In honor of National UV Awareness Month, Archadeck of Central SC discusses the health-conscious benefits of covered outdoor spaces

Spring in Central SCThere are many benefits to adding a covered outdoor living space such as a sunroom, screened  porch or covered porch to your home. However the first benefit that comes to mind is probably increased outdoor living enjoyment. Enjoyment IS a major factor when designing a covered outdoor living space, however, the benefits do not end there. In honor of July being observed as National UV Safety Awareness month, Archadeck of Central SC would like to point out the protective benefits of having a covered outdoor structure. Covered spaces are most beneficial serving as a shelter from dangerous UV rays that can lead to skin cancer.

Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. More than 1 million cases of skin cancer are found in the United States each year. Melanoma, the most deadly of skin cancers, only accounts for about 4 percent of all skin cancer cases, however, it causes about 79 percent of skin cancer deaths. According to the American Cancer Society, it is predicted that 1,540 new cases of melanoma of the skin will be diagnosed in South Carolina alone during 2016.

Archadeck of Central SC Screened Porch Addition

Archadeck of Central SC screened porch addition.

The need to protect your skin from the sun has become very clear over the years, supported by several studies linking overexposure to the sun with skin cancer. The harmful ultraviolet rays from both the sun (and tanning beds) can cause many other complications besides skin cancer – such as a weakened immune system, age spots, wrinkles and leathery skin.

Since most of the melanoma and non­melanoma skin cancer cases are directly related to sun exposure, skin cancer prevention and awareness education could greatly reduce the number of those affected. This includes being cautious and limiting the amount of exposure you get in your uncovered outdoor living space.

Archadeck specializes in both covered and uncovered outdoor living space designs. We can address your specific needs and desires in order to determine what type, or combination of, outdoor structure is the right “fit” for your lifestyle. For some homeowners, just having a deck or patio is not enough as their outdoor living space must meet specific needs. These can include sensitivity and concern about UV light, allergies and even SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder).

Custom pergola addition by Archadeck of Central SC

This custom pergola addition in Central SC offers a shady, protected spot for outdoor living!

Some of our most popular protected structures include sunrooms, 3 and 4 season rooms, screened porches, covered porches and patios and even shade pergolas. With this in mind we want to take this opportunity to point out benefits of having a covered outdoor space on your property:

  • Greatly enhances the look and curb appeal of your home and landscape
  • Adds value to your home
  • Is a comfortable way to enjoy the outdoors
  • Is a great place for plants to thrive
  • Provides emotional benefits of sunlight (increased Vitamin D and stress reduction) without harmful UV rays
  • Can become a sanctuary protected from sudden thunderstorms or inclement weather

Central SC Sunrooms give you a front row seat to Mother NatureA sunroom or screened porch offers a more protected setting and delivers these added benefits of an enclosed space:

  • Creates a room free from the irritants of seasonal allergies
  • Is also a dining area with a clear barrier against pesky mosquitos and stinging insects
  • Is a pollen-free outdoor living room
  • We can install treated screens to reduce harmful rays

Our custom covered outdoor living spaces are designed to protect without reducing your connection with nature. From a simple front porch to a complete outdoor entertainment area, our structures will transform your home and the way your live outdoors significantly.

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 enjoy the unbridled benefits of outdoor living while being smart about your family’s exposure to the sun, contact Archadeck of Central SC today at (803) 603 – 2160. You can also email us at centralsc@archadeck.net.

 

Archadeck of Central SC Discusses How a Successful Outdoor Living Combination Space Goes Together Like Peas and Carrots!

Archadeck of Central SC Discusses How a Successful Outdoor Living Combination Space Goes Together Like Peas and Carrots!When it comes to gaining the most benefit out of something, it stands to reason that combining two or more of what you like will bring you the most enjoyment. Examples of the power behind combinations are evident in many everyday things. For instance, just within the food and drink realm many of the combinations we take for granted include the successful pairing of a loaded baked potato as a companion to a steak, wine and cheese, apple pie and vanilla ice cream and even peas and carrots! Respectfully, many of the things we enjoy have a second or third accompaniment to make them even more decadent, so why should our outdoor living spaces be any different?

Archadeck patios and hardscapesCombination projects are a great way to create more space for more versatility and enjoyment, and by combining one or more outdoor structures you can designate different areas within them for different purposes. During the initial consultation with our clients, one of the first questions we ask  is “how do you intend to use the space?” Without getting the answer to this important question, the design won’t be as good as it can be. Though the answer varies with each client, from cooking and entertaining to sunbathing, birdwatching and relaxing, they all address the way a particular client wants to live outdoors. For many of our clients, their outdoor living spaces need to be multifunctional. If this is the case for you, Archadeck of Central SC needs to create a project with a flow that defines separate spaces for different functions.

Recently completed project near Lake Murray, SC.

Patio and screened porch combo space on Lake Murray, SC.

Many of our clients have chosen combination outdoor living spaces, including a deck with a screened porch or pergola, patio with outdoor kitchen, etc. Here are some examples of combination outdoor living space projects taken from our portfolio:

Quadruple the outdoor living pleasure in Wildewood

This combination space in the Wildewood community of East Columbia delivers the whole enchilada of outdoor living enjoyment! The flowing design incorporates a low-maintenance deck, covered porch, stamped concrete patio, outdoor kitchen and a fire pit! The largest benefit of this layout is that each structure within can be enjoyed singularly, but when combined they create a total outdoor living environment.

NE Columbia patio and fire pit

You can also read more about this amazing project in our feature article titled “We are wild about our recent outdoor living combination in Wildewood!”

A grand entrance from the backyard onto this deck and covered porch combo in Governors Grant Lexington SCDeck and Covered Porch Combination in Lexington

Prior to this addition, the only outdoor living space these Lexington homeowners had was a screened porch. Our outdoor living combination design took this backyard to a whole new level. In addition to the spacious and relaxing deck and covered porch addition, we also replaced the home’s existing rear bay window with convenient Pella doors. This made accessing the new outdoor area a breeze and unified the traffic flow of the new space with that of the screened porch.

Deck detail in Governors Grant with separate area for dining.

NE Columbia deck and sunroom builderSunroom and deck in NE Columbia

By choosing to combine a sunroom and deck, these NE Columbia clients got the best of both worlds, an open-air space perfect for grilling and soaking in the sun and a protected space delivering panoramic views of the outdoors with constant climate control.

Stunning sunroom addition in NE Columbia, SC.

The airy design of the sunroom, which opens out onto the new deck, features an open-end gable abundant with windows, transoms and a vaulted ceiling. The placement of the windows and roof pitch allows for an open and airy atmosphere with more light flowing naturally into the home’s interior.

As you can clearly see from these project images, outdoor living combinations can be used as separate rooms, or vignettes, of beauty and function. Whether it’s a pairing of two or more outdoor structures, our keen eye for design will give you a space that functions as one large, cohesive design.

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 interested in learning more about creating a multi-purpose outdoor living oasis in your own backyard, contact Archadeck of Central SC today. Our consultation is free, but the design we can create to enhance your backyard is priceless (803) 603 – 2160
centralsc@archadeck.net.

 

 

A Winning Combination Brings Outdoor Enjoyment in Little Mountain, SC

Little Mountain SC Screened Porch BuildersHere at Archadeck of Central SC we are not only outdoor living space designers and builders, we are also outdoor living enthusiasts. It is not uncommon for us to look back on previous projects and reminisce as to which ones were our favorites. Whether the structure was built ten years ago, or finished just last week, there are always a few that come to mind as favorites for various reasons or because of specific elements. Our recent deck and screened porch combo in Little Mountain, SC, is one we have now placed on our favorites list!

Little Mountain SC Screened Porch BuildersWhen we initially met with these wonderful homeowners, their outdoor living space consisted of an aging wood deck. Their goal was to have an updated space that offered more versatility than just a deck alone — a space where they could escape from the heat, insects and pollen while still having a place to grill and carry out more deck-worthy activities.

The design Archadeck of Central SC came up with was just what these clients had in mind. It consists of a deck and screened porch combination. The new deck is built using select pressure-treated wood. The deck flows into the screen porch allowing smooth interaction and unlimited entertaining abilities. The pièce de résistance of this project is undoubtedly the beautiful rustic cedar used to line the interior wall and ceiling of the screened porch!

Little Mountain SC Screened Porch BuildersThese Little Mountain, SC, homeowners are elated with their new outdoor living space. The space suits all their need and desires and was just what they had in mind!

As the area’s premier outdoor living space contractor, we would enjoy the opportunity to work with you to translate your outdoor living visions into a  winning design that will fit the way your family wants to enjoy the outdoors. Our commitment to excellence in outdoor structure design and building ensures your project will bring enjoyment and pride for many years to come!

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

Call Archadeck of Central South Carolina at (803) 603-2160 today for a free design consultation or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net.

Living on Island Time in Lexington, SC….

Lexington SC Tropical Timbertech DeckAt first glance this deck seems as though it might be located on some exotic, tropical island. Indeed, the tranquil lakeside setting feels thousands of miles away from civilization when it is actually located right here in Lexington, SC!

When Archadeck of Central SC originally consulted with the homeowner on this project, they had a deck that was rotting away due to the inadequate quality of the pressure-treated boards that were originally used. We frequently see existing decks begin to degrade because inferior-grade lumber was used. In the case of this deck, we suggested that the entire structure be demolished with the exception of the gazebo and tiki hut, and a new deck with a custom outdoor kitchen built in its place.

Before:

Before:

The new deck was built using TimberTech synthetic decking. TimberTech provides the same look and feel of traditional wood but with the added strength and quality of composite materials. Their motto is “think wood made tougher,” which is a realistic description as this decking material never needs painting or staining, is tough enough to resist mold, mildew, stains and scratches and comes backed by a lengthy warranty.

Lexington SC TimberTech Deck Builder

Lexington SC TimberTech Deck Builder

The new TimberTech deck will provide years of low-maintenance enjoyment to these Lexington, SC, homeowners.

In addition to the new and improved deck, Archadeck of Central SC also designed and integrated a custom outdoor kitchen within the existing grass-roofed tiki hut that is part of the space. The kitchen will allow endless dining and outdoor entertaining opportunities since there is no need to trek back to the home when it is time to eat! The kitchen is built from stacked stone and features a marble top with an “eat in” graduated counter height perfect for bar stools. The design also includes a grill, sink, fridge and much more. By integrating the kitchen inside the tiki hut, the homeowners will have a shady spot to relax in with a feel reminiscent of being on island time — right in their own backyard!

Lexington SC Custom Outdoor Kiitchens

Of course, the natural topography of the landscape adds to the tropical feel of the outdoor living space. The deck is situated to take in the stunning views and breezes of the homeowner’s private lake which is flanked by a natural boulder stone bank. It’s not hard to whisk your spirits away to a tropical paradise —luau anyone?

Lexington SC TimberTech Deck Builder

If you want to learn more about creating your own unique, island-inspired or one-of-a-kind outdoor space that stands out from the crowd, contact Archadeck of Central SC today to get started! You can contact us at (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.

When it comes to choosing the right builder for your outdoor living project— quality is worth the wait

Archadeck of Central SC Screened Porch AdditionOnce you have made the decision to move ahead with your outdoor living structure addition, it is only natural to want it completed quickly, even if you finalized the design and signed the contract today. Anticipation and patience aren’t generally the closest of friends. However, it is important to remember that quality craftsmanship takes time. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and a professionally-designed and built outdoor living structure won’t be either. The important thing  to realize is that if a builder is ready to break ground immediately on your project, especially during the outdoor living season, chances are their services are not in high demand, or they aren’t intent on building your structure with quality and longevity in mind.

Deck BlueprintsHow our scheduling works:

When our client signs a contract,  the project start date is established according to the current backlog we have on schedule at the time. During the fall and winter months, backlogs and lead times are usually less, but during the outdoor living season, when the weather is warmer, project beginning dates are usually substantially farther out. Our timelines are also influenced by forces beyond our control such as permitting, inspections and in some cases inclement weather. Depending on what county or town you reside in, permitting may require a “walk-thru” permitting process, or may require a “drop-off” application. Drop-off permit applications are granted in the order they are received and could take up to three weeks during the busy season. The turnaround time for permitting could add wait time to your project, but permits are a necessary element in the building process.

AZEK deck in NE Columbia, SC.

Beautiful view and a deck to match in NE Columbia.

Making changes to your project once it has begun can often extend completion dates, especially in circumstances where additional permitting and inspections are necessary. Keep in mind, there are many influences that can affect your project timeline and scheduling. These include but are not limited to:

  • Does there need to be HOA approval? If so does your HOA meet quarterly or monthly?
  • Which county or town are you located in?
  • Is a variance needed?
  • Are the materials you have chosen for your particular design stocked locally or special order?
  • How many different trades are involved (plumbing, electrical, masons, HVAC or only carpentry)?
  • Weather or season, and site conditions?
  • What sort of backlog does the builder have?

Archadeck of Central South Carolina strives to provide you with an outdoor living space that encompasses everything you want in your particular design, now, and with future additions in mind. Our approach to the design and building process is to accommodate the customer’s needs and desires in every way. This means we help fulfill your wishes in getting everything you are expecting from your design, from the aesthetics you want to a space that serves the functions you desire. We understand the excitement you feel when you look ahead to using your new addition. Patience, as they always say, is only a virtue.

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 begin planning your anticipated outdoor living project, we can help you get started today on making the backyard of your dreams a reality. Contact Archadeck of Central SC today at (803) 603-2160 or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net

 

Sunshine provides a purpose when you build a sunroom

Imagine waking up in the morning, making that cup of coffee and being able to enjoy it outdoors, rain or shine. With a sunroom, you can! Imagine waking up in the morning, making that cup of coffee and being able to enjoy it outdoors, rain or shine. With a sunroom, you can! Sunrooms typically feature elegant floor-to-ceiling windows that will leave you appreciating your landscape and view all year round. These windows host a breeze in the spring and warmth of the sun in the winter. With so much glass, there is little obstruction for enjoying more of the outdoors, making it feel as if you are sitting alongside your flower beds or under the trees without even having to step outside.

A sunroom can take on many shapes and sizes. Whether you are looking to build a second living room for your family to enjoy together, or create a quaint room to cozy up and read a good book in, a sunroom is your answer. It can be designed with closed off doors or a wide open space lengthening the room you choose to build from. Not only does this create more space within your home, it also increases the value of your home. Since a sunroom is an addition, it is built with an HVAC system. An HVAC system’s purpose is to provide thermal comfort and acceptable indoor air quality. This means keeping your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

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

Sunrooms don’t just provide a versatile environment for you and your family. They also function as a climate-controlled greenhouse for plants and flowers that need a little extra TLC throughout the winter season. Orchids, hibiscus, parlor palms and ficus are a few plants that thrive on filtered sunlight. These tropical plants prefer to be warm and sunny and won’t survive without it. Not only does the sunroom provide an environment for the plants but it also provides a ‘tropical’ oasis for you and your family during those colder months.

Having trouble growing orchids? A sunroom provides the perfect environment!

Having trouble growing orchids? A sunroom provides the perfect environment!

Even during the warmer months, it’s not always your first choice to spend the day or evening outside. Often times, going outside can pose more issues than necessary, from pollen collecting on your furniture to mosquitoes eating you alive. As we all know, pollen falls likes snow in South Carolina and can take over the outdoor space fairly quickly. Protecting your outdoor furniture from pollen stains, while also protecting your family from uncomfortable bug bites, can become difficult during the spring and summer seasons. So take pleasure in your comfy cushioned chairs and bring them indoors to enjoy the mesmerizing sunset while avoiding mosquitoes all together. An added bonus in our opinion!

Stunning sunroom addition in NE Columbia, SC.

Stunning sunroom addition in NE Columbia, SC.

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 want to add a cozy little nook for reading, or plants, or create a second family room, Archadeck of Central South Carolina can design and build a custom sunroom addition just for you.

Contact Archadeck of Central South Carolina at (803) 603-2160 or email centralsc@archadeck.net to discuss sunroom options for your home!

Looking for a quality designed and constructed wooden deck?

This spacious pressure treated deck in Columbia, SC overlooks the tranquil Saluda river.With all the interest in low-maintenance decking materials, the beloved wooden deck we all know and love sometimes falls by the wayside. Archadeck of Central SC knows just how many Columbia area homeowners still want wood when it comes to building a deck. We are not downplaying the benefits or popularity of using low-maintenance composites by any means. We specialize in designing and building decks of various materials, including synthetics, in all shapes and sizes. However, when it comes to wooden decks, it is important to know that not all wooden deck builders and wood decking boards are created equal!

Custom pergola addition by Archadeck of Central SC

The widespread popularity of pressure-treated lumber isn’t surprising; it’s affordable, readily available coast-to-coast, strong and easy to cut and fasten with screws. Most PT decking is milled from southern yellow pine. A pressure-treated deck will require routine maintenance to prolong the life and look of the deck. PT wood is graded according to standards that make certain grades more optimal for deck construction. Keep in mind that the quality of the wood available to the do-it-yourselfer from “big-box” stores may be quite different from the wood quality available through specialty lumber suppliers. Professional deck builders, like Archadeck of Central SC, only obtain wood from selective, high-quality suppliers. This means that the wood we use is free of knots, warps and other inconsistencies evident in lower grade pressure-treated pine. In addition, the PT pine we use has also been treated with an Eco-life treatment that ensures better weathering of the wood itself.

pressure treated wood

Pressure treated wood is still the leader among outdoor structure materials in the US.

The maintenance required for your wooden deck is determined by many factors. An important one is your structure’s exposure to the sun. If your deck is facing South or west, you will have to clean, stain or seal your project more often to prevent sun damage. Decks facing north or east may not get enough sun and may experience moisture problems, requiring maintenance to keep them looking and functioning their best. Moisture will penetrate the wood on an unprotected deck causing it to expand and contract with weather changes. UV rays from direct sunlight will cause aging and deterioration of unprotected wood fibers present in the wood. Over time, mold and mildew can accumulate on your deck, too. Proper deck cleaning and sealing can prevent most of these problems.

Before and after Renew Crew deck cleaning.

Before and after Renew Crew deck cleaning.

As a homeowner, outsourcing  maintenance to make sure your wooden deck or outdoor space is adequately maintained is a viable option. Renew Crew of Central SC is an associate business of Archadeck specializing in outdoor structure maintenance and restoration. Renew Crew uses a 3-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 rotectuveharmful UV rays, which cause wood to turn gray over time. This protective treatment can sometimes help you avoid the expense of resurfacing or building a new deck.

Deck revived by Renew Crew of Central SC

Deck revived by Renew Crew of Central SC.

Remember, when you make the decision to use wood as your deck or outdoor space material, it is never a question of “if” it will be affected by the elements; it is a question of “how soon.” If you are willing to care for your deck, then it will remain beautiful and serve you well. If a wood deck is well maintained and doesn’t have excessive sun exposure it can last upwards of 20-25 years.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

Traditional wood decks offer a beautiful natural appearance that complements the outdoors. Archadeck of Central SC can help explore all your decking options while keeping budget and personal tastes in mind. Please contact us today to help create your ultimate outdoor experience with a new deck! You can reach us by phone at (803) 603 – 2160 or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net