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Looking for more function from your porch? Maybe a porch-to-room conversion is the answer!

Custom deck and porch combination in Lexington.

Custom deck and porch combination in Lexington.

A porch or screened porch provides a wealth of benefits to make the most of the time you spend outdoors. From giving you a shady spot to escape the sun, or a pop-up summer shower, to lingering at dusk with no worry of mosquitoes thanks to screens. But what if you could take the benefits you enjoy from your covered porch or screened porch to another level? What if you could use the space to your heart’s content without limitations for three, four or even twelve months throughout the year? Archadeck of Central SC wants you to know that in most cases we can convert your existing open or screen porch to a 3-season, 4-season room or sunroom and extend the use and versatility of your space.

If the idea of a porch-to-outdoor-room conversion sparks your interest, here are some points that will have to be addressed:

Use a professional

It is crucial to hire an outdoor structure professional who is knowledgeable about porches, outdoor structures and conversions. Hiring a professional ensures the safety, quality and satisfaction of your project.

SunroomCan your porch take the weight?

The first consideration that has to be addressed is the structural integrity of your existing porch. The substructure must be able to accommodate the weight of added walls, in the case of a covered porch, or windows in the case of a sunroom conversion. In either case, the foundation of the porch will have to extend all the way to the corners of the structure. In cases where the foundation does not extend to the corners, amendments must be made to extend the foundation, and new footers will have to be added in order to safely support and hold the weight. Archadeck of Central SC can perform an inspection to determine whether your porch fits the criteria for a conversion. Depending on these results, we will discuss our recommendations as to how to proceed with getting the porch structurally compatible to withstand a 3-season, 4-season or sunroom conversion.

Archadeck of Central SC Screened Porch Addition

Previous permitting

South Carolina, like many areas of the country, requires everything a builder does to be properly permitted and inspected. This means the previous structure you have, if it passed inspection, should have been deemed sound as a porch. Even if this is the case, it still may not be structurally sound enough for a conversion. Be aware from the beginning that most builders will only warrant the framed portion of the structure that they build. This means if something goes wrong with the substructure as a result of amendments, you cannot use their warranty anymore. This is why we recommend reinforcing the foundation on all the porches we build.

Interior view of four season room in Columbia, SC.

Interior view of four season room in Columbia, SC.

What suits your fancy?

Once the heavy work has concluded and the structural integrity of your porch is deemed a good candidate for a conversion, the question is what do you want? Deciding which type of outdoor room conversion best suits your needs can be difficult. In most cases, this choice will depend on your budget, geographical location and what you plan to do with the room. For example, a four-season room or sunroom conversion serves as an extension of your home’s living area as well as an extension of your outdoor living area. These outdoor rooms give you unobscured views of nature through the extensive use of windows. Sunrooms can be enjoyed year-round even in the event of snow. A sunroom is considered to be a “conditioned space” because it requires an HVAC system just like that of an interior room addition. A four-season room differs from a sunroom in that it is not considered an interior room addition. However, four-season rooms can be outfitted with amenities that provide comfort, such as ceiling fans, space heaters and the like, which can be turned off when not in use.

Central SC Sunrooms give you a front row seat to Mother Nature

Choosing the best fit for your home’s architecture, your desired function and your budget are also important. Archadeck of Central SC is the premier outdoor room builder serving Columbia, SC, and the surrounding area.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

We can determine if a porch to outdoor room conversion is the best fit for you. Contact us to learn more by calling (803) 603 – 2160 or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net.

 

 

 

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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.

Archadeck of Central SC specializes in enhancing the function and beauty of your Columbia SC lakefront home

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 within the landscape into the design of the deck.

The Columbia area is home to many lakefront living communities. Lake Murray, the Saluda River and Lake Wateree, offer pristine views and the opportunity to experience waterfront living at its best. If you  count yourself as one of the lucky homeowners situated on one of our beautiful area lakes or rivers, Archadeck of Central SC can turn your lakeside or lakefront home into an outdoor oasis with the many outdoor living space designs we offer to enhance your lakefront living experience.

This freestanding poolside pergola with outdoor kitchen by Archadeck of Central SC is the ultimate in backyard bliss!

This freestanding lakeside pool pergola with outdoor kitchen by Archadeck of Central SC is the ultimate in backyard bliss!

Since the style of lake houses in our region is as varied as the people who live in them, Archadeck of Central SC has a plethora of designs available with a host of materials to suit any taste or budget. Lake houses come in a variety of architectural styles from humble cabins and cottage hideaways, to sprawling lodges and contemporary homes, but each shares the goal of providing rest and relaxation in a waterfront setting, and that is the same goal we try to accomplish with our outdoor spaces. Whether you choose to create a rustic retreat inspired space or a contemporary backyard getaway, we always strive to build a space that is casual, inviting and soothing to the soul.

Imagine enjoying the view of the lake from your very own 3 or 4 season room by Archadeck of Central SC

Imagine enjoying your view of the lake from your very own 3 or 4 season room by Archadeck of Central SC.

Close your eyes and imagine how much an outdoor oasis would enhance the time you spend outdoors at your lakefront home. Can you see the benefits of having an outdoor space that enables you better views of the lake and a broader realm of entertaining opportunities? Archadeck of Central SC can see it too. We share the same vision of increasing the beauty and enjoyment at your lakefront home. When it comes to choosing the outdoor space that will best fit your lakeside retreat, the first thing to consider is what function(s) you wish to accomplish in your space. If you enjoy grilling by the lake, then a deck or patio may be your best option. If, however, you dream of having a place to take in the scenic views while not being  bothered by insects or inclement weather, a screened porch or versatile 3-season room may be a better fit for the outdoor living lifestyle you have in mind. If you are looking for a way to utilize the best of both worlds, then maybe an outdoor living combination of two or more structures is your best bet.

Stunning views from the interior of this Lake Murray screened porch

Stunning views from the interior of this Lake Murray screened porch

Connecting the deck to the waterside

Notice how the ingenious design of this dock connects the deck to the waterfront- stunning!

Along with being the Columbia area’s premiere lakeside deck and porch builder, Archadeck of Central SC also builds docks and piers to enhance your lakeside living experience even further. We offer low maintenance options that won’t degrade over time as well as custom wood designs   to suit any taste or budget. Wouldn’t it be grand to have a custom dock and outdoor living space combination to get the total lakeside living outdoor space package? Imagine the beauty and convenience of having the “whole enchilada” in your Columbia lakeside backyard; you may never want to venture indoors again!

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

Learn more about increasing your outdoor living enjoyment lakeside by contacting Archadeck of Central SC today for a free design consultation (803) 603 – 2160
centralsc@archadeck.net

You can see more inspiring outdoor living space designs that hold the capability of turning your lakeside home into a lakeside retreat by visiting our decks photo gallery and our porches photo gallery, located on our website.

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
centralsc@archadeck.net

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.