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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.

 

 

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.

Archadeck of Central SC is Proud to Help Americans Celebrate July 4th in Their Own Backyard

Archadeck of Central SC celebrates July 4thOur staff is getting ready to celebrate Independence Day with our families here at Archadeck of Central SC. We hope all our customers are busy planning their outdoor festivities on their backyard decks with barbeques with friends and family. At Archadeck, it’s an honor for us to know that we are an integral part of your summer holiday celebrations. It’s with great pride that we know our design and building expertise leads to your outdoor all-American fun.

We are fortunate to live in a country where freedom and a strong dose of patriotism are plentiful, and we hope you have a great Independence Day enjoying not only your backyard, but also the fun happening around the Columbia, SC, region.  Here are a few events happening in our community for you to check out for family fun:

Happy 4th of July from ArchadeckWe know how to celebrate the Fourth in Columbia, SC, so one day just isn’t enough to pack in all the fun. We start the festivities on July 3rd at historic Fort Jackson with an entire day of festivities. It all begins at 8 AM with a run/walk and a twelve mile bike ride at Hilton Field, plus a whole host of other activities that are family friendly. At 4 PM the kids will have a blast on rides and games; and if great music is a must on your list then enjoy Eric Mayweather and the Finesse Band and Fort Jackson’s 282nd “Rock Band” kicking off the musical entertainment at 6:30 PM. At 9 PM a cannon salute to each state in America and a 30-minute fireworks display cap off the evening.

Also on July 3rd, Saluda Shoals Park will feature the Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra from 6-9 PM. This is an all American outdoor celebration of family fun, so bring a blanket and your lawn chair and enjoy games for the kids, fabulous food, and a rousing dose of patriotic music.

On July 4th from 12 noon-3 PM, you must check out the Patriotic Boat Parade at Lake Murray. Water vessels of all kinds are festooned in patriotic glory with flags waving and people cheering. This year the event hopes to enter the Guinness Book of World Records by hosting over 150 boats. Be sure to be part of this historic moment!

Of course no Independence Day evening is complete without a bold fireworks display, and we sure know how do to it big in Columbia. Beginning at dusk (9PM), we host South Carolina’s largest fireworks display on beautiful Lake Murray from two locations: Spence Island and Dreher Island State Park. Watch fireworks timed to patriotic tunes that truly get your love of America stirring.

If staying at home on July 4th is more your speed, then we know that you’ll likely be enjoying it in your backyard. If you are not exactly happy with your current backyard decking design, do give us a shout so we can help you design an outdoor extension to your home that will add value to the way your family truly lives. We can build a deck and accompanying outdoor structures that fit your lifestyle and your budget.

Archadeck of Central SC outdoor kitchensThere are so many benefits to a beautiful and practical outdoor living space—whether it’s a hard-working entertainment space with a built-in kitchen or fireplace, a place for your family to get healthy fresh air and get closer to nature, or a quiet spot for stress-free relaxation. Most of our customers simply want a great area for dining and hanging out with friends, surrounded by the trees, and we can accommodate that easily with a custom table and built-in seating. If you have a storage issue, we can design a space to stow all your tools and yard gear. Should privacy be of concern to you, we can create a quiet oasis that keeps neighbors away from your serene setting. Don’t be deterred if your yard has a steep grade, we can also help design a deck with landings or stairs that attractively and safely take advantage of a sloping property and makes it more usable. A great pergola or porch is a fantastic way to provide shade on a deck without the use of pesky umbrellas or ugly awnings. There isn’t a problem that we can’t solve with a well-designed deck.

Lake Chapin SC outdoor living environment

Archadeck of Central SC is proud to be part of the Columbia market, and we’ve been thrilled to have had the opportunity to work with our residential customers to help them realize their backyard deck dreams. We are truly grateful to the community for embracing us and relying on our backyard building capability, and for helping us become the top deck builder in Columbia, SC.

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 considering a deck addition for you and your family in the near future, we can provide valuable insight on getting started with a design that meets and exceeds all your expectations of what a custom outdoor space should be. There is no charge for a consultation, so contact us Archadeck of Central SC today at (803) 603-2160, or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net.

Did your outdoor living space seem lacking this Memorial Day?

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

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

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

Deck and screened porch combination in Columbia, SC.

Deck and screened porch combination in Columbia, SC.

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

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

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

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

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Beautiful views and a deck to match in NE Columbia.

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

  • How do you plan to utilize this space for special occasions and/or everyday use?
  • Will you cook, dine, entertain and relax in this area?
  • Are you considering the addition of a water or fire feature?
  • Do you want enclosed areas for protection, wide open spaces or a combination of both?
  • What are your personal tastes and style choices for materials and colors?
Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

Contact Archadeck of Central SC today to set the wheels of outdoor living bliss in motion now, instead of later, you will be happy you did! You can reach us by phone at  (803) 603-2160 or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net.

The best place to enjoy the game is in your Central SC outdoor room!

outdoor-man-cave-by-archadeckThe outdoor living room can be one of the most versatile portions of your home. In our area this can be a screened porch, three or four season room, sunroom or even an open porch (in parts of the region where the weather is milder). The flexibility of this type of space is only limited by your imagination. This wonderful addition to your home can become your quiet place to relax, your additional dining area for family events, a meeting room for extracurricular groups, a play room for smaller children or, with the ongoing AFC/NFC football playoffs leading up to the Super Bowl (and don’t forget those USC Gamecocks!) , this room can be THE MAN CAVE! That’s right; you can custom design this room to be that versatile. With a growing demand for outdoor room additions perfect for everyday use and entertaining, we are also seeing an increase in the popularity of outdoor spaces designed with the sports fan in mind. Archadeck of Central South Carolina can design and build your custom outdoor room complete with wall-mounted flat screen TV, wet bar, kitchen and other custom luxuries fit for a king and his family.

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

This covered patio space features an outdoor kitchen with bar seating along with a wall-mounted TV — GAME ON!

Just imagine it’s time for another of the playoff games…your friends arrive to watch it at your house, because you have the BIG screen TV mounted to the wall of your outdoor living room that has easy access to the deck with your grill/smoker combination and overlooks your spacious backyard.  You’ve all got room to spread out and you’ll never hear “can y’all keep the noise down” or “ don’t put your feet on that”…and not just because the game sounds almost live on your surround sound all nestled into your custom built-in cabinets. The fire-roasted aroma of bratwurst, hamburgers and wings cooking just steps away on the outdoor kitchen’s grill signals it’s getting close to halftime. The guys are getting ready to hit the backyard to toss around the ball and see if you can replicate that unbelievable pass the QB made in the second quarter before. Yes…today this is your domain!!

Columbia, SC three season room with rustic beadboard ceiling, ample dining and seating areas complete with a cozy outdoor fireplace.The beauty of an outdoor room designed with the accoutrements of the best man cave is it can also be used for all of your entertainment and relaxation needs. Custom fitted with various entertainment features, ample amounts of comfortable seating, a wet bar complete with a sink and insulated bin for ice, maybe even a cozy fireplace all nestled in the private comforts of your own backyard, this outdoor room is destined to be the most utilized space of your home. The best part is your entertaining and relaxing dreams can come true just mere feet away from the great outdoors. It doesn’t get any better than this.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

Now quit daydreaming and score one for the home team by contacting Archadeck of Central SC to make the outdoor space or room of your dreams a reality! We can plan, design and build the ultimate outdoor man cave 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.

 

From hosting an oyster roast, to an outdoor dinner toast, autumn is full of outdoor living opportunities!

Outdoor Fire PitCentral South Carolina’s mild climate allows us to enjoy the outdoors well into the late fall and beyond. Warm winter days, and the occasional “Indian Summer,” extend our chances to soak up the sun on the backyard deck, or enjoy brunch on the screened porch. These are the  times we often love the most; out of the ordinary and flowing against the grain of the typical outdoor living season when we are able to toast marshmallows over the outdoor fire pit in January, or enjoy a glass of wine with friends nestled beside the outdoor fireplace in late November! It almost seems unfair to those who live in less friendly climates, doesn’t it?  Thus is the glory of living in the South!

A few ideas to make fall fabulous:

  • archadeck experienceSit down and stay awhile – You can take full advantage of the cooler season by creating a cozy outdoor space where you can relax and take time to experience the aromas, sounds and colors of autumn. A good way to achieve this feeling is to think about seating. For example, consider a patio with a integrated seating or retaining wall which helps define your space and offers casual seating. Ample outdoor furnishings on your porch or deck are also a crowd pleaser. Comfortable seating is always key to enjoyment in your space and means you and your guests will be more likely to linger. Sofas and chairs with removable cushions made of higher-quality outdoor fabric will hold up to the elements and are a worthwhile investment returning years of enjoyment.

Deck revived by Renew Crew of Central SC

  • A grand entrance from the backyard onto this deck and covered porch combo in Governors Grant Lexington SCGo “under cover” – Having at least a portion of your outdoor living space under cover will allow you to get more use out of the space, even on cool, rainy days. Consider adding a pergola or covered porch to your deck or patio. Unlike summer, when the need for covered areas to provide shade is critical, sunny days in autumn are much more welcome.

Deck detail in Governors Grant with separate area for dining.

  • Backyard bliss by the fire pitHost a gourmet gathering under the stars –  Entertaining friends and family, and especially dining, is more fun outdoors. Today’s wide range of outdoor dining amenities make it effortless. Outdoor kitchens are becoming more and more common paired with patios, porches and decks. Outdoor fire features offer a great way to introduce food into your autumn celebration. From roasting marshmallows over the fire pit, to hosting an oyster roast on the patio and enjoying an after dinner toast, autumn is full of outdoor living opportunities!
Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

Just as Carpe diem is a common aphorism meaning “seize the day,” Archadeck of Central SC invites you to seize the enjoyment of the ever-changing seasons by adding a custom outdoor living space to your backyard! Contact us today to get started at (803) 603 – 2160
centralsc@archadeck.net

Football season is here — welcome the ultimate “man cave” to your own backyard!

This open porch and hardscape combination in Columbia also features an outdoor kitchen for added luxury.

This open porch and hardscape combination in Columbia also features an outdoor kitchen for added luxury.

This week marks the end of pre-season and the official debut of the 2014 football season. While many residents are anticipating enjoying the games in typical fashion, on the living room sofa, keep in mind that the setting is sometimes just as important as the presentation… With this in mind, score one for the outdoor “man cave” courtesy of Archadeck of Central SC.

Ahhh, indeed, the “man cave.” The one place within the home that a man can call his own. Until recently, “man caves” were just that, cave-like rooms with little style and only basic indulgences: a room containing a couch, a recliner and a television. Nowadays, in the world of custom building, the man cave has earned a new name and reputation, being referred to as “the gentleman’s parlor,” complete with a wet bar, kitchen and custom luxuries fit for a king. We aim to take this kingdom of masculinity one step further by moving the locale into an outdoor structure. Covered patios, screened porches and outdoor rooms are now being designed with men in mind. No longer will we have to be told to “put a coaster under that; try to keep the noise down; get your feet down.” An outdoor man cave can be designed with all the amenities and accoutrements you will ever want including easy access to tossing around the ol’ pigskin during commercial breaks! I can already smell the combination of leather and testosterone in the air.

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

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

Imagine the scenario as it unfolds …

Your friends have converged at your home to watch the BIG game on your BIG screen that is mounted on the wall of your covered patio that overlooks the pool and backyard. The game is sounding as realistic as though you were on the 40 yard line.

This multi-functional outdoor kitchen features "eat-in" style bar seating

This multi-functional outdoor kitchen features “eat-in” style bar seating.

The tantalizing aroma of ribs smoking on the grill of your outdoor kitchen reminds you that half-time isn’t far off. A few friends brought hot dogs to grill, and you have the buns ready in your bun warmer that is designed especially for that purpose. While you wait for the second quarter to start you pour everyone a cold drink from your stocked outdoor bar, complete with a sink and insulated bin for ice. The best part is right before half-time; you are only steps away from gathering in the yard to throw around the pigskin for a while. Having these luxurious conveniences within your man cave turns an afternoon of football into an entertaining and relaxing dream come true where you are just mere feet away from the great outdoors. It doesn’t get any better than this.

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.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

Now WAKE UP — and contact Archadeck of Central SC to make the dream a reality. We can can plan, design and build the ultimate outdoor man cave 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.

A wonderful outdoor living space is the key to a successful outdoor celebration!

the ultimate outdoor living spaceAs Americans we already realize the role a professionally designed and constructed outdoor living space can play when it comes to hosting an outdoor celebration. With the Fourth of July holiday just a few days away, millions of American will gather to enjoy food, family, fireworks and fun. The abundant thrills of any memorable Independence Day celebration don’t take place within the confines of the home. The best celebrations will take place on the backyard decks, patios and porches of America! According to the Statistic Brain website’s 4th of July stats, the numbers reveal what many Central South Carolina homeowners have planned on the Fourth as part of their outdoor festivities:

  • 41 million Americans will spend the July 4th holiday celebrating at someone else’s home. Which means most will be celebrating in the outdoor space of friends and family!
  • 87% of American households have outdoor grills — the standard among food preparation in households for the 4th.
  • Americans consumer 150 million hotdogs on July 4th each year — wow!
  • There are 700 million pounds of chicken purchased by Americans in the week leading up to July 4th!
  • There are 190 million pounds of red meat / pork purchased by Americans in the week leading up to July 4th!
Rustic inspired outdoor kitchen with stone and granite combination.

Rustic inspired outdoor kitchen with stone and granite combination.

Based on these statistics, it is evident that one of the main ingredients to a successful Independence day celebration is having an ample place to prepare food outdoors, and plenty of space to enjoy dining outdoors as well! Gone are the days of simply relying on the company of a small deck and lone charcoal grill. Today’s outdoor living spaces can provide a wide variety of food preparation areas and outdoor dining spaces to suit any budget and taste! When I was growing up, the term outdoor kitchen (if the term even existed), referred to a barbecue on three legs set up on a drab slab of concrete off the back door which we called a patio.  I can also remember Dad spending more time swearing at the non-functional equipment than actually grilling! Today, a host of innovations exist to make outdoor food preparation a positive experience. These include user-friendly spaces with weatherproof appliances geared to maximize the social space of the smallest and largest of outdoor areas.

Deck with kitchen and pergola and ample pull out room for outdoor furnishings

Go ahead and plan that outdoor celebration or dinner party!

Fresh ideas in outdoor living continue to emerge and are redefining the concept of cooking and dining al fresco. Flow, and the efficient use of indoor/outdoor space are key ingredients in designing a successful outdoor kitchen. For example, if your outdoor area consists of a deck or patio, you want to unify the outdoor kitchen to complement these areas. Whereas an outdoor kitchen built within a covered porch might require more attention to traffic flow to and from the interior of your home, and any additional outdoor living spaces, especially if you entertain often. The sole purpose of an outdoor kitchen is to make the moment effortless, not a chore that requires running back and forth to obtain supplies. If you find yourself making frequent trips to your interior kitchen for ice, or to keep food prepared outdoors warm, maybe your kitchen design should include an ice maker on site and a warming drawer? Making sure the proper amenities are included in your custom outdoor kitchen is where form and function meet.

Upscale outdoor living begins with Archadeck of Central SC.

Upscale outdoor living begins with Archadeck of Central SC.

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 learn more about how an outdoor kitchen would enhance your outdoor living space, contact Archadeck of Central SC today. We are your one-stop shop for all your outdoor living design needs! Call (803) 603-2160 or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net.

Archadeck of Central SC shares some helpful hints on enjoying the freshest catch of the day!

Deck with kitchen and pergola and ample pull out room for outdoor furnishings

The outdoor living season is here, time for fresh seafood on the grill or smoker!

What’s for dinner? Now that summer has arrived, you have probably already fired up the grill, or opened your outdoor kitchen for friends and family. Not only is grilling an essential staple of summertime fun and outdoor living enjoyment, but it can also be quite healthy if done correctly. Grilling meats makes it easier to manage a low-fat diet because grilling results in a reduced fat content compared to some other cooking methods. That’s because fat will drop off as the food cooks. Another benefit of grilling is the shorter cooking time. This helps to retain vitamins, especially when grilling fresh veggies!

This outdoor living space includes a custom outdoor kitchen, perfect for grilling fish!

This outdoor living space includes a custom outdoor kitchen, perfect for grilling fish by the pool!

With an added emphasis on food preparation and dining this season, many homeowners consider seafood one of the best selections for outdoor grilling and smoking. Seafood is a leaner source of protein than other meats Americans typically choose for the backyard barbecue. Much research has been conducted on the health benefits of seafood, particularly fish, in preventing heart disease. The best selections in regard to heart health are fatty fish or “dark fish” like tuna, salmon, swordfish, mackerel or bluefish, which are all high in Omega 3 fatty acids. Of course, when it comes to better taste and optimal health benefits, wild-caught is healthier than farm-raised, and when you think wild-caught — fresher is better — which means local is fresher than wild-fish caught abroad.

Fresh Atlantic seafood selections courtesy of Southern Living

Fresh Atlantic seafood selections courtesy of Southern Living.

Author and essayist Paul Greenberg points out in his new book, American Catch, “A full 91% of seafood Americans eat comes from abroad, even though our local waters often teem with fresh fish and shellfish. This summer, demand local. You may pay a little more, but chances are you’ll be buying better quality seafood and supporting local fishermen.

Here are a few helpful hints courtesy of Southern Living to ensure you and your family enjoy the freshest catch this season:

  • When selecting whole fish – Look for firm flesh that springs back to the touch, bright red gills and clear eyes, telltale signs of freshness for fish like pompano and red snapper. Bonus: Whole fish costs less per pound than filets!
  • Fresh shrimp at the Florence, SC Farmers Market

    Fresh shrimp at the Florence, SC, Farmers Market.

    When selecting fish filets – Filets of white flaky fish such as flounder and denser black grouper should be firm to the touch. Avoid any filets with an oily sheen or excessive “gapping” in the flesh, or any stored in standing water. No bones about it, inspecting your filets carefully before purchasing will ensure against food-borne illness.

  • When Blue Crab is on the menu – Select hard-shell and soft-shell crabs fresh, if possible even alive, and make sure to check they are not foaming at the mouth. Picked crabmeat prices are quite high at the moment and increasing due to labor costs and historically low catches.
  • When selecting shrimp – Keep in mind, most “fresh” shrimp have been flash frozen and defrosted, so buy them frozen if you’re not cooking them immediately, which cuts out one of these steps. For defrosted shrimp, buy in the shell and peel yourself; they should feel firm and look plump. Whether you buy large (26-30 per pound) or mediums (41-50 per pound), make sure they’re shrimp from North Carolina to Texas — when in doubt, just ask.
This covered patio space features an outdoor kitchen with bar seating along with a wall mounted TV

This eat-in style outdoor kitchen includes a sink to keep hands clean!

 

When cooking outdoors, enjoy the moment, but always exercise common-sense practices to avoid contamination. Don’t let food sit out for more than two hours. Preheating your grill for 20 minutes can help kill lingering bacteria. Never use the same plate and utensils for raw meat and cooked meat. It is a good idea to scrape off and clean your grill after each use because bacteria and carcinogenic residue can build up on the grates over time. Finally, don’t forget to always wash your hands thoroughly after handling raw meats!

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 learn more about how an outdoor kitchen or custom food preparation and dining area would enhance your outdoor living space, contact Archadeck of Central SC today. We are your one-stop shop for all your outdoor living design needs! Call (803) 603-2160 or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net.