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When it comes to sunrooms — you don’t know what you’ve been missing until you have it

Central SC Sunrooms give you a front row seat to Mother NatureThey say you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone but when it comes to owning an Archadeck of Central South Carolina sunroom,  you don’t know what you’ve been missing until you have it!

In the 13+ years we have served the Columbia SC area in designing and building custom outdoor living spaces, I have heard clients comment time and again about how their new sunroom has turned into the most loved, and used, room in their home — and with good reason. Sunrooms offer a kind of versatility and freedom you just can’t get with a traditional interior or outdoor room addition. Light and airy, the term sunroom alone whisks the imagination to a place where only positive energy resides. The sun is viewed as a source of health, energy and healing among many cultures. Our ancestors understood the relation between the sun and good health. From the Aztecs to the ancient Egyptians, many past societies revered the act of sun gazing as a sacred practice. This ritual is not too far beyond the way we now enjoy watching the rising and setting of the sun.

This spacious sunroom in Columbia, SC, delivers versatility within the home

Having a room where natural light is abundant can greatly enhance your mood and the entire feel of your home.  A sunroom is a great option for Columbia-area homeowners who are looking for an addition that will increase their quality of life and overall satisfaction with their home. A sunroom supports leisurely living and increases square footage — often with lower construction costs than adding on a fully finished room.

Did we mention how versatile a sunroom can be? There are many ways to enjoy a sunny retreat right at home. These features will make your sunroom comfortable, inviting and entertaining:

Archadeck sunroomA sunroom can serve as a multi-purpose room — A TV room, a playroom, a place for Mom’s getaway or Dad’s nap… a sunroom can be different things to each family member.

Indoor garden room — A transitional space between the indoors and outdoors begs for thriving potted plants as the connecting element.

A sunroom can serve as the ultimate home office — If you have a table in your sunroom, you can use the space as a home office. A supportive chair, a Wi-Fi connection and a view to your back yard will make for a productive morning.

A sunroom can serve as a dining room for special occasions and holidays — if you have a large group dinner on the calendar or a special event, a sunroom provides the perfect place to set up your celebratory meal. Ample table space, lighting and air circulation, plus proximity to the kitchen, is sure to make for an unforgettable event.

Christmas sunroom by Archadeck of ChicagolandA sunroom as a craft room or less formal living room — You can use this room as an opportunity to be playful with creative and salvaged pieces you don’t deem appropriate to display in your formal spaces.

Finally, a place to display a towering Christmas tree — If you have always wanted to choose the tallest tree on the lot during the holidays, many sunroom designs can easily accommodate larger holiday trees! Sunrooms often feature cathedral or vaulted ceilings that extend beyond the traditional 8′-10′ ceiling height.

At Archadeck of Central South Carolina, our ultimate goal is to create a sunroom that blends seamlessly into the existing architecture of your home by helping you choose materials that match or complement your home perfectly while providing the freedom and versatility to make your new room anything you want it to be!

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

We specialize in designing and building custom sunrooms throughout Columbia, Lexington, Irmo, Blythewood and the surrounding area. We can help you enjoy the outdoors, indoors, year-round in constant comfort during every season!  Call Archadeck of Central South Carolina today for a free design consultation at (803) 603-2160 or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net.

 

 

 

 

 

Our Recent Sunroom Addition in Lexington, SC, is Oh So Satisfying

Lake Murray Sunroom Addition, Lexington SCOur most recent sunroom addition is located on the Lexington side of beautiful Lake Murray. Though the sunroom is on a smaller scale than many of our outdoor room projects, it satisfies and serves the function these homeowners had in mind.

As you can see from the “before” image, the back yard originally consisted of a wooden deck with stair access to the side yard and into the patio on the opposite side. When we met for the design consultation, the homeowners were looking for a way to enjoy the scenic views of the lake from their back yard, but in a conditioned space to keep them cool and dry.

Before

The heavy, dense design of the railing on their existing deck made it difficult to enjoy the views from within their home. It was only natural that a sunroom offering as much glass as possible, along with a way to heat and cool the space, was the perfect answer. Here at Archadeck, we realize that small spaces have every opportunity to add as much enjoyment and benefit as large spaces do, and this serene sunroom addition is proof!

Sunroom on Lake Murray

After

Archadeck of Central South Carolina designed and built this light and airy sunroom to speak to the homeowners’ needs. It features wide glass windows and a glass knee wall, which is somewhat unusual and perfect for this space!  We also added dual wooden stairs, mimicking the footprint of the original deck, which lead to the side yard and into the homeowners’ patio, just as before.

Investing in a custom sunroom is a wise decision for many reasons. Even if the sunroom does not encompass a large area, the added square footage potentially increases the value of your home. Sunroom additions also increase the heated and cooled interior space that you can enjoy year-round.

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 want to create an outdoor oasis or interior addition to enhance your lifestyle and home, but have limited space, contact Archadeck of Central SC. We can explore the options of making your home and landscape a prime destination for relaxation, fun and family times, even with a limited space or budget. (803) 603 – 2160
centralsc@archadeck.net

Looking for more function from your porch? Maybe a porch-to-room conversion is the answer!

Custom deck and porch combination in Lexington.

Custom deck and porch combination in Lexington.

A porch or screened porch provides a wealth of benefits to make the most of the time you spend outdoors. From giving you a shady spot to escape the sun, or a pop-up summer shower, to lingering at dusk with no worry of mosquitoes thanks to screens. But what if you could take the benefits you enjoy from your covered porch or screened porch to another level? What if you could use the space to your heart’s content without limitations for three, four or even twelve months throughout the year? Archadeck of Central SC wants you to know that in most cases we can convert your existing open or screen porch to a 3-season, 4-season room or sunroom and extend the use and versatility of your space.

If the idea of a porch-to-outdoor-room conversion sparks your interest, here are some points that will have to be addressed:

Use a professional

It is crucial to hire an outdoor structure professional who is knowledgeable about porches, outdoor structures and conversions. Hiring a professional ensures the safety, quality and satisfaction of your project.

SunroomCan your porch take the weight?

The first consideration that has to be addressed is the structural integrity of your existing porch. The substructure must be able to accommodate the weight of added walls, in the case of a covered porch, or windows in the case of a sunroom conversion. In either case, the foundation of the porch will have to extend all the way to the corners of the structure. In cases where the foundation does not extend to the corners, amendments must be made to extend the foundation, and new footers will have to be added in order to safely support and hold the weight. Archadeck of Central SC can perform an inspection to determine whether your porch fits the criteria for a conversion. Depending on these results, we will discuss our recommendations as to how to proceed with getting the porch structurally compatible to withstand a 3-season, 4-season or sunroom conversion.

Archadeck of Central SC Screened Porch Addition

Previous permitting

South Carolina, like many areas of the country, requires everything a builder does to be properly permitted and inspected. This means the previous structure you have, if it passed inspection, should have been deemed sound as a porch. Even if this is the case, it still may not be structurally sound enough for a conversion. Be aware from the beginning that most builders will only warrant the framed portion of the structure that they build. This means if something goes wrong with the substructure as a result of amendments, you cannot use their warranty anymore. This is why we recommend reinforcing the foundation on all the porches we build.

Interior view of four season room in Columbia, SC.

Interior view of four season room in Columbia, SC.

What suits your fancy?

Once the heavy work has concluded and the structural integrity of your porch is deemed a good candidate for a conversion, the question is what do you want? Deciding which type of outdoor room conversion best suits your needs can be difficult. In most cases, this choice will depend on your budget, geographical location and what you plan to do with the room. For example, a four-season room or sunroom conversion serves as an extension of your home’s living area as well as an extension of your outdoor living area. These outdoor rooms give you unobscured views of nature through the extensive use of windows. Sunrooms can be enjoyed year-round even in the event of snow. A sunroom is considered to be a “conditioned space” because it requires an HVAC system just like that of an interior room addition. A four-season room differs from a sunroom in that it is not considered an interior room addition. However, four-season rooms can be outfitted with amenities that provide comfort, such as ceiling fans, space heaters and the like, which can be turned off when not in use.

Central SC Sunrooms give you a front row seat to Mother Nature

Choosing the best fit for your home’s architecture, your desired function and your budget are also important. Archadeck of Central SC is the premier outdoor room builder serving Columbia, SC, and the surrounding area.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

We can determine if a porch to outdoor room conversion is the best fit for you. Contact us to learn more by calling (803) 603 – 2160 or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net.

 

 

 

Want a cozy place to enjoy autumn? An outdoor room is the answer.

Autumn in the CarolinasAs cooler weather arrives it can sometimes hamper the time you spend outdoors. Wet weather, wind and allergens caused by fall foliage can drive you from the backyard you love into the house. However, this certainly doesn’t have to be the case. Archadeck of Central SC offers a wide variety of custom outdoor rooms that provide minimum to maximum protection from Mother Nature while still allowing you to enjoy all the elements you love about the outdoors.

Open porch in ColumbiaGood

Covered (open) porches provide viable protection from negative aspects of the outdoors. These include protection from wet weather, UV rays and, depending on the design, some aspects of wind protection. A covered porch provides the most versatility when combined with another structure such as a deck or patio. This will expand the variety of outdoor functions you can enjoy.

Columbia Screened Porch decked out for the holidays

Columbia Screened Porch decked out for the holidays.

Better

Screened porches and 3-season rooms provide additional benefits over a covered porch simply through the presence of screens. Screens acts as a barrier to reduce the amount of  insects, debris and allergens that enter the space. You will still get the shade benefits and protection from rain and sun as you would with a covered porch. In the Columbia area’s mild climate, it may be possible to enjoy a screened porch throughout the winter. Even on chilly days the use of a space heater, or adding an outdoor fireplace to your initial design, can help keep the screened room cozy  and warm.

Even Better

Three season rooms increase the benefits of a screened porch through the addition of a convertible panel system. This will allow you to use screens or clear panels as needed on any given day. You can extend the protection of a new or existing screened porch to that of a non-conditioned sunroom-like space. We offer aluminum and vinyl outdoor rooms with a convertible-panel porch-enclosure system. This panel systemet can be integrated into the initial design of a new screened porch or outdoor room addition or as an enhancement/upgrade to an existing structure.

Archadeck sunroomBest

Sunrooms promise the most protection of all outdoor rooms. Sunrooms are controlled environments as they are designed in the same manner as an indoor room with the inclusion of heating and cooling. There can be a foot of snow on the ground and you can enjoy a 360-degree view of the outdoors without needing a sweater! Sunroom additions also increase the heated square footage in your home — a wise investment dollar-for-dollar when considering the monetary benefits if you should ever decide to sell your home.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

Are you ready to extend the time you can enjoy the outdoors? If so, Archadeck of Central SC can help. We are the premier builder of outdoor rooms in Columbia, SC, and the surrounding region. Custom outdoor living environments and structures are all we do. Our consultation is completely free. Call us today (803) 603 – 2160 or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net to discuss your ideas.

 

An Outdoor Room is the Perfect Place to Enjoy the Changing Seasons and Much More!

Archadeck of Central SC Screened Porch Addition

Archadeck of Central SC screened porch addition.

Now is the time of year when many homeowners begin to analyze their interior and exterior living space needs. The upcoming holiday season 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? Outdoor rooms can provide various levels of comfort while allowing you to enjoy the beauty and splendor of the outdoors during the ever-changing seasons of fall & winter. Archadeck of Central SC has many outdoor room options to suit your needs and budget.

Out of all the outdoor living space designs we build here in the Columbia, SC, area, outdoor rooms promote livability in spite of what Mother Nature may throw your way. Some of the outdoor room we specialize in are screened porches, 3 season rooms and sunrooms. Often, our outdoor rooms are designed as part of an outdoor living combination space that can include a deck, patio, outdoor fireplace or other structure.

This spacious sunroom in Columbia, SC, delivers versatility within the home.

This spacious sunroom in Columbia, SC, delivers versatility within the home.

Outdoor rooms are similar in the views they provide, however, their protective benefits can be quite different. Screened porches, sunrooms and three season rooms are great examples of sheltered outdoor rooms that extend your living spaces and your hours of leisure at home.

Columbia screened porch and deck combination at Halloween

Columbia screened porch and deck combination.

Screened Porches

Screened porches are, in essence, a covered room with screened openings instead of windows. The screening serves as a barrier to bothersome insects and allergens 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 days.

Interior of 3 season room in Columbia SC by Archadeck of Central SC

Interior of 3 season room in Columbia with four track enclosure system.

Three Season Rooms

Three season rooms take the benefits of a screened porch a step further by using a convertible panel system that allows you to use screens or clear panels as you see fit. You can extend the function and versatility of a new or existing screened porch by converting it into a three season room through the use of a convertible panel system such as the ones we offer with our aluminum and vinyl outdoor rooms or via a porch enclosure system.These can be integrated into the initial design of a new screened porch or outdoor room addition, or as an enhancement/upgrade to an existing structure. By simply clicking these panels in, or out, of a fixed position on their effortless four-track system, you can let Mother Nature in, or keep Old Man Winter out! The choice is yours!

NE Columbia SC Sunroom Builders

NE Columbia sunroom addition.

Sunrooms

What differentiates sunrooms from other kinds of structures are the many windows, rather than screens, that immediately satisfy the conflicting desires for nature and comfort. It’s a place to enjoy your morning coffee and newspaper with a lovely view of your garden or landscape, a protected area for children and pets to enjoy the sun, the perfect place to host holiday get-togethers and dinners. You can enjoy all of these activities in your sunroom without being bothered by pesky insects and the horrible effects of pollen.

Central SC Sunrooms give you a front row seat to Mother Nature

With a sunroom, you can enjoy your backyard even in a downpour. Unlike a deck, when you’re in a sunroom a pop-up rain shower can’t run you off from your space, not to mention the fact that your comfortable sunroom furniture won’t be ruined by rain. And talk about a room with a view…for homes with a view of the lake or a private wooded lot, the structural components of a sunroom greatly reduce blockage of those desirable views.

University Hill Columbia SC screened porch builder

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 room builder serving Columbia, SC, and the surrounding area.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

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.

 

 

Everything you have always loved about a convertible is now available in our outdoor rooms!

Who doesn't enjoy a drive in a convertible on a warm day -- the wind in your hair, the sunshine on your face and the adventure of the open road ahead.

Who doesn’t enjoy a drive in a convertible on a warm day — the wind in your hair, the sunshine on your face and the adventure of the open road ahead.

Who doesn’t enjoy a drive in a convertible on a warm day — the wind in your hair, the sunshine on your face and the adventure of the open road ahead. The elements that make you want convertible automobile are some of the same our clients crave when considering an outdoor room addition. A convertible is synonymous with versatility and freedom. Versatility is always a driving force when making selections or purchases geared toward enhancing enjoyment. Such is the case when buying a car, building or purchasing a home and even adding an outdoor living space. One of the best ways to expand your outdoor living enjoyment is with the addition of a convertible porch, sometimes referred to as a three season room or porch.

Aluminum screened porch with gable roof in Lexington, SC.

Aluminum screened porch with gable roof in Lexington, SC.

What is a convertible outdoor room?

An outdoor room is defined as any outdoor space that can provide a relaxed setting reminiscent of the comforts found within most interior living or family rooms. Covered porches, screened porches, sunrooms, and three & four season rooms are great examples of sheltered outdoor rooms that extend living spaces and the hours of leisure at home. When you add the term “convertible” you also open up a world of choices within an outdoor room. Convertible outdoor rooms can easily be changed from screened to window paneled for use during colder temperatures, the changing seasons or  for special events.

Aluminum screened porch and deck combination in Lake Carolina, Columbia SC

Homeowners enjoying their aluminum screened porch and deck combination in Lake Carolina, Columbia, SC.

It’s all about having choices!

You can extend the function and versatility of a new or existing screened porch by converting it into a three season room through the use of a convertible panel system such as the ones we offer with our aluminum and vinyl outdoor rooms or via a porch enclosure system.These can be integrated into the initial design of a new porch or outdoor room addition, or as an enhancement/upgrade to an existing structure. Archadeck of Central SC can provide you with a multi-functional outdoor room for all seasons. By simply clicking the panels in, or out, of a fixed position on their effortless four-track, you can let Mother Nature in, or keep Old Man Winter out! The choice is yours!

Aluminum and vinyl outdoor rooms give you a luxury living space, are custom-made to order and designed to match your home’s architecture and colors. Unlike other aluminum outdoor rooms that are built using a kit, we custom design your outdoor room according to your spatial needs, roof and interior amenities desired.

Aluminum screened porch over stamped concrete patio.

Aluminum screened porch over stamped concrete patio.

Our convertible outdoor rooms are designed to make your porch, patio or screened porch more usable year round. We offer custom made-to-order components allowing you to have fun designing an outdoor space that’s just right for you. You can use them to replace existing screen enclosures or if you want to add a new one. These porch enclosure systems deliver the best of both worlds — screen when you want it, or a more enclosed “windowed” room when you want that, too!

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

The benefits and freedom a convertible porch can bring to your outdoor living environment are endless. Contact Archadeck of Central SC to learn more today! You can reach us by phone at (803) 603 – 2160  or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net.

 

 

 

These Forest Acres homeowners are making a grand entrance with their new entry sunroom addition!

Forest Acres Entry Sunroom addition in Columbia SCIn the realm of outdoor living structure design, there is literally no end to the creative placement and functional diversity we are able to design in order to fulfill a homeowners’ desires. Our most recent sunroom addition located in the Forest Acres community of Columbia, SC, is a great example of the  individualized benefits a custom  structure can add to your property and lifestyle.

This Forest Acres sunroom is designed to serve as the home’s front entry. The homeowners’ previous entry consisted of a front porch that did not let much light into the home. The new entry design includes windows along with French doors with sidelights.

Columbia SC sunroom builder

We were able to follow up with the homeowners after they had a chance to get “cozy” with their new sunroom addition. When we spoke with the homeowners separately, each listed the benefits  gained since completion of the space. While both homeowners really like the sunroom, they use the area in different ways.

Columbia SC unique sunroom designs for outdoor livingThe man of the house enjoys reading, relaxing and savoring his morning cup of coffee in the new space. Since he was diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), the light that flows into the sunroom helps him a great deal. Although the addition doesn’t replace a trip to sunny Florida,  the new sunroom with its eastern orientation does makes a huge difference in the way he is able to combat the winter blues. Before, he had to venture out into the cold front yard to feel the morning sun. Now, with the sunroom addition, getting the sun therapy he needs is effortless and something he looks forward to. In addition, the convenient electrical outlets installed there allow him to plug in his electric leaf blower and hedge trimmers without running extension cords. It has really made the task of pruning the landscape effortless!

Columbia SC sunroom interiors

Interior view of the new sunroom.

The lady of the house is also enjoying all the natural sunlight that now fills the home. The sunroom provides panoramic views of the landscape and allows a birds-eye view of Mother Nature and the ever-changing seasons. And the beautiful finishes she chose for the space, from the complimentary wall and tile colors to the contrast of the white cathedral ceiling and white fan, make a lasting first impression when guests come to call.

View into landscape through Columbia SC entry sunroom

The sunroom provides panoramic views of the landscape year-round!

One aspect of the design both homeowners agree upon is the high quality of workmanship in the new addition. They were also impressed with the careful attention Archadeck owner Mike Reu spent with them before and during the project. They both noted how much they appreciated his patience and helpfulness!

If you would like to learn more about our unique outdoor living space designs, including our versatile outdoor room ideas, contact Archadeck of Central SC 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