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Is A Columbia Custom Patio Or Hardscape Outdoor Living Space The Right Fit For You?

You probably already know Archadeck of Central SC as the Columbia area’s source for decks, porches and sunrooms. However, did you know we design and build custom patios and hardscape outdoor living spaces, too? That’s right!

Lake Murray patio, retaining wall and custom fire pit

Lake Murray patio, retaining wall and custom fire pit.

A custom patio or hardscape space can easily turn an empty backyard into an elaborately-decorated outdoor feature. The perfect spot to relax, entertain and cook. Patios are making a comeback at all stages of the market as one of the most-desired design options for backyards all over the map. Currently, we have several hardscape outdoor living combination projects underway and throughout our project portfolio. Many of these include both horizontal and vertical hardscape elements, as well as amenities such as outdoor kitchens, pergolas and more. With the popularity of pavers, stone and stain & stamp patios on the rise in the Columbia area, we thought it only fitting to discuss this outdoor living option.

Central SC patios

Columbia stain & stamp patio under construction.

Hardscape options galore — we offer a wide selection of hardscape materials giving you an almost endless choice in patio design options. Your patio can be built with pavers, natural stone like flagstone or travertine and even ceramic tile. Stain and stamp concrete is another option that gives you the look of stone or pavers at a fraction of the cost. Our portfolio includes a variety of hardscape shapes, colors and styles to achieve your desired look and to fit any budget.

Patios deliver high aesthetic with low maintenance — Our patios are professionally designed and installed using only the best hardscape materials. This ensures a hardscape with longevity that is also a breeze to maintain. A patio requires very little attention from the homeowner and doesn’t require annual resealing like a wooden deck.

Columbia SC Porch Builder

Covered patio project in Sumter, SC.

Patios provide a high return on investment —  patios that are professionally designed and installed will yield a 30-60% return on investment if you ever decide to sell your Columbia-area home. In the long run, that same patio addition will enhance the functionality of your outdoor living area and become a beloved backyard destination — benefits you cannot put a price on.

Sumter SC Outdoor Kitchen Builder

Custom outdoor kitchen within Sumter, SC, covered patio.

Patios work well in unison with other outdoor structures — Patios serve well when used in conjunction with other outdoor structures such as a deck, porch or outdoor room. This is what we refer to as an outdoor living environment. For many of our clients, an outdoor living space needs to be multifunctional. If that’s the case, our designers will create a space that flows yet defines separate spaces for different purposes.

Columbia Patio and Fire Pit Builder

We have tremendous experience in designing and building all types of outdoor structures. If you are thinking of a patio or hardscape addition for your home call us today at  (803) 603 – 2160, or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

 

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Archadeck of Central SC Ensures Your Outdoor Living Project is Built Right From the Start

Our attention to detail is impeccable!Have you been left high and dry by a builder who offered you a very good deal on a new deck and then did not complete the project? Perhaps you know someone who has had this experience. When choosing a builder it is always wise to explore your options and research a prospective builder by looking at their reviews and looking at their portfolio of completed projects. It is also wise to be cautious of the builder that quickly brings the lowest price to the table and is ready to begin your project on a moment’s notice.

Columbia SC Deck BuilderKeep in mind that seasoned and reputable builders know what it takes structurally to ensure your safety and satisfaction. Securing proper permits and obtaining quality materials to complete the project takes a little time. Be very wary of builders who claim they can start on a dime because chances are they aren’t obtaining the necessary permits to build your structure. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and a professionally designed and built outdoor living structure won’t be either. If a builder is ready to break ground immediately, chances are likely their services are not in high demand. This can be a direct reflection of their business practices and quality of work.

During our 13+ years of service, Archadeck of Central SC has rebuilt many projects where the homeowner hastily hired a builder, sometimes a relative or friend,  just to get the project completed quickly. Not only were many of these structures dangerous, they usually resulted in the homeowner spending more to make it right than they would had they hired us initially.

Have you checked your prospective builder’s credentials?  Does the builder have a license and insurance? Is your structure warrantied? These questions may seem trivial but are crucial if something goes wrong and the builder, or crew, is injured or has an accident while working on your property. A warranty is also crucial in protecting your investment. Keep in mind, all of these safeguards are set in place to protect you and the builder.

When you choose Archadeck of Central SC to build your outdoor living structure(s), you will be protected by two separate guarantees constituting the most expansive customer protection plan in the industry. Local oversight assures your property and privacy are respected as well. We attend to every detail required to complete your project with the highest quality control standards. These details include everything from securing any needed building permits all the way to final cleanup after we complete your project. We work very hard to be as unobtrusive as possible during the entire construction phase.

Columbia SC Deck BuilderArchadeck of Central SC strives to provide you with an outdoor living space that encompasses everything you want in your particular design, now, and with future additions in mind. We help fulfill your wishes the first time around with no surprises, no catches all while standing behind every structure we build. We realize your anticipated outdoor structure is part of your home. It is vital to ensure your addition adds value to your property. Anything less could degrade property values and leave you holding the bag.

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 today for a free design consultation at (803) 603-2160 or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

When it comes to choosing the right builder for your outdoor living project— quality is worth the wait

Archadeck of Central SC Screened Porch AdditionOnce you have made the decision to move ahead with your outdoor living structure addition, it is only natural to want it completed quickly, even if you finalized the design and signed the contract today. Anticipation and patience aren’t generally the closest of friends. However, it is important to remember that quality craftsmanship takes time. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and a professionally-designed and built outdoor living structure won’t be either. The important thing  to realize is that if a builder is ready to break ground immediately on your project, especially during the outdoor living season, chances are their services are not in high demand, or they aren’t intent on building your structure with quality and longevity in mind.

Deck BlueprintsHow our scheduling works:

When our client signs a contract,  the project start date is established according to the current backlog we have on schedule at the time. During the fall and winter months, backlogs and lead times are usually less, but during the outdoor living season, when the weather is warmer, project beginning dates are usually substantially farther out. Our timelines are also influenced by forces beyond our control such as permitting, inspections and in some cases inclement weather. Depending on what county or town you reside in, permitting may require a “walk-thru” permitting process, or may require a “drop-off” application. Drop-off permit applications are granted in the order they are received and could take up to three weeks during the busy season. The turnaround time for permitting could add wait time to your project, but permits are a necessary element in the building process.

AZEK deck in NE Columbia, SC.

Beautiful view and a deck to match in NE Columbia.

Making changes to your project once it has begun can often extend completion dates, especially in circumstances where additional permitting and inspections are necessary. Keep in mind, there are many influences that can affect your project timeline and scheduling. These include but are not limited to:

  • Does there need to be HOA approval? If so does your HOA meet quarterly or monthly?
  • Which county or town are you located in?
  • Is a variance needed?
  • Are the materials you have chosen for your particular design stocked locally or special order?
  • How many different trades are involved (plumbing, electrical, masons, HVAC or only carpentry)?
  • Weather or season, and site conditions?
  • What sort of backlog does the builder have?

Archadeck of Central South Carolina strives to provide you with an outdoor living space that encompasses everything you want in your particular design, now, and with future additions in mind. Our approach to the design and building process is to accommodate the customer’s needs and desires in every way. This means we help fulfill your wishes in getting everything you are expecting from your design, from the aesthetics you want to a space that serves the functions you desire. We understand the excitement you feel when you look ahead to using your new addition. Patience, as they always say, is only a virtue.

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 begin planning your anticipated outdoor living project, we can help you get started today on making the backyard of your dreams a reality. Contact Archadeck of Central SC today at (803) 603-2160 or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net

 

When it comes to building your outdoor living structure, the early bird gets the worm!

When it comes to building your outdoor living structure, the early bird gets the worm!Spring is a time of renewal, rebirth and fresh ideas.  With spring nearly upon us, now is the time to start planning your new outdoor living space addition to enjoy the season’s warmer weather.  While the warm weather may feel far off in the distant future, there are many benefits to scheduling  your new outdoor living project now while we are still in the cool season.

The early bird gets the worm!

A driving factor to moving ahead with your project is that the demand for a professional builder is not as high during the cooler months.  By being an early bird and having your design finalized, contract signed and schedule in place for the construction of your new space, you will be assured  your new project will be completed in time to maximize on your enjoyment during the warm season.  If you wait for the warm weather to arrive before contacting us, you’ll be competing with scheduling with everyone else who wants to have their outdoor living space completed this summer. Waiting could significantly delay your structure being completed when you want it.

Chapin SC Composite decks

Beautiful, low -maintenance composite deck addition in Chapin, SC.

Getting ahead of the game and moving forward will also minimize time lost due to any “bumps in the road” that may come up during the permitting and approval phase of your project. In some cases, there may be unexpected delays, such as securing HOA approval, special order materials and permits.  While we are in the slower, cooler season, these may actually take less time to accomplish as there is less backlog now.

Custom pergola addition by Archadeck of Central SCGet the outdoor living space you want now, and later!

If you are concerned about your budget, we offer a phased building program that allows you to design and construct your outdoor living space project in phases to be completed as your lifestyle and budget allows.  We will work with you to incorporate your design into a “master plan” that will allow us to engineer and design your complete outdoor space in phases, permitting us to work more efficiently on future additions. The advance planning of your backyard design saves you time and money as it enables us to work closely with any supplemental contractors you may need for this project. Many homeowners appreciate the freedom to build their ideal backyard project in stages, making it easier on their budget and lifestyle.

Archadeck of Central SC outdoor kitchensReady to live the outdoor lifestyle you have always wanted?

If so, get a jump on the season now by scheduling an appointment to have your ideal structure(s) designed and finalized.  By reserving your place on the schedule now, you are ensuring that you will be able to get the most out of your new outdoor living structure in the warmer months ahead.  While others are waiting to have their new structures built, you and your family will be enjoying outdoor entertaining,  grilling  and relaxing on your new patio or deck!

If you are on the fence about moving forward with the outdoor living space of your dreams, now is the perfect time to get your project on our schedule! Contact Archadeck of Central SC today to learn more. Our consultation is free but the benefits are priceless! You can reach us by phone at (803) 603-2160 or via email 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.

 

Archadeck of Central South Carolina, a quality builder with a reputation for doing it right the first time

Central SC AZEK deck builderFor more than ten years, we have been in the business of helping central South Carolina homeowners design and build the high quality outdoor living spaces of their dreams to provide them with enjoyment for many years to come. Too often we’ve encountered homeowners with horror stories of shady contractors making them subsequently “gun-shy” when attempting to work with another builder. Their experiences have included previous builders that just walked away from an exterior project before it is completed, leaving the homeowners with an unfinished mess on their property, or unqualified builders who provided them with an outdoor living structure far from adequate or acceptable quality. Fortunately, we are here to help.

This is how we found the deck when we arrived on the project:

This is how we found the deck when we arrived on the project. We had to pull down what was already done by the prior contractor because it was built so poorly.

One of our recent projects involved the completion of a deck from which the previous builder walked away before finishing the job. Unfortunately, as we inspected the structure, we discovered quite a bit of re-work that we had to do to repair the other builder’s less than adequate building practices. Upon our replacement of much of the framing of the structure, we were then able to finish it out in the proper manner and provided the homeowners with a high-quality, stable deck addition to their home.

 

It’s “clean up” projects like this, along with the string of recent newscasts regarding several deck collapses in NC, that just re-affirm the importance of using a quality builder who does it right the first time. While some of the collapses were due to the advanced age of the decks and some were constructed of low-quality materials, too often they’re due to poor design and building standards of an underqualified builder. You don’t have to settle for poor craftsmanship or an underqualified builder.

Deck after Archadeck of Central SC stepped in and took over project:

Deck after Archadeck of Central SC stepped in and took over project:

Allow us to show you that we are a professional contractor that’s knowledgeable, provides high quality work that’s protected by meaningful warranties, follows building codes and requirements, carries the proper insurance and stands behind his work. With just a few short steps, you’ll be able to distinguish between Archadeck, a reputable builder, and those fly-by-night contractors quite easily.

Archadeck of Central SC is awarded a customer satisfaction achievment award

Archadeck of Central SC was awarded the customer satisfaction achievement award this past year.

First, verify licenses, insurance and warranties up front. A reputable contractor wants to show you these because he knows they set him apart from the crowd. The second step is tougher – judging the character and reliability of the contractor.  You can tell some things by his conduct in the sales process.  Was he on time, did he follow up like he said he would and did he explain things well? And the final thing you can and should do is get references from him and call them. You have the right to ask for references, and a professional contractor will happily give them to you because he knows his past customers will be his best sales force.

When selecting a professional contractor for your outdoor living project, please keep in mind that this is one area where you truly get what you pay for. If a contractor is properly licensed, carries proper insurance, offers a meaningful warranty, uses reputable subcontractors and gives the kind of reliable and competent service that keeps customers singing his praises, he is not going to be the low-price option. But if you want a high-quality, finished space that will provide you with enjoyment every day and a pain-free construction project, you should be thinking about maximum value, not low price.

As a Columbia-area homeowner, if you find yourself in an outdoor living conundrum, we can help! Seeing your project become a reality can be enjoyable from beginning to end. With Archadeck designing and building your space, you can be a homeowner who is pleased with the outdoor space you purchased instead of one who is simply glad the project is over. We strive to make every phase of the process an enjoyable one! Making sure we are on the same page as the client during each phase will insure your dream outdoor space is a joy and delight from concept to conclusion.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

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 today for a free design consultation at (803) 603-2160 or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net.

As spring is knocking at the door — wouldn’t it be great to get MORE out of your outdoor living space and backyard this season?

Screened Porch with Deck and Stone Patios

Screened porch, deck and patio combination.

Just as spring’s arrival will completely change the look and feel of your environment, outdoor living spaces often change the entire way you regard your residence. Much like the inside of your home, your outdoor space should have designated areas for the many different things you and your family may do, from hobbies and relaxing to entertaining and recreation. This is best achieved with an outdoor living environment consisting of two or more structures designed together and working as one LARGE structure.

Homeowners with a zest for outdoor living crave spaces with maximum style, function and continuity, and those that combine multiple structures fit the bill! Archadeck of Central South Carolina specializes in delivering this type of backyard bliss with  myriad high quality outdoor living areas we custom design and build throughout Columbia and the surrounding areas. Examples include:

  • Patio and deck combinations that comingle dining and lounging spaces for groups of any size – as your dinner party is winding down, guests can easily descend to the stone patio filled with seating arrangements of comfortable sofas and chairs for coffee and conversation.
Deck with patio and fireplace

Deck with patio and fireplace in Central SC.

  • A spacious screened porch connected to a multi-level deck with pergola for entertaining, and leisure spaces with a choice of an enclosed area, a partially-shaded spot or one with full-sun exposure – this blending of structures with hardscapes provides the best mix of areas in which every member of the family can get maximum enjoyment of your backyard pool…and these combination projects can easily be built in phases.
Deck and screened porch combination in Columbia, SC.

Deck and screened porch combination in Columbia, SC.

  • A covered porch/exterior room and hardscape pairing that includes an outdoor kitchen flanked by integrated seating around a fire pit is just right for outdoor enjoyment in every season – family events are more enjoyable when everyone spends time together cooking, eating, talking and still keeping an eye on the little ones as they run around in the backyard… and finishing off the evening with roasted marshmallows around the fire pit.
Archadeck covered porch perfect for luxury outdoor living

Archadeck covered porch perfect for luxury outdoor living.

Custom deck and porch combination in Lexington.

Custom deck and porch combination in Lexington.

These are a just a few of the combined spaces we can provide for you to support the outdoor lifestyle and multitude of activities you and your family enjoy. After all, what’s an outdoor living room complete with comfortable seating and a big flat screen TV without the Master Chef easy access to the grilling/outdoor kitchen area on the adjoining flagstone patio? What better way for everyone to enjoy the view and benefits of your lakeside property than with a screened porch and deck combination, enabling sun-sensitive family members to be included in just as much outdoor fun as those who love to soak up the sun. The options for versatile, flexible spaces are limited only by your imagination, as each Archadeck of Central South Carolina structure is a one-of-a-kind design built to suit your needs for outdoor living and entertaining.

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’re ready for a true extension of your home with function and flow to help you get MORE out of your outdoor living space and backyard this season, contact Archadeck of Central South Carolina today! We’ll help you make the most out of your outdoors too! Call us at (803)603–2160 schedule a free consultation at or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net.

Come see us at the Columbia Home Building and Remodeling Expo this weekend!

Home Show Feb 2013 cropped (1)Archadeck of Central SC and Renew Crew of Central SC will be at the Columbia Home Building and Remodeling Expo being held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center this weekend! If you’re thinking of starting off the New Year by adding a deck, porch, patio or outdoor room or upgrading an outdoor living space, this is the home show you can’t afford to miss.

Our talented team will be on hand in booth #607 and #702 to answer your questions, or help you establish the perfect design for your needs and budget. If you already have an existing structure, and are interested in renewing its livability, longevity and beauty, Renew Crew of Central SC can make it happen!

Shade and ambiance abounds with a custom pergola and landing addition in Irmo, SC.

Welcome to this updated backyard paradise in Irmo, SC. Custom pergola addition by Archadeck and existing deck cleaned and stained by Renew Crew.

No matter what you have in mind for home improvements, you’ll find the right products and the best companies. Talk to the experts and find just the right designs at just the right price for your home improvement budget. The outdoor living season is sooner than you may think! NOW is the time to start planning for warmer days and tranquil evenings!

2013 Home Show displayHome Show hours are:

Friday 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Ticket prices are $4 for adults and children get in free!

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 this chance pass you by. We look forward to meeting you at the Columbia Home Building and Remodeling Expo this weekend. You can also contact Archadeck of Central SC to learn more about our fabulous outdoor living space designs anytime at (803) 603-2160 or email us at
centralsc@archadeck.net.