Category Archives: Outdoor fun

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!

Archadeck of Central SC Explores the Popularity of the “She Shed” in Outdoor Living Design

Columbia SC She Shed builder

She shed in Columbia, SC, built by Archadeck of Central SC.

In a specialty design world that has long been governed by the fancies of men’s outdoor activities comes the arrival of a structure in the backyard a woman can call her own — 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 surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature, the popularity of the she shed continues to evolve and grow.

Sometimes, A Gal Just Needs A Moment To Herself!

She sheds come in all shapes and sizes but share a few general design characteristics in common.

  • A detached structure away from the home itself, usually tucked into the landscape or garden.
  • Enclosed under a roof in order to protect contents from inclement weather and insects.

In many cases a she shed can be little more than a storage building customized to reflect the owner’s tastes and interests. More elaborate custom she shed designs can include electricity, A/C and heating and even exquisite crystal chandeliers dangling from the rafters! When it comes to design options for creating a one-of-a-kind backyard getaway, “she sheds” know no limits. There are no rules to building a she shed; they can be anything you want them to be, and much more!

take a look at these inspirational She Shed designs courtesy of popsugar.com:

Take a look at these inspirational she shed designs courtesy of popsugar.com.

 It’s Not About He Said/She Shed!

Though termed a “she” shed, these unique outdoor sanctuaries can be enjoyed by the whole family, even the dog! Archadeck of Central SC designed and constructed a custom she shed here in Columbia for a lovely couple, and it was covered in a recent article 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 topping off the charming 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!

A place for everything and everything in it's place Garden shed in Columbia SC 2

The Columbia homeowners are elated with their she shed, which also includes a custom romantic-inspired fence reminiscent of those seen in English gardens of a by-gone era. The homeowners are looking forward to enjoying hours of birdwatching and gardening in their unique outdoor space.

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 contact Archadeck of Central SC today to get started! You can contact us at  (803) 603-2160 or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net.

Fire features fan the flames of socializing and coziness in your outdoor living space

Archadeck 2013 PhotographyWe are less than a month away from the first day of fall, and with it comes so many wonderful things. As fall approaches we say goodbye to warm summer evenings, sunbathing, water sports and all the endless summer fun. Now is the time to welcome the glory that is autumn, and the addition of a fire feature — such as a fireplace or fire pit — to your outdoor living space is the perfect way to do it.

Not only does a fire feature offer several benefits,  it also helps to bring a nice conclusion to almost any day of every season! Being a leading designer and builder of custom outdoor living spaces in this area, Archadeck of Central SC has helped hundreds of homeowners add outdoor living spaces, including custom fire features, increasing the curb appeal of their homes.

One of the best things about a fireplace or fire pit is that it can be used year round. Your outside parties will be enhanced with marshmallow toasting, hot dog roasting, cocktails, warm cider and s’mores galore! The benefits of capitalizing on the fire element’s appeal are many. An outdoor fire feature with year-round functionality extends South Carolina’s outdoor season, as well as your home’s physical capacity for accommodating social gatherings.

Is a fire pit right for you

Our custom designs encourage quality time outdoors!

When the autumn nights begin to settle in, even though it may be a little chilly, a fire element can warm you right up and give you an excuse to be outside. Whether it’s down time with the family, intimate get-togethers with friends, or a full-blown party, having a fireplace or fire pit adds another dimension to entertaining. Inevitably, it becomes the focal point, and as most who have spent time staring into a blaze will attest, it encourages friendly conversation and warm feelings. Even while relaxing at home in your hot tub or sauna, a fire feature offers a healthy means of de-stressing.

Much like any outdoor living structure or element, a fire feature can be customized to match your tastes and needs. Even with a smaller yard, you can still create an intimate space for gatherings. From the furniture to the actual fire pit itself, there are plenty of ways you can customize your outdoor space and still reap all of these benefits:

  • Entertainment – nothing says gather a group of friends and family together like a fire pit or fireplace, as it’s a great way to extend your party space to the outdoors.
  • Smores over fireCooking – although, not as precise as a grill or bar-b-que, fire pits and outdoor fireplaces can provide a flame over which you can create a multitude of culinary creations.
  • Heat – you can extend your entertaining seasons a bit by staying warm on those chilly evenings practically year round.
  • Ambiance – even if you aren’t into throwing parties or entertaining, the ambiance a fire feature brings is worth the investment alone, especially if you are into star gazing with a loved one while sitting next to one of nature’s most captivating elements.
  • Added home value – an attractive fire feature creates an enthralling focal point that can  help make your home stand apart from others.
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 in custom designing and building of a new outdoor living space with a fire feature, Archadeck of Central South Carolina is your builder of choice. We can help you custom design and build the outdoor living space of your dreams with a fire feature that will keep you cozy outdoors and optimize the use of your back yard for almost year-round enjoyment. We’re a professional contractor with the answers to all your questions about fire features or any other outdoor living structure. Contact Archadeck of Central South Carolina today to learn more about the placement, size, construction and cost of a fire feature and much more at (803) 603-2160  or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net.

Archadeck of Central SC is Proud to Help Americans Celebrate July 4th in Their Own Backyard

Archadeck of Central SC celebrates July 4thOur staff is getting ready to celebrate Independence Day with our families here at Archadeck of Central SC. We hope all our customers are busy planning their outdoor festivities on their backyard decks with barbeques with friends and family. At Archadeck, it’s an honor for us to know that we are an integral part of your summer holiday celebrations. It’s with great pride that we know our design and building expertise leads to your outdoor all-American fun.

We are fortunate to live in a country where freedom and a strong dose of patriotism are plentiful, and we hope you have a great Independence Day enjoying not only your backyard, but also the fun happening around the Columbia, SC, region.  Here are a few events happening in our community for you to check out for family fun:

Happy 4th of July from ArchadeckWe know how to celebrate the Fourth in Columbia, SC, so one day just isn’t enough to pack in all the fun. We start the festivities on July 3rd at historic Fort Jackson with an entire day of festivities. It all begins at 8 AM with a run/walk and a twelve mile bike ride at Hilton Field, plus a whole host of other activities that are family friendly. At 4 PM the kids will have a blast on rides and games; and if great music is a must on your list then enjoy Eric Mayweather and the Finesse Band and Fort Jackson’s 282nd “Rock Band” kicking off the musical entertainment at 6:30 PM. At 9 PM a cannon salute to each state in America and a 30-minute fireworks display cap off the evening.

Also on July 3rd, Saluda Shoals Park will feature the Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra from 6-9 PM. This is an all American outdoor celebration of family fun, so bring a blanket and your lawn chair and enjoy games for the kids, fabulous food, and a rousing dose of patriotic music.

On July 4th from 12 noon-3 PM, you must check out the Patriotic Boat Parade at Lake Murray. Water vessels of all kinds are festooned in patriotic glory with flags waving and people cheering. This year the event hopes to enter the Guinness Book of World Records by hosting over 150 boats. Be sure to be part of this historic moment!

Of course no Independence Day evening is complete without a bold fireworks display, and we sure know how do to it big in Columbia. Beginning at dusk (9PM), we host South Carolina’s largest fireworks display on beautiful Lake Murray from two locations: Spence Island and Dreher Island State Park. Watch fireworks timed to patriotic tunes that truly get your love of America stirring.

If staying at home on July 4th is more your speed, then we know that you’ll likely be enjoying it in your backyard. If you are not exactly happy with your current backyard decking design, do give us a shout so we can help you design an outdoor extension to your home that will add value to the way your family truly lives. We can build a deck and accompanying outdoor structures that fit your lifestyle and your budget.

Archadeck of Central SC outdoor kitchensThere are so many benefits to a beautiful and practical outdoor living space—whether it’s a hard-working entertainment space with a built-in kitchen or fireplace, a place for your family to get healthy fresh air and get closer to nature, or a quiet spot for stress-free relaxation. Most of our customers simply want a great area for dining and hanging out with friends, surrounded by the trees, and we can accommodate that easily with a custom table and built-in seating. If you have a storage issue, we can design a space to stow all your tools and yard gear. Should privacy be of concern to you, we can create a quiet oasis that keeps neighbors away from your serene setting. Don’t be deterred if your yard has a steep grade, we can also help design a deck with landings or stairs that attractively and safely take advantage of a sloping property and makes it more usable. A great pergola or porch is a fantastic way to provide shade on a deck without the use of pesky umbrellas or ugly awnings. There isn’t a problem that we can’t solve with a well-designed deck.

Lake Chapin SC outdoor living environment

Archadeck of Central SC is proud to be part of the Columbia market, and we’ve been thrilled to have had the opportunity to work with our residential customers to help them realize their backyard deck dreams. We are truly grateful to the community for embracing us and relying on our backyard building capability, and for helping us become the top deck builder in Columbia, SC.

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 considering a deck addition for you and your family in the near future, we can provide valuable insight on getting started with a design that meets and exceeds all your expectations of what a custom outdoor space should be. There is no charge for a consultation, so contact us Archadeck of Central SC today at (803) 603-2160, or email us 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.

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

Is a Fire Pit Right for You?

Is a fire pit right for youIf you would like to extend the use of your backyard into the colder months, a fire pit may be the answer. When considering having a fire pit installed, here are some thoughts to consider:

Choices – the major decisions you will need to make when designing a fire pit are:

  • Natural stone or manufactured block
  • Designed for wood fire or gas
  • Location as to where to put the fire pit, and what kind of surrounding area do you want
Central SC firepit with retaining wall

Central SC firepit integrated into a patio with retaining/seating wall.

Materials – A natural stone fire pit is beautiful. It can be the landmark of a beautiful outdoor living space and a great place to spend time with your friends and family. The color choices are unlimited, and every custom-made natural stone fire pit is unique. It is also an expensive option – think two to three thousand depending on size and location. Natural stone is likely to crack (or even explode) due to direct contact with heat. If you are going to invest in a natural stone wood-burning fire pit, we recommend using a fire-brick liner to keep the stones from getting excessively hot. If you make this kind of investment you want it done right so that it will last.

Manufactured block makes a nice fire pit at less than half the cost of natural stone. It’s not as artistic, but it is very functional and can be the site of many good times. Also today there are many styles of landscaping block to meet your tastes. These projects range from the do-it-yourself kits from Lowe’s or Home Depot for two hundred dollars to professionally designed and installed projects which can cost between seven hundred and one thousand, five hundred. A block fire pit doesn’t necessarily need a heat liner, though use of a metal ring or fire brick may reduce cracking or excessive drying out and thus extend the life of the block.

Central SC firepit in actionWood or Gas – A wood fire can be enchanting as well as warming. When considering wood for a fire pit the primary driver is the charm of a natural fire. Design considerations include ensuring that the bottom of the pit will drain when it rains, and determining where fire wood is going to be stored.

Gas compared to wood has many pro’s and con’s. Gas is easier to start and quicker to extinguish, has less smoke, takes less effort to tend, and there is no need to buy and store fire wood. Gas fire pits are less costly to design for drainage and have less need for fire brick liners. On the other hand, it may be more expensive to install depending on where gas lines have to be run. Also you will want to design the structure so that if something goes wrong with the lines or the ignition electronics, you can access the parts in need of repair. A wide variety of glass crystals and beads are available for gas fire pits to enhance the look of the finished product.

In the end, the choice between wood or gas comes down to what works best for you.

Columbia SC custom fire pits

If you are ready to ignite your outdoor living enjoyment with a custom fire pit 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 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

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.

At Archadeck, we specialize in creating “outdoor environments” that exceed your expectations.

Process plays a key role in the success of your outdoor living project.

Welcome autumn with a relaxing outdoor living environment customized to fit your needs!

The arrival and departure of Labor Day marks the end of summer. This time of year is often bittersweet as the kids are back to their school routines, football season is underway, and fall is beginning to make its debut. However, just because summer is over doesn’t mean the outdoor living season has ended. There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the changing season ahead within your own custom outdoor living space!

Keep in mind that not all outdoor structures are created equal. Just because you have an outdoor structure doesn’t mean you have an outdoor living space. Here at Archadeck of Central SC, we specialize in creating “outdoor environments” that exceed your expectations of enjoying the outdoors. An outdoor living space is place where you, your family and friends go to spend quality time, a place to relax, a place where you can enjoy nature and a place where you can truly be yourself.

The attributes that define the differences between  an outdoor structure and an outdoor living space are expertly outlined in a recent post from Archadeck Outdoor Living. As this article points out, in order for a structure to qualify as a living space it must be designed to cater to at least one, or more, of the following :

  • Deck detail in Governors Grant with separate area for dining.

    Deck detail in Governors Grant with separate area for dining.

    Function – Much like the worth that is poured into the design of interior living spaces, outdoor living spaces need to be designed with function and purpose in mind. Homeowners are all different and want to use their outdoor spaces for different purposes. What is an ideal living space for you can be quite different from that of your neighbor. Maybe you want a space where you can prepare food and dine outdoors, or a place to relax and read on Sunday afternoons? We can take the variables that you want for your space and translate these into a design, or combination, that will serve the ideal purpose for you and your family.

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    Exterior view of deck and sunroom. Notice how the patio and deck flow effortlessly into the sunroom.

    Ease of Design – Once the function of your outdoor living space has been determined, it is time to concentrate on the ease of your design. When the perfect outdoor space is created, it will invite the owners, friends and family outside. A great design will create a nice flow and define all the areas of your structure.

  • Furnishings and Accoutrements –  This attribute seems simple, but you would be surprised at how integrating the right furnishings and accessories can increase your enjoyment of your outdoor space. Without furniture, all a deck, patio or porch would be is a blank space.  Keep in mind, people will only go out and stand in an empty space for so long before looking for a place to sit — it’s human nature, and you want to facilitate their desire to relax while in the space. The furniture you choose should always reflect the function and design of your outdoor space.
Archadeck of Central SC custom fire pit on slate patio

The right furnishings are an important part of enjoying the time spent within your space.

We realize your outdoor space is where you and your family go to relax and entertain. Archadeck of Central SC delivers uncompromising attention to detail with a high level of quality and craftsmanship. You can relax in knowing your family will have an enjoyable design and build experience, , more important, will enjoy your new custom outdoor living space for many years to come!

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 enhancing your outdoor lifestyle call Archadeck of Central SC 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 to see our custom structures, or visit our stunning galleries on Houzz.

Football season is here — welcome the ultimate “man cave” to your own backyard!

This open porch and hardscape combination in Columbia also features an outdoor kitchen for added luxury.

This open porch and hardscape combination in Columbia also features an outdoor kitchen for added luxury.

This week marks the end of pre-season and the official debut of the 2014 football season. While many residents are anticipating enjoying the games in typical fashion, on the living room sofa, keep in mind that the setting is sometimes just as important as the presentation… With this in mind, score one for the outdoor “man cave” courtesy of Archadeck of Central SC.

Ahhh, indeed, the “man cave.” The one place within the home that a man can call his own. Until recently, “man caves” were just that, cave-like rooms with little style and only basic indulgences: a room containing a couch, a recliner and a television. Nowadays, in the world of custom building, the man cave has earned a new name and reputation, being referred to as “the gentleman’s parlor,” complete with a wet bar, kitchen and custom luxuries fit for a king. We aim to take this kingdom of masculinity one step further by moving the locale into an outdoor structure. Covered patios, screened porches and outdoor rooms are now being designed with men in mind. No longer will we have to be told to “put a coaster under that; try to keep the noise down; get your feet down.” An outdoor man cave can be designed with all the amenities and accoutrements you will ever want including easy access to tossing around the ol’ pigskin during commercial breaks! I can already smell the combination of leather and testosterone in the air.

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

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

Imagine the scenario as it unfolds …

Your friends have converged at your home to watch the BIG game on your BIG screen that is mounted on the wall of your covered patio that overlooks the pool and backyard. The game is sounding as realistic as though you were on the 40 yard line.

This multi-functional outdoor kitchen features "eat-in" style bar seating

This multi-functional outdoor kitchen features “eat-in” style bar seating.

The tantalizing aroma of ribs smoking on the grill of your outdoor kitchen reminds you that half-time isn’t far off. A few friends brought hot dogs to grill, and you have the buns ready in your bun warmer that is designed especially for that purpose. While you wait for the second quarter to start you pour everyone a cold drink from your stocked outdoor bar, complete with a sink and insulated bin for ice. The best part is right before half-time; you are only steps away from gathering in the yard to throw around the pigskin for a while. Having these luxurious conveniences within your man cave turns an afternoon of football into an entertaining and relaxing dream come true where you are just mere feet away from the great outdoors. It doesn’t get any better than this.

Columbia, SC three season room with rustic beadboard ceiling, ample dining and seating areas complete with a cozy outdoor fireplace.

Columbia, SC, three season room with rustic beadboard ceiling, ample dining and seating areas.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

Now WAKE UP — and contact Archadeck of Central SC to make the dream a reality. We can can plan, design and build the ultimate outdoor man cave the entire family will love and enjoy! Call today for a free design consultation at (803) 603-2160 or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net.

Please visit our extensive outdoor structure galleries located on our website for more examples of our versatile outdoor room designs.

The 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.