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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

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

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

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

How to get the most out of your Central S.C. backyard with a deck or patio addition, or maybe both

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.

The outdoor living season is in full swing. With this in mind, you may be considering the addition of an outdoor living space that will increase the enjoyment of the time you are now spending outdoors. Archadeck of Central SC specializes in delivering backyard bliss with the many high quality outdoor living structures we build. At the top of this list of outdoor spaces are decks, and running a close second is the patio. Decks and patios are a staple of backyard enjoyment but when left with the choice of which space works best for your needs there are many considerations.

Low maintenance composite deck builder in Lexington SC

Beautiful low maintenance composite deck in Lexington, SC

Deck and patio considerations

The first thing to consider is the grade of the area where your anticipated deck or patio is to go. Both decks and patios will work well in low areas, but in higher grade areas a patio may not be the best choice. There are high decks and low decks, but rarely is there ever a high patio. Sure, a high patio is possible, but the amendments needed to facilitate a high fill area to position the patio would be rather costly. A deck works with all elevations.

Composite deck and open porch in Kings Grant, Lexington SC is rustic and elegant with plent of room for dining and entertaining

This composite deck in Lexington offers plenty of room for dining and entertaining.

The next consideration in choosing a deck or patio is deciding the function you want to utilize within your outdoor space. Decks are among the most all-American of all the outdoor structures and are the most common as well. The concept of the “backyard deck” spans many decades and many homeowners feel a deck is the base used to build upon when adding additional outdoor structures. A deck can be used for grilling out, entertaining, or just relaxing on a beautiful South Carolina afternoon. The materials that go into building a deck, whether they are wood or low- maintenance synthetic, sit on an elevated floor. Decks, just like homes, also contain a supporting structure underneath, even in low to grade situations. A deck addition can become part of your home by serving as an extended living room. By adding a pergola to your deck for example, you can create the atmosphere of a room where the pergola would serve as the ceiling and your deck railing would serve as the walls. Outdoor furnishings, or even built-in amenities, will complete the “outdoor room” feel of your deck and serve the chosen function you wish to enjoy within your deck space.

Central SC patio

This Central SC lakefront patio is placed to enjoy inspiring waterfront views.

Patios are in essence an extension of the landscape. Patio construction is composed of either natural stone, concrete, or manmade hardscape materials that are built upon a base of crushed stone or sand. Patios do not need a supportive structure underneath and patios are rarely ever attached to the home itself. Building a patio just off the back of your home with a low grade will deliver the feel of stepping from the home onto the patio but, the patio is actually part of the landcape. Often patios are designed at the grade level of your yard and rarely require a step down for access. Patios can be used for many of the same things as decks including outdoor living, dining and entertaining. Patios also add a rustic appeal to the backyard setting. If the dimensions of your lot are low then a patio may be the best choice for your backyard, and you can emulate the same feel of an “outdoor room” in a patio addition through the use of seating or retaining walls.

This deck in Irmo SC overlooks a serene hardscape patio with outdoor fireplace

This deck in Irmo, SC overlooks a serene hardscape patio with outdoor fireplace.

Why not have your cake and eat it too?

If you are still on the fence about whether a deck or patio best suits your needs and caters to your individual style, why not have both? Outdoor living combinations are very popular. A combination outdoor living space can be composed of a deck and patio combination, deck and porch combination and every other outdoor living space combination you can imagine. There are many benefits to having a dual outdoor living area which include more room for entertaining and outdoor recreation.This is especially the case where large families gather or for homeowners who entertain frequently. Decks and patios work together beautifully – the combination of rustic stone in unison with wood or low-maintenance decking that mimics the look of wood marry together perfectly. Nothing is more beautiful than a deck that gently descends down into a hardscape patio, and this combination is sure to become the focal point of your landscape as well as your favorite room(s) in the house!

Composite deck and patio combination

Notice how the spacious composite deck descends into the patio below…

If you are ready to add function and beauty to your backyard this season, contact Archadeck of Central SC. Our elegant outdoor living designs are sure to please even the most discriminating taste. Contact us today for a free design consultation and let us show you a glimpse of all your backyard can be (803) 603 – 2160 centralsc@archadeck.net

Mike Reu owner Archadeck of Central SC

Mike Reu owner Archadeck of Central SC

You can see more inspiring images of decks and patios by visiting our deck photo gallery and our patio and hardscape photo gallery located on our website.