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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

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Archadeck of Central SC Ensures Your Outdoor Living Project is Built Right From the Start

Our attention to detail is impeccable!Have you been left high and dry by a builder who offered you a very good deal on a new deck and then did not complete the project? Perhaps you know someone who has had this experience. When choosing a builder it is always wise to explore your options and research a prospective builder by looking at their reviews and looking at their portfolio of completed projects. It is also wise to be cautious of the builder that quickly brings the lowest price to the table and is ready to begin your project on a moment’s notice.

Columbia SC Deck BuilderKeep in mind that seasoned and reputable builders know what it takes structurally to ensure your safety and satisfaction. Securing proper permits and obtaining quality materials to complete the project takes a little time. Be very wary of builders who claim they can start on a dime because chances are they aren’t obtaining the necessary permits to build your structure. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and a professionally designed and built outdoor living structure won’t be either. If a builder is ready to break ground immediately, chances are likely their services are not in high demand. This can be a direct reflection of their business practices and quality of work.

During our 13+ years of service, Archadeck of Central SC has rebuilt many projects where the homeowner hastily hired a builder, sometimes a relative or friend,  just to get the project completed quickly. Not only were many of these structures dangerous, they usually resulted in the homeowner spending more to make it right than they would had they hired us initially.

Have you checked your prospective builder’s credentials?  Does the builder have a license and insurance? Is your structure warrantied? These questions may seem trivial but are crucial if something goes wrong and the builder, or crew, is injured or has an accident while working on your property. A warranty is also crucial in protecting your investment. Keep in mind, all of these safeguards are set in place to protect you and the builder.

When you choose Archadeck of Central SC to build your outdoor living structure(s), you will be protected by two separate guarantees constituting the most expansive customer protection plan in the industry. Local oversight assures your property and privacy are respected as well. We attend to every detail required to complete your project with the highest quality control standards. These details include everything from securing any needed building permits all the way to final cleanup after we complete your project. We work very hard to be as unobtrusive as possible during the entire construction phase.

Columbia SC Deck BuilderArchadeck of Central SC strives to provide you with an outdoor living space that encompasses everything you want in your particular design, now, and with future additions in mind. We help fulfill your wishes the first time around with no surprises, no catches all while standing behind every structure we build. We realize your anticipated outdoor structure is part of your home. It is vital to ensure your addition adds value to your property. Anything less could degrade property values and leave you holding the bag.

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 today for a free design consultation at (803) 603-2160 or email us 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.

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.

 

 

 

 

This NE Columbia Sunroom Exudes “Original to Home” Appeal

NE Columbia Sunroom with Complicated Roof tie in

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

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

Our attention to detail is impeccable!

Our attention to detail is impeccable!

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

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

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

NE Columbia SC Sunroom Builders

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

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

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

 

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

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

Deck BlueprintsHow our scheduling works:

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

AZEK deck in NE Columbia, SC.

Beautiful view and a deck to match in NE Columbia.

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

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

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

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

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

 

Follow Archadeck of Central South Carolina on Houzz!

Featured-on-HouzzWhere do you search when you are in the market for updating and improving your home, landscape and outdoor spaces? Naturally, most of us turn to the worldwide web. The internet is overflowing with websites, forums, imagery and hubs offering new ideas and inspiration for planning your home improvement or outdoor living project. One of the most admired and frequented of all these is Houzz.

Gone are the days of clipping pictures from home and garden magazines. Houzz is an interactive platform for home remodeling and design that is bringing homeowners and home professionals together in a uniquely visual community. Here at Archadeck of Central South Carolina, we realize when homeowners are in the market for any kind remodel or addition to their home, they do a lot of research, look at hundreds of photos and reviews and get quotes from several professional companies. Adding an outdoor living structure is no different. That’s why we are thrilled to be part of the largest go-to site for remodeling, design ideas and imagery.

Archadeck of Central SC on Houzz

Archadeck of Central South Carolina  on Houzz.

What better way to let our potential clients view an extensive portfolio of our completed outdoor living space designs first hand? Even though every project we design is created specifically for our clients’ individual needs and desires, our galleries within Houzz can spark ideas on how we can create a truly custom outdoor living space for you, too!

Archadeck of Central SC Houzz galleries

Houzz is easily accessible from any computer, smart phone or tablet. Once inside, you can view Archadeck of Central SC’s galleries of beautiful outdoor living spaces. You can find and save photos from our galleries to ideabooks you create and name yourself and reference back to them anytime you like! These saved images will also help us put together a design that is exactly what you want for your outdoor living environment. We are constantly adding new images to our galleries, too — so there is always a new source for inspiration!

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 make the outdoor living space of your dreams a reality, visit our galleries on Houzz today! You can also visit our website and contact us at  (803) 603-2160 or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net.

Archadeck of Central SC explores the varied benefits of wooden vs. aluminum screened rooms

Screened in Porches That Blend Right Into Your Home

Archadeck of Central SC specializes in outdoor room additions that blend in seamlessly with your home and landscape.

With all the choices available in the world of outdoor living structures today, sometimes it can be a daunting task to know which outdoor structure addition will best fit your needs. In addition, there are many materials, finishes, textures and colors to select from. One of our goals as an outdoor living space design and building expert is to help educate you regarding material choices in order to help you make the most informed decision about your anticipated outdoor living addition.

Two of our most popular outdoor living spaces are screened porches and three season rooms. We offer both wooden-framed and aluminum outdoor rooms designs. Each of these materials offers varied benefits while still providing the lifestyle enhancement and quality you have come to rely on from Archadeck of Central SC. We have put together a comparison of the benefits of wood versus aluminum when used in a screened porch or three season room addition.

Deck and screened porch combination in Columbia SC

Deck and screened porch combination in Columbia, SC.

Wooden-Framed Outdoor Rooms

Wooden-framed screened porches and three season rooms are a good fit for creating a space with a natural feel. Wood is a substantial material when your tastes lean more towards the look of a traditional screened porch. Pressure treated pine is not a good candidate for painting. We recommend leaving it natural or applying stain to retain the rustic attributes of natural wood.

Even this Columbia, SC, homeowners' cats love the screened porch!

Even this Columbia, SC, homeowners’ cats love the screened porch!

From a project timeline perspective, wooden-framed screened porches and three season rooms typically take a little longer to build compared to aluminum. However, for homeowners who love the look and presence of natural wood, it is well worth the wait.

Aluminum screened porch with gable roof in Lexington, SC.

Aluminum screened porch with gable roof in Lexington, SC.

Aluminum-Framed Outdoor Rooms

Our aluminum-framed outdoor rooms are custom-made to order and designed to match your home’s architecture and colors. Unlike other aluminum outdoor room companies’ that are built using a kit, we custom design your outdoor room according to your spatial needs, roof pitch and desired interior amenities. We offer both shed roof and gable roof designs that compliment your existing home. Our gable roofed designs allow for a shingled roof, which we match as closely as possible to your existing roof. Gable roofs also allow for higher ceilings within your outdoor room making it feel more open and airy.

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The build time for an aluminum outdoor room is considerably less than a wooden-framed one — which translates into being able to enjoy it sooner! In addition, maintenance is a breeze since the space will never require the laborious task of staining or sealing, there is no siding to replace in the future, and our shed roof designs don’t require shingles. Aluminum delivers a clean and sleek finish perfect for many of today’s contemporary homes. We offer four color choices in our aluminum outdoor rooms. These include bronze, white and two neutral tones that allow freedom in matching the new room to your home’s trim and architectural details. White remains our most popular aluminum color choice among homeowners in the Columbia area.

Our outdoor rooms will provide years of enjoyment for you and your family no matter which material you choose to use. They will expand your living space and allow you to enjoy the benefits of the outdoors without the undesirable insects, dangerous UV rays and inclement weather.

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 adding a screened porch or three season room to your home, contact Archadeck of Central SC today. We can get you started enjoying your new outdoor living space sooner than you ever imagined! Call today for a free design consultation at (803) 603 – 2160 or send us an email at centralsc@archadeck.net.