Category Archives: Open Porches

This head-turning custom outdoor space added “backyard” appeal to this home in Lexington, SC.

A grand entrance from the backyard onto this deck and covered porch combo in Governors Grant Lexington SC

A grand entrance from the backyard onto this deck and covered porch combo in Governors Grant located in Lexington, SC.

Our focus story this week takes us to the Governors Grant community located in beautiful Lexington, SC. When these homeowners contacted Archadeck of Central SC to inquire about  increasing their outdoor entertaining space, what they got was  much more than a lifestyle enhancement.

Custom deck and porch combination in Lexington.

Custom deck and porch combination in Lexington.

Prior to the addition, the only outdoor living space the 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 screen porch.

Bold colors and elegant details set this outdoor space apart Lexington SC

Bold colors and elegant details set this outdoor space apart.

Deck detail in Governors Grant with separate area for dining.

Deck detail in Governors Grant with separate area for dining.

I recently had the opportunity to speak with the homeowners in regard to the outdoor oasis we built for them. It turns out, the homeowners recently sold their home. During our conversation, the homeowner pointed out “we enjoyed the deck and porch immensely during our time in the home.” He also indicated that the outdoor living space was one of the biggest selling points for the home. Their home sold in two days, during which time they were able to entertain multiple offers. They are glad they moved forward with the decision to make the investment in an outdoor living space.

“The project was built well. Archadeck of Central SC did a great job structurally.”
– B. May of Lexington, SC

Lexington SC deck and porch combinationsThe homeowners’ flair for design also shone through in this project; the black and white details add to the elegance of the entire space. Adorned with majestic columns and a sweeping staircase, this deck and porch combination makes a bold statement adding to the beauty of this already stunning home!

We want to wish the homeowners all the best in their new home and are humbled and proud to have been a part of enhancing their outdoor lifestyle for the better!

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

Choosing the best fit for your home’s lifestyle needs is important. Archadeck of Central SC is the premier outdoor structure builder serving Lexington, Columbia, SC, and the surrounding area. We can help you choose the perfect outdoor structure for you with our expert design team and experience in building. Contact us to learn more by calling (803) 603–2160 or email us at


A great front porch can add value and curb appeal to your Central SC home

Open Front Porch

Notice how this open front porch adds loads of curb appeal to this brick home.

This month marks the debut of National Curb Appeal Month. The entire month of August is focused on helping homeowners add value and design appeal to their home’s exterior. Even if selling your home isn’t part of your plans for the future, increasing your home’s curb appeal will breathe new life into your space and create a place you will take pride in coming home to every day!

Side view of open front porch

Side view of open front porch.

The front facade of your home presents the first impression to visitors and neighbors and is also the first thing you and your family see returning home from work, school or play. The front entrance of your home is a great place to make improvements in order to increase curb appeal.

Marshall Reu, owner of Archadeck of Central SC, knows that a front entry upgrade or renovation, such as a front porch or portico, is a great way to add curb appeal.  “ We never overlook the obvious when a homeowner looks to us to improve the appearance and versatility of their outdoor living spaces. Naturally, the most obvious place to start any task is at the beginning; this being said, the beginning of your home starts right at the front door.”

Classic rocking chair front porch.

Classic rocking chair front porch.

Even the smallest homes can benefit from a new front porch or portico addition. A simple entryway facade can be remodeled into a snug porch with a welcoming portico, or by expanding your porch into the yard, you can increase your home’s size and style. When you want your home to stand out, the entrance is the place to start. A well-designed portico or porch looks great from the curb and makes a perfect first impression.

This pergola makes a statement as the entrance to this charming South Carolina low-country style home.

This pergola makes a statement as the entrance to this charming South Carolina low-country style home.

Keep in mind, adding a front porch or portico provides more benefits than just aesthetics. They provide protection against wind, rain and heat from the sun that can cause your doors and the area surrounding your door to age prematurely from exposure to the elements. A front porch will add more room for decorating and design opportunities, such as holidays or even adding seasonal flowers for color. They will provide a place to stay dry while entering and exiting your home, but they can also provide valuable functional outdoor living space. Many front porch and portico additions are designed with ample enough space for a few chairs or even a large space reminiscent of the “southern rocking chair front porches” that have been a homeowner favorite throughout history. Who remembers enjoying a glass of iced tea on their Grandmother’s front porch on  a Sunday afternoon?

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  today to learn more about boosting your home’s curb appeal. Whether it’s a porch that runs the width of the home, or a small portico to provide some cover for guests, or even a creative use of a pergola, a great front porch can add value and beauty to your home! Call us at (803) 603-2160 or email us at       

A wonderful outdoor living space is the key to a successful outdoor celebration!

the ultimate outdoor living spaceAs Americans we already realize the role a professionally designed and constructed outdoor living space can play when it comes to hosting an outdoor celebration. With the Fourth of July holiday just a few days away, millions of American will gather to enjoy food, family, fireworks and fun. The abundant thrills of any memorable Independence Day celebration don’t take place within the confines of the home. The best celebrations will take place on the backyard decks, patios and porches of America! According to the Statistic Brain website’s 4th of July stats, the numbers reveal what many Central South Carolina homeowners have planned on the Fourth as part of their outdoor festivities:

  • 41 million Americans will spend the July 4th holiday celebrating at someone else’s home. Which means most will be celebrating in the outdoor space of friends and family!
  • 87% of American households have outdoor grills — the standard among food preparation in households for the 4th.
  • Americans consumer 150 million hotdogs on July 4th each year — wow!
  • There are 700 million pounds of chicken purchased by Americans in the week leading up to July 4th!
  • There are 190 million pounds of red meat / pork purchased by Americans in the week leading up to July 4th!
Rustic inspired outdoor kitchen with stone and granite combination.

Rustic inspired outdoor kitchen with stone and granite combination.

Based on these statistics, it is evident that one of the main ingredients to a successful Independence day celebration is having an ample place to prepare food outdoors, and plenty of space to enjoy dining outdoors as well! Gone are the days of simply relying on the company of a small deck and lone charcoal grill. Today’s outdoor living spaces can provide a wide variety of food preparation areas and outdoor dining spaces to suit any budget and taste! When I was growing up, the term outdoor kitchen (if the term even existed), referred to a barbecue on three legs set up on a drab slab of concrete off the back door which we called a patio.  I can also remember Dad spending more time swearing at the non-functional equipment than actually grilling! Today, a host of innovations exist to make outdoor food preparation a positive experience. These include user-friendly spaces with weatherproof appliances geared to maximize the social space of the smallest and largest of outdoor areas.

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

Go ahead and plan that outdoor celebration or dinner party!

Fresh ideas in outdoor living continue to emerge and are redefining the concept of cooking and dining al fresco. Flow, and the efficient use of indoor/outdoor space are key ingredients in designing a successful outdoor kitchen. For example, if your outdoor area consists of a deck or patio, you want to unify the outdoor kitchen to complement these areas. Whereas an outdoor kitchen built within a covered porch might require more attention to traffic flow to and from the interior of your home, and any additional outdoor living spaces, especially if you entertain often. The sole purpose of an outdoor kitchen is to make the moment effortless, not a chore that requires running back and forth to obtain supplies. If you find yourself making frequent trips to your interior kitchen for ice, or to keep food prepared outdoors warm, maybe your kitchen design should include an ice maker on site and a warming drawer? Making sure the proper amenities are included in your custom outdoor kitchen is where form and function meet.

Upscale outdoor living begins with Archadeck of Central SC.

Upscale outdoor living begins with Archadeck of Central SC.

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 more about how an outdoor kitchen would enhance your outdoor living space, contact Archadeck of Central SC today. We are your one-stop shop for all your outdoor living design needs! Call (803) 603-2160 or email us at

A trend steeped in superstition began in SC and is still popular today — blue porch ceilings

Central SC blue porch ceiling

Why so blue? The origins of the blue porch ceiling is based in much fact and folklore.

You might have noticed the distinct use of the color blue on porch ceilings as you flip through the spring issue of your favorite home and garden magazine. Blue porch ceilings can range in tone from the palest of powder blue to shades of periwinkle and wedgewood. The trend of painting the porch ceiling blue  was once considered only a Southern tradition but is now prevalent all over the country. The practice is based on much more than just the creative use of color. In truth it lends a romantic charm to the interior of the porch, but there is much mystery as to why and how the practice first originated.

The basis of painting porch ceilings blue may have begun with regional influences. Aurora blue is a popular shade of blue used on porch ceilings in the Northwest. The color’s origins are closely associated with the Christian communal society called the Aurora Colony, which became popular in the 1850′s. Among the blues used on porches along the East coast, we look to the popularity of Victorian and Colonial architectural styles that were popular and can still be seen today in historic cities like Boston.

Victorian home with terra cotta exterior

This vintage Victorian uses many colors associated with nature, including terra-cotta.

Pale blue tones that mimic the blues of the sky have always been popular for Victorian style homes. Victorian period homes have long been associated with integrating the colors of nature within their exterior color schemes. These include earthy tones such as ochre and terra-cotta along with blue reserved for the porch ceiling to remind them of the blue sky even when the days were overcast and gray.The use of these colors serves as a  constant reminder that brighter days lie ahead.

Along with regional influences, the desire of many homeowners to paint their porch ceiling blue is based on enjoying a bug-free porch experience. Some believe that painting the ceiling of your porch in this cool hue discourages birds and bees from building their nests in the ceiling. It is believed the color tricks the intruding insects or birds into thinking they have actually reached the sky. According to Sherwin Williams, most credible sources discredit this belief. However, this belief could be seated in historical truths.

Beautiful porch with blue ceiling.

Beautiful porch with blue ceiling.

When blue paints were first used on ceilings, they were usually milk paints, which often had lye mixed into the composition. Lye is a known insect repellent, which would explain why insects would avoid nesting on a painted porch ceiling. As milk paint has a tendency to fade over time, giving it a rustic look, homeowners would usually need to repaint their home every year or few years, covering the existing coat with a new coat of paint, and therefore a fresh coat of lye as well.

There are many theories on how blue porch ceilings became a tradition that has endured for generations in the South. One of the most widely believed theories arises from within South Carolina. Here folklore suggests that blue porch ceilings originated out of the fear of haints. Southerners, especially in and around the Low Country region of South Carolina, have a name for the color of ceiling paint used on porches – the soft bluish-green tint is referred to as “Haint Blue.” Just the name itself sounds spooky, huh?

The term “haint” is a Southern colloquialism defined as a ghost, apparition or lost soul — also defined as the spirit of a dead person or animal that can appear, in visible form or other manifestation, to the living.

Haint Blue, which was also used on door and window frames as well as porch ceilings, was believed to protect the residents from being “taken” or influenced by haints.The superstition evolved from the inability of the spirit to cross water since the lighter shades of blue mimic the color of water. Others believe that Haint Blue will protect the house and its occupants from evil spirits.

Open porch and sunroom combination in Elgin, S.C.

This open porch and sunroom combination in Elgin, SC, is timeless in its design.

Deciding what you believe in regard to the practice of painting porch ceilings blue is left for you, the reader, to ponder. However, one fact does stand out: blue is a calming color that promotes relaxation and peace. It also mimics the natural tranquility and beauty of sunny days and clear skies — with this in mind, is it any wonder why a homeowner would choose blue to beautify their outdoor space?

Many homeowners choose to paint their porch ceilings blue simply because of the way it makes a room look and feel. We even see the trend carrying into the modern screened porch and 3-season rooms of today. Blue is a calming color, so using it to paint an area of the house that’s intended for relaxation makes sense — leaving superstitions and insects by the wayside!

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

No matter what style or color reflects your own personal tastes, Archadeck of Central SC can plan, design and build a custom porch that speaks to your individuality. If this includes translating your vision of the ideal porch through custom colors or trim, we embrace designs that think “outside the box.” Contact us for a free design consultation today to learn more about our exquisite custom porch designs. (803) 603-2160

Visit our front porch and portico photo gallery and our covered porch photo gallery located on our website to see more of our quality porch designs.