Category Archives: Outdoor Kitchens

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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Living on Island Time in Lexington, SC….

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

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

Before:

Before:

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

Lexington SC TimberTech Deck Builder

Lexington SC TimberTech Deck Builder

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

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

Lexington SC Custom Outdoor Kiitchens

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

Lexington SC TimberTech Deck Builder

If you want to learn more about creating your own unique, island-inspired or one-of-a-kind outdoor space that stands out from the crowd, contact Archadeck of Central SC today to get started! You can contact us at (803) 603-2160 or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

We are wild about our recent outdoor living combination in Wildewood!

Covered porch interior detail in Widlewood, East Columbia, SC.It isn’t often that an outdoor living space delivers on all the key elements of what makes outdoor living so enjoyable. Our most recent project in the Wildewood community in East Columbia, SC, contains all the structures homeowners crave when they imagine the outdoor living space of their dreams. Each structure within can be enjoyed singularly, but when combined they create a total outdoor living environment.

As discussed in a previous post — “The outdoor living structure combination is a trend with proven staying power here in Central SC”— the draw towards outdoor living space combinations persists because they are multifunctional and versatile. Combining different structures is a clear way to define separate areas within an outdoor living zones as opposed to using one singular space to carry out all your desired functions. This Wildewood project is the perfect example of putting this concept into action.

This combination design consists of a low-maintenance deck, covered porch, stamped concrete patio, outdoor kitchen and a fire pit! Let’s explore the dynamics and benefits of each structure and how they work together within the space:

East Columbia SC covered porch builderCovered Porch — Conveniently located just off the rear of the home, and easily accessible to the home’s interior living areas,  lies the covered porch addition. The porch features an open and airy open gable design with a rustic exposed rafter ceiling. The porch floor is a continuation of the beautiful AZEK decking used for the deck and features a parting board for added drama and aesthetics.

 Spacious Deck — Located just off the covered porch is the spacious low-maintenance deck. As mentioned above, the deck features AZEK decking, which is scratch and stain resistant, impervious to insects, mold and mildew and is a breeze to keep clean! Custom built-in  bench seating adds valuable seating space and visual interest and helps define the boundaries of the space.

Combination project in Wildewood subd. East Columbia SC

 Outdoor Kitchen — The outdoor kitchen and grill area sits conveniently at the end of the deck. It includes a grill, food preparation area and workspace with under cabinet storage. The placement of the kitchen makes entertaining a pleasure as it is easily within reach of the deck, porch and patio areas as well as being a stone’s throw away from the interior kitchen door.

East Columbia Sc outdoor living combination space

Patio and Fire Pit — Located just off the deck, the patio is constructed of stamped concrete and features a stone retaining wall. The retaining wall doubles as a cozy seating wall to enjoy the patio’s integrated fire pit. Form and function creatively mingle as the curves of the fire pit are mimicked throughout the entire design, from the curved stone wall bordering the patio to the curved built-in bench on the deck.

Outdoor living combinations such as this project in Wildewood can be used altogether or as separate rooms– each room a vignette of beauty and function. The most wonderful part of our outdoor living combination designs is that two or more outdoor spaces can function as one large design making harmony an important element of the design.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

If you are interested in learning more about creating a multi-purpose outdoor living oasis in your own backyard through the combination of two, three or even four or more outdoor structures, contact Archadeck of Central SC today. You can reach us by phone at (803) 603 – 2160
or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net.

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you are on the fence about moving forward with the outdoor living space of your dreams, now is the perfect time to get your project on our schedule! Contact Archadeck of Central SC today to learn more. Our consultation is free but the benefits are priceless! You can reach us by phone at (803) 603-2160 or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net

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

we can create the ultimate staycation in your backyard

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

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

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

Outdoor oasis in NE Columbia

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

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

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

AZEK deck in NE Columbia outdoor combination project

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

Outdoor kitchen/grill area in NE Columbia

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

NE Columbia patio and fire pit

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

NE Columbia outdoor living combination space

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

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

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

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.