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Enjoy your porch well into the Winter thanks to clever ideas from Archadeck of Central SC!

Columbia, SC three season room with rustic beadboard ceiling, ample dining and seating areas complete with a cozy outdoor fireplace.Unlike decks and patios that are usually exposed to the elements, a porch that is screened and/or covered can extend your autumn and winter time outdoors even if it’s a tad chilly outside. There are plenty of ways to keep your Columbia, SC, porch warm and toasty this fall with some clever ideas that will keep your screened porch family-friendly in cold weather.

Adding a fireplace as part of your porch build is a terrific way to inject ambiance and real warmth into the space. Whether it’s wood burning or gas, you can enjoy the cooler weather with the allure of the flicker of flames and the heat it provides. It is possible to add a fireplace to an already existing porch as well, and Archadeck of Central South Carolina can certainly help you do that if your previous builder did not put one in initially. A fireplace brings instant atmosphere to a porch and is the perfect spot to enjoy marshmallows and hot chocolate with the kids or a delightful outdoor dinner with wine for some romantic time with your love. A fireplace turns your porch into a true outdoor room that is an extension of your indoor space and adds lots of value to your home.

Outdoor Patio HeaterIf budgets are tight or space does not allow, gorgeous outdoor space heaters give you the vibe of an outdoor fireplace with a smaller footprint and a modern flair. You can use an electric or gas one to get the job done in an attractive way that adds plenty of interest on a porch. These affordable heaters come in all shapes, sizes and styles—from traditional to modern—to fit any decorating scheme. There are those that are floor standing and others that you can pop on the table. Some are even ingeniously disguised to look like a lamp if you are worried about aesthetics.  The key is to select one that is rated for outdoor use and specially designed to use in a covered area such as a porch.

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Custom wall/ceiling -mounted infrared heaters.

Infrared electric heaters can be mounted onto the ceiling or even a wall so they are up and out of the way and push heat down into an open space. You may have noticed these in outdoor restaurant patios in colder temps, but these are now available for residential use, too. They work by using light to directly heat people  within the space instead of heating the air itself, so they are the perfect solution for an open air situation. Instead of wasting money heating the entire area, infrared heaters simply warm those sitting near them. When strategically placed, they are economical and fairly efficient as well.

Columbia SC outdoor fireplaces

An outdoor fireplace can add rustic appeal to your outdoor room and keep the space warm in the cooler months.

Since a porch is either open all around or screened in to protect from nasty bugs and poor weather, Archadeck of Central South Carolina gives you the option of turning your existing porch into a three or four season room. We can add a special enclosure that allows for a four-track panel window. This area can be heated in many different ways, from an economical space heater to a ductless heating system with a slim streamlined design or we can even integrate an outdoor fireplace into your porch design. If you want to enjoy a breeze on a beautiful day, you simply slide the window panels open and you are back to feel of a porch again. You get the best of both worlds!

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

For more ideas on utilizing your porch and screened porch year-round, contact Archadeck of Central South Carolina today at (803) 603-2160 or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net. We have many options available to suit your needs and budget and keep you loving outdoor living season after season!

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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.

 

Settle in for a long, cozy night by the fire pit this season — Archadeck can make it happen!

The Winter Solstice has come and if you’re a stargazer, you know exactly what that means…that’s right the longest night of the year! On that date, the sun is above the horizon roughly nine hours and if you subtract twilight, the night is fully dark for almost twelve hours. Combine this lengthy darkness with a clear sky and the southern position of the sun, and a very large part of the constellation-filled night sky can be seen in just one night. What better place to enjoy Mother Nature’s complete holiday “twinkling light” display than in your own backyard while sitting around the warming flames of your custom fire feature?

stargazingOne of our favorite aspects of winter is the stillness of the outdoors during this season. It almost beckons us to slow down and drink in our surroundings. With all of the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, decorating and other preparations during the day, our festively-adorned home becomes the evening rest stop in which to recuperate.  At times, it can be a sensory overload with so many lights and the hum of technology from the TV, the stereo or the computer. Your outdoor living space is the perfect place to escape, and with the addition of an outdoor fire feature such as a fireplace or fire pit, you are sure to enjoy your Central South Carolina backyard even during the winter months. The flames of a fire feature are almost hypnotizing while sparking conversations for those gathered closely around it.

FirePit-UrbanaHighlandWall by BelgardWhether you are custom designing a whole new outdoor living space or renovating your existing deck or patio, choosing between a fire pit and fireplace is an important decision. You should consider these two questions alongside the desired budget or investment you wish to maintain: What will be the main function of your fire feature and how many people do you wish to accommodate? As strong design focal points, both types of fire features generate an abundance of ambiance as well as light and warmth, but which is the higher priority for you…a design element to anchor your oudoor room with seating close by or a heat source in the round where many can gather and enjoy more of an open space? While an outdoor fireplace is a design feature as much as a heat source, a fire pit is more of a function feature choice; more people can fit around the fire pit at the same time than in front of a fireplace. In fact, a fire pit gives you more value, as it typically costs about half the price of an outdoor fireplace depending upon the materials, size and burning medium you select.

Central SC firepit in actionHeat resistant, waterproof material choices such as stone, concrete and brick may be combined in your custom-designed and built outdoor fire pit. Each of these materials has the capability of safely burning wood, gas or charcoal, making the fire pit suitable for cooking as well as heating. Unlike the “fire pit in a box” options at your local lawn and garden retail centers, your custom fire pit is essentially a permanent structure that is more durable and custom designed to complement your home’s architectural design without obstructing your views.

Is a fire pit right for youImagine it’s the evening of the winter solstice, just after supper…the whole family heads outside for the best stargazing event of the year, each snuggled up in their own blanket with a mug of coffee or hot cocoa, ready to make family time memories. There’s nothing like the crackling of a fire of an outdoor fire pit for everyone to gather around to stay warm and cozy, while having the best seats in the “house” to view the constellations and maybe even wish upon a star. Or perhaps you’d like to skip the crowds of party goers or the heavy traffic this New Year’s Eve, and would prefer to ring in the New Year with your friends and family discussing the good times of the past year with hot toddies or cocktails around the fire. A friend of ours has a New Year’s Eve tradition in her family where each person makes a list of their top three New Year’s resolutions and their top three “negatives” of the past year. A few minutes before they ring in the New Year, everyone throws their “negatives” lists into the fire pit and then they each silently read their resolutions to themselves before they make their toasts and share hugs and kisses. She described this as a cleansing of the poor memories of the old year and a personal affirmation of their goals for the New Year.

Columbia SC custom fire pits

No matter how you plan to utilize your fire pit or in which season, you can be confident in your investment in the enhancement of your outdoor living space. Extending the use of your backyard with a fire element, so you and your family can enjoy it year round, adds value and style not only to your property, but to your quality family time as well. Shared moments making s’mores, drinking coffee, telling ghost stories, reminiscing about good times, stargazing or just enjoying the stillness of winter and the mesmerizing flicker of the flames in your fire pit are all memories in the making, just waiting for you to begin.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

If we have fanned the flames of your desire to add a fire feature to your existing outdoor living space or have sparked your interest for more information regarding the custom designing and building of a new outdoor living space with a fire feature for year-round enjoyment at your home, contact Archadeck of Central South Carolina to learn more about placement, size, construction, costs and much more. Contact us today for your free consultation at (803) 603-2160
or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net

There’s more to Archadeck of Central SC than just decks, much more!

Central SC AZEK deck builderThere are many people who presume Archadeck is only a deck builder. For obvious reasons, as the term “deck” is evident in our name. Yes, decks are a major element of the many custom outdoor living spaces we specialize in, and it is how Archadeck began almost thirty-five years ago, but we are so much more than just North America’s largest deck builder. Our outdoor living space designs continue to evolve and diversify with the changing lifestyle needs and desires of today’s homeowner.

PlansHere at Archadeck of Central SC we specialize in outdoor living spaces. Our objective, with all of our custom designs, is to bring the outdoors in. For over twelve years our talented professional team has provided homeowners in Columbia, SC, and the surrounding area with decks, porches, patios and outdoor rooms that fulfill your needs and desires. We’re proud to say we don’t offer a catalog full of ready-made decks, nor do we charge by the square foot. Every design is one-of-a-kind and custom-made for you.

Since we can wear many “hats” so well within the outdoor living business, it is safe to say that even though our name is Archadeck, we could easily be referred to as “Archa-porch” or even “Archa-sunroom.” Here’s a peek at just a few of the outdoor living spaces we can design and build in your backyard:

Archadeck Outdoor Living started building decks in Richmond, Virginia almost thirty-five years ago. The company quickly became the nation’s largest builder network specializing in custom-designed and custom-built decks, screened porches, sunrooms, gazebos and related outdoor living structures. Archadeck is set apart by our approach to design, with local teams of design consultants across North America specializing in creating custom projects for our clients’ outdoor living spaces. As a leading national deck builder, we’ve always been known for creating additions that seamlessly work into the existing design of your property, building new decks, porches and pergolas  that look as if they were always part of our clients’ homes.

No "cookie cutter" designs from us!

No “cookie cutter” designs from us!

Designing an outdoor living space requires much more skill, expertise and experience than just throwing up a backyard deck for a client. More than any of these factors, it also requires the ability to truly “listen.” The difference between just getting another deck, porch or patio and a living space is a project that is designed with the lifestyles of the individual clients and their needs in mind. A cookie-cutter, builder-grade deck does not deliver the same results. Not all outdoor structures are created equal. Just because you have an outdoor structure doesn’t mean you have an outdoor living space.

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 learn more about all the versatile, high-quality  outdoor living spaces we specialize in! Call us today for a free consultation at (803) 603 – 2160 or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net
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A custom fire pit from Archadeck of Central SC enables you all the ambiance and allure of a fireplace at a fraction of the cost!

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An outdoor fire pit makes the perfect “go to” destination in your backyard!

Walk up to any newsstand in America and peruse the outdoor living section. One of the first things you will probably notice when you open the glossy pages of your favorite outdoor living magazine is the popularity and allure of outdoor fire features. I am not making a pun when I state that “outdoor fireplaces and fire pits are hot”, because here in the Columbia area they are at the top of the outdoor living most-requested list!

According to a 2013 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects earlier this year, American homeowners are increasingly  interested in creating outdoor rooms for entertaining and relaxation on their properties. The survey also shows from all the categories polled, 97 percent of respondents rated fire pits and fireplaces as somewhat or very in-demand. The results of the poll are not surprising. As the economy begins to steadily improve homeowners are looking to invest in their property while maximizing the amount of enjoyable use of their outdoor spaces at the same time. Adding a fire feature to their outdoor living space is one of the best ways to get both.

outdoor fire pit aerial photo

Aerial photo of outdoor fire pit integrated into a low maintenence deck with built-in seating.

Choosing between a fire pit and fireplace is an important decision when creating an outdoor room. Both features extend the enjoyment of an outdoor living area by providing warmth, light, relaxation and ambiance. However, they have important differences that should be considered. Along with the number of people you are trying to accommodate, and the function you want to achieve with your fire feature, the amount you wish to invest is also an important consideration.

Columbia SC outdoor fireplaces

An outdoor fireplace can add rustic appeal to your outdoor room and serves as the perfect spot for freinds and family to gather.

A fireplace will create a cozy, romantic feeling & a fire pit will encourage storytelling, laughter and s’mores!

An outdoor fireplace will help anchor an outdoor living space such as an outdoor living or dining area. You also want to decide whether you want a fire feature where guests can surround the structure or cozy “up to” the feature. Fire pits become a gathering spot enabling more enjoyable open space within the backyard. A fire pit will not obscure the landscape because of its low profile. It has minimal impact on the landscape and allows you to still enjoy an unobstructed view of your plantings and trees. A fire pit will also serve as an open refuge for good times when used in conjunction with a deck or patio. Outdoor fireplaces serve as a dominant design feature even when not in use, and take up more linear space than that of a fire pit because more design components are involved. In order to make the best decision to fit your spatial needs and lifestyle it is important to be aware of the size demands of both a fire pit and fireplace.

The Fire Pit is the central element of this outdoor space

The Fire Pit is the central element of this outdoor space.

Outdoor fire pits evolved from our love of the campfire. You probably fondly remember sitting around a campfire swapping ghost stories, roasting hot dogs and marshmallows as a child. That feeling and the emotions tied to our campfire memories are how today’s fire pits were born. However, in modern outdoor room settings it is often too messy and unpredictable to have a wood-burning bonfire — not to mention illegal in most areas of the country. Along with enjoyment, adding a fire pit to your outdoor space is also more economical than adding an outdoor fireplace. Depending on the materials, size and burning medium you choose for your fire pit ( gas-burning pits are usually more expensive than wood-burning pits) your price tag could be half of what an outdoor fireplace would cost. This is a welcomed thought for homeowners wishing to create backyard bliss on a budget!

Timber Tech Composite Deck with Curved Bench and Fire pit

Timber Tech Composite Deck with Curved Bench and Fire pit.

If you are ready to ignite your outdoor living enjoyment with a custom fire pit, or outdoor fireplace addition, contact Archadeck of Central SC to learn more about  placement, size, construction, costs and much more. Call us today for free consultation (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

You can see more inspiring photos of outdoor fire pit and outdoor fireplace designs by visiting our outdoor fireplace and fire pit photo gallery located on our website.