Category Archives: Decks

Archadeck of Central SC can make your old deck new again with quality redecking!

Archadeck of Central SC composite redeckingIf your backyard deck has seen better days then maybe it is time to consider redecking as an option to enhance, extend and beautify its function and livability! 

Does your existing deck look haggard from wear and tear, or has it become splintered or unsafe? If so, then redecking may be the answer to refresh your outdoor space from dull to dazzling. The first step in determining if your aging deck is a good candidate for redecking is to have it evaluated by a reputable deck builder such as Archadeck of Central SC. If the substructure (which is the base that the deck is built on) is in good shape, you may be able to save money and time by redecking instead of demolishing your old deck and starting from scratch. The key elements the builder will include the quality of the original substructure and how it has weathered over time. If any applicable building codes have changed since the deck was originally installed, we will make sure it complies with those as well.

Chapin SC Composite decks

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

Once your existing deck is deemed a good candidate for redecking, we will then work with you to help you choose the material that best fits your needs and budget. Archadeck of Central SC has many decking materials to choose from. We can help you decide on a wood or synthetic decking material. Many homeowners opt to redeck using pressure treated wood or even a hardwood such as Ipe, but, if you are tired of the endless maintenance required to preserve your wood deck, a composite material may be the best answer that is easier to maintain and lasts longer than wood.

Notice the detailed parting board on this AZEK deck in Norheast Columbia ,SC.

Notice the detailed parting board on this AZEK deck in Northeast Columbia, SC.

Synthetic materials such as composites, capstock and solid PVC are composed of elements that stabilize and protect them from UV damage.  These materials also have several advantages over most species of wood. The synthetic material is much less likely to crack or chip, and there is no evidence that termites will attack it.  Another benefit is a synthetic will never have to be treated or stained. We use only the highest quality synthetics on the market, such as AZEK and Timbertech.

Instead of tearing out your old deck and starting from scratch, redecking will modify your existing structure. If it structurally sound, we can improve the existing footprint of your deck without the hassle of lengthy permitting processes. In most cases, the original structure or “bones” of your deck can be used if the underlying footings and joists are in good shape. If you have chosen to redeck using composites, the joists will require a closer configuration  in order to reduce “bounce” and promote solid footing.

Benefits of choosing composites for your redeck include:

  • Composites give the ultimate flexibility when designing your deck. Are you tired of the same old square deck?  With composites, you can sculpt your re-deck to a rounded shape giving your space a softer appeal.  With this type of malleability you can unleash your imagination and modify your deck to fit your needs and lifestyle.
  • Bare feetWhen building a deck around water such as a pool or spa, some composite materials offer better slip resistance to ensure sure-footing and increase safety around your backyard water feature, thereby making this a top choice to use in place of wood.
  • Speaking of bare feet, with composite material there are no more splinters!

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We can also do combination jobs where we expand a smaller deck by redecking the original space and building out from there. Then you don’t have to pay for a whole new foundation, just the incremental extension. From that point the world is your oyster and you can pick the colors, features and design options that best suit your needs. Many of our clients choose composites for their redecking jobs because they have grown tired of routine deck maintenance chores. Redecking with a composite/synthetic can change your Columbia deck from a chore, to a place to relax and enjoy the outdoors.

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 about how our quality built structures can transform the look of your home, contact Archadeck of Central SC. Call us today for a free consultation at  (803) 603-2160 or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net.

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Archadeck of Central SC will be at the Carolina Classic Home and Garden Show this weekend!

50th carolina classic home showSpring is right around the corner and now is the time to start planning for your outdoor living space addition or improvement. With warmer weather just ahead, home and trade shows are a wonderful resource to gain new ideas and talk to experts in the field to begin planning your project. Archadeck of Central SC will be participating in this year’s Carolina Classic Home & Garden Show this weekend at the SC State Fairgrounds in Columbia.

The Carolina Classic Home & Garden Show is an event designed for homeowners in all stages of remodeling, landscaping and decorating their homes. If you’re thinking of adding an outdoor structure or improving upon an existing one, this is the home show you can’t afford to miss. No matter what you have in mind for home improvements, you’ll find the right products and the best companies. Talk to the experts face to face and find just the right designs at just the right price for your home improvement budget.

Archadeck of Central SC completed projects

Archadeck of Central SC will be in booths C522 and C523 located in the Cantey Building.

Hours for the show are as follows:

Friday, March 11th from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
(Friday is Seniors Day. Guests age 62 and up enter free. Senior Expo from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Saturday, March 12th from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 13th from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Admission is as follows:

Admission is $5 per person at the gate
Kids 14 and under enter free every day
Ages 62 and older enter free on Friday, March 11
Military Discount (with valid I.D.) every day

Parking is $5/vehicle and is separate from admission fees.

**As our gift to you, please click here to get your free ticket to the show courtesy of Archadeck of Central SC!

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 this chance pass you by. We look forward to meeting you at the Carolina Classic Home & Garden Show this weekend. You can also contact Archadeck of Central SC to learn more about our elegant outdoor living space designs anytime at (803) 603-2160 or email us at
centralsc@archadeck.net.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Now is the best time ever to move forward with your outdoor living structure plans, and here’s why:

Central SC Sunrooms give you a front row seat to Mother NatureOf all the questions homeowners ask when planning their outdoor living space, the most frequent is undoubtedly  “WHEN is the best time to build?” While there is no unanimously correct answer to this question,  many factors come into play in order to satisfy each individual project. These can be lifestyle related, budgetary or even include preparations for HOA approvals. However, the answer comes down to your readiness to pursue your outdoor living addition. If you are ready, then there is definitely no time like the present to get the ball rolling!

Here in the Columbia area, we are blessed with a mild climate virtually year-round. With no danger of having to deal with frost-lines, and very little snow or icy weather, it is possible to begin your project in the winter and have it completed by the time it is warm enough to enjoy open-air structures such as decks or patios. Choosing a cooler-season project can also add unexpected benefits and value to your anticipated  outdoor living project.

Here are just a few advantages of choosing a fall/winter project timeline:

  • Patio in the fallLess Wait Time = More Enjoyment Sooner –– A good incentive to begin your outdoor living structure addition in the cooler months is that you’ll encounter less wait time before construction can begin. Gaining approval through HOAs and permitting may take less time because there is less backlog now. Deciding to build now will now mean you’re able to enjoy the benefits of your new structure sooner and in plenty of time for the arrival of the outdoor living season in the warmer months ahead. Keep in mind, when dealing with a quality builder, wait times can be longer, especially during the warm seasons. Deciding on a fall/winter project can greatly reduce those wait times.
  • Double pergolas on West Columbia SC wooden deck by Archadeck of Central SCThe Science of Wood — If you are considering a structure built from wood, a cooler-month project timeline will provide many benefits. Wood requires a time period of acclimation and curing. The laws of expansion and contraction always apply when it comes to working with wood. All wood is hygroscopic, meaning that when exposed to air, it will release or pick up moisture until it is level with the humidity and temperature of the air. Humid conditions, such as those in summer, will cause more rapid expansion and contraction of wood that is not yet sealed for protection against the elements. A structure built from wood needs to cure for a period of time before the sealer or paint will properly adhere to the wood and promote beneficial protection qualities. By choosing to build during the fall and winter, the least humid times of year, your new wooden deck or other outdoor structure may require less time to cure in order to properly accept the sealer or paint you choose.
  • Covered porch in NE Columbia outdoor combination projectThe Dormant Landscape — Your lawn and landscape will experience less stress from construction if you choose to build during the cooler months of the year — this is because most turf grasses, trees and shrubs and other perennials are in their dormant period during the winter. When dormant, these grasses and plants are less likely to experience permanent damage from being  trimmed or pruned to accommodate the addition of a backyard structure. This includes foot traffic from the construction crew.
  • Less Stress –Aside from the landscape, construction during the winter will cause less of an interruption to your day-to-day lifestyle as most people use their yards less during these months. The kids are in school and less likely to be playing outside during this time. The noise and materials required to complete your project will be less of an annoyance than they would be when you are using the yard a lot during the warmer months.
  • Archadeck 2013 PhotographyActing NOW = More Value — It is no secret that costs of materials used in outdoor living space designs, either wood or composite, can increase when moving into a new year. Choosing to move ahead with your project now will save you money in the long run on materials costs, and in addition if you intend to finance your new outdoor structure, the interest rates are still extremely low. Even if our project timeline extends into the next calendar year, if you decide on your design and sign the contract prior to December 15th, 2015, you will lock into this year’s pricing. For many homeowners, the savings  are reason enough to move ahead with getting all the logistics in place now, instead of waiting until later.
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 on the fence about moving forward with the outdoor living space of your dreams, now is the perfect time to get your project on our schedule! Contact Archadeck of Central SC today to learn more. Our consultation is free but the benefits are priceless! You can reach us by phone at (803) 603-2160 or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net

The versatility of this NE Columbia all-inclusive outdoor living environment is amazing!

we can create the ultimate staycation in your backyard

Archadeck of Central SC can create an all-inclusive outdoor living environment in your own backyard — the ultimate “staycation” destination!

When planning the family vacation, who doesn’t love an all-inclusive resort or vacation package? It’s convenient, has so many choices and everything is taken care of in the package price. This means all the basics are covered, there’s something for everyone to enjoy and most important you’re not spending your relaxation and fun time working out the details or cleaning up…it’s no fuss and no muss. Now imagine that same feeling in your own backyard with a custom all-inclusive, low-maintenance outdoor living space for you to enjoy almost year-round! That’s exactly what Archadeck of Central South Carolina did for these homeowners in the Wildwoode neighborhood located in NE Columbia, SC.

In some areas of life, it’s hard to make everyone happy, but with the right design and materials it was easy to create an outdoor living environment that has everything these homeowners need and want in a low-maintenance space that is so versatile and option rich that it pleases everyone, effortlessly. They wanted a combination of protected and open spaces, in a low-maintenance, multi-level structure, connected to a hardscape area with room for an outdoor kitchen, dining area, conversation areas and an integrated fire feature.

Outdoor oasis in NE Columbia

With a clear list of features and an understanding of what they were envisioning, we went to work laying out and designing their custom outdoor living environment that fit the way they want to enjoy their outdoor lifestyle. Once the plans were completed, we met with the homeowners for their approval of the design and they were ecstatic! Seeing their mental image of their dream space translated into design plans made the concept of their own private, all-inclusive backyard resort very real.

The final approved design of this major outdoor living combination space includes a low- maintenance AZEK porch and deck, outdoor kitchen, patio with stone wall and integrated gas fire pit. The versatility of each of these structures and spaces individually is impressive, but when you put them all together, the vast number of options for using this combination space is mind-blowing!! Let’s take a look at each element:

  • Covered porch in NE Columbia outdoor combination projectThe Covered Porch – Also referred to as an “open porch,” it has a roof, which provides protection from the sun, unpredictable summer rainstorms and other elements and still offers the benefit of circulating fresh air. In this area, it can be used for dining, family game night, a cool, quiet area for relaxing or just about anything.
  • The Deck – It not only adds value to the home, but it enhances the way our customers live outdoors, as it can be used as a wide open space for a large group to mingle and socialize or broken up into zones with cozy furnishings to create conversation areas…the options are limited only by the imagination. They can take advantage of all the benefits that the fresh air and sunshine provide, and spend quality time with their friends and family entertaining in style with little fuss.

AZEK deck in NE Columbia outdoor combination project

  • The Outdoor Kitchen – We all know the kitchen is the true “hub” of the home. It’s unclear if it’s the wonderful smells that waft from this area, the easy access to all of the food or the need to be involved in the activity, no matter how much space or comfortable seating you have in the den, everyone seems to gather in the kitchen. The outdoor kitchen has the same draw and it allows the host and head chef to still be involved in the fun of the outdoor events, while preparing the food and drinks.

Outdoor kitchen/grill area in NE Columbia

  • The Patio – Much like the deck, a patio is attractive, weather resistant, and extremely functional as it significantly expands a family’s living and entertaining space with extreme versatility in design. The physical structure of this  patio is exceptionally durable, low-maintenance and easily lends itself to a multitude of uses with its stamped concrete design. A rounded hardscape seating wall helps define the space and serves as a plant shelf or additional seating around the integrated fire pit with gas insert.

NE Columbia patio and fire pit

  • The Fire Pit – Gather chairs all around it, no matter what the season, and it’s instant social hour with s’mores and hot chocolate or beers and brats. More often than not, fire pits are built into the hardscape area to provide almost year-round enjoyment of the outdoor space, as with this design. The addition of a fire pit makes a strong focal point and generates an abundance of ambiance, light and warmth as well.

NE Columbia outdoor living combination space

Clearly each component can hold its own in the world of outdoor living structures. Now, put them all together and this all-inclusive outdoor living combination space cohesively functions as one space with overwhelming versatility of style and function as well as a multitude of benefits. Add the fact that it’s constructed entirely of low-maintenance materials for many years of immeasurable enjoyment while providing a uniquely stunning addition to their property…and I bet we have blown your mind!

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

Developing low-maintenance outdoor living areas extends the enjoyment of your space and unlocks the full potential of your home.  As homeowners increasingly seek to expand their living spaces and bring the comfort of the indoors to their backyards, Archadeck of Central South Carolina will continue to help them fulfill their outdoor living dreams. If you are ready to create your own all-inclusive outdoor living environment contact us by calling (803) 603 – 2160 or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net.

An Elevated Deck with Screened Porch Maximizes Outdoor Living Area on many Levels

Elevated screened porch with deck and stairs - Columbia, SCScreened porch or elevated deck? Why not have both! The opportunity for a custom elevated deck with a screened porch is a special one because of the flexibility for extending outdoor living it provides. We have had the pleasure of building a vast array of elevated decks for our customers, and no two have ever been alike. We tailor each one to the design and scale of the home so that it looks like it has always been part of the structure and fits into the slope, elevation and lay of the land. We can assure that the rear of your home will look as spectacular as the front once the deck project is completed.

Screened Porch with Deck and Stone Patios

This elevated screened porch and deck features space underneath finished to serve as a covered patio.

Elevated decks with screened porches can have many features such as a set of stairs to descend to a lower level of the property onto a patio and even finished and protected under deck/porch space that can serve a multitude of purposes. It can host a dining area, the perfect spot for a hammock or swing, or even a play zone for the kids. You could add a screened porch on either the top or the bottom level, or even tackle a double porch if you want to go all out.  If the back of the home sits on a fairly large slope, you might want to consider a stacked multi-level deck that has a number of tiers so that each level of the home gets to take advantage of heading out doors. There is nothing more romantic than a French door exiting from the master bedroom out to a deck where you can enjoy the sunset with your significant other.

Archadeck custom projectYou want to hire a professional builder such as Archadeck of Central South Carolina to build an elevated deck with a screened porch as there is a lot of weight involved depending on their size.  This is not the time to go with a cheap, fly-by-night so-called deck builder who is nothing more than a handy man to save a few pennies, as it can spell disaster. A ground level deck is very different than a raised one, and lots of important factors need to be taken into account to ensure the safety and integrity of the structure so that it does not collapse or potentially cause an accident. We work with permitting and inspectors in your area to make sure everything is done right. We will work within your budget and communicate with you throughout the building stages to ensure that you are satisfied with the results.

Screened porch and deck combination with porch on bottom.

Screened porch and deck combination with porch on bottom.

It doesn’t matter if you want a ground floor deck, a raised deck or if a three or even four-season porch is in order—Archadeck of Central South Carolina can help you achieve your outdoor living dreams with a structure that will suit how your family lives and entertains. We can use wood or low-maintenance composites and vinyl and perfectly match or offset the color of your home. The structure can either blend in or it can pop with contrast. Truly, there are no limits to what can be done.

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 building your custom elevated deck and screened porch contact Archadeck of Central SC today at (803) 603-2160 or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net.  Check out our website to see examples of our work and what we can do for you.