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Getting down to the business of creating the perfect outdoor kitchen

This open porch and hardscape combination in Columbia also features an outdoor kitchen for added luxury.

This open porch and hardscape combination in Columbia features an outdoor kitchen for added luxury.

The popularity of the outdoor kitchen continues to gain momentum all across the country. Here in the Columbia, SC, area, more and more homeowners are adding the outdoor kitchen to the top of their “must have” list for their own backyards. One of the key reasons for the growing popularity of the outdoor kitchen is because, just like the indoor kitchen remains the heart of the home, the outdoor kitchen can be the heart of the outdoor living space. Food preparation and dining bring loved ones closer together, stimulate conversation and urge you to linger longer in any setting.

This open porch and patio combination mixes the rustic tones of wood and stone together and soothes all the senses through texture and tone.

This open porch and patio combination includes an integrated outdoor kitchen. This combination mixes the rustic tones of wood and stone and soothes the senses through texture and tone.

Outdoor cooking has come a long way in just a few short years. For many homeowners, it has become an art. What was once just a grill on the deck or patio is a now a fully-functional outdoor food preparation and cooking space with grills, sinks, stovetops, refrigerators and all the culinary bells and whistles that would make Julia Child blush. Outdoor kitchens can be custom designed to fit your cooking needs, your outdoor living space and your budget.

Rustic inspired outdoor kitchen with stone and granite combination.

Rustic-inspired outdoor kitchen with stone and granite combination.

There are so many options with outdoor kitchens these days. These options include not only amenities but also design materials and other key choices. Here is some of what we’re seeing and using:

We are using a mixed media of high-quality, attractive materials within our outdoor kitchens. In terms of counter surfaces, tile is still a favorite, with granite and natural stone not far behind. In many cases our customers like to mix things up a bit in their outdoor kitchens by using a mix of granite and stone and finishing it off with a countertop of tile or natural stone.

Deck with kitchen and pergola and ample pull out room for outdoor furnishings

Deck with outdoor kitchen and pergola.

In addition to a wealth of various materials, outdoor kitchens are being designed to include the amenities that many homeowners are looking for. The gourmet chef in you will be overcome with inspiration if you add a grill sink, cooktop and the ever-popular Big Green Egg smoker. Other outdoor kitchen options include built-in trash cans and compactors, refrigerators, ice machines, dishwashers and even warming drawers to ensure those hot dogs buns stay warm and toasty. Of course, ceiling fans, lighting, sound systems and televisions are becoming commonplace in the outdoor kitchen.

This multi-functional outdoor kitchen features "eat in" style bar seating

This multi-functional outdoor kitchen features “eat in” style bar seating.

In terms of location, an outdoor kitchen can be attached to your home or detached and placed in another prime outdoor living spot on your property. A poolside cabana or detached patio makes the perfect place for an outdoor kitchen. Many of our outdoor kitchen designs are covered by a roof or pergola. Our pergolas can be constructed in a way that offers a great deal of shade. This is possible by spacing the purlins that span the top of the pergola closer together to block out sunlight. We can design a serving and bar area outdoors similar to that of an interior “eat in” kitchen  to cut down on the amount of seating needed in your space. This leaves more room for other furnishings and promotes a better traffic flow.

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.

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Archadeck of Central SC explores the principles of creating the perfect pergola for your backyard

An outdoor oasis in Columbia, SC.

An outdoor oasis with pergola in Columbia, SC.

Arbors, trellises, and pergolas are a great way to add character to your deck, patio and landscape because they add a vertical element that is often lacking. You might have noticed these structures used in historical illustrations and artwork. The appeal of these elegant outdoor structures has spanned many generations. They have been around for hundreds of years. We can trace the origins of the pergola all the way back to the 1654 when it was borrowed from the Italian word, pergula, meaning a projected eave. Of course, the Italians were believed to have used the pergola for growing grapes and other climbing vegetation. Since the pergola’s vertical design allows vegetation to grow upward, it allows for better use of space. The modern pergola has moved out of the vineyards and into the backyard as an elemental design piece that is not only beautiful but also multi-functional. Archadeck of Central SC is the area’s premier pergola builder and our pergola designs can be as simplistic or ornate as our customers see fit, from two-beam, or four-beam, wall mount or detached designs, the choices are endless.

Garden Pergola Retreat

Garden Pergola Retreat.

Pergolas are one of the most versatile of all outdoor structures because they provide benefit for many locations and purposes within the landscape. They come in all shapes and sizes and can be built from many different materials. The posts of the pergola can be decorative or wrapped to match the architecture and style of your home. This ensures a one-of-a-kind pergola custom-built just for you. They can be outfitted with accoutrements such as hammocks, benches and swings and can be wired for ceiling fans or even speakers. Pergolas add an air of romance when used as a freestanding structure, often referred to as an arbor or trellis, within the landscape and as an accompaniment to other outdoor living spaces, just for starters. Here is a peek into the pergola possibilities Archadeck of Central SC can provide in your backyard.

Large deck with with white vinyl pergola

This spacious pergola offers this deck aesthetic value and shade benefits.

Made in the shade

Pergolas play the role of a shade structure to rave reviews when used as part of an outdoor living combination. A pergola design can help block out heat and the sun’s harmful rays. How closely the upper portioned slats (purlins) are constructed will determine how much shade and sun protection the pergola will provide. A pergola adds charm, beauty and extended function to your deck or patio space along with much-needed shade if the configuration of your outdoor space receives a lot of sun. We can even install a tinted polycarbonate cover to further block the sun’s harmful rays. If these are installed on a slight slant they will allow water to drain properly, too.

Deck with kitchen and pergola and ample pull out room for outdoor furnishings

Deck with kitchen and pergola. Notice how the pergola defines the dining space.

A unique feature to tie-in an outdoor kitchen

A pergola can add sizzle to the style of your integrated outdoor kitchen design. Many times, an outdoor kitchen or dining area will appear “lost” within an outdoor living combination space. By using the pergola to flank the dimensions of your dining areas or outdoor kitchen, you can enhance the aesthetics of your functional spaces tremendously.

This pressure treated wood pergola provide a sense of space definition around this hot tub deck

This pressure treated wood pergola provides privacy to this hot tub deck

A privacy feature for poolside and spa side

A pergola also makes a perfect companion spa or poolside and offers a certain degree of privacy by keeping prying eyes from looking directly into your pool or spa space.

As you can see, the ways the pergola can serve homeowners in their backyards seems endless.Pergolas can be a cost-effective way to add character, style and function to your backyard. Contact Archadeck of Central SC to learn more about our stunning custom pergola designs today. Call for a free consultation:(803) 603 – 2160, Email: 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 ReuPergolas can be a cost-effective way to add character, style and function to your backyard. Contact Archadeck of Central SC to learn more about our stunning custom pergola designs today. Call for a free consultation: (803) 603 – 2160centralsc@archadeck.net

To see more examples of pergolas please visit our pergola and trellis photo gallery located on our website.

Keep the home fires burning with an outdoor fireplace by Archadeck of Central SC

Columbia, SC three season room with rustic beadboard ceiling, ample dining and seating areas complete with a cozy outdoor fireplace.

Columbia, SC, three season room with rustic beadboard ceiling, ample dining and seating areas complete with a cozy outdoor fireplace.

The weather has finally turned cooler here in Central SC and that means two things; sweater weather and outdoor fireplace weather! As it turns out, both have a lot in common when it comes to their cozy benefits.  Outdoor fireplaces and fire pits are now considered the “must have” accompaniment to any outdoor living space combination. Outdoor fire features such as fireplaces and fire pits make the perfect partner to a backyard patio or porch, and outdoor fireplaces are often used to add style and ambiance to a screened porch or 4-season room. You may be asking “what is all the hub-bub about ?” If you have ever had the chance to sit in front of an outdoor fireplace on a crisp autumn evening with friends and family–you already know the coziness of its warmth, the crackle of the fire, and the intoxication of watching the flames as they dance– nothing comes close to the experience. As if that isn’t enough. Lets explore the many benefits of outdoor fire features and how their allure is destined to draw you into their magic like a moth to a flame!

Columbia SC outdoor fireplaces

An outdoor fireplace can add rustic appeal to your outdoor room and serves as the perfect spot for freinds and family to gather.

  • Extended entertaining options – There is no better way to gather a group of friends and family together than around an outdoor fireplace or fire pit. Outdoor fire features are a great way to extend your party space to the outdoors.  An outdoor fire feature exudes ambiance that makes the addition of one to your backyard worth the investment. Can you imagine star gazing with a loved one or enjoying a glass of wine with friends while sitting around one of nature’s most captivating elements?
  • Smores over fire

    Yummy- don’t you just love fall?

    The yummy factor – An outdoor fire pit or fireplace can provide an opportunity to cook up some delicious snacks. Although not as elaborate as a grill or outdoor kitchen, fire pits and outdoor fireplaces do provide a flame over which you can toast marshmallows, S’mores, hot dogs or even kabobs.

  • Warm and cozy – Obviously, fire pits and fireplaces emit warmth. The benefit to the warmth they produce is that you can extend your spring and outdoor entertaining seasons a bit by staying warm on those chilly evenings. No more retreats to the house when the sun goes down either– pull up a chair or two, kick back and enjoy the feel of the fire. It is sure to enliven your mood!
  • Open Porch Entertainment Area

    This space is the perfect example of an outdoor structure combination where the outdoor fiireplace fits the design perfectly!

    An investment worth investing in – fire pits and fireplaces are a nice addition to your home that can add value if you ever decide to sell it. They are attractive features that can add character and uniqueness and can really help make your home stand apart from others. To gain the most benefit from your fire feature, you want to choose a design that fits in scale with the size of your yard and your home. If there is stone or stucco on your home, you may consider incorporating these to complement the surroundings. You can also bring in architectural elements into the shape of your chimney or mantle. The key to getting the most out of your addition is to have the feature blend and become a natural looking part of your outdoor living area.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

Whether you are interested in an intimate area to create ambiance or a focal point to anchor an outdoor room, Archadeck of Central SC has just the outdoor fire feature design to keep the home fires burning–contact us today to learn more about our outdoor fireplace and fire pit designs at (803) 603 – 2160, or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net

Archadeck of Central SC has just the thing to help you recover from the Labor Day outdoor living blues

Archadeck covered porch outdoor living

Imagine having a covered porch much like this one to host your own outdoor celebration.

Labor Day weekend is one of the most popular backyard holidays conducive to outdoor living and recreation. Homeowners all over Columbia, SC, bid farewell to the summer of 2013 by hosting their own Labor Day festivities including backyard barbecues and outdoor parties for family and friends. Most of these parties took place on decks, patios and  porches of residents all over Central SC.

Your very own backyard deck by Archadeck of Central SC

Imagine your next family barbecue on your very own backyard deck by Archadeck of Central SC.

Having your own outdoor living space, whether it is a deck, patio, porch or a combination outdoor living space is part of what makes a house into a home. Outdoor living with family and friends is a way to catch up and be involved in the lives of the ones you love. Outdoor family time ensures quality time is well-spent with an abundant amount of fresh air and sunshine to make the moment more special. Being outdoors together is a facet of making memories with loved ones, especially here in the South. Not having an appropriate outdoor living space to make get-togethers more convenient and more enjoyable is a shame.

Large deck with with white vinyl pergola

A spacious deck with all the trimmings will enhance your home and your lifestyle!

Archadeck of Central SC has just the remedy to cure your outdoor living dilemma– a custom designed and built outdoor structure! We offer a wide range of designs to suit any taste or budget and deliver an abundance of function. An outdoor space addition will not only extend your outdoor living enjoyment, it will also add curb appeal and value to your home. Part of living the American dream includes the right outdoor space to enhance your home and the time you and your family spend together.

Backyard bliss by the fire pit

Backyard bliss can be enhanced with a custom fire pit or outdoor fireplace.

I cannot think of a better time than the arrival of autumn to enjoy an oudoor living space. Hardscape patios, outdoor fireplaces and even fire pits are perfect additions to enliven your landscape and lifestyle year-round, and can become a focal point of outdoor entertaining during the fall. An outdoor fireplace or fire pit addition  will not only add ambiance to an outdoor living space, they also produce some amount of heat which is welcomed on those chilly autumn evenings. The unforgettable crackle of fire mingled with the crackle of autumn leaves and the company of family and friends is timeless.

Composite deck with spa deck by Archadeck

Try this composite deck and luscious spa deck on for size in your backyard.

Since beginning Archadeck of Central SC ten years ago, we have become the area’s premiere builder for decks, sunrooms and porches in the region. Our three-generation, family-owned company has created more than 400 outdoor living projects enabling our customers to take advantage of the natural beauty of the Central SC region and the mild climate we are fortunate enough to have almost year-round.

Our outdoor spaces are designed with a keen eye for the holistic way homeowners now view their backyards with the goal of creating an outdoor escape. We bring a modern approach to outdoor structures steeped in the quality craftsmanship of a by-gone era. We specialize in creating unforgettable outdoor structures with attention to the smallest details and quality you can see and feel! Don’t let another outdoor opportunity pass you by. There are still many opportunities to take advantage of an outdoor living structure addition this season. Don’t put your dreams on hold any longer.

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 our family-oriented outdoor spaces. Call us today to schedule a free design consultation (803) 603 – 2160
centralsc@archadeck.net

Archadeck design guideYou can also download a free Archadeck Outdoor Living Design Guide that will help determine which stucture best suits your outdoor living needs by visiting http://www.archadeck.com/guide/index.html

Archadeck of Central SC explores the endless options for using a pergola within your backyard deck addition

Wooden deck with Aluminum pergola in West Columbia by Archadeck of Central SC

Wooden deck with Aluminum pergola in West Columbia by Archadeck of Central SC

Nowadays, it almost doesn’t seem natural to see a deck without a pergola. A pergola has become a welcome companion to the backyard deck. It serves not only as a focal point of interest and beauty, but can also add valuable shade to that sunny spot on a deck that receives a great deal of afternoon sun. Pergolas also make a great way to flank the addition of other backyard amenities such as an outdoor kitchen addition, or to add privacy to a hot tub deck.

The popularity of the pergola is nothing new, and is evident throughout history. The word pergola is derived from the Latin word “pergula,” which means a “projecting eave,” commonly found as an extended roof or arbor. The first known use of the term pergola dates back to the 1640s during the late medieval period. It was used by John Evelyn at the cloister of Trinita dei Monti in Rome. During this same time, Eastern Asia was creating their own pergola structures featuring curved beams that emulated the arched characteristics of their pagodas.

Large deck with with white vinyl pergola

Large deck with white vinyl pergola.

Though you can see traces of the pergola’s origins in some of today’s modern pergola designs, the range of materials used to construct pergolas is now much more vast. Low-maintenance materials like vinyl and fiberglass offer homeowners a pergola that will stand the test of time. In addition to low-maintenance pergolas, Archadeck of Central SC also offers pergolas built from a wide range of wood mediums as well as resilient aluminum.

Double pergolas on West Columbia SC wooden deck by Archadeck of Central SC

Archadeck of Central SC is currently wrapping up a project that features two stunning custom pergolas as part of a deck and pergola combination in West Columbia, SC.

Attached wood pergola follows shape of deck

Attached wood pergola follows shape of deck.

Our pergola designs can be as simplistic or ornate as our customers see fit, from two-beam, or four-beam, wall mount or detached designs, the choices are endless. When it comes to using the pergola as a shade structure, the construction of the pergola is key to making the pergola more conducive for adding shade. This is achieved through the spacing between the cross beams located atop the pergola and by using wider rafters in the pergola design. The closer the beams are set, or the wider the rafters, the more sun protection your pergola will offer. All of these factors are influenced by the intended placement of your pergola in correlation to the direction and amount of sunlight your location receives. Archadeck of Central SC offers many ways a pergola owner can increase the sun protection while keeping the original design of the pergola intact. We have many options available that can be customized to deliver the most shade and comfort to your pergola and deck addition.

Details of one of two custom aluminum pergolas which grace this wooden deck in West Columbia SC

Details of one of two custom aluminum pergolas which grace this wooden deck in West Columbia, SC.

Pergolas provide a huge benefit for homeowners in search of a shade structure that will still allow sunlight to penetrate their interior living spaces. Loss of light is a concern for homeowners when considering a covered porch or outdoor room addition. Roofed structures don’t allow as much sunshine into your interior living spaces as does a deck and pergola addition, which can enhance the mood and flow within your home. A deck and pergola addition will to allow sun to flow freely into your home and will also influence your heating and cooling costs throughout the season and especially in the winter. This is an often overlooked benefit of choosing a pergola and deck combination!

To learn more about our how our unique and functional deck and pergola designs can make beautiful music together in your backyard, contact Archadeck of Central SC today for a free design consultation (803) 603 – 2160
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

You can see more examples of pergola and deck combinations by visiting our deck photo galleries and our pergola and trellis photo gallery located on our website.

The outdoor living structure combination is a trend with proven staying power here in Central SC

Open Porch Entertainment Area

This space is the perfect example of an outdoor structure combination at its best. The design includes a deck, pergola, hardscape patio and outdoor fireplace.

Being in the business of outdoor living design, Archadeck of Central SC keeps a close eye on which types of structures homeowners are asking for. Keeping up with outdoor living space design trends is an important way of being able to better facilitate the needs of our customers. As many design trends will fade from the spotlight over time, one trend that has proven longevity and is here to stay is the outdoor living combination space.

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 area as opposed to using one singular space to carry out all your desired functions. For example, a backyard deck can easily be built to provide ample space for dining and seating, but imagine the endless outdoor living possibilities if that same deck included a pergola and a space designated for grilling, or even an outdoor kitchen. Outdoor living combinations can be used as separate rooms, or vignettes, of beauty and function. The most wonderful part of our outdoor living combination designs is that a trio of outdoor spaces can function as one large design. We make harmony an important element of our designs.

Here is a look into just a few of the outdoor living combinations you could choose from for your backyard…

Deck with arched trellis

This deck features an arched trellis and spills into a spacious hardscape space below. Just off the 2nd story deck there is also a screened porch to enhance the space for extended periods throughout the year.

Along with adding function to your backyard, an outdoor living combination can also allow you to enjoy facets of your space even when the weather isn’t so favorable. By combining a deck with a screened porch or 4-season room, you will be able to enjoy the ambiance of your backyard for extended periods of time throughout the year. A deck that is warmed by the autumn sun by day may turn chilly once the sun goes down. By adding a four-season room to your outdoor living space, you can transition your entertaining or special time into a more suitable space and still take advantage of the outdoors.

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, or maybe even three outdoor structures, 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

Archadeck of Central SC is making it easier for more Columbia area residents to live their backyard dreams with our staged building program

Elegant deck, pergola and patio by Archadeck

Is an elegant deck, pergola and patio outdoor living combination your ideal of a dream backyard? If so, we can make it a reality.

Just because the 2013 Archadeck Dream Backyard Makeover contest has drawn to a close does not mean you still can’t have the backyard of your dreams! The grand prize winners of the contest were announced on May 17th, and they are to receive a custom outdoor space that incorporates a TimberTech synthetic outdoor space with Belgard hardscapes.  This outdoor living combination is just one example of the many possible outdoor living choices you can dream up as your perfect backyard retreat. If you have been yearning for an outdoor oasis all your own, but taking on an outdoor living space combination is just too much to take on in one endeavor, Archadeck of Central SC can build the outdoor living space you have been wishing for one step at a time. Our Staged (or phased) building program enables you to plan and construct your dream backyard over time.

Our phased building program allows homeowners the freedom to build your ideal backyard in stages making it easier on your budget, and with less of an impact on your lifestyle. Phased building consists of engineering, designing and building your outdoor space in phases so that future additions or amendments can be added easily. This is made possible by building with your future circumstances and the structural integrity of your project in mind.

Elevated screened porch with deck and stairs - Columbia, SC

This backyard dream come true is located in Columbia and consists of an elevated screened porch and deck combination.

We assist you in putting together a master plan to set your backyard dreams into motion.  Archadeck of Central S.C. can assist in planning your ultimate outdoor space ensuring all the structural footwork is in place to facilitate future additions. We can begin with a dominant starting point and can also work  in unison with your pool company, lighting company and your landscaper on the structural components needed to proceed with your grand backyard design.

Our primary goal during our initial consultation is to understand your needs, desires, budget and priorities to come up with a plan custom made for you. For example, if your vision of the ideal backyard consists of a low-maintenance deck and backyard pool with a hardscape patio surround, we would suggest starting the first portion of your master plan closest to the house with the deck. It is always a good idea to begin your master plan working outward from your home. The primary reason for starting closest to your home is to ensure less lifestyle interruption. It also ensures that all primary structures are tied into your home structurally as you build out from the initial phase. There is less room to overcome obstacles that may arise when you begin a job working from the outside back to your home.

Composite deck with spa deck by Archadeck

Try this composite deck and luscious spa deck on for size in your backyard.

The second portion of this backyard vision would entail working in unison with your pool installer to ensure every detail is accounted for and to facilitate each phase of your project. We also work with your electrician and plumber to get all your lines placed in advance to avoid retrofitting in the future. Laying the foundations for the additional phases of your master plan is an important part of your project. During this portion of construction we would concentrate on adding your backyard pool and the paver patio surround. Since the conduit and lines for the pool are already run under the deck and patio areas, installing the pool will not disturb these completed areas. Voila – your backyard dream has become a reality and, since it was completed in phases, the project was easy on the wallet and was not a major interruption to your lifestyle. Another benefit of staged building is that during each stage as we work toward fulfilling your dream of the perfect outdoor space, many homeowners comment they feel they get a new backyard over and over again.

If you are interested in learning more about our staged building program, and how Archadeck of Central SC can help make your backyard dreams come true don’t hesitate to contact us today. We can begin designing a master plan for your outdoor space that will make you wonder why you hadn’t called us sooner! For a free consultation call (803) 603 – 2160
centralsc@archadeck.net

Mike Reu owner Archadeck of Central SC

Mike Reu owner Archadeck of Central SC

You can gain more inspirational backyard ideas by visiting our decks photo gallery, and our patio and hardscapes photo gallery located on our website