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The Columbia Backyard Deck is an Outdoor Living Classic

Irmo, SC, deck gets a makeover and a new pergola additionWhat do you think of when you hear the word “timeless”?

The definition of the word is “not affected by the passage of time or changes in fashion” — which means something that is timeless never goes out of style and is not restricted to a particular time or date; its appeal never expires. If you Google ” things that never go out of style” the results range from blue jeans and backyard barbecues to champagne and old books.

When it comes to outdoor living, trends can come and go, but the appeal of the backyard deck never goes out of style.  A professionally designed and built deck will provide years of enjoyment and will remain the center of activity for warm-weather outdoor entertaining and relaxation.

Beautifully detailed deck in NE Columbia, SC.

Beautifully detailed deck in NE Columbia, SC.

The origins of the backyard deck trace back to the height of consumer culture during the 1950’s an 1960’s, when the backyard moved beyond a place to grow food and sustain the household into an area for relaxation and leisure. Having your own little piece of green space behind the house where family and friends could relax and play became the new normal in the post-war period. The backyard was no longer just treated or thought about as a place of practicalities. It became about feelings of accomplishment and status. It became a symbol for The American Dream itself — enter the backyard deck.

Your very own backyard deck by Archadeck of Central SC

Imagine your next family barbecue on your very own backyard deck by Archadeck of Central SC.

Overall, decks started as a means to ensure that leisure and comfort were the guiding principles in a backyard space, just as the porch had done to the front of the house in earlier eras. These same principles of promoting outdoor leisure and comfort are more prevalent in today’s deck designs than ever! Here at Archadeck of Central SC, we specialize in decks built from a wide range of materials including traditional pressure-treated pine, hardwoods and low-maintenance synthetics. Each deck we build is custom designed to blend seamlessly with your home and reflect your personal style. Our deck designs embrace beauty, quality and extended enjoyment where form and function combine as one.

View of Lake Murray from new Trex deck

View of Lake Murray from new Trex deck

We pride ourselves on being able to provide quality outdoor spaces for homeowners with varied budgets and lifestyle needs. All of our decks are designed with a keen eye for the holistic way homeowners now view their backyards with the goal of creating an outdoor escape.

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 for a deck or outdoor living space design consultation. We can ensure a backyard destination that never goes out of style! You can reach us at (803) 603 – 2160 or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net .

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When it comes to Columbia, SC, outdoor living, anytime is the right time!

Is a fire pit right for you

Our custom designs encourage quality time outdoors!

Outdoor living has become an integral part of our lives. It is something we look forward to. An escape from the everyday doldrums, stress of work, school and having to abide by stringent schedules. As more and more homeowners entertain outdoors and strive to make the most of this time, backyards have become extensions of interior spaces, complete with furniture and appliances. Going beyond basic decks or patios, Columbia homeowners now yearn for outdoor kitchens complete with all the amenities they enjoy indoors including areas designed with comfortable living and dining rooms, outdoor fireplaces, fire pits or maybe an outdoor TV.

Stunning sunroom addition in NE Columbia, SC.

Stunning sunroom addition in NE Columbia, SC.

As we move into the cooler season, now is the perfect time to begin the process of bringing your outdoor living space ideas to fruition. Imagine being able to toast the beauty of autumn from the vantage of your sunroom, or enjoying crisp fall evenings with the family gathered around your own backyard fire feature. With Archadeck of Central SC as your builder, all this is possible. Take a look at some of the backyard visions we have brought to life:

Lake Chapin SC outdoor living environment

This low-maintenance deck on Lake Chapin, SC, gives the homeowners a way to enjoy the benefits of lakeside outdoor living. Built-in bench seating means no views were sacrificed in the design of this deck.

Archadeck of Central SC Screened Porch Addition

This screened porch addition boasts a clerestory ceiling compliments of the open gable and open rafter design. The completed structured provides a protected space for these Columbia homeowners to enjoy conversation and downtime without the worry of rain or insects!

Columbia Detached covered porch

A detached covered porch serves as the ultimate outdoor destination for these NE Columbia residents. The deck was built using low-maintenance TimberTech decking allowing more time for outdoor enjoyment instead of the chore of maintenance.

Custom deck and porch combination in Lexington.

This deck and covered porch addition in Lexington, SC, serves as the “place to be” on game day. The covered porch showcases rustic pine ceilings adding to the appeal of the space as a comfy outdoor room where family and friends can gather.

Lexington SC Custom Outdoor Kiitchens

In Lexington, SC, this fabulous outdoor kitchen is just one element of this outdoor living oasis. The project includes a new elevated low-maintenance deck that was integrated into the homeowner’s existing gazebo and tiki hut.

Since beginning Archadeck of Central SC over thirteen years ago, we have become the Columbia area’s premier builder for decks, sunrooms and porches. Our three-generation, family-owned company has created more than 750 outdoor living projects enabling our customers to take advantage of the natural beauty of the Central SC region and the mild climate we are fortunate enough to have almost year-round. Our devotion to excellence and experience means that we can translate your vision of the perfect outdoor living space through our custom designs.

So, what are you waiting for? 

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

Contact Archadeck of Central SC to start living the way YOU want to live outdoors! You can reach us at (803) 603 – 2160. You can also email us at centralsc@archadeck.net.

 

 

 

 

Archadeck of Central SC Discusses How a Successful Outdoor Living Combination Space Goes Together Like Peas and Carrots!

Archadeck of Central SC Discusses How a Successful Outdoor Living Combination Space Goes Together Like Peas and Carrots!When it comes to gaining the most benefit out of something, it stands to reason that combining two or more of what you like will bring you the most enjoyment. Examples of the power behind combinations are evident in many everyday things. For instance, just within the food and drink realm many of the combinations we take for granted include the successful pairing of a loaded baked potato as a companion to a steak, wine and cheese, apple pie and vanilla ice cream and even peas and carrots! Respectfully, many of the things we enjoy have a second or third accompaniment to make them even more decadent, so why should our outdoor living spaces be any different?

Archadeck patios and hardscapesCombination projects are a great way to create more space for more versatility and enjoyment, and by combining one or more outdoor structures you can designate different areas within them for different purposes. During the initial consultation with our clients, one of the first questions we ask  is “how do you intend to use the space?” Without getting the answer to this important question, the design won’t be as good as it can be. Though the answer varies with each client, from cooking and entertaining to sunbathing, birdwatching and relaxing, they all address the way a particular client wants to live outdoors. For many of our clients, their outdoor living spaces need to be multifunctional. If this is the case for you, Archadeck of Central SC needs to create a project with a flow that defines separate spaces for different functions.

Recently completed project near Lake Murray, SC.

Patio and screened porch combo space on Lake Murray, SC.

Many of our clients have chosen combination outdoor living spaces, including a deck with a screened porch or pergola, patio with outdoor kitchen, etc. Here are some examples of combination outdoor living space projects taken from our portfolio:

Quadruple the outdoor living pleasure in Wildewood

This combination space in the Wildewood community of East Columbia delivers the whole enchilada of outdoor living enjoyment! The flowing design incorporates a low-maintenance deck, covered porch, stamped concrete patio, outdoor kitchen and a fire pit! The largest benefit of this layout is that each structure within can be enjoyed singularly, but when combined they create a total outdoor living environment.

NE Columbia patio and fire pit

You can also read more about this amazing project in our feature article titled “We are wild about our recent outdoor living combination in Wildewood!”

A grand entrance from the backyard onto this deck and covered porch combo in Governors Grant Lexington SCDeck and Covered Porch Combination in Lexington

Prior to this addition, the only outdoor living space these Lexington homeowners had was a screened porch. Our outdoor living combination design took this backyard to a whole new level. In addition to the spacious and relaxing deck and covered porch addition, we also replaced the home’s existing rear bay window with convenient Pella doors. This made accessing the new outdoor area a breeze and unified the traffic flow of the new space with that of the screened porch.

Deck detail in Governors Grant with separate area for dining.

NE Columbia deck and sunroom builderSunroom and deck in NE Columbia

By choosing to combine a sunroom and deck, these NE Columbia clients got the best of both worlds, an open-air space perfect for grilling and soaking in the sun and a protected space delivering panoramic views of the outdoors with constant climate control.

Stunning sunroom addition in NE Columbia, SC.

The airy design of the sunroom, which opens out onto the new deck, features an open-end gable abundant with windows, transoms and a vaulted ceiling. The placement of the windows and roof pitch allows for an open and airy atmosphere with more light flowing naturally into the home’s interior.

As you can clearly see from these project images, outdoor living combinations can be used as separate rooms, or vignettes, of beauty and function. Whether it’s a pairing of two or more outdoor structures, our keen eye for design will give you a space that functions as one large, cohesive design.

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 interested in learning more about creating a multi-purpose outdoor living oasis in your own backyard, contact Archadeck of Central SC today. Our consultation is free, but the design we can create to enhance your backyard is priceless (803) 603 – 2160
centralsc@archadeck.net.

 

 

You can’t go wrong with a classic!

This composite deck in Lexington is a true gem!For more than thirty-five years, Archadeck has been designing and building custom outdoor living spaces for homeowners across the nation. Along the way, we’ve seen trends come and go as well as styles and designs that have had staying power throughout the years. As a custom design and build firm, we do not offer cookie-cutter designs, but we do take note of which styles are the most popular and which are best suited for the available space or specific functional needs. With this in mind Archadeck has perfected a number of outdoor living space plans that have maintained ageless charm. We refer to these timeless designs as Lifestyle Classics.

In our twelve plus years, Archadeck of Central South Carolina has transformed hundreds of backyards into dream outdoor living spaces in Columbia and the surrounding areas. While most of our clients want their dream, all-inclusive, one-of-a-kind outdoor living space, we fully understand sometimes the budget, usable space or enough time for constructing an over-the-top custom design with all the bells and whistles just isn’t available.

Archadeck of "lifestyles classic", Chesapeake.

Archadeck’s “lifestyle classics,” Chesapeake.

Never letting it be said that Archadeck of Central South Carolina won’t meet a challenge head on, we are always ready with a selection of viable options to overcome any obstacle. Some of these options include our phased building program to assist with budget constraints or our national architectural design center to create your dream space no matter what size backyard you have. When the issue is a lack of time to complete a fully custom-designed and built outdoor living area, we have found the most success and customer satisfaction with selections from the classic designs of the Lifestyle Classics collection.

decks in central sc-lifestyle-classics-chesapeakeOne in particular, the Chesapeake design, has been quite popular in our area because it offers ample deck space with several versatile zones just right for cooking, dining and leisure activities. This design works well as a new or revitalized outdoor living area or as the perfect complementary addition to an existing hardscape or pool area.

Created with affordability, flexibility, and quality in mind, each standard deck design from the Lifestyle Classics can be customized with adjustments for size or configuration and further tailored to your wants and needs with color, material and feature options. You get the benefits of a custom design without a whopping custom price! Furthermore, since these structures are pre-designed, they do not have to be sent into national Archadeck headquarters for approval  or a custom drawing/rendering. This decreases the “turnaround time” drastically in the planning stages. In addition our talented crews have built these lifestyle classics many times and are well-versed in the specifics of these designs, saving time during the construction phase.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

Finding the right balance among features, materials and budget is key to creating a space that you will love for years to come. Archadeck of Central South Carolina is the premier outdoor structure builder serving Columbia, SC, and the surrounding area and we leave no stone unturned to find that balance. We help homeowners like you by offering all possible solutions in achieving the outdoor living space that’s best for you, your lifestyle, your property and your budget.

Contact us today to learn more by calling (803) 603-2160 or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net. We’re committed to excellence in outdoor structure design and building!

This head-turning custom outdoor space added “backyard” appeal to this home in Lexington, SC.

A grand entrance from the backyard onto this deck and covered porch combo in Governors Grant Lexington SC

A grand entrance from the backyard onto this deck and covered porch combo in Governors Grant located in Lexington, SC.

Our focus story this week takes us to the Governors Grant community located in beautiful Lexington, SC. When these homeowners contacted Archadeck of Central SC to inquire about  increasing their outdoor entertaining space, what they got was  much more than a lifestyle enhancement.

Custom deck and porch combination in Lexington.

Custom deck and porch combination in Lexington.

Prior to the addition, the only outdoor living space the homeowners had was a screened porch. Our outdoor living combination design took this backyard to a whole new level. In addition to the spacious and relaxing deck and covered porch addition, we also replaced the home’s existing rear bay window with convenient Pella doors. This made accessing the new outdoor area a breeze and unified the traffic flow of the new space with that of the screen porch.

Bold colors and elegant details set this outdoor space apart Lexington SC

Bold colors and elegant details set this outdoor space apart.

Deck detail in Governors Grant with separate area for dining.

Deck detail in Governors Grant with separate area for dining.

I recently had the opportunity to speak with the homeowners in regard to the outdoor oasis we built for them. It turns out, the homeowners recently sold their home. During our conversation, the homeowner pointed out “we enjoyed the deck and porch immensely during our time in the home.” He also indicated that the outdoor living space was one of the biggest selling points for the home. Their home sold in two days, during which time they were able to entertain multiple offers. They are glad they moved forward with the decision to make the investment in an outdoor living space.

“The project was built well. Archadeck of Central SC did a great job structurally.”
– B. May of Lexington, SC

Lexington SC deck and porch combinationsThe homeowners’ flair for design also shone through in this project; the black and white details add to the elegance of the entire space. Adorned with majestic columns and a sweeping staircase, this deck and porch combination makes a bold statement adding to the beauty of this already stunning home!

We want to wish the homeowners all the best in their new home and are humbled and proud to have been a part of enhancing their outdoor lifestyle for the better!

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

Choosing the best fit for your home’s lifestyle needs is important. Archadeck of Central SC is the premier outdoor structure builder serving Lexington, Columbia, SC, and the surrounding area. We can help you choose the perfect outdoor structure for you with our expert design team and experience in building. Contact us to learn more by calling (803) 603–2160 or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net

 

New data indicates moving forward with your Columbia, SC, deck addition is a wise investment indeed!

Central SC deck and pergola with seating wallAccording to a recent article published by Loving Outdoor Living, the second best investment you can make in your home this year with the highest return on investment (ROI) percentages is a deck. Although outdoor living spaces continue to gain in popularity, homeowners still want to know that adding a deck is a wise decision from a financial perspective. The data used in this article comes from a widely respected source in the industry, Remodeler’s Magazine, which each year releases a Cost vs.Value report comparing the average cost for 35 popular remodeling projects with the value those projects retain at resale in 101 U.S. cities. This year’s results have helped solidify the deck’s spot as a heavy-hitter among home improvements!

Classic pressure treated backyard deck in Lexington SC

Classic pressure treated backyard deck in Lexington, SC.

Here are the top five national renovation ROI winners:

Entry door replacement: 96.6%

• Deck addition (wood): 87.4%

Attic bedroom: 84.3%

Garage door replacement: 83.7%

Minor kitchen remodel: 82.7%

This informative report also breaks down the top annual renovations geographically. For Columbia, SC, specifically the ROI for a deck is even more advantageous. A midrange 16 x 20 composite deck additon reflects a 74% cost recoup, while a 16 x 20 wooden deck addition shows 89% of the costs recouped at the time of sale.

cost-vs-valueWhen calculating the benefits of an addition’s ROI in relation to your individual needs, always consider both the price of the project and the overall price of your home. For example, a mid-priced composite deck may help sell a home faster but may not be a feature for which the buyer of an average home is willing to fully pay  for, so the ROI is less. For homeowners who intend to use their composite deck addition for several years before selling, it is a worthwhile addition. A composite deck requires minimal maintenance during the time you will be enjoying it, prior to selling your home.This gives you more time to enjoy your deck and nearly eliminates the maintenance required for a wooden deck.

Choosing to move forward with any outdoor project or addition should be based on what you and your family will enjoy the most while in your home.Chances are, if you ever decide to sell, a prospective buyer will see the same value as you did. Although ROI may influence your decision about home improvement projects, consider the enjoyment and use you will get while you are still living in your home!

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 considering a deck addition for you and your family in the near future we can provide valuable insight on getting started with a design that meets and exceeds all your expectations of what a custom outdoor space should be. Contact Archadeck of Central SC today at (803) 603-2160, or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net.