Category Archives: Sunrooms

When it comes to sunrooms — you don’t know what you’ve been missing until you have it

Central SC Sunrooms give you a front row seat to Mother NatureThey say you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone but when it comes to owning an Archadeck of Central South Carolina sunroom,  you don’t know what you’ve been missing until you have it!

In the 13+ years we have served the Columbia SC area in designing and building custom outdoor living spaces, I have heard clients comment time and again about how their new sunroom has turned into the most loved, and used, room in their home — and with good reason. Sunrooms offer a kind of versatility and freedom you just can’t get with a traditional interior or outdoor room addition. Light and airy, the term sunroom alone whisks the imagination to a place where only positive energy resides. The sun is viewed as a source of health, energy and healing among many cultures. Our ancestors understood the relation between the sun and good health. From the Aztecs to the ancient Egyptians, many past societies revered the act of sun gazing as a sacred practice. This ritual is not too far beyond the way we now enjoy watching the rising and setting of the sun.

This spacious sunroom in Columbia, SC, delivers versatility within the home

Having a room where natural light is abundant can greatly enhance your mood and the entire feel of your home.  A sunroom is a great option for Columbia-area homeowners who are looking for an addition that will increase their quality of life and overall satisfaction with their home. A sunroom supports leisurely living and increases square footage — often with lower construction costs than adding on a fully finished room.

Did we mention how versatile a sunroom can be? There are many ways to enjoy a sunny retreat right at home. These features will make your sunroom comfortable, inviting and entertaining:

Archadeck sunroomA sunroom can serve as a multi-purpose room — A TV room, a playroom, a place for Mom’s getaway or Dad’s nap… a sunroom can be different things to each family member.

Indoor garden room — A transitional space between the indoors and outdoors begs for thriving potted plants as the connecting element.

A sunroom can serve as the ultimate home office — If you have a table in your sunroom, you can use the space as a home office. A supportive chair, a Wi-Fi connection and a view to your back yard will make for a productive morning.

A sunroom can serve as a dining room for special occasions and holidays — if you have a large group dinner on the calendar or a special event, a sunroom provides the perfect place to set up your celebratory meal. Ample table space, lighting and air circulation, plus proximity to the kitchen, is sure to make for an unforgettable event.

Christmas sunroom by Archadeck of ChicagolandA sunroom as a craft room or less formal living room — You can use this room as an opportunity to be playful with creative and salvaged pieces you don’t deem appropriate to display in your formal spaces.

Finally, a place to display a towering Christmas tree — If you have always wanted to choose the tallest tree on the lot during the holidays, many sunroom designs can easily accommodate larger holiday trees! Sunrooms often feature cathedral or vaulted ceilings that extend beyond the traditional 8′-10′ ceiling height.

At Archadeck of Central South Carolina, our ultimate goal is to create a sunroom that blends seamlessly into the existing architecture of your home by helping you choose materials that match or complement your home perfectly while providing the freedom and versatility to make your new room anything you want it to be!

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

We specialize in designing and building custom sunrooms throughout Columbia, Lexington, Irmo, Blythewood and the surrounding area. We can help you enjoy the outdoors, indoors, year-round in constant comfort during every season!  Call Archadeck of Central South Carolina today for a free design consultation at (803) 603-2160 or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net.

 

 

 

 

 

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Our Recent Sunroom Addition in Lexington, SC, is Oh So Satisfying

Lake Murray Sunroom Addition, Lexington SCOur most recent sunroom addition is located on the Lexington side of beautiful Lake Murray. Though the sunroom is on a smaller scale than many of our outdoor room projects, it satisfies and serves the function these homeowners had in mind.

As you can see from the “before” image, the back yard originally consisted of a wooden deck with stair access to the side yard and into the patio on the opposite side. When we met for the design consultation, the homeowners were looking for a way to enjoy the scenic views of the lake from their back yard, but in a conditioned space to keep them cool and dry.

Before

The heavy, dense design of the railing on their existing deck made it difficult to enjoy the views from within their home. It was only natural that a sunroom offering as much glass as possible, along with a way to heat and cool the space, was the perfect answer. Here at Archadeck, we realize that small spaces have every opportunity to add as much enjoyment and benefit as large spaces do, and this serene sunroom addition is proof!

Sunroom on Lake Murray

After

Archadeck of Central South Carolina designed and built this light and airy sunroom to speak to the homeowners’ needs. It features wide glass windows and a glass knee wall, which is somewhat unusual and perfect for this space!  We also added dual wooden stairs, mimicking the footprint of the original deck, which lead to the side yard and into the homeowners’ patio, just as before.

Investing in a custom sunroom is a wise decision for many reasons. Even if the sunroom does not encompass a large area, the added square footage potentially increases the value of your home. Sunroom additions also increase the heated and cooled interior space that you can enjoy year-round.

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 create an outdoor oasis or interior addition to enhance your lifestyle and home, but have limited space, contact Archadeck of Central SC. We can explore the options of making your home and landscape a prime destination for relaxation, fun and family times, even with a limited space or budget. (803) 603 – 2160
centralsc@archadeck.net

An Allergy-Free Outdoor Room?

‘Tis the season for pollen and all that implies. Yes, pollen is a sign of beneficial changes occurring in our spring landscapes. And yes, it means the poetic evolution of colorful flowers, lush green foliage and a healthy ecosystem.  However, for those who suffer from seasonal allergies, the arrival of pollen puts a damper on enjoying the outdoors.

Many of us, to some degree, feel the effects of seasonal allergies. Symptoms can range from a little sneezing to severe respiratory problems. According to WebMD, one in five Americans has allergy or asthma symptoms with 55% of the population testing positive to one or more allergens. Additionally, the allergy season has become longer with the ragweed and pollen season increasing by 4 weeks over the last 15 years. Taking all of this into consideration, and the fact that spring through fall are the favored seasons to partake in outdoor living and recreation — what are we to do?

Archadeck sunroom

Allergies can make it difficult to relax on your backyard deck or patio without succumbing to the effects. Fortunately, Archadeck of Central SC has an answer to help reduce the negative effects and enjoy the outdoors — an outdoor room. Outdoor rooms such as a 3-season room or sunroom provide a layer of protection from uncomfortable outdoor temperatures, insects, debris such as dirt, pollen and other allergens, as well as the elements.

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

In addition to keeping the negative aspects of the season at bay, an outdoor room adds value and versatility to your home. Sunshine, which is plentiful within a sunroom or three-season room, is beneficial to physical and mental health, improving a person’s outlook and increasing energy. A sunroom will allow you to take full advantage of a climate-controlled panoramic view of the beauty and interest in your very own backyard, season after season. Experience the feeling of being outside without actually having to deal with the elements making you sneeze, or itch!

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

With an outdoor room built by Archadeck of Central South Carolina, the joys of outdoor living can be a win/win. This season, put an end to bothersome pollen and having to forfeit your time outdoors because of the sneeze! Contact us today to learn more at (803) 603-2160 or via Email: centralsc@archadeck.net.

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.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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!

 

 

 

 

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.