Category Archives: Outdoor living space design and building

Face Forward for Spring — Don’t Miss the Columbia Home Building and Remodeling Expo This Weekend!

Home-Building-Remodeling-Expo-Square-ColorAre you anticipating the arrival of warm days and daydreaming about outdoor living? Maybe you are planning a new  build or upgrade to your outdoor living space? If so, you won’t want to miss the Columbia Home Building and Remodeling Show coming to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center this weekend!

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This comprehensive home show brings together homeowners and many of the most knowledgeable and experienced remodeling and building experts. Every aspect of the home can be explored, from outdoor living space designs to the home additions. Professionals will be on hand to share their valuable knowledge to bring your ideas to life or inspire you with new ones.

whereArchadeck of Central SC will be on hand in booth #607 to discuss your anticipated outdoor living space aspirations. Whether you are looking to add or upgrade a backyard deck or add an entire outdoor living environment to your property, we can help answer all your questions and begin planning your custom project in time to enjoy this spring!

Archadeck of Central SC completed projects

It all happens January 13-15, 2017, so make plans to visit the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center for the Home Building & Remodeling Expo!  This all-encompassing event will surely put you on the path towards making your dream home, and backyard,  a reality.

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 want to wait to discuss your project until the show? Contact us today at (803) 603 – 2160 or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net to get started!

 

 

 

 

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Looking for more function from your porch? Maybe a porch-to-room conversion is the answer!

Custom deck and porch combination in Lexington.

Custom deck and porch combination in Lexington.

A porch or screened porch provides a wealth of benefits to make the most of the time you spend outdoors. From giving you a shady spot to escape the sun, or a pop-up summer shower, to lingering at dusk with no worry of mosquitoes thanks to screens. But what if you could take the benefits you enjoy from your covered porch or screened porch to another level? What if you could use the space to your heart’s content without limitations for three, four or even twelve months throughout the year? Archadeck of Central SC wants you to know that in most cases we can convert your existing open or screen porch to a 3-season, 4-season room or sunroom and extend the use and versatility of your space.

If the idea of a porch-to-outdoor-room conversion sparks your interest, here are some points that will have to be addressed:

Use a professional

It is crucial to hire an outdoor structure professional who is knowledgeable about porches, outdoor structures and conversions. Hiring a professional ensures the safety, quality and satisfaction of your project.

SunroomCan your porch take the weight?

The first consideration that has to be addressed is the structural integrity of your existing porch. The substructure must be able to accommodate the weight of added walls, in the case of a covered porch, or windows in the case of a sunroom conversion. In either case, the foundation of the porch will have to extend all the way to the corners of the structure. In cases where the foundation does not extend to the corners, amendments must be made to extend the foundation, and new footers will have to be added in order to safely support and hold the weight. Archadeck of Central SC can perform an inspection to determine whether your porch fits the criteria for a conversion. Depending on these results, we will discuss our recommendations as to how to proceed with getting the porch structurally compatible to withstand a 3-season, 4-season or sunroom conversion.

Archadeck of Central SC Screened Porch Addition

Previous permitting

South Carolina, like many areas of the country, requires everything a builder does to be properly permitted and inspected. This means the previous structure you have, if it passed inspection, should have been deemed sound as a porch. Even if this is the case, it still may not be structurally sound enough for a conversion. Be aware from the beginning that most builders will only warrant the framed portion of the structure that they build. This means if something goes wrong with the substructure as a result of amendments, you cannot use their warranty anymore. This is why we recommend reinforcing the foundation on all the porches we build.

Interior view of four season room in Columbia, SC.

Interior view of four season room in Columbia, SC.

What suits your fancy?

Once the heavy work has concluded and the structural integrity of your porch is deemed a good candidate for a conversion, the question is what do you want? Deciding which type of outdoor room conversion best suits your needs can be difficult. In most cases, this choice will depend on your budget, geographical location and what you plan to do with the room. For example, a four-season room or sunroom conversion serves as an extension of your home’s living area as well as an extension of your outdoor living area. These outdoor rooms give you unobscured views of nature through the extensive use of windows. Sunrooms can be enjoyed year-round even in the event of snow. A sunroom is considered to be a “conditioned space” because it requires an HVAC system just like that of an interior room addition. A four-season room differs from a sunroom in that it is not considered an interior room addition. However, four-season rooms can be outfitted with amenities that provide comfort, such as ceiling fans, space heaters and the like, which can be turned off when not in use.

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

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

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

We can determine if a porch to outdoor room conversion is the best fit for you. Contact us to learn more by calling (803) 603 – 2160 or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net.

 

 

 

This NE Columbia Sunroom Exudes “Original to Home” Appeal

NE Columbia Sunroom with Complicated Roof tie in

NE Columbia, SC, sunroom addition by Archadeck of Central SC.

Hiring contractors can be a frustrating experience and vice-versa, sometimes being a contractor can be just as frustrating – for the same reasons. The bad contractors often ruin it for everyone. Bad contractors leave a bad taste and often shoddy work in their trail making homeowners leery of engaging a contractor to do business at their home.  As a reputable contractor doing business in the Columbia area for over 13 years, we often meet homeowners that have expectations of sub-par value and communication that is even worse. One obstacle we must overcome when meeting with prospective customers is convincing them to trust in our ability to make a new outdoor living addition look and flow as if it was original to their home.

Our attention to detail is impeccable!

Our attention to detail is impeccable!

Designing and building an outdoor space that appears original to your home is one of Archadeck’s areas of expertise. Along with providing you a structure built with only the best materials and craftsmanship, our goal is also to ensure your new addition appears and functions as if it was always part of your existing home, not an add-on without consideration of traffic flows or matching existing materials. We make every effort to ensure a unified presentation from the ground up — and this often means overcoming obstacles along the way. Such is the case with our recent sunroom addition in NE Columbia.

NE Columbia, SC, sunroom addition by Archadeck of Central SC.

As you can see from the pictures, the custom sunroom addition sits between two primary parts of the existing home. Our goal was to make the new area blend in from a structural, aesthetic and traffic standpoint. This required complicated roof tie-ins along with identifying and locating matching materials to mimic the charm of the existing home. Our team worked diligently in duplicating the style and color of brick used in the original home’s foundation as well as matching the sunroom exterior with the home’s existing Hardieplank siding. As an added bonus we even designed the foundation to include valuable storage space. This project was a labor of love as we realize the importance of maintaining a home’s originality in all our outdoor living space designs.

NE Columbia SC Sunroom Builders

The finished project is like a dream come true for the homeowners. The new outdoor room fits all their needs and allows the effortless flow from sunroom to home and into their backyard.

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 enhancing the beauty and versatility at your home, whether old, new or in-between, contact Archadeck of Central SC today to discover how our custom, one-of-a-kind outdoor living space designs can add value and beauty to your home and backyard. You can reach us at (803) 603–2160. You can also email us at centralsc@archadeck.net.

 

Archadeck of Central SC Discusses How a Successful Outdoor Living Combination Space Goes Together Like Peas and Carrots!

Archadeck of Central SC Discusses How a Successful Outdoor Living Combination Space Goes Together Like Peas and Carrots!When it comes to gaining the most benefit out of something, it stands to reason that combining two or more of what you like will bring you the most enjoyment. Examples of the power behind combinations are evident in many everyday things. For instance, just within the food and drink realm many of the combinations we take for granted include the successful pairing of a loaded baked potato as a companion to a steak, wine and cheese, apple pie and vanilla ice cream and even peas and carrots! Respectfully, many of the things we enjoy have a second or third accompaniment to make them even more decadent, so why should our outdoor living spaces be any different?

Archadeck patios and hardscapesCombination projects are a great way to create more space for more versatility and enjoyment, and by combining one or more outdoor structures you can designate different areas within them for different purposes. During the initial consultation with our clients, one of the first questions we ask  is “how do you intend to use the space?” Without getting the answer to this important question, the design won’t be as good as it can be. Though the answer varies with each client, from cooking and entertaining to sunbathing, birdwatching and relaxing, they all address the way a particular client wants to live outdoors. For many of our clients, their outdoor living spaces need to be multifunctional. If this is the case for you, Archadeck of Central SC needs to create a project with a flow that defines separate spaces for different functions.

Recently completed project near Lake Murray, SC.

Patio and screened porch combo space on Lake Murray, SC.

Many of our clients have chosen combination outdoor living spaces, including a deck with a screened porch or pergola, patio with outdoor kitchen, etc. Here are some examples of combination outdoor living space projects taken from our portfolio:

Quadruple the outdoor living pleasure in Wildewood

This combination space in the Wildewood community of East Columbia delivers the whole enchilada of outdoor living enjoyment! The flowing design incorporates a low-maintenance deck, covered porch, stamped concrete patio, outdoor kitchen and a fire pit! The largest benefit of this layout is that each structure within can be enjoyed singularly, but when combined they create a total outdoor living environment.

NE Columbia patio and fire pit

You can also read more about this amazing project in our feature article titled “We are wild about our recent outdoor living combination in Wildewood!”

A grand entrance from the backyard onto this deck and covered porch combo in Governors Grant Lexington SCDeck and Covered Porch Combination in Lexington

Prior to this addition, the only outdoor living space these Lexington homeowners had was a screened porch. Our outdoor living combination design took this backyard to a whole new level. In addition to the spacious and relaxing deck and covered porch addition, we also replaced the home’s existing rear bay window with convenient Pella doors. This made accessing the new outdoor area a breeze and unified the traffic flow of the new space with that of the screened porch.

Deck detail in Governors Grant with separate area for dining.

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By choosing to combine a sunroom and deck, these NE Columbia clients got the best of both worlds, an open-air space perfect for grilling and soaking in the sun and a protected space delivering panoramic views of the outdoors with constant climate control.

Stunning sunroom addition in NE Columbia, SC.

The airy design of the sunroom, which opens out onto the new deck, features an open-end gable abundant with windows, transoms and a vaulted ceiling. The placement of the windows and roof pitch allows for an open and airy atmosphere with more light flowing naturally into the home’s interior.

As you can clearly see from these project images, outdoor living combinations can be used as separate rooms, or vignettes, of beauty and function. Whether it’s a pairing of two or more outdoor structures, our keen eye for design will give you a space that functions as one large, cohesive 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, contact Archadeck of Central SC today. Our consultation is free, but the design we can create to enhance your backyard is priceless (803) 603 – 2160
centralsc@archadeck.net.

 

 

A Winning Combination Brings Outdoor Enjoyment in Little Mountain, SC

Little Mountain SC Screened Porch BuildersHere at Archadeck of Central SC we are not only outdoor living space designers and builders, we are also outdoor living enthusiasts. It is not uncommon for us to look back on previous projects and reminisce as to which ones were our favorites. Whether the structure was built ten years ago, or finished just last week, there are always a few that come to mind as favorites for various reasons or because of specific elements. Our recent deck and screened porch combo in Little Mountain, SC, is one we have now placed on our favorites list!

Little Mountain SC Screened Porch BuildersWhen we initially met with these wonderful homeowners, their outdoor living space consisted of an aging wood deck. Their goal was to have an updated space that offered more versatility than just a deck alone — a space where they could escape from the heat, insects and pollen while still having a place to grill and carry out more deck-worthy activities.

The design Archadeck of Central SC came up with was just what these clients had in mind. It consists of a deck and screened porch combination. The new deck is built using select pressure-treated wood. The deck flows into the screen porch allowing smooth interaction and unlimited entertaining abilities. The pièce de résistance of this project is undoubtedly the beautiful rustic cedar used to line the interior wall and ceiling of the screened porch!

Little Mountain SC Screened Porch BuildersThese Little Mountain, SC, homeowners are elated with their new outdoor living space. The space suits all their need and desires and was just what they had in mind!

As the area’s premier outdoor living space contractor, we would enjoy the opportunity to work with you to translate your outdoor living visions into a  winning design that will fit the way your family wants to enjoy the outdoors. Our commitment to excellence in outdoor structure design and building ensures your project will bring enjoyment and pride 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.

Call Archadeck of Central South Carolina at (803) 603-2160 today for a free design consultation or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net.

When it comes to choosing the right builder for your outdoor living project— quality is worth the wait

Archadeck of Central SC Screened Porch AdditionOnce you have made the decision to move ahead with your outdoor living structure addition, it is only natural to want it completed quickly, even if you finalized the design and signed the contract today. Anticipation and patience aren’t generally the closest of friends. However, it is important to remember that quality craftsmanship takes time. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and a professionally-designed and built outdoor living structure won’t be either. The important thing  to realize is that if a builder is ready to break ground immediately on your project, especially during the outdoor living season, chances are their services are not in high demand, or they aren’t intent on building your structure with quality and longevity in mind.

Deck BlueprintsHow our scheduling works:

When our client signs a contract,  the project start date is established according to the current backlog we have on schedule at the time. During the fall and winter months, backlogs and lead times are usually less, but during the outdoor living season, when the weather is warmer, project beginning dates are usually substantially farther out. Our timelines are also influenced by forces beyond our control such as permitting, inspections and in some cases inclement weather. Depending on what county or town you reside in, permitting may require a “walk-thru” permitting process, or may require a “drop-off” application. Drop-off permit applications are granted in the order they are received and could take up to three weeks during the busy season. The turnaround time for permitting could add wait time to your project, but permits are a necessary element in the building process.

AZEK deck in NE Columbia, SC.

Beautiful view and a deck to match in NE Columbia.

Making changes to your project once it has begun can often extend completion dates, especially in circumstances where additional permitting and inspections are necessary. Keep in mind, there are many influences that can affect your project timeline and scheduling. These include but are not limited to:

  • Does there need to be HOA approval? If so does your HOA meet quarterly or monthly?
  • Which county or town are you located in?
  • Is a variance needed?
  • Are the materials you have chosen for your particular design stocked locally or special order?
  • How many different trades are involved (plumbing, electrical, masons, HVAC or only carpentry)?
  • Weather or season, and site conditions?
  • What sort of backlog does the builder have?

Archadeck of Central South Carolina 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. Our approach to the design and building process is to accommodate the customer’s needs and desires in every way. This means we help fulfill your wishes in getting everything you are expecting from your design, from the aesthetics you want to a space that serves the functions you desire. We understand the excitement you feel when you look ahead to using your new addition. Patience, as they always say, is only a virtue.

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 begin planning your anticipated outdoor living project, we can help you get started today on making the backyard of your dreams a reality. Contact Archadeck of Central SC today at (803) 603-2160 or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net

 

Sunshine provides a purpose when you build a sunroom

Imagine waking up in the morning, making that cup of coffee and being able to enjoy it outdoors, rain or shine. With a sunroom, you can! Imagine waking up in the morning, making that cup of coffee and being able to enjoy it outdoors, rain or shine. With a sunroom, you can! Sunrooms typically feature elegant floor-to-ceiling windows that will leave you appreciating your landscape and view all year round. These windows host a breeze in the spring and warmth of the sun in the winter. With so much glass, there is little obstruction for enjoying more of the outdoors, making it feel as if you are sitting alongside your flower beds or under the trees without even having to step outside.

A sunroom can take on many shapes and sizes. Whether you are looking to build a second living room for your family to enjoy together, or create a quaint room to cozy up and read a good book in, a sunroom is your answer. It can be designed with closed off doors or a wide open space lengthening the room you choose to build from. Not only does this create more space within your home, it also increases the value of your home. Since a sunroom is an addition, it is built with an HVAC system. An HVAC system’s purpose is to provide thermal comfort and acceptable indoor air quality. This means keeping your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

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

Sunrooms don’t just provide a versatile environment for you and your family. They also function as a climate-controlled greenhouse for plants and flowers that need a little extra TLC throughout the winter season. Orchids, hibiscus, parlor palms and ficus are a few plants that thrive on filtered sunlight. These tropical plants prefer to be warm and sunny and won’t survive without it. Not only does the sunroom provide an environment for the plants but it also provides a ‘tropical’ oasis for you and your family during those colder months.

Having trouble growing orchids? A sunroom provides the perfect environment!

Having trouble growing orchids? A sunroom provides the perfect environment!

Even during the warmer months, it’s not always your first choice to spend the day or evening outside. Often times, going outside can pose more issues than necessary, from pollen collecting on your furniture to mosquitoes eating you alive. As we all know, pollen falls likes snow in South Carolina and can take over the outdoor space fairly quickly. Protecting your outdoor furniture from pollen stains, while also protecting your family from uncomfortable bug bites, can become difficult during the spring and summer seasons. So take pleasure in your comfy cushioned chairs and bring them indoors to enjoy the mesmerizing sunset while avoiding mosquitoes all together. An added bonus in our opinion!

Stunning sunroom addition in NE Columbia, SC.

Stunning sunroom addition in NE 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.

Whether you want to add a cozy little nook for reading, or plants, or create a second family room, Archadeck of Central South Carolina can design and build a custom sunroom addition just for you.

Contact Archadeck of Central South Carolina at (803) 603-2160 or email centralsc@archadeck.net to discuss sunroom options for your home!