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From hosting an oyster roast, to an outdoor dinner toast, autumn is full of outdoor living opportunities!

Outdoor Fire PitCentral South Carolina’s mild climate allows us to enjoy the outdoors well into the late fall and beyond. Warm winter days, and the occasional “Indian Summer,” extend our chances to soak up the sun on the backyard deck, or enjoy brunch on the screened porch. These are the  times we often love the most; out of the ordinary and flowing against the grain of the typical outdoor living season when we are able to toast marshmallows over the outdoor fire pit in January, or enjoy a glass of wine with friends nestled beside the outdoor fireplace in late November! It almost seems unfair to those who live in less friendly climates, doesn’t it?  Thus is the glory of living in the South!

A few ideas to make fall fabulous:

  • archadeck experienceSit down and stay awhile – You can take full advantage of the cooler season by creating a cozy outdoor space where you can relax and take time to experience the aromas, sounds and colors of autumn. A good way to achieve this feeling is to think about seating. For example, consider a patio with a integrated seating or retaining wall which helps define your space and offers casual seating. Ample outdoor furnishings on your porch or deck are also a crowd pleaser. Comfortable seating is always key to enjoyment in your space and means you and your guests will be more likely to linger. Sofas and chairs with removable cushions made of higher-quality outdoor fabric will hold up to the elements and are a worthwhile investment returning years of enjoyment.

Deck revived by Renew Crew of Central SC

  • A grand entrance from the backyard onto this deck and covered porch combo in Governors Grant Lexington SCGo “under cover” – Having at least a portion of your outdoor living space under cover will allow you to get more use out of the space, even on cool, rainy days. Consider adding a pergola or covered porch to your deck or patio. Unlike summer, when the need for covered areas to provide shade is critical, sunny days in autumn are much more welcome.

Deck detail in Governors Grant with separate area for dining.

  • Backyard bliss by the fire pitHost a gourmet gathering under the stars –  Entertaining friends and family, and especially dining, is more fun outdoors. Today’s wide range of outdoor dining amenities make it effortless. Outdoor kitchens are becoming more and more common paired with patios, porches and decks. Outdoor fire features offer a great way to introduce food into your autumn celebration. From roasting marshmallows over the fire pit, to hosting an oyster roast on the patio and enjoying an after dinner toast, autumn is full of outdoor living opportunities!
Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

Just as Carpe diem is a common aphorism meaning “seize the day,” Archadeck of Central SC invites you to seize the enjoyment of the ever-changing seasons by adding a custom outdoor living space to your backyard! Contact us today to get started at (803) 603 – 2160

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!