Category Archives: Entertaining

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.

 

 

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An Outdoor Room is the Perfect Place to Enjoy the Changing Seasons and Much More!

Archadeck of Central SC Screened Porch Addition

Archadeck of Central SC screened porch addition.

Now is the time of year when many homeowners begin to analyze their interior and exterior living space needs. The upcoming holiday season can bring joy and happiness as beloved friends and family come to call, but it can also bring you to the realization that you need more space! Instead of considering an interior home addition, why not consider an outdoor room addition? Outdoor rooms can provide various levels of comfort while allowing you to enjoy the beauty and splendor of the outdoors during the ever-changing seasons of fall & winter. Archadeck of Central SC has many outdoor room options to suit your needs and budget.

Out of all the outdoor living space designs we build here in the Columbia, SC, area, outdoor rooms promote livability in spite of what Mother Nature may throw your way. Some of the outdoor room we specialize in are screened porches, 3 season rooms and sunrooms. Often, our outdoor rooms are designed as part of an outdoor living combination space that can include a deck, patio, outdoor fireplace or other structure.

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

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

Outdoor rooms are similar in the views they provide, however, their protective benefits can be quite different. Screened porches, sunrooms and three season rooms are great examples of sheltered outdoor rooms that extend your living spaces and your hours of leisure at home.

Columbia screened porch and deck combination at Halloween

Columbia screened porch and deck combination.

Screened Porches

Screened porches are, in essence, a covered room with screened openings instead of windows. The screening serves as a barrier to bothersome insects and allergens and will reduce the effects of inclement weather. Having a screen porch will give you the opportunity to have an “outdoor” room with reduced exposure to the harsh elements. Since screened porches are shade structures because they are built under the cover of a roof, they also offer superior protection from the sun and heat on those humid South Carolina days.

Interior of 3 season room in Columbia SC by Archadeck of Central SC

Interior of 3 season room in Columbia with four track enclosure system.

Three Season Rooms

Three season rooms take the benefits of a screened porch a step further by using a convertible panel system that allows you to use screens or clear panels as you see fit. You can extend the function and versatility of a new or existing screened porch by converting it into a three season room through the use of a convertible panel system such as the ones we offer with our aluminum and vinyl outdoor rooms or via a porch enclosure system.These can be integrated into the initial design of a new screened porch or outdoor room addition, or as an enhancement/upgrade to an existing structure. By simply clicking these panels in, or out, of a fixed position on their effortless four-track system, you can let Mother Nature in, or keep Old Man Winter out! The choice is yours!

NE Columbia SC Sunroom Builders

NE Columbia sunroom addition.

Sunrooms

What differentiates sunrooms from other kinds of structures are the many windows, rather than screens, that immediately satisfy the conflicting desires for nature and comfort. It’s a place to enjoy your morning coffee and newspaper with a lovely view of your garden or landscape, a protected area for children and pets to enjoy the sun, the perfect place to host holiday get-togethers and dinners. You can enjoy all of these activities in your sunroom without being bothered by pesky insects and the horrible effects of pollen.

Central SC Sunrooms give you a front row seat to Mother Nature

With a sunroom, you can enjoy your backyard even in a downpour. Unlike a deck, when you’re in a sunroom a pop-up rain shower can’t run you off from your space, not to mention the fact that your comfortable sunroom furniture won’t be ruined by rain. And talk about a room with a view…for homes with a view of the lake or a private wooded lot, the structural components of a sunroom greatly reduce blockage of those desirable views.

University Hill Columbia SC screened porch builder

Choosing the best fit for your home’s architecture, your desired function and your budget is important. Archadeck of Central SC is the premier outdoor room builder serving Columbia, SC, and the surrounding area.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

We can help you choose the perfect outdoor structure for you with our expert design team and experience in building. Contact us to learn more by calling (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.

 

 

 

 

Hiring Archadeck of Central South Carolina, your professional outdoor living space contractor, ensures the proper construction and longevity of your outdoor fire pit

Screened Porch, Spa and Fire Pit at Dusk

This cozy outdoor living space features a custom fire pit- perfect for making s’mores.

One of the best ways to enjoy a backyard in and around central South Carolina year round is by building an outdoor fire pit. There’s nothing like the crackling of a fire to set an inviting or romantic mood. Not to mention, an outdoor fire pit makes the perfect centerpiece for entertaining. Archadeck of Central South Carolina is this area’s leading outdoor living space contractor and for many of our clients, a custom designed and built fire pit fits the bill for this outdoor living space function.

When designing outdoor fire pits, one of the biggest considerations is materials. A few materials that could be used to create a fire pit include brick, stone or concrete. Each of these materials is waterproof and heat-resistant, so the one chosen will largely depend on the look you are aiming for. More than one material could also be used to build an outdoor fire pit. For example, concrete might be used to pour a patio and then a fire pit constructed on top of it in stone or brick.

Your selection of burning mediums is a matter of personal choice and budget allowances. Options include gas burning, wood burning or fire glass burning, and each choice has several pros and cons, as we have listed below. Ultimately it all comes down to what works best for you.

The Fire Pit is the central element of this outdoor spaceWood Burning Fire Pits – authentic campfire atmosphere

Pros

  • Larger fires
  • Wood is inexpensive
  • Affordable to install
  • Enhanced ambiance

Cons

  • Starting a fire takes effort and can be time-consuming
  • Cleaning up ashes after fire and can also be time consuming
  • Blowing smoke

Natural Gas Fire Pits – warm, glowing ambiance

Pros

  • Blythewood SC fire pitLight or extinguish fire with the flip of a switch
  • Minimal to no cleanup
  • Adds relaxing ambiance with minimal effort
  • Cleaner burn, less smoke

Cons

  • Smaller fires
  • Gas line must be installed
  • More expensive than wood

Fire Glass Fire Pits – creates a stunning look

Pros

  • No toxic fumes, smoke, ash or soot
  • Multiple sizes and colors of fire glass for you to choose from
  • Tempered glass chips last longer, do not burn, melt or discolor
  • Radiates three- four  times more heat with its reflective surface than wood or ceramic logs

Cons

  • The risk of breaking pieces if mishandled
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 South Carolina today to learn more about the placement, size and construction of a fire pit and much more at (803) 603-2160 or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net.

 

Did your outdoor living space seem lacking this Memorial Day?

Memorial Day in Columbia SCCan you believe Memorial Day has already come and gone? This national holiday is also most commonly thought of as the official kickoff weekend for the outdoor living season. As such, thousands of backyard decks and patios were filled with celebrations among family and friends. How did your outdoor living space measure up? While you were trying to have a good time, did you find yourself wishing you had more deck space, or a screened porch with protection from the direct sun or pesky insects? Maybe you were looking at your grill area, while daydreaming of an outdoor kitchen.

Archadeck of Central SC outdoor kitchensWith more holidays and family outdoor events like Independence Day and Labor Day on the horizon, wouldn’t it be great to have the space of your dreams? You can add the space, shade or special amenities you want in time for your next big celebration. Archadeck of Central South Carolina, the area’s leading outdoor living space builder, can help you update and improve your backyard space so at future events your time will be spent fully enjoying yourself instead of feeling frustrated.

We specialize creating in outdoor living spaces, including updating an existing space for additional functionality or to enhance beauty. Designing and building one-of-a-kind custom-made decks, patios, porches and outdoor rooms for homeowners in Columbia, SC, and the surrounding area has been our passion for over twelve years. Our professional design team stays up to date on the newest and most popular outdoor living space trends to ensure our highly trained and experienced construction team can build the structures that fulfill your needs and exceed your desires for your extended living areas.

Deck and screened porch combination in Columbia, SC.

Deck and screened porch combination in Columbia, SC.

Outdoor living spaces are increasingly becoming the most utilized areas of a home. Structures built ten years ago or longer weren’t designed for the way we live and entertain outdoors today. A simple deck or patio can be greatly enhanced with additional space or  another structure to extend the living and entertaining space of a home year round. Outdoor dining, relaxation and entertaining thrive on a deck or patio, while a screened porch provides an area for family members or guests who need some protection from the sun. As added benefits, screened porches keep nuisance insects at bay and protect during inclement weather, allowing you the freedom to move the fun inside your protected porch. A deck or patio paired with a screened porch can provide double the enjoyment as these two spaces become one in your backyard setting!

This covered patio space features an outdoor kitchen with bar seating along with a wall mounted TV

This covered patio space features an outdoor kitchen with bar seating along with a wall mounted TV.

The tastes and aromas of summer are engrained in our memories and are part of what make the outdoor living season so much fun! Today’s outdoor living spaces can provide a wide variety of food preparation areas and outdoor dining spaces to suit any budget and taste! Gone are the days of simply relying on the surface of a small deck and lone charcoal grill. Outdoor refrigerators, pizza ovens and rotisseries are just some of today’s innovative outdoor appliances used to create your ideal outdoor gourmet kitchen design. These proper amenities, providing ample space to prepare food while socializing with your guests, are what make an outdoor kitchen indispensable.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

Whether you are custom designing a whole new outdoor living space or renovating your existing deck or patio to gain the most enjoyment of your Central South Carolina backyard, we can help you bring forth a change for the better in your outdoor living space. Our commitment to excellence in outdoor structure design and building ensures your unique project will bring enjoyment and pride for many years to come! Call Archadeck of Central South Carolina at (803) 603 – 2160  today for a free design consultation at or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net.

Archadeck of Central SC discusses the top 5 reasons for not putting your outdoor living plans on hold any longer

“…Don’t leave off for tomorrow what you can do today
With procrastination there’s a heavy price to pay”
–Procrastination Poem by Louis Rams

Are you procrastinating about moving ahead with your outdoor living space build endeavors this season? Archadeck of Central SC wants you to know if you are “on the fence” about moving ahead, now is the time to act. Spring has arrived and the outdoor living season is almost in full swing. With this in mind, the rush to have a new project designed and built has already begun!

Naturally, many people think of building outdoor projects when the weather is nice and they want to get outside, but it can be challenging to hire a quality contractor during this time. Backlogs begin to lengthen as warmer weather arrives. Moving ahead with your outdoor design will secure a spot on our schedule and ensure your space is ready to enjoy by late spring into summer. Delaying your anticipated project or addition can leave you filled with regret. Here is a list of the top five reasons for choosing to move ahead now:

  1. Shade and ambiance abounds with a custom pergola and landing addition in Irmo, SC.Having a special spot to watch the season unfolds in your own backyard — with a custom outdoor living space you will have a front row seat from the first tulip bloom of the spring to the final amber leaves of autumn. 
  2. More room for entertaining — with the addition of a deck, patio or outdoor room you will add a tremendous amount of functional living space to your home. Your outdoor living space serves as a valuable extension for family gatherings and special occasions, allowing you room to “spread out” comfortably.
  3. Archadeck of Central SC outdoor kitchensOutdoor cooking and dining opportunities abound — what would the warm season be without a backyard barbecue? Or enjoying a steak dinner on the backyard grill? The tastes and aromas of summer are engrained in our memories and are part of what make the outdoor living season so fun! Today’s backyard designs encompass more than just a grill. Outdoor kitchens, refrigerators and much more can be part of your ideal outdoor gourmet design!
  4. Watching the stars (or lightning bugs) on a warm summer night — imagine staring at the stars on your deck with your significant other, pointing out the constellations together with your children or just enjoying a glass of cold iced tea while you watch them catch lightning bugs ( a Southern tradition here in Columbia).  These times aren’t as memorable without an adequate outdoor living space to enjoy life’s little moments in comfort.
  5. Archadeck covered porch outdoor livingShade, shade and more shade — right now, the weather is mild enough to enjoy your backyard without the need for a shady retreat, however, it will not stay that way for very long. Summer in Central SC can become quite humid and hot. Having the comfort of a porch or outdoor room to retreat to during these times is a delight! Don’t be forced indoors by the heat of the sun — make your vision for a shady spot in your backyard a reality by contacting us today!
AZEK deck in NE Columbia, SC.

Beautiful views and a deck to match in NE Columbia.

Don’t delay. Custom designing and building your outdoor living area begins with an onsite visit with you and a clear understanding of what your mental picture is for your space. Being able to see what you “see” when you think about your ideal backyard retreat, and then to translate that into a design and a structure customized for you and your family, starts with these types of questions:

  • How do you plan to utilize this space for special occasions and/or everyday use?
  • Will you cook, dine, entertain and relax in this area?
  • Are you considering the addition of a water or fire feature?
  • Do you want enclosed areas for protection, wide open spaces or a combination of both?
  • What are your personal tastes and style choices for materials and colors?
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 today to set the wheels of outdoor living bliss in motion now, instead of later, you will be happy you did! You can reach us by phone at  (803) 603-2160 or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net.

Screened Porch with stair landing and cover

And the Golden Hammer award goes to…The Screened Porch

We’ve just returned from the Columbia Home Building and Remodeling Expo and WOW what a turnout! Homeowners from all over the area attended this event to meet and speak with leading industry professionals regarding the newest design trends, building and remodeling innovations. Events like these fuel creative inspiration and desire to renew or increase the beauty and functionality of all aspects of your home. Throughout the weekend, the Archadeck of Central South Carolina booth was bustling with activity as we spoke with hundreds of homeowners looking for information about adding a new or enhancing their existing outdoor living space. What was the most requested outdoor living structure at this event? (Drumroll please…) The screened porch!

Columbia screened porch and deck combination at Halloween

Columbia screened porch and deck combination.

And for good reason; the versatility of the screened porch is what makes this outdoor living structure so popular. The screened porch is perfect for outdoor dining, relaxation and entertaining without interruption during inclement weather, the hassle of pesky insects or the dangers associated with the sun. It is also what we consider a pivotal element of the evolving outdoor living environment. What do we mean by evolving outdoor living environment? Please allow us to explain:

Screened Porch with Deck and Stone Patios

Screened porch with deck and stone patio.

The average starter home often includes either a patio or deck as the outdoor living area. When you’re first starting out as a homeowner, this type of recreational area in your back yard serves your initial needs well. But, as your lifestyle and outdoor living needs evolve, so should your structure. You’ve enjoyed hotdogs and hamburgers on the patio set with the umbrella and the lounge chairs to stretch out in the sun. Now, you need something more conducive to entertaining, like a dining area that’s protected from irritating bugs, or a comfortable seating area for after-dinner conversation or maybe watching the wall-mounted big screen TV. Typically, the next step from a simple patio or wooden deck is a conversion to a screened porch to provide you with a versatile outdoor room that can be enjoyed several months longer than a patio or deck.

Screened Porch with stair landing and cover

A screened porch addition will enhance every season.

The next stage of this evolution in your outdoor living environment is updating an existing screened porch so it opens up to a deck or patio with an outdoor kitchen, now that you and your family are more established. You enjoy hosting each of the big family events; your home is the “go to” place for all of neighborhood kids to hang out, and with your upgraded surround sound system, you’ve got the best seats for all your friends to come over and enjoy the big game on TV each weekend. Of course all of these events require copious amounts of food, so the addition of an outdoor kitchen with your grilling station, wet bar and mini fridge is just right. This combination of a screened porch with a deck or patio gives you the best of both worlds with double the enjoyment.

screened porch over new composite deck

Screened porch over new composite deck.

The final step of the evolving outdoor living environment often comes about during the “empty nest” stage of homeownership. Your family’s size is reduced because the kids are grown up and out on their own. Converting that screened porch into a sunroom makes a cozier light-filled living that continues to be the most used space in your home while allowing you to bring the outside in without the limitations of season or weather. The year-round enjoyment and extra heated space of a sunroom make it one of the most valuable investments you can make to your home. Not all screened porches go through this final step of the final steps of the outdoor living evolution, but should you ever decide to take this last step, you’ll be happy to know that you’re already about halfway there when converting from a screened porch.

Deck and screened porch combination in Columbia, SC.

Deck and screened porch combination in Columbia, SC.

Understanding the outdoor living environment makes it pretty clear why the screened porch is considered the pivotal piece of your outdoor living space and why it’s still the most popular outdoor living structure. Archadeck of Central South Carolina specializes in providing quality outdoor spaces for homeowners with evolving needs. We also offer a low-maintenance, budget-friendly alternative to traditional wood-framed screened porches that still provides the lifestyle enhancement and quality you have come to rely on from Archadeck of Central South Carolina.

Interior of gable roof screened porch in Lexington, SC.

Interior of gable roof aluminum screened porch in Lexington, SC.

When considering an outdoor room addition such as a screened porch, choosing the best fit for your home’s architecture, your desired function and your budget is important. Archadeck of Central South Carolina is the premier outdoor structure builder serving Columbia, SC, and the surrounding area. We can help you choose the perfect custom outdoor living space addition for you with our expert design team and experience in building. Contact us to learn more by calling  (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

For inspiration in creating your custom screened porch or to see more of our stunning and versatile outdoor living environments visit our screened porch gallery and our sunroom gallery located on our website.