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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

Archadeck of Central SC shares some helpful hints on enjoying the freshest catch of the day!

Deck with kitchen and pergola and ample pull out room for outdoor furnishings

The outdoor living season is here, time for fresh seafood on the grill or smoker!

What’s for dinner? Now that summer has arrived, you have probably already fired up the grill, or opened your outdoor kitchen for friends and family. Not only is grilling an essential staple of summertime fun and outdoor living enjoyment, but it can also be quite healthy if done correctly. Grilling meats makes it easier to manage a low-fat diet because grilling results in a reduced fat content compared to some other cooking methods. That’s because fat will drop off as the food cooks. Another benefit of grilling is the shorter cooking time. This helps to retain vitamins, especially when grilling fresh veggies!

This outdoor living space includes a custom outdoor kitchen, perfect for grilling fish!

This outdoor living space includes a custom outdoor kitchen, perfect for grilling fish by the pool!

With an added emphasis on food preparation and dining this season, many homeowners consider seafood one of the best selections for outdoor grilling and smoking. Seafood is a leaner source of protein than other meats Americans typically choose for the backyard barbecue. Much research has been conducted on the health benefits of seafood, particularly fish, in preventing heart disease. The best selections in regard to heart health are fatty fish or “dark fish” like tuna, salmon, swordfish, mackerel or bluefish, which are all high in Omega 3 fatty acids. Of course, when it comes to better taste and optimal health benefits, wild-caught is healthier than farm-raised, and when you think wild-caught — fresher is better — which means local is fresher than wild-fish caught abroad.

Fresh Atlantic seafood selections courtesy of Southern Living

Fresh Atlantic seafood selections courtesy of Southern Living.

Author and essayist Paul Greenberg points out in his new book, American Catch, “A full 91% of seafood Americans eat comes from abroad, even though our local waters often teem with fresh fish and shellfish. This summer, demand local. You may pay a little more, but chances are you’ll be buying better quality seafood and supporting local fishermen.

Here are a few helpful hints courtesy of Southern Living to ensure you and your family enjoy the freshest catch this season:

  • When selecting whole fish – Look for firm flesh that springs back to the touch, bright red gills and clear eyes, telltale signs of freshness for fish like pompano and red snapper. Bonus: Whole fish costs less per pound than filets!
  • Fresh shrimp at the Florence, SC Farmers Market

    Fresh shrimp at the Florence, SC, Farmers Market.

    When selecting fish filets – Filets of white flaky fish such as flounder and denser black grouper should be firm to the touch. Avoid any filets with an oily sheen or excessive “gapping” in the flesh, or any stored in standing water. No bones about it, inspecting your filets carefully before purchasing will ensure against food-borne illness.

  • When Blue Crab is on the menu – Select hard-shell and soft-shell crabs fresh, if possible even alive, and make sure to check they are not foaming at the mouth. Picked crabmeat prices are quite high at the moment and increasing due to labor costs and historically low catches.
  • When selecting shrimp – Keep in mind, most “fresh” shrimp have been flash frozen and defrosted, so buy them frozen if you’re not cooking them immediately, which cuts out one of these steps. For defrosted shrimp, buy in the shell and peel yourself; they should feel firm and look plump. Whether you buy large (26-30 per pound) or mediums (41-50 per pound), make sure they’re shrimp from North Carolina to Texas — when in doubt, just ask.
This covered patio space features an outdoor kitchen with bar seating along with a wall mounted TV

This eat-in style outdoor kitchen includes a sink to keep hands clean!


When cooking outdoors, enjoy the moment, but always exercise common-sense practices to avoid contamination. Don’t let food sit out for more than two hours. Preheating your grill for 20 minutes can help kill lingering bacteria. Never use the same plate and utensils for raw meat and cooked meat. It is a good idea to scrape off and clean your grill after each use because bacteria and carcinogenic residue can build up on the grates over time. Finally, don’t forget to always wash your hands thoroughly after handling raw meats!

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 learn more about how an outdoor kitchen or custom food preparation and dining area would enhance your outdoor living space, contact Archadeck of Central SC today. We are your one-stop shop for all your outdoor living design needs! Call (803) 603-2160 or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net.