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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.

 

How to add a touch of luxury to your Central SC backyard

Upscale outdoor living begins with Archadeck of Central SC.

Upscale outdoor living begins with Archadeck of Central SC.

Outdoor living is a fast-growing trend in the United States. This trend is now becoming a way of life, as we perceive outdoor living spaces as extensions of our homes rather than an as amenities. Many homeowners are beginning to realize that the primary living areas of their homes don’t have to be indoors. A well-designed outdoor living space can often times be the most utilized area for a family. Furthermore, an attractive outdoor living area that offers luxury is also a great selling point for a home and can significantly raise your home’s value.

Archadeck covered porch perfect for luxury outdoor living

Archadeck covered porch perfect for luxury outdoor living.

According to an article on Realliving, Real Estate.com, the growing popularity of luxury outdoor spaces is best defined by homeowner’s desire to create a place where they feel at home in the great outdoors. “Today’s luxury homeowners expect to have all the amenities of indoor living available on the grounds of their estate as well. Luxury homes are no longer just places to retire and rest. Connecting with the outside world is a rapidly growing trend. Affluent homeowners have spent the last 20 years cocooning inside, say trend spotters, but now they are looking at their outdoor space as a place to decorate and entertain. While there has been a dramatic increase in outdoor entertaining, for affluent homeowners this trend is about much more than decks, barbecues and swimming pools. It’s about seamlessly extending the luxuries they expect inside their homes to their outdoor living spaces as well. Traditional backyards are being transformed into private getaway destinations with all the amenities of home, plus many of the most desirable features of posh, sophisticated resorts and hotels. The design and decorating of outdoor living spaces reflect homeowners’ tastes and sensibilities. Whatever luxurious amenities you can imagine for the inside of your home can now be duplicated for outdoor living.”

Stunning views from the interior of this Lake Murray screened porch

Stunning view from the interior of this Lake Murray screened porch.

Here in the Columbia, SC, area we cater to many homeowners who set out to design their outdoor spaces with luxury in mind: from enhancing waterfront living on Lake Murray and the Saluda River to extending outdoor living enjoyment in the many local golf communities. If upscale outdoor living is the destination you seek, Archadeck of Central SC is the path to reach that destination.

Here are a few ideas for adding luxury to your Central SC backyard:

Outdoor fireplaces and pergola structures are the perfect feature to turn an outdoor space into an upscale outdoor room. Nothing does a better job of defining an outdoor living room than a large structure like a pergola. Here at Archadeck of Central SC we often use pergolas to define space and give an outdoor room a more intimate feeling. Both elements make the area more useable year-round, with the fireplace offering warmth in winter and the pergola offering shade in summer. An innovative idea to add even more refinementto a luxury outdoor space is to opt for a two-sided fireplace, which can be used to create a natural separation for outdoor living and dining areas.

Archadeck patios and hardscapes

Archadeck patio and hardscape with outdoor kitchen.

One of the most common upscale outdoor living items, outdoor kitchens are becoming increasingly popular. The layout of an outdoor kitchen depends on your style of cooking from grills (gas or charcoal) to rotisseries and smokers. Today’s outdoor kitchens are now built with a variety of features like side burners, warming drawers, refrigerators, beer taps and beverage/cocktail centers designed for entertaining. Some outdoor kitchens are even being designed with surround sound and drop-down plasma TV screens for luxury outdoor living at its best.

Creating separate outdoor living zones for activity and relaxation is an important overall design trend in luxury outdoor living. Affluent homeowners want their outdoor living spaces to provide multiple environments for all the activities they enjoy outdoors. They want cooking and dining areas that can host elegant dinner parties as well as family gatherings where marshmallows for s’mores can be roasted over open flames in their custom fire feature.

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.

In addition to offering comfort and amenities, today’s upscale outdoor living spaces are increasingly being designed using top-grade materials in unexpected ways to provide a sense of unity with the natural environment. Natural materials such as stone and hardwoods are being incorporated into floors and countertops and everything in-between.

We realize your outdoor space is where you and your family go to relax and entertain. Archadeck of Central SC delivers uncompromising attention to detail with a high level of quality and craftsmanship. We use the best materials in the industry as well as expert, proven carpenters and skilled tradesmen whose work we know and trust.

We take care of it all, from permitting and surveys to final completion and clean up. Our stress-free process is designed specifically for homeowners. You can relax in knowing your family will have an enjoyable design and build experience, and more importantly, will enjoy your new custom outdoor living space for many years to come!

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

To learn more about adding a touch of luxury to your outdoor lifestyle, call Archadeck of Central SC 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 lovely designs.

Getting down to the business of creating the perfect outdoor kitchen

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

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

The popularity of the outdoor kitchen continues to gain momentum all across the country. Here in the Columbia, SC, area, more and more homeowners are adding the outdoor kitchen to the top of their “must have” list for their own backyards. One of the key reasons for the growing popularity of the outdoor kitchen is because, just like the indoor kitchen remains the heart of the home, the outdoor kitchen can be the heart of the outdoor living space. Food preparation and dining bring loved ones closer together, stimulate conversation and urge you to linger longer in any setting.

This open porch and patio combination mixes the rustic tones of wood and stone together and soothes all the senses through texture and tone.

This open porch and patio combination includes an integrated outdoor kitchen. This combination mixes the rustic tones of wood and stone and soothes the senses through texture and tone.

Outdoor cooking has come a long way in just a few short years. For many homeowners, it has become an art. What was once just a grill on the deck or patio is a now a fully-functional outdoor food preparation and cooking space with grills, sinks, stovetops, refrigerators and all the culinary bells and whistles that would make Julia Child blush. Outdoor kitchens can be custom designed to fit your cooking needs, your outdoor living space and your budget.

Rustic inspired outdoor kitchen with stone and granite combination.

Rustic-inspired outdoor kitchen with stone and granite combination.

There are so many options with outdoor kitchens these days. These options include not only amenities but also design materials and other key choices. Here is some of what we’re seeing and using:

We are using a mixed media of high-quality, attractive materials within our outdoor kitchens. In terms of counter surfaces, tile is still a favorite, with granite and natural stone not far behind. In many cases our customers like to mix things up a bit in their outdoor kitchens by using a mix of granite and stone and finishing it off with a countertop of tile or natural stone.

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

Deck with outdoor kitchen and pergola.

In addition to a wealth of various materials, outdoor kitchens are being designed to include the amenities that many homeowners are looking for. The gourmet chef in you will be overcome with inspiration if you add a grill sink, cooktop and the ever-popular Big Green Egg smoker. Other outdoor kitchen options include built-in trash cans and compactors, refrigerators, ice machines, dishwashers and even warming drawers to ensure those hot dogs buns stay warm and toasty. Of course, ceiling fans, lighting, sound systems and televisions are becoming commonplace in the outdoor kitchen.

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

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

In terms of location, an outdoor kitchen can be attached to your home or detached and placed in another prime outdoor living spot on your property. A poolside cabana or detached patio makes the perfect place for an outdoor kitchen. Many of our outdoor kitchen designs are covered by a roof or pergola. Our pergolas can be constructed in a way that offers a great deal of shade. This is possible by spacing the purlins that span the top of the pergola closer together to block out sunlight. We can design a serving and bar area outdoors similar to that of an interior “eat in” kitchen  to cut down on the amount of seating needed in your space. This leaves more room for other furnishings and promotes a better traffic flow.

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 is your one stop for hardscapes in addition to our diverse menu of outdoor living structures

Elegant deck, pergola and patio by Archadeck

Is an elegant deck, pergola and patio outdoor living combination your ideal of a dream backyard? If so, we can make it a reality.

Within the genre of outdoor structures the term hardscape requires some elaboration. Hardscapes include patios, retaining walls, planters, outdoor fire features and any structures created from concrete, stone (synthetic or natural), brick or pavers.

Garden at Bilmore House

A peek at one of the gorgeous gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmsted at the Biltmore House Estate.

In the beginning… The origin of hardscapes takes us all the way back to 1873, when Frederick Law Olmsted, the landscape designer many consider to be the Father of American landscape architecture, was commissioned to design the grounds of the US Capitol building. Much of this commission consisted of architectural elements to enhance the natural setting around the Capitol. These included lampposts, fountains, seating walls and paths. Olmsted also played a role in the creation of much of the landscape for the well-known Biltmore House and Gardens in Asheville, NC. Modern-day landscape architects coined the phrase “hardscape” about 100 years later as a way to distinguish these elements from the natural and botanical components of Olmsted’s work. Once only used among landscapers, the term “hardscape” is now widely used throughout the world of outdoor design and among the general population.

Benefits of using a hardscape… Hardscape structures, like patio spaces,  continue to increase in popularity because they are low-maintenance and add value and durability to your outdoor space. There is a wide selection of structures you can build to enhance either a void space or an existing outdoor living space. A hardscape will enhance your outdoor living space and will pay for itself in the long run. By adding a hardscape feature such as a patio or outdoor fire feature to your outdoor living area you can add depth, texture and rustic appeal. This is accomplished by mingling the natural elements hardscapes provide which create a tactile feature that you can see and feel. Take a look at just a few of the patio and outdoor living space combinations possible in this video created by Archadeck of Central SC

Combining structures that work in unison will give you the freedom to designate a separate function for each space. A hardscape patio is considered part of your landscape, whereas decks and porches are generally connected in some way to your existing home. A patio is the perfect structure to flow from a deck, porch or 3-season room and adds functional outdoor living space. Patios are also considered low-maintenance, which is an often overlooked benefit of owning a hardscape. Patios are easy to maintain and keep clean. If something happens to one paver, it can be removed and replaced without disrupting the structure around it.

rounded planter area to the rounded deck and stunning patio.

This space includes a low-maintenance deck, patio and rounded planter. A perfect example of the way hardscapes can enhance a deck or porch.

Hardscape and patio additions go together beautifully with decks, porches, three and four-season rooms and even sunroom additions. No matter which type of outdoor living space you have in mind, a hardscape will add a layer of function, beauty and style.

Contact Archadeck of Central SC to learn more about hardscape patios and versatile outdoor living combination designs. We are your one-stop shop for all your outdoor living design needs! (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

Please visit our patio and hardscapes photo gallery located on our website for more inspiring ideas.

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!