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Columbia Detached covered porchThe New Year has arrived! As we begin to work towards our resolution goals it is often hard to remain focused. January, in itself, can be a time of renewal but it can also be a time that leaves you yearning for the excitement and merriment you felt during the holidays. Many even refer to January as the month of holiday jet lag.

Archadeck of Central SC wants you to know that one way to curb the post-holiday blues is to look beyond the winter doldrums to warmer months ahead.  With this in mind, many Central SC homeowners may begin planning for the outdoor living season. These plans may involve a new addition to your landscape or outdoor living space.  Whether your aspirations include adding a new outdoor structure, or improving or adding to an existing structure,  winter is a good time to get the ball rolling.

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Because of our mild southern climate, we may be able to begin construction on your project as soon as your design is finalized and the contract is signed. In fact, the sooner we can start building, the more enjoyment you will get from your new outdoor living space. Once spring has arrived, demand will increase and building timelines will become longer. This is why we recommend starting the design and building process with us as soon as possible. Using these winter months perfecting the design of your new space, ordering materials and filing for permits is a perfect use of time.

In fact, there are quite a few reasons why winter is the best time to begin a new Columbia-area outdoor living space  project:

  • Central SC Sunrooms give you a front row seat to Mother NatureOur custom deckporch and sunroom designs require close collaboration with you. This process can take a few rounds of going back and forth, making adjustments and getting the project just right.
  • Securing building permits can take a long time as we are at the mercy of the local building department. Starting this process now means you don’t have to let the good spring weather pass you by while we are waiting for building permits to come in.

At Archadeck of Central SC, our spring and summer construction schedules fill fast. In fact, spring is our busiest time of year. If you start the process now, you beat the rush and are on the schedule for construction — or your project may even be completed — when others are just starting their process.

Beautifully detailed deck in NE Columbia, SC.

Beautifully detailed low maintenance deck in NE Columbia, SC.

Despite the fact that all the pomp and circumstance has ended, all the presents have been opened and loved ones have headed home,  we can ensure the late-winter weeks are overflowing with excitement and anticipation of the warm season ahead!

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

Contact us today to schedule your design consultation to begin making the 2018 outdoor living season the best ever! Call us today at  (803) 603 – 2160, or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net.


When considering an outdoor living space addition, a little planning can go a long way!

Central SC custom deck designsMost big decisions are accompanied by a big investment, and as such, proper planning goes a long way in giving you confidence in your choices. As a homeowner, this rings especially true with renovations or additions to your home and its environment. When choosing to add or enhance an outdoor living space, many factors are considered during the planning stage to make sure it meets your needs as well as blends into the architectural style and layout of your home and property. We here at Archadeck of Central South Carolina use our planning and design process with a single goal in mind…designing and building custom outdoor living spaces to bring enjoyment and pride for many years to come!

Archadeck design guideTo assist in the preliminary phase, Archadeck has created a simple yet valuable tool to help homeowners ignite their imaginations and define their preferences and function needs for the perfect outdoor living space. It is called the Archadeck Outdoor Living Design Guide, and you can download it free by visiting the Archadeck of Central SC website.

Three basic pieces of information form the foundation of a successful project:  the function, type and style of outdoor living space addition or renovation you have in mind, the anticipated completion date desired and your estimated budget goal for the project. It has been our experience, having this information organized and in hand not only helps you clarify your outdoor living space needs and wants, but it also helps our team to better translate your desired goal into a finished project.

To create the best design and structure for you and the way you live outdoors, we ask a lot of questions, including:

  • For what activities will this space be used? The best outdoor living structures are designed with perfect union of form and function. Do you wish to have a technology-free zone, just right for rest and relaxation? Or will your space need an outdoor kitchen area to be used for family barbecues and larger dinner parties? Do you want an open, exposed area where you can bask in the sun, or do you prefer a covered area with protection from the elements? Better yet, how about a combination space for all of the above?
  • What is the contour of your property? Is it flat or does it have slopes? The contour must be taken into consideration when selecting the structure and type of outdoor living space, but it doesn’t necessarily limit your options.

Central SC design guide

Additional aspects we consider when creating your custom space are the situation of your property in regard to sun exposure, favorite views you may have and the proximity of neighboring properties…all of which should be kept in mind when selecting the style and design of your sunroom, porch, pergola, deck or combination.

Now is the perfect time to plan your backyard retreat, so it can be ready for you to enjoy when the weather gets warm. Having a clear understanding of your tastes and design choices helps you receive the perfect outdoor living environment. That’s where our FREE Design Guide comes in handy.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

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. We specialize in making your outdoor living dreams come true!