Archadeck of Central SC reveals the winning components of this outdoor living space!

Image of Fallingwater courtesy of Pinterest

Image of Fallingwater courtesy of Pinterest.

Thanks to Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterpiece, Fallingwater, the distinct barriers between the indoors and outdoors have been obscured for a more blended extension of our residences. Today, nearly a century after his design innovation, outdoor living designs continue to blur those lines in a way that’s appealing for today’s homeowners. As such, marvelous outdoor spaces are being designed and built with an outdoor room feel that carries the luxuries of the indoors to the natural beauty of backyards in a seamless transition. It is this type of atmosphere that Archadeck of Central South Carolina created in Northeast Columbia, where we custom designed and built an outdoor living combination space that includes a patio, retaining wall, deck, screened porch and fire pit.

Summer beckons us to expand our living spaces outdoors for just about all of our activities, from relaxing to dining alfresco or even a cocktail party! Modern backyard retreats serve to extend the outdoor season, add living space to the home, and create a vibrant yet casual space. We would like to share with you how each structure in the design below benefits the homeowners — take a look:

Infographic for Archadeck of Central SC

  1. Patio and custom fire pit in Northeast Columbia SCLet’s begin at ground level with the Patio and Fire Pit – This NE Columbia outdoor living space includes a stamped concrete patio and a cultured stone fire pit. As a natural extension of the home’s ground floor, a patio significantly expands a family’s living and entertaining space with extreme versatility. It provides a perfect gathering spot for guests and family who will be drawn outdoors to this enticing space. Concrete and paver patios are attractive, weather resistant, and low-maintenance. This patio lends itself to a multitude of uses: for example, wheel in a portable bar and you’ve got a great place for cocktails and mingling; add several seating arrangements and the conversation circles abound; place a large dining table and chairs in the center and you’re ready for a dinner party; or clear the whole space, turn up the tunes and you and your guests can dance the night away! And… for the full enjoyment of your patio almost year round, the addition of a fire pit makes a strong focal point and generates an abundance of ambiance, light and warmth as well.
  2. Northeast Columbia retaining wall detailFunctionally decorate your patio while protecting your landscape with a Retaining Wall – A cultured stone retaining wall surrounds the fire pit in this versatile space. Typically, retaining walls provide functional support for keeping soil in place, reduce patio maintenance and prevent erosion. As you can see in our photo of this project, the retaining wall serves a dual purpose as it keeps the soil from washing over and making a mess on the patio each time it rains and provides permanent and very durable additional seating around the fire pit. It partially frames the hardscape and landscaped areas of this property creating visual interest and depth for overall aesthetics.
  3. Level up…add a Deck – For the deck portion we created a transitional space between the screened porch and hardscape. It serves as a barbecue and dining area and includes built-in bench seating in the same Hazelwood-colored AZEK composite decking used as the porch flooring. For added appeal the deck also includes AZEK decking in Kona as an accent. Decks are still a tried-and-true favorite of homeowners and are considered to be the hub of outdoor living and entertaining across America. Almost any type of yard can benefit with a deck addition.
  4. NE Columbia AZEK deck and screened porchComplete and extend the use of your outdoor living oasis with the protection of a Screened Porch –The “anchor” of this outdoor living space is the aluminum framed screened porch. This low-maintenance outdoor room provides a protected and enticing escape for a breath of fresh air directly accessible from the home through the french doors and via the deck.  A screened porch permits more time outdoors and can be easily updated with living room type amenities such as comfy furnishings, lighting, ceiling fans and high-end electronics.

Throughout the past decade, homeowners have truly embraced the concept of outdoor living, which seamlessly combines versatility and function with comfort and beauty. With this movement, it’s easy to see why so many homeowners are choosing to forego expensive vacations in favor of investing their money to create private sanctuaries, like this one, in their own backyards.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

As homeowners increasingly seek to expand their living spaces and bring the comfort of the indoors to their backyards, Archadeck of Central South Carolina will continue to help them fulfill their outdoor living dreams. If you are ready to utilize some or all of these components to create your own outdoor living environment or would like to see more of these amazing structures we have used to enhance Central South Carolina’s backyard living spaces, visit our photo galleries located on our website or contact us by calling (803) 603 – 2160 or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net.

Did your outdoor living space seem lacking this Memorial Day?

Memorial Day in Columbia SCCan you believe Memorial Day has already come and gone? This national holiday is also most commonly thought of as the official kickoff weekend for the outdoor living season. As such, thousands of backyard decks and patios were filled with celebrations among family and friends. How did your outdoor living space measure up? While you were trying to have a good time, did you find yourself wishing you had more deck space, or a screened porch with protection from the direct sun or pesky insects? Maybe you were looking at your grill area, while daydreaming of an outdoor kitchen.

Archadeck of Central SC outdoor kitchensWith more holidays and family outdoor events like Independence Day and Labor Day on the horizon, wouldn’t it be great to have the space of your dreams? You can add the space, shade or special amenities you want in time for your next big celebration. Archadeck of Central South Carolina, the area’s leading outdoor living space builder, can help you update and improve your backyard space so at future events your time will be spent fully enjoying yourself instead of feeling frustrated.

We specialize creating in outdoor living spaces, including updating an existing space for additional functionality or to enhance beauty. Designing and building one-of-a-kind custom-made decks, patios, porches and outdoor rooms for homeowners in Columbia, SC, and the surrounding area 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.

Deck and screened porch combination in Columbia, SC.

Deck and screened porch combination in Columbia, SC.

Outdoor living spaces are increasingly becoming the most utilized areas of a home. Structures built ten years ago or longer weren’t designed for the way we live and entertain outdoors today. A simple deck or patio can be greatly enhanced with additional space or  another structure to extend the living and entertaining space of a home year round. Outdoor dining, relaxation and entertaining thrive on a deck or patio, while a screened porch provides an area for family members or guests who need some protection from the sun. As added benefits, screened porches keep nuisance insects at bay and protect during inclement weather, allowing you the freedom to move the fun inside your protected porch. A deck or patio paired with a screened porch can provide double the enjoyment as these two spaces become one in your backyard setting!

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.

The tastes and aromas of summer are engrained in our memories and are part of what make the outdoor living season so much fun! Today’s outdoor living spaces can provide a wide variety of food preparation areas and outdoor dining spaces to suit any budget and taste! Gone are the days of simply relying on the surface of a small deck and lone charcoal grill. Outdoor refrigerators, pizza ovens and rotisseries are just some of today’s innovative outdoor appliances used to create your ideal outdoor gourmet kitchen design. These proper amenities, providing ample space to prepare food while socializing with your guests, are what make an outdoor kitchen indispensable.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

Whether you are custom designing a whole new outdoor living space or renovating your existing deck or patio to gain the most enjoyment of your Central South Carolina backyard, we can 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 for many years to come! Call Archadeck of Central South Carolina at (803) 603 – 2160  today for a free design consultation at or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net.

See how a new custom-designed hardscape/patio adds value and versatility to your outdoor living space

Recently completed project near Lake Murray, SC.

Recently completed project near Lake Murray, SC.

As a natural extension of the home’s ground floor, a patio significantly expands a family’s living and entertaining space. It provides a perfect gathering spot for guests and family who will be drawn indoors to this enticing space. Concrete and paver patios are attractive, weather resistant, and extremely functional for your outdoor recreation and entertaining needs. When you install a custom-designed patio in your yard, you will create a beautiful new space that is perfectly suited to your home. Here is a quick look at some of the great benefits of a concrete patio.

Versatility

Archadeck patios and hardscapesA hardscape will provide you with fantastic design versatility as well as functional versatility. No matter the style and landscaping of your yard, you will be able to create a patio that matches your taste with the use of pavers or special stamping and shaping tools that will allow you to make your new concrete patio your very own. The physical structure lends itself to a multitude of uses: wheel in a portable bar and you’ve got a great place for cocktails and mingling; add several seating arrangements and the conversation circles abound; place a large dining table and chairs in the center and you’re ready for dinner party al fresco; or clear the whole space, turn up the tunes and you and your guests can dance the night away!

Durability

Along with being incredibly versatile, patios are also extremely durable. When you install a new hardscape in your yard, you will be creating a highly functional space that can stand up to the demands of daily life and will last for many years to come. Your patio will withstand inclement weather such as snow and rain.

NE Columbia patio and custom fire pitEase of Maintenance

A patio is easy to maintain. Unlike a wooden structure, hardscapes will not become damaged by termites or extreme weather conditions. In addition, your patio will be incredibly easy to clean on a routine basis.

These benefits show just how versatile and valuable a hardscape/patio can be. Now imagine it as part of your combination outdoor living space, as a second layer of functionality and beauty…just as it is in both of these recently completed Archadeck of Central South Carolina projects:

NE Columbia fire pit and patio addition.

NE Columbia fire pit and patio addition.

Our Northeast Columbia project combined a fire pit and patio with a step down into backyard. The hardscape area of this outdoor living space provides a conversation area surrounding the fire pit and ample space for the homeowner and guests to mingle and socialize while enjoying the warmth and beauty of the fire. Truly a masterful combination of structures and space for these homeowners to enjoy.

Patio and custom fire pit near Lake Murray, SC.

Patio and custom fire pit near Lake Murray, SC.

At this Lake Murray home, we custom designed and built an outdoor living combination space that included a patio, retaining wall and fire pit along with a screened porch and a deck. To further stretch the enjoyment time, each structure in this outdoor living oasis is constructed with low maintenance materials. The patio is made of stamped concrete, the retaining wall and fire pit use synthetic stone facing, the screened porch is aluminum and the deck is constructed with AZEK composite decking in Hazelwood. As you can see in the pictures above, this stunning design is quite an extensive project and totally transforms this backyard. The patio is vital to the flow of the design and connects the deck to the fire pit. Simply GORGEOUS!

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

If you’re ready for a true extension of your home with function and flow to help you get MORE out of your outdoor living space and backyard this season, contact Archadeck of Central South Carolina today! We’ll help you discover how a combination outdoor living space including a hardscape/patio will help you get the most out of your outdoors, too! Call us at (803) 603–2160 to schedule a free consultation or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net.

A well-built deck from the start plus regular maintenance equals confidence in your deck’s safety.

May is deck safety awareness month!

Poolside deck by ArchadeckIt’s important to ensure your deck is structurally sound in order to take advantage of all the ways it can benefit your home and allow you to safely enjoy the outdoor lifestyle. As the foundation of outdoor living and relaxation, as well as the springboard for backyard recreational activities, your deck is a principal structure in your outdoor living area. With this in mind, have you considered how safe your backyard deck really is?

Deck safety is of the utmost importance to Archadeck of Central South Carolina. We are the area’s premier outdoor structure designer and builder with quality and safety incorporated into each structure from the very beginning. Doing the job right from the onset provides a well-built, safe deck for the homeowner to enjoy for many years to come. However, no matter how well anything that is exposed to the elements is constructed, from your car to your home, without continued proper maintenance and inspections, the life expectancy and safety factor will diminish quickly. This is more than evident in the grim statistics regarding US deck safety; within a 6 year period there were an estimated 179 deck failures (either from poor construction or the deck being 20++ years old) resulting in over one thousand injuries and 33 deaths!

Before and after Renew Crew deck cleaning.

Before and after Renew Crew deck cleaning.

As a homeowner, keeping up with the routine maintenance of your deck is the best way to do your part in maintaining its safety and the safety of those who use it. Along with the effects of Mother Nature, your deck can also become damaged from other forces. Items that are often used along with outdoor living such as Citronella candles and oils can penetrate your wood surfaces and cause staining. Grease and oil spilled on the deck as a result of grilling can damage your deck, as can red wine. Hot charcoal and exposure to solvents such as gasoline will also damage your wood deck. Making sure your deck is sealed properly may give you time to clean up spills or mishaps before they cause damage. Regular cleaning is necessary to keep your deck looking good and its surface safe to use.

Deck revived by Renew Crew of Central SC

Deck revived by Renew Crew of Central SC.

Outsourcing the work to make sure your deck or outdoor space is adequately maintained is a viable option. Renew Crew is an associate business of Archadeck specializing in outdoor structure maintenance and restoration. Renew Crew uses a three-step system providing a comprehensive cleaning and protection service that is environmentally friendly and won’t cause any damage to plants, animals or your outdoor surfaces. By combining low-pressure power washing and cleaners to give your deck a heavy-duty clean, and following up with a fresh coat of proprietary sealant, their process protects your deck from water damage and every-day wear and tear. Renew Crew uses a wood-penetrating sealant with a proprietary, UV-blocking polymer mix that penetrates and protects the wood. This delivers a highly effective seal against the elements and shields your deck from the sun’s harmful UV rays that can cause wood to turn gray over time. This treatment can sometimes avoid the expense of resurfacing or building a new deck.

Archadeck outdoor livingIn addition to maintenance options, we also offer homeowners a thorough deck safety inspection for a modest fee. With this inspection you will receive a detailed checklist that highlights any necessary or suggested repairs —  or maybe your deck is good for a couple more years; we’ll let you know that too. Here are just a few of the critical areas our deck safety inspection covers: foundation and footings, the attachment to your home, decking boards, connections and fasteners, the posts, beams and joists (if visible) of the structure, any sagging between supports, as well as stairs and rails. We can also provide a free consultation on what would be involved with replacing your deck with an updated design that meets or exceeds all building code requirements and complements your outdoor living objectives.

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 South Carolina to schedule your deck safety inspection today or to set up an appointment for Renew Crew of Central SC to revive the beauty of your deck. Calling on the expertise of our deck experts will give you peace of mind in knowing you can enjoy your deck this season without worry! Contact us at (803) 603-2160  or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net.

Archadeck of Central SC fulfills your needs when a deck is not enough

Archadeck of Central SC sunrooms allow you to enjoy the outdoors, indoors!What do you do when you and your family want to enjoy the benefits of the outdoors without the negativity that accompanies it — when simply a deck or open-air structure won’t fit the bill? Archadeck of Central SC has the perfect answer: a custom sunroom.

A sunroom allows you to enjoy being outside without worrying about heat, cold, rain, harmful UV rays, pollen or insects. You can relax while you take in the view of your beautiful surroundings from the comfort of an enclosed room no matter what the elements throw your way. Archadeck of Central South Carolina can custom design and build a sunroom for you and your family that will protect you from the ravages of spring and Mother Nature while benefitting you in so many other ways.

Stunning sunroom addition in NE Columbia, SC.

Stunning sunroom addition in NE Columbia, SC.

Extra space is the major perk most homeowners think about when they decide to add a sunroom to their home, and although the increased living area is high on the list, the additional benefits go far beyond extra space. For example, a sunroom addition:

  • Greatly enhances the look and curb appeal of your home
  • Adds value to your home
  • Creates a room free from the irritants of seasonal allergies
  • Using natural light, it saves energy (compared to a traditional room addition)
  • Provides emotional benefits of sunlight (increased Vitamin D and stress reduction) without harmful UV rays
  • Is a party room protected from sudden thunderstorms that pop from a clear blue sky
  • Is a dining area with a clear barrier against pesky mosquitos and stinging insects
  • Is a pollen-free outdoor living room
  • Is a comfortable way to enjoy the outdoors
  • Is a great solarium-like room for plants

As you can see from this list, the benefits of adding a sunroom can be measured in dollars as well as peace of mind and comfort. A sunroom custom-designed and built for you by our professional team will give you a place to enjoy plenty of natural light, the beauty of the great outdoors and the remedy to seasonal allergens, bug bites and much more — without ever leaving the comfort of your own home.

Central SC Sunrooms give you a front row seat to Mother Nature

Our sunrooms give you a front row seat to Mother Nature no matter what the season!

Now imagine if your new sunroom was part of an outdoor living space combination that included a deck too! Perhaps you have family members or friends who do not suffer from seasonal allergies, sun sensitivity or bug allergies and can be in the great outdoors without harmful repercussions. With a sunroom and deck combination  you can host events and family gatherings everyone can enjoy together, without missing any of the fun…some in the protected space of the sunroom and others on the open space of the deck.

Columbia SC unique sunroom designs for outdoor living

No pollen, mosquitoes or rainy weather will keep you from enjoying the outdoors with a sunroom!

No matter which way you go, sunroom alone or sunroom and deck combination, you can’t go wrong with a sunroom addition for your home. As the cornerstone of your life, your home is your place to rest and relax, spend time with the people you love and celebrate your successes. Archadeck of Central South Carolina realizes the intrinsic value of your home and its outdoor living space. As the premier outdoor living space builder for the central South Carolina area, we deliver uncompromising attention to detail with a high level of quality and craftsmanship for every structure we build.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

If you are ready to create a space with ample protection from the elements that you will enjoy for many years to come, contact Archadeck of Central South Carolina today. We can explore the options of making your home and landscape a prime destination for relaxation, fun and family times. You can reach us at (803) 603-2160 or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net.

You can’t go wrong with a classic!

This composite deck in Lexington is a true gem!For more than thirty-five years, Archadeck has been designing and building custom outdoor living spaces for homeowners across the nation. Along the way, we’ve seen trends come and go as well as styles and designs that have had staying power throughout the years. As a custom design and build firm, we do not offer cookie-cutter designs, but we do take note of which styles are the most popular and which are best suited for the available space or specific functional needs. With this in mind Archadeck has perfected a number of outdoor living space plans that have maintained ageless charm. We refer to these timeless designs as Lifestyle Classics.

In our twelve plus years, Archadeck of Central South Carolina has transformed hundreds of backyards into dream outdoor living spaces in Columbia and the surrounding areas. While most of our clients want their dream, all-inclusive, one-of-a-kind outdoor living space, we fully understand sometimes the budget, usable space or enough time for constructing an over-the-top custom design with all the bells and whistles just isn’t available.

Archadeck of "lifestyles classic", Chesapeake.

Archadeck’s “lifestyle classics,” Chesapeake.

Never letting it be said that Archadeck of Central South Carolina won’t meet a challenge head on, we are always ready with a selection of viable options to overcome any obstacle. Some of these options include our phased building program to assist with budget constraints or our national architectural design center to create your dream space no matter what size backyard you have. When the issue is a lack of time to complete a fully custom-designed and built outdoor living area, we have found the most success and customer satisfaction with selections from the classic designs of the Lifestyle Classics collection.

decks in central sc-lifestyle-classics-chesapeakeOne in particular, the Chesapeake design, has been quite popular in our area because it offers ample deck space with several versatile zones just right for cooking, dining and leisure activities. This design works well as a new or revitalized outdoor living area or as the perfect complementary addition to an existing hardscape or pool area.

Created with affordability, flexibility, and quality in mind, each standard deck design from the Lifestyle Classics can be customized with adjustments for size or configuration and further tailored to your wants and needs with color, material and feature options. You get the benefits of a custom design without a whopping custom price! Furthermore, since these structures are pre-designed, they do not have to be sent into national Archadeck headquarters for approval  or a custom drawing/rendering. This decreases the “turnaround time” drastically in the planning stages. In addition our talented crews have built these lifestyle classics many times and are well-versed in the specifics of these designs, saving time during the construction phase.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

Finding the right balance among features, materials and budget is key to creating a space that you will love for years to come. Archadeck of Central South Carolina is the premier outdoor structure builder serving Columbia, SC, and the surrounding area and we leave no stone unturned to find that balance. We help homeowners like you by offering all possible solutions in achieving the outdoor living space that’s best for you, your lifestyle, your property and your budget.

Contact us today to learn more by calling (803) 603-2160 or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net. We’re committed to excellence in outdoor structure design and building!

Archadeck of Central SC discusses the top 5 reasons for not putting your outdoor living plans on hold any longer

“…Don’t leave off for tomorrow what you can do today
With procrastination there’s a heavy price to pay”
–Procrastination Poem by Louis Rams

Are you procrastinating about moving ahead with your outdoor living space build endeavors this season? Archadeck of Central SC wants you to know if you are “on the fence” about moving ahead, now is the time to act. Spring has arrived and the outdoor living season is almost in full swing. With this in mind, the rush to have a new project designed and built has already begun!

Naturally, many people think of building outdoor projects when the weather is nice and they want to get outside, but it can be challenging to hire a quality contractor during this time. Backlogs begin to lengthen as warmer weather arrives. Moving ahead with your outdoor design will secure a spot on our schedule and ensure your space is ready to enjoy by late spring into summer. Delaying your anticipated project or addition can leave you filled with regret. Here is a list of the top five reasons for choosing to move ahead now:

  1. Shade and ambiance abounds with a custom pergola and landing addition in Irmo, SC.Having a special spot to watch the season unfolds in your own backyard — with a custom outdoor living space you will have a front row seat from the first tulip bloom of the spring to the final amber leaves of autumn. 
  2. More room for entertaining — with the addition of a deck, patio or outdoor room you will add a tremendous amount of functional living space to your home. Your outdoor living space serves as a valuable extension for family gatherings and special occasions, allowing you room to “spread out” comfortably.
  3. Archadeck of Central SC outdoor kitchensOutdoor cooking and dining opportunities abound — what would the warm season be without a backyard barbecue? Or enjoying a steak dinner on the backyard grill? The tastes and aromas of summer are engrained in our memories and are part of what make the outdoor living season so fun! Today’s backyard designs encompass more than just a grill. Outdoor kitchens, refrigerators and much more can be part of your ideal outdoor gourmet design!
  4. Watching the stars (or lightning bugs) on a warm summer night — imagine staring at the stars on your deck with your significant other, pointing out the constellations together with your children or just enjoying a glass of cold iced tea while you watch them catch lightning bugs ( a Southern tradition here in Columbia).  These times aren’t as memorable without an adequate outdoor living space to enjoy life’s little moments in comfort.
  5. Archadeck covered porch outdoor livingShade, shade and more shade — right now, the weather is mild enough to enjoy your backyard without the need for a shady retreat, however, it will not stay that way for very long. Summer in Central SC can become quite humid and hot. Having the comfort of a porch or outdoor room to retreat to during these times is a delight! Don’t be forced indoors by the heat of the sun — make your vision for a shady spot in your backyard a reality by contacting us today!

AZEK deck in NE Columbia, SC.

Beautiful views and a deck to match in NE Columbia.

Don’t delay. Custom designing and building your outdoor living area begins with an onsite visit with you and a clear understanding of what your mental picture is for your space. Being able to see what you “see” when you think about your ideal backyard retreat, and then to translate that into a design and a structure customized for you and your family, starts with these types of questions:

  • How do you plan to utilize this space for special occasions and/or everyday use?
  • Will you cook, dine, entertain and relax in this area?
  • Are you considering the addition of a water or fire feature?
  • Do you want enclosed areas for protection, wide open spaces or a combination of both?
  • What are your personal tastes and style choices for materials and colors?

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 set the wheels of outdoor living bliss in motion now, instead of later, you will be happy you did! You can reach us by phone at  (803) 603-2160 or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net.