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Archadeck of Central SC Discusses How a Successful Outdoor Living Combination Space Goes Together Like Peas and Carrots!

Archadeck of Central SC Discusses How a Successful Outdoor Living Combination Space Goes Together Like Peas and Carrots!When it comes to gaining the most benefit out of something, it stands to reason that combining two or more of what you like will bring you the most enjoyment. Examples of the power behind combinations are evident in many everyday things. For instance, just within the food and drink realm many of the combinations we take for granted include the successful pairing of a loaded baked potato as a companion to a steak, wine and cheese, apple pie and vanilla ice cream and even peas and carrots! Respectfully, many of the things we enjoy have a second or third accompaniment to make them even more decadent, so why should our outdoor living spaces be any different?

Archadeck patios and hardscapesCombination projects are a great way to create more space for more versatility and enjoyment, and by combining one or more outdoor structures you can designate different areas within them for different purposes. During the initial consultation with our clients, one of the first questions we ask  is “how do you intend to use the space?” Without getting the answer to this important question, the design won’t be as good as it can be. Though the answer varies with each client, from cooking and entertaining to sunbathing, birdwatching and relaxing, they all address the way a particular client wants to live outdoors. For many of our clients, their outdoor living spaces need to be multifunctional. If this is the case for you, Archadeck of Central SC needs to create a project with a flow that defines separate spaces for different functions.

Recently completed project near Lake Murray, SC.

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

Many of our clients have chosen combination outdoor living spaces, including a deck with a screened porch or pergola, patio with outdoor kitchen, etc. Here are some examples of combination outdoor living space projects taken from our portfolio:

Quadruple the outdoor living pleasure in Wildewood

This combination space in the Wildewood community of East Columbia delivers the whole enchilada of outdoor living enjoyment! The flowing design incorporates a low-maintenance deck, covered porch, stamped concrete patio, outdoor kitchen and a fire pit! The largest benefit of this layout is that each structure within can be enjoyed singularly, but when combined they create a total outdoor living environment.

NE Columbia patio and fire pit

You can also read more about this amazing project in our feature article titled “We are wild about our recent outdoor living combination in Wildewood!”

A grand entrance from the backyard onto this deck and covered porch combo in Governors Grant Lexington SCDeck and Covered Porch Combination in Lexington

Prior to this addition, the only outdoor living space these Lexington 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 screened porch.

Deck detail in Governors Grant with separate area for dining.

NE Columbia deck and sunroom builderSunroom and deck in NE Columbia

By choosing to combine a sunroom and deck, these NE Columbia clients got the best of both worlds, an open-air space perfect for grilling and soaking in the sun and a protected space delivering panoramic views of the outdoors with constant climate control.

Stunning sunroom addition in NE Columbia, SC.

The airy design of the sunroom, which opens out onto the new deck, features an open-end gable abundant with windows, transoms and a vaulted ceiling. The placement of the windows and roof pitch allows for an open and airy atmosphere with more light flowing naturally into the home’s interior.

As you can clearly see from these project images, outdoor living combinations can be used as separate rooms, or vignettes, of beauty and function. Whether it’s a pairing of two or more outdoor structures, our keen eye for design will give you a space that functions as one large, cohesive design.

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, 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.

 

 

We are wild about our recent outdoor living combination in Wildewood!

Covered porch interior detail in Widlewood, East Columbia, SC.It isn’t often that an outdoor living space delivers on all the key elements of what makes outdoor living so enjoyable. Our most recent project in the Wildewood community in East Columbia, SC, contains all the structures homeowners crave when they imagine the outdoor living space of their dreams. Each structure within can be enjoyed singularly, but when combined they create a total outdoor living environment.

As discussed in a previous post — “The outdoor living structure combination is a trend with proven staying power here in Central SC”— 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 zones as opposed to using one singular space to carry out all your desired functions. This Wildewood project is the perfect example of putting this concept into action.

This combination design consists of a low-maintenance deck, covered porch, stamped concrete patio, outdoor kitchen and a fire pit! Let’s explore the dynamics and benefits of each structure and how they work together within the space:

East Columbia SC covered porch builderCovered Porch — Conveniently located just off the rear of the home, and easily accessible to the home’s interior living areas,  lies the covered porch addition. The porch features an open and airy open gable design with a rustic exposed rafter ceiling. The porch floor is a continuation of the beautiful AZEK decking used for the deck and features a parting board for added drama and aesthetics.

 Spacious Deck — Located just off the covered porch is the spacious low-maintenance deck. As mentioned above, the deck features AZEK decking, which is scratch and stain resistant, impervious to insects, mold and mildew and is a breeze to keep clean! Custom built-in  bench seating adds valuable seating space and visual interest and helps define the boundaries of the space.

Combination project in Wildewood subd. East Columbia SC

 Outdoor Kitchen — The outdoor kitchen and grill area sits conveniently at the end of the deck. It includes a grill, food preparation area and workspace with under cabinet storage. The placement of the kitchen makes entertaining a pleasure as it is easily within reach of the deck, porch and patio areas as well as being a stone’s throw away from the interior kitchen door.

East Columbia Sc outdoor living combination space

Patio and Fire Pit — Located just off the deck, the patio is constructed of stamped concrete and features a stone retaining wall. The retaining wall doubles as a cozy seating wall to enjoy the patio’s integrated fire pit. Form and function creatively mingle as the curves of the fire pit are mimicked throughout the entire design, from the curved stone wall bordering the patio to the curved built-in bench on the deck.

Outdoor living combinations such as this project in Wildewood can be used altogether or as separate rooms– each room a vignette of beauty and function. The most wonderful part of our outdoor living combination designs is that two or more outdoor spaces can function as one large design making harmony an important element of the design.

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, three or even four or more outdoor structures, contact Archadeck of Central SC today. You can reach us by phone at (803) 603 – 2160
or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net.

 

 

Your Central SC “dream backyard” is within reach with our phased building program!

Lake Chapin SC outdoor living environmentHow often do you catch yourself thinking…”if I just had an unlimited budget”? This is something we often hear during our initial meeting with homeowners, when we ask what they envision as their ideal outdoor living space. It’s a common misconception that the perfect outdoor living space is beyond affordable. Archadeck of Central South Carolina wants you to know you don’t have to delay creating your ideal backyard retreat any longer. We offer a phased building program that allows you to construct your outdoor living space combination project in phases as your lifestyle and budget permit.

With our phased building program you don't have to have an unlimited budget to get the backyard of your dreams!

With our phased building program you don’t have to have an unlimited budget to get the backyard of your dreams!

Please allow us to explain how our phased building program works…

We start by working directly with you, the client, to put your vision of your ideal backyard retreat on paper as the “master plan” including all structures to be incorporated within the design. With this complete project design in hand, phase I is selected. This typically is the portion of the design closest to the home, maximizing the structural anchoring of this entire space to the residence. A clear “master plan” allows us to work out engineering, designing and building specifics for your complete outdoor space in phases permitting more efficient future additions or amendments. To ensure a unified outdoor environment, the structural integrity, traffic flow and ultimate function of each portion of the structure are priority considerations during each phase of building. Additionally, the advance planning of your backyard design saves time and money as it enables us to work closely with any supplemental contractors you may need for this project (i.e. utility contractors, pool company or landscaper). As the homeowner, having this freedom to build your ideal backyard in stages makes it easier on your budget and lifestyle.

Lakeside outdoor living spaces in Central SCPrior to breaking ground, we will create a detailed project scope  for you, as we do for all of our clients, whether we are building one outdoor structure or a combination outdoor space. This outline of the project’s highlights is especially vital, as it gives you a conceptual idea of your project as a whole and includes a detailed breakdown of the construction stages. We have found this to be the most valuable way to ensure no detail is overlooked. If your intended outdoor space is going to include more than one structure, such as an outdoor living combination of a deck, screened porch and hardscape, for example, then each separate structure will have its own distinct specification and materials list. This is just one of the many ways we are able to deliver the highest quality of service and product to our customers. We set the standards high because we want to make sure our customers are informed in every phase of their project, especially when the project is being built over time.

inside and outPhased building with Archadeck of Central South Carolina allows you to feel like you have a new backyard during each stage of your dream outdoor living space construction. Much like many of our completed phased building projects, there is usually room for additional outdoor living area in the future, such as the integration of a fire pit and seating or a pergola addition to the deck. No matter which structure pairing or combination you choose, once your space is complete you can enjoy all the outdoor living opportunities 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

If you have a vision of your dream backyard but you’re not ready to complete it all at one time, our phased building program is the perfect answer. We can bring the backyard of your dreams to life one beautiful stage at a time. Contact Archadeck of Central South Carolina to learn more about our innovative approach to outdoor structure building. Call us for a free consultation 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

Archadeck of Central SC is making it easier for more Columbia area residents to live their backyard dreams with our staged building program

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.

Just because the 2013 Archadeck Dream Backyard Makeover contest has drawn to a close does not mean you still can’t have the backyard of your dreams! The grand prize winners of the contest were announced on May 17th, and they are to receive a custom outdoor space that incorporates a TimberTech synthetic outdoor space with Belgard hardscapes.  This outdoor living combination is just one example of the many possible outdoor living choices you can dream up as your perfect backyard retreat. If you have been yearning for an outdoor oasis all your own, but taking on an outdoor living space combination is just too much to take on in one endeavor, Archadeck of Central SC can build the outdoor living space you have been wishing for one step at a time. Our Staged (or phased) building program enables you to plan and construct your dream backyard over time.

Our phased building program allows homeowners the freedom to build your ideal backyard in stages making it easier on your budget, and with less of an impact on your lifestyle. Phased building consists of engineering, designing and building your outdoor space in phases so that future additions or amendments can be added easily. This is made possible by building with your future circumstances and the structural integrity of your project in mind.

Elevated screened porch with deck and stairs - Columbia, SC

This backyard dream come true is located in Columbia and consists of an elevated screened porch and deck combination.

We assist you in putting together a master plan to set your backyard dreams into motion.  Archadeck of Central S.C. can assist in planning your ultimate outdoor space ensuring all the structural footwork is in place to facilitate future additions. We can begin with a dominant starting point and can also work  in unison with your pool company, lighting company and your landscaper on the structural components needed to proceed with your grand backyard design.

Our primary goal during our initial consultation is to understand your needs, desires, budget and priorities to come up with a plan custom made for you. For example, if your vision of the ideal backyard consists of a low-maintenance deck and backyard pool with a hardscape patio surround, we would suggest starting the first portion of your master plan closest to the house with the deck. It is always a good idea to begin your master plan working outward from your home. The primary reason for starting closest to your home is to ensure less lifestyle interruption. It also ensures that all primary structures are tied into your home structurally as you build out from the initial phase. There is less room to overcome obstacles that may arise when you begin a job working from the outside back to your home.

Composite deck with spa deck by Archadeck

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

The second portion of this backyard vision would entail working in unison with your pool installer to ensure every detail is accounted for and to facilitate each phase of your project. We also work with your electrician and plumber to get all your lines placed in advance to avoid retrofitting in the future. Laying the foundations for the additional phases of your master plan is an important part of your project. During this portion of construction we would concentrate on adding your backyard pool and the paver patio surround. Since the conduit and lines for the pool are already run under the deck and patio areas, installing the pool will not disturb these completed areas. Voila – your backyard dream has become a reality and, since it was completed in phases, the project was easy on the wallet and was not a major interruption to your lifestyle. Another benefit of staged building is that during each stage as we work toward fulfilling your dream of the perfect outdoor space, many homeowners comment they feel they get a new backyard over and over again.

If you are interested in learning more about our staged building program, and how Archadeck of Central SC can help make your backyard dreams come true don’t hesitate to contact us today. We can begin designing a master plan for your outdoor space that will make you wonder why you hadn’t called us sooner! For a free consultation call (803) 603 – 2160
centralsc@archadeck.net

Mike Reu owner Archadeck of Central SC

Mike Reu owner Archadeck of Central SC

You can gain more inspirational backyard ideas by visiting our decks photo gallery, and our patio and hardscapes photo gallery located on our website