Category Archives: Lakefront and lakeside decks

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.

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

Living on Island Time in Lexington, SC….

Lexington SC Tropical Timbertech DeckAt first glance this deck seems as though it might be located on some exotic, tropical island. Indeed, the tranquil lakeside setting feels thousands of miles away from civilization when it is actually located right here in Lexington, SC!

When Archadeck of Central SC originally consulted with the homeowner on this project, they had a deck that was rotting away due to the inadequate quality of the pressure-treated boards that were originally used. We frequently see existing decks begin to degrade because inferior-grade lumber was used. In the case of this deck, we suggested that the entire structure be demolished with the exception of the gazebo and tiki hut, and a new deck with a custom outdoor kitchen built in its place.

Before:

Before:

The new deck was built using TimberTech synthetic decking. TimberTech provides the same look and feel of traditional wood but with the added strength and quality of composite materials. Their motto is “think wood made tougher,” which is a realistic description as this decking material never needs painting or staining, is tough enough to resist mold, mildew, stains and scratches and comes backed by a lengthy warranty.

Lexington SC TimberTech Deck Builder

Lexington SC TimberTech Deck Builder

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

In addition to the new and improved deck, Archadeck of Central SC also designed and integrated a custom outdoor kitchen within the existing grass-roofed tiki hut that is part of the space. The kitchen will allow endless dining and outdoor entertaining opportunities since there is no need to trek back to the home when it is time to eat! The kitchen is built from stacked stone and features a marble top with an “eat in” graduated counter height perfect for bar stools. The design also includes a grill, sink, fridge and much more. By integrating the kitchen inside the tiki hut, the homeowners will have a shady spot to relax in with a feel reminiscent of being on island time — right in their own backyard!

Lexington SC Custom Outdoor Kiitchens

Of course, the natural topography of the landscape adds to the tropical feel of the outdoor living space. The deck is situated to take in the stunning views and breezes of the homeowner’s private lake which is flanked by a natural boulder stone bank. It’s not hard to whisk your spirits away to a tropical paradise —luau anyone?

Lexington SC TimberTech Deck Builder

If you want to learn more about creating your own unique, island-inspired or 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.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lakefront Outdoor Living Experience: Privacy and Atmosphere

Stunning views from the interior of this Lake Murray screened porch

Stunning views from the interior of this Lake Murray screened porch.

People all over the world seem to share one desire when it comes to buying property, and that is the desire to live near or in front of the water. The Columbia, SC, area is home to many beautiful lakes and rivers.These include Lake Murray and the Saluda River. The beauty and tranquility of these locations is the driving force behind many homeowners choosing a river or lakefront property as their home, or vacation property. Waterfront living not only provides access to water-related recreational activities like boating, fishing and jet skiing for you and your family, it also provides some of the most picturesque views around. Having an outdoor living space to enhance the views is crucial to any waterfront or waterside home.

Waterfront living can provide a quiet place to connect with nature, a place with ambiance and an inspiring view rather than the fenced in backyards of suburbia. It also gives homeowners a sense of privacy compared with a community where you often feel like you have neighbors right on top of you. Here are just a few examples of some of the best waterfront outdoor living structures that will inspire ideas when you are planning your own oasis…

Saluda River deck in Columbia SC

Saluda River deck in Columbia, SC.

The waterside deck: This spacious pressure treated deck in Columbia, SC, overlooks the tranquil Saluda River. Not only does this wonderful outdoor living space offer breathtaking 360 degree views, it also provides a large outdoor entertainment area perfect for grilling, dining and relaxing. Can you imagine the possibilities to host family and friends at your riverside home in a space like this? As you can see, Archadeck of Central SC carefully integrated the large boulder found on the property into the design of the space making it a testament to being at one with natural surroundings of the property!

Archadeck of Central SC incorporated the boulders within this Saluda River terrain into the design of this W.Columbia deck

The Lakefront porch: This elevated vinyl-clad screened porch addition on Lake Murray delivers breathtaking views and all within the confines of a protected space! The porch provides shade and a buffer from nuisance insects and inclement weather. Even watching a summer rain becomes a luxury in this screened porch.

Vinyl Clad screened porch addition on Lake Murray SC by Archadeck of Central SCA deck built with lakeside views in mind: This lakeside pressure treated deck includes built-in bench seating and unique privacy railing. We also integrated the existing trees into the design of the deck.

This lakeside pressure treated deck includes built in bench seating, and unique privacy railing. We also integrated the existing trees within the landscape into the design of the deck- stunning.

Whether you are considering a new deck, porch or even a new dock for your lakeside or riverside home, Archadeck of Central SC can answer any questions you have about your anticipated addition. Contact us for a free consultation at (803) 603-2160. 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

Please visit our decks photo gallery and our porches photo gallery located on our website for more examples of lovely waterfront outdoor living spaces.

A redecking in Lexington, SC, worthy of the beautiful views on Lake Murray

Our recent redecking project on Lake Murray in Lexington, SC.

Our recent redecking project on Lake Murray in Lexington, SC.

One of our recently completed projects takes us to lovely Lake Murray in Lexington, SC. These homeowners not only have a stunning home, they also have the view to go along with it. Their large deck and covered porch spans almost the entire rear of their home and offers views of the lake. These homeowners contacted Archadeck of Central SC to upgrade their aging wooden deck with a low-maintenance decking material. Their goal was to have an outdoor living space that not only looked elegant but could afford them more time for enjoyment rather than the chore of maintaining it.

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Before: This image shows the tired wooden deck prior to beginning the redecking.

The homeowners chose beautiful AZEK PVC decking in Brownstone for the redecking project. AZEK decking boards are engineered to withstand the everyday accidents that can happen on a deck.This material resists spilled wine, fruit punch and hamburger grease and is ultra stain resistant. AZEK decking boards are scratch resistant so there is no worry about marks from patio furniture or pets. In addition, this material is impervious to mold, mildew and insects providing the perfect setting for carefree outdoor living.

AZEK redeck in Lexington SC

After: Here is an image of that same area after we completed redecking with AZEK.

In order to accommodate the change from a pressure treated wood surface to synthetic, Archadeck of Central SC added supports to handle characterisics of the new decking. Often, low-maintenance decking boards are installed using hidden fasteners, as well, which requires additional amendments be made to the structure of the deck to ensure there is ample structural reinforcement for proper installation.

Beautiful redeck on Lake Murray in Lexington, SC

Beautiful redeck on Lake Murray in Lexington, SC.

This project also included making some changes to the footprint of the existing deck and covered porch for both cosmetic and functional reasons. Since the home’s facade is stucco, our redecking experts carefully cut around the areas of the new deck that make contact with the home. We did this to ensure the integrity of the stucco as well as that of the decking boards. Instead of installing the new decking boards in a traditional pattern, we installed them on a diagonal with a parting board to create visual interest.The final touch to the project was the addition of low-voltage deck lighting on the risers to enhance safety and promote ambiance when the homeowners are enjoying the deck in the evening.

AZEK redeck on Lake Murray in Lexington, SC

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

The homeowners couldn’t be more pleased with the redecking project.They are looking forward to enjoying the benefits of outdoor living for many years to come with less focus on maintenance and more on enjoying the lovely view from their deck and covered porch.

Whether you are considering a new deck or redecking an existing deck, Archadeck of Central SC can answer any questions you have about outdoor living stuctures.Contact us for a free consultation at (803) 603-2160. 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

Please visit our decks photo gallery and our composite and vinyl (PVC) deck photo gallery located on our website for more examples of lovely low-maintenance redecking and new deck designs by Archadeck of Central SC.

 

Archadeck of Central SC specializes in enhancing the function and beauty of your Columbia SC lakefront home

This lakeside pressure treated deck includes built in bench seating, and unique privacy railing. We also integrated the existing trees within the landscape into the design of the deck- stunning.

This lakeside pressure treated deck includes built-in bench seating, and unique privacy railing. We also integrated the existing trees within the landscape into the design of the deck.

The Columbia area is home to many lakefront living communities. Lake Murray, the Saluda River and Lake Wateree, offer pristine views and the opportunity to experience waterfront living at its best. If you  count yourself as one of the lucky homeowners situated on one of our beautiful area lakes or rivers, Archadeck of Central SC can turn your lakeside or lakefront home into an outdoor oasis with the many outdoor living space designs we offer to enhance your lakefront living experience.

This freestanding poolside pergola with outdoor kitchen by Archadeck of Central SC is the ultimate in backyard bliss!

This freestanding lakeside pool pergola with outdoor kitchen by Archadeck of Central SC is the ultimate in backyard bliss!

Since the style of lake houses in our region is as varied as the people who live in them, Archadeck of Central SC has a plethora of designs available with a host of materials to suit any taste or budget. Lake houses come in a variety of architectural styles from humble cabins and cottage hideaways, to sprawling lodges and contemporary homes, but each shares the goal of providing rest and relaxation in a waterfront setting, and that is the same goal we try to accomplish with our outdoor spaces. Whether you choose to create a rustic retreat inspired space or a contemporary backyard getaway, we always strive to build a space that is casual, inviting and soothing to the soul.

Imagine enjoying the view of the lake from your very own 3 or 4 season room by Archadeck of Central SC

Imagine enjoying your view of the lake from your very own 3 or 4 season room by Archadeck of Central SC.

Close your eyes and imagine how much an outdoor oasis would enhance the time you spend outdoors at your lakefront home. Can you see the benefits of having an outdoor space that enables you better views of the lake and a broader realm of entertaining opportunities? Archadeck of Central SC can see it too. We share the same vision of increasing the beauty and enjoyment at your lakefront home. When it comes to choosing the outdoor space that will best fit your lakeside retreat, the first thing to consider is what function(s) you wish to accomplish in your space. If you enjoy grilling by the lake, then a deck or patio may be your best option. If, however, you dream of having a place to take in the scenic views while not being  bothered by insects or inclement weather, a screened porch or versatile 3-season room may be a better fit for the outdoor living lifestyle you have in mind. If you are looking for a way to utilize the best of both worlds, then maybe an outdoor living combination of two or more structures is your best bet.

Stunning views from the interior of this Lake Murray screened porch

Stunning views from the interior of this Lake Murray screened porch

Connecting the deck to the waterside

Notice how the ingenious design of this dock connects the deck to the waterfront- stunning!

Along with being the Columbia area’s premiere lakeside deck and porch builder, Archadeck of Central SC also builds docks and piers to enhance your lakeside living experience even further. We offer low maintenance options that won’t degrade over time as well as custom wood designs   to suit any taste or budget. Wouldn’t it be grand to have a custom dock and outdoor living space combination to get the total lakeside living outdoor space package? Imagine the beauty and convenience of having the “whole enchilada” in your Columbia lakeside backyard; you may never want to venture indoors again!

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 (803) 603 – 2160
centralsc@archadeck.net

You can see more inspiring outdoor living space designs that hold the capability of turning your lakeside home into a lakeside retreat by visiting our decks photo gallery and our porches photo gallery, located on our website.