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The versatility of this NE Columbia all-inclusive outdoor living environment is amazing!

we can create the ultimate staycation in your backyard

Archadeck of Central SC can create an all-inclusive outdoor living environment in your own backyard — the ultimate “staycation” destination!

When planning the family vacation, who doesn’t love an all-inclusive resort or vacation package? It’s convenient, has so many choices and everything is taken care of in the package price. This means all the basics are covered, there’s something for everyone to enjoy and most important you’re not spending your relaxation and fun time working out the details or cleaning up…it’s no fuss and no muss. Now imagine that same feeling in your own backyard with a custom all-inclusive, low-maintenance outdoor living space for you to enjoy almost year-round! That’s exactly what Archadeck of Central South Carolina did for these homeowners in the Wildwoode neighborhood located in NE Columbia, SC.

In some areas of life, it’s hard to make everyone happy, but with the right design and materials it was easy to create an outdoor living environment that has everything these homeowners need and want in a low-maintenance space that is so versatile and option rich that it pleases everyone, effortlessly. They wanted a combination of protected and open spaces, in a low-maintenance, multi-level structure, connected to a hardscape area with room for an outdoor kitchen, dining area, conversation areas and an integrated fire feature.

Outdoor oasis in NE Columbia

With a clear list of features and an understanding of what they were envisioning, we went to work laying out and designing their custom outdoor living environment that fit the way they want to enjoy their outdoor lifestyle. Once the plans were completed, we met with the homeowners for their approval of the design and they were ecstatic! Seeing their mental image of their dream space translated into design plans made the concept of their own private, all-inclusive backyard resort very real.

The final approved design of this major outdoor living combination space includes a low- maintenance AZEK porch and deck, outdoor kitchen, patio with stone wall and integrated gas fire pit. The versatility of each of these structures and spaces individually is impressive, but when you put them all together, the vast number of options for using this combination space is mind-blowing!! Let’s take a look at each element:

  • Covered porch in NE Columbia outdoor combination projectThe Covered Porch – Also referred to as an “open porch,” it has a roof, which provides protection from the sun, unpredictable summer rainstorms and other elements and still offers the benefit of circulating fresh air. In this area, it can be used for dining, family game night, a cool, quiet area for relaxing or just about anything.
  • The Deck – It not only adds value to the home, but it enhances the way our customers live outdoors, as it can be used as a wide open space for a large group to mingle and socialize or broken up into zones with cozy furnishings to create conversation areas…the options are limited only by the imagination. They can take advantage of all the benefits that the fresh air and sunshine provide, and spend quality time with their friends and family entertaining in style with little fuss.

AZEK deck in NE Columbia outdoor combination project

  • The Outdoor Kitchen – We all know the kitchen is the true “hub” of the home. It’s unclear if it’s the wonderful smells that waft from this area, the easy access to all of the food or the need to be involved in the activity, no matter how much space or comfortable seating you have in the den, everyone seems to gather in the kitchen. The outdoor kitchen has the same draw and it allows the host and head chef to still be involved in the fun of the outdoor events, while preparing the food and drinks.

Outdoor kitchen/grill area in NE Columbia

  • The Patio – Much like the deck, a patio is attractive, weather resistant, and extremely functional as it significantly expands a family’s living and entertaining space with extreme versatility in design. The physical structure of this  patio is exceptionally durable, low-maintenance and easily lends itself to a multitude of uses with its stamped concrete design. A rounded hardscape seating wall helps define the space and serves as a plant shelf or additional seating around the integrated fire pit with gas insert.

NE Columbia patio and fire pit

  • The Fire Pit – Gather chairs all around it, no matter what the season, and it’s instant social hour with s’mores and hot chocolate or beers and brats. More often than not, fire pits are built into the hardscape area to provide almost year-round enjoyment of the outdoor space, as with this design. The addition of a fire pit makes a strong focal point and generates an abundance of ambiance, light and warmth as well.

NE Columbia outdoor living combination space

Clearly each component can hold its own in the world of outdoor living structures. Now, put them all together and this all-inclusive outdoor living combination space cohesively functions as one space with overwhelming versatility of style and function as well as a multitude of benefits. Add the fact that it’s constructed entirely of low-maintenance materials for many years of immeasurable enjoyment while providing a uniquely stunning addition to their property…and I bet we have blown your mind!

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

Developing low-maintenance outdoor living areas extends the enjoyment of your space and unlocks the full potential of your home.  As homeowners increasingly seek to expand their living spaces and bring the comfort of the indoors to their backyards, Archadeck of Central South Carolina will continue to help them fulfill their outdoor living dreams. If you are ready to create your own all-inclusive outdoor living environment contact us by calling (803) 603 – 2160 or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net.

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Archadeck of Central SC reveals the winning components of this outdoor living space!

Image of Fallingwater courtesy of Pinterest

Image of Fallingwater courtesy of Pinterest.

Thanks to Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterpiece, Fallingwater, the distinct barriers between the indoors and outdoors have been obscured for a more blended extension of our residences. Today, nearly a century after his design innovation, outdoor living designs continue to blur those lines in a way that’s appealing for today’s homeowners. As such, marvelous outdoor spaces are being designed and built with an outdoor room feel that carries the luxuries of the indoors to the natural beauty of backyards in a seamless transition. It is this type of atmosphere that Archadeck of Central South Carolina created in Northeast Columbia, where we custom designed and built an outdoor living combination space that includes a patio, retaining wall, deck, screened porch and fire pit.

Summer beckons us to expand our living spaces outdoors for just about all of our activities, from relaxing to dining alfresco or even a cocktail party! Modern backyard retreats serve to extend the outdoor season, add living space to the home, and create a vibrant yet casual space. We would like to share with you how each structure in the design below benefits the homeowners — take a look:

Infographic for Archadeck of Central SC

  1. Patio and custom fire pit in Northeast Columbia SCLet’s begin at ground level with the Patio and Fire Pit – This NE Columbia outdoor living space includes a stamped concrete patio and a cultured stone fire pit. As a natural extension of the home’s ground floor, a patio significantly expands a family’s living and entertaining space with extreme versatility. It provides a perfect gathering spot for guests and family who will be drawn outdoors to this enticing space. Concrete and paver patios are attractive, weather resistant, and low-maintenance. This patio lends itself to a multitude of uses: for example, wheel in a portable bar and you’ve got a great place for cocktails and mingling; add several seating arrangements and the conversation circles abound; place a large dining table and chairs in the center and you’re ready for a dinner party; or clear the whole space, turn up the tunes and you and your guests can dance the night away! And… for the full enjoyment of your patio almost year round, the addition of a fire pit makes a strong focal point and generates an abundance of ambiance, light and warmth as well.
  2. Northeast Columbia retaining wall detailFunctionally decorate your patio while protecting your landscape with a Retaining Wall – A cultured stone retaining wall surrounds the fire pit in this versatile space. Typically, retaining walls provide functional support for keeping soil in place, reduce patio maintenance and prevent erosion. As you can see in our photo of this project, the retaining wall serves a dual purpose as it keeps the soil from washing over and making a mess on the patio each time it rains and provides permanent and very durable additional seating around the fire pit. It partially frames the hardscape and landscaped areas of this property creating visual interest and depth for overall aesthetics.
  3. Level up…add a Deck – For the deck portion we created a transitional space between the screened porch and hardscape. It serves as a barbecue and dining area and includes built-in bench seating in the same Hazelwood-colored AZEK composite decking used as the porch flooring. For added appeal the deck also includes AZEK decking in Kona as an accent. Decks are still a tried-and-true favorite of homeowners and are considered to be the hub of outdoor living and entertaining across America. Almost any type of yard can benefit with a deck addition.
  4. NE Columbia AZEK deck and screened porchComplete and extend the use of your outdoor living oasis with the protection of a Screened Porch –The “anchor” of this outdoor living space is the aluminum framed screened porch. This low-maintenance outdoor room provides a protected and enticing escape for a breath of fresh air directly accessible from the home through the french doors and via the deck.  A screened porch permits more time outdoors and can be easily updated with living room type amenities such as comfy furnishings, lighting, ceiling fans and high-end electronics.

Throughout the past decade, homeowners have truly embraced the concept of outdoor living, which seamlessly combines versatility and function with comfort and beauty. With this movement, it’s easy to see why so many homeowners are choosing to forego expensive vacations in favor of investing their money to create private sanctuaries, like this one, in their own backyards.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

As homeowners increasingly seek to expand their living spaces and bring the comfort of the indoors to their backyards, Archadeck of Central South Carolina will continue to help them fulfill their outdoor living dreams. If you are ready to utilize some or all of these components to create your own outdoor living environment or would like to see more of these amazing structures we have used to enhance Central South Carolina’s backyard living spaces, visit our photo galleries located on our website or contact us by calling (803) 603 – 2160 or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net.

See how a new custom-designed hardscape/patio adds value and versatility to your outdoor living space

Recently completed project near Lake Murray, SC.

Recently completed project near Lake Murray, SC.

As a natural extension of the home’s ground floor, a patio significantly expands a family’s living and entertaining space. It provides a perfect gathering spot for guests and family who will be drawn indoors to this enticing space. Concrete and paver patios are attractive, weather resistant, and extremely functional for your outdoor recreation and entertaining needs. When you install a custom-designed patio in your yard, you will create a beautiful new space that is perfectly suited to your home. Here is a quick look at some of the great benefits of a concrete patio.

Versatility

Archadeck patios and hardscapesA hardscape will provide you with fantastic design versatility as well as functional versatility. No matter the style and landscaping of your yard, you will be able to create a patio that matches your taste with the use of pavers or special stamping and shaping tools that will allow you to make your new concrete patio your very own. The physical structure lends itself to a multitude of uses: wheel in a portable bar and you’ve got a great place for cocktails and mingling; add several seating arrangements and the conversation circles abound; place a large dining table and chairs in the center and you’re ready for dinner party al fresco; or clear the whole space, turn up the tunes and you and your guests can dance the night away!

Durability

Along with being incredibly versatile, patios are also extremely durable. When you install a new hardscape in your yard, you will be creating a highly functional space that can stand up to the demands of daily life and will last for many years to come. Your patio will withstand inclement weather such as snow and rain.

NE Columbia patio and custom fire pitEase of Maintenance

A patio is easy to maintain. Unlike a wooden structure, hardscapes will not become damaged by termites or extreme weather conditions. In addition, your patio will be incredibly easy to clean on a routine basis.

These benefits show just how versatile and valuable a hardscape/patio can be. Now imagine it as part of your combination outdoor living space, as a second layer of functionality and beauty…just as it is in both of these recently completed Archadeck of Central South Carolina projects:

NE Columbia fire pit and patio addition.

NE Columbia fire pit and patio addition.

Our Northeast Columbia project combined a fire pit and patio with a step down into backyard. The hardscape area of this outdoor living space provides a conversation area surrounding the fire pit and ample space for the homeowner and guests to mingle and socialize while enjoying the warmth and beauty of the fire. Truly a masterful combination of structures and space for these homeowners to enjoy.

Patio and custom fire pit near Lake Murray, SC.

Patio and custom fire pit near Lake Murray, SC.

At this Lake Murray home, we custom designed and built an outdoor living combination space that included a patio, retaining wall and fire pit along with a screened porch and a deck. To further stretch the enjoyment time, each structure in this outdoor living oasis is constructed with low maintenance materials. The patio is made of stamped concrete, the retaining wall and fire pit use synthetic stone facing, the screened porch is aluminum and the deck is constructed with AZEK composite decking in Hazelwood. As you can see in the pictures above, this stunning design is quite an extensive project and totally transforms this backyard. The patio is vital to the flow of the design and connects the deck to the fire pit. Simply GORGEOUS!

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’re ready for a true extension of your home with function and flow to help you get MORE out of your outdoor living space and backyard this season, contact Archadeck of Central South Carolina today! We’ll help you discover how a combination outdoor living space including a hardscape/patio will help you get the most out of your outdoors, too! Call us at (803) 603–2160 to schedule a free consultation or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net.