Tag Archives: Making your Columbia SC dream backyard a reality

Where will you be watching the BIG game this Sunday?

Columbia outdoor man cavesIt’s Super Bowl time again. This Sunday, most Columbia, SC, households will be tuned in to watch the Atlanta Falcons take on the New England Patriots in one of the biggest sporting events of the year. No matter which team you’re cheering on, this all-American event provides a huge opportunity for entertaining friends and family. The tradition of gathering to socialize, prepare food and dine during the event is something even non-football fans engage in annually.

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With this in mind, where do you plan to celebrate Super Bowl 51? Being in the business of creating versatile outdoor living structures for all to enjoy, Archadeck of Central SC has designed our fair share of spaces with an emphasis on entertaining and comradery. We offer a variety of options for homeowners looking to add an outdoor gathering spot for sporting events, casual outdoor dinners, family celebrations and even movie nights!

Recently completed project near Lake Murray, SC.

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

Just as we discussed in one of our previous blog stories titled Football season is here — welcome the ultimate “man cave” to your own backyard!there are many outdoor living designs that encompass all the features and amenities you want in a man cave. Covered patios, screened porches and outdoor rooms are now being designed with the man cave mentality in mind. With these outdoor designs you will no longer have to remind guests to “put a coaster under that”; or “try to keep the noise down.” Our custom outdoor living areas can be designed with all the amenities and accoutrements you will ever want including outdoor kitchens for food prep and dining and easy access to backyard for tossing around the ol’ pigskin during commercial breaks!

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

Don’t let another Super Bowl or special event pass without the outdoor environment you crave. We can plan, design and build the ultimate outdoor fun area the entire family will love and enjoy! Call today for a free design consultation at (803) 603-2160 or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net.

Please visit our extensive outdoor structure galleries located on our website for more examples of our versatile outdoor room designs.

 

 

Face Forward for Spring — Don’t Miss the Columbia Home Building and Remodeling Expo This Weekend!

Home-Building-Remodeling-Expo-Square-ColorAre you anticipating the arrival of warm days and daydreaming about outdoor living? Maybe you are planning a new  build or upgrade to your outdoor living space? If so, you won’t want to miss the Columbia Home Building and Remodeling Show coming to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center this weekend!

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This comprehensive home show brings together homeowners and many of the most knowledgeable and experienced remodeling and building experts. Every aspect of the home can be explored, from outdoor living space designs to the home additions. Professionals will be on hand to share their valuable knowledge to bring your ideas to life or inspire you with new ones.

whereArchadeck of Central SC will be on hand in booth #607 to discuss your anticipated outdoor living space aspirations. Whether you are looking to add or upgrade a backyard deck or add an entire outdoor living environment to your property, we can help answer all your questions and begin planning your custom project in time to enjoy this spring!

Archadeck of Central SC completed projects

It all happens January 13-15, 2017, so make plans to visit the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center for the Home Building & Remodeling Expo!  This all-encompassing event will surely put you on the path towards making your dream home, and backyard,  a reality.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

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

Don’t want to wait to discuss your project until the show? Contact us today at (803) 603 – 2160 or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net to get started!

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

When it comes to choosing the right builder for your outdoor living project— quality is worth the wait

Archadeck of Central SC Screened Porch AdditionOnce you have made the decision to move ahead with your outdoor living structure addition, it is only natural to want it completed quickly, even if you finalized the design and signed the contract today. Anticipation and patience aren’t generally the closest of friends. However, it is important to remember that quality craftsmanship takes time. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and a professionally-designed and built outdoor living structure won’t be either. The important thing  to realize is that if a builder is ready to break ground immediately on your project, especially during the outdoor living season, chances are their services are not in high demand, or they aren’t intent on building your structure with quality and longevity in mind.

Deck BlueprintsHow our scheduling works:

When our client signs a contract,  the project start date is established according to the current backlog we have on schedule at the time. During the fall and winter months, backlogs and lead times are usually less, but during the outdoor living season, when the weather is warmer, project beginning dates are usually substantially farther out. Our timelines are also influenced by forces beyond our control such as permitting, inspections and in some cases inclement weather. Depending on what county or town you reside in, permitting may require a “walk-thru” permitting process, or may require a “drop-off” application. Drop-off permit applications are granted in the order they are received and could take up to three weeks during the busy season. The turnaround time for permitting could add wait time to your project, but permits are a necessary element in the building process.

AZEK deck in NE Columbia, SC.

Beautiful view and a deck to match in NE Columbia.

Making changes to your project once it has begun can often extend completion dates, especially in circumstances where additional permitting and inspections are necessary. Keep in mind, there are many influences that can affect your project timeline and scheduling. These include but are not limited to:

  • Does there need to be HOA approval? If so does your HOA meet quarterly or monthly?
  • Which county or town are you located in?
  • Is a variance needed?
  • Are the materials you have chosen for your particular design stocked locally or special order?
  • How many different trades are involved (plumbing, electrical, masons, HVAC or only carpentry)?
  • Weather or season, and site conditions?
  • What sort of backlog does the builder have?

Archadeck of Central South Carolina strives to provide you with an outdoor living space that encompasses everything you want in your particular design, now, and with future additions in mind. Our approach to the design and building process is to accommodate the customer’s needs and desires in every way. This means we help fulfill your wishes in getting everything you are expecting from your design, from the aesthetics you want to a space that serves the functions you desire. We understand the excitement you feel when you look ahead to using your new addition. Patience, as they always say, is only a virtue.

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 ready to begin planning your anticipated outdoor living project, we can help you get started today on making the backyard of your dreams a reality. Contact Archadeck of Central SC today at (803) 603-2160 or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net

 

Is Your Existing Outdoor Living Space Bugging You?

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Where did everyone go?

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.

University Hill Columbia SC screened porch builder

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.

Archadeck of Central SC Celebrates National Home Improvement Month!

As a proud member of NARI, Archadeck of Central SC wants you to know that we specialize in designing and building custom outdoor living structures in and around Columbia SC. May is National Home Improvement Month. At first blush, this doesn’t sound like much fun; in fact, it sounds a lot like work, but it has tremendous potential to change the way you look at and live in your home. What parts of your home do you enjoy the most? What would you like to change? What could you add or improve in your home that would make you want to spend more time in it? Home improvement isn’t just about fixing a sagging door or replacing shrubbery. It’s about reimagining your family’s home as you would love it to be.

This entire month is recognized as National Home Improvement month through the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. In honor of the occasion, NARI is providing chapters and members with valuable information they can use to get homeowners interested in remodeling this season including outdoor living structures!

Archadeck of Central SC completed projects

As a proud member of NARI, Archadeck of Central SC wants you to know that we specialize in designing and building custom outdoor living structures in and around Columbia, SC. Our outdoor living spaces not only increase your enjoyment, they also add value and function to your home and landscape.

After you’ve spent some time thinking about what you’d like and doing a little research about various project options on the internet and elsewhere, don’t forget to take a few minutes to give some thought to what the potential Return on Investment (ROI) for the project is likely to be. Various industry groups do annual surveys that provide numbers on this subject, but I’d like to share a few from my line of business.

Don’t just take our word for it, take a look at the recent numbers available through the 2016 Cost vs. Value report;

According to the report, outdoor living spaces such as composite (low-maintenance) decks and wooden decks show a dramatic return on investment (ROI) in the Columbia region.  A deck addition built of composite reflects a ROI of nearly 116%, with a deck addition built of wood recouping a whopping 117.8%. This is good news for homeowners considering a deck addition in the near future!

When compared to the national averages and those of the South Atlantic region, Columbia comes out on top. The ROI for a composite deck addition in the South Atlantic region is 69.2% and wood is 80.6%. Columbia is far above the most recent national average ROI where a composite deck reflects a 64.4% cost recoup, and a wooden deck reflects a 75% cost recoup.

If you’re thinking about adding an outdoor living space to your backyard, give us a call to see how we can make creating your dream backyard an enjoyable experience, start to finish. You can reach us at (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.

What you need to know when considering a sunroom addition to your home

Sunroom Sitting Area

This sunroom sitting area functions as a secondary living room for this family.

A Sunroom, also referred to as a four-season room, can be a very beneficial addition to your home. Not only do sunrooms provide amazing views to the outdoors in any season, they also add valuable conditioned living space to the interior of the home. Sunrooms can serve a multitude of functions. Due to the nature of their design, sunrooms also allow more natural light into the home than a traditional interior room addition.

What we often hear from our customers is that “we use our sunroom more than any other room in the house“. Archadeck of Central SC believes this is because the homeowner(s) have a need that their house doesn’t meet, and a specially designed sunroom addition fulfills that need (whether it is for sewing, reading, or a multitude of functions).

What differentiates sunrooms from other kinds of structures are the many windows, rather than screens, that immediately satisfy the conflicting desires for nature and comfort. It’s a place to enjoy your morning coffee and newspaper with a lovely view of your garden or landscape, a protected area for children and pets to enjoy the sun, the perfect place for a midday luncheon or afternoon book club meeting and a great place to unwind after a long, hard day of work.

A sunroom allows you to enjoy being outside without worrying about heat, cold, rain, harmful UV rays, pollen or insects — especially those dangerous mosquitoes! You can relax while you take in the view of your beautiful surroundings from the comfort of an enclosed room no matter what elements are thrown your way. Archadeck of Central South Carolina can custom design and build a sunroom for you and your family that will protect you from the ravages of weather and Mother Nature while benefitting you in so many other ways.

This spacious sunroom in Columbia, SC, delivers versatility within the home

This spacious sunroom in Columbia, SC, delivers versatility within the home.

According to an article published in Reader’s Digest, “A sunroom can provide you with an oasis in your home and help you lower your heating bill. But there’s a lot to consider if you want to create one for yourself.”  Having the benefit of an experienced sunroom contractor, such as Archadeck, can ensure that you get a quality sunroom to fit your home, your lifestyle and your budget.

Our sunrooms are designed to be enjoyed year-round.  With this in mind, Archadeck of Central SC can help decide optimal placement for your room —  the first critical step when planning a sunroom addition.

  • Central SC Sunrooms give you a front row seat to Mother NatureIdeal Placement

In northern climes, a southern exposure is best because it will receive the most light each day. Here in the South, however, a southern exposure means additional cooling may be necessary. An eastern exposure will ease cooling needs by providing sun in the morning and shade the rest of the day — whereas a western orientation will give you afternoon sun that might require shading through window treatments. A northern exposure will provide lower levels of light and partial shade most of the day and may eliminate the need for window treatments or additional cooling.

With so much glass, any sunroom can present heating and cooling challenges. By using the newer, more innovative types of glass, insulation and roofing, you can keep your space comfortable without wasting excess energy to help regulate heat and cold, and to alleviate leakage problems. Other considerations include…

  • Understand right from the start that sunrooms are designed for year-round use and may increase your heating costs, even with a south-facing orientation.
  • You also need to understand that good sunroom design isn’t just about staying warm in winter, either. It’s also about keeping cool during summer months.
  • If you’re looking for comfort, remember that it’s technically easier to heat during the winter than it is to cool during the summer.

Bright sunny room additionArchadeck of Central South Carolina realizes the intrinsic value of your home and its outdoor living space. As the premier outdoor living space builder for the central South Carolina area, we deliver uncompromising attention to detail with a high level of quality and craftsmanship for every structure we build.

If you are ready to enjoy the endless benefits of a sunroom, contact Archadeck of Central South Carolina today. We can explore the options of making your home and landscape a prime destination for relaxation, fun and family times. You can reach us at (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.