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Caught Between A Deck And A Hardscape? These Sumter, SC, Clients Show You How It’s Done

When Archadeck of  Central SC first consulted with these Sumter, SC, homeowners we arrived at their home to find an aging wooden deck that was falling apart.  This is a common discovery in many of the back yards we visit in the Midlands.  Whether we find a builder-grade deck with minimal thought given to its design or an aging wood deck past its prime, our task is to restore backyard benefit to our clients.

Sumter SC custom hardscapes

Many times, clients with aging or failing wooden decks will opt to rebuild their deck using wood. We also have many that upgrade to low-maintenance synthetic decking. In the case of these Sumter homeowners, they chose to go with a custom hardscape this time instead of a deck. Not only are hardscapes easy to maintain, but the low-to-grade requirements needed on this particular home also made choosing a patio as a replacement a real no-brainer!

Take a look at the Before images of this project prior to removal of the existing deck:

Not only does the new custom patio fulfill their need for a low-to-grade outdoor living space design, it also opened the door (no pun intended) to enhanced accessibility from the back of the home. Before, with their existing deck, the homeowner had to exit their back door and enter the deck to the left using the sidewalk. Now, their outdoor living space is directly accessible right through the back door, eliminating the awkward transition completely.

Sumter SC patio and fire pit

We used Low Country pavers for this patio and fire pit installation in Sumter, SC.

Midlands SC fire pit builder

The custom patio also includes an integrated wood-burning fire pit!

Why choose a paver patio, you may ask…

Paver patios open up a wide range of design possibilities like no other outdoor living structure can. Homeowners can integrate different structural elements, textures and colors in order to craft a space that enhances their outdoor enjoyment.

Paver patios, in particular, are becoming more popular with Columbia-area homeowners looking for low maintenance, durability and stability in their outdoor living space. A low-maintenance backyard structure requires very little attention on the part of the homeowner aside from simple maintenance using common-sense practices. With a low-maintenance surface, all that’s required is keeping leaves blown off the patio, cleaning up mud where the dog tracked it from the yard on a rainy day, etc.

Our custom paver patios work well as part of an outdoor living space combination with a deck or porch, around a pool or to highlight your landscape. Patios are the perfect space to complete a backyard retreat. Professionally-installed paver patios are as reliable, stable and long-lasting as concrete. The minimal maintenance requirements of a paver patio trump the time you spend laboring over the constant cleaning, staining and maintenance of a wooden deck.

These homeowners are elated with their new backyard space. Just read the review they left on Google about their experience:

This company is great and they do wonderful work. Marshall helped us out tremendously and made our house/yard look incredible. I would highly recommend their outdoor living designs to anyone.

— JM in Sumter, SC

Here at Archadeck of Central SC, our team of experts can design and customize an outdoor living space to fulfill the vision you have for your back yard. Contact us today at (803) 603 – 2160 or via email at to schedule your free design consultation!

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

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

Your Home is missing something; a sunroom by Archadeck of Central SC can fill the void.

This spacious sunroom in Columbia, SC, delivers versatility within the home!

This spacious sunroom in Columbia, SC, delivers versatility within the home and convenient access to the outdoors and onto the deck.

So you want more space. A little extra room because the family is growing, children or parents are moving back home, maybe you’ve started a home-based business or you’ve always wanted that conservatory-style room to grow your beloved orchids!  There may be a thousand other reasons why you feel your existing house just isn’t big enough, or is lacking something. So many times we have heard customers remark that they didn’t realize what their home, and lifestyle, was truly missing until they decided to move ahead with their anticipated sunroom addition. Numerous times, we heard them remark “our sunroom addition is the room we use most in our home over any other and we wish we would’ve built it sooner.” If you feel as if there is a “void” within your home, such as a lack of natural sunlight or a spot where creative versatility can flourish, a sunroom may just be the answer!

Stunning sunroom addition in NE Columbia, SC.

Stunning sunroom addition in NE Columbia, SC.

Many people assume you can’t have your cake and eat it too when it comes to outdoor living, but this assumption couldn’t be farther from the truth. A sunroom addition is the perfect example. A sunroom provides a space in your home that allows you to bring the outside inside without the constraints of weather, season or functional limits. A room filled with light and space, a sunroom can let you live outdoors all year round! Though they are considered an interior addition because of their construction requirements, sunrooms give homeowners the most benefit over other outdoor room additions. The aesthetics of a sunroom are very important to its overall worth, but the benefit of extra heated space added to your home’s square footage, along with capability of year round enjoyment, are what really make a sunroom one of the most valuable investments you can make to your home.

Columbia SC smaller scale sunrooms

This Columbia sunroom was built just off the master bedroom and serves as a sitting area

Bring the outdoors in

What makes a sunroom different from other outdoor room additions is that it can be whatever you want it to be. It can play any role, and fulfill any need or desire! Sunrooms make a perfect spot to relax, nap, or read a book. A sunroom can become a spot to observe nature without the impact of the elements, or an extra space in which to entertain. With the holidays just around the corner, extra space is a plus in any home.  Sunrooms add the functionality of a year- round room because they are fully conditioned. The presence of an HVAC system and the “wall of windows” design allows for plenty of natural light and beauty to enhance your decorating choices. Your room can be set to your comfort level and remain there. There is no need for shivering while enjoying your morning coffee or sweltering in the summer during family game night. Though many only consider the extra cost of adding on a sunroom, since it qualifies as an interior addition, requiring a foundation and roof, it will pay for itself over time based on the versatility it adds to your home and lifestyle. When comparing a sunroom to a screened porch and three or four season room it is easy to see the immediate benefits.

Bright sunny room addition

The bright interior of this sunroom is a sunny solution to even the coldest winter day.

A homeowner needs options

While enjoying Mother Nature year round and adding extra square footage to your floor plan are certainly the most important benefits of a sunroom, the ability to design a sunroom however you please is also important. Sunrooms do not force a homeowner to think strictly along the lines of outdoor fabric and furniture when designing because these additions become part of your home. Sunrooms can be finished and painted to match your home’s interior color scheme. This includes the use of flooring already present within your home such as hardwoods or carpeting. The design and finish possibilities are endless when designing a sunroom.

This sunroom addition in Columbia is set against a tranquil, lush landscape.

This sunroom addition in Columbia is set against a tranquil, lush landscape and proves that bigger doesn’t mean better!

Consider the benefits

Consider the way you and your family will use your sunroom addition. The versatility the space provides is key. Imagine a relaxing “family room” atmosphere, a place to enjoy watching sports with the guys or even creating a more formal area to experience dining outdoors without the negative aspects of nature (i.e., insects, and rain!).

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

Contact Archadeck of Central SC to learn more about filling the void that is missing with a room for all seasons! Call us today to start your project and lock in this year’s pricing before the New Year begins. (803) 603 – 2160

Having the luxury of an outdoor living space will add function and ambiance to the time you spend outdoors

This deck in Irmo SC overlooks a serene hardscape patio with outdoor fireplace

This deck in Irmo, SC, overlooks a serene hardscape patio with outdoor fireplace, the perfect spot for enjoying those crisp autumn evenings!

The mild temperatures the arrival of autumn brings to the Columbia, SC, region mean more opportunities for outdoor living. Lower humidity, cooler breezes and a palette of Carolina color emerging in the trees makes residents want to spend the majority of their recreational time outdoors with friends and family. Having the luxury of an outdoor living space to add function and ambiance to the time you spend outdoors can make those special times even more worthwhile. Here in our area there is a host of outdoor activities going on. Archadeck of Central SC gives you a peek into the backyard games that people are playing in your neck of the woods and how our outdoor structures are helping to turn events into memories!

Columbia SC deck and screened porch combination would make the perfect spot to watch and play football this fall.

This Columbia, SC, deck and screened porch combination would make the perfect spot to entertain during the big game.

Game on!

What better way to hearken the arrival of football season than an outdoor room worthy of tailgating from the comfort of your own backyard! Our porch and patio designs can be finished with full function outdoor gourmet kitchens that allow you to prepare, serve and eat all your halftime favorites without having to venture into your home’s interior kitchen. We can even design your outdoor room with space set aside to mount a flat screen TV so you and your “team” will never miss a minute of the action! If you feel inclined to play a little football among family and friends, the backyard is just a few  steps away, so dirt and grime is kept out of the home during all the fun.

Ad deck or patio makes the perfect place to host a backyard oyster roast.

A deck or patio makes the perfect place to host a backyard oyster roast.

Aw, shucks…

I cannot think of a better way to have more fun making a mess than hosting your own backyard oyster roast. Cooler temperatures may mean it is time to break out the sweaters, but they also mean oysters are in season! This is a great time for a cool- weather outdoor party around the fire pit, and it’s always fun to shuck oysters on the back deck. Hosting your oyster roast outdoors means more elbow room for family and friends and easy cleanup at the end of the evening for the host. In a recent post, Archadeck of Central SC outlined how to host an oyster roast from how to set up your grill, to the best place to buy oysters here in the Columbia area.

Screened Porch, Spa and Fire Pit at Dusk

This cozy outdoor living space features a custom fire pit– perfect for making s’mores.

Get S’more out of your backyard hardscape
Imagine the crackle of the fire, the conversation, and the camaraderie as you gather around your very own outdoor fireplace or fire pit to spend an evening making s’mores with family and friends. There are many recipes available that feature a modern twist and varied ingredients for this classic recipe, such as Chocolate Chip Cookie S’mores and Black Forest S’mores. I feel the original is still the best: roasting a marshmallow over the fire and nestling it between two graham crackers and a wedge of chocolate! This age-old tradition is a sweet treat that gives us so much more than just a snack. It is an opportunity to spend time with our loved ones making memories that will last a lifetime.

The competitive edge

If you have a large family, like mine, outdoor celebrations often mean breaking out the corn hole boards or horseshoes for a friendly game of skill and fun. Both these outdoor games are very popular in the Columbia region. Corn hole is a lawn game in which players take turns throwing bags of corn at a raised platform with a hole in the far end. The game of horseshoe involves the same concept except you throw a horse shoe with the goal of landing the horse shoe around a set target. Both games are much fun but can get tiresome when the opposing team has nowhere to sit and watch the game as it unfolds. Having the luxury of an outdoor living space such as a deck, patio or porch nearby can make backyard game night a joy for players and spectators alike–it will also give you a place to decisively plan a winning strategy when it is your turn.

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.

More home for the holidays

If you count yourself among the many that have a large gathering during the Thanksgiving holidays, often times your home’s interior can become too cramped for comfort. Archadeck of Central SC can help you maximize your comfort during holiday gatherings with the addition of a versatile four-season room or sunroom. These all- season rooms will allow more livable interior and exterior space opportunities. Your holiday guests will have more room to spread out and get comfortable, and you will gain peace of mind. Thanksgiving is right around the corner and now is the time to think about adding an outdoor room in time for the holiday season ahead.

Our goal at Archadeck of Central SC is to add more function, beauty and enjoyment to all the special times you spend with family and friends through our outdoor and indoor structure designs. When it comes to the many ways our living spaces can improve your lifestyle, the world is truly your oyster (no pun intended). Contact Archadeck of Central SC to schedule your free design consultation today (803) 603 – 2160

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 more of our outdoor spaces destined to become your favorite gathering spot for friends and family by visiting our deck photo gallery, our 3 and 4 season room photo gallery and our patio and hardscape photo gallery located on our website today!