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Archadeck of Central SC chronicles the elements that go into creating a custom fire pit in your backyard

Archadeck of Central SC custom fire pit on slate patio

Our most recent fire pit addition is this stunning stone fire pit integrated into an existing patio in Columbia,SC.

Whether you prefer to entertain guests outdoors or you simply enjoy spending crisp evenings outside, outdoor fire pits are a stylish way to get that special kind of warmth that everyone can enjoy. The concept of the outdoor fire pit 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.

Along with enhancing outdoor enjoyment, a fire pit addition in most cases is much 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 a fraction of what an outdoor fireplace might cost. Archadeck of Central SC is giving you a peek into two popular types of fire pits and the costs and elements involved in each.

Archadeck of Central SC’s basic fire pits range in cost from about $750 to $1,000. These fire pits are either a kit that is built on site, or what is called “pre cast” fire pits, such as Belgard’s Country Manor fire pit. These fire pits make a beautiful and functional addition to enhance your outdoor living. These fire pits arrive via an all-inclusive kit that includes a metal fire ring, clay fire brick and even the stone dust needed for Archadeck of Central SC to install at your site.

As with every fire pit installation or custom construction, the area chosen for placement of the pit needs to include ample drainage. To ensure proper drainage is achieved, the site is dug out and the center is filled with gravel. 12″ to 18″ is a good height for most fire pits, so the hole will be dug out accordingly to be proportionate in diameter with these measurements. This step also entails adding the first course of fire brick into the ground. Proper fire pit installation requires that the area is lined with fire brick in order to keep the flames off the material chosen for the decorative outer face of the pit. Additional gravel is then added to the interior of the fire pit between the outer “face” and the fire brick within. When using a fire ring in the construction of a pit, we add gravel if the diameter of the ring doesn’t reach. The goal is to keep the fire a safe distance away from your hardscape material used on the exterior of the fire pit. This is for both safety and aesthetic reasons. Exposure to heat and flame can cause your hardscape to degrade over time, and some natural stone, such as river rock, contains moisture and can explode when in contact with heat.

Completed fire pit by Archadeck of Central SC in Columbia SC

Completed fire pit by Archadeck of Central SC in Columbia.

Instead of using a kit, Adding a custom fire pit is another option. Archadeck of Central SC’s custom fire pits range in cost from $2000 to $3000, and can be as fancy or conservative as you desire.  As with any fire pit installation, we always check with local and state fire codes to ensure your fire pit is built in accordance with these codes. Since a fire pit involves fire, rules for placement vary by area with some fire pits requiring a clearing of up to as much as 30 feet from any trees, overhangs and homes. Archadeck of Central SC always obtains all the necessary permits needed for each fire pit we build.

As location and placement are key to gaining the most benefit from your fire pit, we are quick to caution that we do not recommend wood-burning fire pits on a wood or composite deck for obvious safety reasons, as well as the risk of damage and melting from the sparks and heat associated with a wood-burning pit. If you are considering integrating your fire pit into one of these scenarios, it is best to discuss this with your builder as some gas-burning fire pits can be integrated into these settings safely.

We recently completed a beautiful custom fire pit addition here in Columbia, SC. The fire pit was integrated into the homeowner’s existing slate patio. We documented the construction in phases with pictures to outline the progression of the project from beginning to end.

Beginning the process a custom patio in Columbia SC

In order to accommodate the integration, we began by cutting a hole into the slate and digging down to the earth below.

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Once the area is excavated properly and to the correct measurements, a layer of gravel is added to ensure proper drainage of the pit. Fire brick is installed on top of the gravel.

Phases of building custom fire pit in Columbia SC

The interior of the fire pit is constructed using the same fire bricks that were laid into the bottom of the pit in the previous photo. A fire brick, firebrick, or refractory brick is a block of refractory ceramic material used in lining furnaces, kilns, fireboxes, and fire pits. A fire brick is built to withstand high temperatures and usually has a low thermal conductivity. Firebricks will not spall (break apart) under rapid temperature changes.

Central SC custom fire pit details

Notice the gap left between the fire brick layer and the regular brick that will serve as the base to which the stone is applied to the exterior of the fire pit. This gap ensures that the heat and flames will not compromise the decorative stone exterior or the slate edge.

Fire pit construction in Columbia SC

Fire pit prior to adding decorative exterior stone.

Columbia SC custom fire pits

Voila! The stunning finished project. This fire pit is finished using stack stone with a slate edge to match the slate of the existing patio.

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 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 a free consultation (803) 603 – 2160
centralsc@archadeck.net

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.

Archadeck of Central SC explores the top 5 reasons for choosing to build your outdoor structure during the fall and winter months

Composite deck with composite rail and flared stairs.

Fall and winter are the best times to build your outdoor oasis in time for enjoyment this spring!

Here at Archadeck of Central SC homeowners often ask us when is the optimum time to plan on having us build their outdoor structure. While there is never really a wrong time to begin your outdoor living space project, there are advantages to building during the fall and winter months. Join us as we explore the top 5 reasons why fall and winter may be the best time to build your Central SC outdoor structure.

Top 5 reasons to build your Central SC outdoor space this fall or winter

  1. Saluda River deck in Columbia SC

    Fall and winter outdoor projects involve less wait time.

    Avoid playing the waiting game– A prime reason to build your outdoor structure in the fall and winter months is there is less wait time to begin construction. Gaining approval through HOA’s and permitting will take less time.The backlog is also smaller and this makes the wait-time minimal in most cases. Making the decision to build now will ensure being able to enjoy the benefits of your new structure sooner and in plenty of time for warm weather. Keep in mind, when dealing with a quality builder wait times can be longer, especially during the outdoor living season. Deciding on a fall/ winter project can reduce those wait times by half.

  2. An outdoor structure can possibly benefit you at tax time– In some cases building your structure in the later quarters of the year can help you out when it comes tax time. In addition, if you intend to finance your new outdoor structure, the interest rates are still extremely low. The current standing in the economy can mean a lower payment each month on your new structure as well. Lower interest rates can save you a tremendous amount over the long haul.
  3. 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.

    Your wood structure will have time to season properly -Like the many positive attributes that go along with aging of a good bottle of wine, wood also requires a time period to cure. The laws of expansion and contraction all apply when it comes to working with wood. All wood is hygroscopic, meaning that when exposed to air, it will release or pick up moisture until it is level with the humidity and temperature of the air. Humid conditions, such as the summers here in the Columbia area, will cause more rapid expansion and contraction of wood that is not yet sealed for protection against the elements. A structure built from wood needs to cure for a period of time before the sealer will properly adhere to the wood and promote beneficial protection qualities. By choosing to build during the least humid time of year, your wooden structure will have ample time to cure in preparation to accept the sealer you choose.

  4. Get more bang for your buck – Every homeowner wants to be able to furnish their new outdoor space the way they want to. Furnishings and accessories are an important part of creating the “outdoor oasis” feel within your new outdoor space. With the end of peak building season comes deep discounts. Many outdoor and patio furniture retailers slash prices to make room for next year’s inventory. If you are building your outdoor structure in the fall, you will be able to take advantage of these deep discounts, get more for your money and be able to afford higher quality furniture at major reduced prices.
  5. Composite deck and open porch in Kings Grant, Lexington SC is rustic and elegant with plent of room for dining and entertaining

    Beautifully furnished composite deck and open porch in Kings Grant, Lexington, SC is rustic and elegant with plenty of room for dining and entertaining

    Less interruption to your turf and your lifestyle – Choosing to build now will impact your lawn and landscape less than if you chose to build during the spring and summer months. Wet turf damages more easily, as does turf that is under heat stress from temperatures and higher humidity. Building in the fall will ensure you avoid both of these obstacles. It is also important to note that along with perennial grasses, most shrubs and plants are in their dormant stages during the fall and winter. During dormancy, these plantings are less likely to experience damage from having to be trimmed, pruned or altered to accommodate the addition of a backyard space. Also construction during the fall and into the winter will cause less of an interruption in your life since most people use their yards less during these months. This means the noises and materials will be less of an annoyance than they would be when you are using the yard a lot during the spring and summer months. Out of sight means out of mind.

Deck with arched trellis

This deck features an arched trellis and spills into a spacious hardscape space below.

Keep in mind that Archadeck of Central SC can also build your outdoor structure combination in stages. With this in mind, fall and winter is the perfect time to start the first stage of your desired outdoor living project. If you are considering a deck and patio combination for example, you can take advantage of our staged building option and build the deck this winter and then we can add the patio later into the spring. With our staged building program the choice is yours. Contact us today to learn more. Call us 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

You can see more of our outdoor spaces destined to become your favorite gathering spot for friends and family by visiting our deck photo gallery, our 3 and 4 season room photo gallery and our patio and hardscape photo gallery located on our website today!

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.

Keep the home fires burning with an outdoor fireplace by Archadeck of Central SC

Columbia, SC three season room with rustic beadboard ceiling, ample dining and seating areas complete with a cozy outdoor fireplace.

Columbia, SC, three season room with rustic beadboard ceiling, ample dining and seating areas complete with a cozy outdoor fireplace.

The weather has finally turned cooler here in Central SC and that means two things; sweater weather and outdoor fireplace weather! As it turns out, both have a lot in common when it comes to their cozy benefits.  Outdoor fireplaces and fire pits are now considered the “must have” accompaniment to any outdoor living space combination. Outdoor fire features such as fireplaces and fire pits make the perfect partner to a backyard patio or porch, and outdoor fireplaces are often used to add style and ambiance to a screened porch or 4-season room. You may be asking “what is all the hub-bub about ?” If you have ever had the chance to sit in front of an outdoor fireplace on a crisp autumn evening with friends and family–you already know the coziness of its warmth, the crackle of the fire, and the intoxication of watching the flames as they dance– nothing comes close to the experience. As if that isn’t enough. Lets explore the many benefits of outdoor fire features and how their allure is destined to draw you into their magic like a moth to a flame!

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.

  • Extended entertaining options – There is no better way to gather a group of friends and family together than around an outdoor fireplace or fire pit. Outdoor fire features are a great way to extend your party space to the outdoors.  An outdoor fire feature exudes ambiance that makes the addition of one to your backyard worth the investment. Can you imagine star gazing with a loved one or enjoying a glass of wine with friends while sitting around one of nature’s most captivating elements?
  • Smores over fire

    Yummy- don’t you just love fall?

    The yummy factor – An outdoor fire pit or fireplace can provide an opportunity to cook up some delicious snacks. Although not as elaborate as a grill or outdoor kitchen, fire pits and outdoor fireplaces do provide a flame over which you can toast marshmallows, S’mores, hot dogs or even kabobs.

  • Warm and cozy – Obviously, fire pits and fireplaces emit warmth. The benefit to the warmth they produce is that you can extend your spring and outdoor entertaining seasons a bit by staying warm on those chilly evenings. No more retreats to the house when the sun goes down either– pull up a chair or two, kick back and enjoy the feel of the fire. It is sure to enliven your mood!
  • Open Porch Entertainment Area

    This space is the perfect example of an outdoor structure combination where the outdoor fiireplace fits the design perfectly!

    An investment worth investing in – fire pits and fireplaces are a nice addition to your home that can add value if you ever decide to sell it. They are attractive features that can add character and uniqueness and can really help make your home stand apart from others. To gain the most benefit from your fire feature, you want to choose a design that fits in scale with the size of your yard and your home. If there is stone or stucco on your home, you may consider incorporating these to complement the surroundings. You can also bring in architectural elements into the shape of your chimney or mantle. The key to getting the most out of your addition is to have the feature blend and become a natural looking part of your outdoor living area.

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 interested in an intimate area to create ambiance or a focal point to anchor an outdoor room, Archadeck of Central SC has just the outdoor fire feature design to keep the home fires burning–contact us today to learn more about our outdoor fireplace and fire pit designs at (803) 603 – 2160, or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net

Having the luxury of an outdoor living space will add function and ambiance to the time you spend outdoors

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, the perfect spot for enjoying those crisp autumn evenings!

The mild temperatures the arrival of autumn brings to the Columbia, SC, region mean more opportunities for outdoor living. Lower humidity, cooler breezes and a palette of Carolina color emerging in the trees makes residents want to spend the majority of their recreational time outdoors with friends and family. Having the luxury of an outdoor living space to add function and ambiance to the time you spend outdoors can make those special times even more worthwhile. Here in our area there is a host of outdoor activities going on. Archadeck of Central SC gives you a peek into the backyard games that people are playing in your neck of the woods and how our outdoor structures are helping to turn events into memories!

Columbia SC deck and screened porch combination would make the perfect spot to watch and play football this fall.

This Columbia, SC, deck and screened porch combination would make the perfect spot to entertain during the big game.

Game on!

What better way to hearken the arrival of football season than an outdoor room worthy of tailgating from the comfort of your own backyard! Our porch and patio designs can be finished with full function outdoor gourmet kitchens that allow you to prepare, serve and eat all your halftime favorites without having to venture into your home’s interior kitchen. We can even design your outdoor room with space set aside to mount a flat screen TV so you and your “team” will never miss a minute of the action! If you feel inclined to play a little football among family and friends, the backyard is just a few  steps away, so dirt and grime is kept out of the home during all the fun.

Ad deck or patio makes the perfect place to host a backyard oyster roast.

A deck or patio makes the perfect place to host a backyard oyster roast.

Aw, shucks…

I cannot think of a better way to have more fun making a mess than hosting your own backyard oyster roast. Cooler temperatures may mean it is time to break out the sweaters, but they also mean oysters are in season! This is a great time for a cool- weather outdoor party around the fire pit, and it’s always fun to shuck oysters on the back deck. Hosting your oyster roast outdoors means more elbow room for family and friends and easy cleanup at the end of the evening for the host. In a recent post, Archadeck of Central SC outlined how to host an oyster roast from how to set up your grill, to the best place to buy oysters here in the Columbia area.

Screened Porch, Spa and Fire Pit at Dusk

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

Get S’more out of your backyard hardscape
Imagine the crackle of the fire, the conversation, and the camaraderie as you gather around your very own outdoor fireplace or fire pit to spend an evening making s’mores with family and friends. There are many recipes available that feature a modern twist and varied ingredients for this classic recipe, such as Chocolate Chip Cookie S’mores and Black Forest S’mores. I feel the original is still the best: roasting a marshmallow over the fire and nestling it between two graham crackers and a wedge of chocolate! This age-old tradition is a sweet treat that gives us so much more than just a snack. It is an opportunity to spend time with our loved ones making memories that will last a lifetime.

The competitive edge

If you have a large family, like mine, outdoor celebrations often mean breaking out the corn hole boards or horseshoes for a friendly game of skill and fun. Both these outdoor games are very popular in the Columbia region. Corn hole is a lawn game in which players take turns throwing bags of corn at a raised platform with a hole in the far end. The game of horseshoe involves the same concept except you throw a horse shoe with the goal of landing the horse shoe around a set target. Both games are much fun but can get tiresome when the opposing team has nowhere to sit and watch the game as it unfolds. Having the luxury of an outdoor living space such as a deck, patio or porch nearby can make backyard game night a joy for players and spectators alike–it will also give you a place to decisively plan a winning strategy when it is your turn.

Screened in Porches That Blend Right Into Your Home

Archadeck of Central SC specializes in outdoor room additions that blend in seamlessly with your home and landscape.

More home for the holidays

If you count yourself among the many that have a large gathering during the Thanksgiving holidays, often times your home’s interior can become too cramped for comfort. Archadeck of Central SC can help you maximize your comfort during holiday gatherings with the addition of a versatile four-season room or sunroom. These all- season rooms will allow more livable interior and exterior space opportunities. Your holiday guests will have more room to spread out and get comfortable, and you will gain peace of mind. Thanksgiving is right around the corner and now is the time to think about adding an outdoor room in time for the holiday season ahead.

Our goal at Archadeck of Central SC is to add more function, beauty and enjoyment to all the special times you spend with family and friends through our outdoor and indoor structure designs. When it comes to the many ways our living spaces can improve your lifestyle, the world is truly your oyster (no pun intended). Contact Archadeck of Central SC to schedule your free design consultation today (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 of our outdoor spaces destined to become your favorite gathering spot for friends and family by visiting our deck photo gallery, our 3 and 4 season room photo gallery and our patio and hardscape photo gallery located on our website today!