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Come see us at the Carolina Classic Home and Garden Show this weekend at the SC Fairgrounds!

14_HomeShow_logo1aWe want to invite you to visit us at the 48th annual Carolina Classic Home and Garden Show this weekend at the SC State Fairgrounds. There will be over 250 home and garden exhibits, various seminars to attend and a chance to register to win door prizes all weekend long.

The show runs March 14-16. Archadeck of Central SC and Renew Crew of Central SC will be located in the Cantey Building at booths C205-C207.Tickets are $6/person at the gate during hours of operation.Kids 14 and under enter free every day. Ages 62 and older enter free on Friday, March 14. Military Discount (with valid I.D.) every day. Make sure to stop by and say hello while at the show and enjoy this free ticket for the show on us!

Show hours are as follows:

  • Friday 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Saturday 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Sunday 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Process plays a key role in the success of your outdoor living project.

Gain ideas and insight about living the outdoor lifestyle in your own outdoor oasis.

Where:

All five buildings and outdoor areas of the SC State Fairgrounds in Columbia, SC. Vehicles enter through Gate 6 located on George Rogers Blvd., near Williams-Brice Stadium. Parking is $2/vehicle and is separate from admission fees.

For more information, see the Carolina Classic Home & Garden Show website.

Spring is right around the corner and now is the time to start planning for your outdoor living space addition! With that in mind, The Carolina Classic Home and Garden Show is an event designed for homeowners in all stages of remodeling, landscaping and decorating their homes.If you’re thinking of adding onto or amending your outdoor living space this is the home show you can’t afford to miss. No matter what you have in mind for home improvements, you’ll find the right products and the best companies.Talk to the experts and find just the right designs at just the right price for your home improvement budget.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

Don’t let this chance pass you by. We look forward to meeting you at the Carolina Classic Home and Garden Show this weekend. You can also contact Archadeck of Central SC to learn more about our fabulous outdoor living space designs anytime at (803) 603-2160 or email us at
centralsc@archadeck.net.

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Archadeck of Central SC has much in store this weekend at the Columbia Home Building & Remodeling Expo

Archadeck covered porch outdoor living

Come out to the show this weekend and let’s discuss your ideal backyard addition!

What do you have planned this weekend? If improving your existing outdoor living space or adding one is something that has been on your mind, we know how you can learn more about both! Archadeck of Central SC will be at the Columbia Home Building & Remodeling Expo this weekend to discuss all your outdoor living space needs and much more.

We are your local outdoor building specialists serving the Columbia, Lexington, Irmo and surrounding areas for over 10 years. In addition to designing and building quality structures, we now offer even more services through Renew Crew of Central SC.

Renew Crew of Central SCRenew Crew of  Central SC is your local source for gutter, siding, patio and deck cleaning in the Columbia area. Our effective and environmentally friendly 3-step process lifts built-up outdoor dirt and grime to the surface and washes it away, leaving your outdoor living spaces not only clean but also protected. Now homeowners in the Columbia area can look to us to  build and maintain the outdoor oasis of their dreams to bring years of enjoyment.

Home Show Feb 2013 cropped (1)Archadeck of Central SC will be introducing Renew Crew of Central SC as their sister company at the Columbia Home Building & Remodeling Expo this weekend! We will be located in booth #700 & #701 where our talented team will be on hand to answer all your questions about designing, building and maintaining your outdoor space.

The event will be held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln Street. Tickets are $4.00 for adults, and children under 18 will be admitted  for free. Plenty of convenient parking will be available.

Hours for the show are as follows:

  • Friday 1/24 from 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Saturday 1/25 from 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Sunday 1/26 from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

Don’t let this chance pass you by. We look forward to meeting you. You can also contact Archadeck of Central SC or Renew Crew of Central SC for more details about our fabulous designs and service anytime at (803) 603–2160 or (803) 814-6377
– We look forward to seeing you there!

Archadeck of Central SC invites you to savor the moment with oyster recipes sure to please any palate

Backyard bliss by the fire pit

Backyard bliss by the fire pit

Here at Archadeck of Central SC we specialize in creating outdoor spaces designed for the way you want to live in your backyard. Most homeowners’ ideal backyard getaway consists of a place where they can relax, renew and unwind with family and friends. When you envision being “in the moment” enjoying your outdoor oasis, food is never far behind. Whether it involves grilling steaks on your spacious deck, or backyard tailgating for the crew in your full-on outdoor kitchen, or even drinks at dusk on your patio, outdoor living enjoyment and food go hand-in-hand. With this is mind, we have put together a compilation of our favorite oyster recipes. Here in South Carolina, oysters are in season and now is prime-time to take advantage of the best low country cuisine featuring oysters. We have also added a few dramatic twists on classics to help make your taste buds sizzle! Enjoy —

South Carolina Oyster Pie

South Carolina Oyster Pie

South Carolina Oyster Pie

INGREDIENTS:

  • ½ bag oyster crackers
  • 1 lb. oysters with juice (fresh local oysters should be bought only in months with an “R” in them)
  • ½ pt. half & half (will not use all of this)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce (or more if desired)
  • 1 stick butter, melted

INSTRUCTIONS:

Put oyster crackers between two towels and roll over the top with a rolling-pin to crumble the crackers. Spread melted butter over crumbs in a separate bowl and set aside. In a buttered casserole dish, place one layer of the cracker and butter mixture, one thorough layer of oysters, salt and pepper. Let the oyster juice fall where it may in the mixture. Add another layer, and continue until you run out of ingredients. Place uncrushed oyster crackers on top. Mix the half and half, Worcestershire sauce, and any remaining oyster juice in a separate bowl. Pour this liquid into the casserole dish making sure it reaches the bottom of the dish and surrounds each layer of oysters thoroughly.

Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.

Raw Oysters with Cucumber Mignonette

Raw Oysters with Cucumber Mignonette

Raw Oysters with Cucumber Mignonette

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 dozen fresh oysters
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • Approx 1 c. champagne vinegar

INSTRUCTIONS:

Finely chop 1 shallot, 1/2 -1 cucumber (peeled and seeded) and 1/2 – 1 whole fresh jalapeño pepper. Combine these ingredients and put in small bowl and cover with the champagne vinegar. Marinate 1-2 hours.  Drain excess vinegar and serve on the side, or on top of, freshly shucked oysters. Serve and enjoy.

Excellent with a Cucumber Martini!

Cucumber Martini -- beautiful and refreshing!

Cucumber Martini — beautiful and refreshing!

Cucumber Martini

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • ½ ounce lime Juice (1/2 lime)
  • 2-3 slices of fresh cucumber
  • 2 mint leaves
  • ½ ounce simple syrup

Combine a fat slice of cucumber and mint leaves in shaker and muddle.  Add chilled vodka (we keep ours in the freezer), lime juice and simple syrup. Strain and serve garnished with a slice of garden fresh cucumber and a mint leaf.

A few of the ingredients that make these Tex Mex oysters so delicious!

A few of the ingredients that make these Tex Mex oysters so delicious!

Tex Mex Oysters

Ingredients:

  • 2 doz fresh oysters
  • “scoopy” styled tortilla chips
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 purple onion, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and seeded
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • salt and pepper

Combine fresh vegetables, juice and spices and cover for at least an hour. Shuck oysters and place one oyster in each chip “scoop.” Top with salsa.

Alternatively, loosen oyster from shell. Top with fresh salsa and garnish with finely crumbled tortilla shells. Best served with a cold Mexican beer or a margarita – we like the Cucumber-Japaleno margaritas for a twist!!

 Cucumber-Japaleno margarita

Cucumber Jalapeño Margarita

Cucumber Jalapeño Margarita

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup white tequila
  • 1/4 cup orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier
  • 1/4 cup simple syrup, or more as needed
  • 4 thin slices cucumber, peeled and seeded
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded, halved lengthwise
  • Ice, for serving
  • Salt for glass rims, optional

Combine all ingredients, except SALT and ice, in a blender and puree. Let rest for 10-12 minutes for cucumber and jalapeño flavors to infuse.  Then add ice and mix again in blender.  Serve in glasses rimmed with salt.  For extra zing, consider mixing coarsely ground salt, jalapeño salt * and a teaspoon of sugar for the rimming mix.

* Jalapeño salt can be purchased at the grocery store, or make your own by infusing 1/2 – 1 fresh jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped with 1 cup coarsely ground salt. Shake well and let oils from pepper infuse with salt.  Shake several times over the course of a day or two,  then use strainer/sieve to remove jalapeño bits. Add 1/2 tsp sugar to salt.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

In the same manner we invite you to enjoy these recipes that step beyond the traditional oysters on the half shell, we also invite you to step beyond the boundaries of limiting your backyard enjoyment to only aspirations. There is much to savor when it comes to structures that will enhance your outdoor living enjoyment. Contact us today to learn more at (803) 603-2160 or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net

Archadeck of Central SC explores the top 5 ways to make 2014 the year to improve your outdoor living space!

New Years resolutionA New Year signifies a time for change and renewal. When you think of the term “resolution,” you usually think of it as following through with an act of self-improvement.  Let’s face it, resolutions are made with the best intentions – some are successful and some wane early on. Why not make this year different by resolving to improve the lifestyle of your entire family and add value to your home at the same time? Why not resolve to improve your outdoor living space? Now is the time to get started if you want your improvements by spring.

There are many benefits associated with choosing to move ahead with your intended project rather than waiting until the outdoor living season has begun. These include shorter wait times, saving money on materials, less interruption to your lawn, landscape and lifestyle. The largest benefit, inevitably, is being able to have your outdoor space operational in time for the warmer months ahead!

While many people realize that there are benefits to having a great outdoor living space, they may not be sure how to take what they have and transform it into their ideal  space. Archadeck of Central SC has put together a list of the five best ways to improve your outdoor living space for 2014.

This composite deck in Lexington is a true gem!

This composite deck in Lexington, SC, is a true gem!

#1) Transform your deck space – Decks still remain the epicenter of outdoor living for the backyard. If you have an existing deck in need of an upgrade or your backyard is a blank canvas yearning for inspiration, now is the time to act to ensure your space is warm-weather ready for the outdoor living season ahead! Maybe you are seeking a way to turn your aging low-aesthetic, high-maintenance wooden deck into a high-aesthetic, low-maintenance deck by re-decking with one of the many quality composites on the market. Maybe you are ready to expand an existing deck. Whatever the reason, now is the season to change.

Sunroom Sitting Area

This sunroom sitting area functions as a secondary living room.

#2) A room with a view –  Savvy homeowners are looking for a space that allows for extended dining, relaxing, entertaining, recreation and all of the above. Outdoor room additions such as sunrooms, three and four-season rooms, and screened porches give homeowners a place to enjoy the outdoors beyond the seasonal limitations of a deck or patio. Outdoor rooms can be enjoyed throughout the cooler seasons and beyond, and all in an insect-free protected space,

#3) Turn up the heat by adding an outdoor fire feature – Outdoor fireplaces and fire pits are very popular in outdoor living design. They have proven to be more than a trend. Not only do serve as a focal point of beauty, they will also add hours of enjoyment to your backyard. Outdoor fire features work great in conjunction with patios, porches, and outdoor room additions such as sunrooms, and 3 & 4 season rooms.  An outdoor fire feature exudes ambiance and is worth the investment.

Archadeck of Central SC custom fire pit on slate patio

Our most recent fire pit addition is this stunning stone fire pit integrated into an existing patio in Columbia,SC.

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

Deck with outdoor kitchen and pergola.

#4) Outdoor Kitchens – Who doesn’t enjoy dining outdoors? We dine outdoors and throw dinner parties on the deck, and so why not kick it up a notch this year? Outdoor kitchens are becoming more commonplace in outdoor design. What was once a space for backyard grilling has evolved into a whole outdoor, gourmet kitchen. Outdoor kitchens can be designed to include ovens, warming drawers, smokers, refrigerators, ice machines and even the kitchen sink! No more running in and out from the grill to the fridge. No more lugging a cooler out and back in. The great outdoors with all the convenience of a modern kitchen!

Central SC deck and pergola with seating wall

This Central SC custom deck features a pergola and built-in seating.

#5) Top it off with a pergola – Pergolas simply look good in any setting. They can be used to flank a spa or outdoor kitchen, provide shade to a sunny space, add privacy or    depth and help define a deck or patio. Pergola additions come with many benefits other than just the obvious aesthetic value they provide.

No matter which outdoor living space best suits your needs, Archadeck of Central SC can plan, design and build a structure, or combination of structures, that is sure to make 2014 the best year ever. Our outdoor spaces are designed with a keen eye for the holistic way you view your backyard with the goal of creating an outdoor escape. We strive to 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!

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

Call us today for a free consultation at  (803) 603 – 2160 or you may email us at
centralsc@archadeck.net

Archadeck of Central SC will be at the Columbia Home Building &Remodeling Expo January 24-26, 2014

2013 Home Show display

Archadeck of Central SC will be at the Columbia Home Building & Remodeling Expo, January 24-26th.

Spring is right around the corner and now is the time to start planning for your outdoor living space addition!  With that in mind, Archadeck of Central SC will be at the Columbia Home Building & Remodeling Expo, January 24-26th. The event will be held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln Street in Columbia. Tickets are $4.00 for adults, and children under 18 will be admitted  for free.

There will be plenty of convenient parking available. Come on out and gain inspiration for  improving your home and landscape with an outdoor living project.

HomeBuildingRemodelingExpo

The Columbia Home Building & Remodeling Expo is an event designed for homeowners in all stages of remodeling, landscaping and decorating their homes. If you’re thinking of adding or amending a deck, porch or sunroom, this is the home show you can’t afford to miss. No matter what you have in mind for home improvements, you’ll find the right products and the best companies here. You will be able to talk to the experts and find just the right designs at just the right price for your home improvement budget.

Garden Pergola Retreat

Welcome the arrival of spring with your own outdoor oasis!

We will be located in booth#700 & 701 where our talented team will be on hand to answer all your questions and help you begin fulfilling your outdoor living dream.

Hours for the show are as follows:

  • Friday 1/24 from 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Saturday 1/25 from 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Sunday 1/26 from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

Don’t let this chance pass you by. We look forward to meeting you. You can also contact Archadeck of Central SC for more details about our fabulous outdoor living space designs anytime at (803) 603 – 2160
centralsc@archadeck.net – We look forward to seeing you there!

Archadeck of Central SC explores the top 5 reasons for choosing to build your outdoor structure during the fall and winter months

Composite deck with composite rail and flared stairs.

Fall and winter are the best times to build your outdoor oasis in time for enjoyment this spring!

Here at Archadeck of Central SC homeowners often ask us when is the optimum time to plan on having us build their outdoor structure. While there is never really a wrong time to begin your outdoor living space project, there are advantages to building during the fall and winter months. Join us as we explore the top 5 reasons why fall and winter may be the best time to build your Central SC outdoor structure.

Top 5 reasons to build your Central SC outdoor space this fall or winter

  1. Saluda River deck in Columbia SC

    Fall and winter outdoor projects involve less wait time.

    Avoid playing the waiting game– A prime reason to build your outdoor structure in the fall and winter months is there is less wait time to begin construction. Gaining approval through HOA’s and permitting will take less time.The backlog is also smaller and this makes the wait-time minimal in most cases. Making the decision to build now will ensure being able to enjoy the benefits of your new structure sooner and in plenty of time for warm weather. Keep in mind, when dealing with a quality builder wait times can be longer, especially during the outdoor living season. Deciding on a fall/ winter project can reduce those wait times by half.

  2. An outdoor structure can possibly benefit you at tax time– In some cases building your structure in the later quarters of the year can help you out when it comes tax time. In addition, if you intend to finance your new outdoor structure, the interest rates are still extremely low. The current standing in the economy can mean a lower payment each month on your new structure as well. Lower interest rates can save you a tremendous amount over the long haul.
  3. Central SC deck and pergola with seating wall

    This Central SC custom deck features a pergola and built-in seating for the ultimate outdoor room.

    Your wood structure will have time to season properly -Like the many positive attributes that go along with aging of a good bottle of wine, wood also requires a time period to cure. The laws of expansion and contraction all apply when it comes to working with wood. All wood is hygroscopic, meaning that when exposed to air, it will release or pick up moisture until it is level with the humidity and temperature of the air. Humid conditions, such as the summers here in the Columbia area, will cause more rapid expansion and contraction of wood that is not yet sealed for protection against the elements. A structure built from wood needs to cure for a period of time before the sealer will properly adhere to the wood and promote beneficial protection qualities. By choosing to build during the least humid time of year, your wooden structure will have ample time to cure in preparation to accept the sealer you choose.

  4. Get more bang for your buck – Every homeowner wants to be able to furnish their new outdoor space the way they want to. Furnishings and accessories are an important part of creating the “outdoor oasis” feel within your new outdoor space. With the end of peak building season comes deep discounts. Many outdoor and patio furniture retailers slash prices to make room for next year’s inventory. If you are building your outdoor structure in the fall, you will be able to take advantage of these deep discounts, get more for your money and be able to afford higher quality furniture at major reduced prices.
  5. Composite deck and open porch in Kings Grant, Lexington SC is rustic and elegant with plent of room for dining and entertaining

    Beautifully furnished composite deck and open porch in Kings Grant, Lexington, SC is rustic and elegant with plenty of room for dining and entertaining

    Less interruption to your turf and your lifestyle – Choosing to build now will impact your lawn and landscape less than if you chose to build during the spring and summer months. Wet turf damages more easily, as does turf that is under heat stress from temperatures and higher humidity. Building in the fall will ensure you avoid both of these obstacles. It is also important to note that along with perennial grasses, most shrubs and plants are in their dormant stages during the fall and winter. During dormancy, these plantings are less likely to experience damage from having to be trimmed, pruned or altered to accommodate the addition of a backyard space. Also construction during the fall and into the winter will cause less of an interruption in your life since most people use their yards less during these months. This means the noises and materials will be less of an annoyance than they would be when you are using the yard a lot during the spring and summer months. Out of sight means out of mind.

Deck with arched trellis

This deck features an arched trellis and spills into a spacious hardscape space below.

Keep in mind that Archadeck of Central SC can also build your outdoor structure combination in stages. With this in mind, fall and winter is the perfect time to start the first stage of your desired outdoor living project. If you are considering a deck and patio combination for example, you can take advantage of our staged building option and build the deck this winter and then we can add the patio later into the spring. With our staged building program the choice is yours. Contact us today to learn more. Call us 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

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!

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