Don’t make your trees work around your new deck. Make your new deck work around your trees.
The railing of the deck above is beautiful and has a very interesting feature. The railing is specially tailored to work with the gorgeous tree in the yard. As you can see in the video above, the yard had several of these old trees and one hung over where the deck was going to be built.
One of the things Marc Mommsen noted to me when he was telling me this deck is what went in to modifying the railing to fit this cut out area. The metal pickets only came in the larger size. So they had to cut the rails, heat them and re-bend them for the new smaller size.
This is the great thing about getting a custom project by a custom builder. You don’t have to make a stock product work for you. Make the builder work for you so that everything fits with your lifestyle, your yard, and your outdoor living needs and wants.
As far as materials go, this deck incorporates the very popular tigerwood – a Brazilian hardwood with an exceptionally long lifespan. The tigerwood is also used for the rail caps and cedar is used for the posts. The tigerwood planks are a full inch thick and they are used in a 6-4 pattern. Six-inch wide planks alternate with 4-inch wide planks for nice aesthetic detail.
Because this deck is very wide, an inlay is used toward the middle for an attractive method of adjoining multiple planks made necessary by the extensive width of the deck. Here is another video of Marc discussing this technique.
Give us a call for design ideas for your outdoor space. The consultation is always free.
More importantly – Happy holidays from all of us here at Archadeck of Austin!
Help! Protect my plants in this colder weather
There is a solution. You can leave your beautiful plants outside on your covered patio, covered pergola, gazebo or other covered outdoor structure during the colder months this winter season. You don’t need to move your cars out of the garage as it becomes a temporary protection zone for your plants this winter.
Archadeck of Austin is now providing weather curtains for your existing covered outdoor area.
The weather curtains are professionally installed to hang from top to ground. They zip closed on the side to keep the whipping wind and cold elements away from your plants.
Our weather curtains are a high quality weather curtain similar to the ones used in restaurants to protect furniture, block the cold/rain, and keep out flying insects while still being able to maintain and enjoy the view.
These curtains will give you many years of year-round enjoyment and allow you to get the most out of your outdoor living space.
Easy to use
You have two options on how to lower your shades. You can either have roll-down shades or a rope and pulley system.
Clear View Curtains can be rolled up and hidden from view, drawn back on nice days to bring in the fresh air, or easily removed and stored. Enjoy your new outdoor living area year round, come rain or shine with the side benefit of protecting plants in the winter.
Clear, high-grade vinyl
You’ll still be able to enjoy the view from your covered outdoor area with your clear heavy duty vinyl shades.
Easy to maintain
When we install your new weather curtains, we provide a cleaning kit for your new weather curtains.
To enjoy your covered patio in the rain, in a bad buggy season or other times of year you might need wind, rain or bug protection, just roll down your weather curtains.
All the curtains come with a 3-year warranty, 1 year on site repair/replacement, and 2 additional years repair if you pay freight.
We also do commercial weather curtains for restaurants and other commercial applications.
Give us a ring for more information or to have us come out for a free consultation.
(512) 259 – 8282
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Oklahoma flagstone patios in Austin TX
If you live in the Austin area, you’ll see flagstone patios everywhere. They’re tremendously popular in this area for several reasons. First, they’re very attractive and have a very natural look which compliments that Austin landscape. The stone has a nice rustic feel and also adds subtle depth and texture to your patio.
Cement patios are also very popular right now with stain & stamp and stain & score. All of these concrete styles are very nice but just have a different feel. The feel of the stained concrete will depend largely on the stain color. Darker colors may often look more formal. There are hundreds of patterns and textures you can achieve with stain and stamp. In this scenario, the concrete is stamped to add a pattern that’s either just attractive to look at or a pattern designed to mimic a more natural look – perhaps the look of natural stone.
When looking at flagstone, it’s a great way to finish an existing cement patio or a great finish for a new patio you’re building. With our Archadeck customers, it’s always a popular request. We mainly work with flagstone from Oklahoma, Arizona and Mexico. The Oklahoma Buff Peach is one of our favorite flagstones to work with. The flagstone surface tends to be a smoother and flatter finish than some of the other Oklahomas – not as much undulation. The colors tend to blend with pretty much anything. The top surface tends to also be more consistent. This is important when looking at flagstone. Some of the other colors or varieties can have a more undulating surface which looks beautiful and natural but can be tougher to put your furniture on. Of, if you use it for the top of your bar, it may be tougher to place table settings on.
Some of the other Oklahoma flagstone colors we work with are Arizona Taupe which is similar to Oklahoma Buff Peach but is a little more subtle with all the shades leaning more toward the taupe hues. We also work with Oklahoma Silver Mist flagstone. It also is more subtle because the hues of the various stones all lean more toward gray. But in both the Oklahoma Silver Mist and Oklahoma taupe, you still have that nice unique variety of colors that complement each other and make your patio interesting and one-of-a-kind.
Your one-of-a-kind patio
We like to think that all of our project are one-of-a-kind from a design perspective. And, in reality they are. We never use the same project design twice. Every single customer gets their own rendering, their own architectural plans, and more. Every back yard is different and every family is different in terms of how they want to live in their back yard. What’s nice about flagstone is that every patio is one-of-a-kind. Flagstone is 100% natural and cut from the earth. It is not manufactured so no two stones are completely alike. So not only will the design of your project be one-of-a-kind, but your patio colors and stones are also.
The many colors of Oklahoma Buff Peach
Oklahoma Buff Peach is tremendously popular as I said above. We probably use this more than the other colors. The colors in this group are very subtle and pleasing but they also have enough variety to be interesting and unique. The hues include subtle peach tones, subtle taupe tones and even some subtle gray tones. Here are some pictures from our actual patios to show you the interesting color variations of the natural stone.
Perhaps it’s because this patio above adjoins a richly colored Tigerwood deck, the variation from this stone lot looks more subtle than the next two pictures.
This patio above uses the same flagstone color and you can see a more chocolate shade and darker taupes in addition to a lighter, whiter shade.
In this picture above, there are a bunch of more shades toward the taupe end of the spectrum as well as some darker peach hues.
Here’s another Oklahoma Chocolate Gold patio that’s screened in with some detail about flagstone finishes.
You can tell I am passionate about building with flagstone. Let me know if you have any questions about flagstone. Either use the comments section here, give me a call (512) 259 – 8282 or drop me an email email@example.com.