Category Archives: Open Porches

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.

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Want a cozy place to enjoy autumn? An outdoor room is the answer.

Autumn in the CarolinasAs cooler weather arrives it can sometimes hamper the time you spend outdoors. Wet weather, wind and allergens caused by fall foliage can drive you from the backyard you love into the house. However, this certainly doesn’t have to be the case. Archadeck of Central SC offers a wide variety of custom outdoor rooms that provide minimum to maximum protection from Mother Nature while still allowing you to enjoy all the elements you love about the outdoors.

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Covered (open) porches provide viable protection from negative aspects of the outdoors. These include protection from wet weather, UV rays and, depending on the design, some aspects of wind protection. A covered porch provides the most versatility when combined with another structure such as a deck or patio. This will expand the variety of outdoor functions you can enjoy.

Columbia Screened Porch decked out for the holidays

Columbia Screened Porch decked out for the holidays.

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Screened porches and 3-season rooms provide additional benefits over a covered porch simply through the presence of screens. Screens acts as a barrier to reduce the amount of  insects, debris and allergens that enter the space. You will still get the shade benefits and protection from rain and sun as you would with a covered porch. In the Columbia area’s mild climate, it may be possible to enjoy a screened porch throughout the winter. Even on chilly days the use of a space heater, or adding an outdoor fireplace to your initial design, can help keep the screened room cozy  and warm.

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Three season rooms increase the benefits of a screened porch through the addition of a convertible panel system. This will allow you to use screens or clear panels as needed on any given day. You can extend the protection of a new or existing screened porch to that of a non-conditioned sunroom-like space. We offer aluminum and vinyl outdoor rooms with a convertible-panel porch-enclosure system. This panel systemet can be integrated into the initial design of a new screened porch or outdoor room addition or as an enhancement/upgrade to an existing structure.

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Sunrooms promise the most protection of all outdoor rooms. Sunrooms are controlled environments as they are designed in the same manner as an indoor room with the inclusion of heating and cooling. There can be a foot of snow on the ground and you can enjoy a 360-degree view of the outdoors without needing a sweater! Sunroom additions also increase the heated square footage in your home — a wise investment dollar-for-dollar when considering the monetary benefits if you should ever decide to sell your home.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

Are you ready to extend the time you can enjoy the outdoors? If so, Archadeck of Central SC can help. We are the premier builder of outdoor rooms in Columbia, SC, and the surrounding region. Custom outdoor living environments and structures are all we do. Our consultation is completely free. Call us today (803) 603 – 2160 or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net to discuss your ideas.

 

Archadeck of Central SC Brings A Truly Custom Experience to Lake Front Living!

View from our completed deck and porch extension on Lake Murray.

View from our completed deck and porch extension on Lake Murray.

One of the true joys of living in the Columbia area is the abundance of lakes to enjoy. The Congaree, Broad and Saluda Rivers all converge near the city, along a greenway with walking paths, parks and views of the Columbia skyline. However, Columbia also has several appealing lakes located nearby. These include Lake Murray, Lake Marion and Lake Greenwood. Lake Murray, located in Lexington, is one of the most popular and is less than 15 miles from downtown Columbia making it a desired place for residents to live and play.

View of Lake Murray from new Trex deck

View of Lake Murray from new Trex deck

Archadeck of Central SC frequently services homeowners living on Lake Murray and in the surrounding neighborhoods of this beautiful region. Two of our most recent projects are located on the lake. Though these projects are quite different in design and scale, they are both focused on helping these particular clients make the most out of their time outdoors, the view and enhancing the joys of lakefront living!

Porch & Deck Extension on Lake Murray

This project added not only valuable outdoor living space to this Lake Murray home, it also added versatility to the scope of activities these homeowners can now enjoy. We extended the footprint of the existing deck and porch and elaborated through redecking with all new wood materials.

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This project serves as the perfect example of our ability to build upon what you already have in order to give you the outdoor living space you crave. In many circumstances, Archadeck can often redeck and extend your existing structure(s) instead of tearing out your old deck and/or porch and starting from scratch. If it is structurally sound, we can improve the existing footprint without the hassle of lengthy permitting processes. In most cases, the original structure or “bones”  can be used if the underlying footings and joists are in good shape.

Lake Murray SC Composite Deck BuildersNew Low-Maintenance Deck on Lake Murray

Archadeck of Central SC just completed adding this big beauty of a deck onto the rear of another Lake Murray home. The deck was built using Trex Select composite decking with a wooden rail and Trex rail cap. Trex Select decking features high-performance shell technology that resists stains, mold and mildew and offers a soft, splinter-free finish that’s comfortable on bare feet.

Trex low maintenance deck on Lake Murray in Lexington SC

Synthetic materials such as composites like Trex are made of elements that stabilize and protect them from UV damage.  These materials have several advantages over most species of wood. A synthetic decking material is much less likely to crack or chip, and there is no evidence that termites will attack it.  Another benefit is a synthetic product will never have to be treated or stained — setting the stage for carefree outdoor living.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

You can see these projects and more inspiring outdoor living space designs capable of turning your lakeside home into a lakeside retreat by visiting our decks photo gallery and our covered porches photo gallery, located on our website.

Learn more about increasing your outdoor living enjoyment lakeside by contacting Archadeck of Central SC today for a free design consultation at (803) 603 – 2160 or email us at
centralsc@archadeck.net.

 

 

 

In honor of National UV Awareness Month, Archadeck of Central SC discusses the health-conscious benefits of covered outdoor spaces

Spring in Central SCThere are many benefits to adding a covered outdoor living space such as a sunroom, screened  porch or covered porch to your home. However the first benefit that comes to mind is probably increased outdoor living enjoyment. Enjoyment IS a major factor when designing a covered outdoor living space, however, the benefits do not end there. In honor of July being observed as National UV Safety Awareness month, Archadeck of Central SC would like to point out the protective benefits of having a covered outdoor structure. Covered spaces are most beneficial serving as a shelter from dangerous UV rays that can lead to skin cancer.

Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. More than 1 million cases of skin cancer are found in the United States each year. Melanoma, the most deadly of skin cancers, only accounts for about 4 percent of all skin cancer cases, however, it causes about 79 percent of skin cancer deaths. According to the American Cancer Society, it is predicted that 1,540 new cases of melanoma of the skin will be diagnosed in South Carolina alone during 2016.

Archadeck of Central SC Screened Porch Addition

Archadeck of Central SC screened porch addition.

The need to protect your skin from the sun has become very clear over the years, supported by several studies linking overexposure to the sun with skin cancer. The harmful ultraviolet rays from both the sun (and tanning beds) can cause many other complications besides skin cancer – such as a weakened immune system, age spots, wrinkles and leathery skin.

Since most of the melanoma and non­melanoma skin cancer cases are directly related to sun exposure, skin cancer prevention and awareness education could greatly reduce the number of those affected. This includes being cautious and limiting the amount of exposure you get in your uncovered outdoor living space.

Archadeck specializes in both covered and uncovered outdoor living space designs. We can address your specific needs and desires in order to determine what type, or combination of, outdoor structure is the right “fit” for your lifestyle. For some homeowners, just having a deck or patio is not enough as their outdoor living space must meet specific needs. These can include sensitivity and concern about UV light, allergies and even SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder).

Custom pergola addition by Archadeck of Central SC

This custom pergola addition in Central SC offers a shady, protected spot for outdoor living!

Some of our most popular protected structures include sunrooms, 3 and 4 season rooms, screened porches, covered porches and patios and even shade pergolas. With this in mind we want to take this opportunity to point out benefits of having a covered outdoor space on your property:

  • Greatly enhances the look and curb appeal of your home and landscape
  • Adds value to your home
  • Is a comfortable way to enjoy the outdoors
  • Is a great place for plants to thrive
  • Provides emotional benefits of sunlight (increased Vitamin D and stress reduction) without harmful UV rays
  • Can become a sanctuary protected from sudden thunderstorms or inclement weather

Central SC Sunrooms give you a front row seat to Mother NatureA sunroom or screened porch offers a more protected setting and delivers these added benefits of an enclosed space:

  • Creates a room free from the irritants of seasonal allergies
  • Is also a dining area with a clear barrier against pesky mosquitos and stinging insects
  • Is a pollen-free outdoor living room
  • We can install treated screens to reduce harmful rays

Our custom covered outdoor living spaces are designed to protect without reducing your connection with nature. From a simple front porch to a complete outdoor entertainment area, our structures will transform your home and the way your live outdoors significantly.

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 enjoy the unbridled benefits of outdoor living while being smart about your family’s exposure to the sun, contact Archadeck of Central SC today at (803) 603 – 2160. You can also email us at centralsc@archadeck.net.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Combination project in Wildewood subd. East Columbia SC

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

East Columbia Sc outdoor living combination space

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

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

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

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

 

 

Let’s all go out on the porch and sit a spell

Central SC relaxing porch designsNothing could be finer than growing up and living in the South. There are things that happen here that most other folks look upon as foreign. Porches are one. In the northern states, sunrooms are more prevalent, and for good reason; sometimes it is just too cold to be outside there. But here, below the Mason Dixon Line, much of the summer is spent on the porch for the practical reason that it is far too hot outside. During the spring, the porch is a welcomed escape from the cabin fever of winter, and during the fall we use it to stretch out as many outdoor living days as possible before Old Man Winter arrives. All in all porches are a simple pleasure and a necessity to fulfill the true outdoor living lifestyle.

Porches of every size, shape and style — front porches, back porches, screened porches and open porches —  all provide the open air, breezy relief from the summer heat while also protecting you from the sun and insects. And although they are all quite nice, a back porch offers the most versatility in function. Archadeck of Central South Carolina custom designs and builds porches that can breathe fresh air into your home and connect the outside with the inside. This outdoor living area provides additional living space that gives you a place to relax on nice days and even on the not so nice ones if it is screened in. Your back porch can be a small space that is used for intimate gatherings or barbeques or a large wrap around porch that can accommodate parties and entertaining. No matter the size, be it open or screened, a back porch addition can improve the appearance of your central South Carolina home and increase its property value.

Columbia screened porch and deck combination at Halloween

Columbia screened porch .

The selection of a screened or open porch is one of personal preference. An open porch  can serve as an outdoor room with multi-functional versatility. Use it as a place to relax or as an outdoor dining room perfect for dinner parties or family gatherings. Open porches also give homeowners a safe haven to continue enjoying the outdoors even on days when the weather is less favorable because they are protected from the hot sun and unpredictable summer rainstorms. With an open porch you get the benefit of circulating fresh air with the bonus of a roof that provides shelter from the elements. Ceiling fans are a smart addition to an open porch and provide necessary air circulation to keep the temperatures pleasant, especially in our area where temperatures during the summer can soar into the double digits!

Archadeck covered porch outdoor living

Archadeck covered porch.

A screened porch provides the identical benefits of an open porch with additional protection from pesky insects, debris and partial protection from pollen. This type of porch is especially important if you have family members with allergies (either to sun, pollen or insects) who still want to enjoy the outdoors. Alone, this type of outdoor living structure is versatile, making it exceptionally popular. When created with multiple zones for relaxing and entertaining, it can be the perfect spot to give you a little more solitude, calm and quiet as opposed to a deck or patio, which are exposed. Additionally this outdoor room, while still letting you feel you are savoring the natural world outside, is just right for accommodating parties and more informal socializing. Pair the screened porch with a deck or patio and you have an outdoor living space combination giving you the best of both worlds with protected areas and open spaces.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

Giving a face-lift to your home by adding a back porch can help give your family the extra space they need to spread out. As this area’s premiere outdoor living space contractor, we would enjoy the opportunity to work with you to translate your porch visions into a design that will fit the way your family functions. Our commitment to excellence in outdoor structure design and building ensures your unique project will bring enjoyment and pride for many years to come! Call Archadeck of Central South Carolina at (803) 603-2160 today for a free design consultation at or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net.

 

The best place to enjoy the game is in your Central SC outdoor room!

outdoor-man-cave-by-archadeckThe outdoor living room can be one of the most versatile portions of your home. In our area this can be a screened porch, three or four season room, sunroom or even an open porch (in parts of the region where the weather is milder). The flexibility of this type of space is only limited by your imagination. This wonderful addition to your home can become your quiet place to relax, your additional dining area for family events, a meeting room for extracurricular groups, a play room for smaller children or, with the ongoing AFC/NFC football playoffs leading up to the Super Bowl (and don’t forget those USC Gamecocks!) , this room can be THE MAN CAVE! That’s right; you can custom design this room to be that versatile. With a growing demand for outdoor room additions perfect for everyday use and entertaining, we are also seeing an increase in the popularity of outdoor spaces designed with the sports fan in mind. Archadeck of Central South Carolina can design and build your custom outdoor room complete with wall-mounted flat screen TV, wet bar, kitchen and other custom luxuries fit for a king and his family.

This covered patio space features an outdoor kitchen with bar seating along with a wall mounted TV

This covered patio space features an outdoor kitchen with bar seating along with a wall-mounted TV — GAME ON!

Just imagine it’s time for another of the playoff games…your friends arrive to watch it at your house, because you have the BIG screen TV mounted to the wall of your outdoor living room that has easy access to the deck with your grill/smoker combination and overlooks your spacious backyard.  You’ve all got room to spread out and you’ll never hear “can y’all keep the noise down” or “ don’t put your feet on that”…and not just because the game sounds almost live on your surround sound all nestled into your custom built-in cabinets. The fire-roasted aroma of bratwurst, hamburgers and wings cooking just steps away on the outdoor kitchen’s grill signals it’s getting close to halftime. The guys are getting ready to hit the backyard to toss around the ball and see if you can replicate that unbelievable pass the QB made in the second quarter before. Yes…today this is your domain!!

Columbia, SC three season room with rustic beadboard ceiling, ample dining and seating areas complete with a cozy outdoor fireplace.The beauty of an outdoor room designed with the accoutrements of the best man cave is it can also be used for all of your entertainment and relaxation needs. Custom fitted with various entertainment features, ample amounts of comfortable seating, a wet bar complete with a sink and insulated bin for ice, maybe even a cozy fireplace all nestled in the private comforts of your own backyard, this outdoor room is destined to be the most utilized space of your home. The best part is your entertaining and relaxing dreams can come true just mere feet away from the great outdoors. It doesn’t get any better than this.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

Now quit daydreaming and score one for the home team by contacting Archadeck of Central SC to make the outdoor space or room of your dreams a reality! We can plan, design and build the ultimate outdoor man cave 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.