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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.

Archadeck of Central SC explores the benefits of choosing a large deck design

Elegant deck, pergola and patio by Archadeck

Is an elegant deck and pergola your idea of a dream backyard? If so, we can make it a reality.

Here at Archadeck of Central SC homeowners often ask us how big we feel their deck design should be. The answer to this question is solely dependent on what you and your family want to use the space for, your budget and how the dynamics of the space will correlate with your existing home, lot and other outdoor structures. However, when size constraints are not an option, we are seeing an increase in the popularity of larger decks that function more like “outdoor rooms” than the traditional 10 x 12 decks of yesteryear, and here’s why…

You are probably familiar with the old saying “bigger is better,” right? As Americans, we generally assume this old saying rings true — hence our affinity for bigger cars, houses and yes, super-size fries. One of the biggest trends in deck design is their increase in size over recent years. However, this increase is not for some of the reasons that may first come to mind: for example, to show social status or to accommodate a larger family. The reasoning behind building larger decks is simple. It is because homeowners crave the same comforts and function outdoors that they have in their interior living space.

This lakeside pressure treated deck includes built in bench seating, and unique privacy railing. We also integrated the existing trees within the landscape into the design of the deck- stunning.

This lakeside pressure- treated deck includes built -in bench seating and unique privacy railing. We also integrated the existing trees into the design of the deck.

To gauge the benefits of choosing to go larger when designing your ideal deck space, look at it this way: ”in most cases, inside your home, you have a dining room, kitchen, living room and family room. Homeowners are requesting these same spaces be designed into their deck, with areas for dining, a sitting or socializing area, and of course a cooking area.” A recent article published by Remodeling Magazine points out that “the 200-square-foot deck is increasingly looking like a relic of the past as more homeowners push for more outdoor living space, and remodelers and builders are lining up to accommodate them.”

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.

A large-scale deck design that encompasses the feel of an “outdoor living room” does take longer to plan, design and build as compared to the “typical” decks of the past. However, the benefits and extended function a larger, well-planned deck can provide are worth the additional time it takes to complete. Archadeck of Central SC custom designs each detail of our decks to cater to the individual function our customers seek. To get the most out of your deck, no matter how large, efficient and clever use of space is very important.

 

  • Here are 10 ideas courtesy of Remodeling Magazine to ensure the best use of space when planning your dream deck:

#1) Process plays a key role in the success of your outdoor living project.Think in layers – Not so long ago, decks both large and small used to be flat, square, single-surface spaces. But the larger the deck, the more it calls for curves, multiple levels, staircases, built-in seating, and railings.

#2) Capture the curves – Flexible composite decking allows for accentuation of the curves within a deck design and is a favorite among deck builders who are partial to curved surfaces, sidewalks and staircases, which can create an eye-catching segue between two levels of the deck.

#3)archadeck experience Move the eye along – Add a focal point or two to a large, empty span of deck by building a planter or fire pit in the middle or lining the perimeter with built-in seating. Adding a pergola to your deck is also a great way to create a focal point that will extend functionality.

#4) Create drama – Accentuate curves, railings and fascia boards with a contrasting color to create a frame around the deck floor, often referred to as “picture framing.” You may also incorporate inset designs, like diamond shapes in alternate colors, to create something unique for each homeowner; these methods are often seen with composite deck designs… And don’t be shy about mixing materials on your deck: faux stone columns, a metal roof or a granite countertop within a built-in food preparation area will make the outdoor room look more upscale and custom-designed.

#5)Deck with kitchen and pergola and ample pull out room for outdoor furnishings Proportions matter – A 1,800-square-foot deck on the back of a 2,000-square-foot home is probably too big to “go” with that house. Size up within reason.

#6) Add some shade – A homeowner who springs for a 600-square-foot-plus deck is going to want to use it as often as possible. A pergola, awning, canopy or roof over the deck will allow the client to cook, entertain or relax outdoors even on hot, sunny days or during rain showers. Keep in mind any shade structure should be as low-maintenance as the deck itself.

#7) Be prepared to wait a little longer– It takes a while to build a big deck. Especially if the outdoor room is full of custom features or will be home to electric or gas appliances, the job will include an electrician, a plumber and the local building inspector. If the deck includes multiple tiers, the builder might need to consult with an engineer or architect.

This spacious pressure treated deck in Columbia, SC overlooks the tranquil Saluda river.

This spacious pressure-treated deck in Columbia, SC, overlooks the tranquil Saluda River.

#8) Consider the view –  If the upper tier of a two-story deck is right over the lower one, take special care with the placement of the posts so they’re not too close to doors and windows, where they can block the homeowner’s view and path to the yard. Also, build in an under-deck gutter to catch rain that falls on the upper deck so it won’t soak the deck’s lower level and its inhabitants.

#9) Leave enough room – Even a big deck can run out of room if the design includes a hot tub. A typical 7-by-7-foot spa takes up at least a 10-by-10-foot space so there’s enough room around it for a railing, a privacy screen or a path for bathers and maintenance technicians to walk around it in order to gain access in the event of scheduled maintenance or repairs on your spa or hot tub.

#10) Outdoor Fire PitMake it useful – Include warmth and light so you can use your deck after dark and during at least three seasons. Popular options: built-in fireplaces and fire pits and ceiling-mounted heaters. You’ll have plenty of room for them.

So, to answer the question “is a bigger deck better,” it all depends on your individual needs and personal tastes. If you are looking for a deck that delivers layers of extended function, or a deck with that outdoor room feel — then, most definitely, bigger is better!

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 unforgettable deck and outdoor room designs today! You may call us at (803) 603 – 2160 or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net. Our design consultation is free, but what you gain in outdoor living enjoyment is priceless!