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Revitalized Back Porch in Hutto, TX, Proves Small Upgrades Can Make a Huge Difference

Today’s feature project in Hutto, TX, is a sweet reminder that smaller outdoor renovation projects can be just as satisfying as larger ones. It’s a matter of perspective. Not all of our projects here at Archadeck of Austin are beefy and massive! While we have built our share of pavilions, outdoor kitchens and beefy pergolas, we love the way a small project can have a big impact.

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New Stairs, New Railings Give the Porch New Life

This client has a small, open porch at her back door. She enjoys spending time there and wanted to freshen it up. The first order of business was replacing the old wooden steps leading down to the yard. We built the new steps with AZEK low-maintenance decking boards. These back steps will look great for years without the need for painting, staining or sealing.

New stairs need new railings, right? Whether you call it an update or an upgrade, we custom-designed a powder-coated iron rail system and had it made just for this project. The homeowner’s visibility into the yard increased exponentially. What comes to mind when you compare these thin, horizontal cables to the old wooden pickets? All we can say is out with the old, in with the new! We capped off the new railings with an AZEK drink rail. Not only does it look sleek, it’s also a very useful feature.

New Ceiling, New Lighting Complete the Updated Setting

The porch originally had a painted Hardie ceiling and old-style mounted ceiling lights. We replaced the old ceiling with beautiful, tongue-and-groove Synergy Wood. We updated the lighting with a dimmable LED recessed ceiling light and installed the dimmer control switch inside, near the back door. Finally, we added cedar trim around the edge of the ceiling and stained it to match the Synergy Wood.

new synergy interior porch ceiling
Beautiful new Synergywood ceiling.

Our work here is done! The homeowner is happy with the updates to her back porch. As you can see, updating an outdoor living space doesn’t necessarily have to be a big project in order to make a major difference. Sometimes small upgrades can make a huge impact.


Does your home need a new porch or deck – or could you revitalize your outdoor living space with design and material updates? Contact Archadeck of Austin to schedule your free design consultation.

Jim Schallon, senior designer Archadeck of Austin.
Jim Schallon, senior designer Archadeck of Austin.

Archadeck Transforms Round Rock TX Covered Patio with Roof Addition

If you aren’t thrilled—or even satisfied—with your current outdoor living area, let’s change it! The project featured in these photos perfectly illustrates our point. When these clients in Round Rock, TX, called Archadeck of Austin, they had a patio and outdoor kitchen with a pergola overhead. While that sounds good, what they really wanted over their backyard patio was a solid roof. They also wanted to add another component to their existing outdoor kitchen.

Round Rock TX Covered Patio with Roof Addition

It’s our philosophy that homeowners should not have to put up with an outdoor living space that isn’t meeting their needs. Your Archadeck of Austin professional design consultant can take a look at the structures you have now and design changes to improve aesthetics and functionality. Our goal is to take your outdoor living area from good (or just okay) to GREAT! Let’s dig in and determine what it is about your outdoor space that’s not working for you—and how we can change that. You spend lots of time on your backyard patio, deck or porch. Let us help you create your ideal outdoor space for leisure enjoyment!


Round Rock TX Covered Patio Design

It was outdoor renovation time at this Round Rock, TX, home. When we modify a client’s outdoor living structures, we’ll work with the existing components to the extent that we can. For example, in replacing the homeowners’ pergola with the roofed structure you see here, we were able to use the pergola’s cedar posts. Demolishing the entire pergola and posts to start from scratch was an option but wasn’t necessary. We saved time and money for the clients by using the posts they already had in place.

Round Rock TX Covered Patio with Roof Addition

We did encounter a structural issue when designing this conversion from a pergola to a roofed structure, but as you know we love a challenge! With Archadeck of Austin’s extensive expertise as a covered patio and porch builder, these homeowners were in good hands. The problem: the pergola we replaced was shaped at an angle, not square. While that may have been alright for a pergola, a roof is much heavier and structural integrity is essential.

Round Rock TX Covered Patio with Roof Addition

What did we do? We added a fifth post! Because one of the posts was not in position to support the squared-off roof design properly, we added another post in the correct spot. From a structural standpoint it was like filling in the missing piece to the puzzle. Then we bridged the gap between the old and new posts at that corner with two horizontal shelf-like pieces of wood. Now it’s a design element!

Round Rock TX Covered Patio with Roof Addition

We used cedar for the ceiling of the new patio cover to match the posts and beams.

Round Rock TX Outdoor Kitchen Expansion

In addition to building a free-standing roof over this patio and outdoor kitchen, we also added a “leg” to the outdoor kitchen. The new portion creates an L-shape with a section designed specifically to hold the clients’ ceramic grill/smoker. We were able to use stone that matched the existing kitchen perfectly. No one will guess that the two segments of this outdoor kitchen were built at different times. Best of all, the addition completes the outdoor kitchen with a piece that was missing from the original design. It answers the question: What would it take to turn this outdoor kitchen from good to great by meeting the homeowners’ needs completely?

Round Rock TX Covered Patio with Roof Addition


Is your outdoor living area missing a piece that would increase your enjoyment of leisure time outdoors at home? Don’t underestimate Archadeck of Austin’s ability to innovate! With our design skills and vast construction experience, we can do whatever it takes to create your ideal outdoor living space.


Call Archadeck of Austin today at 512-259-8282 or email us to schedule your free design consultation.

Jim Odom Archadeck of Austin


Want Your Pflugerville TX Screened Porch Done Right the First Time?

The owners of this Pflugerville, TX, home learned the hard way that if you want your outdoor living project done right, you call Archadeck of Austin. There’s no reason you can’t add a flat roof porch cover over the patio on the back of your home. You just have to make sure that flat roof can drain properly.

Pflugerville TX Screened Porch

Screened Porch Needs a Good Roof

Our clients originally had someone else try to build a flat roof porch cover off of the back of their house. Unfortunately, they had done a poor job using a standard shingle, which was not sufficient for this type of flat roof to drain properly. To add insult to injury, the patio had no foundation, so the first porch roof wasn’t supported adequately.

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Before

This is where we say, “If you want your outdoor living project done correctly, call Archadeck of Austin.” That’s just as true for a Pflugerville porch as it is for a delightful NW Austin patio.

What these homeowners ultimately wanted was to convert this open porch to a screened porch. Their goal was to add more functionality to their back yard and to have a properly functional screened patio cover. This time, they wanted the work to be done right! This time, they called Archadeck of Austin.

Before we could start building a screened porch, we had to dig under the edges of the existing patio to install a footer system. Only when the patio had a reliable foundation could we set the posts that would support the new porch roof.

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During construction

For the new flat roof we used a TPO roofing system. It’s completely watertight, so the homeowners will not have to deal with drainage issues. This roofing material is an upgrade from a modified bitumen roof, which is often used on a flat roof installation. 

Screened Porch with Winning Details

By adding a footer system to the original concrete patio, we were able to use the existing concrete without having to replace it. We did add a texture coat surface to the patio. Then we built knee walls of sandstone and added the aluminum screen walls.

Pflugerville TX Screened Porch

For ultimate protection, the homeowners chose solar screens that block solar heat. These screens are denser than traditional screens, and they also block UV rays. With solar screens the family will get more use of the screened porch during the hottest months. 

Pflugerville TX Screened Porch

The porch ceiling is tongue-and-groove cedar stained in a clear finish. On the porch exterior, we stained all the cedar to match the color of the house trim. This choice goes a long way toward ensuring the porch looks original to the home.

Does Your Screened Porch Need a Kitchen?

The clients originally wanted to include a kitchen in their new screened porch design. Then they decided against it, and then they changed their minds again. They wanted the outdoor kitchen after all. When we say they wanted to add more functionality to their back yard, an outdoor kitchen adds a LOT of functionality.

Pflugerville TX Screened Porch with Outdoor Kitchen

With the outdoor kitchen, this project included custom cypress cabinets, fridge, cooktop and hood. Amenities included those wonderful “soft touch” cabinet drawers that glide to close on their own.  Cypress is a sturdy, marine grade material that’s perfect for use with an outdoor kitchen. We also built a full privacy wall for one section of the porch. And with the sandstone knee wall system, they also have stone bench seating inside the porch if they need it. When they don’t need to use the low stone walls for seating, they can be used for plants.

Pflugerville TX Screened Porch

With the outdoor kitchen, this project included custom cypress cabinets, fridge, cooktop and hood. Amenities included those wonderful “soft touch” cabinet drawers that glide to close on their own.  Cypress is a sturdy, marine grade material that’s perfect for use with an outdoor kitchen. We also built a full privacy wall for one section of the porch. And with the sandstone knee wall system, they also have stone bench seating inside the porch if they need it. When they don’t need to use the low stone walls for seating, they can be used for plants.

Pflugerville TX Screened Porch

Life is good at this Pflugerville home with a top-quality screened porch, heat-blocking screens, a trouble-free porch roof and an amenity-rich outdoor kitchen.

Are you looking for the functionality that a screened porch and outdoor kitchen would bring to your back yard? Whether you are screening an existing patio or adding one for the first time, call Archadeck of Austin today at 512-259-8282 or email us to schedule your free design consultation.

Jim Schallon, senior designer Archadeck of Austin.
Jim Schallon, senior designer Archadeck of Austin.

Archadeck of Austin to the Rescue With Bug-Free Outdoor Living Relaxation and Enjoyment

Among the fine homes nestled in the Northwest Austin Robinson Park subdivision, one family in particular was being bugged by flying insects. Big time.

They contacted Austin porch builder Archadeck as designing and creating custom covered outdoor living areas and screened porches is just one of their many specialties.

While meeting with this NW Austin screened porch builder, the homeowners stressed the importance of maximizing natural light so as to not darken the home once the screened porch was added. This design solution focused on keeping the screened porch addition open and airy enough so light would still flow freely into the home.

As you can see in the photos, the residence had inset walls at the back of the house on both the left and right side, initially making it an odd setup to try to achieve the objective of keeping the addition open, and well lit.

So, Archadeck of Austin designed the porch addition with added ridge walls that extended the length of the structure and wall above the inset area to close it off to the ceiling.

This kept the inset area still feeling like a part of the room as the build team was able to construct a two-sided wall system – where one end was built with Hardie fiber cement siding and backerboard (outside) and the inside was also done with the Hardie to match the existing house façade.

At the exterior top of the addition, to give it a more polished and finished look, a shed roof was used instead of a gable roof due to the slope of the house and the inset area.

And being committed to excellence in the design and build, this Austin porch builder specialist noticed that the existing fireplace had some rot on it. To remedy the problem and add functionality and value to the new structure, the outer patio area was extended, removing the defective fire feature, replacing it with a new one and re-painting the entire chimney.

And being committed to excellence in the design and build, this Austin porch builder specialist noticed that the existing fireplace had some rot on it. To remedy the problem and add functionality and value to the new structure, the outer patio area was extended, removing the defective elements, replacing it with new and re-painting the entire chimney.

As for material specifications, the screened porch interior now has a cedar knee wall, tongue and groove, with a two by ten top cap.

And to address the concern of allowing more natural outdoor light into the new addition, as well as filtering it into the home, VELUX® skylights were an integral component of the new screened porch addition.

To create the illusion of custom ceramic tile, a concrete overlay process was used on the floor to complete the transformation.

So, if outdoor insects are starting to drive you buggy, do something about it. Allow Archadeck to provide a custom outdoor living solution so well designed and built that it will look like it was always there, with “light and airy” being the operative words.

Not only will you enable your family and friends to enjoy your great outdoors carefree and longer into the evening without annoying interruptions of shooing away bothersome bugs, you’ll be adding value to your home should you someday decide to sell.

Call Austin porch builder Archadeck today and discover how outdoor enclosures can shine a whole new light on outdoor living. Or better yet, talk to us online right now. We’re confident you will be glad that you did.

Jim Schallon, senior designer Archadeck of Austin.
Jim Schallon, senior designer Archadeck of Austin.

Glorious Covered Patio with Outdoor Fireplace in Cedar Park TX

When we design an outdoor living project to transform the back of a home, you can count on an amazing transformation. The custom-built Cedar Park, TX, covered patio featured here was just such a project. Our clients were ready for a big change. Their Archadeck of Austin design professional listened, and he heard them … loud and clear. Now, looking at the before and after photos of the back of this home, it’s barely recognizable as the same house. And the homeowners love the results.

Glorious Covered Patio with Outdoor Fireplace in Cedar Park TX

On a Cedar Park TX Covered Patio, the Roof Matters!

Many folks barely notice a roof. It’s above your head; it holds up the ceiling. The first thing we noticed here was that the roof over the existing outdoor living space was just wrong for the house. It was a hip style roof and not a good complement to the home at all.

The clients had a low-to-grade deck at the back of the home, and the roof covered a small area. Most of the deck was in the sun. The homeowners knew they wanted their new and improved outdoor space to provide complete shade.

Before
Backyard before Archadeck of Austin began the new covered patio project

Archadeck of Austin designed a more suitable roof for the new project – a flat roof with clean lines so it looks neat and crisp. The new roofline is also higher than the previous one so it opens up the patio area with an airier and more open feel.

after new patio cover by Archadeck of Austin
After Archadeck of Austin added the new covered patio.

Goodbye Deck, Hello Archadeck Covered Patio and Fireplace

The home’s low-to-grade deck design was a big draw for mosquitos. Replacing the deck with a concrete patio took care of that problem. The clients chose a standard concrete patio floor with a light broom finish for now. Having this type of floor enables them to add a textured concrete overlay in the future if they desire.

Adding an outdoor fireplace can transform almost any outdoor space.

Adding an outdoor fireplace can transform almost any outdoor space. For this space we designed a corner fireplace, definitely a focal point in this outdoor room. It’s a wood-burning fireplace, and we built it with chopped block limestone. It looks great from every angle, front and back, inside and outside.

View of fireplace from rear
Rear view of patio cover with fireplace.

The stone fireplace is flanked on either side with ample built-in storage space for firewood. Each storage space is topped with a smooth piece of Lueders limestone that can also function as a bench if additional seating is needed. We added a mantel of Lueders limestone over the fireplace as well.

Design Elements and Amenities Make Each Project Unique

Because the support structure for a covered patio is always visible, it becomes a design element as well. The posts and beams you see here are made of cedar and stained in a slightly darker hue for contrast and visual interest. This outdoor room features a cedar tongue and groove ceiling with two ceiling fans for delightful breezes. We added recessed can lighting in the ceiling, sconce lighting on the outer posts and plenty of electrical outlets for convenience.

Privacy screen on opposite end of covered patio

Finally, we installed a TV mount above the fireplace mantel, and we custom-built an attractive privacy screen at one end of the patio. Our clients will relax in style and comfort with entertainment at their fingertips and privacy intact

Privacy screen on opposite end of covered patio

.Would a covered patio make your outdoor living space more comfortable and more enjoyable? Contact Archadeck of Austin to schedule your free design consultation.

Jim Schallon, senior designer Archadeck of Austin.
Jim Schallon, senior designer Archadeck of Austin.

NW Austin Homeowners Love their Delightful Patio and Covered Pergola

When you have a covered outdoor space suitable for entertaining, you’re ready for anything! These NW Austin homeowners originally had a tiny covered area at their back door, with room for three or four chairs and a tiny table. It wasn’t enough! They seriously needed space to move around in—and space for actual tables where they could sit outdoors and enjoy a meal. Space where they could celebrate every occasion, large or small. That’s why they called Archadeck of Austin, the Austin patio builder, to design and build a patio and covered pergola combination.

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NW Austin Patio Delights the Senses

When we design your outdoor living project, we collaborate with you to design a functional space that meets your needs and suits your tastes. Here you can see this NW Austin patio addition is a pleasing combination of colors and textures. Our clients chose this side-by-side combination of the lighter stonework for their seating wall and the darker flagstone pattern overlay for the patio. Not only do our eyes see the contrasting color patterns, we “see” the contrasting textures as well.

Side by side patio improvements

As you pull back from the scene, you’ll notice the additional contrast of the pergola’s dark cedar beams and posts. And that’s not all! The homeowners were in the process of adding festive string lighting for nighttime ambiance. As darkness falls, the playful illumination of this covered patio will sweetly beckon the homeowners and their guests outdoors. Two ceiling fans will wrap them in a gentle breeze. This outdoor living space offers plenty of versatility, day or night. From intimate family dinners to an all-out party on the patio, our clients now have the perfect outdoor setting for whatever they can dream up.

Details of this Patio and Pergola Combination

The patio’s size, extending a spacious 20′ out from the house, meets the clients’ first priority for a larger outdoor living space. The covered pergola fills their priority for a covered space they can use rain or shine. Speaking of sunshine, bring it on! Our clients chose to add a TopGal polycarbonate cover atop the pergola that will protect them from the sun’s heat and damaging UV rays. This is not just any ordinary sheet of plastic. TopGal is multiwall polycarbonate system that provides thermal insulation for the area by reducing solar heat gain.

new patio and pergola in NW Austin

The patio itself is concrete with the addition of a flagstone overlay, rich in texture and color variations. We constructed the seating wall with white limestone, and the smooth bench surface is made of Lueders limestone. We built the large custom pergola with cedar. Creature comforts for this covered patio include two ceiling fans and plenty of lighting with electrical outlets for additional creature comforts as needed.

Underneath the pergola is just heavenly

Plenty of lighting? Our clients can adjust the outdoor lighting levels according to their needs and the mood they want to set. For ambiance, we installed subtle LED lighting all along the seating wall, just under the bench surface. The effect of this lighting at night is stunning. Then, the clients have the festive string lighting they added themselves. In addition, two of the pergola’s posts feature lanterns that illuminate the covered patio for dining. The two outermost posts have spotlights that illuminate the yard. And if they want more light, the ceiling fans include light fixtures as well. The only way the homeowners will be in the dark is if they choose to be!

Perfectly Versatile Covered Patio Design in NW Austin

pergola and patio project in NW Austin TX

The versatility in this patio comes from its size, its protective cover and the low seating wall that surrounds it on three sides. The seating wall adds coziness and a hint of privacy for relaxation and intimate gatherings. It also provides additional seating for larger get-togethers. On nights when they choose to stay indoors, the family can enjoy the ambiance of their patio’s illumination as they look outside from within the home.  Call Archadeck of Austin today at 512-259-8282 or email us to schedule your free design consultation.

Jim Schallon, senior designer Archadeck of Austin.
Jim Schallon, senior designer Archadeck of Austin.


Archadeck of Austin Makes Complicated Leander TX Pergola Look So Easy

Sometimes even the simplest freestanding pergola turns out to be so much more complicated than meets the eye. This is one of those times. Our Leander, TX, clients wanted to add a large cedar pergola over their concrete patio. The patio fit neatly into one corner of the lot, and the pergola needed to fit neatly into the same corner. Simple, right?

Leander TX Pergola

Not so fast! Because of the property’s setback requirements, we needed to have a survey company mark the build lines prior to starting this project. The pergola had to fit within the footprint indicated by the surveyor, meaning we could not cross the lines marked by their stakes.

The pergola had to fit within the footprint indicated by the surveyor, meaning we could not cross the lines marked by their stakes.
The pergola had to fit within the footprint indicated by the surveyor, meaning we could not cross the lines marked by their stakes.

Ordinarily, Archadeck of Austin would have designed this Leander TX pergola as a rectangle. But the shape of the lot, the pour of the concrete and the setback lines intersecting in the corner of the site affected the pergola’s shape. The pergola design changed from a basic rectangle to … a trapezoid. Yes, a trapezoid. That’s a pergola you don’t see every day.

Can you tell this pergola is shaped like a trapezoid? Most people will never notice the unusual shape unless they peer down at it from above. It’s a beautiful all-cedar pergola, custom-designed for this client and for this property.

Leander cedar pergola builders

We have to admit, designing this custom pergola project was more of a challenge than usual. Not because of its size, although it is a large pergola with big beams and big posts. The challenges arose when we had to make design adjustments in the field—unusual with a “simple” pergola project.

Leander TX Pergola

You could say the art of this pergola is its appearance of simplicity. The structure we designed and built here was more complicated than it looks. The homeowners know it, and we know it. Now, you know it, too. At the end of the day, all that really matters here is the pergola’s beauty and the statement it makes. The big cedar pergola defines this “simple” outdoor living space and casts some shade, providing our clients with exactly what they wanted.

Leander cedar pergola builders

Whether your outdoor living project is going to be complex or simple, make sure it’s done right. Call Archadeck of Austin today at 512-259-8282 or email us to schedule your free design consultation.

Jim Schallon, senior designer Archadeck of Austin.
Jim Schallon, senior designer Archadeck of Austin.

Patio Perfection in the Cedar Park Neighborhood of Brushy Creek TX

When a project isn’t completed properly, you may try to live with it for a while. Perhaps you hope that, as time passes, you’ll decide it’s “good enough.” It has been our observation that sometimes this works, but more often it does not. Most clients who call us to complete another company’s work feel that when a project isn’t done right, it’s just not right. So they call Archadeck of Austin to finish the job correctly, sometimes to re-do the work of the first contractor. You might be surprised to learn how often we receive these calls. 

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Such was the case with the Brushy Creek patio featured here. This home is located in the Cedar Park neighborhood of Brushy Creek, TX. The homeowners were disappointed in the work of the company that poured their concrete patio. Their primary complaint: the patio just wasn’t finished in a way that spoke to their outdoor living needs.

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Existing patio before Archadeck of Austin began the project.

When is a Cedar Park patio finished? The word “finish” has several meanings. First, we mean completed. The patio builder left the job without completing it (although they evidently believed they had completed it).

Austin Patio Builder Takes Patio from Barely There to Beautifully Appointed

Having their concrete patio finished properly was just the beginning for these homeowners. They had a vision for their patio that was based on how they wanted to use it. And not just that, but how they wanted to feel when they used it. They wanted this setting to feel comfortable, intimate and luxurious. Their vision included nighttime use, which meant the addition of lighting. Finally, their vision included entertaining guests, which meant the addition of bench seating around the patio’s perimeter.

Brushy Creek patio
Brushy Creek patio builders
Brushy Creek patio

Archadeck of Austin was able to improve upon the patio by creating the cozy space they craved through enhancement of the original design. We built a low stone wall around the patio’s perimeter with flagstone and capped it with a smooth stone surface for plenty of seating.  We also skim coated the turn down wall (face wall) of the patio to give it a finished look.The finishing touch to the project was elegant lighting that provides the perfect ambiance after dark. For this lighting, we ran an electric line out to the patio and installed 6-inch LED lights between the stone wall and the wall’s top cap.

Brushy Creek patio at night

This feel-good story gets even better! We used the homeowner’s super smart transformer for this lighting installation so he can control the lighting intensity from an app on his cell phone. Sheer perfection.

Whether you are looking for an outdoor living company to re-do a poorly done job, or you simply want to be sure it’s done right the first time, call Archadeck of Austin today at 512-259-8282 or email us to schedule your free design consultation.

Jim Schallon, senior designer Archadeck of Austin.
Jim Schallon, senior designer Archadeck of Austin.

Raised Permeable Patio Offers Innovative Solution in Northeast Austin

Have you interviewed Austin patio builders—only to be told the project you want cannot be done? That’s a sure sign you need to give Archadeck of Austin a call instead because we don’t talk that way. We figure out how to get your project done. The Northeast Austin patio project featured here is a prime example. These homeowners wanted to add a covered patio at their back door. Logistical issues included the size of their back yard and the 10’ setback requirement, with their back fence already very close to the home.

Raised Permeable Patio in NE Austin

Archadeck of Austin’s Innovative Solution

As professional builders, we have to take setback requirements seriously to obtain the necessary building permits. In this particular case, the setback requirement prevented our clients from adding a “permanent structure” to their lot. While some Austin patio contractors would have stopped there, Archadeck of Austin got creative and applied some forward-thinking to the situation.

Our solution for these homeowners was to design a hybrid structure that would not be considered “permanent.” To be more specific, we custom-designed a raised permeable patio system. As long as it has a permeable surface, the patio isn’t considered permanent. The only portion of this project that’s considered permanent is the solid concrete footer supporting the walls of the patio. Everything else is built over clean white gravel that filters rainwater and doesn’t encroach on Austin’s regulations about the impervious ground cover.

We built the patio wall with medium nicotine and white limestone, and the smooth slabs across the surface are buff/white Lueders limestone. There’s more to this project than meets the eye, too. As part of the project we installed a drainage system. Rainwater flows through the patio, into the drainage system and into a common area.

Cedar Pergola Adds Style and Cover

Anyone in Northeast Austin wanting to include a pergola with their outdoor living project should take a close look at this pergola. It’s not as large as some we’ve built as Austin’s premier pergola builder, but it’s perfect for this home. It adds a bit of flair as well as protection.

NE Austin shade pergola builder

NE Austin permeable patio builder

There are two significant things to notice about this pergola. First, it covers a portion of the patio, not the entire area. At night, the homeowners will want to sit out under the stars and enjoy their fire table, a wonderful amenity for any patio. In the daytime, as the weather cools and they seek the sun’s warmth, the homeowners will always have the option to sit in the sunlight.

NE Austin shade pergola builder

The second aspect to notice with this pergola is its Topgal polycarbonate cover. It shields the covered area from rainfall, so our clients can enjoy their patio “rain or shine.” While it may look like a simple sheet of plastic, this cover is a four-wall structure that provides thermal insulation. The pergola cover allows light to pass through but blocks UV rays to reduce solar heat gain below. It’s an excellent weatherproofing feature with an unobtrusive appearance.

Custom cedar privacy wall

As a finishing touch, we added a custom cedar privacy screen at one end of the patio to block the noise coming from the clients’ AC unit. The screen adds charm while serving an essential purpose.

Custom cedar privacy wall

Are you ready to add a patio and pergola combination to your back yard? Whether you are replacing a patio or interested in adding one for the first time, call Archadeck of Austin today at 512-259-8282 or email us to schedule your free design consultation.

Jim Schallon, senior designer Archadeck of Austin.

Jim Schallon, senior designer Archadeck of Austin.

 

 

 

Low-Maintenance Deck Replacement in The Hills of Lakeway, TX, Suggests Déjà Vu!

Replacing a deck at your Austin-area home doesn’t mean you have to make a lot of changes. Our clients in The Hills of Lakeway, TX, liked the deck they had. They liked the color, the size, the shape, and the way it hugged the back of their home. The deck was built with cedar, however, and what the homeowners did not like was the way their wood deck was starting to deteriorate. The deck was low to grade, exposed to moisture near the ground, and the wood was beginning to rot. It was time for a deck replacement.

 

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Will a Low-Maintenance Deck Rot Like Wood?

Not likely! One of the reasons many homeowners choose low-maintenance decking today is for its moisture-resistant properties. Composite and synthetic decking is capped with polymers making it extremely resistant to moisture damage. You can tell by these products’ lengthy warranties that they’re made to last a very long time—without rotting. At Archadeck of Austin, we recommend synthetic (PVC) decking if your deck is low to grade.

Like many of our clients, these homeowners in The Hills of Lakeway wanted a new deck that would look great without a lot of upkeep. For their deck replacement, they selected AZEK low-maintenance decking from TimberTech’s Harvest Collection in Slate Gray.

Your Austin Deck Replacement: What to Keep, What to Change?

Since the homeowners liked so much about their original deck, design decisions for their deck replacement were easy! That’s the great thing about replacing a deck—you don’t have to make a lot of changes if you don’t want to. In this case, our clients wanted us to use the same footprint for their new deck’s scale and size. They chose a similar shade of gray, too, and they wanted similar benches along the sides of the new deck.

We laid the decking boards out in a picture-frame design. Since the decking is monochromatic, the picture-framing is not as noticeable here as it would be on a deck with contrasting board colors. Picture-framing gives the deck a smooth edge, which is especially significant at the location of the step down to the yard.

We also built the new benches with AZEK. We used low maintenance PVC for the deck skirting, too, so the mulch around the deck will never cause rotting in the future. The Hardie stucco-finish board we used on this project is a low maintenance material as well.

And the Rest of the Story …

The scope of this job included a side project in addition to the deck replacement. The clients had a little walkout/stoop at a doorway elsewhere on the home that was built with the same cedar boards as the original deck. Archadeck of Austin removed the cedar stoop and built a new one with concrete.

Has the time come to replace a deck at your home? Whether you are replacing a deck or interested in adding one for the first time, call Archadeck of Austin today at 512-259-8282 or email us to schedule your free design consultation.

Jim Schallon, senior designer Archadeck of Austin.

Jim Schallon, senior designer Archadeck of Austin.