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Archadeck of Central SC Discusses How a Successful Outdoor Living Combination Space Goes Together Like Peas and Carrots!

Archadeck of Central SC Discusses How a Successful Outdoor Living Combination Space Goes Together Like Peas and Carrots!When it comes to gaining the most benefit out of something, it stands to reason that combining two or more of what you like will bring you the most enjoyment. Examples of the power behind combinations are evident in many everyday things. For instance, just within the food and drink realm many of the combinations we take for granted include the successful pairing of a loaded baked potato as a companion to a steak, wine and cheese, apple pie and vanilla ice cream and even peas and carrots! Respectfully, many of the things we enjoy have a second or third accompaniment to make them even more decadent, so why should our outdoor living spaces be any different?

Archadeck patios and hardscapesCombination projects are a great way to create more space for more versatility and enjoyment, and by combining one or more outdoor structures you can designate different areas within them for different purposes. During the initial consultation with our clients, one of the first questions we ask  is “how do you intend to use the space?” Without getting the answer to this important question, the design won’t be as good as it can be. Though the answer varies with each client, from cooking and entertaining to sunbathing, birdwatching and relaxing, they all address the way a particular client wants to live outdoors. For many of our clients, their outdoor living spaces need to be multifunctional. If this is the case for you, Archadeck of Central SC needs to create a project with a flow that defines separate spaces for different functions.

Recently completed project near Lake Murray, SC.

Patio and screened porch combo space on Lake Murray, SC.

Many of our clients have chosen combination outdoor living spaces, including a deck with a screened porch or pergola, patio with outdoor kitchen, etc. Here are some examples of combination outdoor living space projects taken from our portfolio:

Quadruple the outdoor living pleasure in Wildewood

This combination space in the Wildewood community of East Columbia delivers the whole enchilada of outdoor living enjoyment! The flowing design incorporates a low-maintenance deck, covered porch, stamped concrete patio, outdoor kitchen and a fire pit! The largest benefit of this layout is that each structure within can be enjoyed singularly, but when combined they create a total outdoor living environment.

NE Columbia patio and fire pit

You can also read more about this amazing project in our feature article titled “We are wild about our recent outdoor living combination in Wildewood!”

A grand entrance from the backyard onto this deck and covered porch combo in Governors Grant Lexington SCDeck and Covered Porch Combination in Lexington

Prior to this addition, the only outdoor living space these Lexington 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 screened porch.

Deck detail in Governors Grant with separate area for dining.

NE Columbia deck and sunroom builderSunroom and deck in NE Columbia

By choosing to combine a sunroom and deck, these NE Columbia clients got the best of both worlds, an open-air space perfect for grilling and soaking in the sun and a protected space delivering panoramic views of the outdoors with constant climate control.

Stunning sunroom addition in NE Columbia, SC.

The airy design of the sunroom, which opens out onto the new deck, features an open-end gable abundant with windows, transoms and a vaulted ceiling. The placement of the windows and roof pitch allows for an open and airy atmosphere with more light flowing naturally into the home’s interior.

As you can clearly see from these project images, outdoor living combinations can be used as separate rooms, or vignettes, of beauty and function. Whether it’s a pairing of two or more outdoor structures, our keen eye for design will give you a space that functions as one large, cohesive design.

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 learning more about creating a multi-purpose outdoor living oasis in your own backyard, contact Archadeck of Central SC today. Our consultation is free, but the design we can create to enhance your backyard is priceless (803) 603 – 2160
centralsc@archadeck.net.

 

 

We are wild about our recent outdoor living combination in Wildewood!

Covered porch interior detail in Widlewood, East Columbia, SC.It isn’t often that an outdoor living space delivers on all the key elements of what makes outdoor living so enjoyable. Our most recent project in the Wildewood community in East Columbia, SC, contains all the structures homeowners crave when they imagine the outdoor living space of their dreams. Each structure within can be enjoyed singularly, but when combined they create a total outdoor living environment.

As discussed in a previous post — “The outdoor living structure combination is a trend with proven staying power here in Central SC”— the draw towards outdoor living space combinations persists because they are multifunctional and versatile. Combining different structures is a clear way to define separate areas within an outdoor living zones as opposed to using one singular space to carry out all your desired functions. This Wildewood project is the perfect example of putting this concept into action.

This combination design consists of a low-maintenance deck, covered porch, stamped concrete patio, outdoor kitchen and a fire pit! Let’s explore the dynamics and benefits of each structure and how they work together within the space:

East Columbia SC covered porch builderCovered Porch — Conveniently located just off the rear of the home, and easily accessible to the home’s interior living areas,  lies the covered porch addition. The porch features an open and airy open gable design with a rustic exposed rafter ceiling. The porch floor is a continuation of the beautiful AZEK decking used for the deck and features a parting board for added drama and aesthetics.

 Spacious Deck — Located just off the covered porch is the spacious low-maintenance deck. As mentioned above, the deck features AZEK decking, which is scratch and stain resistant, impervious to insects, mold and mildew and is a breeze to keep clean! Custom built-in  bench seating adds valuable seating space and visual interest and helps define the boundaries of the space.

Combination project in Wildewood subd. East Columbia SC

 Outdoor Kitchen — The outdoor kitchen and grill area sits conveniently at the end of the deck. It includes a grill, food preparation area and workspace with under cabinet storage. The placement of the kitchen makes entertaining a pleasure as it is easily within reach of the deck, porch and patio areas as well as being a stone’s throw away from the interior kitchen door.

East Columbia Sc outdoor living combination space

Patio and Fire Pit — Located just off the deck, the patio is constructed of stamped concrete and features a stone retaining wall. The retaining wall doubles as a cozy seating wall to enjoy the patio’s integrated fire pit. Form and function creatively mingle as the curves of the fire pit are mimicked throughout the entire design, from the curved stone wall bordering the patio to the curved built-in bench on the deck.

Outdoor living combinations such as this project in Wildewood can be used altogether or as separate rooms– each room a vignette of beauty and function. The most wonderful part of our outdoor living combination designs is that two or more outdoor spaces can function as one large design making harmony an important element of the design.

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 learning more about creating a multi-purpose outdoor living oasis in your own backyard through the combination of two, three or even four or more outdoor structures, contact Archadeck of Central SC today. You can reach us by phone at (803) 603 – 2160
or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net.

 

 

Archadeck of Central South Carolina helped these Elgin, SC, homeowners optimize the year-round use of their covered porch

Central SC outdoor livingWhen you love spending time outside, it’s a natural progression to bring some of the creature comforts of home out into the backyard to create an outdoor living space that can be enjoyed almost year round. In an outdoor living environment custom designed and built by Archadeck of Central South Carolina, you can fully enjoy the beauty of the environment while being ultra-comfortable. We understand your desire to spend more time enjoying your home inside and out and offer multiple ways to improve that experience.

Elgin SC outdoor fire features

Completed outdoor fireplace addition in Elgin, SC.

You can optimize your porch or patio for fall and winter get-togethers by enhancing your existing space. While homeowners in some parts of the country may think that evenings spent in the backyard or outdoor living spaces are coming to an end this time of year, we here in the central South Carolina area feel otherwise. We are blessed with a climate that allows the extended use of our outdoor living spaces throughout the fall and, with a good source of heat, well into the winter months, thus making almost year-round use of our outdoor living environments fully possible.

Getting more use out of their covered porch throughout the year is exactly what these Elgin, SC, homeowners listed as their primary objective when they contacted us. They already had a beautiful covered porch area in which many celebrations, cookouts, parties and family dinners had occurred throughout the spring and summer months as well as countless evenings spent just relaxing and unwinding after a hard day of work. Although this space is obviously well-loved during the spring and summer, they also want to enjoy it during the fall and winter too.

Elgin SC outdoor firepace builder

Addition of outdoor fireplace onto existing Elgin, SC, covered porch.

The best way to accomplish their goal was with the addition of an outdoor heat source, such as a fire pit or a fireplace. What’s better than an outdoor fireplace or fire pit to gather around and share conversation, food, drinks and fun? Not only will a fire feature add some warmth to the chilly air, it will also serve as a social hub and focal point for your outdoor living space. After an onsite inspection of their existing structure and careful consideration of their wants and needs along with the architectural aesthetics of the covered porch, we suggested the addition of an wood-burning outdoor fireplace with an Isokern pumice stone insert.

The homeowners loved this idea and wanted to get started right away so they would begin enjoying it as soon as possible. They chose a brick exterior, which would coordinate with the façade of their home and would also complement the classic style of the porch to add elegant warmth. The special components of this fireplace are the Isokern insert and chimney, which are parts of a modular system made of volcanic pumice that is:

  • the most energy-efficient material to safely contain a fire
  • exceptionally durable and lasts forever
  • more budget friendly than the traditional masonry, metal box or concrete fireplaces
Elgin SC outdoor fire features

“In progress” outdoor fireplace addition in Elgin, SC.

Along with this enhancement to their outdoor living space, they added soft, comfy furniture, fluffy throw blankets and hardy outdoor rugs, all of which are sure to make it their favorite warm and cozy spot during the fall and winter months. Wonderful memories will be made on cool, crisp evenings or lazy afternoons, tucked up in blankets on the couch in front of the warm soft glow of a crackling fire while conversations flow and mugs of hot cocoa are savored.

Are you ready to make your outdoor living space cozy for the upcoming cooler weather seasons? Now is a great time to move ahead with your outdoor living structure endeavors! Fall and winter lead times are shorter, the growing season of your landscape is interrupted less and materials are likely to be less expensive now as opposed to waiting until next spring when the traditional outdoor living season arrives. Archadeck of Central South Carolina can plan, design and build your structure in time to take advantage of festivities of winter. Our professional and talented staff are experts at helping homeowners, like you, get the most out of each season with an outdoor structure custom-built just for you. Contact us today 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

Archadeck of Central SC is Proud to Help Americans Celebrate July 4th in Their Own Backyard

Archadeck of Central SC celebrates July 4thOur staff is getting ready to celebrate Independence Day with our families here at Archadeck of Central SC. We hope all our customers are busy planning their outdoor festivities on their backyard decks with barbeques with friends and family. At Archadeck, it’s an honor for us to know that we are an integral part of your summer holiday celebrations. It’s with great pride that we know our design and building expertise leads to your outdoor all-American fun.

We are fortunate to live in a country where freedom and a strong dose of patriotism are plentiful, and we hope you have a great Independence Day enjoying not only your backyard, but also the fun happening around the Columbia, SC, region.  Here are a few events happening in our community for you to check out for family fun:

Happy 4th of July from ArchadeckWe know how to celebrate the Fourth in Columbia, SC, so one day just isn’t enough to pack in all the fun. We start the festivities on July 3rd at historic Fort Jackson with an entire day of festivities. It all begins at 8 AM with a run/walk and a twelve mile bike ride at Hilton Field, plus a whole host of other activities that are family friendly. At 4 PM the kids will have a blast on rides and games; and if great music is a must on your list then enjoy Eric Mayweather and the Finesse Band and Fort Jackson’s 282nd “Rock Band” kicking off the musical entertainment at 6:30 PM. At 9 PM a cannon salute to each state in America and a 30-minute fireworks display cap off the evening.

Also on July 3rd, Saluda Shoals Park will feature the Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra from 6-9 PM. This is an all American outdoor celebration of family fun, so bring a blanket and your lawn chair and enjoy games for the kids, fabulous food, and a rousing dose of patriotic music.

On July 4th from 12 noon-3 PM, you must check out the Patriotic Boat Parade at Lake Murray. Water vessels of all kinds are festooned in patriotic glory with flags waving and people cheering. This year the event hopes to enter the Guinness Book of World Records by hosting over 150 boats. Be sure to be part of this historic moment!

Of course no Independence Day evening is complete without a bold fireworks display, and we sure know how do to it big in Columbia. Beginning at dusk (9PM), we host South Carolina’s largest fireworks display on beautiful Lake Murray from two locations: Spence Island and Dreher Island State Park. Watch fireworks timed to patriotic tunes that truly get your love of America stirring.

If staying at home on July 4th is more your speed, then we know that you’ll likely be enjoying it in your backyard. If you are not exactly happy with your current backyard decking design, do give us a shout so we can help you design an outdoor extension to your home that will add value to the way your family truly lives. We can build a deck and accompanying outdoor structures that fit your lifestyle and your budget.

Archadeck of Central SC outdoor kitchensThere are so many benefits to a beautiful and practical outdoor living space—whether it’s a hard-working entertainment space with a built-in kitchen or fireplace, a place for your family to get healthy fresh air and get closer to nature, or a quiet spot for stress-free relaxation. Most of our customers simply want a great area for dining and hanging out with friends, surrounded by the trees, and we can accommodate that easily with a custom table and built-in seating. If you have a storage issue, we can design a space to stow all your tools and yard gear. Should privacy be of concern to you, we can create a quiet oasis that keeps neighbors away from your serene setting. Don’t be deterred if your yard has a steep grade, we can also help design a deck with landings or stairs that attractively and safely take advantage of a sloping property and makes it more usable. A great pergola or porch is a fantastic way to provide shade on a deck without the use of pesky umbrellas or ugly awnings. There isn’t a problem that we can’t solve with a well-designed deck.

Lake Chapin SC outdoor living environment

Archadeck of Central SC is proud to be part of the Columbia market, and we’ve been thrilled to have had the opportunity to work with our residential customers to help them realize their backyard deck dreams. We are truly grateful to the community for embracing us and relying on our backyard building capability, and for helping us become the top deck builder 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 considering a deck addition for you and your family in the near future, we can provide valuable insight on getting started with a design that meets and exceeds all your expectations of what a custom outdoor space should be. There is no charge for a consultation, so contact us Archadeck of Central SC today at (803) 603-2160, or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net.

Your Central SC “dream backyard” is within reach with our phased building program!

Lake Chapin SC outdoor living environmentHow often do you catch yourself thinking…”if I just had an unlimited budget”? This is something we often hear during our initial meeting with homeowners, when we ask what they envision as their ideal outdoor living space. It’s a common misconception that the perfect outdoor living space is beyond affordable. Archadeck of Central South Carolina wants you to know you don’t have to delay creating your ideal backyard retreat any longer. We offer a phased building program that allows you to construct your outdoor living space combination project in phases as your lifestyle and budget permit.

With our phased building program you don't have to have an unlimited budget to get the backyard of your dreams!

With our phased building program you don’t have to have an unlimited budget to get the backyard of your dreams!

Please allow us to explain how our phased building program works…

We start by working directly with you, the client, to put your vision of your ideal backyard retreat on paper as the “master plan” including all structures to be incorporated within the design. With this complete project design in hand, phase I is selected. This typically is the portion of the design closest to the home, maximizing the structural anchoring of this entire space to the residence. A clear “master plan” allows us to work out engineering, designing and building specifics for your complete outdoor space in phases permitting more efficient future additions or amendments. To ensure a unified outdoor environment, the structural integrity, traffic flow and ultimate function of each portion of the structure are priority considerations during each phase of building. Additionally, the advance planning of your backyard design saves time and money as it enables us to work closely with any supplemental contractors you may need for this project (i.e. utility contractors, pool company or landscaper). As the homeowner, having this freedom to build your ideal backyard in stages makes it easier on your budget and lifestyle.

Lakeside outdoor living spaces in Central SCPrior to breaking ground, we will create a detailed project scope  for you, as we do for all of our clients, whether we are building one outdoor structure or a combination outdoor space. This outline of the project’s highlights is especially vital, as it gives you a conceptual idea of your project as a whole and includes a detailed breakdown of the construction stages. We have found this to be the most valuable way to ensure no detail is overlooked. If your intended outdoor space is going to include more than one structure, such as an outdoor living combination of a deck, screened porch and hardscape, for example, then each separate structure will have its own distinct specification and materials list. This is just one of the many ways we are able to deliver the highest quality of service and product to our customers. We set the standards high because we want to make sure our customers are informed in every phase of their project, especially when the project is being built over time.

inside and outPhased building with Archadeck of Central South Carolina allows you to feel like you have a new backyard during each stage of your dream outdoor living space construction. Much like many of our completed phased building projects, there is usually room for additional outdoor living area in the future, such as the integration of a fire pit and seating or a pergola addition to the deck. No matter which structure pairing or combination you choose, once your space is complete you can enjoy all the outdoor living opportunities to come.

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 have a vision of your dream backyard but you’re not ready to complete it all at one time, our phased building program is the perfect answer. We can bring the backyard of your dreams to life one beautiful stage at a time. Contact Archadeck of Central South Carolina to learn more about our innovative approach to outdoor structure building. Call us for a free consultation at (803)603-2160 or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net.

Is there a magic number associated with outdoor living enjoyment? We certainly think so…

Good things come in 3'sMaybe you have heard the old adage that “good things come in threes.” In writing, the rule of three suggests things that come in threes are inherently funnier, more satisfying, and more effective than other numbers of things. This may be true in other areas, too, but when it comes to creating the perfect outdoor living space, we feel two can be just as satisfying.

Elevated screened porch with deck and stairs - Columbia, SCDesigning beautiful, functional, quality outdoor living spaces is what we do best. In our experience we have discovered that one of our most requested pairings to enhance outdoor living is a deck and screened porch combination. This combination is wildly popular because it delivers the best of both worlds: an open air space for soaking up the sun, entertaining, and grilling outdoors and a protected space. The options available in our custom deck designs are as endless as the imagination, from integrated seating, planters, lighting and pergolas to outdoor kitchens and fire pits.

Screened Porch with Deck and Stone Patios

When the weather is less favorable, having the luxury of a screened porch will allow you the freedom to move the fun inside your protected porch. Screened porches keep you dry during times of inclement weather and protect you and your guests from annoying insects and the dangers associated with the sun. Having both structures will allow unparalleled enjoyment as these two spaces become one in your backyard setting!

Deck and screened porch combination in Columbia SC

Deck and screened porch combination in Columbia, SC.

One of our most recent deck and screened porch combinations was completed right here in Columbia. Here is a look at the finished project:

Deck and screened porch combination in Columbia, SC.

Deck and screened porch combination in Columbia, SC.

The homeowners are elated with their new outdoor living space. It is loaded with versatility and function and is designed for the way they want to live outdoors!

Contact Archadeck of Central SC today to help you make the most out of your outdoors too! Call us to schedule a free 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

Please visit our website and Houzz gallery for more examples of outdoor living combinations designed with YOU in mind!

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 centralsc@archadeck.net.