Screened Porch with stair landing and cover

And the Golden Hammer award goes to…The Screened Porch

Golden HammerWe’ve just returned from the Columbia Home Building and Remodeling Expo and WOW what a turnout! Homeowners from all over the area attended this event to meet and speak with leading industry professionals regarding the newest design trends, building and remodeling innovations. Events like these fuel creative inspiration and desire to renew or increase the beauty and functionality of all aspects of your home. Throughout the weekend, the Archadeck of Central South Carolina booth was bustling with activity as we spoke with hundreds of homeowners looking for information about adding a new or enhancing their existing outdoor living space. What was the most requested outdoor living structure at this event? (Drumroll please…) The screened porch!

Columbia screened porch and deck combination at Halloween

Columbia screened porch and deck combination.

And for good reason; the versatility of the screened porch is what makes this outdoor living structure so popular. The screened porch is perfect for outdoor dining, relaxation and entertaining without interruption during inclement weather, the hassle of pesky insects or the dangers associated with the sun. It is also what we consider a pivotal element of the evolving outdoor living environment. What do we mean by evolving outdoor living environment? Please allow us to explain:

Screened Porch with Deck and Stone Patios

Screened porch with deck and stone patio.

The average starter home often includes either a patio or deck as the outdoor living area. When you’re first starting out as a homeowner, this type of recreational area in your back yard serves your initial needs well. But, as your lifestyle and outdoor living needs evolve, so should your structure. You’ve enjoyed hotdogs and hamburgers on the patio set with the umbrella and the lounge chairs to stretch out in the sun. Now, you need something more conducive to entertaining, like a dining area that’s protected from irritating bugs, or a comfortable seating area for after-dinner conversation or maybe watching the wall-mounted big screen TV. Typically, the next step from a simple patio or wooden deck is a conversion to a screened porch to provide you with a versatile outdoor room that can be enjoyed several months longer than a patio or deck.

Screened Porch with stair landing and cover

A screened porch addition will enhance every season.

The next stage of this evolution in your outdoor living environment is updating an existing screened porch so it opens up to a deck or patio with an outdoor kitchen, now that you and your family are more established. You enjoy hosting each of the big family events; your home is the “go to” place for all of neighborhood kids to hang out, and with your upgraded surround sound system, you’ve got the best seats for all your friends to come over and enjoy the big game on TV each weekend. Of course all of these events require copious amounts of food, so the addition of an outdoor kitchen with your grilling station, wet bar and mini fridge is just right. This combination of a screened porch with a deck or patio gives you the best of both worlds with double the enjoyment.

screened porch over new composite deck

Screened porch over new composite deck.

The final step of the evolving outdoor living environment often comes about during the “empty nest” stage of homeownership. Your family’s size is reduced because the kids are grown up and out on their own. Converting that screened porch into a sunroom makes a cozier light-filled living that continues to be the most used space in your home while allowing you to bring the outside in without the limitations of season or weather. The year-round enjoyment and extra heated space of a sunroom make it one of the most valuable investments you can make to your home. Not all screened porches go through this final step of the final steps of the outdoor living evolution, but should you ever decide to take this last step, you’ll be happy to know that you’re already about halfway there when converting from a screened porch.

Deck and screened porch combination in Columbia, SC.

Deck and screened porch combination in Columbia, SC.

Understanding the outdoor living environment makes it pretty clear why the screened porch is considered the pivotal piece of your outdoor living space and why it’s still the most popular outdoor living structure. Archadeck of Central South Carolina specializes in providing quality outdoor spaces for homeowners with evolving needs. We also offer a low-maintenance, budget-friendly alternative to traditional wood-framed screened porches that still provides the lifestyle enhancement and quality you have come to rely on from Archadeck of Central South Carolina.

Interior of gable roof screened porch in Lexington, SC.

Interior of gable roof aluminum screened porch in Lexington, SC.

When considering an outdoor room addition such as a screened porch, choosing the best fit for your home’s architecture, your desired function and your budget is important. Archadeck of Central South Carolina is the premier outdoor structure builder serving Columbia, SC, and the surrounding area. We can help you choose the perfect custom outdoor living space addition for you with our expert design team and experience in building. Contact us to learn more by calling  (803) 603 – 2160 or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

The Archadeck of Central SC team – Mike Reu, Marshall Reu and Tucker Reu

For inspiration in creating your custom screened porch or to see more of our stunning and versatile outdoor living environments visit our screened porch gallery and our sunroom gallery located on our website.

The best place to enjoy the game is in your Central SC outdoor room!

outdoor-man-cave-by-archadeckThe outdoor living room can be one of the most versatile portions of your home. In our area this can be a screened porch, three or four season room, sunroom or even an open porch (in parts of the region where the weather is milder). The flexibility of this type of space is only limited by your imagination. This wonderful addition to your home can become your quiet place to relax, your additional dining area for family events, a meeting room for extracurricular groups, a play room for smaller children or, with the ongoing AFC/NFC football playoffs leading up to the Super Bowl (and don’t forget those USC Gamecocks!) , this room can be THE MAN CAVE! That’s right; you can custom design this room to be that versatile. With a growing demand for outdoor room additions perfect for everyday use and entertaining, we are also seeing an increase in the popularity of outdoor spaces designed with the sports fan in mind. Archadeck of Central South Carolina can design and build your custom outdoor room complete with wall-mounted flat screen TV, wet bar, kitchen and other custom luxuries fit for a king and his family.

This covered patio space features an outdoor kitchen with bar seating along with a wall mounted TV

This covered patio space features an outdoor kitchen with bar seating along with a wall-mounted TV — GAME ON!

Just imagine it’s time for another of the playoff games…your friends arrive to watch it at your house, because you have the BIG screen TV mounted to the wall of your outdoor living room that has easy access to the deck with your grill/smoker combination and overlooks your spacious backyard.  You’ve all got room to spread out and you’ll never hear “can y’all keep the noise down” or “ don’t put your feet on that”…and not just because the game sounds almost live on your surround sound all nestled into your custom built-in cabinets. The fire-roasted aroma of bratwurst, hamburgers and wings cooking just steps away on the outdoor kitchen’s grill signals it’s getting close to halftime. The guys are getting ready to hit the backyard to toss around the ball and see if you can replicate that unbelievable pass the QB made in the second quarter before. Yes…today this is your domain!!

Columbia, SC three season room with rustic beadboard ceiling, ample dining and seating areas complete with a cozy outdoor fireplace.The beauty of an outdoor room designed with the accoutrements of the best man cave is it can also be used for all of your entertainment and relaxation needs. Custom fitted with various entertainment features, ample amounts of comfortable seating, a wet bar complete with a sink and insulated bin for ice, maybe even a cozy fireplace all nestled in the private comforts of your own backyard, this outdoor room is destined to be the most utilized space of your home. The best part is your entertaining and relaxing dreams can come true just mere feet away from the great outdoors. It doesn’t get any better than this.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

The Archadeck of Central SC team – Mike Reu, Marshall Reu and Tucker Reu

Now quit daydreaming and score one for the home team by contacting Archadeck of Central SC to make the outdoor space or room of your dreams a reality! We can plan, design and build the ultimate outdoor man cave the entire family will love and enjoy! Call today for a free design consultation at (803) 603-2160 or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net.

Please visit our extensive outdoor structure galleries located on our website for more examples of our versatile outdoor room designs.

 

Come see us at the Columbia Home Building and Remodeling Expo this weekend!

Home Show Feb 2013 cropped (1)Archadeck of Central SC and Renew Crew of Central SC will be at the Columbia Home Building and Remodeling Expo being held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center this weekend! If you’re thinking of starting off the New Year by adding a deck, porch, patio or outdoor room or upgrading an outdoor living space, this is the home show you can’t afford to miss.

Our talented team will be on hand in booth #607 and #702 to answer your questions, or help you establish the perfect design for your needs and budget. If you already have an existing structure, and are interested in renewing its livability, longevity and beauty, Renew Crew of Central SC can make it happen!

Shade and ambiance abounds with a custom pergola and landing addition in Irmo, SC.

Welcome to this updated backyard paradise in Irmo, SC. Custom pergola addition by Archadeck and existing deck cleaned and stained by Renew Crew.

No matter what you have in mind for home improvements, you’ll find the right products and the best companies. Talk to the experts and find just the right designs at just the right price for your home improvement budget. The outdoor living season is sooner than you may think! NOW is the time to start planning for warmer days and tranquil evenings!

2013 Home Show displayHome Show hours are:

Friday 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Ticket prices are $4 for adults and children get in free!

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

The Archadeck of Central SC team – Mike Reu, Marshall Reu and Tucker Reu

Don’t let this chance pass you by. We look forward to meeting you at the Columbia Home Building and Remodeling Expo this weekend. You can also contact Archadeck of Central SC to learn more about our fabulous outdoor living space designs anytime at (803) 603-2160 or email us at
centralsc@archadeck.net.

Welcome the New Year with a new outdoor living space by Archadeck of Central SC!

Happy New YearThe Christmas holiday has come and gone and the New Year is upon us. This time of year is steeped in tradition, from not daring to remove the Christmas tree until after ringing in the New Year, to serving a traditional southern New Year’s Day meal in the hopes of bringing luck and good fortune to your household. In addition, the New Year is also a time of self-evaluation. At the dawn of each year we resolve to better ourselves, our health and our lifestyle. Hopefully you’ve got your New Year’s resolutions in order and maybe your New Year’s resolutions include adding function and beauty to your backyard or outdoor area(s). If this is the case, you have come to right place.

Outdoor Fire PitWhile a lot of New Year’s resolutions are hard to stick to beyond the first week of January, updating or adding to your outdoor living space isn’t a hard one to keep. It’s said your home and style are reflections of you. If the New Year includes a new you, it’s fair to say, New Year, new you, new outdoor living space. Now is a great time to put exterior projects in motion, like converting your deck or patio to a screened porch, your screened porch to a sunroom or maybe adding that outdoor kitchen or fire pit to your existing space so you can enjoy these areas even more for many “New Years” to come.

Stunning sunroom addition in NE Columbia, SC.

Stunning sunroom addition in NE Columbia, SC.

Archadeck of Central South Carolina specializes in outdoor living spaces, including the updating of an existing space for additional functionality or the enhancement of its beauty. Designing and building one-of-a-kind custom-made decks, patios, porches and sunrooms for homeowners in Columbia, SC, and surrounding areas has been our passion for over twelve years. Our professional design team stays up to date on the newest and most popular outdoor living space trends to ensure our highly-trained and experienced construction team can build the structures that fulfill your needs and exceed your desires for your extended living areas.

Columbia screened porch and deck combination at Halloween

Columbia screened porch and deck combination.

Often the most utilized area of a home, your outdoor living space, should be designed with its function clearly in mind. Living in the south, a screened porch and a deck are excellent ways to extend the living and entertaining space of a home year round. A spacious deck provides an area for outdoor dining, relaxation and entertaining, while a screened porch provides an area for the same activities, just without the hassle of pesky insects or the dangers associated with the sun. As an added benefit, during times of inclement weather, a screened porch allows you the freedom to move the fun inside your protected porch. A  deck and screened porch combination provide double the enjoyment as these two spaces become one in your backyard setting!

Custom deck and porch combination in Lexington.

Custom deck and porch combination in Lexington.

Perhaps you need a space that allows you and your family more of a climate controlled area with the feel of the outdoors. A sunroom fulfills a multitude of functions, providing homeowners the most benefit over other outdoor living space additions. It can be a dining room, living room, exercise room or den filled with light while allowing you to enjoy the outdoors all year round. The versatility of a sunroom with transitional design elements that bring the outside in and the inside out, coupled with the extra heated space added to your home’s square footage, make it one of the most valuable investments you can make to your home.

Backyard bliss by the fire pitWhether you are custom designing a whole new outdoor living space or renovating your existing deck or patio, adding a fire pit is a surefire way to gain the most enjoyment of your Central South Carolina backyard even during the winter months. A well-placed fire pit can generate an abundance of ambiance, light and warmth, as well as provide a circular conversation and seating area at which many can gather. Extending the use of your backyard with a fire pit, so you and your family can enjoy it year round, adds value and style to your outdoor living space.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

The Archadeck of Central SC team – Mike Reu, Marshall Reu and Tucker Reu

The New Year brings a renewed hope for good things yet to come, as well as change, and change is good. Allow us to help you bring forth a change for the better in your outdoor living space. Our commitment to excellence in outdoor structure design and building ensures your unique project will bring enjoyment and pride not only within the new year, but for many years to come! Call Archadeck of Central SC today for a free design consultation at (803) 603 – 2160 or email us at
centralsc@archadeck.net

Settle in for a long, cozy night by the fire pit this season — Archadeck can make it happen!

Winter SolsticeThe Winter Solstice has come and if you’re a stargazer, you know exactly what that means…that’s right the longest night of the year! On that date, the sun is above the horizon roughly nine hours and if you subtract twilight, the night is fully dark for almost twelve hours. Combine this lengthy darkness with a clear sky and the southern position of the sun, and a very large part of the constellation-filled night sky can be seen in just one night. What better place to enjoy Mother Nature’s complete holiday “twinkling light” display than in your own backyard while sitting around the warming flames of your custom fire feature?

stargazingOne of our favorite aspects of winter is the stillness of the outdoors during this season. It almost beckons us to slow down and drink in our surroundings. With all of the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, decorating and other preparations during the day, our festively-adorned home becomes the evening rest stop in which to recuperate.  At times, it can be a sensory overload with so many lights and the hum of technology from the TV, the stereo or the computer. Your outdoor living space is the perfect place to escape, and with the addition of an outdoor fire feature such as a fireplace or fire pit, you are sure to enjoy your Central South Carolina backyard even during the winter months. The flames of a fire feature are almost hypnotizing while sparking conversations for those gathered closely around it.

FirePit-UrbanaHighlandWall by BelgardWhether you are custom designing a whole new outdoor living space or renovating your existing deck or patio, choosing between a fire pit and fireplace is an important decision. You should consider these two questions alongside the desired budget or investment you wish to maintain: What will be the main function of your fire feature and how many people do you wish to accommodate? As strong design focal points, both types of fire features generate an abundance of ambiance as well as light and warmth, but which is the higher priority for you…a design element to anchor your oudoor room with seating close by or a heat source in the round where many can gather and enjoy more of an open space? While an outdoor fireplace is a design feature as much as a heat source, a fire pit is more of a function feature choice; more people can fit around the fire pit at the same time than in front of a fireplace. In fact, a fire pit gives you more value, as it typically costs about half the price of an outdoor fireplace depending upon the materials, size and burning medium you select.

Central SC firepit in actionHeat resistant, waterproof material choices such as stone, concrete and brick may be combined in your custom-designed and built outdoor fire pit. Each of these materials has the capability of safely burning wood, gas or charcoal, making the fire pit suitable for cooking as well as heating. Unlike the “fire pit in a box” options at your local lawn and garden retail centers, your custom fire pit is essentially a permanent structure that is more durable and custom designed to complement your home’s architectural design without obstructing your views.

Is a fire pit right for youImagine it’s the evening of the winter solstice, just after supper…the whole family heads outside for the best stargazing event of the year, each snuggled up in their own blanket with a mug of coffee or hot cocoa, ready to make family time memories. There’s nothing like the crackling of a fire of an outdoor fire pit for everyone to gather around to stay warm and cozy, while having the best seats in the “house” to view the constellations and maybe even wish upon a star. Or perhaps you’d like to skip the crowds of party goers or the heavy traffic this New Year’s Eve, and would prefer to ring in the New Year with your friends and family discussing the good times of the past year with hot toddies or cocktails around the fire. A friend of ours has a New Year’s Eve tradition in her family where each person makes a list of their top three New Year’s resolutions and their top three “negatives” of the past year. A few minutes before they ring in the New Year, everyone throws their “negatives” lists into the fire pit and then they each silently read their resolutions to themselves before they make their toasts and share hugs and kisses. She described this as a cleansing of the poor memories of the old year and a personal affirmation of their goals for the New Year.

Columbia SC custom fire pits

No matter how you plan to utilize your fire pit or in which season, you can be confident in your investment in the enhancement of your outdoor living space. Extending the use of your backyard with a fire element, so you and your family can enjoy it year round, adds value and style not only to your property, but to your quality family time as well. Shared moments making s’mores, drinking coffee, telling ghost stories, reminiscing about good times, stargazing or just enjoying the stillness of winter and the mesmerizing flicker of the flames in your fire pit are all memories in the making, just waiting for you to begin.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

The Archadeck of Central SC team – Mike Reu, Marshall Reu and Tucker Reu

If we have fanned the flames of your desire to add a fire feature to your existing outdoor living space or have sparked your interest for more information regarding the custom designing and building of a new outdoor living space with a fire feature for year-round enjoyment at your home, contact Archadeck of Central South Carolina to learn more about placement, size, construction, costs and much more. Contact us today for your free consultation at (803) 603-2160
or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net

There’s more to Archadeck of Central SC than just decks, much more!

Central SC AZEK deck builderThere are many people who presume Archadeck is only a deck builder. For obvious reasons, as the term “deck” is evident in our name. Yes, decks are a major element of the many custom outdoor living spaces we specialize in, and it is how Archadeck began almost thirty-five years ago, but we are so much more than just North America’s largest deck builder. Our outdoor living space designs continue to evolve and diversify with the changing lifestyle needs and desires of today’s homeowner.

PlansHere at Archadeck of Central SC we specialize in outdoor living spaces. Our objective, with all of our custom designs, is to bring the outdoors in. For over twelve years our talented professional team has provided homeowners in Columbia, SC, and the surrounding area with decks, porches, patios and outdoor rooms that fulfill your needs and desires. We’re proud to say we don’t offer a catalog full of ready-made decks, nor do we charge by the square foot. Every design is one-of-a-kind and custom-made for you.

Since we can wear many “hats” so well within the outdoor living business, it is safe to say that even though our name is Archadeck, we could easily be referred to as “Archa-porch” or even “Archa-sunroom.” Here’s a peek at just a few of the outdoor living spaces we can design and build in your backyard:

Archadeck Outdoor Living started building decks in Richmond, Virginia almost thirty-five years ago. The company quickly became the nation’s largest builder network specializing in custom-designed and custom-built decks, screened porches, sunrooms, gazebos and related outdoor living structures. Archadeck is set apart by our approach to design, with local teams of design consultants across North America specializing in creating custom projects for our clients’ outdoor living spaces. As a leading national deck builder, we’ve always been known for creating additions that seamlessly work into the existing design of your property, building new decks, porches and pergolas  that look as if they were always part of our clients’ homes.

No "cookie cutter" designs from us!

No “cookie cutter” designs from us!

Designing an outdoor living space requires much more skill, expertise and experience than just throwing up a backyard deck for a client. More than any of these factors, it also requires the ability to truly “listen.” The difference between just getting another deck, porch or patio and a living space is a project that is designed with the lifestyles of the individual clients and their needs in mind. A cookie-cutter, builder-grade deck does not deliver the same results. Not all outdoor structures are created equal. Just because you have an outdoor structure doesn’t mean you have an outdoor living space.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

The Archadeck of Central SC team – Mike Reu, Marshall Reu and Tucker Reu

Contact Archadeck of Central SC today to learn more about all the versatile, high-quality  outdoor living spaces we specialize in! Call us today for a free consultation at (803) 603 – 2160 or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net
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Is a Fire Pit Right for You?

Is a fire pit right for youIf you would like to extend the use of your backyard into the colder months, a fire pit may be the answer. When considering having a fire pit installed, here are some thoughts to consider:

Choices – the major decisions you will need to make when designing a fire pit are:

  • Natural stone or manufactured block
  • Designed for wood fire or gas
  • Location as to where to put the fire pit, and what kind of surrounding area do you want
Central SC firepit with retaining wall

Central SC firepit integrated into a patio with retaining/seating wall.

Materials – A natural stone fire pit is beautiful. It can be the landmark of a beautiful outdoor living space and a great place to spend time with your friends and family. The color choices are unlimited, and every custom-made natural stone fire pit is unique. It is also an expensive option – think two to three thousand depending on size and location. Natural stone is likely to crack (or even explode) due to direct contact with heat. If you are going to invest in a natural stone wood-burning fire pit, we recommend using a fire-brick liner to keep the stones from getting excessively hot. If you make this kind of investment you want it done right so that it will last.

Manufactured block makes a nice fire pit at less than half the cost of natural stone. It’s not as artistic, but it is very functional and can be the site of many good times. Also today there are many styles of landscaping block to meet your tastes. These projects range from the do-it-yourself kits from Lowe’s or Home Depot for two hundred dollars to professionally designed and installed projects which can cost between seven hundred and one thousand, five hundred. A block fire pit doesn’t necessarily need a heat liner, though use of a metal ring or fire brick may reduce cracking or excessive drying out and thus extend the life of the block.

Central SC firepit in actionWood or Gas – A wood fire can be enchanting as well as warming. When considering wood for a fire pit the primary driver is the charm of a natural fire. Design considerations include ensuring that the bottom of the pit will drain when it rains, and determining where fire wood is going to be stored.

Gas compared to wood has many pro’s and con’s. Gas is easier to start and quicker to extinguish, has less smoke, takes less effort to tend, and there is no need to buy and store fire wood. Gas fire pits are less costly to design for drainage and have less need for fire brick liners. On the other hand, it may be more expensive to install depending on where gas lines have to be run. Also you will want to design the structure so that if something goes wrong with the lines or the ignition electronics, you can access the parts in need of repair. A wide variety of glass crystals and beads are available for gas fire pits to enhance the look of the finished product.

In the end, the choice between wood or gas comes down to what works best for you.

Columbia SC custom fire pits

If you are ready to ignite your outdoor living enjoyment with a custom fire pit contact Archadeck of Central SC to learn more about  placement, size, construction, costs and much more. Call us today for free consultation (803) 603 – 2160 or via email at
centralsc@archadeck.net

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

The Archadeck of Central SC team – Mike Reu, Marshall Reu and Tucker Reu

You can see more inspiring photos of outdoor fire pit and outdoor fireplace designs by visiting our outdoor fireplace and fire pit photo gallery located on our website.