Category Archives: Decks

This Deck and Sunroom Combo in Irmo, SC, is All About Easy Outdoor Living!

Irmo Deck and Sunroom Our recent combination project in Irmo, SC, proves the power of multiples when planning the perfect outdoor living environment.

When the homeowners contacted Archadeck of Central SC for a consultation, they had an existing deck that offered little benefit or versatility. The deck was also showing signs of age and exposure. Their ultimate goal was to create an area that provided enough space for outdoor dining, grilling and relaxing while still offering much-needed shade. Our solution was a multi-faceted deck and sunroom combination. By combining these two structures, we were able to not only deliver all the benefits they were looking for in an outdoor space but increase the enjoyment within their home as well.

Irmo Deck BuildersThe deck is built from top quality pressure treated pine. Since the design is low-to-grade, code did not require skirting or railing. The absence of both adds to the Zen appeal of the space and promises unobstructed views. The sunroom is easily accessible from both the deck and interior of the home. It features a cathedral ceiling finished in PlyBead panels and white vinyl windows for easy maintenance and enhanced energy efficiency. Archadeck of Central SC carefully matched the siding to that used elsewhere on the home.

Irmo SC Deck and Sunroom Design Details

This combination project provides a smooth transition from indoors to outdoors. The flow of the design makes it ideal to use for family gatherings, entertaining and everyday use. The homeowners are able to go from within the home to the deck, from the deck to their spacious backyard, from the deck to the sunroom and back again without skipping a beat. Take a look at all the angles of the project in our spotlight video featured on our YouTube channel:

When you have a harmonious blend between your indoor and outdoor living spaces, the possibilities are endless … and exciting. The homeowners are elated with the project, pointing out that the entire process was seamless. “From the initial proposal to the open communication during the project all the way to the end, Archadeck of Central SC was courteous and professional start to finish.”

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

To learn more about our superior design and project methodology, contact us 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.

 

 

 

Why are composite/low-maintenance decks more expensive than wood?

Lexington SC TimberTech Deck Builder

The new TimberTech deck will provide years of low-maintenance enjoyment to these Lexington, SC, homeowners.

Are you thinking about redecking your existing deck or adding a new deck to your Columbia backyard this season?

If so, and depending on what stage of planning you are in, you might have already noticed the wide range of material choices on the market. These include the low-maintenance synthetic materials such as composite, vinyl and PVC. When comparing these to the traditional pressure-treated pine deck, some Central SC homeowners experience sticker shock when they see the difference in material costs for synthetic.

AZEK redeck on Lake Murray in Lexington, SC

These homeowners chose PVC decking in Brownstone, from the Harvest Collection by AZEK.

A common question that arises here at Archadeck of Central SC is, “Why are composite/low-maintenance decks more expensive than wood?” There are many factors that go into fully answering this question, so let us start from the beginning…

The 1st generation of composites:

In 1992, Trex® introduced the first low-maintenance decking. They called the decking “composite,” and it was composed of plastic and wood fibers. Composites began to gain favor in the marketplace because treating a wood deck can easily consume a full day, or more, every year, and we are increasingly jealous of our time. Other companies soon followed the lead and began to introduce more composite options. Over time, manufacturers began to add realistic wood details such as grain and texture to their composites to emulate the look of real wood.

Archadeck of Central SC composite redeckingThe 2nd generation:

AZEK® enters the picture, then called Procell.  This new synthetic material abandoned the wood fiber makeup of composite in favor of all PVC plastic. In addition to the improved appearance, AZEK’s best features were stain, scratch and mold resistance. Progress continued and soon other major players such as TimberTech and Fiberon came onto the scene.

In 2009, some of the synthetic decking manufacturers combined the benefits of traditional composites and solid PVC by engineering an attractive, hard PVC plastic cap over a composite core.  This low-maintenance decking material is called capstock, which offers the benefits of solid plastic decking at a lower cost.

Beautifully detailed deck in NE Columbia, SC.

Beautifully detailed low-maintenance deck in NE Columbia, SC.

With new advances, heightened technology and more realistic wood-like elements (like the addition of streaking that mimics wood graining), synthetic decking just keeps improving. Today’s synthetics offer a wealth of benefits over traditional wooden decking. These include increased longevity (25+ years), no need to stain or paint and minimal maintenance to keep the deck clean and looking good. In contrast, a professionally-built, well-maintained pressure-treated wooden deck can last 10-15 years tops. The frequency of the maintenance it requires may vary slightly based primarily on how much wear and direct sunlight the deck receives but it will require annual maintenance surpassing a soap-and-water cleanup.

Chapin SC Composite decks

Beautiful, low maintenance composite deck addition in Chapin, SC.

All these improvements and benefits explain why composite, vinyl and PVC decks are significantly more expensive than traditional wood decks. If you are on the fence about choosing a low-maintenance deck, sometimes a good litmus test is to evaluate this purchase decision based on how long you are going to be in your home. If you plan on being in your home for the next 20 years and like the idea of minimal maintenance, then any upfront increase in cost pays off fairly quickly. But, if you know you will only be in your home for another 5 years, you may want to choose a wood deck with the corresponding cons of annual maintenance.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

Which is right for you? Let us help you decide. Our job is to walk you through the options not just for decking boards but for all the other options and considerations required in planning your new deck or porch. Give us a call for a free consultation to discuss planning and building a new outdoor space for your Columbia, SC, home.  You can reach us by phone at (803) 603-2160 or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net.

 

 

 

Where will you be watching the BIG game this Sunday?

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

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.

 

 

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 .

Archadeck of Central SC Brings A Truly Custom Experience to Lake Front Living!

View from our completed deck and porch extension on Lake Murray.

View from our completed deck and porch extension on Lake Murray.

One of the true joys of living in the Columbia area is the abundance of lakes to enjoy. The Congaree, Broad and Saluda Rivers all converge near the city, along a greenway with walking paths, parks and views of the Columbia skyline. However, Columbia also has several appealing lakes located nearby. These include Lake Murray, Lake Marion and Lake Greenwood. Lake Murray, located in Lexington, is one of the most popular and is less than 15 miles from downtown Columbia making it a desired place for residents to live and play.

View of Lake Murray from new Trex deck

View of Lake Murray from new Trex deck

Archadeck of Central SC frequently services homeowners living on Lake Murray and in the surrounding neighborhoods of this beautiful region. Two of our most recent projects are located on the lake. Though these projects are quite different in design and scale, they are both focused on helping these particular clients make the most out of their time outdoors, the view and enhancing the joys of lakefront living!

Porch & Deck Extension on Lake Murray

This project added not only valuable outdoor living space to this Lake Murray home, it also added versatility to the scope of activities these homeowners can now enjoy. We extended the footprint of the existing deck and porch and elaborated through redecking with all new wood materials.

deck-and-porch-extension-on-lake-murray-sc

This project serves as the perfect example of our ability to build upon what you already have in order to give you the outdoor living space you crave. In many circumstances, Archadeck can often redeck and extend your existing structure(s) instead of tearing out your old deck and/or porch and starting from scratch. If it is structurally sound, we can improve the existing footprint without the hassle of lengthy permitting processes. In most cases, the original structure or “bones”  can be used if the underlying footings and joists are in good shape.

Lake Murray SC Composite Deck BuildersNew Low-Maintenance Deck on Lake Murray

Archadeck of Central SC just completed adding this big beauty of a deck onto the rear of another Lake Murray home. The deck was built using Trex Select composite decking with a wooden rail and Trex rail cap. Trex Select decking features high-performance shell technology that resists stains, mold and mildew and offers a soft, splinter-free finish that’s comfortable on bare feet.

Trex low maintenance deck on Lake Murray in Lexington SC

Synthetic materials such as composites like Trex are made of elements that stabilize and protect them from UV damage.  These materials have several advantages over most species of wood. A synthetic decking material is much less likely to crack or chip, and there is no evidence that termites will attack it.  Another benefit is a synthetic product will never have to be treated or stained — setting the stage for carefree outdoor living.

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 see these projects and more inspiring outdoor living space designs capable of turning your lakeside home into a lakeside retreat by visiting our decks photo gallery and our covered porches photo gallery, located on our website.

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.

 

 

 

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.