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Is Your Existing Outdoor Living Space Bugging You?

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We have all been there — enjoying a nice, outdoor gathering of friends or family on your deck when the uninvited guests begin to show up. They will begin to make themselves known one or two at a time, until dusk arrives and you and your guests are forced indoors. On such a lovely night, with the moon all aglow and the grilling underway, the mosquitoes arrive to steal the show.

Mosquitoes function best at 80o F, become lethargic at 60o F, and cannot function below 50o F. With our warm temperatures here in the Columbia area, spring through fall are the most active times for mosquitoes. Keep in mind that despite what you may have thought to be true about mosquitoes, certain species such as the Asian Tiger mosquito actually bite during the day making it difficult to plan an outdoor event around their feeding schedule.

SC screened rooms offer protection from pestky mosquitoesHere in our area, not only are mosquitoes a nuisance, they are also responsible for mosquito-borne illnesses such as West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, La Crosse encephalitis and other California serogroup viruses, Saint Louis encephalitis virus, and dog/cat heartworms. According to the S.C. Department of Health and Enviromental Control, mosquito control agencies throughout South Carolina are responsible for providing mosquito control to help protect residents from annoying bites and diseases. You can also help protect your family’s health by using safe mosquito repellents and by eliminating mosquito breeding sites on your property.

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In many cases, especially on properties close to wooded or low-lying areas or near a creek or water source, mosquitoes can be difficult to control in your outdoor living space if your property is not properly treated. However, there are ways to overcome these pests without sacrificing your enjoyment. Consider the addition of a protected outdoor living structure such as a screened porch.

Not only will a screened porch addition keep the bugs that are bugging you at bay, it will also deliver immense benefits protecting beyond the bite. It will allow for uninterrupted time outdoors during inclement weather and also serve as a refuge from the heat. Those homeowners who have outdoor allergies or conditions limiting sun exposure can still enjoy the benefits of their backyard without putting their health in jeopardy.

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Beyond offering you and your family protection from the “bite,” a screened porch is also versatile, making it exceptionally popular among SC homeowners for many reasons. When created with multiple zones for relaxing and entertaining, the screened porch can be the perfect spot to give you a little more solitude, calm and quiet. Additionally this outdoor room, while still letting you feel you are savoring the natural world outside, is just right for accommodating parties and more informal socializing. Pair the screened porch with a deck or patio and you have an outdoor living space combination giving you the best of both worlds; protected areas and open spaces!

Interior of gable roof screened porch in Lexington, SC.

Interior of gable roof aluminum screened porch in Lexington, SC.

As the area’s premier outdoor living space contractor, we would enjoy the opportunity to work with you to translate your outdoor living visions into a design that will fit the way your family wants to enjoy the outdoors. Our commitment to excellence in outdoor structure design and building ensures your project will bring enjoyment and pride for many years to come!

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

Call Archadeck of Central South Carolina at (803) 603-2160 today for a free design consultation or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net.

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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.