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Where will you be watching the BIG game this Sunday?

Columbia outdoor man cavesIt’s Super Bowl time again. This Sunday, most Columbia, SC, households will be tuned in to watch the Atlanta Falcons take on the New England Patriots in one of the biggest sporting events of the year. No matter which team you’re cheering on, this all-American event provides a huge opportunity for entertaining friends and family. The tradition of gathering to socialize, prepare food and dine during the event is something even non-football fans engage in annually.

Archadeck sunroom

With this in mind, where do you plan to celebrate Super Bowl 51? Being in the business of creating versatile outdoor living structures for all to enjoy, Archadeck of Central SC has designed our fair share of spaces with an emphasis on entertaining and comradery. We offer a variety of options for homeowners looking to add an outdoor gathering spot for sporting events, casual outdoor dinners, family celebrations and even movie nights!

Recently completed project near Lake Murray, SC.

Patio and screened porch combo space on Lake Murray, SC.

Just as we discussed in one of our previous blog stories titled Football season is here — welcome the ultimate “man cave” to your own backyard!there are many outdoor living designs that encompass all the features and amenities you want in a man cave. Covered patios, screened porches and outdoor rooms are now being designed with the man cave mentality in mind. With these outdoor designs you will no longer have to remind guests to “put a coaster under that”; or “try to keep the noise down.” Our custom outdoor living areas can be designed with all the amenities and accoutrements you will ever want including outdoor kitchens for food prep and dining and easy access to backyard for tossing around the ol’ pigskin during commercial breaks!

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

Don’t let another Super Bowl or special event pass without the outdoor environment you crave. We can plan, design and build the ultimate outdoor fun area the entire family will love and enjoy! Call 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 for more examples of our versatile outdoor room designs.

 

 

Archadeck of Central South Carolina helped these Elgin, SC, homeowners optimize the year-round use of their covered porch

Central SC outdoor livingWhen you love spending time outside, it’s a natural progression to bring some of the creature comforts of home out into the backyard to create an outdoor living space that can be enjoyed almost year round. In an outdoor living environment custom designed and built by Archadeck of Central South Carolina, you can fully enjoy the beauty of the environment while being ultra-comfortable. We understand your desire to spend more time enjoying your home inside and out and offer multiple ways to improve that experience.

Elgin SC outdoor fire features

Completed outdoor fireplace addition in Elgin, SC.

You can optimize your porch or patio for fall and winter get-togethers by enhancing your existing space. While homeowners in some parts of the country may think that evenings spent in the backyard or outdoor living spaces are coming to an end this time of year, we here in the central South Carolina area feel otherwise. We are blessed with a climate that allows the extended use of our outdoor living spaces throughout the fall and, with a good source of heat, well into the winter months, thus making almost year-round use of our outdoor living environments fully possible.

Getting more use out of their covered porch throughout the year is exactly what these Elgin, SC, homeowners listed as their primary objective when they contacted us. They already had a beautiful covered porch area in which many celebrations, cookouts, parties and family dinners had occurred throughout the spring and summer months as well as countless evenings spent just relaxing and unwinding after a hard day of work. Although this space is obviously well-loved during the spring and summer, they also want to enjoy it during the fall and winter too.

Elgin SC outdoor firepace builder

Addition of outdoor fireplace onto existing Elgin, SC, covered porch.

The best way to accomplish their goal was with the addition of an outdoor heat source, such as a fire pit or a fireplace. What’s better than an outdoor fireplace or fire pit to gather around and share conversation, food, drinks and fun? Not only will a fire feature add some warmth to the chilly air, it will also serve as a social hub and focal point for your outdoor living space. After an onsite inspection of their existing structure and careful consideration of their wants and needs along with the architectural aesthetics of the covered porch, we suggested the addition of an wood-burning outdoor fireplace with an Isokern pumice stone insert.

The homeowners loved this idea and wanted to get started right away so they would begin enjoying it as soon as possible. They chose a brick exterior, which would coordinate with the façade of their home and would also complement the classic style of the porch to add elegant warmth. The special components of this fireplace are the Isokern insert and chimney, which are parts of a modular system made of volcanic pumice that is:

  • the most energy-efficient material to safely contain a fire
  • exceptionally durable and lasts forever
  • more budget friendly than the traditional masonry, metal box or concrete fireplaces
Elgin SC outdoor fire features

“In progress” outdoor fireplace addition in Elgin, SC.

Along with this enhancement to their outdoor living space, they added soft, comfy furniture, fluffy throw blankets and hardy outdoor rugs, all of which are sure to make it their favorite warm and cozy spot during the fall and winter months. Wonderful memories will be made on cool, crisp evenings or lazy afternoons, tucked up in blankets on the couch in front of the warm soft glow of a crackling fire while conversations flow and mugs of hot cocoa are savored.

Are you ready to make your outdoor living space cozy for the upcoming cooler weather seasons? Now is a great time to move ahead with your outdoor living structure endeavors! Fall and winter lead times are shorter, the growing season of your landscape is interrupted less and materials are likely to be less expensive now as opposed to waiting until next spring when the traditional outdoor living season arrives. Archadeck of Central South Carolina can plan, design and build your structure in time to take advantage of festivities of winter. Our professional and talented staff are experts at helping homeowners, like you, get the most out of each season with an outdoor structure custom-built just for you. Contact us today to learn more by calling (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

The versatility of this NE Columbia all-inclusive outdoor living environment is amazing!

we can create the ultimate staycation in your backyard

Archadeck of Central SC can create an all-inclusive outdoor living environment in your own backyard — the ultimate “staycation” destination!

When planning the family vacation, who doesn’t love an all-inclusive resort or vacation package? It’s convenient, has so many choices and everything is taken care of in the package price. This means all the basics are covered, there’s something for everyone to enjoy and most important you’re not spending your relaxation and fun time working out the details or cleaning up…it’s no fuss and no muss. Now imagine that same feeling in your own backyard with a custom all-inclusive, low-maintenance outdoor living space for you to enjoy almost year-round! That’s exactly what Archadeck of Central South Carolina did for these homeowners in the Wildwoode neighborhood located in NE Columbia, SC.

In some areas of life, it’s hard to make everyone happy, but with the right design and materials it was easy to create an outdoor living environment that has everything these homeowners need and want in a low-maintenance space that is so versatile and option rich that it pleases everyone, effortlessly. They wanted a combination of protected and open spaces, in a low-maintenance, multi-level structure, connected to a hardscape area with room for an outdoor kitchen, dining area, conversation areas and an integrated fire feature.

Outdoor oasis in NE Columbia

With a clear list of features and an understanding of what they were envisioning, we went to work laying out and designing their custom outdoor living environment that fit the way they want to enjoy their outdoor lifestyle. Once the plans were completed, we met with the homeowners for their approval of the design and they were ecstatic! Seeing their mental image of their dream space translated into design plans made the concept of their own private, all-inclusive backyard resort very real.

The final approved design of this major outdoor living combination space includes a low- maintenance AZEK porch and deck, outdoor kitchen, patio with stone wall and integrated gas fire pit. The versatility of each of these structures and spaces individually is impressive, but when you put them all together, the vast number of options for using this combination space is mind-blowing!! Let’s take a look at each element:

  • Covered porch in NE Columbia outdoor combination projectThe Covered Porch – Also referred to as an “open porch,” it has a roof, which provides protection from the sun, unpredictable summer rainstorms and other elements and still offers the benefit of circulating fresh air. In this area, it can be used for dining, family game night, a cool, quiet area for relaxing or just about anything.
  • The Deck – It not only adds value to the home, but it enhances the way our customers live outdoors, as it can be used as a wide open space for a large group to mingle and socialize or broken up into zones with cozy furnishings to create conversation areas…the options are limited only by the imagination. They can take advantage of all the benefits that the fresh air and sunshine provide, and spend quality time with their friends and family entertaining in style with little fuss.

AZEK deck in NE Columbia outdoor combination project

  • The Outdoor Kitchen – We all know the kitchen is the true “hub” of the home. It’s unclear if it’s the wonderful smells that waft from this area, the easy access to all of the food or the need to be involved in the activity, no matter how much space or comfortable seating you have in the den, everyone seems to gather in the kitchen. The outdoor kitchen has the same draw and it allows the host and head chef to still be involved in the fun of the outdoor events, while preparing the food and drinks.

Outdoor kitchen/grill area in NE Columbia

  • The Patio – Much like the deck, a patio is attractive, weather resistant, and extremely functional as it significantly expands a family’s living and entertaining space with extreme versatility in design. The physical structure of this  patio is exceptionally durable, low-maintenance and easily lends itself to a multitude of uses with its stamped concrete design. A rounded hardscape seating wall helps define the space and serves as a plant shelf or additional seating around the integrated fire pit with gas insert.

NE Columbia patio and fire pit

  • The Fire Pit – Gather chairs all around it, no matter what the season, and it’s instant social hour with s’mores and hot chocolate or beers and brats. More often than not, fire pits are built into the hardscape area to provide almost year-round enjoyment of the outdoor space, as with this design. The addition of a fire pit makes a strong focal point and generates an abundance of ambiance, light and warmth as well.

NE Columbia outdoor living combination space

Clearly each component can hold its own in the world of outdoor living structures. Now, put them all together and this all-inclusive outdoor living combination space cohesively functions as one space with overwhelming versatility of style and function as well as a multitude of benefits. Add the fact that it’s constructed entirely of low-maintenance materials for many years of immeasurable enjoyment while providing a uniquely stunning addition to their property…and I bet we have blown your mind!

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

Developing low-maintenance outdoor living areas extends the enjoyment of your space and unlocks the full potential of your home.  As homeowners increasingly seek to expand their living spaces and bring the comfort of the indoors to their backyards, Archadeck of Central South Carolina will continue to help them fulfill their outdoor living dreams. If you are ready to create your own all-inclusive outdoor living environment contact us by calling (803) 603 – 2160 or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net.

Hiring Archadeck of Central South Carolina, your professional outdoor living space contractor, ensures the proper construction and longevity of your outdoor fire pit

Screened Porch, Spa and Fire Pit at Dusk

This cozy outdoor living space features a custom fire pit- perfect for making s’mores.

One of the best ways to enjoy a backyard in and around central South Carolina year round is by building an outdoor fire pit. There’s nothing like the crackling of a fire to set an inviting or romantic mood. Not to mention, an outdoor fire pit makes the perfect centerpiece for entertaining. Archadeck of Central South Carolina is this area’s leading outdoor living space contractor and for many of our clients, a custom designed and built fire pit fits the bill for this outdoor living space function.

When designing outdoor fire pits, one of the biggest considerations is materials. A few materials that could be used to create a fire pit include brick, stone or concrete. Each of these materials is waterproof and heat-resistant, so the one chosen will largely depend on the look you are aiming for. More than one material could also be used to build an outdoor fire pit. For example, concrete might be used to pour a patio and then a fire pit constructed on top of it in stone or brick.

Your selection of burning mediums is a matter of personal choice and budget allowances. Options include gas burning, wood burning or fire glass burning, and each choice has several pros and cons, as we have listed below. Ultimately it all comes down to what works best for you.

The Fire Pit is the central element of this outdoor spaceWood Burning Fire Pits – authentic campfire atmosphere

Pros

  • Larger fires
  • Wood is inexpensive
  • Affordable to install
  • Enhanced ambiance

Cons

  • Starting a fire takes effort and can be time-consuming
  • Cleaning up ashes after fire and can also be time consuming
  • Blowing smoke

Natural Gas Fire Pits – warm, glowing ambiance

Pros

  • Blythewood SC fire pitLight or extinguish fire with the flip of a switch
  • Minimal to no cleanup
  • Adds relaxing ambiance with minimal effort
  • Cleaner burn, less smoke

Cons

  • Smaller fires
  • Gas line must be installed
  • More expensive than wood

Fire Glass Fire Pits – creates a stunning look

Pros

  • No toxic fumes, smoke, ash or soot
  • Multiple sizes and colors of fire glass for you to choose from
  • Tempered glass chips last longer, do not burn, melt or discolor
  • Radiates three- four  times more heat with its reflective surface than wood or ceramic logs

Cons

  • The risk of breaking pieces if mishandled
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 South Carolina today to learn more about the placement, size and construction of a fire pit and much more at (803) 603-2160 or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net.

 

Fire features fan the flames of socializing and coziness in your outdoor living space

Archadeck 2013 PhotographyWe are less than a month away from the first day of fall, and with it comes so many wonderful things. As fall approaches we say goodbye to warm summer evenings, sunbathing, water sports and all the endless summer fun. Now is the time to welcome the glory that is autumn, and the addition of a fire feature — such as a fireplace or fire pit — to your outdoor living space is the perfect way to do it.

Not only does a fire feature offer several benefits,  it also helps to bring a nice conclusion to almost any day of every season! Being a leading designer and builder of custom outdoor living spaces in this area, Archadeck of Central SC has helped hundreds of homeowners add outdoor living spaces, including custom fire features, increasing the curb appeal of their homes.

One of the best things about a fireplace or fire pit is that it can be used year round. Your outside parties will be enhanced with marshmallow toasting, hot dog roasting, cocktails, warm cider and s’mores galore! The benefits of capitalizing on the fire element’s appeal are many. An outdoor fire feature with year-round functionality extends South Carolina’s outdoor season, as well as your home’s physical capacity for accommodating social gatherings.

Is a fire pit right for you

Our custom designs encourage quality time outdoors!

When the autumn nights begin to settle in, even though it may be a little chilly, a fire element can warm you right up and give you an excuse to be outside. Whether it’s down time with the family, intimate get-togethers with friends, or a full-blown party, having a fireplace or fire pit adds another dimension to entertaining. Inevitably, it becomes the focal point, and as most who have spent time staring into a blaze will attest, it encourages friendly conversation and warm feelings. Even while relaxing at home in your hot tub or sauna, a fire feature offers a healthy means of de-stressing.

Much like any outdoor living structure or element, a fire feature can be customized to match your tastes and needs. Even with a smaller yard, you can still create an intimate space for gatherings. From the furniture to the actual fire pit itself, there are plenty of ways you can customize your outdoor space and still reap all of these benefits:

  • Entertainment – nothing says gather a group of friends and family together like a fire pit or fireplace, as it’s a great way to extend your party space to the outdoors.
  • Smores over fireCooking – although, not as precise as a grill or bar-b-que, fire pits and outdoor fireplaces can provide a flame over which you can create a multitude of culinary creations.
  • Heat – you can extend your entertaining seasons a bit by staying warm on those chilly evenings practically year round.
  • Ambiance – even if you aren’t into throwing parties or entertaining, the ambiance a fire feature brings is worth the investment alone, especially if you are into star gazing with a loved one while sitting next to one of nature’s most captivating elements.
  • Added home value – an attractive fire feature creates an enthralling focal point that can  help make your home stand apart from others.
Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

If we have fanned the flames of your desire to add a fire feature to your existing outdoor living space, or have sparked your interest in custom designing and building of a new outdoor living space with a fire feature, Archadeck of Central South Carolina is your builder of choice. We can help you custom design and build the outdoor living space of your dreams with a fire feature that will keep you cozy outdoors and optimize the use of your back yard for almost year-round enjoyment. We’re a professional contractor with the answers to all your questions about fire features or any other outdoor living structure. Contact Archadeck of Central South Carolina today to learn more about the placement, size, construction and cost of a fire feature and much more at (803) 603-2160  or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net.

As spring is knocking at the door — wouldn’t it be great to get MORE out of your outdoor living space and backyard this season?

Screened Porch with Deck and Stone Patios

Screened porch, deck and patio combination.

Just as spring’s arrival will completely change the look and feel of your environment, outdoor living spaces often change the entire way you regard your residence. Much like the inside of your home, your outdoor space should have designated areas for the many different things you and your family may do, from hobbies and relaxing to entertaining and recreation. This is best achieved with an outdoor living environment consisting of two or more structures designed together and working as one LARGE structure.

Homeowners with a zest for outdoor living crave spaces with maximum style, function and continuity, and those that combine multiple structures fit the bill! Archadeck of Central South Carolina specializes in delivering this type of backyard bliss with  myriad high quality outdoor living areas we custom design and build throughout Columbia and the surrounding areas. Examples include:

  • Patio and deck combinations that comingle dining and lounging spaces for groups of any size – as your dinner party is winding down, guests can easily descend to the stone patio filled with seating arrangements of comfortable sofas and chairs for coffee and conversation.
Deck with patio and fireplace

Deck with patio and fireplace in Central SC.

  • A spacious screened porch connected to a multi-level deck with pergola for entertaining, and leisure spaces with a choice of an enclosed area, a partially-shaded spot or one with full-sun exposure – this blending of structures with hardscapes provides the best mix of areas in which every member of the family can get maximum enjoyment of your backyard pool…and these combination projects can easily be built in phases.
Deck and screened porch combination in Columbia, SC.

Deck and screened porch combination in Columbia, SC.

  • A covered porch/exterior room and hardscape pairing that includes an outdoor kitchen flanked by integrated seating around a fire pit is just right for outdoor enjoyment in every season – family events are more enjoyable when everyone spends time together cooking, eating, talking and still keeping an eye on the little ones as they run around in the backyard… and finishing off the evening with roasted marshmallows around the fire pit.
Archadeck covered porch perfect for luxury outdoor living

Archadeck covered porch perfect for luxury outdoor living.

Custom deck and porch combination in Lexington.

Custom deck and porch combination in Lexington.

These are a just a few of the combined spaces we can provide for you to support the outdoor lifestyle and multitude of activities you and your family enjoy. After all, what’s an outdoor living room complete with comfortable seating and a big flat screen TV without the Master Chef easy access to the grilling/outdoor kitchen area on the adjoining flagstone patio? What better way for everyone to enjoy the view and benefits of your lakeside property than with a screened porch and deck combination, enabling sun-sensitive family members to be included in just as much outdoor fun as those who love to soak up the sun. The options for versatile, flexible spaces are limited only by your imagination, as each Archadeck of Central South Carolina structure is a one-of-a-kind design built to suit your needs for outdoor living and entertaining.

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’re ready for a true extension of your home with function and flow to help you get MORE out of your outdoor living space and backyard this season, contact Archadeck of Central South Carolina today! We’ll help you make the most out of your outdoors too! Call us at (803)603–2160 schedule a free consultation at or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net.

Come see us at the Columbia Home Building and Remodeling Expo this weekend!

Home Show Feb 2013 cropped (1)Archadeck of Central SC and Renew Crew of Central SC will be at the Columbia Home Building and Remodeling Expo being held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center this weekend! If you’re thinking of starting off the New Year by adding a deck, porch, patio or outdoor room or upgrading an outdoor living space, this is the home show you can’t afford to miss.

Our talented team will be on hand in booth #607 and #702 to answer your questions, or help you establish the perfect design for your needs and budget. If you already have an existing structure, and are interested in renewing its livability, longevity and beauty, Renew Crew of Central SC can make it happen!

Shade and ambiance abounds with a custom pergola and landing addition in Irmo, SC.

Welcome to this updated backyard paradise in Irmo, SC. Custom pergola addition by Archadeck and existing deck cleaned and stained by Renew Crew.

No matter what you have in mind for home improvements, you’ll find the right products and the best companies. Talk to the experts and find just the right designs at just the right price for your home improvement budget. The outdoor living season is sooner than you may think! NOW is the time to start planning for warmer days and tranquil evenings!

2013 Home Show displayHome Show hours are:

Friday 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Ticket prices are $4 for adults and children get in free!

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

Don’t let this chance pass you by. We look forward to meeting you at the Columbia Home Building and Remodeling Expo this weekend. You can also contact Archadeck of Central SC to learn more about our fabulous outdoor living space designs anytime at (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

Settle in for a long, cozy night by the fire pit this season — Archadeck can make it happen!

The Winter Solstice has come and if you’re a stargazer, you know exactly what that means…that’s right the longest night of the year! On that date, the sun is above the horizon roughly nine hours and if you subtract twilight, the night is fully dark for almost twelve hours. Combine this lengthy darkness with a clear sky and the southern position of the sun, and a very large part of the constellation-filled night sky can be seen in just one night. What better place to enjoy Mother Nature’s complete holiday “twinkling light” display than in your own backyard while sitting around the warming flames of your custom fire feature?

stargazingOne of our favorite aspects of winter is the stillness of the outdoors during this season. It almost beckons us to slow down and drink in our surroundings. With all of the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, decorating and other preparations during the day, our festively-adorned home becomes the evening rest stop in which to recuperate.  At times, it can be a sensory overload with so many lights and the hum of technology from the TV, the stereo or the computer. Your outdoor living space is the perfect place to escape, and with the addition of an outdoor fire feature such as a fireplace or fire pit, you are sure to enjoy your Central South Carolina backyard even during the winter months. The flames of a fire feature are almost hypnotizing while sparking conversations for those gathered closely around it.

FirePit-UrbanaHighlandWall by BelgardWhether you are custom designing a whole new outdoor living space or renovating your existing deck or patio, choosing between a fire pit and fireplace is an important decision. You should consider these two questions alongside the desired budget or investment you wish to maintain: What will be the main function of your fire feature and how many people do you wish to accommodate? As strong design focal points, both types of fire features generate an abundance of ambiance as well as light and warmth, but which is the higher priority for you…a design element to anchor your oudoor room with seating close by or a heat source in the round where many can gather and enjoy more of an open space? While an outdoor fireplace is a design feature as much as a heat source, a fire pit is more of a function feature choice; more people can fit around the fire pit at the same time than in front of a fireplace. In fact, a fire pit gives you more value, as it typically costs about half the price of an outdoor fireplace depending upon the materials, size and burning medium you select.

Central SC firepit in actionHeat resistant, waterproof material choices such as stone, concrete and brick may be combined in your custom-designed and built outdoor fire pit. Each of these materials has the capability of safely burning wood, gas or charcoal, making the fire pit suitable for cooking as well as heating. Unlike the “fire pit in a box” options at your local lawn and garden retail centers, your custom fire pit is essentially a permanent structure that is more durable and custom designed to complement your home’s architectural design without obstructing your views.

Is a fire pit right for youImagine it’s the evening of the winter solstice, just after supper…the whole family heads outside for the best stargazing event of the year, each snuggled up in their own blanket with a mug of coffee or hot cocoa, ready to make family time memories. There’s nothing like the crackling of a fire of an outdoor fire pit for everyone to gather around to stay warm and cozy, while having the best seats in the “house” to view the constellations and maybe even wish upon a star. Or perhaps you’d like to skip the crowds of party goers or the heavy traffic this New Year’s Eve, and would prefer to ring in the New Year with your friends and family discussing the good times of the past year with hot toddies or cocktails around the fire. A friend of ours has a New Year’s Eve tradition in her family where each person makes a list of their top three New Year’s resolutions and their top three “negatives” of the past year. A few minutes before they ring in the New Year, everyone throws their “negatives” lists into the fire pit and then they each silently read their resolutions to themselves before they make their toasts and share hugs and kisses. She described this as a cleansing of the poor memories of the old year and a personal affirmation of their goals for the New Year.

Columbia SC custom fire pits

No matter how you plan to utilize your fire pit or in which season, you can be confident in your investment in the enhancement of your outdoor living space. Extending the use of your backyard with a fire element, so you and your family can enjoy it year round, adds value and style not only to your property, but to your quality family time as well. Shared moments making s’mores, drinking coffee, telling ghost stories, reminiscing about good times, stargazing or just enjoying the stillness of winter and the mesmerizing flicker of the flames in your fire pit are all memories in the making, just waiting for you to begin.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

If we have fanned the flames of your desire to add a fire feature to your existing outdoor living space or have sparked your interest for more information regarding the custom designing and building of a new outdoor living space with a fire feature for year-round enjoyment at your home, contact Archadeck of Central South Carolina to learn more about placement, size, construction, costs and much more. Contact us today for your free consultation at (803) 603-2160
or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net

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.