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In honor of National UV Awareness Month, Archadeck of Central SC discusses the health-conscious benefits of covered outdoor spaces

Spring in Central SCThere are many benefits to adding a covered outdoor living space such as a sunroom, screened  porch or covered porch to your home. However the first benefit that comes to mind is probably increased outdoor living enjoyment. Enjoyment IS a major factor when designing a covered outdoor living space, however, the benefits do not end there. In honor of July being observed as National UV Safety Awareness month, Archadeck of Central SC would like to point out the protective benefits of having a covered outdoor structure. Covered spaces are most beneficial serving as a shelter from dangerous UV rays that can lead to skin cancer.

Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. More than 1 million cases of skin cancer are found in the United States each year. Melanoma, the most deadly of skin cancers, only accounts for about 4 percent of all skin cancer cases, however, it causes about 79 percent of skin cancer deaths. According to the American Cancer Society, it is predicted that 1,540 new cases of melanoma of the skin will be diagnosed in South Carolina alone during 2016.

Archadeck of Central SC Screened Porch Addition

Archadeck of Central SC screened porch addition.

The need to protect your skin from the sun has become very clear over the years, supported by several studies linking overexposure to the sun with skin cancer. The harmful ultraviolet rays from both the sun (and tanning beds) can cause many other complications besides skin cancer – such as a weakened immune system, age spots, wrinkles and leathery skin.

Since most of the melanoma and non­melanoma skin cancer cases are directly related to sun exposure, skin cancer prevention and awareness education could greatly reduce the number of those affected. This includes being cautious and limiting the amount of exposure you get in your uncovered outdoor living space.

Archadeck specializes in both covered and uncovered outdoor living space designs. We can address your specific needs and desires in order to determine what type, or combination of, outdoor structure is the right “fit” for your lifestyle. For some homeowners, just having a deck or patio is not enough as their outdoor living space must meet specific needs. These can include sensitivity and concern about UV light, allergies and even SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder).

Custom pergola addition by Archadeck of Central SC

This custom pergola addition in Central SC offers a shady, protected spot for outdoor living!

Some of our most popular protected structures include sunrooms, 3 and 4 season rooms, screened porches, covered porches and patios and even shade pergolas. With this in mind we want to take this opportunity to point out benefits of having a covered outdoor space on your property:

  • Greatly enhances the look and curb appeal of your home and landscape
  • Adds value to your home
  • Is a comfortable way to enjoy the outdoors
  • Is a great place for plants to thrive
  • Provides emotional benefits of sunlight (increased Vitamin D and stress reduction) without harmful UV rays
  • Can become a sanctuary protected from sudden thunderstorms or inclement weather

Central SC Sunrooms give you a front row seat to Mother NatureA sunroom or screened porch offers a more protected setting and delivers these added benefits of an enclosed space:

  • Creates a room free from the irritants of seasonal allergies
  • Is also a dining area with a clear barrier against pesky mosquitos and stinging insects
  • Is a pollen-free outdoor living room
  • We can install treated screens to reduce harmful rays

Our custom covered outdoor living spaces are designed to protect without reducing your connection with nature. From a simple front porch to a complete outdoor entertainment area, our structures will transform your home and the way your live outdoors significantly.

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 enjoy the unbridled benefits of outdoor living while being smart about your family’s exposure to the sun, contact Archadeck of Central SC today at (803) 603 – 2160. You can also email us at centralsc@archadeck.net.

 

All pergolas are not created equal — our aluminum pergolas will exceed your expectations!

Blythewood SC pergola builderPergolas are very popular in the world of outdoor living design. Pick up any home & garden magazine or tune into a home improvement show and chances are you will see many pergolas featured within. Pergolas can be designed and built to serve as a valuable functional shade structure and can also serve as a dramatic focal point within your outdoor living space.

  • Not just another pretty face

Irmo SC Pergola BuildersIt is true that pergolas are, from a design standpoint, quite easy on the eye — however there is more to their substance than serving as just another “pretty face” in your outdoor setting. Archadeck of Central South Carolina has helped many homeowners realize the versatility of a pergola in their back yard singularly or combined with another outdoor living structure such as a deck or patio. We build pergolas in all shapes and sizes utilizing many different materials such as wood, vinyl and aluminum.

  • Our aluminum pergolas
Blythewood SC pergola builder

Low-maintenance pergola installation in Blythewood, SC.

Our aluminum pergolas are low-maintenance, meaning they won’t ever rust, tarnish or degrade like other materials. They also have a wood-like texture composed of a multi-coat baked-on finish that doesn’t need painting, won’t warp, crack or split and is termite resistant. All of these features deliver a structure with exceptional durability and endurance that is highly desirable for exterior projects…easily outperforming wood or vinyl.

An added benefit of these aluminum pergolas is the wide selection of shapes, sizes and colors we have available. These options include sun protection from forty to sixty percent based on the spacing of the beams. The pergolas are also available in ten beautiful colors as well as custom colors of your choice. End-cut options for the beams and rafters include scallop, bevel, miter and corbel shapes to add character and distinction to your backyard!

Pergola End Cut Options

A pergola can be a cost-effective way to add charm and style to your outdoor living space while serving as a unique shade structure. Contact Archadeck of Central South Carolina to learn more about our various pergola styles and materials to create your own one-of-a-kind pergola. (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

With a pergola, your outdoor living space has an element of versatility and style

Archadeck deck, pergola and outdoor kitchenA pergola is an outdoor room with cross rafters and no walls that provides a light, airy and inviting space to relax, dine or just admire. If you’re looking to add something visually interesting to your backyard, a pergola is exactly what you need to provide a stunningly aesthetic centerpiece to your outdoor living environment. No matter the size or style, any outdoor living space will be dramatically enhanced by the added protection from the elements it provides as well as the striking complexity it will add to your existing structures.

Blythewood SC pergola builder

Low-maintenance pergola installation in Blythewood, SC.

As a leader in the industry, Archadeck of Central South Carolina are the experts Columbia homeowners turn to for custom- designed and built outdoor structures and combination outdoor living spaces. Too often in the preliminary design stage, pergolas are overlooked because most people are simply unaware of the many benefits they offer. For instance, a pergola is the ideal structural addition to increase the character of your deck, patio and landscape because it introduces a vertical element that is often lacking.

The many benefits of this wonderful element include:

  • The feeling of a defined space – Four columns and cross rafters with no walls and a deck or concrete floor create an open-air outdoor room that’s great for eating, entertaining or lounging around with a magazine, offering more privacy than a deck or patio. Add drapes, screens or other materials to the pergola and you’ll have even more privacy.
  • Blythewood SC pergola builderShade – Be it with simple beams across the top, providing a roof-like structure, or fabric or lattice that creates an even more defined top cover. While pergolas don’t provide total shade, those beams or latticework do provide some relief from the intensity of the sun. At night, you can still sit under the pergola and see the stars.
  • Block unsightly views – Pergolas are also useful for added privacy or for blocking unsightly views, like a neighbor’s hideous outbuilding or dead tree. Placing a pergola strategically will focus guests’ attention on elements of your property that contribute a sense of elegance to your backyard.
  • Large deck with with white vinyl pergolaYour own “green” initiative – Vines like clematis, ivy, wisteria or grapes all do well when planted around a pergola. Not only will climbing plants be an attractive addition to the structure, but they’ll also provide you with even more shade and privacy…not to mention the option of vertical gardening if space is at a premium in your yard.
  • Protection from the weather – The fact that the pergola is not completely closed off like a regular roof means it’ll still have that outdoorsy feel without succumbing to the elements. If the plants are dense enough, a pergola can even protect you from the rain!
Aluminum Pergola Installation in West Columbia, SC

Aluminum Pergola Installation in West Columbia, SC

Throughout Columbia and the surrounding area, Archadeck of Central South Carolina has helped many homeowners see the extensive versatility of a pergola in their back yard used either as a single element or in combination with another outdoor living structure such as a deck. We build them in all shapes and sizes utilizing many different materials, such as wood or vinyl and even aluminum. Yes, aluminum!

As you know aluminum is low-maintenance, won’t ever rust, tarnish, or degrade like other materials. Its wood-like texture is composed of a multi-coat baked-on finish that doesn’t need painting, it won’t warp, crack or split and it’s termite resistant. All of these features added together produce a product that has exceptional durability and endurance that is highly desirable for exterior projects…easily outperforming wood or vinyl.

Pergola End Cut Options

Beams and rafters help define the visual impact of your pergola. Our aluminum pergolas give you a choice of four custom end-cut options and a wide range of design possibilities.

We offer these aluminum pergolas in a variety of shapes, styles and colors. The shading style options allow anywhere from forty to sixty percent protection from the sun depending upon the spacing of the beams and is part of the design selection for the Open Style and the Combination Style pergola. The Open Style is the traditional open lattice, while the Solid Style is a fully covered pergola top which is impervious to rain. For the ultimate in all options, the Combination Style allows you to intermingle open and solid patio covers. For shapes and colors, our end cut options for the beams and rafters include: scallop, bevel, miter and corbel shapes with a color selection of designer hues to match and coordinate with any existing structures.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

Versatility at its finest, there are many ways a pergola can dress up a backyard. A pergola can be a cost-effective way to add character and style to your outdoor living space while serving as a unique shade structure. Contact Archadeck of Central South Carolina to learn more about our various pergola styles and materials to create your own one-of-a-kind pergola. (803) 603-2160 centralsc@archadeck.net.

There’s more to Archadeck of Central SC than just decks, much more!

Central SC AZEK deck builderThere are many people who presume Archadeck is only a deck builder. For obvious reasons, as the term “deck” is evident in our name. Yes, decks are a major element of the many custom outdoor living spaces we specialize in, and it is how Archadeck began almost thirty-five years ago, but we are so much more than just North America’s largest deck builder. Our outdoor living space designs continue to evolve and diversify with the changing lifestyle needs and desires of today’s homeowner.

PlansHere at Archadeck of Central SC we specialize in outdoor living spaces. Our objective, with all of our custom designs, is to bring the outdoors in. For over twelve years our talented professional team has provided homeowners in Columbia, SC, and the surrounding area with decks, porches, patios and outdoor rooms that fulfill your needs and desires. We’re proud to say we don’t offer a catalog full of ready-made decks, nor do we charge by the square foot. Every design is one-of-a-kind and custom-made for you.

Since we can wear many “hats” so well within the outdoor living business, it is safe to say that even though our name is Archadeck, we could easily be referred to as “Archa-porch” or even “Archa-sunroom.” Here’s a peek at just a few of the outdoor living spaces we can design and build in your backyard:

Archadeck Outdoor Living started building decks in Richmond, Virginia almost thirty-five years ago. The company quickly became the nation’s largest builder network specializing in custom-designed and custom-built decks, screened porches, sunrooms, gazebos and related outdoor living structures. Archadeck is set apart by our approach to design, with local teams of design consultants across North America specializing in creating custom projects for our clients’ outdoor living spaces. As a leading national deck builder, we’ve always been known for creating additions that seamlessly work into the existing design of your property, building new decks, porches and pergolas  that look as if they were always part of our clients’ homes.

No "cookie cutter" designs from us!

No “cookie cutter” designs from us!

Designing an outdoor living space requires much more skill, expertise and experience than just throwing up a backyard deck for a client. More than any of these factors, it also requires the ability to truly “listen.” The difference between just getting another deck, porch or patio and a living space is a project that is designed with the lifestyles of the individual clients and their needs in mind. A cookie-cutter, builder-grade deck does not deliver the same results. Not all outdoor structures are created equal. Just because you have an outdoor structure doesn’t mean you have an outdoor living space.

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 today to learn more about all the versatile, high-quality  outdoor living spaces we specialize in! Call us today for a free consultation at (803) 603 – 2160 or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net
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This Irmo, SC, deck gets a makeover and much more!

Shade and ambiance abounds with a custom pergola and landing addition in Irmo, SC.

Welcome to this updated backyard paradise in Irmo, SC.

Our recent project in Irmo, SC, is the perfect example of a successful union of combining the two Outdoor Living Brand franchises we own and operate in Central SC. On this project Archadeck of Central SC and our sister franchise, Renew Crew of Central SC, worked together to breathe new life into this backyard deck. The project was multi-faceted and resulted in an outdoor living space that is pleasing to the eye and a joy for the homeowner to use.

Irmo, SC, deck and pergola builders

When we initially met with the homeowner, she expressed the need to refresh the tired finish of their existing backyard deck. In addition, she also wanted to amend the space in order to enjoy the area overlooking the backyard pool. This portion of the deck receives a great deal of afternoon sun and her wish was to add a shade structure.

Columbia SC deck gets a makeover and a new pergola addition

Deck following Renew Crew’s three-step renewal process.

Archadeck and Renew Crew of Central SC came up with the perfect answer to giving this homeowner exactly what she yearned for. By combining forces we were able to breathe years of life into her existing deck and build the shade structure she had in mind.

The first phase of this backyard makeover was the addition of the charming wooden shade pergola over the existing deck. Archadeck of Central SC carefully designed the new structure, considering the placement of the pergola in correlation with the sun, and  maintaining the integrity of the existing home and surrounding space. The finished project looks original to this Irmo backyard and promises hours of solace from the sun. The new pergola also serves to unify the existing spaces into a spacious backyard paradise. Imagine sitting beneath the pergola on a humid SC afternoon, undaunted by the temperature, with the ceiling fan cooling you off and a tall, icy drink in your hand!

Irmo SC Pergola Builders

Renew Crew then cleaned, stained and sealed the existing deck using our eco-friendly three-step process. This process lifts the years of dirt and grime and safely cleans without the use of harsh chemicals. We then used a non-damaging controlled pressure wash to rinse it away, Our final step sealed in the beauty of the deck and will protect against the elements for continued enjoyment.

If your existing outdoor space is in need of a makeover, consider the results you can achieve in your backyard with Archadeck of Central SC and Renew Crew on your team!

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

Contact us today at (803) 603 – 2160, or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net to schedule your free consultation.

 

 

 

 

 

How to add a touch of luxury to your Central SC backyard

Upscale outdoor living begins with Archadeck of Central SC.

Upscale outdoor living begins with Archadeck of Central SC.

Outdoor living is a fast-growing trend in the United States. This trend is now becoming a way of life, as we perceive outdoor living spaces as extensions of our homes rather than an as amenities. Many homeowners are beginning to realize that the primary living areas of their homes don’t have to be indoors. A well-designed outdoor living space can often times be the most utilized area for a family. Furthermore, an attractive outdoor living area that offers luxury is also a great selling point for a home and can significantly raise your home’s value.

Archadeck covered porch perfect for luxury outdoor living

Archadeck covered porch perfect for luxury outdoor living.

According to an article on Realliving, Real Estate.com, the growing popularity of luxury outdoor spaces is best defined by homeowner’s desire to create a place where they feel at home in the great outdoors. “Today’s luxury homeowners expect to have all the amenities of indoor living available on the grounds of their estate as well. Luxury homes are no longer just places to retire and rest. Connecting with the outside world is a rapidly growing trend. Affluent homeowners have spent the last 20 years cocooning inside, say trend spotters, but now they are looking at their outdoor space as a place to decorate and entertain. While there has been a dramatic increase in outdoor entertaining, for affluent homeowners this trend is about much more than decks, barbecues and swimming pools. It’s about seamlessly extending the luxuries they expect inside their homes to their outdoor living spaces as well. Traditional backyards are being transformed into private getaway destinations with all the amenities of home, plus many of the most desirable features of posh, sophisticated resorts and hotels. The design and decorating of outdoor living spaces reflect homeowners’ tastes and sensibilities. Whatever luxurious amenities you can imagine for the inside of your home can now be duplicated for outdoor living.”

Stunning views from the interior of this Lake Murray screened porch

Stunning view from the interior of this Lake Murray screened porch.

Here in the Columbia, SC, area we cater to many homeowners who set out to design their outdoor spaces with luxury in mind: from enhancing waterfront living on Lake Murray and the Saluda River to extending outdoor living enjoyment in the many local golf communities. If upscale outdoor living is the destination you seek, Archadeck of Central SC is the path to reach that destination.

Here are a few ideas for adding luxury to your Central SC backyard:

Outdoor fireplaces and pergola structures are the perfect feature to turn an outdoor space into an upscale outdoor room. Nothing does a better job of defining an outdoor living room than a large structure like a pergola. Here at Archadeck of Central SC we often use pergolas to define space and give an outdoor room a more intimate feeling. Both elements make the area more useable year-round, with the fireplace offering warmth in winter and the pergola offering shade in summer. An innovative idea to add even more refinementto a luxury outdoor space is to opt for a two-sided fireplace, which can be used to create a natural separation for outdoor living and dining areas.

Archadeck patios and hardscapes

Archadeck patio and hardscape with outdoor kitchen.

One of the most common upscale outdoor living items, outdoor kitchens are becoming increasingly popular. The layout of an outdoor kitchen depends on your style of cooking from grills (gas or charcoal) to rotisseries and smokers. Today’s outdoor kitchens are now built with a variety of features like side burners, warming drawers, refrigerators, beer taps and beverage/cocktail centers designed for entertaining. Some outdoor kitchens are even being designed with surround sound and drop-down plasma TV screens for luxury outdoor living at its best.

Creating separate outdoor living zones for activity and relaxation is an important overall design trend in luxury outdoor living. Affluent homeowners want their outdoor living spaces to provide multiple environments for all the activities they enjoy outdoors. They want cooking and dining areas that can host elegant dinner parties as well as family gatherings where marshmallows for s’mores can be roasted over open flames in their custom fire feature.

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.

In addition to offering comfort and amenities, today’s upscale outdoor living spaces are increasingly being designed using top-grade materials in unexpected ways to provide a sense of unity with the natural environment. Natural materials such as stone and hardwoods are being incorporated into floors and countertops and everything in-between.

We realize your outdoor space is where you and your family go to relax and entertain. Archadeck of Central SC delivers uncompromising attention to detail with a high level of quality and craftsmanship. We use the best materials in the industry as well as expert, proven carpenters and skilled tradesmen whose work we know and trust.

We take care of it all, from permitting and surveys to final completion and clean up. Our stress-free process is designed specifically for homeowners. You can relax in knowing your family will have an enjoyable design and build experience, and more importantly, will enjoy your new custom outdoor living space for many years 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

To learn more about adding a touch of luxury to your outdoor lifestyle, call Archadeck of Central SC today for a free design consultation at (803) 603-2160 or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net.

Please visit our extensive outdoor structure galleries located on our website for more examples of our lovely designs.

Archadeck of Central South Carolina Pergola 101: Shedding light on why the pergola is so hot!

 

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

Details of a custom aluminum pergola that graces this wooden deck in West Columbia, SC.

Turn on any one of a number of home & garden channels and you are destined to see an elegant pergola taking center stage. Pick up any home and garden magazine and you will notice the glossy pages are filled with images of pergolas. Pergolas have risen to the top of the “must have” list for homeowners upgrading or planning a new outdoor living space. Pergolas may seem simple in terms of their construction, but this winning structure can be as simple or as detailed as you wish, from a romantic arched beauty in the backyard to a masculine- influenced feature of an outdoor kitchen or patio. Pergolas serve many aesthetic and functional duties and come in many styles, sizes and materials. We have watched the popularity of the pergola grow over the past few years. Whether used alone in the landscape or garden as a shade structure, or in conjunction with another outdoor living structure, the pergola has become a timeless backyard fixture in its own right.

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

Deck with outdoor kitchen and pergola.

Pergolas can be used to add depth and help define a deck or patio.They can be placed within a landscape with seating or even a swing or hammock to create a special spot where you can read or just relax.  Pergolas also allow creative freedom because there are several kinds of materials you can use for your design.This will help you create an eclectic space that is truly one-of-a-kind.

Here are two examples that demonstrate the pergola’s versatility:

Exploring the pergola’s masculine side – the character you build into your pergola is determined by its size and the type of materials you choose for its construction. Natural cedar beams, or beams wrapped with cedar and stained in natural wooden tones will create a rustic feel to your pergola and the outdoor living space it is a part of.

Beefy details make the difference in this pergola by Archadeck of Austin

The pergola as the true romantic –  pergolas can also be designed to emulate nature and invite relaxation within your landscape. You will often see the pergola portrayed as a romantic centerpiece in the garden. 

Arched Roof Freestanding Pergola- Sitting Area

You may ask what is the secret to designing a romantic pergola? The key is in the details. Arches, Ogee ends, smaller beams, ornate details and even opting to stain or paint your pergola white rather than leaving it natural will help achieve a romantic look and feel if that’s what you want.

Poolside heavy timber pergola offers refuge

This beefy timbered poolside pergola features a top portion of closely positioned rafters, providing maximum shade.

We design and build pergolas to accommodate the various needs of our clients. Aside from the obvious visual appeal they add to your home and landscape, shade is often the primary reason homeowners build pergolas. Pergolas do deliver a measure of shade to a sunny outdoor space. The amount of shade a pergola can provide is dependent on the construction details of the pergola itself. A pergola that is built with wider rafters or cross beams that are placed closer together will provide more shade than one built with these elements spanning farther apart. However, all shade factors are influenced by the  placement of your pergola in correlation to the direction and amount of sunlight your location receives. Keep in mind this can change with the seasons as well.

Be aware, when choosing your pergola design, wood pergolas will require maintenance. This includes staining and painting which can sometimes be a cumbersome task due to the intricacies of some pergolas. Aluminum is a clean, lightweight option that doesn’t need painting. If you want the ambiance and function a pergola provides without the chore of maintenance, these alternative materials will fit the bill.

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.

In addition to designing the pergola to deliver the most shade benefits, homeowners can also add shade canopies, awnings or curtains to their pergola to create even more protection from the sun. Many of these options look quite nice and are treated with additional sunscreen protection to help block the UVA and UVB rays from the sun.

There are many ways a pergola can dress up a backyard. A pergola can be a cost-effective way to add character and style to your oudoor living space while serving as a unique shade structure.

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 various pergola styles and materials to create your own one-of-a-kind pergola.(803) 603-2160
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 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.

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.