Category Archives: Custom Garden Structures and Detached Outdoor Rooms

We are Your Source for Upscale, Unique Outdoor Living Space Designs — Including She Sheds!

Columbia SC She Shed builder

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

Archadeck of Central South Carolina is Columbia’s only outdoor living space design and build firm that specializes in truly custom structures. With this in mind, we are also the best company to contact if you have a unique, upscale addition in mind. Where many builders only cater to plain-Jane, one-dimensional designs, we can design exactly what you have in mind to enhance your home and property and allow you to lead the outdoor lifestyle you crave!

One such structure trending on social media and on the newsstands is 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, the popularity of the she shed continues to grow.

Custom garden shed in Columbia SC from sidePopular Country Living Magazine even declared last year the year of the she shed and elaborated on the structure’s popularity in a post titled “Move over ‘Man Caves,’ It’s All About ‘She Sheds’ Now.” The article describes their appeal:  “ladies who are jealous of their partner’s ‘man cave,’ there is finally a solution for you: ‘She Sheds.’ Man caves were born out of the assumption that wives control the home — and a fella needs his own space (read: a converted garage, basement or attic full of ‘his things’). So what’s the idea behind a She Shed? Different styles we’ve seen include an English country-inspired sitting area, a crafting command center, and a retro diner.”

Custom garden gate by Archadeck of Central SC

Custom garden gate by Archadeck of Central SC.

Many times, the impetus of creating a she shed in your own backyard involves updating an existing potting shed or neglected outbuilding located on your property into one of these glamorous backyard destinations. However, it doesn’t always have to be that way,  as is evident through our she shed project in Columbia, SC. Archadeck of Central SC designed and constructed a custom she shed from scratch, and it was covered in an article chronicling the project 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 to top off the 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!

Custom garden shed in Columbia SC has a versatile interior

Of course, the Columbia homeowners we created this unique space for are elated. To add even more charm to the property, in addition to the she shed we  also installed a custom romantic-inspired gate reminiscent of those seen in English gardens of a by-gone era. This entire project is a great example of the individuality we pour into our custom designs. If you imagine it, we can build it!

Our careful attention to understanding your outdoor living needs and desires shows in every design we bring to life. Along with this versatile garden shed in Columbia, SC, we also have a large portfolio of completed projects with one-of-a-kind appeal. Take a look…

Elgin SC Outdoor Fireplaces

  • This outdoor fireplace addition in Elgin, SC, boasts a custom-designed and built TV cabinet meticulously finished to match the hardwood mantel of this space.

Fabulous privacy screen options for decks in Columbia SC

  • This privacy screen addition in Columbia, SC, is loaded with exquisite details making this homeowner the envy of the neighborhood!

This spacious pressure treated deck in Columbia, SC overlooks the tranquil Saluda river.

  • This wooden waterfront deck by Archadeck of Central SC sits on the Saluda River. Not only does the deck provide scenic views, we carefully designed the deck around the native boulders located on the property — giving it a unique, rustic charm!
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 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Existing Detached Covered Porch Converted to Indoor Room with Outdoor-Living-Room Feel at Lake Murray

Lakeside pavilion on Lake Murray, SC.

Interior of lakeside pavilion on Lake Murray, SC.

Archadeck of Central South Carolina just completed a terrific project for a homeowner residing on beautiful Lake Murray. We started with only an existing concrete patio, a roof and an outdoor fireplace that offered stunning views of the water, but no protection from insects and changing weather conditions. The family’s goal was to create an inviting space that could be used year round so they could take advantage of entertaining with friends at any time.

It was important to the homeowner that the outdoor feel be maintained with the new design so that hanging out in the space still had the feeling like everyone inside was on vacation and not feeling like they were stuck indoors. They were going after an airy, open resort-type mood so that it felt very much like a getaway.

Before Archadeck of Central SC began the trasformation of this space:

Before Archadeck of Central SC began the transformation of this space.

We were able to work with the existing structure to save the client a bunch of money. We simply added walls, doors and sliding glass windows to create the vibe and feeling of an outdoor room while everything is protected inside so that it safeguards from harsh weather and nasty biting critters. Everyone can enjoy dining, relaxing, and even watching TV from the big screen mounted above the fireplace’s mantel (and hidden behind doors so that it can’t be seen when not in use). The owners wanted the equivalent of a lakeside living room, and that’s what Archadeck of Central South Carolina gave them.

The expanse of low-maintenance vinyl windows does not hide the views of the surrounding trees, landscape and lake. On beautiful days the windows slide open to take advantage of the cool breezes and sounds of outdoor wildlife. Even if the weather gets wet or wild, the family can sit nestled inside while still enjoying the outdoor feeling thanks to all the glass. There is tons of room for seating inside in separate zones all within the same space. Lots of guests can be simultaneously dining, playing board games or relaxing on the couch watching the ball game. It’s also the perfect spot for a big party when celebration time arises.

Completed pavilion on Lake Murray, SC:

Completed pavilion on Lake Murray, SC.

Interior of completed pavilion on Lake Murray, SC.

Interior of completed pavilion on Lake Murray, SC.

The entire structure is made of materials that require minimal upkeep so the family can enjoy their time in their new outdoor room instead of maintaining it. It also fits perfectly into the landscape and is in a similar style to the neighboring homes so that it blends beautifully into the area.

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’ve got a space you’d like to enclose for extended year-round use as a three or four season room (or want a brand new one built from scratch), give Archadeck of Central SC a call today at (803) 603-2160 or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net.

 

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

Columbia SC She Shed builder

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!

take a look at these inspirational She Shed designs courtesy of popsugar.com:

Take a look at these inspirational she shed designs courtesy of popsugar.com.

 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!

A place for everything and everything in it's place Garden shed in Columbia SC 2

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 centralsc@archadeck.net.

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

Image of Fallingwater courtesy of Pinterest

Image of Fallingwater courtesy of Pinterest.

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

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

Infographic for Archadeck of Central SC

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

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

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

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

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.

Columbia SC sunroom builder

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!

Columbia SC sunroom interiors

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 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

There’s more to Archadeck of Central SC than just decks, much more!

Central SC AZEK deck builderThere are many people who presume Archadeck is only a deck builder. For obvious reasons, as the term “deck” is evident in our name. Yes, decks are a major element of the many custom outdoor living spaces we specialize in, and it is how Archadeck began almost thirty-five years ago, but we are so much more than just North America’s largest deck builder. Our outdoor living space designs continue to evolve and diversify with the changing lifestyle needs and desires of today’s homeowner.

PlansHere at Archadeck of Central SC we specialize in outdoor living spaces. Our objective, with all of our custom designs, is to bring the outdoors in. For over twelve years our talented professional team has provided homeowners in Columbia, SC, and the surrounding area with decks, porches, patios and outdoor rooms that fulfill your needs and desires. We’re proud to say we don’t offer a catalog full of ready-made decks, nor do we charge by the square foot. Every design is one-of-a-kind and custom-made for you.

Since we can wear many “hats” so well within the outdoor living business, it is safe to say that even though our name is Archadeck, we could easily be referred to as “Archa-porch” or even “Archa-sunroom.” Here’s a peek at just a few of the outdoor living spaces we can design and build in your backyard:

Archadeck Outdoor Living started building decks in Richmond, Virginia almost thirty-five years ago. The company quickly became the nation’s largest builder network specializing in custom-designed and custom-built decks, screened porches, sunrooms, gazebos and related outdoor living structures. Archadeck is set apart by our approach to design, with local teams of design consultants across North America specializing in creating custom projects for our clients’ outdoor living spaces. As a leading national deck builder, we’ve always been known for creating additions that seamlessly work into the existing design of your property, building new decks, porches and pergolas  that look as if they were always part of our clients’ homes.

No "cookie cutter" designs from us!

No “cookie cutter” designs from us!

Designing an outdoor living space requires much more skill, expertise and experience than just throwing up a backyard deck for a client. More than any of these factors, it also requires the ability to truly “listen.” The difference between just getting another deck, porch or patio and a living space is a project that is designed with the lifestyles of the individual clients and their needs in mind. A cookie-cutter, builder-grade deck does not deliver the same results. Not all outdoor structures are created equal. Just because you have an outdoor structure doesn’t mean you have an outdoor living space.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

Contact Archadeck of Central SC today to learn more about all the versatile, high-quality  outdoor living spaces we specialize in! Call us today for a free consultation at (803) 603 – 2160 or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net
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From hosting an oyster roast, to an outdoor dinner toast, autumn is full of outdoor living opportunities!

Outdoor Fire PitCentral South Carolina’s mild climate allows us to enjoy the outdoors well into the late fall and beyond. Warm winter days, and the occasional “Indian Summer,” extend our chances to soak up the sun on the backyard deck, or enjoy brunch on the screened porch. These are the  times we often love the most; out of the ordinary and flowing against the grain of the typical outdoor living season when we are able to toast marshmallows over the outdoor fire pit in January, or enjoy a glass of wine with friends nestled beside the outdoor fireplace in late November! It almost seems unfair to those who live in less friendly climates, doesn’t it?  Thus is the glory of living in the South!

A few ideas to make fall fabulous:

  • archadeck experienceSit down and stay awhile – You can take full advantage of the cooler season by creating a cozy outdoor space where you can relax and take time to experience the aromas, sounds and colors of autumn. A good way to achieve this feeling is to think about seating. For example, consider a patio with a integrated seating or retaining wall which helps define your space and offers casual seating. Ample outdoor furnishings on your porch or deck are also a crowd pleaser. Comfortable seating is always key to enjoyment in your space and means you and your guests will be more likely to linger. Sofas and chairs with removable cushions made of higher-quality outdoor fabric will hold up to the elements and are a worthwhile investment returning years of enjoyment.

Deck revived by Renew Crew of Central SC

  • A grand entrance from the backyard onto this deck and covered porch combo in Governors Grant Lexington SCGo “under cover” – Having at least a portion of your outdoor living space under cover will allow you to get more use out of the space, even on cool, rainy days. Consider adding a pergola or covered porch to your deck or patio. Unlike summer, when the need for covered areas to provide shade is critical, sunny days in autumn are much more welcome.

Deck detail in Governors Grant with separate area for dining.

  • Backyard bliss by the fire pitHost a gourmet gathering under the stars –  Entertaining friends and family, and especially dining, is more fun outdoors. Today’s wide range of outdoor dining amenities make it effortless. Outdoor kitchens are becoming more and more common paired with patios, porches and decks. Outdoor fire features offer a great way to introduce food into your autumn celebration. From roasting marshmallows over the fire pit, to hosting an oyster roast on the patio and enjoying an after dinner toast, autumn is full of outdoor living opportunities!
Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

Just as Carpe diem is a common aphorism meaning “seize the day,” Archadeck of Central SC invites you to seize the enjoyment of the ever-changing seasons by adding a custom outdoor living space to your backyard! Contact us today to get started at (803) 603 – 2160
centralsc@archadeck.net