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Archadeck of Central SC Celebrates National Home Improvement Month!

As a proud member of NARI, Archadeck of Central SC wants you to know that we specialize in designing and building custom outdoor living structures in and around Columbia SC. May is National Home Improvement Month. At first blush, this doesn’t sound like much fun; in fact, it sounds a lot like work, but it has tremendous potential to change the way you look at and live in your home. What parts of your home do you enjoy the most? What would you like to change? What could you add or improve in your home that would make you want to spend more time in it? Home improvement isn’t just about fixing a sagging door or replacing shrubbery. It’s about reimagining your family’s home as you would love it to be.

This entire month is recognized as National Home Improvement month through the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. In honor of the occasion, NARI is providing chapters and members with valuable information they can use to get homeowners interested in remodeling this season including outdoor living structures!

Archadeck of Central SC completed projects

As a proud member of NARI, Archadeck of Central SC wants you to know that we specialize in designing and building custom outdoor living structures in and around Columbia, SC. Our outdoor living spaces not only increase your enjoyment, they also add value and function to your home and landscape.

After you’ve spent some time thinking about what you’d like and doing a little research about various project options on the internet and elsewhere, don’t forget to take a few minutes to give some thought to what the potential Return on Investment (ROI) for the project is likely to be. Various industry groups do annual surveys that provide numbers on this subject, but I’d like to share a few from my line of business.

Don’t just take our word for it, take a look at the recent numbers available through the 2016 Cost vs. Value report;

According to the report, outdoor living spaces such as composite (low-maintenance) decks and wooden decks show a dramatic return on investment (ROI) in the Columbia region.  A deck addition built of composite reflects a ROI of nearly 116%, with a deck addition built of wood recouping a whopping 117.8%. This is good news for homeowners considering a deck addition in the near future!

When compared to the national averages and those of the South Atlantic region, Columbia comes out on top. The ROI for a composite deck addition in the South Atlantic region is 69.2% and wood is 80.6%. Columbia is far above the most recent national average ROI where a composite deck reflects a 64.4% cost recoup, and a wooden deck reflects a 75% cost recoup.

If you’re thinking about adding an outdoor living space to your backyard, give us a call to see how we can make creating your dream backyard an enjoyable experience, start to finish. You can reach us 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.

You can’t go wrong with a classic!

This composite deck in Lexington is a true gem!For more than thirty-five years, Archadeck has been designing and building custom outdoor living spaces for homeowners across the nation. Along the way, we’ve seen trends come and go as well as styles and designs that have had staying power throughout the years. As a custom design and build firm, we do not offer cookie-cutter designs, but we do take note of which styles are the most popular and which are best suited for the available space or specific functional needs. With this in mind Archadeck has perfected a number of outdoor living space plans that have maintained ageless charm. We refer to these timeless designs as Lifestyle Classics.

In our twelve plus years, Archadeck of Central South Carolina has transformed hundreds of backyards into dream outdoor living spaces in Columbia and the surrounding areas. While most of our clients want their dream, all-inclusive, one-of-a-kind outdoor living space, we fully understand sometimes the budget, usable space or enough time for constructing an over-the-top custom design with all the bells and whistles just isn’t available.

Archadeck of "lifestyles classic", Chesapeake.

Archadeck’s “lifestyle classics,” Chesapeake.

Never letting it be said that Archadeck of Central South Carolina won’t meet a challenge head on, we are always ready with a selection of viable options to overcome any obstacle. Some of these options include our phased building program to assist with budget constraints or our national architectural design center to create your dream space no matter what size backyard you have. When the issue is a lack of time to complete a fully custom-designed and built outdoor living area, we have found the most success and customer satisfaction with selections from the classic designs of the Lifestyle Classics collection.

decks in central sc-lifestyle-classics-chesapeakeOne in particular, the Chesapeake design, has been quite popular in our area because it offers ample deck space with several versatile zones just right for cooking, dining and leisure activities. This design works well as a new or revitalized outdoor living area or as the perfect complementary addition to an existing hardscape or pool area.

Created with affordability, flexibility, and quality in mind, each standard deck design from the Lifestyle Classics can be customized with adjustments for size or configuration and further tailored to your wants and needs with color, material and feature options. You get the benefits of a custom design without a whopping custom price! Furthermore, since these structures are pre-designed, they do not have to be sent into national Archadeck headquarters for approval  or a custom drawing/rendering. This decreases the “turnaround time” drastically in the planning stages. In addition our talented crews have built these lifestyle classics many times and are well-versed in the specifics of these designs, saving time during the construction phase.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

Finding the right balance among features, materials and budget is key to creating a space that you will love for years to come. Archadeck of Central South Carolina is the premier outdoor structure builder serving Columbia, SC, and the surrounding area and we leave no stone unturned to find that balance. We help homeowners like you by offering all possible solutions in achieving the outdoor living space that’s best for you, your lifestyle, your property and your budget.

Contact us today to learn more by calling (803) 603-2160 or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net. We’re committed to excellence in outdoor structure design and building!

Tap into the exhilarating potential room beneath your 2nd-story deck

The space under your elevated deck is full of possibilities!

The space under your elevated deck is full of possibilities!

Who doesn’t love a bonus room or extra living and storage space? The endless possible uses are exhilarating! Just like the addition of a garage adds a potential bonus room above, an elevated or second-story deck creates additional outdoor living space beneath. This versatile space is more commonly referred to as “dry deck space.” With just a few extra steps it’s easy to make this unfinished space serviceable, thus expanding your outdoor living area for you and your family to enjoy even more. Whether you are considering adding a new elevated or second story deck or if you have an existing one, Archadeck of Central South Carolina can help you take advantage of the space below your deck, making sure you get the most from all your potential outdoor living area.

Screened Porch with Deck and Stone Patios

This elevated screened porch and deck features space underneath finished to serve as a covered patio.

Notice how the area underneath the deck is dry while the rest is wet?

Notice how the area underneath the deck is dry while the rest is wet?

Typically, the water dripping from the upper deck area prevents homeowners from utilizing the ample space below their second-story deck during rain. The spaces between the decking boards are the culprits, but there are several ways to make this space watertight for new and existing raised decks.  Just imagine this bonus room as a paver patio or flagstone hardscape, a fully wired outdoor dining/living room with lighting, ceiling fans and high-tech electronics, a relaxing screened or covered porch, and even a protected hot tub area or much-needed storage space!

This space turns the table of how we think of "dry space" with the screened porch underneath and deck atop -- amazing!

This space turns the table of how we think of “dry space” with the screened porch underneath and deck atop — amazing!

If you are adding a new elevated structure to your home and you know upfront you’ll be utilizing the space beneath, we have the ability to install a rain deck. This entails multiple layers built within the structure with a slope to divert the rain and water away from the deck. The benefits of this component being layered within the deck as it is being constructed include a non-sloping ceiling for the room below and more flexibility for the addition of electrical accoutrements.

Dry storage space under deck

Convenient and spacious dry storage space under the deck.

For an existing deck, retro-fit products are the way to go to create an awesome dry deck space that will make the space watertight. These systems operate by integrating a slope to divert precipitation to a gutter for draining, creating a slightly sloped ceiling for your room underneath. Archadeck of Central South Carolina uses various dry deck systems depending upon the ultimate use of the finished space below your deck. Some of our more popular choices include Drysnap vinyl ceiling panels, which channel the water, and Trex Rain Escape, which is a trough and gutter drainage system; these are just a few of the options available to make the most of the space under your deck.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

We pride ourselves on making the most out of every bit of outdoor living space you have available to create your ultimate backyard retreat. If you’re thinking of adding a second-story deck onto your home, or currently have an existing second-story deck you wish to finish out the dry deck space beneath, Archadeck of Central South Carolina is your builder of choice. Our award-winning outdoor living combinations are unparalleled in design and quality. Contact us to learn more by calling (803) 603-2160 or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net.

Welcome the New Year with a new outdoor living space by Archadeck of Central SC!

Happy New YearThe Christmas holiday has come and gone and the New Year is upon us. This time of year is steeped in tradition, from not daring to remove the Christmas tree until after ringing in the New Year, to serving a traditional southern New Year’s Day meal in the hopes of bringing luck and good fortune to your household. In addition, the New Year is also a time of self-evaluation. At the dawn of each year we resolve to better ourselves, our health and our lifestyle. Hopefully you’ve got your New Year’s resolutions in order and maybe your New Year’s resolutions include adding function and beauty to your backyard or outdoor area(s). If this is the case, you have come to right place.

Outdoor Fire PitWhile a lot of New Year’s resolutions are hard to stick to beyond the first week of January, updating or adding to your outdoor living space isn’t a hard one to keep. It’s said your home and style are reflections of you. If the New Year includes a new you, it’s fair to say, New Year, new you, new outdoor living space. Now is a great time to put exterior projects in motion, like converting your deck or patio to a screened porch, your screened porch to a sunroom or maybe adding that outdoor kitchen or fire pit to your existing space so you can enjoy these areas even more for many “New Years” to come.

Stunning sunroom addition in NE Columbia, SC.

Stunning sunroom addition in NE Columbia, SC.

Archadeck of Central South Carolina specializes in outdoor living spaces, including the updating of an existing space for additional functionality or the enhancement of its beauty. Designing and building one-of-a-kind custom-made decks, patios, porches and sunrooms for homeowners in Columbia, SC, and surrounding areas has been our passion for over twelve years. Our professional design team stays up to date on the newest and most popular outdoor living space trends to ensure our highly-trained and experienced construction team can build the structures that fulfill your needs and exceed your desires for your extended living areas.

Columbia screened porch and deck combination at Halloween

Columbia screened porch and deck combination.

Often the most utilized area of a home, your outdoor living space, should be designed with its function clearly in mind. Living in the south, a screened porch and a deck are excellent ways to extend the living and entertaining space of a home year round. A spacious deck provides an area for outdoor dining, relaxation and entertaining, while a screened porch provides an area for the same activities, just without the hassle of pesky insects or the dangers associated with the sun. As an added benefit, during times of inclement weather, a screened porch allows you the freedom to move the fun inside your protected porch. A  deck and screened porch combination provide double the enjoyment as these two spaces become one in your backyard setting!

Custom deck and porch combination in Lexington.

Custom deck and porch combination in Lexington.

Perhaps you need a space that allows you and your family more of a climate controlled area with the feel of the outdoors. A sunroom fulfills a multitude of functions, providing homeowners the most benefit over other outdoor living space additions. It can be a dining room, living room, exercise room or den filled with light while allowing you to enjoy the outdoors all year round. The versatility of a sunroom with transitional design elements that bring the outside in and the inside out, coupled with the extra heated space added to your home’s square footage, make it one of the most valuable investments you can make to your home.

Backyard bliss by the fire pitWhether you are custom designing a whole new outdoor living space or renovating your existing deck or patio, adding a fire pit is a surefire way to gain the most enjoyment of your Central South Carolina backyard even during the winter months. A well-placed fire pit can generate an abundance of ambiance, light and warmth, as well as provide a circular conversation and seating area at which many can gather. Extending the use of your backyard with a fire pit, so you and your family can enjoy it year round, adds value and style to your outdoor living space.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

The New Year brings a renewed hope for good things yet to come, as well as change, and change is good. Allow us to help you bring forth a change for the better in your outdoor living space. Our commitment to excellence in outdoor structure design and building ensures your unique project will bring enjoyment and pride not only within the new year, but for many years to come! Call Archadeck of Central SC today for a free design consultation at (803) 603 – 2160 or email us at
centralsc@archadeck.net

Archadeck of Central SC explores the benefits of choosing a large deck design

Elegant deck, pergola and patio by Archadeck

Is an elegant deck and pergola your idea of a dream backyard? If so, we can make it a reality.

Here at Archadeck of Central SC homeowners often ask us how big we feel their deck design should be. The answer to this question is solely dependent on what you and your family want to use the space for, your budget and how the dynamics of the space will correlate with your existing home, lot and other outdoor structures. However, when size constraints are not an option, we are seeing an increase in the popularity of larger decks that function more like “outdoor rooms” than the traditional 10 x 12 decks of yesteryear, and here’s why…

You are probably familiar with the old saying “bigger is better,” right? As Americans, we generally assume this old saying rings true — hence our affinity for bigger cars, houses and yes, super-size fries. One of the biggest trends in deck design is their increase in size over recent years. However, this increase is not for some of the reasons that may first come to mind: for example, to show social status or to accommodate a larger family. The reasoning behind building larger decks is simple. It is because homeowners crave the same comforts and function outdoors that they have in their interior living space.

This lakeside pressure treated deck includes built in bench seating, and unique privacy railing. We also integrated the existing trees within the landscape into the design of the deck- stunning.

This lakeside pressure- treated deck includes built -in bench seating and unique privacy railing. We also integrated the existing trees into the design of the deck.

To gauge the benefits of choosing to go larger when designing your ideal deck space, look at it this way: ”in most cases, inside your home, you have a dining room, kitchen, living room and family room. Homeowners are requesting these same spaces be designed into their deck, with areas for dining, a sitting or socializing area, and of course a cooking area.” A recent article published by Remodeling Magazine points out that “the 200-square-foot deck is increasingly looking like a relic of the past as more homeowners push for more outdoor living space, and remodelers and builders are lining up to accommodate them.”

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.

A large-scale deck design that encompasses the feel of an “outdoor living room” does take longer to plan, design and build as compared to the “typical” decks of the past. However, the benefits and extended function a larger, well-planned deck can provide are worth the additional time it takes to complete. Archadeck of Central SC custom designs each detail of our decks to cater to the individual function our customers seek. To get the most out of your deck, no matter how large, efficient and clever use of space is very important.

 

  • Here are 10 ideas courtesy of Remodeling Magazine to ensure the best use of space when planning your dream deck:

#1) Process plays a key role in the success of your outdoor living project.Think in layers – Not so long ago, decks both large and small used to be flat, square, single-surface spaces. But the larger the deck, the more it calls for curves, multiple levels, staircases, built-in seating, and railings.

#2) Capture the curves – Flexible composite decking allows for accentuation of the curves within a deck design and is a favorite among deck builders who are partial to curved surfaces, sidewalks and staircases, which can create an eye-catching segue between two levels of the deck.

#3)archadeck experience Move the eye along – Add a focal point or two to a large, empty span of deck by building a planter or fire pit in the middle or lining the perimeter with built-in seating. Adding a pergola to your deck is also a great way to create a focal point that will extend functionality.

#4) Create drama – Accentuate curves, railings and fascia boards with a contrasting color to create a frame around the deck floor, often referred to as “picture framing.” You may also incorporate inset designs, like diamond shapes in alternate colors, to create something unique for each homeowner; these methods are often seen with composite deck designs… And don’t be shy about mixing materials on your deck: faux stone columns, a metal roof or a granite countertop within a built-in food preparation area will make the outdoor room look more upscale and custom-designed.

#5)Deck with kitchen and pergola and ample pull out room for outdoor furnishings Proportions matter – A 1,800-square-foot deck on the back of a 2,000-square-foot home is probably too big to “go” with that house. Size up within reason.

#6) Add some shade – A homeowner who springs for a 600-square-foot-plus deck is going to want to use it as often as possible. A pergola, awning, canopy or roof over the deck will allow the client to cook, entertain or relax outdoors even on hot, sunny days or during rain showers. Keep in mind any shade structure should be as low-maintenance as the deck itself.

#7) Be prepared to wait a little longer– It takes a while to build a big deck. Especially if the outdoor room is full of custom features or will be home to electric or gas appliances, the job will include an electrician, a plumber and the local building inspector. If the deck includes multiple tiers, the builder might need to consult with an engineer or architect.

This spacious pressure treated deck in Columbia, SC overlooks the tranquil Saluda river.

This spacious pressure-treated deck in Columbia, SC, overlooks the tranquil Saluda River.

#8) Consider the view –  If the upper tier of a two-story deck is right over the lower one, take special care with the placement of the posts so they’re not too close to doors and windows, where they can block the homeowner’s view and path to the yard. Also, build in an under-deck gutter to catch rain that falls on the upper deck so it won’t soak the deck’s lower level and its inhabitants.

#9) Leave enough room – Even a big deck can run out of room if the design includes a hot tub. A typical 7-by-7-foot spa takes up at least a 10-by-10-foot space so there’s enough room around it for a railing, a privacy screen or a path for bathers and maintenance technicians to walk around it in order to gain access in the event of scheduled maintenance or repairs on your spa or hot tub.

#10) Outdoor Fire PitMake it useful – Include warmth and light so you can use your deck after dark and during at least three seasons. Popular options: built-in fireplaces and fire pits and ceiling-mounted heaters. You’ll have plenty of room for them.

So, to answer the question “is a bigger deck better,” it all depends on your individual needs and personal tastes. If you are looking for a deck that delivers layers of extended function, or a deck with that outdoor room feel — then, most definitely, bigger is better!

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 unforgettable deck and outdoor room designs today! You may call us at (803) 603 – 2160 or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net. Our design consultation is free, but what you gain in outdoor living enjoyment is priceless!