These Forest Acres homeowners are making a grand entrance with their new entry sunroom addition!

Forest Acres Entry Sunroom addition in Columbia SCIn the realm of outdoor living structure design, there is literally no end to the creative placement and functional diversity we are able to design in order to fulfill a homeowners’ desires. Our most recent sunroom addition located in the Forest Acres community of Columbia, SC, is a great example of the  individualized benefits a custom  structure can add to your property and lifestyle.

This Forest Acres sunroom is designed to serve as the home’s front entry. The homeowners’ previous entry consisted of a front porch that did not let much light into the home. The new entry design includes windows along with French doors with sidelights.

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We were able to follow up with the homeowners after they had a chance to get “cozy” with their new sunroom addition. When we spoke with the homeowners separately, each listed the benefits  gained since completion of the space. While both homeowners really like the sunroom, they use the area in different ways.

Columbia SC unique sunroom designs for outdoor livingThe man of the house enjoys reading, relaxing and savoring his morning cup of coffee in the new space. Since he was diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), the light that flows into the sunroom helps him a great deal. Although the addition doesn’t replace a trip to sunny Florida,  the new sunroom with its eastern orientation does makes a huge difference in the way he is able to combat the winter blues. Before, he had to venture out into the cold front yard to feel the morning sun. Now, with the sunroom addition, getting the sun therapy he needs is effortless and something he looks forward to. In addition, the convenient electrical outlets installed there allow him to plug in his electric leaf blower and hedge trimmers without running extension cords. It has really made the task of pruning the landscape effortless!

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Interior view of the new sunroom.

The lady of the house is also enjoying all the natural sunlight that now fills the home. The sunroom provides panoramic views of the landscape and allows a birds-eye view of Mother Nature and the ever-changing seasons. And the beautiful finishes she chose for the space, from the complimentary wall and tile colors to the contrast of the white cathedral ceiling and white fan, make a lasting first impression when guests come to call.

View into landscape through Columbia SC entry sunroom

The sunroom provides panoramic views of the landscape year-round!

One aspect of the design both homeowners agree upon is the high quality of workmanship in the new addition. They were also impressed with the careful attention Archadeck owner Mike Reu spent with them before and during the project. They both noted how much they appreciated his patience and helpfulness!

If you would like to learn more about our unique outdoor living space designs, including our versatile outdoor room ideas, contact Archadeck of Central SC today at (803) 603-2160 or email us at

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

Punxsutawney Phil has predicted six more weeks of winter…that’s plenty of time to build before spring

Punxsutawney-Phil- says 6 more weeks of winter.Say the name Punxsutawney Phil and everyone knows who you’re talking about. If you want to know if spring is going to arrive early, Phil’s your “man.” It’s awesome to be known as the best in the business, or to be considered the “go to” for something specific like that. This year, Phil not only saw his shadow, but had plenty of time to write a poem, take a selfie and post it on various social media sites too!

PlansAs a homeowner, six more weeks of winter is good news! It means you have plenty of time to plan and create your anticipated custom outdoor living space or update an existing space. Like Punxsutawney Phil, Archadeck of Central South Carolina is truly the “go to” for custom outdoor living environments in Columbia, Lexington, Florence and the surrounding areas.

Maybe this is the year you are ready for a new outdoor living space or you are ready to upgrade that plain jane concrete patio that came with your home? Choosing to begin your project now will ensure you are ready to enjoy the outdoors to the fullest this spring!

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Our custom designs encourage quality time outdoors!

Keep in mind not all outdoor structures are created equal. Just because you have an outdoor structure doesn’t mean you have an “outdoor living space.” An outdoor living space is a customized, multifunction place where you can entertain, relax or simply enjoy Mother Nature. Outdoor living spaces can often be the most utilized areas, as they are now perceived as extensions of our homes rather than an as amenities. Many homeowners are beginning to realize that the primary living areas of their homes don’t have to be indoors and are requesting spaces that bring all the comforts of the indoors outside.

Archadeck 2013 PhotographyWith more than twelve years in the business of outdoor living design, Archadeck of Central South Carolina has helped hundreds of homeowners create versatile structures that are both beautiful and functional.  Some of our most popular designs include deck and screened porch combinations, sunrooms and hardscape areas such as patios and fire pits. 

We design and build one-of-a-kind outdoor structures for the way you and your family want to live outdoors, while preserving your home’s style and surroundings and keeping your budget in mind. If you notice outstanding workmanship, or a unique deck or outdoor space here in the Central South Carolina area, chances are, we’re behind the design! We deliver uncompromising attention to detail with a high level of quality and craftsmanship.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

With six more weeks of winter, there’s plenty of time to transform your backyard into the space of your dreams before spring. Call Archadeck of Central South Carolina today for a free design consultation at (803) 603-2160 or email us at

Archadeck of Central South Carolina is pleased to announce that we have been awarded the 2014 Archadeck Customer Satisfaction Achievement Award

Archadeck of Central SC is awarded a customer satisfaction achievment award

Archadeck of Central SC is awarded a customer satisfaction achievement award for second consecutive year!

We are pleased and humbled to announce that we have been awarded the Archadeck Customer Satisfaction Achievement Award. During the Archadeck annual conference this year we were honored amongst the best of the best in our industry as we were recognized for outstanding customer service. For us, this award means more than a high rating derived from the customer surveys completed by our large customer base. It means we are achieving our goal of keeping it all about the customer.

By adhering to the Archadeck Job Process Methodology (JPM): connect, consult, design, build and enjoy, and maintaining acute awareness of every detail, we consistently produce outdoor living spaces to the complete satisfaction of our clients. As the premier outdoor structure builder serving Columbia, Lexington and the surrounding area, Archadeck of Central South Carolina delivers uncompromising attention to detail with a high level of quality and craftsmanship.

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Our commitment to excellence in outdoor structure design and building coupled with our award-winning customer service ensures your project is built with quality and longevity in mind. Call Archadeck of Central South Carolina today for a free design consultation at (803) 603-2160 or email us at

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

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

This show-stopping fire pit is sure to set the nights ablaze in Blythewood, SC

Blythewood SC fire pitsHere at Archadeck of Central South Carolina, we believe bringing a client’s outdoor living space vision to life is one of the most rewarding parts of our job. We work with homeowners in and around the central South Carolina area to create custom outdoor living environments that do just that. One of the hottest trends right now, and one for which we receive frequent inquiries, is the addition of an outdoor fire feature. An outdoor fire feature will enhance and extend the use of your backyard, allowing you to entertain friends and family virtually year-round. For many clients, a custom fire pit fits the bill for extended enjoyment since fire pits provide the same function and ambiance as an outdoor fireplace but at a fraction of the cost.

Blythewood SC fire pitWe just completed a stunning flagstone patio with a custom gas-burning fire pit in Blythewood, SC. When planning the new addition we gave special consideration to the home’s existing landscape and surroundings. As the homeowners described their vision to us, we knew natural materials were a must for this client in order to complement their beautiful tree-lined backyard. The homeowner chose a gas-burning fire pit built with stacked stone. The based is capped off with a flagstone edge to match the flagstone of the patio. The incorporation of lava rocks in this structure makes this fire pit a unique focal point when in use.

The homeowners chose a gas fire pit, as opposed to wood burning, for several reasons:

  • Gas is easier to start and quicker to extinguish
  • Minimal effort is required to tend the fire
  • It produces considerably less smoke
  • It requires no purchase or storage of fire wood
  • A wide variety of decorative enhancements include lava rock, glass crystals or beads

Blythewood SC custom gas burning fire pitSelection of burning mediums is a matter of personal choice and budget. For this client, a gas-burning fire pit was the most best choice to meet their needs.  Perhaps a wood-burning option would better suit your outdoor living space. Wood- burning fire pits provide just as much warmth as gas-burning fire pits but don’t require the added expense of gas line installation or tie in. There are additional considerations for a wood-burning fire pit which include ensuring drainage of the bottom of the pit when it rains, and providing a space for fire wood storage. Both burning medium options have their pros and cons, but it all comes down to what works best for you.

*Safety information – As location and placement are key to gaining the most benefit from your fire pit, we are quick to caution that we do not recommend wood-burning fire pits on a wood or composite deck for obvious safety reasons, as well as the risk of damage and melting from the sparks and heat associated with a wood-burning pit.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

Do you have a burning desire to set the nights ablaze in your backyard’s outdoor living space with a custom fire pit? Archadeck of Central South Carolina is ready to help you fan the flames of interest. Contact us to learn more about placement, size, construction, costs and much more. Call us today for free consultation at (803) 603-2160 or by visiting

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

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

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