Category Archives: Shade Structures

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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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.

Open porch in ColumbiaGood

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.

Better

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.

Even Better

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.

Archadeck sunroomBest

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.

 

Screened Porch with stair landing and cover

And the Golden Hammer award goes to…The Screened Porch

We’ve just returned from the Columbia Home Building and Remodeling Expo and WOW what a turnout! Homeowners from all over the area attended this event to meet and speak with leading industry professionals regarding the newest design trends, building and remodeling innovations. Events like these fuel creative inspiration and desire to renew or increase the beauty and functionality of all aspects of your home. Throughout the weekend, the Archadeck of Central South Carolina booth was bustling with activity as we spoke with hundreds of homeowners looking for information about adding a new or enhancing their existing outdoor living space. What was the most requested outdoor living structure at this event? (Drumroll please…) The screened porch!

Columbia screened porch and deck combination at Halloween

Columbia screened porch and deck combination.

And for good reason; the versatility of the screened porch is what makes this outdoor living structure so popular. The screened porch is perfect for outdoor dining, relaxation and entertaining without interruption during inclement weather, the hassle of pesky insects or the dangers associated with the sun. It is also what we consider a pivotal element of the evolving outdoor living environment. What do we mean by evolving outdoor living environment? Please allow us to explain:

Screened Porch with Deck and Stone Patios

Screened porch with deck and stone patio.

The average starter home often includes either a patio or deck as the outdoor living area. When you’re first starting out as a homeowner, this type of recreational area in your back yard serves your initial needs well. But, as your lifestyle and outdoor living needs evolve, so should your structure. You’ve enjoyed hotdogs and hamburgers on the patio set with the umbrella and the lounge chairs to stretch out in the sun. Now, you need something more conducive to entertaining, like a dining area that’s protected from irritating bugs, or a comfortable seating area for after-dinner conversation or maybe watching the wall-mounted big screen TV. Typically, the next step from a simple patio or wooden deck is a conversion to a screened porch to provide you with a versatile outdoor room that can be enjoyed several months longer than a patio or deck.

Screened Porch with stair landing and cover

A screened porch addition will enhance every season.

The next stage of this evolution in your outdoor living environment is updating an existing screened porch so it opens up to a deck or patio with an outdoor kitchen, now that you and your family are more established. You enjoy hosting each of the big family events; your home is the “go to” place for all of neighborhood kids to hang out, and with your upgraded surround sound system, you’ve got the best seats for all your friends to come over and enjoy the big game on TV each weekend. Of course all of these events require copious amounts of food, so the addition of an outdoor kitchen with your grilling station, wet bar and mini fridge is just right. This combination of a screened porch with a deck or patio gives you the best of both worlds with double the enjoyment.

screened porch over new composite deck

Screened porch over new composite deck.

The final step of the evolving outdoor living environment often comes about during the “empty nest” stage of homeownership. Your family’s size is reduced because the kids are grown up and out on their own. Converting that screened porch into a sunroom makes a cozier light-filled living that continues to be the most used space in your home while allowing you to bring the outside in without the limitations of season or weather. The year-round enjoyment and extra heated space of a sunroom make it one of the most valuable investments you can make to your home. Not all screened porches go through this final step of the final steps of the outdoor living evolution, but should you ever decide to take this last step, you’ll be happy to know that you’re already about halfway there when converting from a screened porch.

Deck and screened porch combination in Columbia, SC.

Deck and screened porch combination in Columbia, SC.

Understanding the outdoor living environment makes it pretty clear why the screened porch is considered the pivotal piece of your outdoor living space and why it’s still the most popular outdoor living structure. Archadeck of Central South Carolina specializes in providing quality outdoor spaces for homeowners with evolving needs. We also offer a low-maintenance, budget-friendly alternative to traditional wood-framed screened porches that still provides the lifestyle enhancement and quality you have come to rely on from Archadeck of Central South Carolina.

Interior of gable roof screened porch in Lexington, SC.

Interior of gable roof aluminum screened porch in Lexington, SC.

When considering an outdoor room addition such as a screened porch, choosing the best fit for your home’s architecture, your desired function and your budget is important. Archadeck of Central South Carolina is the premier outdoor structure builder serving Columbia, SC, and the surrounding area. We can help you choose the perfect custom outdoor living space addition for you with our expert design team and experience in building. Contact us to learn more by calling  (803) 603 – 2160 or via 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

For inspiration in creating your custom screened porch or to see more of our stunning and versatile outdoor living environments visit our screened porch gallery and our sunroom gallery located on our website.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Our deck-to-screened-porch conversions accentuate the positive while eliminating the negative aspects of outdoor living!

screened porch over new composite deck

This lovely screened porch addition is built over a low-maintenance composite deck.

Just like anything else in our lives, our outdoor living needs can change. A beloved deck that was once the center of recreation in the backyard can become a spot rarely visited because of simple changes in the way you now live outdoors. Maybe the kids have grown up or gone away to college, or your preferences for outdoor living have shifted towards a protected space rather than open. No matter what the reason is behind your changing needs, your backyard deck may be the perfect candidate for a screened porch conversion to better accommodate your evolving outdoor living needs.

Elevated deck and screen porch in Lexington SC by Archadeck of Central SC

Elevated deck and screen porch in Lexington, SC, by Archadeck of Central SC.

Charming wooden screened porch in Columbia, SC.

Charming wooden screened porch in Columbia, SC.

Screened porches offer what open air outdoor structures cannot:  shade and protection from harmful UV rays, protection from nuisance insects such as mosquitoes, and an outdoor area that can be utilized during inclement weather. How many times has a spring or summer shower forced your backyard event indoors because of the lack of protection offered by your deck? By converting a deck that has lost its charm into a screened porch, you can have an outdoor living space that delivers the qualities of an outdoor room giving you the best of both worlds!

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.

Though a deck-to-screened-porch conversion may seem like a daunting task, in many cases it is not. However, there are certain criteria that must be met to ensure your existing deck can support the added weight of a roof and the additional standards required in making the conversion. In most cases, conversions are possible, but it is crucial to hire an outdoor structure professional who is knowledgeable about decks and outdoor structures.Hiring a professional ensures the safety and success of your intended conversion.  Several factors come into play when you consider a deck- to -screened -porch conversion.

Deciding whether a conversion is possible first begins with an evaluation of the structural components of your existing deck. A good majority of decks are not built to support the weight of a roof, so you will need to first verify yours is built strong enough to withstand a roof addition. Other factors are how the deck was originally built and what kind of foundation does it have. What kind of joists and beams does the deck have?

All these are important questions that have to be addressed before planning can even begin. In many cases we can retrofit the structure by installing new footers to support the new weight of a roof. A foundation strong enough to support a roof needs to reach all the way to the corners of the structure. So, if you wish to expand and add a new roof, the foundation of the structure must be extended and new footers added at the corners to support the weight. What seems like the most simple of questions has to be answered prior to moving forward: can your builder even get underneath the structure to reinforce it?

Lovely interior of screened porch in Columbia, SC

Imagine the extended outdoor living enjoyment possible with a screened porch or outdoor room.

South Carolina, like many areas of the country, requires everything a builder does to be properly permitted and inspected.This means the previous structure you have, if it passed inspection, should be deemed sound as a deck. Even if this is the case, it still may not be strong enough to withstand the weight of a roof because it wasn’t made with a roof in mind. Be aware from the beginning that most builders will only warrant the framed portion of the structure that they build. This means if something goes wrong with the substructure as a result of adding a new roof, you cannot use their warranty anymore.This is why we recommend reinforcing the foundation so it supports the new roofed structure.

Before: this image shows the existing deck before we converted a portion into a lovely screened porch.

Before: this image shows the existing deck before we converted a portion into a lovely screened porch.

Case in point – Converting a little or a lot in Columbia:

By converting a portion of the existing deck for these Columbia, SC, homeowners we were able to accentuate the positive aspects of their outdoor living experience while eliminating the negative.Not only does the new screened porch provide a haven from the hot sun, the screened-in porch also provides a protected, bug-free spot in which to enjoy the outdoors.

The completed conversion leaves a portion of the existing deck for the homeowners to use for grilling and other open air activities while the screened porch opens up a plethora of outdoor living possibilities.These Columbia homeowners now view their outdoor space in a different light since the conversion has been completed.To say converting part of their existing deck into a screened porch was a change for the better would definitely be an understatement.The new space has added function and beauty to their backyard and lifestyle.

During: these images were taken during the conversion process.

During: these images were taken during the conversion process.

The entire project came together beautifully, from start to finish. The homeowners are looking forward to being able to enjoy their backyard in peace without the sunburn and the mosquitoes — another “happily ever after” story courtesy of Archadeck of Central SC.

Completed deck-to- screened porch conversion in Columbia, SC.

Completed deck to screened porch conversion in Columbia, 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 make an outdoor living change to an existing space or are thinking of an existing outdoor living space upgrade, contact Archadeck of Central SC to help confirm the structural soundness of your existing structure and decide if it is a candidate for an upgrade. Call us for a free design consultation, or to schedule a deck safety inspection today at (803) 603 – 2160 .Email centralsc@archadeck.net

Please visit our screened porch photo gallery and our three and four-season rooms photo gallery located on our website for more deck -to outdoor- room conversion ideas.

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
centralsc@archadeck.net

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.

Archadeck of Central SC explains the benefits of using a four-track window system for your outdoor room

Interior view of 3 season room in Columbia SC

Interior view of 3-season room in Columbia, SC.

Over the last several years Archadeck of Central SC has watched the popularity of the  outdoor room grow. The differences between a screened porch and a three or four season room are fading with a wider range of products that promise both in one space. One of the most versatile and most asked about of these products is a four-track window system.

This image shows the versatility of the Weather Lite Collection vinyl window system.

This image shows the versatility of the Weather Lite Collection vinyl window system. Photo courtesy of Custom Windows & Doors.

Four-track window systems come under many brand names. Here at Archadeck of Central SC we use the Weather Lite Collection by Custom Windows and Doors. These window systems are commonly referred to as “porch enclosure systems”  and are used to transform screened porches, patios and even garages into outdoor oases. This versatile enclosure system features vents that slide either vertically or horizontally to fit your needs. Fixed vents are also available to accommodate spaces above your vertical- or horizontal-sliding vents, allowing for incredible floor-to-ceiling views. Not to mention these systems help keep pollen, insects, rain and dust out of your space!

Exterior of low maintenance vinyl three season room in Columbia SC

Exterior of low maintenance vinyl three season room in Columbia, SC.

This four-track system enables you to turn your screened porch into a 3 or 4-season room so you can enjoy the area for longer periods throughout the year. This system works by allowing you to control the amount of screen you leave exposed from 3/4 open to closing the panels completely creating a room with the “feel” of a sunroom without the extra installations required of a sunroom. With an enclosure system such as this paired with a space heater and/or air conditioner you can enjoy the benefits of the space here in South Carolina all year!

These four-track window systems are constructed from a strong transparent vinyl. The 15-mil vinyl glazing is as transparent as glass without the weight and not nearly as expensive. Unlike glass, the vinyl is not susceptible to cracking or breaking. But if it is accidentally hit or stretched the vinyl simply returns to its original shape within minutes.

Elevated Screen Porch

Screened porch with vinyl inserts.

Archadeck of Central SC offers four-track enclosure systems on many of our screened porch additions. Choosing a four-track screened porch enclosure makes it possible to keep the screens and maintain the comfort. The 4-track system allows you to open up to 75% of the window area for added ventilation.

When considering an outdoor room addition, choosing the best fit for your home’s architecture, your desired function and your budget is important. Archadeck of Central SC is the premier outdoor structure builder serving Columbia, SC, and the surrounding area. We can help you choose the perfect outdoor room addition 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 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

See more of our stunning and versatile outdoor room additions by visiting our 3 and 4-season room photo gallery, our screened porch gallery and our sunroom gallery located on our website.