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Did your outdoor living space seem lacking this Memorial Day?

Memorial Day in Columbia SCCan you believe Memorial Day has already come and gone? This national holiday is also most commonly thought of as the official kickoff weekend for the outdoor living season. As such, thousands of backyard decks and patios were filled with celebrations among family and friends. How did your outdoor living space measure up? While you were trying to have a good time, did you find yourself wishing you had more deck space, or a screened porch with protection from the direct sun or pesky insects? Maybe you were looking at your grill area, while daydreaming of an outdoor kitchen.

Archadeck of Central SC outdoor kitchensWith more holidays and family outdoor events like Independence Day and Labor Day on the horizon, wouldn’t it be great to have the space of your dreams? You can add the space, shade or special amenities you want in time for your next big celebration. Archadeck of Central South Carolina, the area’s leading outdoor living space builder, can help you update and improve your backyard space so at future events your time will be spent fully enjoying yourself instead of feeling frustrated.

We specialize creating in outdoor living spaces, including updating an existing space for additional functionality or to enhance beauty. Designing and building one-of-a-kind custom-made decks, patios, porches and outdoor rooms for homeowners in Columbia, SC, and the surrounding area has been our passion for over twelve years. Our professional design team stays up to date on the newest and most popular outdoor living space trends to ensure our highly trained and experienced construction team can build the structures that fulfill your needs and exceed your desires for your extended living areas.

Deck and screened porch combination in Columbia, SC.

Deck and screened porch combination in Columbia, SC.

Outdoor living spaces are increasingly becoming the most utilized areas of a home. Structures built ten years ago or longer weren’t designed for the way we live and entertain outdoors today. A simple deck or patio can be greatly enhanced with additional space or  another structure to extend the living and entertaining space of a home year round. Outdoor dining, relaxation and entertaining thrive on a deck or patio, while a screened porch provides an area for family members or guests who need some protection from the sun. As added benefits, screened porches keep nuisance insects at bay and protect during inclement weather, allowing you the freedom to move the fun inside your protected porch. A deck or patio paired with a screened porch can provide double the enjoyment as these two spaces become one in your backyard setting!

This covered patio space features an outdoor kitchen with bar seating along with a wall mounted TV

This covered patio space features an outdoor kitchen with bar seating along with a wall mounted TV.

The tastes and aromas of summer are engrained in our memories and are part of what make the outdoor living season so much fun! Today’s outdoor living spaces can provide a wide variety of food preparation areas and outdoor dining spaces to suit any budget and taste! Gone are the days of simply relying on the surface of a small deck and lone charcoal grill. Outdoor refrigerators, pizza ovens and rotisseries are just some of today’s innovative outdoor appliances used to create your ideal outdoor gourmet kitchen design. These proper amenities, providing ample space to prepare food while socializing with your guests, are what make an outdoor kitchen indispensable.

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 custom designing a whole new outdoor living space or renovating your existing deck or patio to gain the most enjoyment of your Central South Carolina backyard, we can help you bring forth a change for the better in your outdoor living space. Our commitment to excellence in outdoor structure design and building ensures your unique project will bring enjoyment and pride for many years to come! Call Archadeck of Central South Carolina at (803) 603 – 2160  today for a free design consultation at or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net.

Archadeck of Central SC discusses the top 5 reasons for not putting your outdoor living plans on hold any longer

“…Don’t leave off for tomorrow what you can do today
With procrastination there’s a heavy price to pay”
–Procrastination Poem by Louis Rams

Are you procrastinating about moving ahead with your outdoor living space build endeavors this season? Archadeck of Central SC wants you to know if you are “on the fence” about moving ahead, now is the time to act. Spring has arrived and the outdoor living season is almost in full swing. With this in mind, the rush to have a new project designed and built has already begun!

Naturally, many people think of building outdoor projects when the weather is nice and they want to get outside, but it can be challenging to hire a quality contractor during this time. Backlogs begin to lengthen as warmer weather arrives. Moving ahead with your outdoor design will secure a spot on our schedule and ensure your space is ready to enjoy by late spring into summer. Delaying your anticipated project or addition can leave you filled with regret. Here is a list of the top five reasons for choosing to move ahead now:

  1. Shade and ambiance abounds with a custom pergola and landing addition in Irmo, SC.Having a special spot to watch the season unfolds in your own backyard — with a custom outdoor living space you will have a front row seat from the first tulip bloom of the spring to the final amber leaves of autumn. 
  2. More room for entertaining — with the addition of a deck, patio or outdoor room you will add a tremendous amount of functional living space to your home. Your outdoor living space serves as a valuable extension for family gatherings and special occasions, allowing you room to “spread out” comfortably.
  3. Archadeck of Central SC outdoor kitchensOutdoor cooking and dining opportunities abound — what would the warm season be without a backyard barbecue? Or enjoying a steak dinner on the backyard grill? The tastes and aromas of summer are engrained in our memories and are part of what make the outdoor living season so fun! Today’s backyard designs encompass more than just a grill. Outdoor kitchens, refrigerators and much more can be part of your ideal outdoor gourmet design!
  4. Watching the stars (or lightning bugs) on a warm summer night — imagine staring at the stars on your deck with your significant other, pointing out the constellations together with your children or just enjoying a glass of cold iced tea while you watch them catch lightning bugs ( a Southern tradition here in Columbia).  These times aren’t as memorable without an adequate outdoor living space to enjoy life’s little moments in comfort.
  5. Archadeck covered porch outdoor livingShade, shade and more shade — right now, the weather is mild enough to enjoy your backyard without the need for a shady retreat, however, it will not stay that way for very long. Summer in Central SC can become quite humid and hot. Having the comfort of a porch or outdoor room to retreat to during these times is a delight! Don’t be forced indoors by the heat of the sun — make your vision for a shady spot in your backyard a reality by contacting us today!
AZEK deck in NE Columbia, SC.

Beautiful views and a deck to match in NE Columbia.

Don’t delay. Custom designing and building your outdoor living area begins with an onsite visit with you and a clear understanding of what your mental picture is for your space. Being able to see what you “see” when you think about your ideal backyard retreat, and then to translate that into a design and a structure customized for you and your family, starts with these types of questions:

  • How do you plan to utilize this space for special occasions and/or everyday use?
  • Will you cook, dine, entertain and relax in this area?
  • Are you considering the addition of a water or fire feature?
  • Do you want enclosed areas for protection, wide open spaces or a combination of both?
  • What are your personal tastes and style choices for materials and colors?
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 set the wheels of outdoor living bliss in motion now, instead of later, you will be happy you did! You can reach us by phone at  (803) 603-2160 or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net.

Tap into the exhilarating potential room beneath your 2nd-story deck

The space under your elevated deck is full of possibilities!

The space under your elevated deck is full of possibilities!

Who doesn’t love a bonus room or extra living and storage space? The endless possible uses are exhilarating! Just like the addition of a garage adds a potential bonus room above, an elevated or second-story deck creates additional outdoor living space beneath. This versatile space is more commonly referred to as “dry deck space.” With just a few extra steps it’s easy to make this unfinished space serviceable, thus expanding your outdoor living area for you and your family to enjoy even more. Whether you are considering adding a new elevated or second story deck or if you have an existing one, Archadeck of Central South Carolina can help you take advantage of the space below your deck, making sure you get the most from all your potential outdoor living area.

Screened Porch with Deck and Stone Patios

This elevated screened porch and deck features space underneath finished to serve as a covered patio.

Notice how the area underneath the deck is dry while the rest is wet?

Notice how the area underneath the deck is dry while the rest is wet?

Typically, the water dripping from the upper deck area prevents homeowners from utilizing the ample space below their second-story deck during rain. The spaces between the decking boards are the culprits, but there are several ways to make this space watertight for new and existing raised decks.  Just imagine this bonus room as a paver patio or flagstone hardscape, a fully wired outdoor dining/living room with lighting, ceiling fans and high-tech electronics, a relaxing screened or covered porch, and even a protected hot tub area or much-needed storage space!

This space turns the table of how we think of "dry space" with the screened porch underneath and deck atop -- amazing!

This space turns the table of how we think of “dry space” with the screened porch underneath and deck atop — amazing!

If you are adding a new elevated structure to your home and you know upfront you’ll be utilizing the space beneath, we have the ability to install a rain deck. This entails multiple layers built within the structure with a slope to divert the rain and water away from the deck. The benefits of this component being layered within the deck as it is being constructed include a non-sloping ceiling for the room below and more flexibility for the addition of electrical accoutrements.

Dry storage space under deck

Convenient and spacious dry storage space under the deck.

For an existing deck, retro-fit products are the way to go to create an awesome dry deck space that will make the space watertight. These systems operate by integrating a slope to divert precipitation to a gutter for draining, creating a slightly sloped ceiling for your room underneath. Archadeck of Central South Carolina uses various dry deck systems depending upon the ultimate use of the finished space below your deck. Some of our more popular choices include Drysnap vinyl ceiling panels, which channel the water, and Trex Rain Escape, which is a trough and gutter drainage system; these are just a few of the options available to make the most of the space under your deck.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

We pride ourselves on making the most out of every bit of outdoor living space you have available to create your ultimate backyard retreat. If you’re thinking of adding a second-story deck onto your home, or currently have an existing second-story deck you wish to finish out the dry deck space beneath, Archadeck of Central South Carolina is your builder of choice. Our award-winning outdoor living combinations are unparalleled in design and quality. Contact us to learn more by calling (803) 603-2160 or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net.

Welcome the New Year with a new outdoor living space by Archadeck of Central SC!

Happy New YearThe Christmas holiday has come and gone and the New Year is upon us. This time of year is steeped in tradition, from not daring to remove the Christmas tree until after ringing in the New Year, to serving a traditional southern New Year’s Day meal in the hopes of bringing luck and good fortune to your household. In addition, the New Year is also a time of self-evaluation. At the dawn of each year we resolve to better ourselves, our health and our lifestyle. Hopefully you’ve got your New Year’s resolutions in order and maybe your New Year’s resolutions include adding function and beauty to your backyard or outdoor area(s). If this is the case, you have come to right place.

Outdoor Fire PitWhile a lot of New Year’s resolutions are hard to stick to beyond the first week of January, updating or adding to your outdoor living space isn’t a hard one to keep. It’s said your home and style are reflections of you. If the New Year includes a new you, it’s fair to say, New Year, new you, new outdoor living space. Now is a great time to put exterior projects in motion, like converting your deck or patio to a screened porch, your screened porch to a sunroom or maybe adding that outdoor kitchen or fire pit to your existing space so you can enjoy these areas even more for many “New Years” to come.

Stunning sunroom addition in NE Columbia, SC.

Stunning sunroom addition in NE Columbia, SC.

Archadeck of Central South Carolina specializes in outdoor living spaces, including the updating of an existing space for additional functionality or the enhancement of its beauty. Designing and building one-of-a-kind custom-made decks, patios, porches and sunrooms for homeowners in Columbia, SC, and surrounding areas has been our passion for over twelve years. Our professional design team stays up to date on the newest and most popular outdoor living space trends to ensure our highly-trained and experienced construction team can build the structures that fulfill your needs and exceed your desires for your extended living areas.

Columbia screened porch and deck combination at Halloween

Columbia screened porch and deck combination.

Often the most utilized area of a home, your outdoor living space, should be designed with its function clearly in mind. Living in the south, a screened porch and a deck are excellent ways to extend the living and entertaining space of a home year round. A spacious deck provides an area for outdoor dining, relaxation and entertaining, while a screened porch provides an area for the same activities, just without the hassle of pesky insects or the dangers associated with the sun. As an added benefit, during times of inclement weather, a screened porch allows you the freedom to move the fun inside your protected porch. A  deck and screened porch combination provide double the enjoyment as these two spaces become one in your backyard setting!

Custom deck and porch combination in Lexington.

Custom deck and porch combination in Lexington.

Perhaps you need a space that allows you and your family more of a climate controlled area with the feel of the outdoors. A sunroom fulfills a multitude of functions, providing homeowners the most benefit over other outdoor living space additions. It can be a dining room, living room, exercise room or den filled with light while allowing you to enjoy the outdoors all year round. The versatility of a sunroom with transitional design elements that bring the outside in and the inside out, coupled with the extra heated space added to your home’s square footage, make it one of the most valuable investments you can make to your home.

Backyard bliss by the fire pitWhether you are custom designing a whole new outdoor living space or renovating your existing deck or patio, adding a fire pit is a surefire way to gain the most enjoyment of your Central South Carolina backyard even during the winter months. A well-placed fire pit can generate an abundance of ambiance, light and warmth, as well as provide a circular conversation and seating area at which many can gather. Extending the use of your backyard with a fire pit, so you and your family can enjoy it year round, adds value and style to your 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

The New Year brings a renewed hope for good things yet to come, as well as change, and change is good. Allow us to help you bring forth a change for the better in your outdoor living space. Our commitment to excellence in outdoor structure design and building ensures your unique project will bring enjoyment and pride not only within the new year, but for many years to come! Call Archadeck of Central SC today for a free design consultation at (803) 603 – 2160 or email us at
centralsc@archadeck.net

Our recent deck and screened porch addition wins the adoration of the homeowners, and their furry friends!

Deck and screened porch combination in Columbia SC

Deck and screened porch combination in Columbia, SC.

Our most recent deck and screened porch combination in Columbia, SC, has met the rave reviews of more than just the homeowners! The customers’ beloved cats are also enjoying the new outdoor living space. Their excitement was evident in the way they monitored each phase of the project. Here is a look into the progression of the project from start to finish:

The entire project was built with the enjoyment of the entire family in mind. The spacious wood deck provides an area for outdoor entertaining, dining and relaxation while the screened porch invites outdoor living during times of inclement weather. The screened porch also serves as an extension of interior space in warmer months with easy access into the home. With an open gable, exposed rafter ceiling, the porch exudes open airiness.

loving the kitty door

Loving the kitty door that provides access from the screened porch onto the deck.

As part of the charming Victorian-style door that leads into the screened porch, we installed a pet door to offer easy access for the homeowners’ cat to move freely between the two spaces. As an additional safeguard for little paws, we used pet screen to screen the porch. Pet screen is stronger and more resilient than traditional screen and will not warp or rip with pet activity.

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 in search of the perfect outdoor living space for your family, including your furry friends, contact Archadeck of Central SC to learn more. Our custom designs are the cat’s meow! You can reach us by phone at (803) 603-2160 or via email at
centralsc@archadeck.net.

Is there a magic number associated with outdoor living enjoyment? We certainly think so…

Good things come in 3'sMaybe you have heard the old adage that “good things come in threes.” In writing, the rule of three suggests things that come in threes are inherently funnier, more satisfying, and more effective than other numbers of things. This may be true in other areas, too, but when it comes to creating the perfect outdoor living space, we feel two can be just as satisfying.

Elevated screened porch with deck and stairs - Columbia, SCDesigning beautiful, functional, quality outdoor living spaces is what we do best. In our experience we have discovered that one of our most requested pairings to enhance outdoor living is a deck and screened porch combination. This combination is wildly popular because it delivers the best of both worlds: an open air space for soaking up the sun, entertaining, and grilling outdoors and a protected space. The options available in our custom deck designs are as endless as the imagination, from integrated seating, planters, lighting and pergolas to outdoor kitchens and fire pits.

Screened Porch with Deck and Stone Patios

When the weather is less favorable, having the luxury of a screened porch will allow you the freedom to move the fun inside your protected porch. Screened porches keep you dry during times of inclement weather and protect you and your guests from annoying insects and the dangers associated with the sun. Having both structures will allow unparalleled enjoyment as these two spaces become one in your backyard setting!

Deck and screened porch combination in Columbia SC

Deck and screened porch combination in Columbia, SC.

One of our most recent deck and screened porch combinations was completed right here in Columbia. Here is a look at the finished project:

Deck and screened porch combination in Columbia, SC.

Deck and screened porch combination in Columbia, SC.

The homeowners are elated with their new outdoor living space. It is loaded with versatility and function and is designed for the way they want to live outdoors!

Contact Archadeck of Central SC today to help you make the most out of your outdoors too! Call us to schedule a free consultation 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

Please visit our website and Houzz gallery for more examples of outdoor living combinations designed with YOU in mind!

At Archadeck, we specialize in creating “outdoor environments” that exceed your expectations.

Process plays a key role in the success of your outdoor living project.

Welcome autumn with a relaxing outdoor living environment customized to fit your needs!

The arrival and departure of Labor Day marks the end of summer. This time of year is often bittersweet as the kids are back to their school routines, football season is underway, and fall is beginning to make its debut. However, just because summer is over doesn’t mean the outdoor living season has ended. There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the changing season ahead within your own custom outdoor living space!

Keep in mind that not all outdoor structures are created equal. Just because you have an outdoor structure doesn’t mean you have an outdoor living space. Here at Archadeck of Central SC, we specialize in creating “outdoor environments” that exceed your expectations of enjoying the outdoors. An outdoor living space is place where you, your family and friends go to spend quality time, a place to relax, a place where you can enjoy nature and a place where you can truly be yourself.

The attributes that define the differences between  an outdoor structure and an outdoor living space are expertly outlined in a recent post from Archadeck Outdoor Living. As this article points out, in order for a structure to qualify as a living space it must be designed to cater to at least one, or more, of the following :

  • Deck detail in Governors Grant with separate area for dining.

    Deck detail in Governors Grant with separate area for dining.

    Function – Much like the worth that is poured into the design of interior living spaces, outdoor living spaces need to be designed with function and purpose in mind. Homeowners are all different and want to use their outdoor spaces for different purposes. What is an ideal living space for you can be quite different from that of your neighbor. Maybe you want a space where you can prepare food and dine outdoors, or a place to relax and read on Sunday afternoons? We can take the variables that you want for your space and translate these into a design, or combination, that will serve the ideal purpose for you and your family.

  • NE Columbia deck and sunroom builder

    Exterior view of deck and sunroom. Notice how the patio and deck flow effortlessly into the sunroom.

    Ease of Design – Once the function of your outdoor living space has been determined, it is time to concentrate on the ease of your design. When the perfect outdoor space is created, it will invite the owners, friends and family outside. A great design will create a nice flow and define all the areas of your structure.

  • Furnishings and Accoutrements –  This attribute seems simple, but you would be surprised at how integrating the right furnishings and accessories can increase your enjoyment of your outdoor space. Without furniture, all a deck, patio or porch would be is a blank space.  Keep in mind, people will only go out and stand in an empty space for so long before looking for a place to sit — it’s human nature, and you want to facilitate their desire to relax while in the space. The furniture you choose should always reflect the function and design of your outdoor space.
Archadeck of Central SC custom fire pit on slate patio

The right furnishings are an important part of enjoying the time spent within your space.

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. You can relax in knowing your family will have an enjoyable design and build experience, , more important, 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 enhancing 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 to see our custom structures, or visit our stunning galleries on Houzz.