Good Job Gone Bad – And Then Made Great!
On a recent outdoor kitchen project in Southwest Austin, we found ourselves in an unusual situation and the basis of a cautionary tale to consumers. We gave an opportunity to a new, highly recommended, stone mason we found through Nextdoor.com. Unfortunately, the workmanship fell way short of our standards …well anyone’s standards. There is no need to go into details here. Suffice it to say, we released the mason and completed the job correctly – at considerable expense to us. We made it right – completely!
Archadeck of Austin has worked 20 years developing the outstanding reputation we maintain. In this specific case, we were recommended by partner BBQ Outfitters. Substandard quality would have reflected poorly us and them, and the homeowners would not have received the value that they deserve. We took a problem and turned it into a success. As built initially it was completely functional but a long way from right. Now it’s stunning.
When we met with the homeowners for the project’s design phase, they chose white limestone for the base of the kitchen, matching their home’s exterior. For the countertops, they selected buff Lueders limestone, which is sourced in Texas and always beautiful, especially for countertops. The project entailed a 24ft long outdoor kitchen with Artesian Grill, Kamado Joe smoker, Perlick ice maker and refrigerator, Blaze PRO power burner, sink, doors, drawers, trash chute, and storage access behind the kitchen – that’s a mouthful and needless to say a big investment. We think you will agree the kitchen is now beautiful and an excellent addition to the poolside retreat for the whole family.
Despite a rough patch in the building process, this Southwest Austin project turned out exceptionally well. It’s one we’ll show off when prospective clients want to know what kind of work we do. We do great work and stand behind it.
Taking a Leap of Faith – Cautionary Tale!
Consider this nightmare of a possibility … Suppose instead of finding a referral for Archadeck, they had seen one for these other guys and had hired them instead. Their outdoor kitchen would have been a mess and they would have been left out in the cold.
The clients were fortunate (or just very smart) to have hired a professional and reliable company like Archadeck of Austin. We took full responsibility for making sure the work was done correctly. When there was a problem, it was Archadeck that took the hit instead of the homeowners.
Archadeck of Austin will do that for you. As Dave Ramsey said, “Life is hard. Get a hard hat.” We wear the hard hat, and we deal with the hard stuff, so you don’t have to.
The moral of this story is that regardless of where you get a referral for work to be done at your home, you must still do your research. Look that company up online, check their reputation and their references. Having a referral doesn’t always mean you have a company that will take care of you. Choosing Archadeck does. If you’re interested in adding a custom outdoor living space to your home and want to work with a company that takes care of its customers, give us a call. If you want to add a patio, deck, outdoor fireplace or any other outdoor living structure, call 512-259-8282 or email us.
You want the very best builder for your Austin-area outdoor living project. You also want a builder who will work with you, no matter how long it takes, to design and build the deck, porch or patio that is perfect for your home. Want more? How about a national award-winning deck designer and builder right here in Austin, TX?
Archadeck of Austin answers “Yes!” to all of the above. We are very proud to have received Archadeck Outdoor Living’s national Design Excellence Award in the deck category. We are also very proud of the award-winning project we designed and built – a unique deck, pergola and outdoor kitchen combination in the Forest Creek neighborhood of Round Rock, TX. Take a look at these photos and a 3-D rendering, and let us tell you why we’re so pleased with this special outdoor living space. The homeowners are pleased, too!
The winning project, completed in January, is an exquisite AZEK PVC deck with stone skirting, outdoor kitchen and oversized, freestanding pergola. The 12-foot kitchen counter accommodates a built-in propane grill, Big Green Egg smoker, in-counter cooler and built-in trash container. The deck also features flush-mounted low-voltage lighting.
The clients first contacted us for this project three years ago. They had a well-lived deck, and we agreed it was past time to replace it. Our initial design featured a concrete patio, roof extension and pergola. The homeowners took their time making a decision while they considered several builders and designs. Later we circled back to propose an alternate design, a deck with an outdoor kitchen and a large, non-conventional pergola that covered the entire deck. Bingo! Archadeck of Austin had the right design at the right time.
Despite this being a relatively low-risk deck, we faced several design challenges. First, the pergola took considerable thought because we wanted to use as few posts as possible. Fewer posts in the traffic areas allow maximum usable space for furniture without crowding. Then, cedar spans would not work with conventional dimensions, so we upsized all the structural elements and used a polycarbonate cover over the pergola to get the shade required.
The home had an original concrete patio off the back door for which we ripped framing boards for the structure. There was just enough space to get adequate framing down between the deck board and the patio.
Next, we had to completely close off the under-deck space because the clients had previous issues with animals nesting under the old deck. By surrounding the new deck with a stone skirt over concrete footings – nothing will get under this deck. However, the stone skirt itself presented two complications. The stone had to be ground flat to allow for the deck boards to die seamlessly into the stone and not look jagged. And we had to complete all the electrical wiring before we could install the decking.
Finally, the kitchen and the stone column bases also had to be constructed prior to the decking. All have concrete footings, so staging of construction was interesting.
The results are beautiful. The homeowners chose Azek Harvest cellular PVC decking in the new Autumn Chestnut color, and we laid the boards diagonally with a parting board for visual interest. The stone used for the deck skirting and the pergola’s column bases is white limestone, and the caps on the column bases are brown Lueders limestone. The same brown Lueders stone tops the 12-foot kitchen counters, tying it all together visually as one great outdoor room. Finishing off the space are three Aurora Phoenix flush-mount low-voltage sconce lights, the Pyxis Recessed Louvered Step Light and the Mercer transformer/timer. Archadeck of Austin installed electrical connections for two fans, three lights and six outlets for the homeowners’ convenience.
To be recognized for this project by Archadeck Outdoor Living at the national level as an award-winning deck builder means a great deal to the Archadeck of Austin team. The project was very well thought through, and we had a lot of fun building it. The structure itself was not complicated, but we packed in a lot of design considerations and features to make it a wonderful place for entertaining family and guests. We were able to integrate the new structure seamlessly with the existing home, which is what the homeowners were looking for all along.
If you are looking for a creative design for your new outdoor living space, and a hard-working team to bring it to life, contact Archadeck of Austin today at (512) 259-8282 or via email at email@example.com to schedule a free design consultation.
The idea of creating a “new” outdoor living space is most often based on the idea of tearing down and starting anew. However, in many circumstances Archadeck of Austin can use an existing outdoor structure as the catalyst to extend upon, and improve a structure in order to create a “new and much improved” outdoor living space.
Such is the case with the project we recently completed in the Brushy Creek area between Cedar Park and Round Rock, TX. Archadeck of Austin not only professionally washed and stained the home’s existing concrete patio, we also enclosed the area with screen transforming it into a desired outdoor destination.
The homeowners had contacted Archadeck of Austin to inquire about creating a protected outdoor space that delivered shade, protection from insects and the elements, but most of all retained the view. Instead of demolishing their existing concrete and starting from scratch we were able to build and improve upon what they already had.
Starting at the base of the existing structure and building up we began by thoroughly cleaning the concrete patio. From there, we stained the concrete to increase the aesthetics. Archadeck then built openings to include screen which match the circumference and symmetry of the interior openings — this was the key to delivering the unobstructed views the homeowners requested.
On the new porch’s exterior we used HardiePlank siding to match the trim colors of the existing home. In addition to the beauty of this space in respect to originality of design and symmetry, Archadeck of Austin also finished the interior with a beadboard kneewall and rich Synergy Wood on the ceiling after removing the existing Hardie type ceiling which is very common on tract homes in this area. The finished project boasts interior recessed can lighting and a ceiling fan to promote carefree, protected outdoor living. The small concrete pad was added to the exterior entry of the porch from the backyard and is wide enough to grill from.
This project is a perfect example of a low cost outdoor living enhancement that is high on the outdoor living return. We were able to enhance and build upon what was already existing in order to create a comfortable and versatile outdoor room for all to enjoy!
If you are ready to improve or expand upon your existing outdoor living space, Archadeck of Austin can help. Remember that a project doesn’t have to be large in to make a big impact on the way you live outdoors! Contact us today to schedule your free consultation at (515) 259-8282 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Archadeck of Austin Rewrites History Through a Screened Porch Addition on this South Austin Historic Home
Here at Archadeck of Austin, we have the opportunity to work on all styles of home. From ultra-contemporary to the traditional “old Texan style ranch.” However, it is always a treat to design an outdoor living space on a historic home. One of our most recent screened porch additions took us to the historic area of South Austin. Though working on a vintage era home can present its challenges, it is also a rewarding experience for our team.
The original home was built in 1907, and was relocated to South Austin from Taylor, TX. The home can be classified as a bungalow-style, post and beam home. The main objective our design team had to meet was that the new screened porch compliment or “gel” appropriately with the style and design of the old home. The homeowners are also avid bird lovers and enjoy sitting outside and watching the parrots that frequent this area. Having a protected area to view the birds and enjoy the outdoors was important to them and the driving factor they chose a screened porch over other outdoor structures.
To stay in-keeping with the lines and style of the home, we built the new screened porch with materials that mimic the vintage charm of the existing home. These include the rustic cedar used on the exterior and stairs and the all-steel-roof that was custom-made to our specifications to appear original and the exterior siding that was matched, and painted along with entire rear of the home. To take the originality a step farther, we even retained the same height on the soffits of the addition so the new porch flows perfectly.
The interior of the screen porch is overflowing of antique-inspired character with an open rafter, tongue & groove cedar ceiling. Even the AZEK porch flooring the homeowner’s chose for the deck has retro appeal. The color they chose is called “slate gray” and delivers a relaxed washed hue that mimics the look of time-worn wood. In addition, the tongue and groove features eliminated the need to install screen under the porch, keeping the structure protected from insects and debris that could creep in from the outside.
If you are interested in enhancing the beauty and versatility at your home, whether vintage, new or in-between, contact us today to discover how our custom, one-of-a-kind outdoor living designs can add value and beauty to your backyard too! You can reach us at ( 512) 259 – 8282 or email us at email@example.com.
Each year a nationwide group of Archadeck offices come together to share their best practices, ideas, new products and to review outstanding leadership in design. This year, like others, the locally owned and operated Austin location performed very well. We are very proud to have scooped up on four of twelve design awards, plus a distinguished Customer Satisfaction Award which reconfirmed Austin’s place as the 2nd best producing Archadeck location in North America.
Archadeck of Austin prides itself in being “all about design and customer experience”. Here are some of the ‘Best of Show’.
Austin won second place for this project outside the Craig O’s restaurant in Lakeway, TX. This deck uses TimberTech Earthwoods Evolutions composite decking in walnut designed in quadrants of diagonal board placement converging to the center. The deck is designed for 100 lb/sf commercial loads and has a massive concrete footing hidden behind an attractive cedar skirt. A powder coated Fortress railing system surrounds the deck and is capped in the same composite. Stairs descend down to the parking lot and play area. Patrons will enjoy many meals overlooking the serene hills East of Lakeway atop this deck.
If you are curious, the following deck from outside Boston won 1st place…
First place went to our friends at Archadeck of Ft. Worth for a fabulous pool-side cabana. The Austin entry took third place, under some tight competition, with our pool-side cabana constructed in Round Rock, TX. Both of these projects are indicative of a growing trend to move the living room outside complete with integrated kitchens, outdoor fireplaces, television; everything you need to entertain outdoors.
Demonstrating the diversity of Archadeck’s designs, the Austin hardscape project took the 3rd place award vs. a really unique and innovative project outside Denver that took home 1st place. The Austin hardscape project is located in the Steiner Ranch community of Austin and includes a covered tile patio up top for visiting, lunch or even coffee. The project includes stone steps that lead down to a stained concrete lower patio perfect for every facet of entertaining. The project also includes integrated lighting so it looks spectacular day and night.
This new award category reflects the fact that great projects are rarely one-dimensional. Every year the very best projects combine multiple elements into a cohesive design that may include a shade structure, decking. masonry, and other elements to provide the homeowners with a complete backyard with multiple uses and gain the maximum added value to their home. We are excited that our project constructed in Riverplace took the spotlight for #1. The project was designed by our own Mark Mommsen, whom was also the winner of #1 design representative. The project brings together a very unique stand-alone roof structure with Permacast columns which are mounted on an elevated Tigerwood deck beside the pool and outdoor fireplace with stone benches on the opposite side of the pool. All this is designed to face the canyon/green belt and golf course located behind the residence.
If the customer isn’t happy, nobody’s happy!
As the owner of Archadeck of Austin, I’m very pleased to say we won the coveted Customer Satisfaction Award. To win this award there can be no, and I mean ‘zero’ negative responses in post-construction surveys. Last year we built 133 residential projects. We are not perfect and are always improving, but to have absolutely no negative responses is a testament to our desire for excellence in customer service. We were also recently added to the Angie’s List Honor Roll and we strongly encourage people to submit reviews to Angie’s list.
We are looking forward to a great 2012 season, with more great work in Austin,TX. If you’re on the fence, the time is really good to remodel your outdoor space the way you’ve always wanted. It is a great investment.
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2011 will go down in history as the year of the endless Texas summer, with 100 days exceeding 100+ degrees and little to no rain. Cooler fall winds and our parched landscape brought about devastating wildfires, striking several Greater Austin communities and sparking fear in just about everyone. Resilient as ever, Central TX consumers have somehow managed put the recession behind them. They are already thinking about projects like covered patios, porches, and shade structures to help them escape next summer’s heat. With 130 successful projects behind us last year, we really look forward to a more fruitful 2012. Reflecting back on 2011, we can sum up the year with 3 outstanding P’s – People, Projects and Partners.
- The spot light has to go to design consultant, Mark Mommsen, who will rank #1 or #2 within the Archadeck US system, very impressive.
- I’m very pleased to have brought my son into the company, Tory Odom, with the company now a full year in project management/customer service, doing a great job with very positive customer feedback.
- Christine Methvin, joined the company in as office admin capacity in September, and is doing a fabulous job. Christine has a background in architectural design and construction administration.
See the image above for a myriad of shots of this year’s finest projects.
We’ve enjoyed building so many diverse projects this year including patios made of beautiful, natural stone, plus a variety of detached outdoor structures including pavilions and covered patios. A number of these structures were complete outdoor rooms, chock full of culinary and entertainment amenities, with every detail imaginable. Outdoor fireplaces were very big this year, several of which were free-standing and many were integrated with other structures such as patios or covered porches. As our name entails, we constructed decks in 2011. Discerning clients continue to seek multi-level, multi-area outdoor living spaces incorporating decks with patios, porches, fireplaces, firepits and so much more. One of our most popular decking woods continues to be Tigerwood, a Brazilian hardwood with gorgeous, warm tones and stripe-like patterns. Hence the name “Tigerwood”. Always popular, composite and PVC decking continue to be in demand for customers seeking low maintenance alternatives to wood.
People are decking out their projects with all sorts of traditionally indoor amenities. We installed and integrated large screen TV’s into numerous projects. Our kitchens included much more than the standard refrigerator. Many were outfitted with ornate marble counter tops, grills, steamers, and a multitude of electrical outlets to plug in everything from a laptop computer to a blender for frozen daiquiris. Several die-hard Texan barbequers even chose to add the Big Green Egg smoker to their favorite outdoor space.
Detailed in every aspect, our top overall project included just about everything – a covered patio, stained concrete, an exquisite fireplace, a full outdoor kitchen, and a dining area. It was a perfect fit for our customer’s backyard living space. Read more about our Archadeck of Austin top project here.
We worked with HGTV this year on a project for their show HGTV’d. We also re-decked the John Simpson pool in Steiner Ranch.
People are talking – 40% of our business comes from referrals. We are focused like lasers to deliver superb craftsmanship and the utmost in customer service. Archadeck of Austin was also given the distinction of being named as one of Angie’s List recent Honor Roll members.
Look for us in Community Impact, Dartz, and listen to KUT. Or simply find us in your neighborhood. Call for a free consultation. (512) 259-8282
Jim Odom, Owner
Archadeck of Austin