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Enjoy your porch well into the Winter thanks to clever ideas from Archadeck of Central SC!

Columbia, SC three season room with rustic beadboard ceiling, ample dining and seating areas complete with a cozy outdoor fireplace.Unlike decks and patios that are usually exposed to the elements, a porch that is screened and/or covered can extend your autumn and winter time outdoors even if it’s a tad chilly outside. There are plenty of ways to keep your Columbia, SC, porch warm and toasty this fall with some clever ideas that will keep your screened porch family-friendly in cold weather.

Adding a fireplace as part of your porch build is a terrific way to inject ambiance and real warmth into the space. Whether it’s wood burning or gas, you can enjoy the cooler weather with the allure of the flicker of flames and the heat it provides. It is possible to add a fireplace to an already existing porch as well, and Archadeck of Central South Carolina can certainly help you do that if your previous builder did not put one in initially. A fireplace brings instant atmosphere to a porch and is the perfect spot to enjoy marshmallows and hot chocolate with the kids or a delightful outdoor dinner with wine for some romantic time with your love. A fireplace turns your porch into a true outdoor room that is an extension of your indoor space and adds lots of value to your home.

Outdoor Patio HeaterIf budgets are tight or space does not allow, gorgeous outdoor space heaters give you the vibe of an outdoor fireplace with a smaller footprint and a modern flair. You can use an electric or gas one to get the job done in an attractive way that adds plenty of interest on a porch. These affordable heaters come in all shapes, sizes and styles—from traditional to modern—to fit any decorating scheme. There are those that are floor standing and others that you can pop on the table. Some are even ingeniously disguised to look like a lamp if you are worried about aesthetics.  The key is to select one that is rated for outdoor use and specially designed to use in a covered area such as a porch.

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Custom wall/ceiling -mounted infrared heaters.

Infrared electric heaters can be mounted onto the ceiling or even a wall so they are up and out of the way and push heat down into an open space. You may have noticed these in outdoor restaurant patios in colder temps, but these are now available for residential use, too. They work by using light to directly heat people  within the space instead of heating the air itself, so they are the perfect solution for an open air situation. Instead of wasting money heating the entire area, infrared heaters simply warm those sitting near them. When strategically placed, they are economical and fairly efficient as well.

Columbia SC outdoor fireplaces

An outdoor fireplace can add rustic appeal to your outdoor room and keep the space warm in the cooler months.

Since a porch is either open all around or screened in to protect from nasty bugs and poor weather, Archadeck of Central South Carolina gives you the option of turning your existing porch into a three or four season room. We can add a special enclosure that allows for a four-track panel window. This area can be heated in many different ways, from an economical space heater to a ductless heating system with a slim streamlined design or we can even integrate an outdoor fireplace into your porch design. If you want to enjoy a breeze on a beautiful day, you simply slide the window panels open and you are back to feel of a porch again. You get the best of both worlds!

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

For more ideas on utilizing your porch and screened porch year-round, contact Archadeck of Central South Carolina today at (803) 603-2160 or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net. We have many options available to suit your needs and budget and keep you loving outdoor living season after season!

Is a Fire Pit Right for You?

Is a fire pit right for youIf you would like to extend the use of your backyard into the colder months, a fire pit may be the answer. When considering having a fire pit installed, here are some thoughts to consider:

Choices – the major decisions you will need to make when designing a fire pit are:

  • Natural stone or manufactured block
  • Designed for wood fire or gas
  • Location as to where to put the fire pit, and what kind of surrounding area do you want
Central SC firepit with retaining wall

Central SC firepit integrated into a patio with retaining/seating wall.

Materials – A natural stone fire pit is beautiful. It can be the landmark of a beautiful outdoor living space and a great place to spend time with your friends and family. The color choices are unlimited, and every custom-made natural stone fire pit is unique. It is also an expensive option – think two to three thousand depending on size and location. Natural stone is likely to crack (or even explode) due to direct contact with heat. If you are going to invest in a natural stone wood-burning fire pit, we recommend using a fire-brick liner to keep the stones from getting excessively hot. If you make this kind of investment you want it done right so that it will last.

Manufactured block makes a nice fire pit at less than half the cost of natural stone. It’s not as artistic, but it is very functional and can be the site of many good times. Also today there are many styles of landscaping block to meet your tastes. These projects range from the do-it-yourself kits from Lowe’s or Home Depot for two hundred dollars to professionally designed and installed projects which can cost between seven hundred and one thousand, five hundred. A block fire pit doesn’t necessarily need a heat liner, though use of a metal ring or fire brick may reduce cracking or excessive drying out and thus extend the life of the block.

Central SC firepit in actionWood or Gas – A wood fire can be enchanting as well as warming. When considering wood for a fire pit the primary driver is the charm of a natural fire. Design considerations include ensuring that the bottom of the pit will drain when it rains, and determining where fire wood is going to be stored.

Gas compared to wood has many pro’s and con’s. Gas is easier to start and quicker to extinguish, has less smoke, takes less effort to tend, and there is no need to buy and store fire wood. Gas fire pits are less costly to design for drainage and have less need for fire brick liners. On the other hand, it may be more expensive to install depending on where gas lines have to be run. Also you will want to design the structure so that if something goes wrong with the lines or the ignition electronics, you can access the parts in need of repair. A wide variety of glass crystals and beads are available for gas fire pits to enhance the look of the finished product.

In the end, the choice between wood or gas comes down to what works best for you.

Columbia SC custom fire pits

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 free consultation (803) 603 – 2160 or via email 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

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.

A custom fire pit from Archadeck of Central SC enables you all the ambiance and allure of a fireplace at a fraction of the cost!

Outdoor Fire Pit

An outdoor fire pit makes the perfect “go to” destination in your backyard!

Walk up to any newsstand in America and peruse the outdoor living section. One of the first things you will probably notice when you open the glossy pages of your favorite outdoor living magazine is the popularity and allure of outdoor fire features. I am not making a pun when I state that “outdoor fireplaces and fire pits are hot”, because here in the Columbia area they are at the top of the outdoor living most-requested list!

According to a 2013 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects earlier this year, American homeowners are increasingly  interested in creating outdoor rooms for entertaining and relaxation on their properties. The survey also shows from all the categories polled, 97 percent of respondents rated fire pits and fireplaces as somewhat or very in-demand. The results of the poll are not surprising. As the economy begins to steadily improve homeowners are looking to invest in their property while maximizing the amount of enjoyable use of their outdoor spaces at the same time. Adding a fire feature to their outdoor living space is one of the best ways to get both.

outdoor fire pit aerial photo

Aerial photo of outdoor fire pit integrated into a low maintenence deck with built-in seating.

Choosing between a fire pit and fireplace is an important decision when creating an outdoor room. Both features extend the enjoyment of an outdoor living area by providing warmth, light, relaxation and ambiance. However, they have important differences that should be considered. Along with the number of people you are trying to accommodate, and the function you want to achieve with your fire feature, the amount you wish to invest is also an important consideration.

Columbia SC outdoor fireplaces

An outdoor fireplace can add rustic appeal to your outdoor room and serves as the perfect spot for freinds and family to gather.

A fireplace will create a cozy, romantic feeling & a fire pit will encourage storytelling, laughter and s’mores!

An outdoor fireplace will help anchor an outdoor living space such as an outdoor living or dining area. You also want to decide whether you want a fire feature where guests can surround the structure or cozy “up to” the feature. Fire pits become a gathering spot enabling more enjoyable open space within the backyard. A fire pit will not obscure the landscape because of its low profile. It has minimal impact on the landscape and allows you to still enjoy an unobstructed view of your plantings and trees. A fire pit will also serve as an open refuge for good times when used in conjunction with a deck or patio. Outdoor fireplaces serve as a dominant design feature even when not in use, and take up more linear space than that of a fire pit because more design components are involved. In order to make the best decision to fit your spatial needs and lifestyle it is important to be aware of the size demands of both a fire pit and fireplace.

The Fire Pit is the central element of this outdoor space

The Fire Pit is the central element of this outdoor space.

Outdoor fire pits 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. However, in modern outdoor room settings it is often too messy and unpredictable to have a wood-burning bonfire — not to mention illegal in most areas of the country. Along with enjoyment, adding a fire pit to your outdoor space is also 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 half of what an outdoor fireplace would cost. This is a welcomed thought for homeowners wishing to create backyard bliss on a budget!

Timber Tech Composite Deck with Curved Bench and Fire pit

Timber Tech Composite Deck with Curved Bench and Fire pit.

If you are ready to ignite your outdoor living enjoyment with a custom fire pit, or outdoor fireplace addition, contact Archadeck of Central SC to learn more about  placement, size, construction, costs and much more. Call us today for free 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 inspiring photos of outdoor fire pit and outdoor fireplace designs by visiting our outdoor fireplace and fire pit photo gallery located on our website.