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It literally pays to plan your 2019 Central South Carolina outdoor living project now!

save money by scheduling your outdoor project nowArchadeck of Central South Carolina is ready to help you get a jumpstart on your upcoming outdoor living project to save you money.  Don’t let your project become a casualty of avoidable, untoward circumstances!

You might think this simply is not the time to be thinking about your 2019 outdoor living building project.  Archadeck of Central SC implores you to not only think about it, but to begin working with us to design your project now.  Why do we feel so strongly about acting now?  We are barreling towards the end of 2018. As your Central SC outdoor living designer and builder, we want to make sure you know we usually see pricing increases on outdoor building materials after year-end.  As 2019 rolls around, and manufacturers’ price increases roll out, your Columbia SC sunroom, Lake Murray patio and outdoor fireplace, or Central SC deck project will cost more. If you sign a contract with us by December 31 to build your project, you can lock in 2018 prices.

Other variables, such as a strong economy, also adversely affect materials costs and project timelines.  Less available workforce equates to longer project delivery times.  All the more reason to act now.  Keep your project on time and on budget by getting ahead of these unfortunate construction trends!

Need a guide to getting started?

We know this is a busy time of year.  Time-eating holidays and end-of-year preparations are likely in motion in our professional and private lives.  We will assist you in every phase of your project, to make it as fluid a process as possible.  Here are a few steps that will see you through!

  1. Call us at (803) 603 – 2160. This is not the task you want to put off till tomorrow.  Our outdoor living experts are at the ready to get your project underway.

2. Gather all your Pinterest inspiration and have it ready for us. When we visit your home for your free design consultation, we want to see your design ideas and outdoor living ambitions.  Have questions for us?  Fire away – we’ll be ready!

3. Contemplate your outdoor living goals. The design of your outdoor living project is all about the way you imagine living in your space.  A hardscape patio and fire pit will offer a spot for private relaxation or entertainment outdoors.  A screened porch and outdoor fireplace will extend your indoor creature comforts to the outdoors.  A custom sunroom will give you three or four seasons of comfortable indoor/outdoor living.  How do you see yourself living in a new outdoor space?

4. Consider the materials you would like to use in your new space, such as stone choices for your patio and low-maintenance options for your custom deck. We will educate you about the benefits of the various options for materials based on your outdoor living goals.

Columbia Patio and Fire Pit Builder

5. Once our professional designers produce your initial design plan, get ready to revise, re-submit and approve! This process guarantees your new space is built to your specifications.

6. Give us your autograph on or before December 31! Once your plans are approved and your contract produced, simply sign the contract and submit it with our agreed-upon down payment.  NEED financing?  No problem, just click here!

Columbia Detached covered porch

Are you ready to begin your 2019 Central SC outdoor living project now?  We will come to your home for a free design consultation, and you can stop by our design center in downtown Columbia to look at an array of outdoor living products. Just give us a call at (803) 603 – 2160 or drop us an 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.

 

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PLANNING A NEW OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE IS A GREAT WAY TO GROUND HOLIDAY JET LAG

Columbia Detached covered porchThe New Year has arrived! As we begin to work towards our resolution goals it is often hard to remain focused. January, in itself, can be a time of renewal but it can also be a time that leaves you yearning for the excitement and merriment you felt during the holidays. Many even refer to January as the month of holiday jet lag.

Archadeck of Central SC wants you to know that one way to curb the post-holiday blues is to look beyond the winter doldrums to warmer months ahead.  With this in mind, many Central SC homeowners may begin planning for the outdoor living season. These plans may involve a new addition to your landscape or outdoor living space.  Whether your aspirations include adding a new outdoor structure, or improving or adding to an existing structure,  winter is a good time to get the ball rolling.

Columbia SC privacy decks

Because of our mild southern climate, we may be able to begin construction on your project as soon as your design is finalized and the contract is signed. In fact, the sooner we can start building, the more enjoyment you will get from your new outdoor living space. Once spring has arrived, demand will increase and building timelines will become longer. This is why we recommend starting the design and building process with us as soon as possible. Using these winter months perfecting the design of your new space, ordering materials and filing for permits is a perfect use of time.

In fact, there are quite a few reasons why winter is the best time to begin a new Columbia-area outdoor living space  project:

  • Central SC Sunrooms give you a front row seat to Mother NatureOur custom deckporch and sunroom designs require close collaboration with you. This process can take a few rounds of going back and forth, making adjustments and getting the project just right.
  • Securing building permits can take a long time as we are at the mercy of the local building department. Starting this process now means you don’t have to let the good spring weather pass you by while we are waiting for building permits to come in.

At Archadeck of Central SC, our spring and summer construction schedules fill fast. In fact, spring is our busiest time of year. If you start the process now, you beat the rush and are on the schedule for construction — or your project may even be completed — when others are just starting their process.

Beautifully detailed deck in NE Columbia, SC.

Beautifully detailed low maintenance deck in NE Columbia, SC.

Despite the fact that all the pomp and circumstance has ended, all the presents have been opened and loved ones have headed home,  we can ensure the late-winter weeks are overflowing with excitement and anticipation of the warm season ahead!

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

Contact us today to schedule your design consultation to begin making the 2018 outdoor living season the best ever! Call us today at  (803) 603 – 2160, or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net.

 

Finance your dream back yard with flexible financing options from Archadeck of Central SC

Have you ever heard the saying “why put off until tomorrow what you can do today?” When it comes to moving forward with making the outdoor living space you have always dreamt of a reality, the saying rings true. With flexible financing offers available through AMS Financial, you can build your dream deck, patio, porch, combination outdoor living space when you’re ready.

Just like Archadeck of Central SC, AMS Financial is an accredited member of the Better Business Bureau, and with their easy online application, you can apply from the privacy and comfort of your own home.

Why hold off on the project of your dreams? Our financing options will make your outdoor living project possible on a timetable that works for you. Whether it’s a porch, sunroom, deck, pergola or any combination of outdoor living structures, Archadeck of Central SC can connect you with quick, hassle-free ways to finance your project so your backyard dream can become a reality.

Why Choose AMS Financial?

  • Lower Rates
  • Fast, Easy, Paperless Process
  • Secure and Confidential
  • More Programs Means More Choices
  • Loans and Credit Cards For All Credit Grades

Archadeck of Central SC completed projects

With flexible financing offers available through AMS Financial, you can build your dream deck, patio, porch or combination outdoor living space when you’re ready. Discuss your options with a member of our team or click here to get started.

Still have questions? We can help! Call Archadeck of Central South Carolina today at (803) 603-2160 or email us 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.

Archadeck of Central SC Ensures Your Outdoor Living Project is Built Right From the Start

Our attention to detail is impeccable!Have you been left high and dry by a builder who offered you a very good deal on a new deck and then did not complete the project? Perhaps you know someone who has had this experience. When choosing a builder it is always wise to explore your options and research a prospective builder by looking at their reviews and looking at their portfolio of completed projects. It is also wise to be cautious of the builder that quickly brings the lowest price to the table and is ready to begin your project on a moment’s notice.

Columbia SC Deck BuilderKeep in mind that seasoned and reputable builders know what it takes structurally to ensure your safety and satisfaction. Securing proper permits and obtaining quality materials to complete the project takes a little time. Be very wary of builders who claim they can start on a dime because chances are they aren’t obtaining the necessary permits to build your structure. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and a professionally designed and built outdoor living structure won’t be either. If a builder is ready to break ground immediately, chances are likely their services are not in high demand. This can be a direct reflection of their business practices and quality of work.

During our 13+ years of service, Archadeck of Central SC has rebuilt many projects where the homeowner hastily hired a builder, sometimes a relative or friend,  just to get the project completed quickly. Not only were many of these structures dangerous, they usually resulted in the homeowner spending more to make it right than they would had they hired us initially.

Have you checked your prospective builder’s credentials?  Does the builder have a license and insurance? Is your structure warrantied? These questions may seem trivial but are crucial if something goes wrong and the builder, or crew, is injured or has an accident while working on your property. A warranty is also crucial in protecting your investment. Keep in mind, all of these safeguards are set in place to protect you and the builder.

When you choose Archadeck of Central SC to build your outdoor living structure(s), you will be protected by two separate guarantees constituting the most expansive customer protection plan in the industry. Local oversight assures your property and privacy are respected as well. We attend to every detail required to complete your project with the highest quality control standards. These details include everything from securing any needed building permits all the way to final cleanup after we complete your project. We work very hard to be as unobtrusive as possible during the entire construction phase.

Columbia SC Deck BuilderArchadeck of Central SC strives to provide you with an outdoor living space that encompasses everything you want in your particular design, now, and with future additions in mind. We help fulfill your wishes the first time around with no surprises, no catches all while standing behind every structure we build. We realize your anticipated outdoor structure is part of your home. It is vital to ensure your addition adds value to your property. Anything less could degrade property values and leave you holding the bag.

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 today for a free design consultation at (803) 603-2160 or email us 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.

This Deck and Sunroom Combo in Irmo, SC, is All About Easy Outdoor Living!

Irmo Deck and Sunroom Our recent combination project in Irmo, SC, proves the power of multiples when planning the perfect outdoor living environment.

When the homeowners contacted Archadeck of Central SC for a consultation, they had an existing deck that offered little benefit or versatility. The deck was also showing signs of age and exposure. Their ultimate goal was to create an area that provided enough space for outdoor dining, grilling and relaxing while still offering much-needed shade. Our solution was a multi-faceted deck and sunroom combination. By combining these two structures, we were able to not only deliver all the benefits they were looking for in an outdoor space but increase the enjoyment within their home as well.

Irmo Deck BuildersThe deck is built from top quality pressure treated pine. Since the design is low-to-grade, code did not require skirting or railing. The absence of both adds to the Zen appeal of the space and promises unobstructed views. The sunroom is easily accessible from both the deck and interior of the home. It features a cathedral ceiling finished in PlyBead panels and white vinyl windows for easy maintenance and enhanced energy efficiency. Archadeck of Central SC carefully matched the siding to that used elsewhere on the home.

Irmo SC Deck and Sunroom Design Details

This combination project provides a smooth transition from indoors to outdoors. The flow of the design makes it ideal to use for family gatherings, entertaining and everyday use. The homeowners are able to go from within the home to the deck, from the deck to their spacious backyard, from the deck to the sunroom and back again without skipping a beat. Take a look at all the angles of the project in our spotlight video featured on our YouTube channel:

When you have a harmonious blend between your indoor and outdoor living spaces, the possibilities are endless … and exciting. The homeowners are elated with the project, pointing out that the entire process was seamless. “From the initial proposal to the open communication during the project all the way to the end, Archadeck of Central SC was courteous and professional start to finish.”

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 our superior design and project methodology, contact us today for a free design consultation at (803) 603 – 2160 or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net.

 

 

 

 

Why are composite/low-maintenance decks more expensive than wood?

Lexington SC TimberTech Deck Builder

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

Are you thinking about redecking your existing deck or adding a new deck to your Columbia backyard this season?

If so, and depending on what stage of planning you are in, you might have already noticed the wide range of material choices on the market. These include the low-maintenance synthetic materials such as composite, vinyl and PVC. When comparing these to the traditional pressure-treated pine deck, some Central SC homeowners experience sticker shock when they see the difference in material costs for synthetic.

AZEK redeck on Lake Murray in Lexington, SC

These homeowners chose PVC decking in Brownstone, from the Harvest Collection by AZEK.

A common question that arises here at Archadeck of Central SC is, “Why are composite/low-maintenance decks more expensive than wood?” There are many factors that go into fully answering this question, so let us start from the beginning…

The 1st generation of composites:

In 1992, Trex® introduced the first low-maintenance decking. They called the decking “composite,” and it was composed of plastic and wood fibers. Composites began to gain favor in the marketplace because treating a wood deck can easily consume a full day, or more, every year, and we are increasingly jealous of our time. Other companies soon followed the lead and began to introduce more composite options. Over time, manufacturers began to add realistic wood details such as grain and texture to their composites to emulate the look of real wood.

Archadeck of Central SC composite redeckingThe 2nd generation:

AZEK® enters the picture, then called Procell.  This new synthetic material abandoned the wood fiber makeup of composite in favor of all PVC plastic. In addition to the improved appearance, AZEK’s best features were stain, scratch and mold resistance. Progress continued and soon other major players such as TimberTech and Fiberon came onto the scene.

In 2009, some of the synthetic decking manufacturers combined the benefits of traditional composites and solid PVC by engineering an attractive, hard PVC plastic cap over a composite core.  This low-maintenance decking material is called capstock, which offers the benefits of solid plastic decking at a lower cost.

Beautifully detailed deck in NE Columbia, SC.

Beautifully detailed low-maintenance deck in NE Columbia, SC.

With new advances, heightened technology and more realistic wood-like elements (like the addition of streaking that mimics wood graining), synthetic decking just keeps improving. Today’s synthetics offer a wealth of benefits over traditional wooden decking. These include increased longevity (25+ years), no need to stain or paint and minimal maintenance to keep the deck clean and looking good. In contrast, a professionally-built, well-maintained pressure-treated wooden deck can last 10-15 years tops. The frequency of the maintenance it requires may vary slightly based primarily on how much wear and direct sunlight the deck receives but it will require annual maintenance surpassing a soap-and-water cleanup.

Chapin SC Composite decks

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

All these improvements and benefits explain why composite, vinyl and PVC decks are significantly more expensive than traditional wood decks. If you are on the fence about choosing a low-maintenance deck, sometimes a good litmus test is to evaluate this purchase decision based on how long you are going to be in your home. If you plan on being in your home for the next 20 years and like the idea of minimal maintenance, then any upfront increase in cost pays off fairly quickly. But, if you know you will only be in your home for another 5 years, you may want to choose a wood deck with the corresponding cons of annual maintenance.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

Which is right for you? Let us help you decide. Our job is to walk you through the options not just for decking boards but for all the other options and considerations required in planning your new deck or porch. Give us a call for a free consultation to discuss planning and building a new outdoor space for your Columbia, SC, home.  You can reach us by phone at (803) 603-2160 or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net.

 

 

 

Our Recent Covered Porch Addition in Elgin, SC, Exemplifies Exceeding Project Expectations

elgin-sc-backyard-retreatArchadeck of Central SC recently completed a covered porch addition in Elgin, SC. The porch was constructed with wood and fiberglass columns and features an open gable end with an exposed rafter ceiling on the interior of the space. However, this project encompasses so much more than just the high-quality materials we used or the inventive characteristics of the design. Listen to how the homeowner describes the addition of the porch cover to understand what we mean…

The homeowners have lived in this home for the last 23 years and they love every aspect of their home. However, they have a heavily-wooded lot that makes it difficult to grow lush turf. With this in mind, they decided to turn all of their backyard into a giant outdoor living space. They hired a landscape designer and had all the grass removed and installed gravel walkways and shrubbery beds instead. The backyard now flourishes with evergreens that add vibrancy to the yard for year-round interest.  An added benefit to this transformation is that the entire yard is also super low-maintenance with no mowing required.

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The next step in this transformation was to create the outdoor living structure they envisioned alongside all the landscape improvements. Archadeck of Central SC designed and built the covered porch over their existing hardscape patio located right at the back door of the home. The homeowner said that “the end result is so much more than we could have ever anticipated.” They love the covered porch and the quiet moments and conversation it has inspired. The homeowners are looking forward to enjoying their low-maintenance outdoor lifestyle as we move into spring.

Elgin SC Covered Porch

They pointed out that the best thing about Archadeck of Central SC is that we deliver on our promises…” they told us when they were going to start, they started, they came every day, they finished when they said they would and there was always someone there. We would highly recommend Archadeck to anybody based on our experience.”

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 ready to learn what it means to have an outdoor living space that not only meets but exceeds your expectations contact Archadeck of Central SC today. You can reach us at (803) 603 – 2160 or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net.