An afternoon porch pow-wow is a welcome break to a lazy Saturday at home! With this in mind, it is essential to see to it that your Charlotte porch has great seating accommodations. Southern porches can accommodate a crowd at a moment’s notice with rocking chairs, porch swings, benches, or lounge chairs. Add comfortable cushions, so your guests can “sit a spell.”


This covered porch as many seating options, including a porch swing

2. Southern porches are better with ceiling fans

When the ice cold sweet tea can’t keep you cool, rely on southern breezes, aided by ceiling fans! Ceiling fans are no happy accidents when it comes to staying comfortable on your Charlotte porch! As anyone, who has spent ample time on a porch in the heat of summer, will tell you that ceiling fans are a true southern porch necessity. From a designer standpoint, they add character, and can keep with your overall porch design theme, as well. Ceiling fans are great for all warm weather months – morning, noon, and night!


Mt. Holly porch with stylish double oscillating ceiling fan

3. Southern porches should have great lighting

Oh, the timelessness of southern porches with gas lanterns! While we all know and love those porch lights of old, they might not always be possible for our porches of today. That doesn’t stop you from having great lighting with tons of character. There are a multitude of designer porch lighting options today – and some even mimic gas lanterns with LED flame effects. Bring your love for lovely lighting fixtures inside your home, out onto your porch for beauty and function!


Huntersville front porch with lanterns and LED flame bulbs

4. Bring your favorite plants onto your southern porch

It doesn’t matter the arrangement – colorful seasonal flowers and lush greenery make porches more beautiful and more enjoyable. Fragrant herbs, live succulent walls, hanging baskets, fresh-cut arrangements, and potted floor and table plants should all be welcome on your Charlotte porch! The sight and smell of flowers enliven your porch, and help to create a lively place for entertaining, or a serene space for private relaxation. Roses, lavender, gardenias, lemon verbena…ahhhhh!


Potted plants are great for southern porches

We want to be your porch builder too!

What other special southern elements do you envision on your own new porch? Perhaps tables for board games, puzzles, or a noontime sandwich? Ottomans, where you can put up your feet and relax? Let us know your vision for achieving southern outdoor living!

Are you ready to talk about a new porch for your Charlotte area home? Give us a call for a free design consultation at (704) 944-1350 or email us and a Design Consultant will contact you promptly.

Graduation parties are better in an Archadeck outdoor living space

Will you be hosting a graduation party at your Charlotte area home this year? Outdoor parties are always better on an Archadeck of Charlotte deck, porch, or patio. See these great ideas for a memorable outdoor celebration!

Senior year is a busy time, filled with final year activities, planning, and festivities. The proverbial icing on the cake, the official closing of your child’s high school career, is a great, friend-filled graduation party. It marks the end of many years of hard work and determination, and the beginning of summer before they leave for college. Archadeck of Charlotte has designed and built thousands of custom outdoor entertaining spaces over the years. What do our wonderful outdoor living designs have to offer graduation party hosts and their guests?


Trex deck and custom pergola with built-in grill and dining space for entertaining

Bring the whole party outdoors with a complete outdoor kitchen design

Standard protocol for outdoor parties is that grilling is done outside, and the remaining food prep takes place indoors. Not so with a custom outdoor kitchen, however! Archadeck of Charlotte has built many outdoor kitchens, complete with refrigeration, warming drawers, and sinks, along with built-in grilling and smoking stations. With a custom outdoor living design, you can store cold food and drinks, prepare and serve all hot foods, and do a full clean-up in one space! This poolside patio with covered outdoor kitchen is a perfect example of a complete outdoor entertaining design.


Cook, serve, store, and clean up for your party in a custom outdoor kitchen

Screened porch and deck combinations are very accommodating for celebrations

One of the most popular outdoor living designs we build is a screened porch and deck combination. Even without an outdoor kitchen these combination spaces are very accommodating. With the screened porch built to easily access the indoor kitchen space, as well as the grill space on the deck, the porch becomes a perfect central dining area for your graduate and party guests. Added patio space will further accommodate tables, chairs, snack and refreshment stations, a dance floor, or serve just about any entertainment use you can think of!


Cook inside, grill outside, and dine on the screened porch or patio

Custom fire pits make great dessert stations for your graduation party

No graduation party is complete without a selection of confections and delectable sugary treats! Fire pits are not only great spaces to gather for conversation but offer themselves up perfectly for a s’mores station set-up. Set up tables with skewers, marshmallows, chocolates, graham crackers, cookies, and any other s’mores accoutrements you can think of. Include moist towlettes, so sticky fingers don’t find themselves inside! Expansive custom patios with fire pits offer a multitude of uses for outdoor parties. Set up a cornhole game, dining space, and an area for lounge chair relaxation – you will need it!

Add landscape lighting if your party will extend through dark hours.


Gather with friends, celebrate, make conversation and s’mores

Multi-level decks offer many amenities for your party guests

Custom decks are a specialty at Archadeck of Charlotte. Multi-level composite decks are great for hosting parties, offering many uses and easy clean-up. This multi-level deck is a great representation for its variety of entertainment options. You can designate each deck level a different use or activity – dining on top, lounging and visiting on the middle, and hot tubbing on the lower. This design also includes a pergola, which would look great adorned with party décor, including string lighting!

Add deck lighting for the safety of your party guests after dark.


Multi-level composite deck with areas for dining, relaxing, and using the hot tub

Are you ready to discuss building a custom outdoor entertaining space for your Charlotte area home? Give us a call for a free design consultation at (704) 944-1350 or email us and a Design Consultant will contact you promptly.

Charlotte deck safety - is your deck failing?

It’s an important time, right at the start of our summer outdoor living season, to consider the safety of our deck’s structure, especially if you have an aging deck. It’s just as critical as changing the batteries in your smoke and CO detectors with the time change twice yearly.

Millions of homes in the U.S. have decks, and many of those are aged structures, which could be in need of immediate repair or replacement. To call attention to the hazards of unsafe decks, the North American Deck and Railing Association has declared May as Deck Safety Month®. Is your Charlotte area deck safe?

At Archadeck of Charlotte, we have been designing and building decks for over 30 years, and we know the perils of unsafe decks. We read about them, and even see them on TV each year across the country. In 2015, one family had 24 members injured in a deck collapse at their private vacation residence in Emerald Isle NC. It is likely this family had not even considered the safety of their deck. Often times, we just expect our outdoor living structures to hold up, and persist year after year. Fact is, many of our aged wood decks are unsafe.


New wood deck in Monroe NC by Archadeck of Charlotte

Is your old deck in need of replacing? We have been your trusted Charlotte area deck builder for 30 years.

With regard to a proper deck inspection, Archadeck uses the acronym, BE SAFER, but what does it mean?

B = BOARDS

All deck boards should be thoroughly scrutinized for cracks, splintering, or rot to determine if they should be replaced.

E = EVERY CONNECTION

All fasteners and connections should be checked for loosening, breakage, and to ensure that the correct hardware was used when the deck was constructed. This includes metal bracing, screws, and bolts.

S = STRUCTURE

Structurally speaking, it is important to look at visible support beams to determine if there is sagging between supports. If your deck sags, it is unsafe.

A = ATTACHMENT

The attachment of the deck to the home is where most deck failures occur! The deck must be flush-connected to the home, using the proper bolts and screws – NEVER nails.

F = FOOTINGS

Footings that hold deck support posts and columns must not be cracked or sinking in order for a deck to remain safe.

E = EXITS

All areas of exit from the deck, or from one part of the deck to the next, must be checked for structural integrity. This includes deck stair stringers, risers, and treads.

R = RAILINGS

Safe deck railings will not move away from the structure. Pickets must all be attached, and placed no more than 4" apart. Railings that do not have these things intact are unsafe, and should be repaired or replaced.

Are you ready to discuss replacing your aging deck in the Charlotte area? Give us a call for a free design consultation at (704) 944-1350 or email us and a Design Consultant will contact you promptly.

TrexPro Platinum Charlotte Deck Builder

Archadeck of Charlotte has been building with the Trex brand for many years and remains the leading Trex deck builder in the Charlotte area. Why is our TrexPro Platinum contractor status so important to your new Charlotte deck building project? What can Trex offer in terms of affordability?

Trex decking is a high-volume seller for us in the Charlotte deck building market for many reasons. Beauty, durability, and stellar warranties are a few reasons that Charlotte area homeowners choose to build a Trex deck. At Archadeck of Charlotte, we are pleased to offer the upper echelon in composite decking, and love creating one-of-a-kind spaces with our varied Trex projects. Being amongst an elite group of Trex contractors enables us to serve the needs of our clients even more.


Trex deck with Trex Rain Escape under deck drainage system

Looking for a Trex deck builder for your Charlotte area home? Look no further!

What does it mean to be a TrexPro Platinum deck builder? It means that Archadeck of Charlotte has shown a commitment to building high-quality, low-maintenance Trex decks, and adheres to decking installation requirements set forth by the manufacturer to build the finest composite decks in the Charlotte market. By strictly following required program guidelines, we are your most trusted source for all that Trex has to offer in deck building. We bring unmatched product knowledge and building experience to our clients’ custom deck projects. Our team of deck designers and builders loves working with Trex products, because we all know that they deliver on every level – aesthetics, low-maintenance benefits, fade and stain resistance, and longevity.


Trex decking offers deep wood grain textures and beautiful finishes, as well as performance and longevity

There’s a Trex decking product for most every home and budget.

In years past, high composite decking product prices meant that Trex decks were unattainable for clients with strict building budgets. Even today, many of our clients express a desire for the benefits of a low-maintenance decking product, but are concerned that Trex products might not be within their budget. Trex offers three product levels, and budget-minded clients rejoice that they can afford a composite deck.


TrexTranscend TROPICALS deck in Spiced Rum

TrexEnhance® BASICS & NATURALS

Trex’s affordable Enhance lineup is giving pressure treated lumber a run for the money. Prices of the Enhance BASICS decking is actually competitive with pressure treated wood. What’s more, is that Trex products are made of 100% recycled materials – never is a tree harvested for any Trex decking products.

TrexSelect® EARTH TONES

This beautiful lineup of earthen hues such as, Saddle and Pebble Grey, speaks to clients, who are in search of the simplicity of a real wood painted deck, but the performance only offered by composite materials. This mid-level decking product features wood grain texture and Trex’s high-performance shell technology, while remaining budget-friendly.


TrexSelect NATURALS deck in Madeira

TrexTranscend® EARTH TONES & TROPICALS

If you are in search of true wood-look decking without the maintenance requirements, the TrexTranscend lineups are right for you. TrexTranscend decking reigns supreme in their composite decking aristocracy. Exotic finishes and unrivaled performance, if you are looking for the crème de la crème, the TrexTranscend decking product line is it!


Trex Transcend Spiced Rum deck with custom Trex railing cap

As your premier Trex deck builder in the Charlotte area, we offer a relationship with the Trex brand built on trust and backed by customer service and product performance. Are you ready to discuss building a Trex deck for your Charlotte area home? Give us a call for a free design consultation at (704) 944-1350 or email us and a Design Consultant will contact you promptly.

The Archadeck of Charlotte Design and Build Process

With our time-tested, quality-focused job progress methodology, your Archadeck of Charlotte outdoor living project will be engineered to progress smoothly and on schedule, from the first conversation to the final walk-through.

As a preferred porch, patio, and deck builder in the Charlotte area for over 30 years, Archadeck of Charlotte has completed thousands of outdoor living projects. Our unique 5-step design and build process is all about you – your home, your lifestyle, your budget, your complete satisfaction. What does the Archadeck process include?


Charlotte screened porch with grill deck and pergola by Archadeck of Charlotte

Step 1. CONNECT

Go ahead – get in touch with us! If you are considering a new outdoor living project, we are ready to earn your business. Give us a call, or submit a request through our website form, and an Archadeck of Charlotte professional will be in touch with you to discuss preliminary project information.


Matthews screened porch, deck, and patio design by Archadeck of Charlotte

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Step 2. CONSULT

Once you have spoken with an Archadeck of Charlotte representative by telephone, he or she will schedule your free, in-home design consultation. During this consultation, we will walk through your property to discuss your project and perform a comprehensive needs analysis. At this time, your Archadeck representative will be able to show you previous design and build projects to spark imagination for your design. We will present product recommendations to help you make informed decisions about your new project.


Stunning multi-level Lake Wylie deck design by Archadeck of Charlotte

See more wood decks in our design gallery!

Step 3. DESIGN

Once your no obligation design consultation is complete, Archadeck of Charlotte will create a 3-D design of your intended outdoor living project. This design will show your project from various points of view, giving you a fantastic visualization of your custom outdoor living design. Smaller projects might include a classic Archadeck design, or 2-D drawings. Once your design is confirmed, we will present your contract with exact pricing for your project, as well as a complete list of product specifications that will be used to build your project.


Custom Mooresville NC porch with outdoor fireplace by Archadeck of Charlotte

We want to be your Charlotte deck, patio, and porch builder too!

Step 4. BUILD

When it comes to building your project, Archadeck of Charlotte does it all! From project permitting with your municipality, through final clean-up, we will do all the leg work to bring your new project into reality. Once building is completed, we will perform a comprehensive final walkthrough with you, and address any issues to your complete satisfaction.


Custom Trex deck with skirting by Archadeck of Charlotte

See more Trex decks in our design gallery!

Step 5. ENJOY

All that is left is for you to begin living in your new space – invite family and friends and show it off – just ENJOY! Your custom Archadeck of Charlotte outdoor living project will provide many years of pleasure. We guarantee it with unmatched product and performance warranties in the outdoor living industry!


Enjoy a travertine patio and custom pergola design by Archadeck of Charlotte

See more travertine patios in our design gallery!

Are you ready to experience the tried and true Archadeck of Charlotte design and build process? Give us a call for a free design consultation at (704) 944-1350 or email us and a Design Consultant will contact you promptly.

Showcase your new outdoor living design with custom outdoor lighting!

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte will light your outdoor living design for aesthetics and usability. Don’t be left out in the dark on your new deck, porch, or patio. Give us a call at (704) 849-8808 to plan your custom outdoor lighting design alongside your new Archadeck of Charlotte project!

See deck lighting and patio lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte!

See This Beautiful Rock Hill SC 3-Season Room by Archadeck of Charlotte

Are thinking of building a new screened porch or multi-season room onto your Charlotte area home? Perhaps you are wondering if there is really a difference between the two. Archadeck of Charlotte offers many options for your custom screened outdoor living space.

While you could easily consider a screened porch with an outdoor fireplace a multi-season outdoor living space in the Charlotte area, there is one big distinction between a screened porch and a 3-season room. Take a look at this gorgeous 3-season room in Rock Hill, South Carolina, designed and built by Archadeck of Charlotte.


Plush 3-season room with Eze-Breeze windows in Rock Hill SC

We are your trusted Charlotte area screened porch builder and 3-season room builder!

This fantastic 3-season room design has one major distinction from a screened porch – Eze-Breeze windows. The benefits of these windows are many. First, they can be closed for added protection. This means protection from inclement or cold weather. Having Eze-Breeze windows means that you maintain more control over the amount of airflow created throughout the space. On very warm days, you might opt to have these windows fully open, or even taken out, for better cross-ventilation. Having windows, which can be closed when necessary, offers more protection to fine furnishings and finishes inside your multi-season room. So, you might opt for indoor furnishings, rather than those made specifically for the outdoors. Look at the beautiful furnishings and décor inside this Rock Hill 3-season room!


Rock Hill SC Eze-Breeze porch by Archadeck of Charlotte

Your Eze-Breeze multi-season room converts into a screened porch.

The great thing about having an Eze-Breeze multi-season room is that you can convert it completely into a screened porch by taking out the windows. When you opt to build a porch with only screens, it is always going to be a screened porch. Sure, you can use a screened porch early in the springtime and late in the fall in the Charlotte climate, especially if you have an outdoor fireplace. Eze-Breeze windows will ensure you can enjoy even more hours in your outdoor space each year.


Beautifully placed furniture inside this long, narrow Rock Hill 3-season porch creates dual living areas!

This lovely galley style porch is long and narrow, but it does not look cramped or crowded. The furniture placement is spectacular, and two separate living spaces were easily adapted into the space. Imagine a mild summertime evening movie, or breezy Sunday afternoon dinner with your family in this lovely Eze-Breeze porch!

Additional custom elements inside this multi-season space include the bright white beadboard ceiling and skylights. Notice how bright this room is, even with a flat ceiling. These custom design choices are typical of those offered by the experienced designers at Archadeck of Charlotte!


A white beadboard ceiling and skylights create a bright and airy space.

Customization even flows outside this outdoor living space.

When it comes to creating a one-of-a-kind outdoor living space by Archadeck of Charlotte, no stone is left unturned – or in this case, unstacked. Take a look at the fabulous finish on the exterior wall of the fireplace.


Exterior stone fireplace finish by Archadeck of Charlotte

If you are trying to decide whether to add Eze-Breeze windows to your new screened porch, you should know that there is no wrong answer. It all comes down to your desired outdoor living style. Custom fireplaces, a wide array of flooring choices, and beautiful furnishings and accessories all go beautifully inside a screened porch, with or without windows!

Are you ready for Archadeck of Charlotte to design the new screened porch or Eze-Breeze 3-season room of your dreams? Give us a call for a free design consultation at (704) 944-1350 or email us and a Design Consultant will contact you promptly.

Are you trying to decide between a Charlotte Trex deck and wood deck?

Archadeck of Charlotte has been a trusted deck builder in the Charlotte area for more than 30 years. We often address this question with clients, who are teetering between building a composite deck or a traditional wood deck. There are advantages to both.

Are you currently weighing your deck options? Perhaps when it comes to planning to build a new deck, it is easier to arrive at custom design choices and amenities than the actual deck building material. Following, is information you will want to consider.


Trex deck by Archadeck of Charlotte – China Grove, NC

We are the premier Charlotte Trex deck builder. Is a Trex deck right for you?

For many, who are considering a composite deck, the low-maintenance factor is at the top of their list of positive attributes. Trex decking is truly low-maintenance! It’s low-maintenance in cleaning, as most clean-up tasks require a quick spray with a garden hose. More importantly, a Trex deck will not require annual maintenance to retain its beautiful finish. This means no springtime sanding, staining, or painting – ever.


Trex composite decks give you more free time to enjoy – on your deck!

Speaking of gorgeous finish choices, Trex has a color and texture for any design taste! With three levels of finishes – Trex Select, Trex Enhance, and Trex Transcend – we are sure to have your perfect color and texture, or combination of colors and textures. The Transcend collection offers true wood-look color variations for those, who are looking for an authentic wood appearance, but the performance of a synthetic deck. Our biggest sellers in the Charlotte area are in the Trex Transcend Premium Tropical collection, which includes colors like Havana Gold, Gravel Path, and Spiced Rum.


Trex Transcend Premium Tropical Spice Rum deck by Archadeck of Charlotte

Trex decking is made to last!

Another great benefit of building a Trex composite deck is that your decking comes with guarantees! Trex offers a limited residential product warranty of 25 years, as well as a 25-year stain and fade warranty. Owning a Trex deck gives you peace of mind, and offers other benefits over wood decks, such as no splintering and resistance to dings and scratches by way of a high-performance shell.


Your Trex deck will retain its beauty for many years!

Classic wood decks and hardwood decks have benefits too!

We admit that there is just something about a wood deck. Wood decks have qualities, which cannot be replicated. They feel inviting and homey and nostalgic – they might bring us back to childhood memories of decks and porches of yesteryear. Think of the wood fragrance, the feel under your feet, and even the sound of your footsteps atop a wood deck. Decks of old still hold a place in our hearts and our homes. They will forever remain a choice for those, who just love their authenticity. Even though they require periodic maintenance and upkeep, some see that as a fair tradeoff for keeping it classic with a wood deck.


Classic wood deck with wood deck railings by Archadeck of Charlotte

There is a low-maintenance wood deck material!

If you would love to have a wood deck, which doesn’t require maintenance, Ipe Brazilian hardwood is a great choice. Ipe is a slow-growing hardwood, so condensed, its hardness rating is almost six times higher than western red cedar. Ipe wood decks offer homeowners a choice of performing resealing every year or two, or to allow the wood to age over time, resulting in a driftwood gray finish. Should you choose to perform annual resealing with oil, your Ipe wood deck will remain richly saturated with warm reds, golds, and dark browns.


Beautifully sealed Ipe Brazilian hardwood deck by Archadeck of Charlotte

What’s your decking material verdict?

When it comes to building a new deck, there really is no wrong answer! Whether you choose Trex synthetic, pressure-treated wood, cedar, or Ipe Brazilian hardwood, Archadeck of Charlotte is ready to design and build the perfect deck for your taste and lifestyle. If you have additional questions, we will be pleased to answer them!


Wood deck by Archadeck of Charlotte

Are you ready to discuss building a new Trex or wood deck for your Charlotte area home? Give us a call for a free design consultation at (704) 944-1350 or email us and a Design Consultant will contact you promptly.

Why should you choose Archadeck of Charlotte for your 2019 outdoor living project?

When it comes to planning your new Charlotte area outdoor living design, whether it be a new screened porch, open porch, deck, or patio, there are many reasons that Archadeck of Charlotte should be your first choice. Here are just a few.

Archadeck of Charlotte has been a trusted porch, deck, patio, and screened porch builder for more than 30 years. We have designed and built more than 20,000 outdoor living spaces in the Charlotte area. Our experience and length of service are arguably the two most important factors that should weigh on your decision to choose us as your builder, but what else does Archadeck of Charlotte have to offer? Read on!

Archadeck of Charlotte is a turnkey outdoor living designer and builder.

At Archadeck of Charlotte, we design and build custom outdoor living spaces. This means you never have to hire an architect to design your project. With our free design consultation, we will assess your needs, and determine the best location, size, and shape of your project. We will walk your property, take measurements, and arrive a general framework for your new space.


Fort Mill wood deck and pergola by Archadeck of Charlotte

We will educate you about the building materials we use to determine those that best suit your home, preferences, and lifestyle. This might mean deciding on wood or low-maintenance Trex decking, a paver patio, or outdoor fireplace materials. It could also mean choosing screens and Eze-Breeze windows for your screened porch design. Once your materials choices are decided, we will provide you with a proposal and construction specifications with the cost of your project. Once you sign a contract with Archadeck of Charlotte, we will offer a complete set of construction blueprints, and obtain your building permits before building your project.


Rock Hill SC screened porch with Eze-Breeze windows and outdoor fireplace

Your space will be designed and built by licensed professionals in all fields of practice and will be guaranteed.

Archadeck of Charlotte professionals are trained, licensed, and certified in all applicable areas. Our building professionals will be sure that your new outdoor living space meets or exceeds local building codes. Archadeck is North America’s largest porch and deck builder with long-established relationships with preferred materials vendors and a focus on outdoor living design and quality. Our materials and workmanship are backed by two company guarantees – the best in the industry! Additionally, Archadeck professionals adhere to a professional code of conduct and company values with a long history of satisfied clients!


Elevated screened porch and deck in Cornelius, NC

Speaking of satisfied clients, read our online reviews!

Read the following online reviews from reputable sites, like Google and the Better Business Bureau.

My fiance and I had a porch and patio put in. The weather had been crazy through spring and into summer and delayed us a bit but it was WELL worth it. Our carpenters were amazing and the patio is gorgeous. The staff that worked with us were informative and our project manager walked us through any issues. We had a warranty issue but the staff was quick to jump on it an fix it. We are impressed, it was well worth the money spent.

Ashley L. – 5 stars

In the end I am very pleased with both of my projects and get constant compliments. I am now the house to model in my neighborhood! I will definitely hire Archadeck again when I am ready to extend my walkway.

Credell C. – 4 stars


3-season room in Rock Hill, SC

No doubt about it, we’re in your neighborhood!

With over 20,000 outdoor projects to-date, if your neighbor has a beautiful, quality, custom-designed outdoor living space, it could likely be an Archadeck of Charlotte project! Ask around, and you will certainly find satisfied Archadeck clients. Additionally, we would be pleased to offer client references from recently completed projects.


Matthews NC covered porch by Archadeck of Charlotte

We serve the Charlotte area from Lake Norman to Lake Wylie, including Charlotte, Concord, Cornelius, Davidson, Gastonia, Harrisburg, Huntersville, Kannapolis, Lincolnton, Matthews, Mint Hill, Monroe, Mooresville, Salisbury, Shelby, Statesville, Waxhaw, Weddington, and Wesley Chapel in North Carolina; and Clover, Fort Mill, Lancaster, Rock Hill, and Tega Cay in South Carolina.

Are you ready to plan your new Charlotte area outdoor living design with Archadeck of Charlotte? Give us a call for a free design consultation at (704) 944-1350 or email us and a Design Consultant will contact you promptly.

Ways to Improve Your Nighttime Outdoor Living in Charlotte

Warm weather is afoot. Have you planned your new outdoor living space with Archadeck of Charlotte yet? Whether you aspire to build an all-new space, or upgrade your current outdoor living area, we have some great ways to make your warm weather evenings even better!

Outdoor living of today is vastly improved over what it was even 20 years ago. Custom decks, patios, and porches of today are not an afterthought for homeowners, but a standard. Take a look at your neighbors’ backyard spaces, and you’ll see lots of outdoor living amenities that we would never have dreamed of bringing outdoors in the past. Archadeck of Charlotte has been building custom outdoor living spaces in Charlotte for more than 30 years, and we are ready to work with you in designing and building a space that will be so lovely, so convenient…you may never want to spend time indoors at home again!


Enjoy the peaceful serenity of a custom deck at night by Archadeck of Charlotte.

1. Just add hot water

As the premier deck builder in the Charlotte area, we have been building bigger and better decks for families, who love to entertain, and get maximum benefits from their decks! One popular deck addition is a hot tub. A hot tub not only creates a wonderful deck oasis and place of respite and reflection after a long day but will also lend itself to added fun for nighttime entertaining. The idea of having an outdoor party that includes a dip in the hot tub automatically sets a more casual and relaxed tone.


Multi-level deck with hot tub and pergola by Archadeck of Charlotte.

2. Cover your patio

One of the greatest parts of the evolution of outdoor living is seeing new and exciting ways to bring the comforts of our indoor spaces outdoors. One of the best ways to enjoy a Charlotte patio is by offering coverage by way of a gazebo roof. Fully finished gazebo ceilings offer clean installation of electrical wiring for lighting, fans, TVs, and speakers, all great for nighttime outdoor use. Whether you’re hosting friends for dinner on the patio with your fully equipped outdoor kitchen, having a glass of wine by your outdoor fireplace, or a private movie night, a covered patio is the ideal space in which to do it!


Custom gazebo with full outdoor kitchen, electrical hook-ups, TV, and hot tub.


Covered porch with outdoor fireplace and lots of comfortable outdoor seating.

3. Add a deluxe outdoor fireplace

Outdoor fireplaces are great for nighttime relaxation and entertaining, but they also offer the benefits of adding electrical to the fireplace structure when there is no roof atop. If you prefer open-air outdoor living, a patio with a deluxe outdoor fireplace that includes wood storage, electrical hook-ups, and enough furniture to lounge with your whole family will suit you perfectly! There’s just something about stargazing by the fire.


Can you see yourself relaxing by a poolside fireplace under cover of stars at night?

4. How about a man cove?

We know the sign reads, “Man Cave,” but a poolside bar with a shed roof seems more like a cove to us! Let’s not forget our ladies – shed roof, seating for you and your bestie, and you have yourself a poolside she shed! Turn on your favorite music channel, TV show, or movie, and hang by the pool after dusk. Shed roofs also offer opportunities for electrical hook-ups, and look really festive with string lighting hung underneath!


This poolside bar creates a fantastic area for conversation and TV viewing at night!

5. Go all the way with a great combination

As a Charlotte patio builder over the last 30 years, we have learned that more is more. If there is a patio, porch, or deck amenity that you think you want, add it to your project! If you will get more use of more than one outdoor living area, build a combination of spaces. The beauty in having a deluxe outdoor living space is that each area can provide a different use. Nighttime entertaining and relaxation will be optimally achieved on this beautiful deck and patio combination. The addition of a fire pit and seating wall to the open patio gives the entire space better use after dark. Grilling, eating, relaxing, and entertaining…this space truly fulfills all these scenarios!


Composite deck and flagstone patio combination with fire pit and seating wall – so inviting at night.

6. Light it all up

Lighting your favorite outdoor spaces will increase the value of your outdoor living in that it provides needed lighting in dark areas around your yard, but it also sets a beautiful scene. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte can light your home and yard with the best lighting products and service in the industry, including deck lighting, patio lighting, landscape lighting, and façade lighting. When entertaining at night, show your friends safely and beautifully to your front door with custom outdoor lighting!


Patio lighting sets a cozy and romantic scene after dark.


A warm welcome for your guests by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte.

7. Don’t forget to invite your best friend

At Archadeck of Charlotte, we know one thing for sure. Outdoor living spaces are best enjoyed day or night, with those we love! Grab your friends and family, and get ready to live outdoors with a brand new space custom designed and built by Archadeck of Charlotte.

Are you ready to plan your new Charlotte outdoor living design with Archadeck of Charlotte? Give us a call for a free design consultation at (704) 944-1350 or email us and a Design Consultant will contact you promptly.

The Beauty of Living and Year-Round Outdoor Living in Charlotte

The Charlotte metro area ranks fifth on Forbes’ best places for businesses and careers list in the United States, and in 2018, was one of six North Carolina cities to rank among America’s happiest places to live. There’s so much to love about Charlotte, it’s no surprise to us that we find these distinctions bestowed upon our great little big city.

Archadeck of Charlotte has seen the fantastic growth of our city over the past 30 years. While expanding metro areas have their hiccups, we still believe it’s the best place in the world to live, and it’s a beautiful area to live outdoors! Even in winter, we have mild weather days, sometimes weeks, in which we can utilize our favorite Archadeck of Charlotte outdoor living spaces. As recent weather conditions have shown us, warm days are almost always just around the corner. Are you ready to live outdoors in your Charlotte-area home?


Scurry from your screened porch to your hot tub deck for a cool weather dip!

Lakeside Outdoor Living at Lake Norman and Lake Wylie

While wintertime and early spring are too cold to swim in one of our local Carolina lakes (outside of taking the Polar Plunge), there’s never a bad day to live on Lake Norman or Lake Wylie! In ultimate winter serenity or the height of summer activity, water sunrises and sunsets invite us outdoor. Does your lakefront home have amenities that keep you comfortably outdoors? Whether you are looking for a custom hardscape design, Trex composite deck, or screened porch, Archadeck of Charlotte is ready to design and build the lakeside outdoor living space you’ve always dreamed of!


Lakeside living is improved with an Archadeck of Charlotte outdoor living design.

Myers Park Neighborhood in Charlotte

This is one Charlotte neighborhood that earns such titles as charming and quaint, as well as luxurious and prestigious. Myers Park is known for its tree-lined streets, lush vegetation, and safe all-American suburban neighborhood feel. Areas like Myers Park give residents the opportunity to enjoy a slower pace in close proximity to our buzzing city amenities, such as shops, restaurants, and night life. Myers Park truly is the best of both worlds, and we have built custom Myers Park decks, porches, and patios aplenty!


Mature trees and lush vegetation surround this Trex deck in Myers Park.

Waxhaw NC Invites us Off the Beaten Path, Oh So Beautifully

Farther from the heart of Uptown Charlotte, Waxhaw is a place that encourages us to wind down after a long day of working in the city. It’s the kind of place, where you want to have coffee in your private outdoor living space each morning, soaking up early sunrays, or breathing in crisp, fresh air before your day begins. Archadeck of Charlotte can provide you with a custom outdoor living space to have you enjoying the beauty around you almost any time of year. A screened porch, 3-season room, or sunroom, equipped with an outdoor fireplace, will give you more hours outdoors throughout the year at your Waxhaw home. Consider taking in early morning nature views in a truly fabulous, custom space designed to accommodate your every outdoor living whim, by Archadeck of Charlotte!


Cozy up in cool weather by your fireplace on your Waxhaw screened porch!

From Mooresville to Rock Hill, Mint Hill to Steele Creek, Archadeck of Charlotte has proudly served these areas and all in between over the last 30 years! If you are fortunate enough to call the Charlotte-metro your home, we are ready to build the outdoor living design of your dreams – one that will have you living outdoors in almost any season!

Are you ready to plan your new Charlotte outdoor living design with Archadeck of Charlotte? Give us a call for a free design consultation at (704) 944-1350 or email us and a Design Consultant will contact you promptly.

What type of porch best suits you?

Archadeck of Charlotte has a knack for building truly custom outdoor living spaces. From open porches, to screened porches, or combinations of spaces we offer many options for creating the best porch design for your family’s specific needs.

Porch design carries many designations. Open porches are often also called covered porches, or covered patios. Screened porches are also commonly known as 3-season rooms. Each family has different requirements for the uses of their intended porch design. Some simply require a covered, airy space on which to relax, while others wish for entertaining capabilities and protection from insects. As your trusted Charlotte porch builder, Archadeck of Charlotte will deftly guide you through the planning and design process to arrive at your ideal porch.


Porch design with the whole family in mind, by Archadeck of Charlotte

Charlotte open porches offer open and airy outdoor living.

Open porches are outdoor spaces, where we can relax or entertain, while basking in warm breezes. Standards in porch design have changed over the years, as we have heightened our outdoor living aspirations. Realizing that porches aren’t just for sitting, we have implemented upgrades, such as ceiling fans, speakers, televisions, and fireplaces into our porch designs of today. Whether your new covered porch will be used for private relaxation, entertaining, or a mix of both, Archadeck of Charlotte will give you the amenities required to accomplish your outdoor living goals on your new porch!


This Piper Glen Charlotte open porch is not like the porches of yesteryear!

The gorgeous space above is indicative of the deluxe porches that we design and build for many of our clients today! This open porch is minus nary an accommodation with an outdoor fireplace, ceiling fans for cooling and warm air distribution, an area for conversation with loved ones or private relaxation, and enough room for two free-standing heating sources for additional hours in cool weather! Skylights are the literal cherries on top of this beautiful open porch design. Can you see yourself living in an open porch like this one?


A spacious covered porch with a classic feel in Piper Glen Charlotte, NC

The beautiful covered porch design above includes modern day amenities, but still has a very classic feel! The porch swing and a small bistro table and chairs gives the air of porches past, while the dramatic gable design, skylights, and outdoor fireplace anchor it in the here and now. The porch is complemented with a paver patio design for truly open air outdoor living, where mild days will offer warm sun, breezes, and enough space for large get-togethers. Do you see a porch and patio combination in your future?

Double your porch pleasure!

This incredible elevated covered porch offers a second living area underneath! No detail is lost on this custom covered porch and patio design. The beautiful space has rich cedar trim and ceiling, and the brick columns are a perfect match to the home. Ceiling fans will cool the spaces on warm days, and recessed lighting will allow for enjoyment after dark. Views from the upper level porch will be unimpeded by the low-profile black picket railings. Do you imagine yourself using two outdoor living spaces in different ways on different levels of your home?

Add protection to your Charlotte porch design with screens!

Screened porches are very popular in the Charlotte area, and with great reason. Screened in areas offer us added protection from insects, especially great for summertime evenings and nights, but still give us an open-air feel. Just like open porches, the screened variety comes in many forms. From classic and comfy to posh, Archadeck of Charlotte has designed and built all types of screened porches over the years!


Poolside Charlotte screened porch with deck by Archadeck of Charlotte

The screened porch retreat above offers poolside living, even when it’s too cool to swim! The screened area creates a private outdoor living space with a cozy outdoor stone fireplace, and is accompanied by a grilling/smoking deck for convenient outdoor cooking and eating. In season or out, this family now has a way to enjoy their backyard…without actually stepping into their backyard! As the trusted Charlotte deck builder, we can expertly add a useful deck to your porch design. Do you think your poolside area would be greatly improved with a new screened porch and grill deck design?

Want more time on your porch each year? Just add Eze-Breeze windows!

During our colder days, even screened porches with fireplaces can become far too cold to comfortably use. If you want even more hours outdoors on your porch, just add windows! Eze-Breeze windows will turn your ordinary porch design into an extraordinary 3-season room. Windows can be opened in warm weather and closed in inclement weather and on cool days for ultimate protection in your outdoor space. For those of us, who long to be outdoors, even when it’s too cool, rainy, or breezy to be on your open or screened porch, Eze-Breeze windows are an obvious choice! Can you see yourself soaking up the sun in cool weather inside an Eze-Breeze porch?


Eze-Breeze windows will turn your screened porch into a 3-season space!

All porch design is not the same. Open porches, screened porches, and porches with Eze-Breeze windows facilitate different types of outdoor living. Porches with grill decks and walk-out patios give us better options for entertaining. No matter your outdoor living style, or design requirements, Archadeck of Charlotte will help you create your ideal in porch living design!

Are you ready to plan your new open porch, screened porch, or outdoor living combination? Give us a call for a free design consultation at (704) 944-1350 or email us and a Design Consultant will contact you promptly.

Adding Stone to Your New Outdoor Living Design

Here in the Charlotte area, many communities offer wooded or partially-wooded back yards with mature trees and even lake frontage. Natural landscapes lend themselves beautifully to stone outdoor living design elements. Whether you live near Uptown, or in one of our many Charlotte suburbs, the beauty of stone outdoor living design is a popular request.

Stone outdoor living elements offer visual interest by way of color and texture. Stone can create inviting focal points with outdoor fireplaces and fire pits or take on a dramatic aesthetic with a complete patio design. What are some of the ways Archadeck of Charlotte can add stone to your new outdoor living design? Take a look!


Stone fireplace design in Dilworth sunroom, Charlotte, NC

Complete Stone Patio Design


Stone patio in Charlotte, NC

This gorgeous Charlotte stone patio comes complete with not only a custom fire pit, but a curved stone stair, beautiful seating wall, and retaining wall, all tying in with stone columns, archways, and siding on the home. This patio is an example of high-impact stone outdoor living design, where the entire space is constructed using stone. The natural colors and textures lend themselves beautifully to the wooded lot and creates a whole lavish stone aesthetic.

Covered Charlotte Travertine Patio and Stone Façade Outdoor Bar


Travertine patio with outdoor bar

This lovely, partially-covered travertine patio is perfect for entertaining, complete with outdoor bar. Travertine is one of our most beloved patio materials. It offers a clean design aesthetic, and the benefits of natural weather resistance. The saturated colors of the stacked stone bar façade are the perfect complement to the smooth travertine patio and clean design of the white pergola. Another great way to add stone to your outdoor living design is with your outdoor bar top, or even the work surface of your outdoor kitchen!

Pergola Design with Outdoor Fireplace and Stone Columns


Covered flagstone patio with custom pergola and stone accents

This gorgeous, partially-wooded lot sets the perfect scene for this deluxe outdoor living space. The flagstone patio anchors the entire space, offering a rustic air by way of irregular shapes and a plethora of earthen colors. What better way to add stone than with a beautiful fireplace surround? The stacked stone columns of the cedar pergola offer an added element of the entire ruggedly cozy aesthetic.

Add stone to your deck! What?


Ipe deck with stone seating wall and custom stone fire pit

Even if you think your outdoor living plan won’t be ideal for stone elements, this photo is a great representation of how we can add a lot of character with small stone elements. This Ipe wood deck would have been beautiful and useful on its own, but by adding a custom stone fire pit and accompanying stone seating wall, Archadeck of Charlotte transformed this Charlotte deck into so much more. This deck now not only has a cozy conversation area, but also loads of custom character that stone offers. If you thought you couldn’t add stone to your deck, think again!

Lakeside Flagstone Patio and Seating Wall


Flagstone patio with substantial seating wall on Lake Norman, Mooresville, NC

Adding stone can give your outdoor living space beauty and function. This seating wall on Lake Norman offers a fantastic area for scenic waterfront conversation. Archadeck of Charlotte is ready to help you achieve your ideal in outdoor living, no matter your needs. How do you see the addition of stone elements in your new space?

Are you ready to plan your new outdoor living space with stone elements? Whether you are looking for a deluxe outdoor living design, or a deck with stone elements, we can help! Give us a call for a free design consultation at (704) 944-1350 or email us and a Design Consultant will contact you promptly.

Can I have a patio installed in winter?

Folks tend to believe that they must wait for warm weather to begin their outdoor living projects. Archadeck of Charlotte would like you to know that we continue building through the winter, and we can design and install your custom paver, stone, or travertine patio in the winter.

When it comes to cold weather paver or stone patio installation, there are a few considerations. With proper weather patterns in the winter season, it is absolutely possible to have your new patio installed. It can also be more cost effective to install your patio in the winter, as materials are generally less expensive this time of year. Archadeck of Charlotte has been building patios in the Charlotte area for more than 30 years, and we can expertly guide you through your wintertime project planning, design, and installation!


Covered stone patio with cedar, stacked stone columns, and outdoor fireplace in Cornelius, NC

Installing Charlotte paver patios in winter.

Paver patios are very popular for their many options in materials, colors, shapes, and sizes. The main consideration concerning a paver patio installation in cold weather is frost. Heavy frost during installation of your patio can cause the ground beneath to shift. Archadeck of Charlotte will see to it that your installation takes place outside of heavy frost weather patterns to avoid shifting pavers.


Paver patio with outdoor kitchen and outdoor fireplace in Southpark, Charlotte, NC

Installing Charlotte stone patios in winter.

Stone patios must be installed within the same heavy frost parameters as paver patios. There is an additional consideration for stone patios when it comes to using mortar. Mortar must be applied in temperatures of 40 degrees or above. Though we do have mild winters in the Charlotte area, it is not uncommon to experience temperatures consistently falling below 40 degrees. Archadeck of Charlotte will be cognizant of the weather forecast during your installation to ensure mortar is applied in temperatures that will allow it to properly cure. With average highs in the 50’s in wintertime, and lows in the 30’s, it is not uncommon to catch a weather pattern that will allow for installation of your stone patio and any accompanying hardscapes that must be constructed using mortar.


Flagstone patio and outdoor stone fireplace in Charlotte, NC

What about travertine patios?

Archadeck of Charlotte has installed many travertine patios over the years! We use high-quality Turkish travertine tile, installed with tight joints for a smooth finish. As with other paver and stone options, our travertine patios can be installed in the winter outside of heavy frost weather patterns. Did you know that travertine offers strength and weather resistance and is environmentally friendly to boot?

Read our blog about the benefits of travertine tile!


Travertine patio with stone seating wall and stacked stone fire pit in Charlotte, NC

Have you been waiting for “perfect weather” to plan your new patio? Call on Archadeck of Charlotte to discuss your patio design, and let us get your project underway! With lower materials costs in winter, now is the perfect time to begin. We’ll have you enjoying your patio earlier than you ever thought possible this spring!

Let’s get your wintertime patio project underway today! Give us a call for a free design consultation at (704) 944-1350 or email us and a Design Consultant will contact you promptly.

Plan your Charlotte Trex deck now for use at the first sign of warm weather.

As your choice Charlotte deck builder, Archadeck of Charlotte is ready to work with you to design your one-of-a-kind outdoor living space, with the beauty, strength, and longevity offered by Trex composite decks.

Not quite a month into the winter season, you might not be thinking about designing and building your new Charlotte deck. At Archadeck of Charlotte, we know that now is the ideal time to be planning your new deck. Most folks think of calling on us to design their new outdoor living space in the springtime, but we are here now, ready to help you realize your dream Trex deck. Be ready to use your deck at the first sign of warm weather.


Trex Charlotte – beautiful multi-level Trex deck paradise in Myers Park

We want to be your first-choice Charlotte deck builder!

What does Archadeck of Charlotte offer as your preferred deck builder? We offer more than 30 years’ experience in designing and building Charlotte outdoor living spaces, customized design options, extensive knowledge of Trex decking products, and quality construction that will last for many years to come. The benefits of Trex decks are not only in that they are low-maintenance, but in their beauty and limitless customization options. If you are looking for a Trex deck, unlike all others, call on Archadeck of Charlotte to build your one-of-a-kind deck!

Take a look at this stunning multi-level Trex deck design with custom-built Trex planter boxes in complementary wood grain colors and a coordinating low-maintenance railing in Myers Park!


Beautiful, low-maintenance Trex deck by Archadeck of Charlotte

Lear more about Trex Transcends natural wood grain lineup from Eric Kent!

Wondering if you can have your deck built in the winter months?

Though the Charlotte area has four distinct seasons, our winter months are mild enough to continue building. Inclement weather days might halt our deck building projects intermittently in the Charlotte area, but we do continue building in the winter months. This means that we could design and build your deck before springtime! Many mistakenly put off planning their new outdoor living project before the temperatures get warm. If you wait till spring to plan your new Charlotte deck, you will miss weeks or months of outdoor living opportunities once warm weather is here. Don’t be left inside this spring, or in an outdoor living space that is not fulfilling your needs. Call us now to design your custom Trex deck, and begin entertaining at the first sign of warm weather!


Trex Charlotte deck with sunken amenity level for gathering with loved ones

Who is the choice Charlotte deck builder near me?

If you live in the Charlotte area, Archadeck of Charlotte is the preferred deck builder near you!

Trex supports their quality deck products with a 25 year Limited Residential Fade & Stain Warranty.

If you are looking for a deck design with optimum customization, low-maintenance benefits, and longevity, Trex deck products are for you! Constructed of 95% recycled materials, Trex is the “greenest of all green composite decking products.”


Charlotte deck with custom stacked stone outdoor kitchen

Archadeck of Charlotte is ready to talk with you about your outdoor living requirements. We are ready to discuss your deck usage needs. We are ready to add truly custom elements, such as outdoor kitchens, stacked stone fire pits, bars, and even deck lighting for use after dark. Contact us today to begin your journey to the ideal Trex composite deck design for your home and lifestyle.

If you are ready to talk about your ideal Charlotte Trex deck for early spring entertaining and private relaxation, give us a call for a free design consultation at (704) 944-1350 or email us and a Design Consultant will contact you promptly.

Pet-friendly Charlotte outdoor living – it’s a thing!

At Archadeck of Charlotte, we strive to build ideal outdoor living spaces for the whole family to enjoy, including the family pet. What are the advantages of having pet-friendly outdoor living areas?

Our current Charlotte area climate is encouraging us all to spend time outdoors. With daytime temperatures in the 60’s and 70’s in January, we all want to break free of the confines of our homes and take in fresh air and sunshine. This is no different for our family pet(s). Our beloved fur family members also need safe outdoor spaces to get fresh air and exercise. There are advantages to the types of outdoor living spaces that we build, which can be beneficial for your four-legged residents!

As your pet-friendly Charlotte patio builder, we can build the perfect patio for your pet!

Charlotte patios are a great solution for having a pet-friendly outdoor living area. They are great spaces, whether covered or open, for our pets to enjoy being outdoors. The wonderful thing about having random warm days in the winter months in Charlotte, is that the whole family can enjoy a patio area, especially a covered space with an outdoor fireplace. If you have a fenced backyard, your dog can laze on the patio unattended, and come in when he is ready. Another great thing about having a patio right outside your back door, or by the doggy door, is that you have a spot for cleaning grubby paws after Fido takes his potty break or plays in the yard. This is especially important when we see a lot of rain, as we have recently.


Clark Kent enjoys time in his favorite outdoor living space!

We are your premier, pet-friendly Charlotte deck builder.

The intermittent mild winter weather in the Charlotte area lends itself to a bit of wintertime deck living. A low-maintenance Trex deck is the perfect spot for our pets to enjoy fresh air and sunshine, even in lower temperatures than we humans prefer. The beauty of Trex composite decks is that even if our pets carry mud or dirt from the yard, griminess is easily sprayed off or wiped up!


This Trex deck is a perfect spot for the family pet to get fresh air and sunshine!

Looking for a pet-friendly Charlotte screened porch builder?

Charlotte screened porches offer the whole family more opportunities to be outdoors this time of year! Protected from the elements, allowing fresh air to flow throughout, screened porches are a great way to steal more hours outdoors each year! This also applies to our family pets. Having a pet-friendly space is so important to some of our clients, they even put a doggy door in their screen porch, so their dog can access the yard, and come back inside when he’s ready. Having a screened porch can also keep your pet safely enclosed while giving him time to get fresh air each day. We will plan the perfect screened porch for your family, including your furry family members!


A choice of fresh air and sunshine or a comfortably enclosed screened porch suits this family’s dog perfectly!

Charlotte outdoor living, with the entire family in mind!

No matter your design and usage preferences or requirements for your perfect family and pet-friendly outdoor living space, we’ve got you covered! Whether it’s a travertine patio, Trex deck, screened porch, or a combination of spaces, Archadeck of Charlotte will work with you to design the perfect outdoor living area that your entire family can enjoy throughout the year!


This Brussels Griffon loves his travertine patio in Rock Hill, SC!

If you are ready to talk about your ideal pet-friendly outdoor living space, give us a call for a free design consultation at (704) 944-1350 or email us and a Design Consultant will contact you promptly.

Enhance your quality of living outdoors with multiple outdoor living spaces.

At Archadeck of Charlotte, we believe there is a perfect outdoor living design for every family, but all spaces do not accommodate each family or family member the same. Extend your family’s use of your outdoor living area by having more than one space!

When it comes to planning your ideal outdoor living space, you have likely put a lot of thought into how you might get the best use of it. You have probably saved and budgeted, and considered the many options for a single outdoor living area, but have you considered how much more use your family will have with a combination of outdoor areas? Allow Archadeck of Charlotte to design your dream outdoor living combination – build the right spaces for your family’s outdoor living needs the first time!


This home has amenities abound with a screened porch, pergola-covered deck, open deck, and a hot tub deck on the lower level for virtually endless outdoor living opportunities!

Deluxe Charlotte outdoor living spaces offer so much more!


This sunroom and deck offer opportunities for entertaining guests or private relaxation.

Outdoor living combinations are becoming more popular these days, as families realize that they can get multiple uses of the spaces or utilize them as one expansive space. Archadeck of Charlotte can help you assess your outdoor living needs to plan, design, and build the perfect outdoor living combination for your family and your specific needs. The sunroom and Trex composite deck pictured above, offer opportunities for family members and guests to enjoy the spaces at the same time, but in different capacities. We envision the ladies with a glass of wine in-hand after dinner inside the screened porch, while the gentlemen enjoy their own after-dinner drinks and cigars on the deck. How do you see yourself living in these beautiful spaces?

See this deluxe living space with two decks and a screened porch!

This family chose two decks and a screened porch for their outdoor living combination. With multiple outdoor living areas, these homeowners can host one large get-together, with multiple activities for different family members and guests at the same time. For instance, the adults dine on the grill deck while the younger guests convene inside the screened porch for dining and board games, or even group video gaming on their portable devices. Separation of indoor/outdoor areas can give kids and teens an area for raucous party-going while the adults converse around the fire pit on the lower deck after dinner! Whether it’s quiet evenings at home, or holidays or birthdays, this family is equipped to achieve ultimate outdoor living with three distinct living areas!

We are your trusted Charlotte porch and patio and hardscapes builder.


This beautiful combination of spaces, an open porch, covered patio, and open patio with outdoor fireplace and outdoor kitchen, offers multiple outdoor living uses!

The photo above is an exemplary representation of achieving great heights in outdoor living. Can you imagine cooking and dining on this spacious paver patio, and then retiring for drinks by the outdoor fireplace? How about a family game night on the second story open porch, or a poker or euchre night with friends? What about the ultimate ladies’ night, where the gentlemen serve dinner and drinks? All these things and so much more are possible when you expand your outdoor living horizons to include multiple outdoor living areas!

Entertaining and relaxation are the name of the game for this family!


Waxhaw NC outdoor living never looked so good – opportunities for social gatherings and private relaxation are all addressed in this outdoor living combination!

This beautiful, expansive outdoor living combination offers a screened porch and pergola-covered deck, connected by a small deck and extra-wide stair. This expansive paver patio space offers areas for visiting with friends and family for conversation, or even relaxing in hammocks. We imagine parents unwinding or reading quietly on the patio, while the kids gather under the pergola for games or school projects. This Firethorne family imagined how they would live best outdoors, and we gave them spaces to accommodate all their entertaining and private outdoor living needs!

At Archadeck of Charlotte, our goal is to design and build your personal ideal in outdoor living the first time. We don’t want to offer you only a deck or patio, when you believe you would have better use of a deck and patio, or any other combination of outdoor living spaces. We will build your dream outdoor living combination, perfect for your home, family, and outdoor living style.

If you are ready to talk about your outdoor living goals with multiple outdoor living areas, give us a call for a free design consultation at (704) 944-1350 or email us and a Design Consultant will contact you promptly.

How a Fire Pit Will Enhance Your Deck Living Throughout the Holiday Season

Custom fire pits by Archadeck of Charlotte not only create stylish focal points on decks, they will also keep you warm and toasty in the mild autumn and winter Charlotte climate through the holiday season.

Have you considered how adding one simple element to your deck might give you more time outdoors, even in the late fall and winter months? At Archadeck of Charlotte, our goal is to give you a beautiful and functional space to enjoy year-round, as the temperate Charlotte climate allows. See how a fire pit atop your deck will enhance your cool weather outdoor living this holiday season!


Gorgeous Ipe Brazilian hardwood deck with firepit and seating wall – perfect for holiday gatherings!

Be the hosts with the most with custom Charlotte outdoor fire features!

With Thanksgiving mere days, even hours, away, have you thought about how you will accommodate your guests? Will you host an entire traditional dinner, or perhaps be the last stop for friends and family to enjoy desserts and drinks on Thanksgiving evening? A fire pit is a great way for friends and family to be able to step outdoors to a comfortable area for fresh air, or to enjoy a beverage and cigar after dinner! Offer your guests an area of brief or not-so-brief respite during the busy Thanksgiving rush. With a fire pit on your deck, you and your guests have a wonderful area for conversation and festivities right outside your door.


This Charlotte deck with flagstone gas fire pit will provide warmth and ambiance for holiday guests!

Host holiday parties, indoors and out, with a custom fire pit!

Charlotte decks with fire pits lend themselves to setting the perfect scene for your upcoming holiday parties. Your dinner party guests will love flowing from inside your home to your deck with all festive holiday accoutrements! Railings around the deck are great for strings of holiday lighting for added cheer, and seating walls or benches create intimate areas for guests to congregate around the ambient fire. Gather ‘round to reminisce holidays past with loved ones around your custom fire pit by Archadeck of Charlotte. Host a New Year’s Eve masquerade or ring in the new year privately, champagne or scotch in-hand as 2019 closes in.


Trex deck with stacked stone fire pit, custom railing, and Trex bench – gather ‘round in perfect holiday style and comfort!

When it comes to outdoor living, we all have different ideals. The same goes for holiday celebrations. Whether you are planning a huge holiday soiree, or an intimate yuletide affair this holiday season, we want you to have an outdoor area in which to experience it with a beautiful and functional fire pit. Wrap your shoulders with your favorite throw, pour the hot cocoa, tea, or coffee, and step outside to your deck with a custom fire pit by Archadeck of Charlotte.

If you are ready to enjoy a fire pit on your deck for the holiday season, give us a call for a free design consultation at (704) 944-1350 or email us and a Design Consultant will contact you promptly.

How might you use a bar on your Charlotte porch, deck, or patio?

Archadeck of Charlotte can build your ideal outdoor bar on porches, decks, and patios. We would like to share some helpful ideas for using a bar in your favorite outdoor living area.

At Archadeck of Charlotte, we aim to help our clients design their most useful outdoor living space. It is paramount when designing a Charlotte porch, deck, or patio, that we help the homeowners add useful amenities, and for many that includes building a custom outdoor bar. The connotation of the word “bar” might make us only think of a place to mix cocktails, but there are many more uses for outdoor bars than just serving beverages!

Dinner is served under a custom pergola on this gorgeous Charlotte outdoor bar!

This Charlotte patio with a custom pergola is the perfect spot for an outdoor bar. As you see here, the area behind creates a useful patio grill nook, where the cook can converse with family and friends while cooking. The lower bar area is great for food prep and holding grilling accoutrement, while the raised snack bar area provides a great place to enjoy dinner straight off the grill. We can almost smell the freshly-grilled steaks and vegetables!


This beautiful stone bar façade with natural stone bar tops is a useful addition to this pergola-covered patio space. Archadeck of Charlotte can design your ideal bar with custom façade and bar-top materials to suit your home’s exterior finishes and your personal design tastes. Bar surfaces can be created with natural stone, custom tile, and more!

Bars can do double or triple duty in your outdoor space for hosting or private use!

Bars are useful when hosting parties and get-togethers, such as bridal showers, where you could easily create a food serving station on the lower surface and a bloody Mary station or mimosa mixing station on the top surface. Bars can have wet or dry sinks to accommodate easy clean-up or hold ice and cold beverages. Be the most popular book club host in town with a bar to create a gathering spot and snack bar! Host friends and family for gameday. How about Taco Tuesday with the kids, where you can create a build-your-own taco station in your outdoor space? Speaking of the kids, an outdoor bar is a wonderful idea for homework and snacks while we prepare dinner in the evenings! Do you work from home, or bring home work from the office? Break out of your routine of sitting inside your home office. Step outside to decompress while you work! Bars can have electrical capabilities for charging phones, tablets, and laptops while we work. Do you craft? How about taking your crafting outdoors? A large, single-surface bar would be the perfect place to get creative in your favorite Charlotte outdoor living space.


This beautiful open porch includes a dual-surface, natural stone wet bar with stacked stone façade. With the addition of space heaters, the porch can be kept cozy on cool days. Imagine stepping out into this beautiful space for a special weekend brunch with family and friends, or gathering on an autumn Saturday night for drinks, food, and conversation. Wiring is in place on the wall behind this bar, where a TV can be mounted for enjoying televised sporting or music events.

Are you ready to begin designing your new outdoor living space with a custom bar? Call on Archadeck of Charlotte to help you realize your perfect deck, porch, or patio design with a bar that will give you more time with family and friends in the fresh air and mild Charlotte climate. Now is the time to plan your space to begin using it in springtime!

If you are ready to plan your perfect Charlotte porch, patio, or deck with a custom outdoor bar, give us a call for a free design consultation at (704) 944-1350 or email us and a Design Consultant will contact you promptly.

Why You Should Choose Archadeck of Charlotte to Build Your Firethorne Porch, Deck, or Patio

More and more Firethorne Country Club homeowners trust Archadeck of Charlotte to design and build their custom outdoor living spaces and we would like to show you why.

Homeowners in the exclusive neighborhood of Firethorne, in the Marvin NC area of Waxhaw, North Carolina 28173, know about living luxuriously. Mature trees, stately homes, and pristine manicured lawns are the standard in this gorgeous neighborhood. Archadeck of Charlotte is the premier Firethorne outdoor living building contractor because we understand that constructing a builder grade deck or patio on the back of one of these homes will not measure up. Take a look at these beautiful Firethorne outdoor living projects, and you will see why Archadeck of Charlotte should be your first and only choice to build your custom outdoor living space.

We want to be your first choice for your Firethorne deck builder.

This grand home in Firethorne, with its distinct rooflines and rich color palette became the perfect canvas for a truly unique Trex low-maintenance deck and screened porch gazebo masterpiece. The new deck and screened porch appear very organic extensions of the home with new materials that are in perfect harmony with the home’s original finishes. The substantial stone columns and turret style gazebo make this outdoor living area a real show stopper. The second-story deck and porch inherently provide an additional living area underneath – a walk-out covered patio that could be used as an exclusive overnight guest space, or in addition to the main outdoor living area for large get-togethers.

As your Firethorne deck builder, we bring to the table complete custom design and building capabilities, along with choice building materials, for which we have received extensive training for proper usage and installation. That’s something you might not get from other building contractors!


Firethorne deck builder – Waxhaw NC

Looking for a Firethorne porch builder?

What’s not to love about this lovely open Firethorne porch and deck outdoor living area? The entire space exudes comfort and luxury. The porch and deck were built with Trex Premium Tropicals Spiced Rum, a beautiful and low-maintenance choice for any outdoor living space. The allure of this porch is all in the custom details. This quiet nook for conversation or watching TV is ensconced by custom cedar columns, archways, and ceiling trim detail. The light tongue and groove ceiling plays in perfect contrast with the more saturated colors of the deck and trim elements. A dark bronze chandelier, surrounded by two ceiling fans, is the porch’s crowning jewel, and really creates an extension of the comforts of the indoor living area.


Firethorne porch builder – Marvin NC

Firethorne patio, porch, deck, and pergola.

This grand Firethorne Country Club home offers and equally grand array of outdoor living options by way of screened porch, pergola-covered deck, and extensive paver patio flanked by fun amenities. Color matching and complementing also comes into play here, with all new materials working with the existing to create a cohesive design. Extra wide steps connect the two attached living spaces and offer ease of access to the patio amenities. Altogether, we see dinner parties, holiday celebrations, and days of total relaxation in this congregation of outdoor living spaces.


Firethorne patio – Marvin NC

Custom touches in outdoor living design by Archadeck of Charlotte.

Archadeck of Charlotte will go the extra mile for your Firethorne outdoor living area. This upscale open porch ceiling offers a luxe coffered design, dramatically trimmed in white with finished wood inlay. The finished ceiling lends itself to clean installation of electrical elements, such as lighting, ceiling fans, speakers, and televisions. This covered porch ceiling rivals those of its indoor counterparts, and any family would enjoy time in such a beautiful, custom space.

If you are looking to add outdoor living space to your Firethorne Country Club luxury home, give us a call for a free design consultation at (704) 944-1350 or email us and a Design Consultant will contact you promptly.

Charlotte Homeowners are Increasingly Choosing Travertine Tile for Their Outdoor Living Spaces

Five reasons why travertine is a solid choice for your patio


When we think about patios, pavers usually come to mind as the only cost-effective choice. Truth is travertine tile is a fantastic choice for upscale outdoor living spaces without the exorbitant cost of an exotic material, such as bluestone or marble. Archadeck of Charlotte is the leading builder of Charlotte travertine patio projects. In this list, we will offer five reasons that we have built hundreds of travertine patios in the Charlotte market.

1. Travertine is cost effective.
Most of us consider project costs paramount to anything else when planning for patio construction. We want great materials at a reasonable cost. Travertine delivers both! Travertine patios offer design similarities to granite and marble, but do not carry the same hefty price tag. As your preferred Charlotte travertine patio builder, Archadeck of Charlotte will provide you with a custom, designer patio without the designer cost.

2. Travertine is all natural.
Why is this important? Travertine’s all-natural appearance means that its textures, colors, and patterns never look contrived or manufactured. Travertine comes naturally in a wide range of colors. From muted greys and cool beiges to deeper brown hues, and on to more exotic color choices, like rose gold, pink, or mauve! When it comes to color, nature does it better. Pavers are man-made and could lack the randomness of patterns that Mother Nature lends to travertine. Travertine patterns can appear dappled, veined (like marble), linear, or even appear to have almost no pattern at all.

See Charlotte travertine patio projects on our website!
Archadeck of Charlotte will provide you with a custom travertine patio at a lower cost than other stone patio choices.

3. Travertine is durable.
When considering a travertine patio project in Charlotte, durability must be high on the list of considerations. Your outdoor living spaces will be open to environmental elements, aside from the obvious…we walk on it, sit in chairs on it, and we will undoubtedly drop things onto it. Sun, rain, and extreme hot or cold temperatures are no problem for travertine. While travertine is very strong, it is worth noting that it is highly reactive to acidic substances. Travertine must not be cleaned or maintained with any sort of acid-based cleaners, manufactured or natural, like vinegar or salt.

4. Travertine is versatile.
Travertine tiles are cut into many shapes and sizes, offering a wide range of standard or customized installation choices. Travertine slats may be installed much like wood flooring for a sleek, modern air. More traditionally, square travertine tiles lend themselves to a standard grid pattern or more custom diagonal installation, also known as on-point. Additionally, travertine might be cut into the size of bricks, which accommodates the standard brick layout or more designer approach with a herringbone (zig zag) orientation. No matter your personal design choices, travertine has a color, pattern, and shape to fulfill it!

5. Travertine is environmentally friendly.
Most of us concern ourselves with the impact our building materials have on our environment. If you are of that mindset, travertine is an eco-friendly choice for your patio. What makes it so, is the lack of manufacturing processes. Once travertine is mined and extracted, it goes to a manufacturing facility for processing, which consists of cutting it to size and sanding the surface to achieve uniform thickness. Other than that, travertine for patios might be cut and shaped to specification along its edges and sent on to resellers. One of the better design benefits of travertine is that it is mostly manufactured by Mother Nature, and not much else is needed to achieve the finished product!
(Travertine intended for interior uses will undergo a polishing and sealing process in addition.)

Archadeck of Charlotte is your premier Charlotte travertine patio builder, and we are ready to build the upscale patio you have dreamed about, without the large price tag you have feared! We will assist you with your travertine patio design from concept through fruition. Don’t be cornered by the idea of pavers, expand your vision to durable, cost-effective-beautiful, and natural travertine!

If you are looking for a new Charlotte travertine patio, give us a call for a free design consultation at (704) 944-1350 or email us and a Design Consultant will contact you promptly.

Why Gray is The "It" Color for Your New Charlotte Composite Deck

From fad to staple – five reasons why gray is here to stay.

For many years, the word gray was negatively received in the world of design, conveyed with adjectives like gloomy, sterile, and boring. This is not true today, however. Gray has positioned itself as a solid design color choice; first as a complementary shade, and later as the main color in our design palette. Today, many of our homes have lovely gray interior design accents, but what about outdoors? Have you considered gray as the choice color for your new Charlotte composite deck? We would like to introduce you to the gray hues offered by Trex and give you five reasons to choose gray for your new composite deck!

1. Trex Transcend Gravel Path (Earth Tones) – A Hue of Fond Memories
Imagine your grandparents’ front porch with rocking chairs. Slightly aged, but it feels like home. It’s a place of happy memories of long summer days, and evenings of lightning bugs and crickets chirping the day away. Trex’s Gravel Path is a hue of times past. Never boring or gloomy, but reminiscent of a deck that was once shiny and new, but now is made better by the passing of time with family and friends upon it. Make your deck like porches of old and create new memories with your own children and grandchildren.


Photo Above: Trex Transcend Gravel Path

2. Trex Select Pebble Gray – Shiny and New for Years to Come
Pebble gray is a light gray hue, saturated just the right amount to look like freshly-painted wood. With no color variations and little texture, Pebble Gray is a color that looks brand new for the life of the deck. For those of us, who prefer a buttoned-up, perfectly neat outdoor space that will accent just about any exterior siding choice, this is the choice gray. It is very complementary to light colored furnishings and railings, but also works in contrast with darker exterior siding colors. Pebble Gray is a new gray standard.

3. Trex Transcend Premium Tropicals Island Mist – Distressed Perfection
Island mist is a fantastic mix of gray hues and shows lots of texture. It looks aged – even distressed, and it is all the rage for your new Charlotte composite deck! Island Mist is perfect for rooftop decks in Uptown Charlotte with urban furnishings, or your lakeside deck and covered porch with more traditional furnishings and accessories. What’s more, this hue is light, so full-sun exposure is no problem. Your Island Mist gray deck will not absorb a lot of heat, like a darker color would. It’s just a beautiful, designer choice!

4. Trex Enhance Clam Shell – Hello, Sailor!
Leave it to Trex to create the perfect nautical gray and give it a name like Clam Shell. This color creates a neat and tidy deck effect, and it’s no surprise that it’s the perfect hue to accept bold nautical navy and white or red and white stripes. Clam Shell is a fantastic choice for your lakeside deck with custom nautical designer furnishings and accessories. This medium gray color is devoid of a lot of texture or “movement” and will look new for many years to come. Add railing with white posts and black pickets for the perfect contrast to your gray deck boards.


Photo Above: Trex Enhance Clam Shell

5. Trex Select Winchester Gray – Be Bold
Who said gray cannot be dramatic? Winchester Gray is full of drama and high style. It is the quintessential bold color choice for your new deck. If you are looking for a gray that makes a statement, Winchester Gray is the hue for you! This dark gray offers so much audacity, your friends will gasp with delight at your own designer daring. Winchester Gray is proof that gray can be anything but standard or boring. Bolder still is its versatility! This color will accept a range of furnishings and accessories, and compliments just about any exterior siding color and material.

See Archadeck of Charlotte’s Trex composite deck Charlotte designs.

If you are considering adding a new composite deck to your Charlotte home, give us a call for a free design consultation at (704) 944-1350, email us, or visit our website to fill out the form and a Design Consultant will contact you promptly.

Why the Trex Premium Tropicals Collection is So Popular in Charlotte

A color collection, whose names denote vacation vibes

The Trex brand is synonymous with strength, durability, and sustainability. Those benefits alone make Trex an obvious choice for the Charlotte area when it comes to investing in a deck. As a Charlotte composite deck builder, we are proud to offer Trex products for lots of reasons. Often, when a product offers distinguished performance, such as fade, scratch, and impact resistance, we might think that the look of the product must come second. Not so with Trex Premium Tropicals! This collection has form and function in equal measure, and with names like Island Mist and Havana Gold, what’s not to like?

We have been a trusted Charlotte composite deck builder for more than 30 years.

Spiced Rum

Just one more drink! Spiced rum is the happy medium between its counterparts, Havana Gold and Lava Rock. Happy indeed, as its name denotes, this color is a particularly great choice for those of us, who are looking for a rich and saturated color, but are afraid of going dark. Compare it to a rich teak, with a natural golden base and hints of autumn reds. Pour yourself a drink, hoist it to the sunlight, and there you have it – spiced rum. Spiced Rum is very versatile, and works beautifully with earth toned siding, cultured stone, or brick home accents. Spiced rum is beautiful when paired with lighter, natural wood accents, such as porch ceiling inlays!


Trex Spiced Rum Deck With Covered Porch and Arched Detail

Tiki Torch

What is more befitting an island getaway than the warm glow of a tiki torch? The color of the glow that is cast from its namesake, Tiki Torch is aptly appointed. Much like the color of cedar, this finish is a great choice for many composite decking requirements. Tiki Torch works well in a monochromatic application, but also with darker contrasting railing, siding, and even decking colors. Choose to define areas or outline the entire deck with a rich Lava Rock border for a dramatic effect! Tiki Torch pairs well with light colors on the exterior of the home. Off-white siding and earth toned brick or stone accept this color flawlessly into their palette. This color also looks fantastic with coordinating deck railings and dark pickets.


Trex Tiki Torch Deck in Waxhaw, NC

Lava Rock

The inspiration here is obvious. Lava Rock is a rich red with lower contrasting wood grain and speaks to a more dramatic aesthetic. It’s clean and durable, as all Trex products, and is a beautiful choice for those, who seek a little more color saturation for their composite decking material. Lava Rock is also a color, much like a classic dark cherry wood or dark bamboo flooring, which works well with lighter contrasting home siding and railing choices. Lava Rock really packs a punch when paired with a classic white railing balustrade, or white posts and clear glass panels for a truly custom aesthetic. This finish also pairs well with classic red brick exterior home finishes or accents.


Trex Deck In Lava Rock with Deckorator Pickets

Island Mist

Who says grey must be boring? Grey has been on a comeback for a few years now, and Island Mist is a clear representation of how a trend becomes a staple. With true woodgrain finish, and muted color, Island Mist is a versatile choice for composite decking. It is easily paired with a monotone palette or with rich contrasting colors. It curates well in city or rural settings and is a great light color choice for full-sun decks, where darker colors might absorb a lot of heat. Island Mist is a great addition to rich siding choices, such as dark greys and browns, and works well with classic red brick. This color also suits a “beachy” pastel or muted exterior siding palette!

Havana Gold

You don’t have to visit Cuba to understand the concept behind this finish. Undoubtedly inspired by cobblestone streetscapes and water vista sunsets, Havana Gold will add warmth as organically as if it were a natural wood product. This color is a fantastic choice for an earthen façade that will refuse to go out of style, even after many years of enjoyment. Havana Gold pairs well with light siding colors, including off-white and beige. It also complements earth toned cultured stone or brick siding accents. Havana Gold is also beautifully framed with other accenting decking colors! Spiced Rum is a spot-on choice for framing Havana Gold to achieve a gorgeous custom composite deck.


Trex Deck with Pergola in Fort Mill, SC

No matter your choice in island destination, we have a Trex Premium Tropicals color to suit your vacation vibe at home! Archadeck of Charlotte is your preferred Charlotte composite deck builder with a full range of composite decking design ideas to facilitate your ideal destination, even if you’re only stepping outside your own home for an evening.

If you are considering adding a new composite deck to your Charlotte home, give us a call for a free design at (704) 944 -1350, email us or fill out the form on this website and a Design Consultant will contact you promptly.

What does our 30 Years' Experience in the Outdoor Living Industry Mean to You?

As Archadeck of Charlotte celebrates 30 years of service in the Charlotte area, we are energized by this milestone—but what does it mean for you, our customers?

In our culture we celebrate anniversaries with gusto. What do they signify? An anniversary is a milestone; it’s not a destination. Reaching—and passing—this 30-year milestone is a sign of Archadeck’s commitment to homeowners throughout the Charlotte market.

Our 30 years as your outdoor living designer/builder in the Charlotte area show that we have staying power in this market. We have the necessary perseverance to weather economic downturns and continue to grow and thrive. Many local deck and patio contractors did not survive the 2007-2008 economic recession. Archadeck of Charlotte continues to thrive and we are still here for you.

What does our 30 years mean to you, the customer?

Throughout 30 years as your Charlotte deck builder, Archadeck of Charlotte has seen design trends come and go. When we consult with you to design and build your new deck, porch or patio, we listen to your ideas and offer ideas based on current design trends. We want you to have the outdoor structures you’ve always wanted, and we want your deck, porch or patio to withstand the test of time.

With respect to decks, especially, 30 years in this business means Archadeck of Charlotte has seen new decking technologies blossom and mature. We have worked with composite decking boards from the beginning and have experienced first-hand the improvements to these materials. As composites have improved, we have developed expertise in how to work with them.

When using composites, we choose to build with Trex products, and we have received training directly from Trex to ensure we install your decking materials correctly. In fact, Archadeck of Charlotte is the top TrexPro® Platinum Charlotte composite deck builder.

Consumers may not realize this, but the synthetic/composite decking materials are not easy to work with. If a builder does not meet the manufacturer’s standards during installation, your manufacturer’s warranty could be voided. It is critically important to us that we provide the highest-quality, reliable installation for you. Thirty years of experience means we have 30 years of expertise that you can rely on.

Thirty Years of the Wood-vs.-Composites Debate

This debate has been going on as long as composite decking materials have been on the market. With our vast experience working with both types of materials, we can answer any questions you may have about building with wood or composites. We understand some homeowners prefer to build with wood and always will. We want our clients to make informed decisions about all materials they’re considering for their outdoor living projects. This includes wood and composites as well as the many types of hardscape materials available.

Why should 30 years’ experience matter to you?

Through longevity comes experience. As your Charlotte porch builder, we have more experience designing and building outdoor living structures here than any other company. When is that much experience important to you? Would you prefer a builder that has built 10 porches, 50 porches or 1,000 porches, decks and patios? Archadeck of Charlotte has built over 20,000 projects in the last 30 years. If you were having knee surgery, would you want a surgeon who had performed your surgery 10 times? Would you feel more comfortable with a knee surgeon who had done your surgery 1,000 times?

Our expertise in designing and building porches goes way beyond the standard screened porch. We have built every kind of covered porch, open porch, front porch, back porch, screened porch and three-season room you can imagine. We can design the porch of your dreams whether it’s a stand-alone porch or part of a combination outdoor living space—whatever meets your needs.

When you add a porch, deck or outdoor living combination to your home, you expect it to last as long as possible. To achieve that goal, you select high-quality materials and choose to work with the most experienced designer/builder in the Charlotte area: Archadeck of Charlotte.

From Decks and Porches to Patios and Hardscapes

Originally known for building decks and porches, many years ago Archadeck of Charlotte became your preferred Charlotte patio builder as well. Archadeck has partnered with several hardscape companies, and we have developed years of expertise working with every kind of patio material. We work with concrete, natural stone and manufactured pavers to achieve the look you want for your Charlotte-area patio. Together with family and friends you’ll spend countless hours on your patio, so we will build the patio you can enjoy many years into the future. Would you like an outdoor kitchen with that patio? A pergola, stone seating wall or outdoor fireplace? Archadeck of Charlotte is the company with the experience and expertise to incorporate whatever elements you desire to build the outdoor living space of your dreams.

While we’re excited to be celebrating our 30th anniversary, we know that an anniversary is a milestone, not a destination. We expect to continue to thrive long after this particular anniversary has passed. We want to be here for you, your children and grandchildren for another 30 years and beyond.

Call Archadeck of Charlotte today to start talking about your new deck, porch or patio design. To schedule your free consultation, give us a call at (704) 944 -1350, email us or fill out the form on this website and a Design Consultant will contact you promptly.

The Top 5 Reasons Your Charlotte Deck Design Must Include Outdoor Lighting

So you’re thinking about adding a new deck! That’s exciting, especially if you’re planning to work with Archadeck of Charlotte to design and build it. Have you also given any thought to including outdoor lighting with your deck installation? We work hand-in-hand with our sister company, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte, so the best time to think about lighting your new deck is at the very beginning of your planning process.

If you’re uncertain about including deck lighting in your Charlotte deck design, let us put that uncertainty to rest now!

Here we offer the top 5 reasons you absolutely must have deck lighting!

  1. To ensure safe footing on the deck stairs, for family members and guests. While any one of us could make a misstep on the stairs and take a tumble, it’s especially worrying to send a grandparent down dark stairs. A flashlight can help, but some of us have been been known to drop the flashlight before reaching our destination! And what about the kids? While the words “be careful” don’t even register on their tiny ears, they may refuse to go down and play in the yard because the steps are too dark.



    We have the perfect spot to install tiny lights for safety on the deck stairs—it’s the part of the stairs called the risers, the vertical boards connecting a step with the steps below and above. In the photograph, these stairs are especially wide so we installed four tiny deck lights on each riser. When we build narrower stairs, we usually place one light on each riser or one on every other riser. A little light can make a huge difference when it comes to safety.

  2. Pet safety on stairs is important, too! If you have an older dog, lighting the deck stairs is one more way of helping him live out his life comfortably. If he has to make nightly trips down the steps, love is giving him light to see his way out and back in.

  3. Our third reason for having deck lighting is to help your guests see where they’re about to sit! A Charlotte deck design with built-in bench seating is great, but have you seen someone about to sit down and miss the bench in the dark? Ouch! With LED lights discretely placed under built-in benches or below deck railings, you can give your guests a safe “landing.”

  4. To see your food! Part of enjoying a great meal is the visual experience. Everyone loves eating dinner out on the deck, but in the flickering candlelight it can be hard to differentiate the mashed potatoes from the dinner roll. You can take the guesswork out of dining with a few strategically-placed light fixtures. Charlotte Outdoor Lighting Perspectives can work with Archadeck to incorporate lighting into your deck design, and they’ll help you select the lights you want.



  5. To enjoy your deck after the sun goes down. Five days out of seven, most of us don’t get home until dark or close to it. Do you really want to give up enjoying your beautiful new deck most nights of the week? Why relegate the deck to weekends only? With deck lighting you can practically double the amount of time available to spend enjoying your new deck. When you choose to add deck lighting to your Charlotte deck design, you’ll get to meet with our lighting designer who can show you clever and subtle ways to light a deck.

Don’t let your deck lighting be an afterthought. Planning for outdoor lighting in your deck design will enable us to position the electrical wiring efficiently instead of having to go back in and install it later. We’re pretty sure you’re going to want deck lighting!

Archadeck of Charlotte is celebrating 30 years of service in the Charlotte market. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte, the best and oldest outdoor lighting company in Charlotte, is celebrating its 20th anniversary!

Call Archadeck of Charlotte today to start talking about your new deck design, and be sure to mention you want to add deck lighting with Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte! To schedule your free consultation, give us a call at (704) 944 -1350, email us or fill out the form on this website and a Design Consultant will contact you promptly.

Did You Know Archadeck of Charlotte is the Oldest and Best Fort Mill Porch Builder?

Would your porch be featured on a program called “Greatest Porches of Fort Mill, SC”? Or does your porch need a makeover? If your home doesn’t have a porch, or if yours needs a makeover, it’s time to call your Fort Mill porch builder, Archadeck of Charlotte, and claim your porch.

That’s right! Never let a pesky little state line prevent you from calling the best porch builder for miles around. Archadeck of Charlotte has been building outdoor living structures in Fort Mill SC for 30 years, and we’re the only outdoor living company building in Fort Mill for that long. When we first started designing and building porches around here, the city of Charlotte had not spread out so close to Fort Mill. A lot of things have changed, including the landscape and the streetscapes, but one thing has not changed. Archadeck of Charlotte is the Fort Mill porch contractor you need to call for one of the best porches in two states.

We build front porches and back porches. We’ve built every size and shape porch you can imagine, with every type of porch design and every kind of material on the market. A builder does not stay in business this long without doing quite a few things right and receiving extremely favorable reviews. When you choose a porch builder with 30 years of experience, you have the benefit of working with a company that has literally built thousands of porches.

Archadeck of Charlotte doesn’t just build these porches, we design them, too. A design-and-build firm like ours focuses on creating a custom design for each homeowner. After meeting with you and hearing you talk about what you want in a porch, we’ll design one uniquely suited to your home. Our custom porch design will be based on your tastes, wants, needs, the architecture of your home and the topography of your property.

Looking at back porches, homeowners have several styles to select from including the open or covered porch, the screened porch or a 3-season room, which is a porch with windows that can be closed. Open porch and covered porch are two names for the same structure. It’s open in that the sides of the porch aren’t enclosed with screening, and it’s covered in that it has a roof. So either name is correct.

Open porches give you that airy feeling where nothing stands between you and the outdoors (except for a roof). The benefit of an open porch when compared to a deck or patio is that a porch roof protects you from rain and the UV rays of that South Carolina sun.

If you want a little more protection, you’ll probably be interested in a screened porch, which includes rain and sun protection and adds insect protection to that. No more mosquitoes and flies “bugging” you while you try to eat a nice meal out on the porch! Screened porches have been a favorite in SC and NC since … well, since screens were invented.

Finally, if you want to take Fort Mill porch living to the next level, one of our favorite outdoor living structures is the 3-season room. Archadeck of Charlotte has seen the 3-season room surge in popularity thanks to the Eze-Breeze 4-track convertible enclosure system. A room built with Eze-Breeze offers almost as much visibility as a screened porch. In addition to having screens, the Eze-Breeze room is enclosed with clear vinyl windows that slide open to reveal 75% of the screens, leaving only 25% covered with window. The benefits include just about as much fresh air as that offered by a screened porch — when the temperature is right — and the ability to close the windows completely when you sense a chill. The Eze-Breeze porch does not tie into your home’s heating and air conditioning systems, so if you use this room on the coldest days you may need a space heater.

You can learn more about Eze-Breeze porch rooms by watching this video from Archadeck of Charlotte:

You’ll be happy to know that Archadeck of Charlotte can convert an existing screened porch into an Eze-Breeze 3-season room. We can also convert a deck or patio into a covered porch, a screened porch or a 3-season room. Many clients have hired us to convert their deck or patio into a porch and add a new deck or patio onto that! This combination outdoor living space offers the best of all worlds.

We can discuss all of these options during your free design consultation. If anyone does create a program called “Greatest Porches of Fort Mill, SC,” we want your porch to be included! Archadeck of Charlotte is your most experienced Fort Mill porch builder, and we’d like to include you among our very long list of satisfied clients.

To schedule your free consultation, give us a call at (704) 944 -1350, email us or fill out the form on this website and a Design Consultant will contact you promptly.

If you are looking for a TrexPro® Platinum deck builder in Charlotte, look no further than Archadeck of Charlotte

When it comes to hiring a contractor for an outdoor living project, are you a risk-taker or do you prefer to go with a sure thing? If you’re interested in adding a Trex low-maintenance deck to your outdoor living space, the sure thing is calling Archadeck of Charlotte. You don’t want to choose just any Charlotte composite deck builder. Archadeck of Charlotte is the top TrexPro® Platinum Charlotte composite deck builder.


Trex Spiced Rum deck with open porch and arches in Waxhaw NC

What is a TrexPro® Platinum deck builder?

TrexPro® Platinum deck builders are the leading TrexPro® builders in their markets. This designation is the highest level of recognition an independent contractor can earn, and it’s based on volume, customer service and continuing education. Archadeck of Charlotte has been a TrexPro® Platinum Charlotte builder for the past eight years. Last year alone we built over $1,500,000 in just Trex material! We’ve built over 1,000 Trex decks here in the greater Charlotte area, and we’re among the top five Trex builders in the country. We are your Trex deck builder in Charlotte.

Why is the TrexPro® designation important?

TrexPro® Platinum deck builders have demonstrated the ability and expertise to design and build outdoor living projects with Trex, from the simplest to the most complex structures. Building with low-maintenance materials isn’t easy. You might assume it’s much like working with wood, but it’s not.

If your Charlotte deck builder doesn’t have the level of expertise to earn the TrexPro® Platinum recognition, it’s easy for them to make errors with low-maintenance materials – incredibly costly errors. The Trex builder must know how to incorporate special techniques such as the precise distance of the decking joists. A Trex deck must be built according to TrexPro® specifications to ensure the warranty is honored. TrexPro® deck builders have completed the Trex Company’s installation and product training on all Trex products, and TrexPro® Platinum deck builders are the best of the best.


Charlotte NC hip roof Eze-Breeze porch with Trex deck in Spiced Rum

Why choose low-maintenance composite decking materials?

If you’ve previously had a wood deck at your home, your Charlotte Trex deck will usher you into the low-maintenance lifestyle – and you’ll never go back. Trex decking boards and railing systems are beautiful, and they come in a variety of colors to match your home. Trex decking products are warrantied to be free from material defects in workmanship and materials. Unlike wood, Trex products won’t rot, split, splinter or suffer structural damage from termites or fungal decay. The Trex warranty is good for 25 years.

Unlike wood decks, structures built with composite decking don’t require annual painting, staining or sealing. That’s why they’ve earned the description “low-maintenance.” To clean your new Trex deck periodically, you’ll only need to use soap and water or a gentle pressure washer. You’ll spend a lot more time enjoying your deck and lot less time trying to keep it looking great.

If you’re considering adding a Trex, AZEK or TimberTech composite deck to your Charlotte-area home, give us a call for a free design consultation at (704) 944 -1350, drop us an email or fill out the form on this site and we will return your call as quickly as possible.

Why Archadeck?

Whether you’re just starting to think about building a new outdoor space or are in the final stages of due diligence, you’ll want to know how one company is different than the other companies that seemingly provide the same service. In custom design and build, there are so many variable factors. For example, two different builders could describe a project the same way but what they build could be completely different.

For example, the builders might both say the final product is a 12′ × 16′ wood deck.

  • What grade of wood are they using?
  • What are the construction standards for how the deck is attached to the house or the distance of the joists?
  • Will they use nails, screws or hidden fasteners?
  • Will the deck have skirting?
  • Will the railing be made of the same wood or made with upgraded materials?
  • Is there a warranty of workmanship?
  • Warranty of materials?
  • Warranty of completion?

As you can see, just looking at the variations of even a simple deck can be dizzying. Your questions will range from construction questions to material questions to question about the company.


Charlotte pressure-treated wood deck with flower box and upgraded metal railing

Here are the top 5 reasons to choose Archadeck

1) 30 years! in Charlotte

There is only one outdoor builder that has been serving the Charlotte market for 30 years. Archadeck has weathered several recessions and has built over 20,000 outdoor projects right here in the Charlotte market. With experience and longevity comes expertise.

2) Archadeck meets or exceeds all local building codes

Because it is part of an international franchise, Archadeck building process and quality standards adhere to a building standards master plan. Every building guideline is designed to meet or exceed all local building codes. The construction of every facet of your project is documented in the Archadeck master plan ensuring that your builder isn’t making it up as they go along or taking shortcuts.

3) We guarantee your project will be completed

Everyone has a horror story about a contractor that didn’t finish or did shoddy work. Unfortunately, we hear many stories about competitors that accept deposits and vanish into thin air. At Archadeck, we present you with a guarantee of completion. Because Archadeck is an international brand, your project comes with a guarantee of completion, as contracted, should something unforeseen happen to your local office.

4) Guarantee of workmanship

Every Archadeck project comes with a guarantee of workmanship and structural integrity. Your project will have a 1-yr workmanship guarantee and a 5-year structural guarantee.

5) Design experts

Archadeck of Charlotte wins numerous design awards every year. You will have a personal experienced Design Consultant that will work with you to translate your wishes into the outdoor living space you’ve been looking for.

If you’re ready to talk to a design consultant about the outdoor living space you have been dreaming of, give us a call at (704) 944 -1350, drop us an email or fill out the form on this site. We look forward to building your dream outdoor living space.

Don't Wait To Call If You're Thinking About Adding A New Deck, Porch Or Patio This Spring

Is this the year you’re going to build that deck you’ve dreamed about? Are you finally tired of an old paver patio with uneven bricks or cracked concrete? If 2018 is the year to add the outdoor space you’ve dreamed of, don’t wait to call Archadeck to discuss your project. If you wait, your new project may be completed much later than you had hoped.

How long does it take to build a new deck, porch or patio?

We are asked this question all the time. While actually building your new outdoor space may not take long, the process does take time. For example, all reputable builders have a waiting list for start dates. In fact, if you contact a builder that can start tomorrow or next week, be very wary. Good contractors are in demand and they have a waiting list to get started.

What else determines how long it will take for your new project to be completed?

In addition to the wait time that you can expect with reputable builders, there are a number of steps in the design process. While each of these might not take a lot of time, cumulatively they can add upto several weeks.

The decision process

When you give us a ring, we schedule a time to visit your home as shortly after your call as possible. A few days elapse before we even meet. When you make your decision to move ahead, it may take a couple days to finalize your contract. After your contract is finalized, Archadeck of Charlotte pulls your permits and schedules the appropriate subcontractors such as electricians, painters or roofers.


Beautiful Charlotte deck, patio and pergola

The finishing process

Even the finishing process requires a little bit of time. Archadeck ensures that every job is properly inspected by the local inspectors. As you can see from the list above, the required steps in adding a custom-built structure or space to your backyard take time.

Begin the conversation now

Archadeck offers a free design consultation. Even if you may want your project finished later in the year, call now to begin the discussion to ensure your project gets in the production schedule to be ready according to when you hope.

To schedule your free consultation, give us a call at (704) 944 -1350, email us or fill out the form on this website and a Design Consultant will contact you promptly.

Take a tour of some beautiful Charlotte area flagstone patios

One of the questions we’re frequently asked is whether you can mix and match different types of stone. Yes, you can! In the patio image above, you see flagstone on the patio, steps, and on the outdoor fireplace accent details. Stackstone adorns the vertical walls of the outdoor fireplace, outdoor kitchen, and outdoor fireplace. Look how beautifully they work in harmony with each other.

The beautiful outdoor space pictured above features an elevated deck with wide stairs leading down to the second outdoor space. The lower flagstone patio features a retaining wall which doubles as a seating wall along with a custom firepit. Notice the way several areas are available for convening. The patio is large enough to have your resident bookworm curled up on the outdoor sofa while a group enjoys evening cocktails around the outdoor fireplace.

Take a look at the flagstone patio above. Enjoy the sizes and shades of the individual flagstones. Appreciate how the artisan wove together the different natural stones with narrow veining between stones. Your Archadeck of Charlotte patio artisan works tirelessly, stone by stone, to arrange materials with such natural variation into a cohesive pattern that looks like it was made to go together.

Take a deep breath. You know this time of year. The pear trees are just starting to bud and the smell of fresh blooms is alive in the air. Enjoy some of the details of this fantastic flagstone patio and outdoor fireplace. What a showpiece! The outdoor fireplace not only has fabulous design details but is also tremendously functional. The long retaining walls that fan out from the fireplace double as overflow seating. The same can be said of the large stack stone hearth. This artisan-built outdoor fireplace has a brick firebox. There are no inserts or pre-fabricated pieces in this outdoor fireplace.

If you love the picture above, you are the type to choose natural stone over a paver or concrete. Do you love the color differences? Do you love that every stone is a different size and shape? Do you love the way the designer put them together like a kaleidoscope?

Reach out to us for a free consultation on your new flagstone outdoor space. Give us a call at (704) 944-1350, email us or fill out the form on our homepage and we will get right back in touch with you.

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Top five reasons to choose Archadeck as your Charlotte patio contractor

If you’re a Charlotte-area homeowner considering a backyard transformation, you’re probably poised to begin with the addition of a deck or patio. These are the two most popular choices among Charlotteans because they create a surface that is not only a great place to relax with family and friends, it also adds value to your home. A patio, in particular, can provide a starting point for future backyard renovations like adding an outdoor kitchen, outdoor fire feature or even a pool.

We have tremendous experience and expertise in designing and building Charlotte’s best patios and hardscapes. Here are five reasons why choosing Archadeck of Charlotte to build your new patio or hardscape is a wise choice:

Our patios require minimal maintenance

At Archadeck of Charlotte, our patios are professionally designed and installed using only the best hardscape materials. This ensures a hardscape with longevity that is also a breeze to maintain. A patio requires very little attention from the homeowner and doesn’t require annual resealing like a wooden deck.

As an added benefit of choosing Archadeck of Charlotte to build your patio, our sister company, Renew Crew of Charlotte, can deliver effortless scheduling of any needed maintenance to keep your patio looking like new.

Archadeck of Charlotte offers flexible design options

Our wide selection of hardscape materials gives Charlotte homeowners an almost endless choice in patio design options. Your Charlotte patio can be built with pavers, natural stone like flagstone, travertine and even ceramic tile. Our portfolio includes a variety of shapes, colors and styles to achieve your desired look and to fit any budget.

Our patios deliver a high return on investment

Our patios, which are professionally designed and installed, will yield a 30-60% return on investment if you ever decide to sell your home. In the long run, that same patio addition will add curb appeal, enhance outdoor functionality, and become a beloved backyard destination - benefits you cannot put a price on.

Our patios get along well with other outdoor structures

Patios can serve well when used in conjunction with other outdoor structures such as a deck, porch or outdoor room. This is what we refer to as an outdoor living combination or outdoor living environment. For many of our clients, an outdoor living space needs to be multifunctional. If that’s the case, our designers will create a space that flows yet defines separate spaces for different purposes.

Our patios are built with quality materials

Archadeck of Charlotte uses the best materials in the business to design our custom hardscapes. These include Belgard and Pavestone brands just to name a few. Our designs include paver patios, stone patios, stack stone patio, blue stone patios, flagstone patios, covered ceramic patios and travertine tile patios.

If you are thinking of a patio or hardscape addition for your home, Archadeck of Charlotte can help! Contact us today to learn more. You can call us at (704) 944 – 1350, email us or fill out the form to the right and we will contact you.

Selecting the Best Material for Your Charlotte Patio

Let’s face it. There’s nothing more boring than a slab of poured concrete for a patio. Unfortunately, this is exactly the type of patio many Charlotte homeowners got when they purchased their homes. These are the type of patios that often come standard with a new home. Dull, lifeless, small and not very functional — right?

Archadeck of Charlotte is ending the cycle of boring, builder-grade patios and providing stunning patio designs to homeowners looking to improve an outdoor living space. With this in mind, here are some ideas for selecting the best outdoor materials to design your patio.


Open porch in Shadowlake featuring a travertine tile floor.

Here in the Charlotte area, the most popular hardscape materials are pavers, travertine and flagstone. When choosing the best hardscape material to use for your patio, it is a good rule of thumb to continue with hardscape materials you already have on your house. For example, if you have stone or flagstone on your home’s foundation, then you might want to use flagstone on your patio addition.

Pavers

There are now many different shapes, colors and patterns available in manufactured paving stones. Archadeck of Charlotte has a large selection of pavers from manufacturers such as Belgard, Pavestone and others to choose from. Not only can paving stones be used on the floor of your paver patio but the large assortment of stones and blocks available can also be used in creating decorative and functional vertical elements. Decorative elements include planters, seating walls and pillars. Functional elements consist of outdoor kitchens, load-bearing retaining walls and even outdoor fire features.

Travertine

Travertine patios are very popular among Charlotte homeowners. Travertine tile delivers a very neat and organized look. One of the best advantages of using it on the floor of your patio is that it stays cool underfoot even in hot conditions. It comes in a variety of colors and subtle textures to suit any taste. Travertine is also absent of efflorescence. Efflorescence is the white deposit that sometimes occurs on the surface of concrete and some paver projects just after completion.


Travertine patio in Piper Glen.

Travertine pavers are a natural material which is formed by geological processes. Travertine is found in many different parts of the world, from Rome to Peru and even Yellowstone Park.

Flagstone

For a completely natural look, nothing beats flagstone for a patio. Natural stone is so versatile it can be used in many horizontal and vertical applications. Flagstone patios convey a very natural, organic look due to the stone’s irregular shapes and earthy shades of browns, reds, grays and blues. The unique beauty of flagstone provides inspiration to create both formal and informal spaces. For a formal look, we suggest selecting cut flagstones and installing them in a repeating pattern. For a more informal, eccentric look, you can select irregular flagstones and install them at random. This informal style is often called crazy-paving.


Flagstone patio and seating wall on Lake Norman.

If you are thinking of a patio for your home, Archadeck of Charlotte has tremendous experience and expertise in designing and building Charlotte’s best patios and hardscapes. Contact us today to bring your backyard from blah to beautiful! Call us at (704) 944 – 1350, email us or fill out the form to the right and we will contact you.

How Archadeck of Charlotte has been inspiring Charlotte area homeowners for over 29 years

Being in the business of providing award-winning outdoor living space designs to Charlotte area homeowners for almost 30 years speaks volumes. Archadeck of Charlotte is celebrating its 29th year and we are still going strong. As we take a step back to look at all we have achieved, one thing comes to mind — the way our custom deck designs have inspired a better way to enjoy the outdoors.

Our projects take you beyond the basic and boring decks of yesteryear when a deck was considered an appendage rather than an enhancement. We have successfully mastered the art of making the backyard deck the center of attention. A deck is a destination you look forward to visiting and lingering on. It also serves as a place to evoke your imagination while escaping in the pages of a good book. A deck can be a place to be proud to entertain friends or a place that serves as the centerpiece for outdoor family fun. Not just a place to cook a hot dog because the grill just happens to be located on the deck.

Our deck designs are timeless, innovative and ideal for enjoying the everyday things that are so important. We offer a wide portfolio of classic to modern deck ideas. When it comes to choosing the right deck for your Charlotte backyard there are many elements to consider. These include size, materials, style and budget.

How big should my deck be?

A small deck intended to hold a round dining table should be at least 12 feet by 12 feet, while a large deck can be designed with much more space. The average size deck is between 300 and 400 square feet. Generally, a deck should be wider than it is deep, with the longer dimension running along the house. Archadeck of Charlotte considers many factors when consulting with clients about how big their deck should be. We ask about the furnishings you intend to use and what activities you want to engage in on the deck. We also take the dimensions and style of your home into consideration as well as any setbacks and local and /or HOA restrictions.

What decking material should I choose?

Choosing a decking material for your intended deck addition is based on two main factors. These are maintenance requirements and your budget. During our consultation, we go over the various materials we offer in detail to help you choose the one that is perfect for you. One of the perks of being the area’s premier outdoor living space provider is having an extensive indoor and outdoor showroom. This enables you to see and feel all the various decking options. These include wood, hardwood and low-maintenance composites like Trex, AZEK and TimberTech. We also have a wide variety of railing options to choose from at our showroom.

How much should I spend?

It is imperative to establish a realistic budget for your outdoor living project. Deciding how much you want to spend needs to be decided upon before we begin designing your project. This is why we inquire about your intended budget during your initial consult because of the importance of having one in place before proceeding. We realize this is sometimes a hard decision and we make every effort to make it the opposite (easy). If you are unsure of where you need to set your budget, we can show you our portfolio and pictures to help you get an idea of what you want and what you want to spend.

Our quality design service paired with our innovative detailed pricing menu allows customers to see how different options look together. This will help you make an informed buying decision because many people have an idea of what they want, but have trouble visualizing it and aren’t aware of the realistic cost for what they have in mind.

If you are ready to get inspired about your backyard, contact Archadeck of Charlotte. We can show you how we have been inspiring homeowners for over 29 years! You can reach us at (704) 944-1350 or via email at [email protected].

The Appeal of the Charlotte Porch

A porch is just a deck with a roof on it, right?

Wrong.

While some porch designs may appear to be that simple, porches can encompass many variables. Here at Archadeck of Charlotte we specialize in all things outdoor living. A huge benefit of being able to live the outdoor lifestyle you desire is having options. This can mean having a covered outdoor living structure such as a porch, that allows you the freedom and protection to escape summer humidity or inclement weather without having to retreat indoors. Archadeck of Charlotte builds all genres of porches. From open porches and screened porches to versatile Eze-Breeze porches that deliver many of the same benefits found in sunrooms, we do it all!
To gain a better grasp of the types of porches we build in Charlotte and the surrounding area, watch our Charlotte Porch Builder video featured on our YouTube channel:

Porches can be built a number of ways, no matter which type of porch you are looking to build. Our team of professional porch designers focus on addressing your needs and desires first and foremost. We then use the architecture of your home and details of your lot as our guide. During our design consultation, we ask the important questions. What activities you wish to carry out on your porch? What time of day do you primarily plan to use your space? Are shade and insects a factor in choosing a porch? What type of outdoor furnishings you plan to use? From there, based on your answers, we then design the perfect porch to speak to all your specific needs.

A Charlotte porch a wonderful place to spend time. Just be sure to spend a little extra time upfront letting us design and plan it!

Give us a call at (704) 944 – 1350, email us or fill out the form to the right and we will contact you.

Decadent Open Porch in Shadowlake Neighborhood

One of our recent open porch projects takes us to the Shadowlake neighborhood, which is located just in South Charlotte, just off Carmel road. As you can see from the images, the finished addition is every bit as decadent as the name of the location implies.

This open porch features an elegant Travertine tile floor, detailed coffered interior ceiling, stone coped columns and much more!

This addition flows naturally with the lines and materials of the existing home giving the appearance that it is original, not an appendage. Aside from the aesthetics of adding a porch cover, these South Charlotte homeowners can reap additional benefits. One of the top benefits is that it adds to the property’s value. Additionally, choosing a covered porch will provide extra shade especially since the back of the house sits in the direct sun for most of the day. The porch cover will keep the interior of the house cooler in the summer because it prevents the sun from beating directly into the windows which heat up the home. Another benefit is being able to sit outside and enjoy the sound of rain without getting wet!

These Shadowlake homeowners will now have a covered space to sit outdoors and just enjoy the fresh air and the smell of the wet grass on a rainy day. In the winter, they can bundle up with a hot beverage in hand and sit on the porch enjoying the crisp air while watching the wildlife go about their busy day.

Interested in experiencing the endless benefits of a porch cover for yourself? Give us a call at (704) 944 – 1350, email us or fill out the form to the right and we will contact you.

When does an outdoor living space quantify as an outdoor living environment?

You may have heard the term outdoor living environment loosely among savvy homeowners or designers and architects, but what does it mean?

An outdoor living environment encompasses all the comforts of an indoor living room outdoors as part of an outdoor living combination space. This is when two or more outdoor structures combine but function as one large outdoor environment. A well-built outdoor living environment should also blend seamlessly with the style of your home. This adds value to your property and makes it look more spacious. This will also make your entire property a more enjoyable place to live, creating a visual extension of – and complement to -all your indoor spaces. Our most recent project at Firethorne Country Club in Weddington, NC, is the perfect example of this concept.

The ultimate outdoor living environment in Weddington, NC

This outdoor living environment contains an elevated Trex deck, custom screened porch, pergola and lower level Trex hot tub deck. Though the project consists of four separate structures, they flow together as one space. Take a look at this amazing in the project video featured on our YouTube channel:

If you are thinking about the addition of an outdoor living combination space, there are certain aspects that you need to consider. First, think through why you gather inside and what draws you and your family outdoors. Do you all enjoy relaxing? Do you prefer an active lifestyle? Do you like entertaining? Do you like to dine outdoors? Designing your outdoor living space should center on what would give your family a compelling reason to spend time there. Once you have established all the reasons to benefit from an outdoor living environment, Archadeck of Charlotte can bring your vision to life!

Give us a call at (704) 944 – 1350, email us or fill out the form to the right and we will contact you.

Charlotte Eze-Breeze helps put a stop to all the pollen, and the sneeze!

Right now the pollen count in Charlotte is growing day by day. You need to look no further than your own backyard to see the layers of pollen in a greenish-yellow cast to know that spring has arrived. Pollen is a good thing, it is a sign of the constant seasonal evolution of Mother Nature. This time of year all the pollen means abundant blooms and lush greenery are just weeks away. On the other side of the coin, however, pollen spurs seasonal allergies for many Charlotteans. From mild to severe in some cases.

The 5-day seasonal pollen count for the Charlotte area shows we are climbing into the double digits by mid-week. For those allergic to pollen, this puts a damper on outdoor living activities. Allergies can make it difficult to relax on your backyard deck or patio within an open air environment without succumbing to the effects. Fortunately, Archadeck of Charlotte has an answer to reduce the negative effects and enjoy your outdoors — an Eze-Breeze convertible porch!

A Charlotte Eze-Breeze porch provides a layer of protection from uncomfortable outdoor temperatures, insects, debris such as dirt, pollen and other allergens, as well as the elements. This system can be installed on new and existing screened porches.

Let’s face it, sometimes you want the freedom of the screen but you don’t want the negative things that can still get through that screen. Screens keep out the insects and the harmful direct rays of the sun, but pollen and other allergens can still penetrate screen, as does the wind, cold, heat, high humidity and in some instances even a little rain.

Eze-Breeze gives you the flexibility, and option, to have a screen porch or a sunroom on a moment’s notice. By simply stacking the windows at the bottom or the top of your porch, or removing them altogether. A sunroom will not provide nearly as much ventilation, free air flow or allow you to choose an open air/ enclosed environment on a dime.

This season, put an end to bothersome pollen and having to forfeit your time outdoors because of the sneeze! Contact Archadeck of Charlotte today to learn more at (704) 944-1350.

Finally Proof That Outdoor Living Spaces are Good for Your Health!

Here at Archadeck of Charlotte our multitude of happy customers can attest that their outdoor living spaces are good for the soul. However, recent findings are shedding light on the fact outdoor spaces are also good for our health!

That’s right. Having the benefit of a deck, porch, patio or other outdoor structure nearby allows freedom to get outside anytime. We often use the terms relaxation and down time when describing the benefits of having a backyard space. Over the last few years, however, medical experts are starting to take notice of just how beneficial spending a short time in our own backyards is for our health.

Getting rid of stress— at least temporarily—might be as simple as silencing your cell phone, putting away the worries of the day, and basking on your backyard deck. Stress is a contributing factor for hypertension which can result in stroke and other vascular issues. In addition to reducing stress, spending time outdoors will also boost your immune system and help with symptoms of depression.

And that’s not all. In a study conducted by the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, children with ADHD who played outside, versus those who played inside, after school and on weekends were compared for differences in concentration. The findings determined kids who spent time in green, outdoor spaces reported fewer symptoms of ADHD, even when the exact same activities were compared.

The endless list of benefits of outdoor living is true for any age, not just the very young. According to research published in the Journal of Aging Health getting outside on a daily basis may help older people stay healthy and functioning longer. Participants in the study who spent time outdoors each day at age 70 had fewer complaints of aching bones or sleep problems, among other health-related problems, at age 77 than those who did not head outside each day.

So, just as we had always thought, outdoor living spaces ARE good for us on all levels, at any age!

Contact Archadeck of Charlotte to learn more about creating a custom outdoor living space that will lift your mood, increase your happiness and enhance the overall well-being of all members of your family. Give us a call at (704) 944 – 1350, email us or fill out the form to the right and we will contact you.

How to create the ideal outdoor living space for your Weddington area home

The definition of the term ideal is “satisfying one’s conception of what is perfect or most suitable.” This can mean different things to different people and is judged by one’s own personal taste. Being in our 29th year of building outdoor living structures for homeowners within the Queen City and surrounding areas gives us knowledge of which type of designs best fit certain regions. For example; the same design that works on a property in South End may not work on a property in Rock Hill.

Case in point; Weddington, NC

The Weddington area, which extends from Matthews in Mecklenburg County well into Union County, is revered for it’s spacious, wooded properties. Most of the homes sit on an acre or more of property which greatly extends the options for choosing an outdoor living space design. Most of the requests we hear from Weddington homeowners are for structures that extend the versatility of their existing home or designs that complement their naturally scenic properties. One of our most recent Weddington area projects delivers both…

This project consists of an elevated covered porch with a stacked stone outdoor fireplace. As you can see from the images, this project is loaded with details. From the intricate “coffered” beam ceiling on the interior, to the curved posts and custom colored guttering, this project elaborates in every detail.

This project would fit the ideal outdoor living space for many Weddington homeowners. Not only does the project fit the originality of the existing home, it also enhances it, adding value to the home. Adding a covered space to extend the time spent outdoors with versatile options to carry out many functions. All the while taking into consideration the surrounding landscape in order to capture those views we referred to earlier.

If you are ready to plan the ideal outdoor living space for your Weddington area home, Archadeck of Charlotte can help. From taking your image of the perfect ideal space from planning, to paper, to perfection! Contact us today at (704) 944-1350 to get started!

No problems with Trex now, Transcends is an amazing product!

Researching Trex decking on the internet is a real mixed bag of results. Trex invented the category of composite decking some 20 years ago and the original product had its share of issues. There were complaints from fading, discoloration, staining, scratching, and so forth. This continued with the next generation but to a much lesser extent.

Fast forward to 9 years ago when Trex introduced a cap stock product they branded, Trex Transcends. This product was engineered to eliminate the challenges with previous generations of composite decking. They were so confident in their product, they backed it with a 25-year no fade and no stain warranty!

Archadeck of Charlotte began promoting and installing this product right away and amazingly, the product has given us no challenges! We are one of the country’s largest deck builders and have next to NO call backs or warranties in the 9 years we have installed the product. Without hesitation, we promote and install Trex Transcends and the beautiful colors and grain make it much more aesthetically pleasing as well.

As a Trex Platinum Pro, we are featured on their website in North Carolina/ South Carolina and you can go to Trex.com or archadeckofcharlotte.com to see great photo galleries!

How much are EZE Breeze windows priced and can I install them myself?

PGT industries manufactures the leading screen porch window called EZE Breeze. They are powder-coated aluminum framed and the panes are actually a “memory-vinyl” that is clear and appears to be glass.

These windows convert your screen porch into a sunroom and right back by retracting up and down or side to side depending on the model you purchase. They are ideal to keep the pollen, dirt, and moisture off of your porch while opening easily to allow free air flow when desired.

EZE Breeze windows can retail from $350 – $450 per unit plus labor depending on size. There are additional considerations that can add to the cost. You will need to factor any additional framing needed, alteration of existing structure, paint or stain, adding a door, and so forth.

These windows can be done yourself but there are some tricks to the trade to ensure you measure the opening properly to ensure you don’t buy these custom products and they fit properly! Archadeck of Charlotte is a distributor and installer of this product and introduced it to Charlotte years ago. For more information, go to https://archadeckofcharlotte.com

Should I paint or stain my deck?

Is it better to paint or stain your deck?

This question is answered with “it depends”. Here is what it depends on:

1. If it’s a brand new wood deck and the lumber was dried before treatment or has sat and dried over a few months, a semi-transparent stain is a wonderful choice for a couple of reasons. Number one, it allows the natural wood grain to show through and is pretty. Number two, the semi-transparent stains (like the ones supplied by Renew Crew of Charlotte) are great at sinking into the board and protecting it longer.

2. If the wood deck has already been stained and you want to change color, you would need to go to a solid stain or paint to get the pure look of the intended color. If you tried a semi-transparent or even a semi-solid, the previous color is likely to alter the appearance of the new color.

To see some great deck stain projects, you can go to archadeckofcharlotte.com or charlotte.renewcrewclean.com

Best way to hide my garbage cans? Privacy fence

In Charlotte, North Carolina, if you want to know the best way to hide the ugly garbage cans and store them efficiently, a simple privacy fence is the answer.

We design and build them to a custom size to fit as few or as many receptacles as you need. We also design easy to open doors to hide all angles when desired. The keys are to make sure you have a level surface for the garbage cans to rest on which can be done on an existing surface or simple poured surface.

The exterior of the privacy fence can be done in a matching cladding to the house like Hardy Plank or simply done with a good grade of pressure-treated pine.

If you want some good ideas on how to hide your garbage cans, go to https://archadeckofcharlotte.com

Great stone masonry work in Charlotte

If you want to see some of the best stone masonry work in Charlotte, NC, you need to visit our website at archedeckofcharlotte.com . We started in the outdoor living business 28 years ago in Charlotte and our stone and brick business has exploded over the years. While we have always been known for screen porches and custom decks, it’s our masonry that really wows people these days.

We are blessed with several quality masonry crews we have assembled and retained over the years. We commonly build stone patio’s, sitting walls, fireplaces and fire pits, and outdoor kitchens. The masonry work can be real or synthetic stone, brick, or simple stamped concrete.

Patios have been a large growth area for us as builders are constructing more and more homes on a slab rather than with crawl spaces to save money. We are able to provide patios as cost effectively as most decks which surprise our customers. More often than not, we are seeing a demand for a combination project of a deck leading down to a patio with a fire feature. We also have a great YouTube channel with dozens of videos of great hardscape projects!

How to best furnish my screen porch to maximize space?

What is the best way to furnish your screen porch to maximize your space? I believe it begins with the design of the screen porch.

The more doorways you add to the porch the less functional it becomes. If you think about it, everywhere there is an entry/ exit from the screen porch, there needs to be space for people to walk (at least 2’ in front of each exit). This begins to diminish where you can place your furnishings. Prior to designing the actual porch, think about how many people will use the porch on a normalized basis? Don’t design for the once a year Thanksgiving party but rather for the people that will use it most weekends.

How about furniture? Do you intend to eat your meals inside the porch? We find it makes the most sense for the dining table to be inside the porch (no insects), rather than placed outside on a patio or deck. To get the most out of your space, I recommend thinking about a round or octagonal table. This design allows for seating the most people in the least space!

Having a sectional is wonderful as your porch will quickly become your favorite place to relax and entertain in the house. Please the sectional right up against one of the screen walls to maximize space. If you buy a decent quality outdoor furniture, the weather will not be a factor. We have had ours for 14 years and it still looks great and is comfortable.

We have added two rocking chairs (I always reserve one for me and my glass of wine). These are very welcoming and our guest always gravitate to the rockers. We have a beautiful center table between the sofa and the rockers that are wicker with a glass top. This serves for serving drinks and appetizers. We have a large flat screen TV that we installed on the back wall so we can watch our NetFlix and other favorite stations. Finally, we added a large area rug that really adds warmth and beauty to the entire space. If you want to see more examples of furnished screen porches, go to
archadeckofcharlotte.com

Is it smart to cover a Trex Transcends deck with a roof?

Trex has done a fantastic job building their brand over the years. Like any other brand, their needs to be a well-defined brand promise and then it needs to be kept. As a long time design/ build company that specializes in outdoor living spaces, we have used Trex since the category started.

Trex is simply the leader in the category of low-maintenance outdoor living products that continues to innovate and expand the category while backing up their products. A common question we get is if it is a smart investment to cover or put a roof over the deck?

Putting Trex on the deck surface is never a bad idea. It fulfills the promise of low-maintenance, it is comfortable to walk on without being slippery, and now the look is more like natural hardwood flooring and quite pleasing.

The question is really one of cost. It is not critical to use a composite when you put a roof over a deck because it is largely protected from the sun which causes the most damage to the wood. If the porch is going to be open (not screen or glass), there is a better argument for Trex but not as necessary as it would be if there were no roof. To see a wide variety of covered decks and patios, go to our photo gallery at
archadeckofcharlotte.com

How much would it cost to integrate an outdoor fireplace into my screen porch or covered patio?

How much should it cost to integrate an outdoor fireplace into a screen porch or covered patio?

That depends on several factors but we will attempt to provide a detailed answer. If the outdoor fireplace is going to be wood burning, stone, have a hearth and a mantle and be designed into a roof cover, you can plan on average of adding $10,000 – $15,000 depending on the height necessary to meet building code. We have to build fireplace chimneys 2’ higher that the closest peak of your home within 10’ from the chimney. The price variance is due to the height of the overall fireplace especially if your porch is built up on a deck.

If the fireplace in going be gas powered with gas logs, there is no need for a chimney but it does require a special stainless steel framing and firebox that meets the new building codes. On average, you will spend around $12,000 for this type of fireplace.

The overall analysis is that these are not inexpensive but DO provide a wonderful outdoor space that you can enjoy year around. They become quite a valuable resale item should you have to sell your home. They are a true differentiator and are as popular as ever in the Carolinas.

We are happy to provide a detailed estimate once we have a look at your project but this blog is an attempt to educate you as to how much you should be prepared to invest. Please visit our website at https://archadeckofcharlotte.com

What is that tile that looks like wood?

What is that tile that looks like wood? It is all the craze right now in outdoor living!

The manufacturers have done an amazing job with the aesthetics of the product. You would swear you were looking at a washed out hardwood floor that looks amazingly expensive. They somehow took the wood grain of a true hardwood and impregnated it into a tile.

It is typically a ceramic tile and seems to be of decent quality. We are seeing an increase in demand for this type of product for both screen porches and sunrooms alike.

We build on average about 300 porches/ rooms annually at Archadeck of Charlotte that are all custom built to replicate the look of the architecture of the particular home we are adding on to. The tile that looks like wood only enriches the look and feel of the room. To see a photo gallery of these type of outdoor living spaces, go to archadeckofcharlotte.com

How to build a raised stone patio?

A common call we get is that a homeowner had a raised stone patio built by someone and they are having a leak below, cracking tile, rotting wood, etc……..

Sound familiar? The reason for this are skipped steps in the design/ construction of this type of project.

It is important to start with a structural load calculation to determine the weight and the appropriate footings. Then there needs to be a determination of floor joist size and spacing. Finally, determine other load factors that may impact the structure. Once this is done, you can proceed with the build.

A common misconception is that once you put down plywood, a mortar bed, and your stone, that this will keep the space below the raised stone deck dry? This is a where we find the problem. A key step is left out of the process here. In this construction, a rubber membrane needs to be installed directly over the plywood by a trained professional and make sure the edges are turned up. The floor joists need to be designed at an angle so the water drains towards the edge and does not sit and stay on the membrane. Finally, a gutter should be installed on the band of the deck to ensure the water is routed appropriately away!

For a complete design and video gallery, go to www.archadekcofcharlotte.com

Why not build a wood deck?

With all of the alternative decking products on the market today, good old fashioned pressure-treated wood decking still has the majority of the market share nationwide.

Why not build a wood deck? If you want an authentic beautiful deck that is quite affordable, pressure-treated wood is a good answer. The key is how it is built and maintained. There are some quality differences in the wood that can affect the performance of the deck. Look for a #1 grade dried after treatment deck board if you want the best! There are different treatments on the market since arsenic was outlawed over 10 years ago. Today, ECOLIFE is a good alternative and is treated by Tucker Lumber here in North Carolina. We have been using it along with COX Lumber over the many years with good success.

If you are not going to maintain your deck regularly, perhaps you should consider a composite decking material, like Trex or Timber Tech. While these products are more expensive on the front end, the maintenance cost is no more than cleaning them off. There are several other advantages that composite deck boards have but this blog is about wood decking.

Pressure-treated wood often gets a bad rap. It warps, splits, curls, checks, splits, etc… All of that is true! If you start with a quality board and it is installed properly and maintained regularly, a wood deck can still be the best value! To see some wood deck design ideas, go to www.archadeckofcharlotte.com

What are my options for a pool deck?

What are the options for a pool deck?

Traditionally, the original pools were surrounded by concrete and these were referred to as “pool decks”. As technology and imagination evolved, many other options have come to be. If you have an above ground pool, there are traditional wood decks that are built with stairways to access them and often large enough to house lounge chairs and tables. Today, composite decks such as Trex, are used to avoid maintenance and also from a safety staindpoint as composite decks cannot splinter. They are also more slip resistant.

If the pool is built into the ground, their are products such as “Cool Deck”, this is a hardscape product that will not get hot to the foot. There can be problems with cracking, similar to concrete and it a very expensive proposition.

Other hardscape products that are being used around pools include pavers (like the one featured above) and Travertine pavers. Travertine provides a rich look similar to tile while not being a slippery. We have done many pool decks throughout our 28 year history in Charlotte and you can find pool deck ideas at www.porchlifestyle.com

Lake Norman decks and patios

As a 28-year professional design/ build firm that specializes in outdoor living in the Charlotte area, some of the most beautiful and unique designs we get to do are in the Lake Norman area. We have a wonderful photo gallery of projects at www.porchlifestyle.com and they are separated by project type.

If you are looking for design ideas and want to see what other have done around the lake, our web site is full of designs and materials that work architecturally as well as functionally.

The projects range from decks and porches to outdoor fireplaces and patios. There are even large scale covered patios on Lake Norman that have fireplaces integrated into them!

How much should a Trex deck cost?

How much should a Trex deck cost? This blog is going to give you great insight into how to determine this answer accurately.

First, it is not as simple as a “square foot” cost as you would think. Here are the questions that need to be answered to give you a true estimate:

1. Size of the deck
2. Height of the ground
3. Rail system wanted
4. Any pattern or border?
5. Which of the Trex products are you wanting as there are various product choices

Depending on your answer, the price can vary greatly. When people call our office at Archadeck of Charlotte and ask what we charge per square foot for Trex, we simply cannot give an accurate answer without determining this additional information. An example as to why? If you want for example to have your deck boards layed on a diagonal, it will be necessary to install floor joists 12" on center as opposed to 16" on center which will drive the cost up. Once this information is determined, it is easy to provide an accurate price! For more information, go to www.porchlifestyle.com

Porch Floor tile that look likes woood?

What is this porch floor tile that looks like wood. It is truly innovative and beautiful! We find the best application is on a screen porch where you love the look of wood but want the durability of tile!

The pricing is in line with other tiles and makes for a truly unique look. It also comes in a variety of colors. We have done thousands of screen porches in the Charlotte, NC area for our customers and feature an extensive photo gallery with a variety of design ideas that are unrivaled on any other site!

Visit our gallery at www.porchlifestyle.com or come to our show room at 2311 Village Lake Drive in Charlotte, NC 28212!

What makes a patio beautiful?

Is a patio really just a patio? I say no! To really make a patio beautiful it begins with understanding your home’s exterior.
Is it sided? Is it brick? Do you already have stone accents? What about the grade of the land? Is there going to need to be a large retaining wall due to the slope?

These are all considerations prior to choosing a substrate for your patio. Speaking of substrates, what are the options? The most popular in the Charlotte, NC market are paver patios. There are produced from companies like Pavestone, Belgard, and others. They can be laid on top of a base of crushed stone and screening and be tamped down hard with polymeric sand in between to harden form like a grout.

Other options include Travertine stone pavers, flagstone, concrete, stamped concrete, and brick. Depending on your budget, flagstone makes for a beautiful patio like the photo above. You will also notice landscaping can make a large difference in the overall beauty of the patio project.

For expert patio and overall hardscape design, go to www.porchlifestyle.com or call 704-944-1350!

How much use can you get out of an outdoor fireplace in Charlotte?

How much use can you really get out of an outdoor fireplace in Charlotte? We have designed and built hundreds outdoor fireplaces here in the greater Charlotte market over the past 28 years and have a good handle on customer feedback.

While fall, winter, and spring certainly are prime seasons for using the outdoor fireplace, our customers are known to fire them up even on an occasional summer night for simply roasting marshmallows or ambiance.

In addition, the nights can be cool through April and into early May and start getting cooler again in September. So…if you do the math, the outdoor fireplace can be used 9 months of the year with other opportunities during the other months!

If you want to see the most complete photo gallery and get design ideas for outdoor fireplaces, go to www.porchlifestyle.com

Incredible covered patio with beautiful travertine steps

Archadeck of Charlotte designed this amazing covered patio in the Piper Glen neighborhood in south Charlotte.

It features a large Travertine patio with cascading wrap around steps down to a pool. The patio cover also has a large outdoor fireplace integrated into it to make an ideal outdoor family room.

The patio cover has a beadboard ceiling with multiple ceiling fans and outdoor lighting. All of the painting and staining on this job were done by Renew Crew of Charlotte, an Archadeck company! To get great desing ideas and see photo and video galleries, go to www.porchlifestyle.com

What are my best patio options and why?

What are all my options for my backyard patio? There are several good choices and this blog will explain the advantages of each substrate.

Let’s start with your basic concrete patio. Even though the cost of concrete has escalated greatly the past couple of years, it still remains the most cost effective choice in patios. The advantages are the cost and relative durability. The disadvantages are the fact that concrete will most likely crack regardless of installation over time and the lack of warmth in terms of aesthetics.

You can add stain to concrete and warm up the aesthetics for a relatively low cost. Once you add stamping the concrete to the equation, the cost jumps up to just below a paver patio.

Paver patio’s have the largest market share when it comes to people remodeling their patio. Leading manufactures such as Belgard and Pavestone have a variety of patterns and colors that are both durable and beautiful. The advantages of pavers is they are very low-maintenance, mid-range priced, and will not crack unless a blunt object strikes them. The disadvantage is the have seams in between where weeds can grow either from below or above in the sand. Installation is a very important part of the performance of pavers.

Travertine tile pavers have come on strong in recent years. They look like tile but thicker and installed like pavers. The advantges are again low-maintenance, very high aesthetic appeal, and much smaller seams as compared to pavers. The disadvantage is they are bit high cost than average pavers.

Finally, flagstone is a growing choice amongst people in the Charlotte, NC area. It is generally laid in concrete and has some great advantages. It is perhaps the highest aesthetic appeal, no weeds can grow through it, it is low-maintenance, and has great utility. The disadvantages are high price and the concrete is likely to crack over time.

To find a complete design gallery on patio and entire outdoor living spaces, go to www. porchlifestyle.com

What are my best patio options and why?

What are all my options for my backyard patio? There are several good choices and this blog will explain the advantages of each substrate.

Let’s start with your basic concrete patio. Even though the cost of concrete has escalated greatly the past couple of years, it still remains the most cost effective choice in patios. The advantages are the cost and relative durability. The disadvantages are the fact that concrete will most likely crack regardless of installation over time and the lack of warmth in terms of aesthetics.

You can add stain to concrete and warm up the aesthetics for a relatively low cost. Once you add stamping the concrete to the equation, the cost jumps up to just below a paver patio.

Paver patio’s have the largest market share when it comes to people remodeling their patio. Leading manufactures such as Belgard and Pavestone have a variety of patterns and colors that are both durable and beautiful. The advantages of pavers is they are very low-maintenance, mid-range priced, and will not crack unless a blunt object strikes them. The disadvantage is the have seams in between where weeds can grow either from below or above in the sand. Installation is a very important part of the performance of pavers.

Travertine tile pavers have come on strong in recent years. They look like tile but thicker and installed like pavers. The advantges are again low-maintenance, very high aesthetic appeal, and much smaller seams as compared to pavers. The disadvantage is they are bit high cost than average pavers.

Finally, flagstone is a growing choice amongst people in the Charlotte, NC area. It is generally laid in concrete and has some great advantages. It is perhaps the highest aesthetic appeal, no weeds can grow through it, it is low-maintenance, and has great utility. The disadvantages are high price and the concrete is likely to crack over time.

To find a complete design gallery on patio and entire outdoor living spaces, go to www. porchlifestyle.com

EZE Breeze screen porches vs. Sun Rooms?

So, what are the advantages of an EZE Breeze screen porch vs. a sunroom? There are several!

As a distributor and installer of the EZE Breeze windows for the past 17 years, we are well positioned and experienced to comment on this from our customers point of view at Archadeck of Charlotte.

1. Flexibility – EZE Breeze give you the ability to have a screen porch or a sunroom by simply stacking the windows at the bottom or the top of the porch or simply removing them altogether. A sunroom will not provide nearly as much ventilation and free air flow.

2. Amount of viewing area – EZE Breeze will allow for you to have minimal framing and you can view the outdoors much better unless you go with all picture windows which would mean you have no free airflow

3. Saftey – EZE Breeze windows are made of a tough vinyl, not glass and will not shatter or crack

4. Function – EZE Breeze windows will go up or down and stop at any point to give you as much or little open window space as you desire

5. Cost – The county building codes do not require a permit when you use the EZE Breeze windows and you do not need to insulate, termite treatment, vapor barrier, hear or air condition so the overall cost is less

To view a wide variety and price range of homes with EZE Breeze, go to www.porchlifestyle.com

Integrating an outdoor fireplace into a screen porch? 4-season screen porch!

How would you like to create a 4-season room out of your screen porch? Integrating an outdoor fireplace into your screen porch is a potential solution. We have been designing and build outdoor fireplaces for the past 10 years and integrating them into covered patios and screen porches are the most popular choices these days.

The desire to extend your outdoor living simply increases each year. Psychologists say that is due to increased stress levels at work and the desire to escape without ever having to leave your home. The fresh air while being protected from the sun and insects make screen porches the most preferred room that you’ll want to spend time in.

From an aesthetic standpoint, stone is the most popular veneer while some choose to match the brick that is already on the back of their home. Contrary to popular belief, you can have a fireplace integrated into the porch even after the porch is built. Make sure you hire a professional with the knowledge and experience to do this. You can also have an outdoor fireplace even if your screen porch is on the second story!

There are new building codes now governing the design of outdoor fireplaces for obvious safety reasons. These cover height of the chimney, material for framing, distance from the house, and other areas. While having an outdoor fireplace is expensive up front, the amount of time and enjoyment you will receive appears to be well worth the investment and our demand has increased for 10 consecutive years here in the Charlotte area.

To see the most extensive photo gallery of outdoor fireplaces, go to www.porchlifestyle.com

The elegance of a covered patio and design ideas

Designing a covered patio is truly an art from. There are roofs and then there are simply elegant covered patio’s. The function of shade and protection from rain is obvious, the rest of the benefits are the real story.

You have to consider the flooring options, from a paver patio, to stamped concrete, to flagstone as pictured above. The columns can have a dramatic effect on the visual appeal and maintenance.

Traditionally you can match the shingles from you home or accent them with a standing seam metal roof as pictured above.

Adding a fire feature such as an outdoor fireplace creates ambiance and extends the use of the patio.

Adding a grilling station or even an outdoor kitchen can turn this into a well equipped outdoor living oasis!

For great design ideas for covered patios and other outdoor living spaces, go to www.porchlifestyle.com

What are my porch flooring options?

What are my options for my screen porch floor? There are several and this blog will detail the pros and cons of the different material choices you can select from.

Pressure -treated wood decking is a cost effective and by far the most common choice for screen porches when your porch is elevated off grade. The product holds up better under a roof that it does when exposed to the elements. By putting a roof over a deck, it keeps the suns harmful rays away and there is very little maintenance required. Because the boards have small spaces between them it gives a release for water when you clean the porch. The negative to the product is some chose a solid floor, while others worry about splinters if they have little ones.

Composite deck boards are certainly more expensive(roughly double when comparing just the cost of the deck boards installed). The positives are they are incredibly durable, they will NEVER need staining or painting, and due to the composition, they will NEVER splinter. The manufactures such as Trex, have done a great job in the aesthetics as well as they know appear to look much more like real wood.

Adding tile to your screen porch is probably going to be the most expensive option. Why? It’s not the price of the tile. It’s the fact that the porch will need be structured with floor joists closer together requiring more to support the weight of the tile. In addition, it requires adding pressure-treated plywood, a mortar bed, the tile itself, and grout. The positive side of adding tile or stone flooring is that it is a very upgraded appearance. In addition, it is easy to clean with a sponge mop and it totally encloses the floor.

For a wonderful photo gallery on screen porches and the complete outdoor living space, go to porchlifestyle.com

What does a pergola really do for my home?

What is the true function or purpose of a pergola? Wow is this a common question! Pergola’s or arbors are so popular in Charlotte and people aren’t quite sure what the use is.

The facts are that pergola’s can provide quite a bit of shade if you add more timbers on top or even go as far as an all weather fabric over the timbers. The obvious attraction to pergola’s is the aesthetic value.

Finally, the price point of pergolas is quite attractive when compared to roof structures or even some awnings!! For a complete photo gallery of outdoor living spaces, go to porchlifestyle.com

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