Category Archives: Deck design

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.

 

 

 

 

Join Archadeck of Central SC at the 51st annual Carolina Classic Home & Garden Show

17_homeshow_logo1aThe Carolina Classic Home & Garden show is an annual tradition for Columbia homeowners. This year’s event marks the 51st anniversary and promises to be even better than the shows of years past. There will be over 250 exhibitors inside and out, a huge showcase of products and services for the home, seminars, special events and door prizes for attendees.

Where:

The event takes place this weekend at the SC State Fairgrounds in Columbia, SC, where all four buildings and outdoor areas will be overflowing with ideas for home building, outdoor living, remodeling, gardening and so much more. Our professional outdoor living design staff from Archadeck of Central South Carolina will be located in the Cantey Building, booth numbers C522 and C523. Be sure to stop by and see us!

Columbia Detached covered porch

When:

Carolina Classic Home & Garden Show hours and special events:

    • Friday, March 10, from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Friday is Seniors Day. Guests age 62 and up enter free. Senior Expo in the Epic Homes Tent from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
    • Saturday, March 11, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Saturday is Military Appreciation Day. Present your valid Military I.D. for free admission to the show.)
    • Sunday, March 12,  11:00 a.m: – 6:00 p.m.
    • Admission is $5 per person at the gate
    • Kids 14 and under enter free every day

Show accepts cash, checks and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express & Discover)

** Parking is $5 per vehicle and is separate from admission fees.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

Stop by our booths and join us in welcoming the arrival of spring. We have been providing award-winning outdoor living spaces to Columbia and surrounding areas for more than 14 years. As specialists in the business of custom-designed decks, hardscapes, screen rooms, sunrooms, pergolas and so much more, we’re confident we can create the outdoor living space of your dreams. Our commitment to excellence in outdoor structure design and building ensures your unique project will bring you 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.

Outdoor Living on Lake Murray Never Looked So Good!

Lake Murray SC Deck Builders

This project simply takes your breath away! It is as if it leaped right off the pages of one of those glossy home & garden magazines and right into the backyard of this Lake Murray residence. Take a look at the amazing structure in this video we created for the Archadeck of Central SC YouTube channel:

This gorgeous deck is built from pressure-treated pine that has been stained. The flowing multi-level design features a centerpiece of twin staircases leading from the landing to the upper-level deck. The deck encompasses the entire back of the home with ample area for rocking chair relaxation, outdoor dining and entertaining and 360-degree views of tranquil Lake Murray from every angle.

Lake Murray SC Deck Builders

An eclectic custom-built pergola is also part of this spacious design. It delivers the charm of a gazebo in an open-air setting with a unique, out-of-the-box take on how creative a pergola design can be. As you can see in the photos, these Lake Murray homeowners are avid bird watchers. This deck is flanked by bird feeders allowing a “bird’s eye view” of the abundant wildlife they will enjoy when using their fabulous new space!

Lake Murray Wooden Deck with Vertical Cable Railing

In order to minimize obstruction of the view, Archadeck of Central SC installed a vertical aluminum cable rail, giving the deck an air of contemporary elegance. Last but not least, the skirting of the deck was built to match the home’s existing siding perfectly, giving the sense that the deck was original to the home. An added bonus is the ample storage space that is hidden below the deck, keeping lawn and garden supplies out of sight.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

Learn more about increasing your outdoor living enjoyment lakeside by contacting Archadeck of Central SC today for a free design consultation at (803) 603 – 2160 or email us at
centralsc@archadeck.net.

You can see more of our completed projects on Lake Murray by visiting our Just Add Water page located on our website.

 

 

 

The Columbia Backyard Deck is an Outdoor Living Classic

Irmo, SC, deck gets a makeover and a new pergola additionWhat do you think of when you hear the word “timeless”?

The definition of the word is “not affected by the passage of time or changes in fashion” — which means something that is timeless never goes out of style and is not restricted to a particular time or date; its appeal never expires. If you Google ” things that never go out of style” the results range from blue jeans and backyard barbecues to champagne and old books.

When it comes to outdoor living, trends can come and go, but the appeal of the backyard deck never goes out of style.  A professionally designed and built deck will provide years of enjoyment and will remain the center of activity for warm-weather outdoor entertaining and relaxation.

Beautifully detailed deck in NE Columbia, SC.

Beautifully detailed deck in NE Columbia, SC.

The origins of the backyard deck trace back to the height of consumer culture during the 1950’s an 1960’s, when the backyard moved beyond a place to grow food and sustain the household into an area for relaxation and leisure. Having your own little piece of green space behind the house where family and friends could relax and play became the new normal in the post-war period. The backyard was no longer just treated or thought about as a place of practicalities. It became about feelings of accomplishment and status. It became a symbol for The American Dream itself — enter the backyard deck.

Your very own backyard deck by Archadeck of Central SC

Imagine your next family barbecue on your very own backyard deck by Archadeck of Central SC.

Overall, decks started as a means to ensure that leisure and comfort were the guiding principles in a backyard space, just as the porch had done to the front of the house in earlier eras. These same principles of promoting outdoor leisure and comfort are more prevalent in today’s deck designs than ever! Here at Archadeck of Central SC, we specialize in decks built from a wide range of materials including traditional pressure-treated pine, hardwoods and low-maintenance synthetics. Each deck we build is custom designed to blend seamlessly with your home and reflect your personal style. Our deck designs embrace beauty, quality and extended enjoyment where form and function combine as one.

View of Lake Murray from new Trex deck

View of Lake Murray from new Trex deck

We pride ourselves on being able to provide quality outdoor spaces for homeowners with varied budgets and lifestyle needs. All of our decks are designed with a keen eye for the holistic way homeowners now view their backyards with the goal of creating an outdoor escape.

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 for a deck or outdoor living space design consultation. We can ensure a backyard destination that never goes out of style! You can reach us at (803) 603 – 2160 or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net .

Face Forward for Spring — Don’t Miss the Columbia Home Building and Remodeling Expo This Weekend!

Home-Building-Remodeling-Expo-Square-ColorAre you anticipating the arrival of warm days and daydreaming about outdoor living? Maybe you are planning a new  build or upgrade to your outdoor living space? If so, you won’t want to miss the Columbia Home Building and Remodeling Show coming to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center this weekend!

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This comprehensive home show brings together homeowners and many of the most knowledgeable and experienced remodeling and building experts. Every aspect of the home can be explored, from outdoor living space designs to the home additions. Professionals will be on hand to share their valuable knowledge to bring your ideas to life or inspire you with new ones.

whereArchadeck of Central SC will be on hand in booth #607 to discuss your anticipated outdoor living space aspirations. Whether you are looking to add or upgrade a backyard deck or add an entire outdoor living environment to your property, we can help answer all your questions and begin planning your custom project in time to enjoy this spring!

Archadeck of Central SC completed projects

It all happens January 13-15, 2017, so make plans to visit the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center for the Home Building & Remodeling Expo!  This all-encompassing event will surely put you on the path towards making your dream home, and backyard,  a reality.

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 want to wait to discuss your project until the show? Contact us today at (803) 603 – 2160 or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net to get started!

 

 

 

 

Looking for a quality designed and constructed wooden deck?

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

Custom pergola addition by Archadeck of Central SC

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

pressure treated wood

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

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

Before and after Renew Crew deck cleaning.

Before and after Renew Crew deck cleaning.

As a homeowner, outsourcing  maintenance to make sure your wooden deck or outdoor space is adequately maintained is a viable option. Renew Crew of Central SC is an associate business of Archadeck specializing in outdoor structure maintenance and restoration. Renew Crew uses a 3-step system providing a comprehensive cleaning and protection service that is environmentally friendly and won’t cause any damage to plants, animals or your outdoor surfaces. By combining low-pressure power washing and cleaners to give your deck a heavy-duty clean, and following up with a fresh coat of proprietary sealant, their process protects your deck from water damage and every-day wear and tear. Renew Crew uses a wood-penetrating sealant with a proprietary, UV-blocking polymer mix that penetrates and protects the wood. This delivers a highly effective seal against the elements and shields your deck from the sun’s rotectuveharmful UV rays, which cause wood to turn gray over time. This protective treatment can sometimes help you avoid the expense of resurfacing or building a new deck.

Deck revived by Renew Crew of Central SC

Deck revived by Renew Crew of Central SC.

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

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

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