Category Archives: Aluminum three season rooms and screened porches

An Allergy-Free Outdoor Room?

‘Tis the season for pollen and all that implies. Yes, pollen is a sign of beneficial changes occurring in our spring landscapes. And yes, it means the poetic evolution of colorful flowers, lush green foliage and a healthy ecosystem.  However, for those who suffer from seasonal allergies, the arrival of pollen puts a damper on enjoying the outdoors.

Many of us, to some degree, feel the effects of seasonal allergies. Symptoms can range from a little sneezing to severe respiratory problems. According to WebMD, one in five Americans has allergy or asthma symptoms with 55% of the population testing positive to one or more allergens. Additionally, the allergy season has become longer with the ragweed and pollen season increasing by 4 weeks over the last 15 years. Taking all of this into consideration, and the fact that spring through fall are the favored seasons to partake in outdoor living and recreation — what are we to do?

Archadeck sunroom

Allergies can make it difficult to relax on your backyard deck or patio without succumbing to the effects. Fortunately, Archadeck of Central SC has an answer to help reduce the negative effects and enjoy the outdoors — an outdoor room. Outdoor rooms such as a 3-season room or sunroom provide a layer of protection from uncomfortable outdoor temperatures, insects, debris such as dirt, pollen and other allergens, as well as the elements.

Columbia, SC three season room with rustic beadboard ceiling, ample dining and seating areas complete with a cozy outdoor fireplace.

In addition to keeping the negative aspects of the season at bay, an outdoor room adds value and versatility to your home. Sunshine, which is plentiful within a sunroom or three-season room, is beneficial to physical and mental health, improving a person’s outlook and increasing energy. A sunroom will allow you to take full advantage of a climate-controlled panoramic view of the beauty and interest in your very own backyard, season after season. Experience the feeling of being outside without actually having to deal with the elements making you sneeze, or itch!

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

With an outdoor room built by Archadeck of Central South Carolina, the joys of outdoor living can be a win/win. This season, put an end to bothersome pollen and having to forfeit your time outdoors because of the sneeze! Contact us today to learn more at (803) 603-2160 or via Email: centralsc@archadeck.net.

Where will you be watching the BIG game this Sunday?

Columbia outdoor man cavesIt’s Super Bowl time again. This Sunday, most Columbia, SC, households will be tuned in to watch the Atlanta Falcons take on the New England Patriots in one of the biggest sporting events of the year. No matter which team you’re cheering on, this all-American event provides a huge opportunity for entertaining friends and family. The tradition of gathering to socialize, prepare food and dine during the event is something even non-football fans engage in annually.

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With this in mind, where do you plan to celebrate Super Bowl 51? Being in the business of creating versatile outdoor living structures for all to enjoy, Archadeck of Central SC has designed our fair share of spaces with an emphasis on entertaining and comradery. We offer a variety of options for homeowners looking to add an outdoor gathering spot for sporting events, casual outdoor dinners, family celebrations and even movie nights!

Recently completed project near Lake Murray, SC.

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

Just as we discussed in one of our previous blog stories titled Football season is here — welcome the ultimate “man cave” to your own backyard!there are many outdoor living designs that encompass all the features and amenities you want in a man cave. Covered patios, screened porches and outdoor rooms are now being designed with the man cave mentality in mind. With these outdoor designs you will no longer have to remind guests to “put a coaster under that”; or “try to keep the noise down.” Our custom outdoor living areas can be designed with all the amenities and accoutrements you will ever want including outdoor kitchens for food prep and dining and easy access to backyard for tossing around the ol’ pigskin during commercial breaks!

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 another Super Bowl or special event pass without the outdoor environment you crave. We can plan, design and build the ultimate outdoor fun area the entire family will love and enjoy! Call today for a free design consultation at (803) 603-2160 or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net.

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

 

 

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.

 

Is Your Existing Outdoor Living Space Bugging You?

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Where did everyone go?

We have all been there — enjoying a nice, outdoor gathering of friends or family on your deck when the uninvited guests begin to show up. They will begin to make themselves known one or two at a time, until dusk arrives and you and your guests are forced indoors. On such a lovely night, with the moon all aglow and the grilling underway, the mosquitoes arrive to steal the show.

Mosquitoes function best at 80o F, become lethargic at 60o F, and cannot function below 50o F. With our warm temperatures here in the Columbia area, spring through fall are the most active times for mosquitoes. Keep in mind that despite what you may have thought to be true about mosquitoes, certain species such as the Asian Tiger mosquito actually bite during the day making it difficult to plan an outdoor event around their feeding schedule.

SC screened rooms offer protection from pestky mosquitoesHere in our area, not only are mosquitoes a nuisance, they are also responsible for mosquito-borne illnesses such as West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, La Crosse encephalitis and other California serogroup viruses, Saint Louis encephalitis virus, and dog/cat heartworms. According to the S.C. Department of Health and Enviromental Control, mosquito control agencies throughout South Carolina are responsible for providing mosquito control to help protect residents from annoying bites and diseases. You can also help protect your family’s health by using safe mosquito repellents and by eliminating mosquito breeding sites on your property.

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In many cases, especially on properties close to wooded or low-lying areas or near a creek or water source, mosquitoes can be difficult to control in your outdoor living space if your property is not properly treated. However, there are ways to overcome these pests without sacrificing your enjoyment. Consider the addition of a protected outdoor living structure such as a screened porch.

Not only will a screened porch addition keep the bugs that are bugging you at bay, it will also deliver immense benefits protecting beyond the bite. It will allow for uninterrupted time outdoors during inclement weather and also serve as a refuge from the heat. Those homeowners who have outdoor allergies or conditions limiting sun exposure can still enjoy the benefits of their backyard without putting their health in jeopardy.

University Hill Columbia SC screened porch builder

Beyond offering you and your family protection from the “bite,” a screened porch is also versatile, making it exceptionally popular among SC homeowners for many reasons. When created with multiple zones for relaxing and entertaining, the screened porch can be the perfect spot to give you a little more solitude, calm and quiet. Additionally this outdoor room, while still letting you feel you are savoring the natural world outside, is just right for accommodating parties and more informal socializing. Pair the screened porch with a deck or patio and you have an outdoor living space combination giving you the best of both worlds; protected areas and open spaces!

Interior of gable roof screened porch in Lexington, SC.

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

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 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.

Everything you have always loved about a convertible is now available in our outdoor rooms!

Who doesn't enjoy a drive in a convertible on a warm day -- the wind in your hair, the sunshine on your face and the adventure of the open road ahead.

Who doesn’t enjoy a drive in a convertible on a warm day — the wind in your hair, the sunshine on your face and the adventure of the open road ahead.

Who doesn’t enjoy a drive in a convertible on a warm day — the wind in your hair, the sunshine on your face and the adventure of the open road ahead. The elements that make you want convertible automobile are some of the same our clients crave when considering an outdoor room addition. A convertible is synonymous with versatility and freedom. Versatility is always a driving force when making selections or purchases geared toward enhancing enjoyment. Such is the case when buying a car, building or purchasing a home and even adding an outdoor living space. One of the best ways to expand your outdoor living enjoyment is with the addition of a convertible porch, sometimes referred to as a three season room or porch.

Aluminum screened porch with gable roof in Lexington, SC.

Aluminum screened porch with gable roof in Lexington, SC.

What is a convertible outdoor room?

An outdoor room is defined as any outdoor space that can provide a relaxed setting reminiscent of the comforts found within most interior living or family rooms. Covered porches, screened porches, sunrooms, and three & four season rooms are great examples of sheltered outdoor rooms that extend living spaces and the hours of leisure at home. When you add the term “convertible” you also open up a world of choices within an outdoor room. Convertible outdoor rooms can easily be changed from screened to window paneled for use during colder temperatures, the changing seasons or  for special events.

Aluminum screened porch and deck combination in Lake Carolina, Columbia SC

Homeowners enjoying their aluminum screened porch and deck combination in Lake Carolina, Columbia, SC.

It’s all about having choices!

You can extend the function and versatility of a new or existing screened porch by converting it into a three season room through the use of a convertible panel system such as the ones we offer with our aluminum and vinyl outdoor rooms or via a porch enclosure system.These can be integrated into the initial design of a new porch or outdoor room addition, or as an enhancement/upgrade to an existing structure. Archadeck of Central SC can provide you with a multi-functional outdoor room for all seasons. By simply clicking the panels in, or out, of a fixed position on their effortless four-track, you can let Mother Nature in, or keep Old Man Winter out! The choice is yours!

Aluminum and vinyl outdoor rooms give you a luxury living space, are custom-made to order and designed to match your home’s architecture and colors. Unlike other aluminum outdoor rooms that are built using a kit, we custom design your outdoor room according to your spatial needs, roof and interior amenities desired.

Aluminum screened porch over stamped concrete patio.

Aluminum screened porch over stamped concrete patio.

Our convertible outdoor rooms are designed to make your porch, patio or screened porch more usable year round. We offer custom made-to-order components allowing you to have fun designing an outdoor space that’s just right for you. You can use them to replace existing screen enclosures or if you want to add a new one. These porch enclosure systems deliver the best of both worlds — screen when you want it, or a more enclosed “windowed” room when you want that, too!

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

The benefits and freedom a convertible porch can bring to your outdoor living environment are endless. Contact Archadeck of Central SC to learn more today! You can reach us by phone at (803) 603 – 2160  or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net.

 

 

 

Archadeck of Central SC explores the varied benefits of wooden vs. aluminum screened rooms

Screened in Porches That Blend Right Into Your Home

Archadeck of Central SC specializes in outdoor room additions that blend in seamlessly with your home and landscape.

With all the choices available in the world of outdoor living structures today, sometimes it can be a daunting task to know which outdoor structure addition will best fit your needs. In addition, there are many materials, finishes, textures and colors to select from. One of our goals as an outdoor living space design and building expert is to help educate you regarding material choices in order to help you make the most informed decision about your anticipated outdoor living addition.

Two of our most popular outdoor living spaces are screened porches and three season rooms. We offer both wooden-framed and aluminum outdoor rooms designs. Each of these materials offers varied benefits while still providing the lifestyle enhancement and quality you have come to rely on from Archadeck of Central SC. We have put together a comparison of the benefits of wood versus aluminum when used in a screened porch or three season room addition.

Deck and screened porch combination in Columbia SC

Deck and screened porch combination in Columbia, SC.

Wooden-Framed Outdoor Rooms

Wooden-framed screened porches and three season rooms are a good fit for creating a space with a natural feel. Wood is a substantial material when your tastes lean more towards the look of a traditional screened porch. Pressure treated pine is not a good candidate for painting. We recommend leaving it natural or applying stain to retain the rustic attributes of natural wood.

Even this Columbia, SC, homeowners' cats love the screened porch!

Even this Columbia, SC, homeowners’ cats love the screened porch!

From a project timeline perspective, wooden-framed screened porches and three season rooms typically take a little longer to build compared to aluminum. However, for homeowners who love the look and presence of natural wood, it is well worth the wait.

Aluminum screened porch with gable roof in Lexington, SC.

Aluminum screened porch with gable roof in Lexington, SC.

Aluminum-Framed Outdoor Rooms

Our aluminum-framed outdoor rooms are custom-made to order and designed to match your home’s architecture and colors. Unlike other aluminum outdoor room companies’ that are built using a kit, we custom design your outdoor room according to your spatial needs, roof pitch and desired interior amenities. We offer both shed roof and gable roof designs that compliment your existing home. Our gable roofed designs allow for a shingled roof, which we match as closely as possible to your existing roof. Gable roofs also allow for higher ceilings within your outdoor room making it feel more open and airy.

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The build time for an aluminum outdoor room is considerably less than a wooden-framed one — which translates into being able to enjoy it sooner! In addition, maintenance is a breeze since the space will never require the laborious task of staining or sealing, there is no siding to replace in the future, and our shed roof designs don’t require shingles. Aluminum delivers a clean and sleek finish perfect for many of today’s contemporary homes. We offer four color choices in our aluminum outdoor rooms. These include bronze, white and two neutral tones that allow freedom in matching the new room to your home’s trim and architectural details. White remains our most popular aluminum color choice among homeowners in the Columbia area.

Our outdoor rooms will provide years of enjoyment for you and your family no matter which material you choose to use. They will expand your living space and allow you to enjoy the benefits of the outdoors without the undesirable insects, dangerous UV rays and inclement weather.

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 learn more about adding a screened porch or three season room to your home, contact Archadeck of Central SC today. We can get you started enjoying your new outdoor living space sooner than you ever imagined! Call today for a free design consultation at (803) 603 – 2160 or send us an email at centralsc@archadeck.net.

 

 

 

 

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 centralsc@archadeck.net.

Let’s all go out on the porch and sit a spell

Central SC relaxing porch designsNothing could be finer than growing up and living in the South. There are things that happen here that most other folks look upon as foreign. Porches are one. In the northern states, sunrooms are more prevalent, and for good reason; sometimes it is just too cold to be outside there. But here, below the Mason Dixon Line, much of the summer is spent on the porch for the practical reason that it is far too hot outside. During the spring, the porch is a welcomed escape from the cabin fever of winter, and during the fall we use it to stretch out as many outdoor living days as possible before Old Man Winter arrives. All in all porches are a simple pleasure and a necessity to fulfill the true outdoor living lifestyle.

Porches of every size, shape and style — front porches, back porches, screened porches and open porches —  all provide the open air, breezy relief from the summer heat while also protecting you from the sun and insects. And although they are all quite nice, a back porch offers the most versatility in function. Archadeck of Central South Carolina custom designs and builds porches that can breathe fresh air into your home and connect the outside with the inside. This outdoor living area provides additional living space that gives you a place to relax on nice days and even on the not so nice ones if it is screened in. Your back porch can be a small space that is used for intimate gatherings or barbeques or a large wrap around porch that can accommodate parties and entertaining. No matter the size, be it open or screened, a back porch addition can improve the appearance of your central South Carolina home and increase its property value.

Columbia screened porch and deck combination at Halloween

Columbia screened porch .

The selection of a screened or open porch is one of personal preference. An open porch  can serve as an outdoor room with multi-functional versatility. Use it as a place to relax or as an outdoor dining room perfect for dinner parties or family gatherings. Open porches also give homeowners a safe haven to continue enjoying the outdoors even on days when the weather is less favorable because they are protected from the hot sun and unpredictable summer rainstorms. With an open porch you get the benefit of circulating fresh air with the bonus of a roof that provides shelter from the elements. Ceiling fans are a smart addition to an open porch and provide necessary air circulation to keep the temperatures pleasant, especially in our area where temperatures during the summer can soar into the double digits!

Archadeck covered porch outdoor living

Archadeck covered porch.

A screened porch provides the identical benefits of an open porch with additional protection from pesky insects, debris and partial protection from pollen. This type of porch is especially important if you have family members with allergies (either to sun, pollen or insects) who still want to enjoy the outdoors. Alone, this type of outdoor living structure is versatile, making it exceptionally popular. When created with multiple zones for relaxing and entertaining, it can be the perfect spot to give you a little more solitude, calm and quiet as opposed to a deck or patio, which are exposed. Additionally this outdoor room, while still letting you feel you are savoring the natural world outside, is just right for accommodating parties and more informal socializing. Pair the screened porch with a deck or patio and you have an outdoor living space combination giving you the best of both worlds with protected areas and open spaces.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

Giving a face-lift to your home by adding a back porch can help give your family the extra space they need to spread out. As this area’s premiere outdoor living space contractor, we would enjoy the opportunity to work with you to translate your porch visions into a design that will fit the way your family functions. 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.

 

Screened Porch with stair landing and cover

And the Golden Hammer award goes to…The Screened Porch

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

Columbia screened porch and deck combination at Halloween

Columbia screened porch and deck combination.

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

Screened Porch with Deck and Stone Patios

Screened porch with deck and stone patio.

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

Screened Porch with stair landing and cover

A screened porch addition will enhance every season.

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

screened porch over new composite deck

Screened porch over new composite deck.

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

Deck and screened porch combination in Columbia, SC.

Deck and screened porch combination in Columbia, SC.

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

Interior of gable roof screened porch in Lexington, SC.

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

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

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

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

Archadeck of Central SC explores ideas for beating winter’s chill on your porch!

Is this what your screened porch feels like during the winter

Is this what your screened porch feels like during the winter?

It is a common misconception that, much like dealing with the open air space of a deck or patio, porches cannot be weatherized for use during the cooler months. One may assume since the porch (screened or covered) is ventilated with outside air it is not possible to condition it for use in the winter. This assumption may have rung true many years ago, but nowadays there are a host of options when looking to beat the chill and enjoy your porch throughout the cooler months!

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  • Designing your porch from the start with an integrated fireplace: If you are starting from scratch with your porch or screened porch design, know that adding an outdoor fireplace will serve you well in the cooler months as a viable way to make the space warm and cozy. When used in conjunction with a ceiling fan(s),  your porch will be warm enough to enjoy almost year-round. In addition, the fireplace provides ambiance and a focal point of beauty within the space year round. Archadeck of Central SC has designed and constructed many open porch and screened porch additions here in the Columbia area with wood burning and gas fireplaces to the rave reviews of our clients! Keep in mind that adding a custom fire feature is possible for an existing porch, but it is more economical to include as part of your outdoor living design from the start.
Columbia SC outdoor fireplaces

An outdoor fireplace can add rustic appeal to your outdoor room and keep the space warm in the cooler months.

Northgate Floor Heater that looks like a lamp

Northgate Floor Heater that looks like a lamp!

  • More than just your traditional electric space heater: Today’s space heaters provide the same function as those of the past, but are designed to look the part inside your porch or screened porch setting. There is a wide selection of electric “plug-in” space heaters available varying in price range to make “cozy” affordable to all porch owners.
  • Gas tabletop heaters

    Gas tabletop heaters.

    Gas heaters: Smaller gas patio heaters are available, including ones that sit on a tabletop. They use campstove-type fuel canisters and can prove useful for warming guests seated around a table. We do want to point out, when dealing with any type of fuel-powered heater it is vital to make sure the model you choose is approved for use in a covered area, such as a porch or screened porch, and the proper clearance is provided to ensure the unit is safely operable.

  • Custom-Wall-Mounted-Infrared-Patio-Heaters-Ideas

    Custom wall/ceiling -mounted infrared heaters.

    Wall or ceiling-mounted electric heaters: While Infrared electric heaters have been used primarily in commercial settings in the past, smaller ones designed for residential use on patios have been making their way into outdoor living spaces in recent years. These heaters use either infrared elements or halogen bulbs as the heating source. Infrared heating technology produces invisible rays of light that only heat objects and people, not the air. These heaters serve well in situations where it would otherwise be difficult to heat because of the constant opening of doors — much like the setting of a porch. The fact that infrared rays don’t heat air, little of which can be contained on a screened-in porch, makes such a heater a sound, economical choice in these settings. All the heat you’ll pay for goes directly to heating what you want to warm, rather than to heat air that is quickly blown off the porch!

  • This vinyl fourtrack aluminum three season room with brick exterior blends seamlessly with home

    Three-season room in Columbia, SC.

    The option of  turning your porch into a three or four season room: Traditional screen porches consist of fixed screened openings and provide protection from both insects and inclement weather. Here in the Columbia area, we take this design a step further by utilizing a four-track enclosure system on many of our screened porch additions. The four- track panel windows will allow you to keep the screened porch feeling.  If you want to transform your screen porch into a room that you can also use year round, your porch can be completely converted to an all-season sunroom. A four-track enclosure enhances the livability of your screened room, including during the winter months by adding a viable source of heat. When the panels are closed, they provide shelter from the summer sun and changeable weather. Our four-track enclosure system is also weather-resistant and shatterproof and opens the door to endless outdoor living possibilities.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

For more ideas on utilizing your porch and  screened porch year-round, contact Archadeck of Central South Carolina today at (803) 603 – 2160 or via email at
centralsc@archadeck.net. We have many options available to suit your needs, budget and keep you loving outdoor living season after season!