An Elevated Deck with Screened Porch Maximizes Outdoor Living Area on many Levels

Elevated screened porch with deck and stairs - Columbia, SCScreened porch or elevated deck? Why not have both! The opportunity for a custom elevated deck with a screened porch is a special one because of the flexibility for extending outdoor living it provides. We have had the pleasure of building a vast array of elevated decks for our customers, and no two have ever been alike. We tailor each one to the design and scale of the home so that it looks like it has always been part of the structure and fits into the slope, elevation and lay of the land. We can assure that the rear of your home will look as spectacular as the front once the deck project is completed.

Screened Porch with Deck and Stone Patios

This elevated screened porch and deck features space underneath finished to serve as a covered patio.

Elevated decks with screened porches can have many features such as a set of stairs to descend to a lower level of the property onto a patio and even finished and protected under deck/porch space that can serve a multitude of purposes. It can host a dining area, the perfect spot for a hammock or swing, or even a play zone for the kids. You could add a screened porch on either the top or the bottom level, or even tackle a double porch if you want to go all out.  If the back of the home sits on a fairly large slope, you might want to consider a stacked multi-level deck that has a number of tiers so that each level of the home gets to take advantage of heading out doors. There is nothing more romantic than a French door exiting from the master bedroom out to a deck where you can enjoy the sunset with your significant other.

Archadeck custom projectYou want to hire a professional builder such as Archadeck of Central South Carolina to build an elevated deck with a screened porch as there is a lot of weight involved depending on their size.  This is not the time to go with a cheap, fly-by-night so-called deck builder who is nothing more than a handy man to save a few pennies, as it can spell disaster. A ground level deck is very different than a raised one, and lots of important factors need to be taken into account to ensure the safety and integrity of the structure so that it does not collapse or potentially cause an accident. We work with permitting and inspectors in your area to make sure everything is done right. We will work within your budget and communicate with you throughout the building stages to ensure that you are satisfied with the results.

Screened porch and deck combination with porch on bottom.

Screened porch and deck combination with porch on bottom.

It doesn’t matter if you want a ground floor deck, a raised deck or if a three or even four-season porch is in order—Archadeck of Central South Carolina can help you achieve your outdoor living dreams with a structure that will suit how your family lives and entertains. We can use wood or low-maintenance composites and vinyl and perfectly match or offset the color of your home. The structure can either blend in or it can pop with contrast. Truly, there are no limits to what can be done.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

To learn more about building your custom elevated deck and screened porch contact Archadeck of Central SC today at (803) 603-2160 or via email at  Check out our website to see examples of our work and what we can do for you.




Archadeck of Central SC Explores the Popularity of the “She Shed” in Outdoor Living Design

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She shed in Columbia, SC, built by Archadeck of Central SC.

In a specialty design world that has long been governed by the fancies of men’s outdoor activities comes the arrival of a structure in the backyard a woman can call her own — the “she shed.” A “she shed” is the woman’s answer to the “man cave.” This newest addition to the gender-specific outdoor sanctuary is a backyard haven for busy women seeking a quiet reprieve from the world. Whether it is for reading in solace, gardening, indulging in a hobby, or just a place to take an afternoon nap surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature, the popularity of the she shed continues to evolve and grow.

Sometimes, A Gal Just Needs A Moment To Herself!

She sheds come in all shapes and sizes but share a few general design characteristics in common.

  • A detached structure away from the home itself, usually tucked into the landscape or garden.
  • Enclosed under a roof in order to protect contents from inclement weather and insects.

In many cases a she shed can be little more than a storage building customized to reflect the owner’s tastes and interests. More elaborate custom she shed designs can include electricity, A/C and heating and even exquisite crystal chandeliers dangling from the rafters! When it comes to design options for creating a one-of-a-kind backyard getaway, “she sheds” know no limits. There are no rules to building a she shed; they can be anything you want them to be, and much more!

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Take a look at these inspirational she shed designs courtesy of

 It’s Not About He Said/She Shed!

Though termed a “she” shed, these unique outdoor sanctuaries can be enjoyed by the whole family, even the dog! Archadeck of Central SC designed and constructed a custom she shed here in Columbia for a lovely couple, and it was covered in a recent article titled “This garden shed in Columbia, SC, gives new meaning to having a place for everything and everything in its place.” Details of the shed include a concrete floor with a Hardie Plank Siding exterior and a standing seam roof. A cupola graces the roof topping off the charming exterior. Archadeck of Central SC was able to repurpose some existing windows the homeowners had left over from their home, and we even added a charming pergola detail atop the side window of the shed.  The open rafter interior boasts an elegant chandelier, an air conditioner cools the space and multiple shelves serve many purposes. It is a workshop for painting, a protected storage space, a studio and a playhouse all rolled into one!

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The Columbia homeowners are elated with their she shed, which also includes a custom romantic-inspired fence reminiscent of those seen in English gardens of a by-gone era. The homeowners are looking forward to enjoying hours of birdwatching and gardening in their unique outdoor space.

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 want to learn more about creating your own she shed, outdoor man cave or other one-of-a-kind outdoor space contact Archadeck of Central SC today to get started! You can contact us at  (803) 603-2160 or via email at

Hiring Archadeck of Central South Carolina, your professional outdoor living space contractor, ensures the proper construction and longevity of your outdoor fire pit

Screened Porch, Spa and Fire Pit at Dusk

This cozy outdoor living space features a custom fire pit- perfect for making s’mores.

One of the best ways to enjoy a backyard in and around central South Carolina year round is by building an outdoor fire pit. There’s nothing like the crackling of a fire to set an inviting or romantic mood. Not to mention, an outdoor fire pit makes the perfect centerpiece for entertaining. Archadeck of Central South Carolina is this area’s leading outdoor living space contractor and for many of our clients, a custom designed and built fire pit fits the bill for this outdoor living space function.

When designing outdoor fire pits, one of the biggest considerations is materials. A few materials that could be used to create a fire pit include brick, stone or concrete. Each of these materials is waterproof and heat-resistant, so the one chosen will largely depend on the look you are aiming for. More than one material could also be used to build an outdoor fire pit. For example, concrete might be used to pour a patio and then a fire pit constructed on top of it in stone or brick.

Your selection of burning mediums is a matter of personal choice and budget allowances. Options include gas burning, wood burning or fire glass burning, and each choice has several pros and cons, as we have listed below. Ultimately it all comes down to what works best for you.

The Fire Pit is the central element of this outdoor spaceWood Burning Fire Pits – authentic campfire atmosphere


  • Larger fires
  • Wood is inexpensive
  • Affordable to install
  • Enhanced ambiance


  • Starting a fire takes effort and can be time-consuming
  • Cleaning up ashes after fire and can also be time consuming
  • Blowing smoke

Natural Gas Fire Pits – warm, glowing ambiance


  • Blythewood SC fire pitLight or extinguish fire with the flip of a switch
  • Minimal to no cleanup
  • Adds relaxing ambiance with minimal effort
  • Cleaner burn, less smoke


  • Smaller fires
  • Gas line must be installed
  • More expensive than wood

Fire Glass Fire Pits – creates a stunning look


  • No toxic fumes, smoke, ash or soot
  • Multiple sizes and colors of fire glass for you to choose from
  • Tempered glass chips last longer, do not burn, melt or discolor
  • Radiates three- four  times more heat with its reflective surface than wood or ceramic logs


  • The risk of breaking pieces if mishandled
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 today to learn more about the placement, size and construction of a fire pit and much more at (803) 603-2160 or via email at


Fire features fan the flames of socializing and coziness in your outdoor living space

Archadeck 2013 PhotographyWe are less than a month away from the first day of fall, and with it comes so many wonderful things. As fall approaches we say goodbye to warm summer evenings, sunbathing, water sports and all the endless summer fun. Now is the time to welcome the glory that is autumn, and the addition of a fire feature — such as a fireplace or fire pit — to your outdoor living space is the perfect way to do it.

Not only does a fire feature offer several benefits,  it also helps to bring a nice conclusion to almost any day of every season! Being a leading designer and builder of custom outdoor living spaces in this area, Archadeck of Central SC has helped hundreds of homeowners add outdoor living spaces, including custom fire features, increasing the curb appeal of their homes.

One of the best things about a fireplace or fire pit is that it can be used year round. Your outside parties will be enhanced with marshmallow toasting, hot dog roasting, cocktails, warm cider and s’mores galore! The benefits of capitalizing on the fire element’s appeal are many. An outdoor fire feature with year-round functionality extends South Carolina’s outdoor season, as well as your home’s physical capacity for accommodating social gatherings.

Is a fire pit right for you

Our custom designs encourage quality time outdoors!

When the autumn nights begin to settle in, even though it may be a little chilly, a fire element can warm you right up and give you an excuse to be outside. Whether it’s down time with the family, intimate get-togethers with friends, or a full-blown party, having a fireplace or fire pit adds another dimension to entertaining. Inevitably, it becomes the focal point, and as most who have spent time staring into a blaze will attest, it encourages friendly conversation and warm feelings. Even while relaxing at home in your hot tub or sauna, a fire feature offers a healthy means of de-stressing.

Much like any outdoor living structure or element, a fire feature can be customized to match your tastes and needs. Even with a smaller yard, you can still create an intimate space for gatherings. From the furniture to the actual fire pit itself, there are plenty of ways you can customize your outdoor space and still reap all of these benefits:

  • Entertainment – nothing says gather a group of friends and family together like a fire pit or fireplace, as it’s a great way to extend your party space to the outdoors.
  • Smores over fireCooking – although, not as precise as a grill or bar-b-que, fire pits and outdoor fireplaces can provide a flame over which you can create a multitude of culinary creations.
  • Heat – you can extend your entertaining seasons a bit by staying warm on those chilly evenings practically year round.
  • Ambiance – even if you aren’t into throwing parties or entertaining, the ambiance a fire feature brings is worth the investment alone, especially if you are into star gazing with a loved one while sitting next to one of nature’s most captivating elements.
  • Added home value – an attractive fire feature creates an enthralling focal point that can  help make your home stand apart from others.
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 in custom designing and building of a new outdoor living space with a fire feature, Archadeck of Central South Carolina is your builder of choice. We can help you custom design and build the outdoor living space of your dreams with a fire feature that will keep you cozy outdoors and optimize the use of your back yard for almost year-round enjoyment. We’re a professional contractor with the answers to all your questions about fire features or any other outdoor living structure. Contact Archadeck of Central South Carolina today to learn more about the placement, size, construction and cost of a fire feature and much more at (803) 603-2160  or via email at

The perfect space for your man cave could be hiding in the backyard

Archadeck covered porch outdoor livingIt’s said that the humble beginnings of the man cave can be traced back to July 16, 1943. It is on this date that The Batcave, perhaps the most famous man cave in comic book history, premiered in a Batman serial episode titled “The Bat’s Cave.” Tucked away beneath Wayne Manor and accessible by secret entrance, it was an actual cave filled with millionaire playboy Bruce Wayne’s high-tech gadgets and tricked-out vehicles…all the things every man dreamed about as a little boy.

Notice how the right furnishings and accessories enhance the time spent in your space.Everyone deserves a space they can call their own, a space where they can truly relax and be themselves, display their unique collectibles and hang out with the guys to watch the big game.  And, that space doesn’t always have to be inside the home. You don’t have to be stuck down in the basement to watch the games this year. In fact, with the popularity of “outdoor rooms” steadily increasing, many Columbia area homeowners are opting to create their man cave with a covered porch or screened porch custom designed and built by Archadeck of Central South Carolina as their base structure.

Whether you’re creating your exterior man cave, or game cave as they are sometimes called, from scratch or you simply need an upgrade to your existing outdoor living space, consider this list of potential exterior structures for your outdoor recreational room. With so many options, we invite you to consider the benefits of each of these wonderful outdoor structures in order to help you gain better knowledge of which space would best suit your family’s backyard needs.

  • The Covered Porch – Also referred to as “open porches” because they are protected from sun and unpredictable summer rainstorms, the covered porch offers the benefit of circulating fresh air with the bonus of a roof that provides shelter from the elements.
Deck and screened porch combination in Columbia SC

Deck and screened porch combination in Columbia, SC.

  • The Screened Porch – Giving you all the benefits of a covered porch plus one additional big benefit…protection from bugs! Keeping insects such as mosquitoes out of your man cave is a huge benefit of having a screened porch. Keeping the bugs at bay will enable you to enjoy your porch as the big game goes into overtime without worry of being outside with the mosquitoes.
  • The Three-season room – Sturdier than your average screened in porch or enclosed deck, a three season room addition is a good option for homeowners who want to enjoy outdoor living in style but don’t need the living space available all year long. For the windows, we use single-pane glass windows or a porch enclosure system (the best of both worlds, screen when you want it, or a more enclosed “windowed” room when you want it too) for unfettered use of the space in spring, summer and fall.

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All three of these types of exterior structures are the excellent places to relax and unwind, as well as entertain guests. To keep things comfortable year round, have a ceiling fan installed for the warmer months and a propane patio heater for the colder months. If you want to trick your man cave out like Batman’s, accessorize with comfy couches and recliners, an outdoor kitchen complete with refrigerator and pizza oven, giant TV with surround sound, sports memorabilia, dart boards and maybe even a bar.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

No matter which type of covered structure you choose for your man cave there is no end to the amount of style, versatility and comfort a new outdoor room by Archadeck of Central South Carolina can add to your home. Our professional and talented staff members are experts at helping homeowners, like you, get the most out of each season– football, baseball, basketball or especially Nascar–with an outdoor structure custom designed and built for your enjoyment. Contact us today to learn more by calling for a free design consultation at (803) 603-2160 or email us at

Sunrooms are climate-controlled home extensions with the most unencumbered view of the outdoors

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!

Whether you call it a sunroom, Florida room, patio room, conservatory or a solarium, if forty percent or more of the walls are glass it is technically a sunroom, and that makes it easy to bring the outdoors into your home. Through the development and use of improved materials and design, the three major issues with sunrooms of years gone by — heat loss, heat gain and leaks — are things of the past. With a sunroom by Archadeck of Central South Carolina, you comfortably stay indoors, with air conditioning and heat, while still enjoying the view outside.

The common misconception that sunrooms are most beneficial during the winter couldn’t be further from the truth, especially here in the central South Carolina area. Like a climate-controlled greenhouse, sunrooms are ideal for growing a variety of exotic plants such as orchids, philodendron, ficus, parlor palms and peace lilies, as well as providing a beautifully nature-enhanced space where you can dine, entertain and relax throughout every season.

What differentiates sunrooms from other kinds of structures are the many windows, rather than screens, that immediately satisfy the conflicting desires for nature and comfort. It’s a place to enjoy your morning coffee and newspaper with a lovely view of your garden or landscape, a protected area for children and pets to enjoy the sun, the perfect place for a midday luncheon or afternoon book club meeting and a great place to unwind after a long, hard day of work. You can enjoy all of these activities in your sunroom without being bothered by pesky insects and the horrible effects of pollen.

With a sunroom, you can enjoy your backyard even in a downpour. Unlike a deck, when you’re in a sunroom a pop-up rain shower can’t run you off from your space, not to mention the fact that you can have comfortable sunroom furniture that won’t be ruined by rain. And talk about a room with a view…for homes with a view of the lake or a private wooded lot, the structural components of a sunroom greatly reduce blockage of those desirable views.

Another advantage of some sunrooms is that light becomes an architectural element, as the contrast of light and shadow plays across the room as the day progresses or as the weather changes. With a custom-designed sunroom, you can make any size area, from a tiny space to a broad one, feel bigger and brighter with the additional natural light the windows provide. Along with all the natural sunlight that will fill your home, the sunroom provides panoramic views of the landscape and allows a birds-eye view of Mother Nature and the ever-changing seasons.

Columbia SC unique sunroom designs for outdoor living

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

And for those who have been diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), the sunlight that flows into a sunroom helps a great deal in combating the winter blues. No more venturing out into a cold front yard during the winter months or a humid one in the summer to feel the morning sun. Having a custom sunroom makes getting that needed sun therapy effortless and something to look forward to.

With so much glass, any sunroom can present heating and cooling challenges. By using the newer, more innovative types of glass, insulation and roofing, you can keep your space comfortable without wasting excess energy to help regulate heat and cold, and to alleviate leakage problems.

Stunning sunroom addition in NE Columbia, SC.

Stunning sunroom addition in NE Columbia, SC.

Sunrooms add the functionality of a year- round room because they are fully conditioned. The presence of an HVAC system and the “wall of windows” design allows for plenty of natural light and beauty. Though many only consider the extra cost of adding on a sunroom, since it qualifies as an interior addition requiring a foundation and roof, rest assured that it will pay for itself over time. With so many variables, the cost of a sunroom varies, especially when comparing it to the cost of a screened porch and three or four season room. Ask nearly any sunroom owner, and they’ll tell you the cost of a sunroom is well worth its many benefits.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

Consider the way you and your family could use a sunroom addition. The versatility of a sunroom is key to discovering just how perfectly it will fit for you. Contact Archadeck of Central South Carolina to learn more about custom designing and building a room for all seasons for your home! Call us today at (803) 603-2160 or email us at

Need an open but private outdoor living space? No problem, Archadeck of Central South Carolina can do that!

This lakeside pressure treated deck includes built in bench seating, and unique privacy railing. We also integrated the existing trees within the landscape into the design of the deck- stunning.Although you don’t want to feel hemmed in while enjoying time in your backyard, when you are relaxing or entertaining, a level of privacy is still very desirable. Often the proximity of a neighbor’s backyard or outdoor living space is just right to provide a clear view into your backyard. Unfortunately, if this is the case for you and your neighbors, your tranquil place to dine, read a book or just unwind after a long day can quickly feel too crowded.

If you are considering an improvement to an existing space or the addition of a new outdoor structure that preserves your privacy but also retains the openness of being outdoors, Archadeck of Central South Carolina is this area’s leading custom designer and builder of outdoor living spaces. We can create a space for you that’s the perfect balance of both open and private, as is evident in many of the custom designs we’ve provided for other South Carolina homeowners.

Louvred privacy wall from the side of deck in Forest Acres Columbia SC

Louvred privacy wall from the side of deck in Forest Acres in Columbia, SC.

We work closely with our clients to design the outdoor living space that best suits their needs while fulfilling their wants as well. When working through the preliminary design stage, it’s also important to consider the correlation between your backyard and that of your neighbors, how the proximity will affect the way you use your new space, and the views looking in and out. An outdoor space addition can bring a change in elevation from the grade of the property. Your view of the surrounding perimeter, and potentially your neighbors’, will change, enabling visibility from several angles where there was none previously.

One of our most successful projects demonstrating  the balance of openness and privacy within the same design was built for homeowners in Columbia, SC. A couple of years ago we completed a composite deck for them, and although they loved their new deck, after several opportunities to use it, they soon realized they needed a way to separate their view from that of the neighbors. By using innovative framed panels of vertical lattice suspended from a detailed pergola frame, we created a custom privacy fence design for the deck that solved the problem. The finished project not only provided privacy from prying eyes, it also became a stunning design element and created a focal point.

Columbia SC deck and privacy screen by Archadeck of Central SC

Columbia, SC, deck and privacy screen by Archadeck of Central SC.

Screen porches naturally provide privacy while enhancing the aesthetics of your functional spaces tremendously. If a screened porch is the type of structure you prefer, you may find that a traditional screen doesn’t create enough privacy for you. We can install a screening material that restricts the visibility from the outside but still allows ventilation with an unobstructed view of your surrounding property from within the structure. Additionally, a pergola also makes a perfect companion for a spa or poolside and offers a certain degree of privacy by keeping prying eyes from looking directly into your pool or spa space.

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Archadeck of Central South Carolina has been helping homeowners find the right privacy solutions for their outdoor living spaces for many years. How you will use your space, and your privacy needs, are something we discuss and build into your design when planning your outdoor space. Keep in mind all yards are different and certain privacy solutions will work well with certain yards, decks, porches and existing features while others will not. We are experts at designing privacy solutions that will not draw attention but blend with the structure or area where they are located.

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 today to learn more about our personalized outdoor living spaces today! You may reach us by phone at (803) 603-2160, or via email at