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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

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

Archadeck of Central SC chronicles the elements that go into creating a custom fire pit in your backyard

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.

Whether you prefer to entertain guests outdoors or you simply enjoy spending crisp evenings outside, outdoor fire pits are a stylish way to get that special kind of warmth that everyone can enjoy. The concept of the outdoor fire pit evolved from our love of the campfire. You probably fondly remember sitting around a campfire swapping ghost stories, roasting hot dogs and marshmallows as a child. That feeling and the emotions tied to our campfire memories are how today’s fire pits were born.

Along with enhancing outdoor enjoyment, a fire pit addition in most cases is much more economical than adding an outdoor fireplace. Depending on the materials, size and burning medium you choose for your fire pit (gas-burning pits are usually more expensive than wood-burning pits) your price tag could be a fraction of what an outdoor fireplace might cost. Archadeck of Central SC is giving you a peek into two popular types of fire pits and the costs and elements involved in each.

Archadeck of Central SC’s basic fire pits range in cost from about $750 to $1,000. These fire pits are either a kit that is built on site, or what is called “pre cast” fire pits, such as Belgard’s Country Manor fire pit. These fire pits make a beautiful and functional addition to enhance your outdoor living. These fire pits arrive via an all-inclusive kit that includes a metal fire ring, clay fire brick and even the stone dust needed for Archadeck of Central SC to install at your site.

As with every fire pit installation or custom construction, the area chosen for placement of the pit needs to include ample drainage. To ensure proper drainage is achieved, the site is dug out and the center is filled with gravel. 12″ to 18″ is a good height for most fire pits, so the hole will be dug out accordingly to be proportionate in diameter with these measurements. This step also entails adding the first course of fire brick into the ground. Proper fire pit installation requires that the area is lined with fire brick in order to keep the flames off the material chosen for the decorative outer face of the pit. Additional gravel is then added to the interior of the fire pit between the outer “face” and the fire brick within. When using a fire ring in the construction of a pit, we add gravel if the diameter of the ring doesn’t reach. The goal is to keep the fire a safe distance away from your hardscape material used on the exterior of the fire pit. This is for both safety and aesthetic reasons. Exposure to heat and flame can cause your hardscape to degrade over time, and some natural stone, such as river rock, contains moisture and can explode when in contact with heat.

Completed fire pit by Archadeck of Central SC in Columbia SC

Completed fire pit by Archadeck of Central SC in Columbia.

Instead of using a kit, Adding a custom fire pit is another option. Archadeck of Central SC’s custom fire pits range in cost from $2000 to $3000, and can be as fancy or conservative as you desire.  As with any fire pit installation, we always check with local and state fire codes to ensure your fire pit is built in accordance with these codes. Since a fire pit involves fire, rules for placement vary by area with some fire pits requiring a clearing of up to as much as 30 feet from any trees, overhangs and homes. Archadeck of Central SC always obtains all the necessary permits needed for each fire pit we build.

As location and placement are key to gaining the most benefit from your fire pit, we are quick to caution that we do not recommend wood-burning fire pits on a wood or composite deck for obvious safety reasons, as well as the risk of damage and melting from the sparks and heat associated with a wood-burning pit. If you are considering integrating your fire pit into one of these scenarios, it is best to discuss this with your builder as some gas-burning fire pits can be integrated into these settings safely.

We recently completed a beautiful custom fire pit addition here in Columbia, SC. The fire pit was integrated into the homeowner’s existing slate patio. We documented the construction in phases with pictures to outline the progression of the project from beginning to end.

Beginning the process a custom patio in Columbia SC

In order to accommodate the integration, we began by cutting a hole into the slate and digging down to the earth below.

Constructing a custom fire pit Archadeck of Central SC 2jpg

Once the area is excavated properly and to the correct measurements, a layer of gravel is added to ensure proper drainage of the pit. Fire brick is installed on top of the gravel.

Phases of building custom fire pit in Columbia SC

The interior of the fire pit is constructed using the same fire bricks that were laid into the bottom of the pit in the previous photo. A fire brick, firebrick, or refractory brick is a block of refractory ceramic material used in lining furnaces, kilns, fireboxes, and fire pits. A fire brick is built to withstand high temperatures and usually has a low thermal conductivity. Firebricks will not spall (break apart) under rapid temperature changes.

Central SC custom fire pit details

Notice the gap left between the fire brick layer and the regular brick that will serve as the base to which the stone is applied to the exterior of the fire pit. This gap ensures that the heat and flames will not compromise the decorative stone exterior or the slate edge.

Fire pit construction in Columbia SC

Fire pit prior to adding decorative exterior stone.

Columbia SC custom fire pits

Voila! The stunning finished project. This fire pit is finished using stack stone with a slate edge to match the slate of the existing patio.

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 ignite your outdoor living enjoyment with a custom fire pit, contact Archadeck of Central SC to learn more about  placement, size, construction, costs and much more. Call us today for a free consultation (803) 603 – 2160

You can see more inspiring photos of outdoor fire pit and outdoor fireplace designs by visiting our outdoor fireplace and fire pit photo gallery located on our website.

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

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