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Screened Porch with stair landing and cover

And the Golden Hammer award goes to…The Screened Porch

We’ve just returned from the Columbia Home Building and Remodeling Expo and WOW what a turnout! Homeowners from all over the area attended this event to meet and speak with leading industry professionals regarding the newest design trends, building and remodeling innovations. Events like these fuel creative inspiration and desire to renew or increase the beauty and functionality of all aspects of your home. Throughout the weekend, the Archadeck of Central South Carolina booth was bustling with activity as we spoke with hundreds of homeowners looking for information about adding a new or enhancing their existing outdoor living space. What was the most requested outdoor living structure at this event? (Drumroll please…) The screened porch!

Columbia screened porch and deck combination at Halloween

Columbia screened porch and deck combination.

And for good reason; the versatility of the screened porch is what makes this outdoor living structure so popular. The screened porch is perfect for outdoor dining, relaxation and entertaining without interruption during inclement weather, the hassle of pesky insects or the dangers associated with the sun. It is also what we consider a pivotal element of the evolving outdoor living environment. What do we mean by evolving outdoor living environment? Please allow us to explain:

Screened Porch with Deck and Stone Patios

Screened porch with deck and stone patio.

The average starter home often includes either a patio or deck as the outdoor living area. When you’re first starting out as a homeowner, this type of recreational area in your back yard serves your initial needs well. But, as your lifestyle and outdoor living needs evolve, so should your structure. You’ve enjoyed hotdogs and hamburgers on the patio set with the umbrella and the lounge chairs to stretch out in the sun. Now, you need something more conducive to entertaining, like a dining area that’s protected from irritating bugs, or a comfortable seating area for after-dinner conversation or maybe watching the wall-mounted big screen TV. Typically, the next step from a simple patio or wooden deck is a conversion to a screened porch to provide you with a versatile outdoor room that can be enjoyed several months longer than a patio or deck.

Screened Porch with stair landing and cover

A screened porch addition will enhance every season.

The next stage of this evolution in your outdoor living environment is updating an existing screened porch so it opens up to a deck or patio with an outdoor kitchen, now that you and your family are more established. You enjoy hosting each of the big family events; your home is the “go to” place for all of neighborhood kids to hang out, and with your upgraded surround sound system, you’ve got the best seats for all your friends to come over and enjoy the big game on TV each weekend. Of course all of these events require copious amounts of food, so the addition of an outdoor kitchen with your grilling station, wet bar and mini fridge is just right. This combination of a screened porch with a deck or patio gives you the best of both worlds with double the enjoyment.

screened porch over new composite deck

Screened porch over new composite deck.

The final step of the evolving outdoor living environment often comes about during the “empty nest” stage of homeownership. Your family’s size is reduced because the kids are grown up and out on their own. Converting that screened porch into a sunroom makes a cozier light-filled living that continues to be the most used space in your home while allowing you to bring the outside in without the limitations of season or weather. The year-round enjoyment and extra heated space of a sunroom make it one of the most valuable investments you can make to your home. Not all screened porches go through this final step of the final steps of the outdoor living evolution, but should you ever decide to take this last step, you’ll be happy to know that you’re already about halfway there when converting from a screened porch.

Deck and screened porch combination in Columbia, SC.

Deck and screened porch combination in Columbia, SC.

Understanding the outdoor living environment makes it pretty clear why the screened porch is considered the pivotal piece of your outdoor living space and why it’s still the most popular outdoor living structure. Archadeck of Central South Carolina specializes in providing quality outdoor spaces for homeowners with evolving needs. We also offer a low-maintenance, budget-friendly alternative to traditional wood-framed screened porches that still provides the lifestyle enhancement and quality you have come to rely on from Archadeck of Central South Carolina.

Interior of gable roof screened porch in Lexington, SC.

Interior of gable roof aluminum screened porch in Lexington, SC.

When considering an outdoor room addition such as a screened porch, choosing the best fit for your home’s architecture, your desired function and your budget is important. Archadeck of Central South Carolina is the premier outdoor structure builder serving Columbia, SC, and the surrounding area. We can help you choose the perfect custom outdoor living space addition for you with our expert design team and experience in building. Contact us to learn more by calling  (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

For inspiration in creating your custom screened porch or to see more of our stunning and versatile outdoor living environments visit our screened porch gallery and our sunroom gallery located on our website.

Having the luxury of an outdoor living space will add function and ambiance to the time you spend outdoors

This deck in Irmo SC overlooks a serene hardscape patio with outdoor fireplace

This deck in Irmo, SC, overlooks a serene hardscape patio with outdoor fireplace, the perfect spot for enjoying those crisp autumn evenings!

The mild temperatures the arrival of autumn brings to the Columbia, SC, region mean more opportunities for outdoor living. Lower humidity, cooler breezes and a palette of Carolina color emerging in the trees makes residents want to spend the majority of their recreational time outdoors with friends and family. Having the luxury of an outdoor living space to add function and ambiance to the time you spend outdoors can make those special times even more worthwhile. Here in our area there is a host of outdoor activities going on. Archadeck of Central SC gives you a peek into the backyard games that people are playing in your neck of the woods and how our outdoor structures are helping to turn events into memories!

Columbia SC deck and screened porch combination would make the perfect spot to watch and play football this fall.

This Columbia, SC, deck and screened porch combination would make the perfect spot to entertain during the big game.

Game on!

What better way to hearken the arrival of football season than an outdoor room worthy of tailgating from the comfort of your own backyard! Our porch and patio designs can be finished with full function outdoor gourmet kitchens that allow you to prepare, serve and eat all your halftime favorites without having to venture into your home’s interior kitchen. We can even design your outdoor room with space set aside to mount a flat screen TV so you and your “team” will never miss a minute of the action! If you feel inclined to play a little football among family and friends, the backyard is just a few  steps away, so dirt and grime is kept out of the home during all the fun.

Ad deck or patio makes the perfect place to host a backyard oyster roast.

A deck or patio makes the perfect place to host a backyard oyster roast.

Aw, shucks…

I cannot think of a better way to have more fun making a mess than hosting your own backyard oyster roast. Cooler temperatures may mean it is time to break out the sweaters, but they also mean oysters are in season! This is a great time for a cool- weather outdoor party around the fire pit, and it’s always fun to shuck oysters on the back deck. Hosting your oyster roast outdoors means more elbow room for family and friends and easy cleanup at the end of the evening for the host. In a recent post, Archadeck of Central SC outlined how to host an oyster roast from how to set up your grill, to the best place to buy oysters here in the Columbia area.

Screened Porch, Spa and Fire Pit at Dusk

This cozy outdoor living space features a custom fire pit– perfect for making s’mores.

Get S’more out of your backyard hardscape
Imagine the crackle of the fire, the conversation, and the camaraderie as you gather around your very own outdoor fireplace or fire pit to spend an evening making s’mores with family and friends. There are many recipes available that feature a modern twist and varied ingredients for this classic recipe, such as Chocolate Chip Cookie S’mores and Black Forest S’mores. I feel the original is still the best: roasting a marshmallow over the fire and nestling it between two graham crackers and a wedge of chocolate! This age-old tradition is a sweet treat that gives us so much more than just a snack. It is an opportunity to spend time with our loved ones making memories that will last a lifetime.

The competitive edge

If you have a large family, like mine, outdoor celebrations often mean breaking out the corn hole boards or horseshoes for a friendly game of skill and fun. Both these outdoor games are very popular in the Columbia region. Corn hole is a lawn game in which players take turns throwing bags of corn at a raised platform with a hole in the far end. The game of horseshoe involves the same concept except you throw a horse shoe with the goal of landing the horse shoe around a set target. Both games are much fun but can get tiresome when the opposing team has nowhere to sit and watch the game as it unfolds. Having the luxury of an outdoor living space such as a deck, patio or porch nearby can make backyard game night a joy for players and spectators alike–it will also give you a place to decisively plan a winning strategy when it is your turn.

Screened in Porches That Blend Right Into Your Home

Archadeck of Central SC specializes in outdoor room additions that blend in seamlessly with your home and landscape.

More home for the holidays

If you count yourself among the many that have a large gathering during the Thanksgiving holidays, often times your home’s interior can become too cramped for comfort. Archadeck of Central SC can help you maximize your comfort during holiday gatherings with the addition of a versatile four-season room or sunroom. These all- season rooms will allow more livable interior and exterior space opportunities. Your holiday guests will have more room to spread out and get comfortable, and you will gain peace of mind. Thanksgiving is right around the corner and now is the time to think about adding an outdoor room in time for the holiday season ahead.

Our goal at Archadeck of Central SC is to add more function, beauty and enjoyment to all the special times you spend with family and friends through our outdoor and indoor structure designs. When it comes to the many ways our living spaces can improve your lifestyle, the world is truly your oyster (no pun intended). Contact Archadeck of Central SC to schedule your free design consultation today (803) 603 – 2160

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

You can see more of our outdoor spaces destined to become your favorite gathering spot for friends and family by visiting our deck photo gallery, our 3 and 4 season room photo gallery and our patio and hardscape photo gallery located on our website today!

Central South Carolina screened porch considerations

Beautiful vnyl Clad screened porch addition on Lake Murray ,SC by Archadeck of Central SC

Beautiful vinyl clad screened porch addition on Lake Murray SC by Archadeck of Central SC

Making the decision to add a screened porch is loaded with many considerations. It can be a daunting task deciding the appropriate location, placement and tie-in that will best suit your desired function. Function also plays a huge role when deciding which type of enclosure system to use on your porch. Archadeck of Central South Carolina has been servicing the Columbia, S.C., and surrounding areas for over 10 years. We specialize in creating outdoor spaces to heighten the beauty and function of your backyard. Screened porches and three-season rooms are among the most popular outdoor room additions our client base requests.

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

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

Screened porch considerations

Traditional screen porches consist of fixed screened openings and provide protection from both insects and inclement weather. They also provide cross ventilation on those humid Carolina afternoons. Here in the Columbia area, we take these elements a step further by utilizing a four-track enclosure system on many of our screened porch additions.

This vinyl fourtrack 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 this home in Columbia. SC

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. Pollen is a constant headache here in the Central South Carolina area. Pollen not only makes you sneeze, it also leaves a yellowish-green film on all your unprotected outdoor spaces. Cleaning off the pollen in order to use your outdoor space during the spring and early summer can be quite overwhelming.  A four-track enclosure will keep your outdoor room cleaner because it keeps dust and pollen outside where it belongs, and not inside your screen porch area. A four-track system still gives you protection from insects and debris, adjusts in just seconds and allows more use of your porch.

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.

The four- track panel windows will allow you to keep the screened porch feeling.  If you want to transform your screen porch into a room that you can also use year round, your porch can be completely converted to an all-season sunroom. A four-track enclosure enhances the livability of your screened room. When the panels are closed, they provide shelter from the summer sun and changeable weather. Our four-track enclosure system is also weather-resistant and shatterproof and opens the door to endless outdoor living possibilities.

Mike Reu owner Archadeck of Central SC

Mike Reu owner Archadeck of Central SC

If you are interested in learning more about our screened porches, three and four season rooms including our four-track enclosures, contact Archadeck of Central South Carolina today. Call us for a free consultation (803) 603 – 2160

You can see more examples of our screened porch and three season room additions by visiting our screened porch photo gallery and our 3 and 4 season room photo gallery located on our website.