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  • Covered Pergola Creates Idyllic Setting Beside Koi Pond in Georgetown, TX.
  • Aluminum Roof Adds Shade and Keeps Rain Away
  • Round Rock TX Covered Patio with Roof Addition

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Georgetown, TX, Covered Pergola Creates Idyllic Setting for Relaxation Beside the Koi Pond

Sometimes the work we do at your home is as much about what you don’t see as the outdoor living structures you do see. That was the case here in the Cimarron Hills subdivision in Georgetown, TX. The homeowners hired Archadeck of Austin to create a shade structure to complement their backyard landscape and koi pond. In the process, we created a solution so the homeowners would have electric power reaching the pumps for the koi pond – no longer needing extension cords.

Covered Pergola Creates Idyllic Setting Beside Koi Pond in Georgetown, TX.
Covered Pergola Creates Idyllic Setting Beside Koi Pond.

A Shade Pergola with Topgal Cover Keeps the Area Cooler

Our clients were creating a tranquil oasis in their back yard, and the beautiful 12 x 12 cedar pergola we built here is the centerpiece. We stained the pergola with semi-transparent stain, so the wood itself is stunning. We covered the pergola with Topgal, which is not a sheet of solid plastic. It’s a transparent four-wall polycarbonate structure that filters UV rays, provides thermal insulation and reduces solar heat gain under the pergola. Translation: the homeowners will stay cooler here than they would under a solid plastic pergola cover. The Topgal cover will also protect the homeowners from rain.

Covered pergola in Georgetown TX

We added a fan under the pergola, and lighting on the posts for nighttime enjoyment as well.

Always Resourceful, Archadeck of Austin Offers Solutions

The other important piece to the clients’ backyard oasis was the large koi pond, 4 feet deep at the deepest point. They had two pump systems, one on each side of the pond, to keep the water oxygenated for the fish. They were using extension cords to supply power to these pumps, and we had a better solution.

before
Before

We dug a trench and laid conduit from the kitchen to supply power to the pergola for the fan and lighting. While we were at it, we went ahead and trenched to bring power via conduit to an electric outlet hidden by a rock. This provided a power source for the pump closest to the pergola, and the other we ran under the ground to the back of the pergola. Success!

After Archadeck of Austin completed the project.
After

By supplying power to the pergola and the pumps at the same time, we solved a problem for the clients. There is no exposed conduit, and no need for extension cords. We installed switches on the pergola to control the fan and lighting. It’s an idyllic setting for relaxation where the homeowners can enjoy their beautiful koi pond under the shade of their new pergola.

Do you need to add shade in your yard? We would love to create a custom solution to meet your outdoor living needs. 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 Shows Off a Budget-Friendly Screened Room and Flagstone Patio in North Austin

These North Austin homeowners wanted a shaded outdoor space, protection from rain and protection from pesky insects. They also wanted an open patio to enjoy when the temperature is comfortable outdoors and bugs are not biting. Archadeck of Austin combined these features in a budget-friendly screened room and patio project – with retractable screens.

Budget friendly screened room in Austin TX

Aluminum Roof Adds Shade and Keeps Rain Away

To build the porch cover, we installed cedar posts and beams and added a roof made of Structall structural insulated panels covered with aluminum. This type of roof is simpler and less involved than our typical porch cover with rafters and roofing shingles. It accomplishes the purpose of providing a covered space with shade, making the area cooler. Shade is always a precious commodity around here! In addition to giving shade, the roof gives the homeowners protection from rain, allowing them to enjoy the sights and sounds of rain without getting wet. To divert water from the screened enclosure, we added gutters.

Aluminum Roof Adds Shade and Keeps Rain Away

Screened Enclosure Keeps Bugs Out

Within the porch framework of beams and posts, we installed a retractable screened enclosure system. The specific screening system we used for this project is from Genius Retractable Screens. These screens roll up into a protective housing, which means when the screens are not in use, they are tucked out of the way. When the clients want to enjoy shade outdoors and don’t need protection from insects, their screened porch can easily become an open porch. 

Screened Enclosure Keeps Bugs Out

The homeowners requested a railing around the border of the screened enclosure even though railings are not required here since the patio is at grade. We built the railing with cedar to match the posts. We also stained all of the cedar – railing, posts and beams – with a redwood stain.

Enjoy Patio and Hardscapes When Temperatures are Right – Especially at Night

Austin custom flagstone patio

The homeowners selected beautiful natural flagstone in a mix of colors for their patio surface. Along the edge of the patio opposite the screened room, we built stone seating walls and incorporated patio lighting in the hardscapes. For the perfect finishing touch, the clients added overhead string lighting around the patio. Magical!

Contact Archadeck of Austin today to schedule your free design consultation and make your outdoors magical, too!

Jim Odom Archadeck of Austin
Jim Odom, owner Archadeck of Austin.



Spacious South Austin Patio and Elevated Deck Create Multi-Faceted Outdoor Living Space

Today’s featured patio and deck project in South Austin illustrates the almost-unlimited scope of an Archadeck of Austin backyard makeover.

South Austin Custom Deck and Hardscapes

If you want to replace an older deck, porch or patio, your next outdoor living space can be completely fresh and new. Not just new materials, but a completely different design, too. Unless you specifically want to use the same footprint for your new structure(s), let’s think outside of that pre-existing box! At Archadeck we always have fresh design ideas to enhance your outdoor living lifestyle.

Replacing an Old Deck with a New Patio … and a New Deck, Too!

For these South Austin homeowners, we created a design that increased the size of their outdoor living space exponentially. We built a new patio more than twice the size of the old deck it replaced. Then we added a new deck on top of that. And we mean “on top of” quite literally – as in, overhead. The new elevated deck gives these homeowners a second-story spot for relaxing, at eye level with the treetops, something they didn’t have before.


Not only do the new patio and deck add more outdoor living space to the clients’ home, they contribute stunning aesthetics and additional function, too. All with low-maintenance materials for easy upkeep through the years ahead.

A Large South Austin Patio with Room for Everything, even an Outdoor Kitchen

We predict this gorgeous patio will be the scene of many outdoor gatherings of all kinds. From quiet dinners al fresco to great big parties, this multi-level patio can accommodate any occasion. The homeowners can use the different levels as different outdoor “rooms,” which is how you create an intimate space on such a large patio. This patio has two covered areas for comfortable sofas and chairs, a separate dining area, and an open area big enough for games! And there is more: an outdoor kitchen. We designed and built the stone structure for an outdoor kitchen, and we will add appliances and kitchen amenities at a later date.

Patio with outdoor kitchen

Altogether the new patio space covers about 1300 sq. feet. We created the beautiful patio surface with a concrete epoxy quartz overlay to give it the look of Roman stone. We installed aluminum railings on the patio and wrapped the existing brick columns with Hardie wrap in a paneled design for an elegant touch. And while the new stone retaining wall serves an obvious function at the patio’s edge, it can also provide additional seating.

We installed a Synergy Wood ceiling in the covered area of the patio

We installed a Synergy Wood ceiling in the covered area of the patio. The stain color our clients selected for their porch ceiling is called Colonial. The clients purchased the ceiling fans and sconces they wanted, and we installed those. We also installed recessed can lighting in the ceiling, and we added lights on the patio steps. These little patio lights will add ambiance while also increasing safety.

custom Texas star inlay on South Austin patio

The patio also features a custom Texas star that we added toward the end of the project. Our clients saw a star like this on our website in images from another patio project we completed, and they just had to have it. It’s a splendid finishing touch for the new patio!

The Perfect Vantage Point: A Low-maintenance Elevated Deck

We designed and built a second-story AZEK deck to give these homeowners a separate outdoor living space accessible from the upper level of the home. The ornate, baroque railings set the space apart with flair. For access to the deck, we removed an upstairs window and installed a door and sidelight. 

south austin azek deck builders

The new deck overhead supplies shade for a portion of the patio. We built the deck with an under-deck drainage system over a modified bitumen roof system to ensure the area underneath is dry space. 


Did we leave anything out? What amenities would you add or subtract if this were your outdoor living space? We hope this patio and deck combination project provides inspiration for a backyard makeover at your home!

Let us create a custom solution to meet your outdoor living needs. Contact Archadeck of Austin to schedule your free design consultation.

Daniel Smith, Designer, Archadeck of Austin.
Daniel Smith, Designer, Archadeck of Austin.

Daniel Smith, Designer, Archadeck of Austin.

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.

custom back porch hutto tx archadeck of austin

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.

before
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.

during
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.
Profesionales de la construcción con experiencia en carpintería establecida

Somos Archadeck, una empresa líder en diseño y construcción para espacios exteriores como terrazas, porches, cabañas y estructuras de sombra de alta calidad.

Buscamos profesionales de la construcción con establecida experiencia en carpintería para trabajar en nuestros proyectos de remodelación y construcción residenciales. Los elegidos serán responsables de entregar el producto terminado de acuerdo con las especificaciones del contrato, las expectativas del cliente, las leyes de construcción y la empresa de Archadeck. Se requiere experiencia previa en carpintería con proyectos residenciales, al igual que probadas habilidades de comunicación interpersonal, excelentes habilidades de servicio al cliente, una sólida ética de trabajo y la capacidad de seguir nuestros procesos establecidos. Pagamos sorteos por proyecto semanalmente.

RESPONSABILIDADES DEL LIDER CONTRATADO:

  • Coordinar a los integrantes del equipo para asegurarse de que comprendan y trabajen de acuerdo con los planos de construcción y los detalles especificados.
  • Verificar los planos de construcción para garantizar que exista precisión de la información requerida.
  • Verificar que los materiales entregados estén de acuerdo con las expectativas del proyecto e informar a la gerencia de la empresa sobre los artículos faltantes y la continuidad del trabajo.
  • Establecer y seguir el horario establecido.
  • Mantener ordenado el lugar de trabajo, limpiando a diario y asegurándose de que se utilicen las prácticas de seguridad.
  • Mantener relaciones positivas con los clientes.
  • Informar a la gerencia de la empresa sobre los problemas suscitados para su resolución.
  • Cumplir con el acuerdo de subcontratista firmado.

CALIFICACIONES DEL LIDER:

  • Poseer herramientas de trabajo propias.
  • Tener su propio camión, o transporte confiable, y una licencia de conducir válida.
  • Tener referencias de trabajo.
  • Saber leer, comprender y construir según los planos de construcción establecidos.
  • Tener una sólida ética de trabajo y una actitud positiva y amigable con los clientes y los funcionarios de la empresa.
  • Mostrar siempre un aspecto limpio y ordenado.
  • Ser capaz de comunicarse hábilmente.
  • Estar dispuesto a aprender y seguir procesos establecidos.
Los solicitantes calificados pueden enviar su currículum a: jim.odom@archadeck.net y wvann@archadeck.net

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.

NW Austin Pergola Builder

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.