Category Archives: Custom Outdoor Fire Pits

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.

Archadeck sunroom

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.

 

 

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When it comes to Columbia, SC, outdoor living, anytime is the right time!

Is a fire pit right for you

Our custom designs encourage quality time outdoors!

Outdoor living has become an integral part of our lives. It is something we look forward to. An escape from the everyday doldrums, stress of work, school and having to abide by stringent schedules. As more and more homeowners entertain outdoors and strive to make the most of this time, backyards have become extensions of interior spaces, complete with furniture and appliances. Going beyond basic decks or patios, Columbia homeowners now yearn for outdoor kitchens complete with all the amenities they enjoy indoors including areas designed with comfortable living and dining rooms, outdoor fireplaces, fire pits or maybe an outdoor TV.

Stunning sunroom addition in NE Columbia, SC.

Stunning sunroom addition in NE Columbia, SC.

As we move into the cooler season, now is the perfect time to begin the process of bringing your outdoor living space ideas to fruition. Imagine being able to toast the beauty of autumn from the vantage of your sunroom, or enjoying crisp fall evenings with the family gathered around your own backyard fire feature. With Archadeck of Central SC as your builder, all this is possible. Take a look at some of the backyard visions we have brought to life:

Lake Chapin SC outdoor living environment

This low-maintenance deck on Lake Chapin, SC, gives the homeowners a way to enjoy the benefits of lakeside outdoor living. Built-in bench seating means no views were sacrificed in the design of this deck.

Archadeck of Central SC Screened Porch Addition

This screened porch addition boasts a clerestory ceiling compliments of the open gable and open rafter design. The completed structured provides a protected space for these Columbia homeowners to enjoy conversation and downtime without the worry of rain or insects!

Columbia Detached covered porch

A detached covered porch serves as the ultimate outdoor destination for these NE Columbia residents. The deck was built using low-maintenance TimberTech decking allowing more time for outdoor enjoyment instead of the chore of maintenance.

Custom deck and porch combination in Lexington.

This deck and covered porch addition in Lexington, SC, serves as the “place to be” on game day. The covered porch showcases rustic pine ceilings adding to the appeal of the space as a comfy outdoor room where family and friends can gather.

Lexington SC Custom Outdoor Kiitchens

In Lexington, SC, this fabulous outdoor kitchen is just one element of this outdoor living oasis. The project includes a new elevated low-maintenance deck that was integrated into the homeowner’s existing gazebo and tiki hut.

Since beginning Archadeck of Central SC over thirteen years ago, we have become the Columbia area’s premier builder for decks, sunrooms and porches. Our three-generation, family-owned company has created more than 750 outdoor living projects enabling our customers to take advantage of the natural beauty of the Central SC region and the mild climate we are fortunate enough to have almost year-round. Our devotion to excellence and experience means that we can translate your vision of the perfect outdoor living space through our custom designs.

So, what are you waiting for? 

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 to start living the way YOU want to live outdoors! You can reach us at (803) 603 – 2160. You can also email us at centralsc@archadeck.net.

 

 

 

 

We are wild about our recent outdoor living combination in Wildewood!

Covered porch interior detail in Widlewood, East Columbia, SC.It isn’t often that an outdoor living space delivers on all the key elements of what makes outdoor living so enjoyable. Our most recent project in the Wildewood community in East Columbia, SC, contains all the structures homeowners crave when they imagine the outdoor living space of their dreams. Each structure within can be enjoyed singularly, but when combined they create a total outdoor living environment.

As discussed in a previous post — “The outdoor living structure combination is a trend with proven staying power here in Central SC”— the draw towards outdoor living space combinations persists because they are multifunctional and versatile. Combining different structures is a clear way to define separate areas within an outdoor living zones as opposed to using one singular space to carry out all your desired functions. This Wildewood project is the perfect example of putting this concept into action.

This combination design consists of a low-maintenance deck, covered porch, stamped concrete patio, outdoor kitchen and a fire pit! Let’s explore the dynamics and benefits of each structure and how they work together within the space:

East Columbia SC covered porch builderCovered Porch — Conveniently located just off the rear of the home, and easily accessible to the home’s interior living areas,  lies the covered porch addition. The porch features an open and airy open gable design with a rustic exposed rafter ceiling. The porch floor is a continuation of the beautiful AZEK decking used for the deck and features a parting board for added drama and aesthetics.

 Spacious Deck — Located just off the covered porch is the spacious low-maintenance deck. As mentioned above, the deck features AZEK decking, which is scratch and stain resistant, impervious to insects, mold and mildew and is a breeze to keep clean! Custom built-in  bench seating adds valuable seating space and visual interest and helps define the boundaries of the space.

Combination project in Wildewood subd. East Columbia SC

 Outdoor Kitchen — The outdoor kitchen and grill area sits conveniently at the end of the deck. It includes a grill, food preparation area and workspace with under cabinet storage. The placement of the kitchen makes entertaining a pleasure as it is easily within reach of the deck, porch and patio areas as well as being a stone’s throw away from the interior kitchen door.

East Columbia Sc outdoor living combination space

Patio and Fire Pit — Located just off the deck, the patio is constructed of stamped concrete and features a stone retaining wall. The retaining wall doubles as a cozy seating wall to enjoy the patio’s integrated fire pit. Form and function creatively mingle as the curves of the fire pit are mimicked throughout the entire design, from the curved stone wall bordering the patio to the curved built-in bench on the deck.

Outdoor living combinations such as this project in Wildewood can be used altogether or as separate rooms– each room a vignette of beauty and function. The most wonderful part of our outdoor living combination designs is that two or more outdoor spaces can function as one large design making harmony an important element of the 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 through the combination of two, three or even four or more outdoor structures, contact Archadeck of Central SC today. You can reach us by phone at (803) 603 – 2160
or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net.

 

 

Archadeck of Central South Carolina helped these Elgin, SC, homeowners optimize the year-round use of their covered porch

Central SC outdoor livingWhen you love spending time outside, it’s a natural progression to bring some of the creature comforts of home out into the backyard to create an outdoor living space that can be enjoyed almost year round. In an outdoor living environment custom designed and built by Archadeck of Central South Carolina, you can fully enjoy the beauty of the environment while being ultra-comfortable. We understand your desire to spend more time enjoying your home inside and out and offer multiple ways to improve that experience.

Elgin SC outdoor fire features

Completed outdoor fireplace addition in Elgin, SC.

You can optimize your porch or patio for fall and winter get-togethers by enhancing your existing space. While homeowners in some parts of the country may think that evenings spent in the backyard or outdoor living spaces are coming to an end this time of year, we here in the central South Carolina area feel otherwise. We are blessed with a climate that allows the extended use of our outdoor living spaces throughout the fall and, with a good source of heat, well into the winter months, thus making almost year-round use of our outdoor living environments fully possible.

Getting more use out of their covered porch throughout the year is exactly what these Elgin, SC, homeowners listed as their primary objective when they contacted us. They already had a beautiful covered porch area in which many celebrations, cookouts, parties and family dinners had occurred throughout the spring and summer months as well as countless evenings spent just relaxing and unwinding after a hard day of work. Although this space is obviously well-loved during the spring and summer, they also want to enjoy it during the fall and winter too.

Elgin SC outdoor firepace builder

Addition of outdoor fireplace onto existing Elgin, SC, covered porch.

The best way to accomplish their goal was with the addition of an outdoor heat source, such as a fire pit or a fireplace. What’s better than an outdoor fireplace or fire pit to gather around and share conversation, food, drinks and fun? Not only will a fire feature add some warmth to the chilly air, it will also serve as a social hub and focal point for your outdoor living space. After an onsite inspection of their existing structure and careful consideration of their wants and needs along with the architectural aesthetics of the covered porch, we suggested the addition of an wood-burning outdoor fireplace with an Isokern pumice stone insert.

The homeowners loved this idea and wanted to get started right away so they would begin enjoying it as soon as possible. They chose a brick exterior, which would coordinate with the façade of their home and would also complement the classic style of the porch to add elegant warmth. The special components of this fireplace are the Isokern insert and chimney, which are parts of a modular system made of volcanic pumice that is:

  • the most energy-efficient material to safely contain a fire
  • exceptionally durable and lasts forever
  • more budget friendly than the traditional masonry, metal box or concrete fireplaces
Elgin SC outdoor fire features

“In progress” outdoor fireplace addition in Elgin, SC.

Along with this enhancement to their outdoor living space, they added soft, comfy furniture, fluffy throw blankets and hardy outdoor rugs, all of which are sure to make it their favorite warm and cozy spot during the fall and winter months. Wonderful memories will be made on cool, crisp evenings or lazy afternoons, tucked up in blankets on the couch in front of the warm soft glow of a crackling fire while conversations flow and mugs of hot cocoa are savored.

Are you ready to make your outdoor living space cozy for the upcoming cooler weather seasons? Now is a great time to move ahead with your outdoor living structure endeavors! Fall and winter lead times are shorter, the growing season of your landscape is interrupted less and materials are likely to be less expensive now as opposed to waiting until next spring when the traditional outdoor living season arrives. Archadeck of Central South Carolina can plan, design and build your structure in time to take advantage of festivities of winter. Our professional and talented staff are experts at helping homeowners, like you, get the most out of each season with an outdoor structure custom-built just for you. Contact us today to learn more by calling (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

Enjoy your porch well into the Winter thanks to clever ideas from Archadeck of Central SC!

Columbia, SC three season room with rustic beadboard ceiling, ample dining and seating areas complete with a cozy outdoor fireplace.Unlike decks and patios that are usually exposed to the elements, a porch that is screened and/or covered can extend your autumn and winter time outdoors even if it’s a tad chilly outside. There are plenty of ways to keep your Columbia, SC, porch warm and toasty this fall with some clever ideas that will keep your screened porch family-friendly in cold weather.

Adding a fireplace as part of your porch build is a terrific way to inject ambiance and real warmth into the space. Whether it’s wood burning or gas, you can enjoy the cooler weather with the allure of the flicker of flames and the heat it provides. It is possible to add a fireplace to an already existing porch as well, and Archadeck of Central South Carolina can certainly help you do that if your previous builder did not put one in initially. A fireplace brings instant atmosphere to a porch and is the perfect spot to enjoy marshmallows and hot chocolate with the kids or a delightful outdoor dinner with wine for some romantic time with your love. A fireplace turns your porch into a true outdoor room that is an extension of your indoor space and adds lots of value to your home.

Outdoor Patio HeaterIf budgets are tight or space does not allow, gorgeous outdoor space heaters give you the vibe of an outdoor fireplace with a smaller footprint and a modern flair. You can use an electric or gas one to get the job done in an attractive way that adds plenty of interest on a porch. These affordable heaters come in all shapes, sizes and styles—from traditional to modern—to fit any decorating scheme. There are those that are floor standing and others that you can pop on the table. Some are even ingeniously disguised to look like a lamp if you are worried about aesthetics.  The key is to select one that is rated for outdoor use and specially designed to use in a covered area such as a porch.

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

Custom wall/ceiling -mounted infrared heaters.

Infrared electric heaters can be mounted onto the ceiling or even a wall so they are up and out of the way and push heat down into an open space. You may have noticed these in outdoor restaurant patios in colder temps, but these are now available for residential use, too. They work by using light to directly heat people  within the space instead of heating the air itself, so they are the perfect solution for an open air situation. Instead of wasting money heating the entire area, infrared heaters simply warm those sitting near them. When strategically placed, they are economical and fairly efficient as well.

Columbia SC outdoor fireplaces

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

Since a porch is either open all around or screened in to protect from nasty bugs and poor weather, Archadeck of Central South Carolina gives you the option of turning your existing porch into a three or four season room. We can add a special enclosure that allows for a four-track panel window. This area can be heated in many different ways, from an economical space heater to a ductless heating system with a slim streamlined design or we can even integrate an outdoor fireplace into your porch design. If you want to enjoy a breeze on a beautiful day, you simply slide the window panels open and you are back to feel of a porch again. You get the best of both worlds!

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 and budget and keep you loving outdoor living season after season!

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

Screened Porch, Spa and Fire Pit at Dusk

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

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

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

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

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

Pros

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

Cons

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

Natural Gas Fire Pits – warm, glowing ambiance

Pros

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

Cons

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

Fire Glass Fire Pits – creates a stunning look

Pros

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

Cons

  • The risk of breaking pieces if mishandled
Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

Contact Archadeck of Central South Carolina today to learn more about the placement, size and construction of a fire pit and much more at (803) 603-2160 or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net.

 

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

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

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

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

Is a fire pit right for you

Our custom designs encourage quality time outdoors!

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

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

  • Entertainment – nothing says gather a group of friends and family together like a fire pit or fireplace, as it’s a great way to extend your party space to the outdoors.
  • Smores over fireCooking – although, not as precise as a grill or bar-b-que, fire pits and outdoor fireplaces can provide a flame over which you can create a multitude of culinary creations.
  • Heat – you can extend your entertaining seasons a bit by staying warm on those chilly evenings practically year round.
  • Ambiance – even if you aren’t into throwing parties or entertaining, the ambiance a fire feature brings is worth the investment alone, especially if you are into star gazing with a loved one while sitting next to one of nature’s most captivating elements.
  • Added home value – an attractive fire feature creates an enthralling focal point that can  help make your home stand apart from others.
Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

If we have fanned the flames of your desire to add a fire feature to your existing outdoor living space, or have sparked your interest in custom designing and building of a new outdoor living space with a fire feature, Archadeck of Central South Carolina is your builder of choice. We can help you custom design and build the outdoor living space of your dreams with a fire feature that will keep you cozy outdoors and optimize the use of your back yard for almost year-round enjoyment. We’re a professional contractor with the answers to all your questions about fire features or any other outdoor living structure. Contact Archadeck of Central South Carolina today to learn more about the placement, size, construction and cost of a fire feature and much more at (803) 603-2160  or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net.