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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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All pergolas are not created equal — our aluminum pergolas will exceed your expectations!

Blythewood SC pergola builderPergolas are very popular in the world of outdoor living design. Pick up any home & garden magazine or tune into a home improvement show and chances are you will see many pergolas featured within. Pergolas can be designed and built to serve as a valuable functional shade structure and can also serve as a dramatic focal point within your outdoor living space.

  • Not just another pretty face

Irmo SC Pergola BuildersIt is true that pergolas are, from a design standpoint, quite easy on the eye — however there is more to their substance than serving as just another “pretty face” in your outdoor setting. Archadeck of Central South Carolina has helped many homeowners realize the versatility of a pergola in their back yard singularly or combined with another outdoor living structure such as a deck or patio. We build pergolas in all shapes and sizes utilizing many different materials such as wood, vinyl and aluminum.

  • Our aluminum pergolas
Blythewood SC pergola builder

Low-maintenance pergola installation in Blythewood, SC.

Our aluminum pergolas are low-maintenance, meaning they won’t ever rust, tarnish or degrade like other materials. They also have a wood-like texture composed of a multi-coat baked-on finish that doesn’t need painting, won’t warp, crack or split and is termite resistant. All of these features deliver a structure with exceptional durability and endurance that is highly desirable for exterior projects…easily outperforming wood or vinyl.

An added benefit of these aluminum pergolas is the wide selection of shapes, sizes and colors we have available. These options include sun protection from forty to sixty percent based on the spacing of the beams. The pergolas are also available in ten beautiful colors as well as custom colors of your choice. End-cut options for the beams and rafters include scallop, bevel, miter and corbel shapes to add character and distinction to your backyard!

Pergola End Cut Options

A pergola can be a cost-effective way to add charm and style to your outdoor living space while serving as a unique shade structure. Contact Archadeck of Central South Carolina to learn more about our various pergola styles and materials to create your own one-of-a-kind pergola. (803) 603-2160 centralsc@archadeck.net.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

With a pergola, your outdoor living space has an element of versatility and style

Archadeck deck, pergola and outdoor kitchenA pergola is an outdoor room with cross rafters and no walls that provides a light, airy and inviting space to relax, dine or just admire. If you’re looking to add something visually interesting to your backyard, a pergola is exactly what you need to provide a stunningly aesthetic centerpiece to your outdoor living environment. No matter the size or style, any outdoor living space will be dramatically enhanced by the added protection from the elements it provides as well as the striking complexity it will add to your existing structures.

Blythewood SC pergola builder

Low-maintenance pergola installation in Blythewood, SC.

As a leader in the industry, Archadeck of Central South Carolina are the experts Columbia homeowners turn to for custom- designed and built outdoor structures and combination outdoor living spaces. Too often in the preliminary design stage, pergolas are overlooked because most people are simply unaware of the many benefits they offer. For instance, a pergola is the ideal structural addition to increase the character of your deck, patio and landscape because it introduces a vertical element that is often lacking.

The many benefits of this wonderful element include:

  • The feeling of a defined space – Four columns and cross rafters with no walls and a deck or concrete floor create an open-air outdoor room that’s great for eating, entertaining or lounging around with a magazine, offering more privacy than a deck or patio. Add drapes, screens or other materials to the pergola and you’ll have even more privacy.
  • Blythewood SC pergola builderShade – Be it with simple beams across the top, providing a roof-like structure, or fabric or lattice that creates an even more defined top cover. While pergolas don’t provide total shade, those beams or latticework do provide some relief from the intensity of the sun. At night, you can still sit under the pergola and see the stars.
  • Block unsightly views – Pergolas are also useful for added privacy or for blocking unsightly views, like a neighbor’s hideous outbuilding or dead tree. Placing a pergola strategically will focus guests’ attention on elements of your property that contribute a sense of elegance to your backyard.
  • Large deck with with white vinyl pergolaYour own “green” initiative – Vines like clematis, ivy, wisteria or grapes all do well when planted around a pergola. Not only will climbing plants be an attractive addition to the structure, but they’ll also provide you with even more shade and privacy…not to mention the option of vertical gardening if space is at a premium in your yard.
  • Protection from the weather – The fact that the pergola is not completely closed off like a regular roof means it’ll still have that outdoorsy feel without succumbing to the elements. If the plants are dense enough, a pergola can even protect you from the rain!
Aluminum Pergola Installation in West Columbia, SC

Aluminum Pergola Installation in West Columbia, SC

Throughout Columbia and the surrounding area, Archadeck of Central South Carolina has helped many homeowners see the extensive versatility of a pergola in their back yard used either as a single element or in combination with another outdoor living structure such as a deck. We build them in all shapes and sizes utilizing many different materials, such as wood or vinyl and even aluminum. Yes, aluminum!

As you know aluminum is low-maintenance, won’t ever rust, tarnish, or degrade like other materials. Its wood-like texture is composed of a multi-coat baked-on finish that doesn’t need painting, it won’t warp, crack or split and it’s termite resistant. All of these features added together produce a product that has exceptional durability and endurance that is highly desirable for exterior projects…easily outperforming wood or vinyl.

Pergola End Cut Options

Beams and rafters help define the visual impact of your pergola. Our aluminum pergolas give you a choice of four custom end-cut options and a wide range of design possibilities.

We offer these aluminum pergolas in a variety of shapes, styles and colors. The shading style options allow anywhere from forty to sixty percent protection from the sun depending upon the spacing of the beams and is part of the design selection for the Open Style and the Combination Style pergola. The Open Style is the traditional open lattice, while the Solid Style is a fully covered pergola top which is impervious to rain. For the ultimate in all options, the Combination Style allows you to intermingle open and solid patio covers. For shapes and colors, our end cut options for the beams and rafters include: scallop, bevel, miter and corbel shapes with a color selection of designer hues to match and coordinate with any existing structures.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

Versatility at its finest, there are many ways a pergola can dress up a backyard. A pergola can be a cost-effective way to add character and style to your outdoor living space while serving as a unique shade structure. Contact Archadeck of Central South Carolina to learn more about our various pergola styles and materials to create your own one-of-a-kind pergola. (803) 603-2160 centralsc@archadeck.net.

Need an open but private outdoor living space? No problem, Archadeck of Central South Carolina can do that!

This lakeside pressure treated deck includes built in bench seating, and unique privacy railing. We also integrated the existing trees within the landscape into the design of the deck- stunning.Although you don’t want to feel hemmed in while enjoying time in your backyard, when you are relaxing or entertaining, a level of privacy is still very desirable. Often the proximity of a neighbor’s backyard or outdoor living space is just right to provide a clear view into your backyard. Unfortunately, if this is the case for you and your neighbors, your tranquil place to dine, read a book or just unwind after a long day can quickly feel too crowded.

If you are considering an improvement to an existing space or the addition of a new outdoor structure that preserves your privacy but also retains the openness of being outdoors, Archadeck of Central South Carolina is this area’s leading custom designer and builder of outdoor living spaces. We can create a space for you that’s the perfect balance of both open and private, as is evident in many of the custom designs we’ve provided for other South Carolina homeowners.

Louvred privacy wall from the side of deck in Forest Acres Columbia SC

Louvred privacy wall from the side of deck in Forest Acres in Columbia, SC.

We work closely with our clients to design the outdoor living space that best suits their needs while fulfilling their wants as well. When working through the preliminary design stage, it’s also important to consider the correlation between your backyard and that of your neighbors, how the proximity will affect the way you use your new space, and the views looking in and out. An outdoor space addition can bring a change in elevation from the grade of the property. Your view of the surrounding perimeter, and potentially your neighbors’, will change, enabling visibility from several angles where there was none previously.

One of our most successful projects demonstrating  the balance of openness and privacy within the same design was built for homeowners in Columbia, SC. A couple of years ago we completed a composite deck for them, and although they loved their new deck, after several opportunities to use it, they soon realized they needed a way to separate their view from that of the neighbors. By using innovative framed panels of vertical lattice suspended from a detailed pergola frame, we created a custom privacy fence design for the deck that solved the problem. The finished project not only provided privacy from prying eyes, it also became a stunning design element and created a focal point.

Columbia SC deck and privacy screen by Archadeck of Central SC

Columbia, SC, deck and privacy screen by Archadeck of Central SC.

Screen porches naturally provide privacy while enhancing the aesthetics of your functional spaces tremendously. If a screened porch is the type of structure you prefer, you may find that a traditional screen doesn’t create enough privacy for you. We can install a screening material that restricts the visibility from the outside but still allows ventilation with an unobstructed view of your surrounding property from within the structure. Additionally, a pergola also makes a perfect companion for a spa or poolside and offers a certain degree of privacy by keeping prying eyes from looking directly into your pool or spa space.

NE Columbia AZEK deck and screened porch

Archadeck of Central South Carolina has been helping homeowners find the right privacy solutions for their outdoor living spaces for many years. How you will use your space, and your privacy needs, are something we discuss and build into your design when planning your outdoor space. Keep in mind all yards are different and certain privacy solutions will work well with certain yards, decks, porches and existing features while others will not. We are experts at designing privacy solutions that will not draw attention but blend with the structure or area where they are located.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

Contact Archadeck of Central South Carolina today to learn more about our personalized outdoor living spaces today! You may reach us by phone at (803) 603-2160, or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net.

This Irmo, SC, deck gets a makeover and much more!

Shade and ambiance abounds with a custom pergola and landing addition in Irmo, SC.

Welcome to this updated backyard paradise in Irmo, SC.

Our recent project in Irmo, SC, is the perfect example of a successful union of combining the two Outdoor Living Brand franchises we own and operate in Central SC. On this project Archadeck of Central SC and our sister franchise, Renew Crew of Central SC, worked together to breathe new life into this backyard deck. The project was multi-faceted and resulted in an outdoor living space that is pleasing to the eye and a joy for the homeowner to use.

Irmo, SC, deck and pergola builders

When we initially met with the homeowner, she expressed the need to refresh the tired finish of their existing backyard deck. In addition, she also wanted to amend the space in order to enjoy the area overlooking the backyard pool. This portion of the deck receives a great deal of afternoon sun and her wish was to add a shade structure.

Columbia SC deck gets a makeover and a new pergola addition

Deck following Renew Crew’s three-step renewal process.

Archadeck and Renew Crew of Central SC came up with the perfect answer to giving this homeowner exactly what she yearned for. By combining forces we were able to breathe years of life into her existing deck and build the shade structure she had in mind.

The first phase of this backyard makeover was the addition of the charming wooden shade pergola over the existing deck. Archadeck of Central SC carefully designed the new structure, considering the placement of the pergola in correlation with the sun, and  maintaining the integrity of the existing home and surrounding space. The finished project looks original to this Irmo backyard and promises hours of solace from the sun. The new pergola also serves to unify the existing spaces into a spacious backyard paradise. Imagine sitting beneath the pergola on a humid SC afternoon, undaunted by the temperature, with the ceiling fan cooling you off and a tall, icy drink in your hand!

Irmo SC Pergola Builders

Renew Crew then cleaned, stained and sealed the existing deck using our eco-friendly three-step process. This process lifts the years of dirt and grime and safely cleans without the use of harsh chemicals. We then used a non-damaging controlled pressure wash to rinse it away, Our final step sealed in the beauty of the deck and will protect against the elements for continued enjoyment.

If your existing outdoor space is in need of a makeover, consider the results you can achieve in your backyard with Archadeck of Central SC and Renew Crew on your team!

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 at (803) 603 – 2160, or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net to schedule your free consultation.

 

 

 

 

 

Archadeck of Central South Carolina Pergola 101: Shedding light on why the pergola is so hot!

 

Details of one of two custom aluminum pergolas which grace this wooden deck in West Columbia SC

Details of a custom aluminum pergola that graces this wooden deck in West Columbia, SC.

Turn on any one of a number of home & garden channels and you are destined to see an elegant pergola taking center stage. Pick up any home and garden magazine and you will notice the glossy pages are filled with images of pergolas. Pergolas have risen to the top of the “must have” list for homeowners upgrading or planning a new outdoor living space. Pergolas may seem simple in terms of their construction, but this winning structure can be as simple or as detailed as you wish, from a romantic arched beauty in the backyard to a masculine- influenced feature of an outdoor kitchen or patio. Pergolas serve many aesthetic and functional duties and come in many styles, sizes and materials. We have watched the popularity of the pergola grow over the past few years. Whether used alone in the landscape or garden as a shade structure, or in conjunction with another outdoor living structure, the pergola has become a timeless backyard fixture in its own right.

Deck with kitchen and pergola and ample pull out room for outdoor furnishings

Deck with outdoor kitchen and pergola.

Pergolas can be used to add depth and help define a deck or patio.They can be placed within a landscape with seating or even a swing or hammock to create a special spot where you can read or just relax.  Pergolas also allow creative freedom because there are several kinds of materials you can use for your design.This will help you create an eclectic space that is truly one-of-a-kind.

Here are two examples that demonstrate the pergola’s versatility:

Exploring the pergola’s masculine side – the character you build into your pergola is determined by its size and the type of materials you choose for its construction. Natural cedar beams, or beams wrapped with cedar and stained in natural wooden tones will create a rustic feel to your pergola and the outdoor living space it is a part of.

Beefy details make the difference in this pergola by Archadeck of Austin

The pergola as the true romantic –  pergolas can also be designed to emulate nature and invite relaxation within your landscape. You will often see the pergola portrayed as a romantic centerpiece in the garden. 

Arched Roof Freestanding Pergola- Sitting Area

You may ask what is the secret to designing a romantic pergola? The key is in the details. Arches, Ogee ends, smaller beams, ornate details and even opting to stain or paint your pergola white rather than leaving it natural will help achieve a romantic look and feel if that’s what you want.

Poolside heavy timber pergola offers refuge

This beefy timbered poolside pergola features a top portion of closely positioned rafters, providing maximum shade.

We design and build pergolas to accommodate the various needs of our clients. Aside from the obvious visual appeal they add to your home and landscape, shade is often the primary reason homeowners build pergolas. Pergolas do deliver a measure of shade to a sunny outdoor space. The amount of shade a pergola can provide is dependent on the construction details of the pergola itself. A pergola that is built with wider rafters or cross beams that are placed closer together will provide more shade than one built with these elements spanning farther apart. However, all shade factors are influenced by the  placement of your pergola in correlation to the direction and amount of sunlight your location receives. Keep in mind this can change with the seasons as well.

Be aware, when choosing your pergola design, wood pergolas will require maintenance. This includes staining and painting which can sometimes be a cumbersome task due to the intricacies of some pergolas. Aluminum is a clean, lightweight option that doesn’t need painting. If you want the ambiance and function a pergola provides without the chore of maintenance, these alternative materials will fit the bill.

Wooden deck with Aluminum pergola in West Columbia by Archadeck of Central SC

Wooden deck with aluminum pergola in West Columbia by Archadeck of Central SC.

In addition to designing the pergola to deliver the most shade benefits, homeowners can also add shade canopies, awnings or curtains to their pergola to create even more protection from the sun. Many of these options look quite nice and are treated with additional sunscreen protection to help block the UVA and UVB rays from the sun.

There are many ways a pergola can dress up a backyard. A pergola can be a cost-effective way to add character and style to your oudoor living space while serving as a unique shade structure.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

Contact Archadeck of Central SC to learn more about our various pergola styles and materials to create your own one-of-a-kind pergola.(803) 603-2160
centralsc@archadeck.net

 

Archadeck of Central SC explores the principles of creating the perfect pergola for your backyard

An outdoor oasis in Columbia, SC.

An outdoor oasis with pergola in Columbia, SC.

Arbors, trellises, and pergolas are a great way to add character to your deck, patio and landscape because they add a vertical element that is often lacking. You might have noticed these structures used in historical illustrations and artwork. The appeal of these elegant outdoor structures has spanned many generations. They have been around for hundreds of years. We can trace the origins of the pergola all the way back to the 1654 when it was borrowed from the Italian word, pergula, meaning a projected eave. Of course, the Italians were believed to have used the pergola for growing grapes and other climbing vegetation. Since the pergola’s vertical design allows vegetation to grow upward, it allows for better use of space. The modern pergola has moved out of the vineyards and into the backyard as an elemental design piece that is not only beautiful but also multi-functional. Archadeck of Central SC is the area’s premier pergola builder and our pergola designs can be as simplistic or ornate as our customers see fit, from two-beam, or four-beam, wall mount or detached designs, the choices are endless.

Garden Pergola Retreat

Garden Pergola Retreat.

Pergolas are one of the most versatile of all outdoor structures because they provide benefit for many locations and purposes within the landscape. They come in all shapes and sizes and can be built from many different materials. The posts of the pergola can be decorative or wrapped to match the architecture and style of your home. This ensures a one-of-a-kind pergola custom-built just for you. They can be outfitted with accoutrements such as hammocks, benches and swings and can be wired for ceiling fans or even speakers. Pergolas add an air of romance when used as a freestanding structure, often referred to as an arbor or trellis, within the landscape and as an accompaniment to other outdoor living spaces, just for starters. Here is a peek into the pergola possibilities Archadeck of Central SC can provide in your backyard.

Large deck with with white vinyl pergola

This spacious pergola offers this deck aesthetic value and shade benefits.

Made in the shade

Pergolas play the role of a shade structure to rave reviews when used as part of an outdoor living combination. A pergola design can help block out heat and the sun’s harmful rays. How closely the upper portioned slats (purlins) are constructed will determine how much shade and sun protection the pergola will provide. A pergola adds charm, beauty and extended function to your deck or patio space along with much-needed shade if the configuration of your outdoor space receives a lot of sun. We can even install a tinted polycarbonate cover to further block the sun’s harmful rays. If these are installed on a slight slant they will allow water to drain properly, too.

Deck with kitchen and pergola and ample pull out room for outdoor furnishings

Deck with kitchen and pergola. Notice how the pergola defines the dining space.

A unique feature to tie-in an outdoor kitchen

A pergola can add sizzle to the style of your integrated outdoor kitchen design. Many times, an outdoor kitchen or dining area will appear “lost” within an outdoor living combination space. By using the pergola to flank the dimensions of your dining areas or outdoor kitchen, you can enhance the aesthetics of your functional spaces tremendously.

This pressure treated wood pergola provide a sense of space definition around this hot tub deck

This pressure treated wood pergola provides privacy to this hot tub deck

A privacy feature for poolside and spa side

A pergola also makes a perfect companion spa or poolside and offers a certain degree of privacy by keeping prying eyes from looking directly into your pool or spa space.

As you can see, the ways the pergola can serve homeowners in their backyards seems endless.Pergolas can be a cost-effective way to add character, style and function to your backyard. Contact Archadeck of Central SC to learn more about our stunning custom pergola designs today. Call for a free consultation:(803) 603 – 2160, Email: 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 ReuPergolas can be a cost-effective way to add character, style and function to your backyard. Contact Archadeck of Central SC to learn more about our stunning custom pergola designs today. Call for a free consultation: (803) 603 – 2160centralsc@archadeck.net

To see more examples of pergolas please visit our pergola and trellis photo gallery located on our website.