Category Archives: Custom Outdoor Living Designer & Builder

PLANNING A NEW OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE IS A GREAT WAY TO GROUND HOLIDAY JET LAG

Columbia Detached covered porchThe New Year has arrived! As we begin to work towards our resolution goals it is often hard to remain focused. January, in itself, can be a time of renewal but it can also be a time that leaves you yearning for the excitement and merriment you felt during the holidays. Many even refer to January as the month of holiday jet lag.

Archadeck of Central SC wants you to know that one way to curb the post-holiday blues is to look beyond the winter doldrums to warmer months ahead.  With this in mind, many Central SC homeowners may begin planning for the outdoor living season. These plans may involve a new addition to your landscape or outdoor living space.  Whether your aspirations include adding a new outdoor structure, or improving or adding to an existing structure,  winter is a good time to get the ball rolling.

Columbia SC privacy decks

Because of our mild southern climate, we may be able to begin construction on your project as soon as your design is finalized and the contract is signed. In fact, the sooner we can start building, the more enjoyment you will get from your new outdoor living space. Once spring has arrived, demand will increase and building timelines will become longer. This is why we recommend starting the design and building process with us as soon as possible. Using these winter months perfecting the design of your new space, ordering materials and filing for permits is a perfect use of time.

In fact, there are quite a few reasons why winter is the best time to begin a new Columbia-area outdoor living space  project:

  • Central SC Sunrooms give you a front row seat to Mother NatureOur custom deckporch and sunroom designs require close collaboration with you. This process can take a few rounds of going back and forth, making adjustments and getting the project just right.
  • Securing building permits can take a long time as we are at the mercy of the local building department. Starting this process now means you don’t have to let the good spring weather pass you by while we are waiting for building permits to come in.

At Archadeck of Central SC, our spring and summer construction schedules fill fast. In fact, spring is our busiest time of year. If you start the process now, you beat the rush and are on the schedule for construction — or your project may even be completed — when others are just starting their process.

Beautifully detailed deck in NE Columbia, SC.

Beautifully detailed low maintenance deck in NE Columbia, SC.

Despite the fact that all the pomp and circumstance has ended, all the presents have been opened and loved ones have headed home,  we can ensure the late-winter weeks are overflowing with excitement and anticipation of the warm season ahead!

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

Contact us today to schedule your design consultation to begin making the 2018 outdoor living season the best ever! Call us today at  (803) 603 – 2160, or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net.

 

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The Columbia, SC, Backyard That Pinterest Built

Have you heard about Diane Keaton’s new best-selling book, “The House That Pinterest Built”?  Ms. Keaton’s book serves as a style guide and a how-to manual for creating one’s own home based on the millions of residential home ideas on the world’s largest online pinboard. So we’re thinking, why not take those ideas outside to create the Columbia, SC, backyard that was built using our Pinterest pages?

Whether you are starting fresh with a new deck addition, or are considering redecking an existing deck, our Decks by Archadeck of Central SC Pinterest board is a good starting point! Here you will find a wide range of decks of all shapes and sizes.
Decks By Arcahdeck of Central SC

Our deck board features images from our portfolio of completed deck projects and outdoor living combinations that include decks as one of the key elements in their design. Here at Archadeck of Central SC, we build and resurface decks using wood or low-maintenance synthetics. Each type of material we offer has its advantages, however, pressure-treated pine and composites both remain favorites for Columbia, SC, homeowners.

In our Porches by Archadeck of Central SC Pinterest board, you can see examples of open porches and screened porches. We provide ideas on detached porches as well as designs that are tied into the home. In addition, many of our Pins feature porch finish ideas such as open rafters and railings along with popular porch amenities like outdoor fireplaces!

Porches by Archadeck of Central SC
Outdoor rooms are very popular in home and outdoor living space remodeling right now. Not only does the addition of an outdoor room, such as a sunroom, add valuable living space — it also adds a refuge for outdoor living enjoyment. Take a look at our Sunrooms by Archadeck of Central SC Pinterest board to gain inspiration and help plan for your sunroom or outdoor room addition.Sunrooms by Archadeck of Central SC

Our board gives examples of various types of outdoor rooms to fit any desire and budget as well. We feature ideas from full-on interior room additions to convertible outdoor rooms that can easily be changed from screened to windows for use during colder temperatures.

Even though the thermometer is dipping into the single digits, warmer weather and the seasons for outdoor living will be here before you know it!  Why not make use of your “inside” time planning for the “outside” time to come.  You can look to our Pinterest boards for ideas on an outdoor structure addition you might be planning — or to gain insight on outdoor entertaining, gardening, landscapingoutdoor decorating and much more!

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

You can also contact Archadeck of Central SC to let our talented outdoor living designers help you plan the perfect addition for your home or landscape. You can reach us by phone at (803) 603 – 2160, or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net.

 

 

 

 

Transforming this Lexington, SC, screened porch into a sunroom was like child’s play

Lexington Sunroom AdditionOne of our most recent sunroom projects is located in Lexington, SC. What makes this addition so interesting is the fact Archadeck of Central SC converted this homeowners’ existing screened porch into a sunroom to better fit their needs.

Since the homeowners have small children, they really wanted to extend the space within the home for play. A sunroom can serve many purposes. In this instance, the new sunroom makes the perfect place for creative play with the abundant natural light and view into the outdoors.Lexington Sunroom Addition

Natural light is always an asset in any home. The more sun you have entering a space, the more open and inviting the space will appear. When you have the sun working for you full time, it cuts down on daytime heating costs, too. However, the more daylight you have in the home, the more you risk overexposing furnishings and interior finishes to the sun. Solar gain, heat loss and UV infiltration are issues we wanted to keep at a minimum as part of this project.

Sunroom in Lexington SCFor this gable roof sunroom, Archadeck of Central SC installed low-E windows. Low-E windows (low-E stands for low emissivity) are simply windowpanes coated in microscopic layers of metallic oxides. The coating is invisible to the naked eye, allowing as much natural light into the house as possible. Though transparent, this coating will protect your home from unwanted UV rays that can burn your skin, fade your carpets and damage your furniture. Plus, it also helps to control radiant heat (infrared light) as it enters and leaves a room. In essence, it keeps your house warmer in the winter by reflecting certain segments of the sun’s light spectrum back into the home and cooler in the summer by reflecting particular segments outside. This saves money on utility expenses while creating a more comfortable living environment inside.

Exterior of Lexington SC SunroomWe used the ceiling that was original to the existing screened porch. However, one special feature of this sunroom is the creative design used on the floor. The homeowners chose ceramic tile and we had it installed in a unique elongated pattern rather than a traditional square or rectangle — the result is quite striking!

The clients are elated with the new sunroom, and their children love it even more! Many happy memories are ahead in the new room — imaginative play and creativity as growing minds explore the changing seasons from their new playroom!

Lexington SC Sunroom Builder

Our custom sunroom designs are meant to be extensions, not additions. Our ultimate goal is to develop a sunroom that blends seamlessly into the existing architecture of your home and your lifestyle. Contact us today to learn more 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.

 

 

 

 

 

Finance your dream back yard with flexible financing options from Archadeck of Central SC

Have you ever heard the saying “why put off until tomorrow what you can do today?” When it comes to moving forward with making the outdoor living space you have always dreamt of a reality, the saying rings true. With flexible financing offers available through AMS Financial, you can build your dream deck, patio, porch, combination outdoor living space when you’re ready.

Just like Archadeck of Central SC, AMS Financial is an accredited member of the Better Business Bureau, and with their easy online application, you can apply from the privacy and comfort of your own home.

Why hold off on the project of your dreams? Our financing options will make your outdoor living project possible on a timetable that works for you. Whether it’s a porch, sunroom, deck, pergola or any combination of outdoor living structures, Archadeck of Central SC can connect you with quick, hassle-free ways to finance your project so your backyard dream can become a reality.

Why Choose AMS Financial?

  • Lower Rates
  • Fast, Easy, Paperless Process
  • Secure and Confidential
  • More Programs Means More Choices
  • Loans and Credit Cards For All Credit Grades

Archadeck of Central SC completed projects

With flexible financing offers available through AMS Financial, you can build your dream deck, patio, porch or combination outdoor living space when you’re ready. Discuss your options with a member of our team or click here to get started.

Still have questions? We can help! Call Archadeck of Central South Carolina 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.

When it comes to sunrooms — you don’t know what you’ve been missing until you have it

Central SC Sunrooms give you a front row seat to Mother NatureThey say you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone but when it comes to owning an Archadeck of Central South Carolina sunroom,  you don’t know what you’ve been missing until you have it!

In the 13+ years we have served the Columbia SC area in designing and building custom outdoor living spaces, I have heard clients comment time and again about how their new sunroom has turned into the most loved, and used, room in their home — and with good reason. Sunrooms offer a kind of versatility and freedom you just can’t get with a traditional interior or outdoor room addition. Light and airy, the term sunroom alone whisks the imagination to a place where only positive energy resides. The sun is viewed as a source of health, energy and healing among many cultures. Our ancestors understood the relation between the sun and good health. From the Aztecs to the ancient Egyptians, many past societies revered the act of sun gazing as a sacred practice. This ritual is not too far beyond the way we now enjoy watching the rising and setting of the sun.

This spacious sunroom in Columbia, SC, delivers versatility within the home

Having a room where natural light is abundant can greatly enhance your mood and the entire feel of your home.  A sunroom is a great option for Columbia-area homeowners who are looking for an addition that will increase their quality of life and overall satisfaction with their home. A sunroom supports leisurely living and increases square footage — often with lower construction costs than adding on a fully finished room.

Did we mention how versatile a sunroom can be? There are many ways to enjoy a sunny retreat right at home. These features will make your sunroom comfortable, inviting and entertaining:

Archadeck sunroomA sunroom can serve as a multi-purpose room — A TV room, a playroom, a place for Mom’s getaway or Dad’s nap… a sunroom can be different things to each family member.

Indoor garden room — A transitional space between the indoors and outdoors begs for thriving potted plants as the connecting element.

A sunroom can serve as the ultimate home office — If you have a table in your sunroom, you can use the space as a home office. A supportive chair, a Wi-Fi connection and a view to your back yard will make for a productive morning.

A sunroom can serve as a dining room for special occasions and holidays — if you have a large group dinner on the calendar or a special event, a sunroom provides the perfect place to set up your celebratory meal. Ample table space, lighting and air circulation, plus proximity to the kitchen, is sure to make for an unforgettable event.

Christmas sunroom by Archadeck of ChicagolandA sunroom as a craft room or less formal living room — You can use this room as an opportunity to be playful with creative and salvaged pieces you don’t deem appropriate to display in your formal spaces.

Finally, a place to display a towering Christmas tree — If you have always wanted to choose the tallest tree on the lot during the holidays, many sunroom designs can easily accommodate larger holiday trees! Sunrooms often feature cathedral or vaulted ceilings that extend beyond the traditional 8′-10′ ceiling height.

At Archadeck of Central South Carolina, our ultimate goal is to create a sunroom that blends seamlessly into the existing architecture of your home by helping you choose materials that match or complement your home perfectly while providing the freedom and versatility to make your new room anything you want it to be!

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

We specialize in designing and building custom sunrooms throughout Columbia, Lexington, Irmo, Blythewood and the surrounding area. We can help you enjoy the outdoors, indoors, year-round in constant comfort during every season!  Call Archadeck of Central South Carolina today for a free design consultation at (803) 603-2160 or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net.

 

 

 

 

 

Our Recent Sunroom Addition in Lexington, SC, is Oh So Satisfying

Lake Murray Sunroom Addition, Lexington SCOur most recent sunroom addition is located on the Lexington side of beautiful Lake Murray. Though the sunroom is on a smaller scale than many of our outdoor room projects, it satisfies and serves the function these homeowners had in mind.

As you can see from the “before” image, the back yard originally consisted of a wooden deck with stair access to the side yard and into the patio on the opposite side. When we met for the design consultation, the homeowners were looking for a way to enjoy the scenic views of the lake from their back yard, but in a conditioned space to keep them cool and dry.

Before

The heavy, dense design of the railing on their existing deck made it difficult to enjoy the views from within their home. It was only natural that a sunroom offering as much glass as possible, along with a way to heat and cool the space, was the perfect answer. Here at Archadeck, we realize that small spaces have every opportunity to add as much enjoyment and benefit as large spaces do, and this serene sunroom addition is proof!

Sunroom on Lake Murray

After

Archadeck of Central South Carolina designed and built this light and airy sunroom to speak to the homeowners’ needs. It features wide glass windows and a glass knee wall, which is somewhat unusual and perfect for this space!  We also added dual wooden stairs, mimicking the footprint of the original deck, which lead to the side yard and into the homeowners’ patio, just as before.

Investing in a custom sunroom is a wise decision for many reasons. Even if the sunroom does not encompass a large area, the added square footage potentially increases the value of your home. Sunroom additions also increase the heated and cooled interior space that you can enjoy year-round.

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 create an outdoor oasis or interior addition to enhance your lifestyle and home, but have limited space, contact Archadeck of Central SC. We can explore the options of making your home and landscape a prime destination for relaxation, fun and family times, even with a limited space or budget. (803) 603 – 2160
centralsc@archadeck.net

Archadeck of Central SC Ensures Your Outdoor Living Project is Built Right From the Start

Our attention to detail is impeccable!Have you been left high and dry by a builder who offered you a very good deal on a new deck and then did not complete the project? Perhaps you know someone who has had this experience. When choosing a builder it is always wise to explore your options and research a prospective builder by looking at their reviews and looking at their portfolio of completed projects. It is also wise to be cautious of the builder that quickly brings the lowest price to the table and is ready to begin your project on a moment’s notice.

Columbia SC Deck BuilderKeep in mind that seasoned and reputable builders know what it takes structurally to ensure your safety and satisfaction. Securing proper permits and obtaining quality materials to complete the project takes a little time. Be very wary of builders who claim they can start on a dime because chances are they aren’t obtaining the necessary permits to build your structure. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and a professionally designed and built outdoor living structure won’t be either. If a builder is ready to break ground immediately, chances are likely their services are not in high demand. This can be a direct reflection of their business practices and quality of work.

During our 13+ years of service, Archadeck of Central SC has rebuilt many projects where the homeowner hastily hired a builder, sometimes a relative or friend,  just to get the project completed quickly. Not only were many of these structures dangerous, they usually resulted in the homeowner spending more to make it right than they would had they hired us initially.

Have you checked your prospective builder’s credentials?  Does the builder have a license and insurance? Is your structure warrantied? These questions may seem trivial but are crucial if something goes wrong and the builder, or crew, is injured or has an accident while working on your property. A warranty is also crucial in protecting your investment. Keep in mind, all of these safeguards are set in place to protect you and the builder.

When you choose Archadeck of Central SC to build your outdoor living structure(s), you will be protected by two separate guarantees constituting the most expansive customer protection plan in the industry. Local oversight assures your property and privacy are respected as well. We attend to every detail required to complete your project with the highest quality control standards. These details include everything from securing any needed building permits all the way to final cleanup after we complete your project. We work very hard to be as unobtrusive as possible during the entire construction phase.

Columbia SC Deck BuilderArchadeck of Central SC strives to provide you with an outdoor living space that encompasses everything you want in your particular design, now, and with future additions in mind. We help fulfill your wishes the first time around with no surprises, no catches all while standing behind every structure we build. We realize your anticipated outdoor structure is part of your home. It is vital to ensure your addition adds value to your property. Anything less could degrade property values and leave you holding the bag.

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 today for a free design consultation 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.