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At Archadeck, we specialize in creating “outdoor environments” that exceed your expectations.

Process plays a key role in the success of your outdoor living project.

Welcome autumn with a relaxing outdoor living environment customized to fit your needs!

The arrival and departure of Labor Day marks the end of summer. This time of year is often bittersweet as the kids are back to their school routines, football season is underway, and fall is beginning to make its debut. However, just because summer is over doesn’t mean the outdoor living season has ended. There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the changing season ahead within your own custom outdoor living space!

Keep in mind that not all outdoor structures are created equal. Just because you have an outdoor structure doesn’t mean you have an outdoor living space. Here at Archadeck of Central SC, we specialize in creating “outdoor environments” that exceed your expectations of enjoying the outdoors. An outdoor living space is place where you, your family and friends go to spend quality time, a place to relax, a place where you can enjoy nature and a place where you can truly be yourself.

The attributes that define the differences between  an outdoor structure and an outdoor living space are expertly outlined in a recent post from Archadeck Outdoor Living. As this article points out, in order for a structure to qualify as a living space it must be designed to cater to at least one, or more, of the following :

  • Deck detail in Governors Grant with separate area for dining.

    Deck detail in Governors Grant with separate area for dining.

    Function – Much like the worth that is poured into the design of interior living spaces, outdoor living spaces need to be designed with function and purpose in mind. Homeowners are all different and want to use their outdoor spaces for different purposes. What is an ideal living space for you can be quite different from that of your neighbor. Maybe you want a space where you can prepare food and dine outdoors, or a place to relax and read on Sunday afternoons? We can take the variables that you want for your space and translate these into a design, or combination, that will serve the ideal purpose for you and your family.

  • NE Columbia deck and sunroom builder

    Exterior view of deck and sunroom. Notice how the patio and deck flow effortlessly into the sunroom.

    Ease of Design – Once the function of your outdoor living space has been determined, it is time to concentrate on the ease of your design. When the perfect outdoor space is created, it will invite the owners, friends and family outside. A great design will create a nice flow and define all the areas of your structure.

  • Furnishings and Accoutrements –  This attribute seems simple, but you would be surprised at how integrating the right furnishings and accessories can increase your enjoyment of your outdoor space. Without furniture, all a deck, patio or porch would be is a blank space.  Keep in mind, people will only go out and stand in an empty space for so long before looking for a place to sit — it’s human nature, and you want to facilitate their desire to relax while in the space. The furniture you choose should always reflect the function and design of your outdoor space.
Archadeck of Central SC custom fire pit on slate patio

The right furnishings are an important part of enjoying the time spent within your space.

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. You can relax in knowing your family will have an enjoyable design and build experience, , more important, 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 enhancing 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 to see our custom structures, or visit our stunning galleries on Houzz.

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This head-turning custom outdoor space added “backyard” appeal to this home in Lexington, SC.

A grand entrance from the backyard onto this deck and covered porch combo in Governors Grant Lexington SC

A grand entrance from the backyard onto this deck and covered porch combo in Governors Grant located in Lexington, SC.

Our focus story this week takes us to the Governors Grant community located in beautiful Lexington, SC. When these homeowners contacted Archadeck of Central SC to inquire about  increasing their outdoor entertaining space, what they got was  much more than a lifestyle enhancement.

Custom deck and porch combination in Lexington.

Custom deck and porch combination in Lexington.

Prior to the addition, the only outdoor living space the homeowners had was a screened porch. Our outdoor living combination design took this backyard to a whole new level. In addition to the spacious and relaxing deck and covered porch addition, we also replaced the home’s existing rear bay window with convenient Pella doors. This made accessing the new outdoor area a breeze and unified the traffic flow of the new space with that of the screen porch.

Bold colors and elegant details set this outdoor space apart Lexington SC

Bold colors and elegant details set this outdoor space apart.

Deck detail in Governors Grant with separate area for dining.

Deck detail in Governors Grant with separate area for dining.

I recently had the opportunity to speak with the homeowners in regard to the outdoor oasis we built for them. It turns out, the homeowners recently sold their home. During our conversation, the homeowner pointed out “we enjoyed the deck and porch immensely during our time in the home.” He also indicated that the outdoor living space was one of the biggest selling points for the home. Their home sold in two days, during which time they were able to entertain multiple offers. They are glad they moved forward with the decision to make the investment in an outdoor living space.

“The project was built well. Archadeck of Central SC did a great job structurally.”
– B. May of Lexington, SC

Lexington SC deck and porch combinationsThe homeowners’ flair for design also shone through in this project; the black and white details add to the elegance of the entire space. Adorned with majestic columns and a sweeping staircase, this deck and porch combination makes a bold statement adding to the beauty of this already stunning home!

We want to wish the homeowners all the best in their new home and are humbled and proud to have been a part of enhancing their outdoor lifestyle for the better!

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

Choosing the best fit for your home’s lifestyle needs is important. Archadeck of Central SC is the premier outdoor structure builder serving Lexington, Columbia, SC, and the surrounding area. We can help you choose the perfect outdoor structure for you with our expert design team and experience in building. Contact us to learn more by calling (803) 603–2160 or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net

 

Archadeck of Central SC explains the benefits of using a four-track window system for your outdoor room

Interior view of 3 season room in Columbia SC

Interior view of 3-season room in Columbia, SC.

Over the last several years Archadeck of Central SC has watched the popularity of the  outdoor room grow. The differences between a screened porch and a three or four season room are fading with a wider range of products that promise both in one space. One of the most versatile and most asked about of these products is a four-track window system.

This image shows the versatility of the Weather Lite Collection vinyl window system.

This image shows the versatility of the Weather Lite Collection vinyl window system. Photo courtesy of Custom Windows & Doors.

Four-track window systems come under many brand names. Here at Archadeck of Central SC we use the Weather Lite Collection by Custom Windows and Doors. These window systems are commonly referred to as “porch enclosure systems”  and are used to transform screened porches, patios and even garages into outdoor oases. This versatile enclosure system features vents that slide either vertically or horizontally to fit your needs. Fixed vents are also available to accommodate spaces above your vertical- or horizontal-sliding vents, allowing for incredible floor-to-ceiling views. Not to mention these systems help keep pollen, insects, rain and dust out of your space!

Exterior of low maintenance vinyl three season room in Columbia SC

Exterior of low maintenance vinyl three season room in Columbia, SC.

This four-track system enables you to turn your screened porch into a 3 or 4-season room so you can enjoy the area for longer periods throughout the year. This system works by allowing you to control the amount of screen you leave exposed from 3/4 open to closing the panels completely creating a room with the “feel” of a sunroom without the extra installations required of a sunroom. With an enclosure system such as this paired with a space heater and/or air conditioner you can enjoy the benefits of the space here in South Carolina all year!

These four-track window systems are constructed from a strong transparent vinyl. The 15-mil vinyl glazing is as transparent as glass without the weight and not nearly as expensive. Unlike glass, the vinyl is not susceptible to cracking or breaking. But if it is accidentally hit or stretched the vinyl simply returns to its original shape within minutes.

Elevated Screen Porch

Screened porch with vinyl inserts.

Archadeck of Central SC offers four-track enclosure systems on many of our screened porch additions. Choosing a four-track screened porch enclosure makes it possible to keep the screens and maintain the comfort. The 4-track system allows you to open up to 75% of the window area for added ventilation.

When considering an outdoor room addition, choosing the best fit for your home’s architecture, your desired function and your budget is important. Archadeck of Central SC is the premier outdoor structure builder serving Columbia, SC, and the surrounding area. We can help you choose the perfect outdoor room addition for you with our expert design team and experience in building. Contact us to learn more by calling (803) 603 – 2160 or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

See more of our stunning and versatile outdoor room additions by visiting our 3 and 4-season room photo gallery, our screened porch gallery and our sunroom gallery located on our website.

Extend your outdoor and indoor living enjoyment with an outdoor room addition from Archadeck of Central SC — just in time to start planning for the New Year!

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.

Now is the time of year when many homeowners begin to analyze their interior and exterior living space needs. The holidays can bring joy and happiness as beloved friends and family come to call, but it can also bring you to the realization that you need more space! Instead of considering an interior home addition, why not consider an outdoor room addition? Archadeck of Central SC has many outdoor room options to suit your needs and budget.

Outdoor rooms can provide various levels of comfort while still allowing you to enjoy the beauty and splendor of the outdoors, even during the ever-changing seasons of fall & winter. With the impending arrival of the holidays and the flurry of family and friends coming to call, wouldn’t it be nice to have additional outdoor and indoor living space? We know how “cramped” conditions can get as loved ones converge in your home. Having additional functional room for dining, relaxing or even extended holiday decorating can put your mind, and your patience, at ease. Let us help you by exploring the various outdoor room addition options…

Stunning views from the interior of this Lake Murray screened porch

Stunning views from the interior of this Lake Murray screened porch can be enjoyed year-round.

Screened porches, are in essence, a covered porch that has screened openings instead of windows. The screen serves as a barrier from bothersome insects and will reduce the effects of inclement weather. Having a screen porch will give you the opportunity to have an “outdoor” room with reduced exposure to the harsh elements. Since screened porches are shade structures because they are built under the cover of a roof, they also offer superior protection from the sun and heat on those humid South Carolina summer days. Screened porches can be designed to contain many amenities much like an interior room. Ceiling fans, recessed lighting, and even a place to mount your outdoor TV have become common among homeowners building a screen porch. You can even upgrade your screen porch by adding more luxurious amenities such as an outdoor fireplace and adding sliding window conversions such as an Eze Breeze sliding panel system. These panels enable you to turn your screened porch into a 3 -season room to better utilize the area for more time throughout the year. Eze Breeze works by allowing you to control the amount of screen you leave exposed, from half screen and half sliding panel, to closing the panels completely and creating a room with the “feel” of a sunroom without the extra installations required to have a sunroom. With an enclosure system such as this paired with a space heater and/ or air conditioner you can enjoy the benefits of the space here in South Carolina all year.

This vinyl four-track aluminum three season room with brick exterior blends seamlessly with home in Columbia. SC

This vinyl four-track aluminum three season room with brick exterior blends seamlessly with home in Columbia, SC.

Archadeck of Central SC also offers four-track enclosure systems on many of our screened porch additions. Choosing a four-track screened porch enclosure makes it possible to keep the screens and maintain the comfort. The 4-track system allows you to open up to 75% of the window area for added ventilation and to indulge in better backyard views. This system also enables homeowners to get more use out of their screened porch for longer intervals through the changing seasons.

Hopkins, SC sunroom interior

Interior view of sunroom addition in Hopkins, SC. Can you imagine the possibilities in this space?

A sunroom or 4-season room is a room that functions as an interior room but allows you to take in the vistas of the outdoors year-round. You can enjoy a cup of cocoa from a warm and cozy nook inside you sunroom and watch the snow fall in the winter undaunted by the chill of Mother nature. A sunroom, in essence, is an interior room with many windows. Sunrooms are more complicated because they require the same construction fundamentals that an interior addition requires, such as HVAC systems , meaning they have to be insulated, heated and cooled. Choosing a sunroom does however open up a greater realm of interior finishing choices that you cannot get with other outdoor living structures. The materials include ceramic tile, hardwoods, wooden detailing and moldings, and more. Since the use of sheetrock comes into play with a sunroom, you can use paint, faux finishes, wainscoting, and even wallpaper to show off your personal style. The possibilities are endless. A sunroom will often have dual entry from the interior of your home as well as the exterior via deck, patio or porch to offer you the ultimate in convenience for indoor/outdoor entertaining, and indoor to outdoor transition

Sunroom and deck combination outdoor living in Irmo SC by Archadeck of Central SC

Sunroom and deck combination outdoor living in Irmo, by Archadeck of Central SC.

Choosing the best fit for your home’s architecture, your desired function and your budget is important. Archadeck of Central SC is the premier outdoor structure builder serving Columbia, SC, and the surrounding area. We can help you choose the perfect outdoor structure for you with our expert design team and experience in building. Contact us to learn more by calling (803) 603 – 2160 or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

See more of our stunning and versatile outdoor room additions by visiting our 3 and 4-season room photo gallery, our screened porch gallery and our sunroom 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

Archadeck of Central SC has just the thing to help you recover from the Labor Day outdoor living blues

Archadeck covered porch outdoor living

Imagine having a covered porch much like this one to host your own outdoor celebration.

Labor Day weekend is one of the most popular backyard holidays conducive to outdoor living and recreation. Homeowners all over Columbia, SC, bid farewell to the summer of 2013 by hosting their own Labor Day festivities including backyard barbecues and outdoor parties for family and friends. Most of these parties took place on decks, patios and  porches of residents all over Central SC.

Your very own backyard deck by Archadeck of Central SC

Imagine your next family barbecue on your very own backyard deck by Archadeck of Central SC.

Having your own outdoor living space, whether it is a deck, patio, porch or a combination outdoor living space is part of what makes a house into a home. Outdoor living with family and friends is a way to catch up and be involved in the lives of the ones you love. Outdoor family time ensures quality time is well-spent with an abundant amount of fresh air and sunshine to make the moment more special. Being outdoors together is a facet of making memories with loved ones, especially here in the South. Not having an appropriate outdoor living space to make get-togethers more convenient and more enjoyable is a shame.

Large deck with with white vinyl pergola

A spacious deck with all the trimmings will enhance your home and your lifestyle!

Archadeck of Central SC has just the remedy to cure your outdoor living dilemma– a custom designed and built outdoor structure! We offer a wide range of designs to suit any taste or budget and deliver an abundance of function. An outdoor space addition will not only extend your outdoor living enjoyment, it will also add curb appeal and value to your home. Part of living the American dream includes the right outdoor space to enhance your home and the time you and your family spend together.

Backyard bliss by the fire pit

Backyard bliss can be enhanced with a custom fire pit or outdoor fireplace.

I cannot think of a better time than the arrival of autumn to enjoy an oudoor living space. Hardscape patios, outdoor fireplaces and even fire pits are perfect additions to enliven your landscape and lifestyle year-round, and can become a focal point of outdoor entertaining during the fall. An outdoor fireplace or fire pit addition  will not only add ambiance to an outdoor living space, they also produce some amount of heat which is welcomed on those chilly autumn evenings. The unforgettable crackle of fire mingled with the crackle of autumn leaves and the company of family and friends is timeless.

Composite deck with spa deck by Archadeck

Try this composite deck and luscious spa deck on for size in your backyard.

Since beginning Archadeck of Central SC ten years ago, we have become the area’s premiere builder for decks, sunrooms and porches in the region. Our three-generation, family-owned company has created more than 400 outdoor living projects enabling our customers to take advantage of the natural beauty of the Central SC region and the mild climate we are fortunate enough to have almost year-round.

Our outdoor spaces are designed with a keen eye for the holistic way homeowners now view their backyards with the goal of creating an outdoor escape. We bring a modern approach to outdoor structures steeped in the quality craftsmanship of a by-gone era. We specialize in creating unforgettable outdoor structures with attention to the smallest details and quality you can see and feel! Don’t let another outdoor opportunity pass you by. There are still many opportunities to take advantage of an outdoor living structure addition this season. Don’t put your dreams on hold any longer.

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 to learn more about our family-oriented outdoor spaces. Call us today to schedule a free design consultation (803) 603 – 2160
centralsc@archadeck.net

Archadeck design guideYou can also download a free Archadeck Outdoor Living Design Guide that will help determine which stucture best suits your outdoor living needs by visiting http://www.archadeck.com/guide/index.html

The outdoor living structure combination is a trend with proven staying power here in Central SC

Open Porch Entertainment Area

This space is the perfect example of an outdoor structure combination at its best. The design includes a deck, pergola, hardscape patio and outdoor fireplace.

Being in the business of outdoor living design, Archadeck of Central SC keeps a close eye on which types of structures homeowners are asking for. Keeping up with outdoor living space design trends is an important way of being able to better facilitate the needs of our customers. As many design trends will fade from the spotlight over time, one trend that has proven longevity and is here to stay is the outdoor living combination space.

The draw towards outdoor living space combinations persists because they are multifunctional and versatile. Combining different structures is a clear way to define separate areas within an outdoor living area as opposed to using one singular space to carry out all your desired functions. For example, a backyard deck can easily be built to provide ample space for dining and seating, but imagine the endless outdoor living possibilities if that same deck included a pergola and a space designated for grilling, or even an outdoor kitchen. Outdoor living combinations can be used as separate rooms, or vignettes, of beauty and function. The most wonderful part of our outdoor living combination designs is that a trio of outdoor spaces can function as one large design. We make harmony an important element of our designs.

Here is a look into just a few of the outdoor living combinations you could choose from for your backyard…

Deck with arched trellis

This deck features an arched trellis and spills into a spacious hardscape space below. Just off the 2nd story deck there is also a screened porch to enhance the space for extended periods throughout the year.

Along with adding function to your backyard, an outdoor living combination can also allow you to enjoy facets of your space even when the weather isn’t so favorable. By combining a deck with a screened porch or 4-season room, you will be able to enjoy the ambiance of your backyard for extended periods of time throughout the year. A deck that is warmed by the autumn sun by day may turn chilly once the sun goes down. By adding a four-season room to your outdoor living space, you can transition your entertaining or special time into a more suitable space and still take advantage of the outdoors.

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 interested in learning more about creating a multi-purpose outdoor living oasis in your own backyard through the combination of two, or maybe even three outdoor structures, contact Archadeck of Central SC today. Our consultation is free, but the design we can create to enhance your backyard is priceless (803) 603 – 2160
centralsc@archadeck.net