Archadeck of Austin rescues Hayes County, TX, homeowners from unfortunate outdoor living space design
In these pictures you see an outdoor living project gone awry and the results after we accepted the task of making it right. Archadeck of Austin designs and builds porches, patios, decks, outdoor kitchens, pergolas and more — and we can design any combination of those structures. Sometimes we start from scratch. Sometimes we take what another builder did before us, like a patio, and make it bigger and better (much better). Or we take something old like a worn out deck, tear it down, and build a new deck-patio-outdoor-kitchen combination in its place.
And then there are times like this. To set the scene, we are in Hayes County, TX, southwest of Austin, outside the Travis County limits. Our clients purchased a new home with an outdoor living space that was nothing like they wanted. It was a brand new home, and obviously it suited them in many ways or they wouldn’t have purchased it. But the outdoor living space at this home was getting a negative approval rating from the homeowners starting on Day 1.
The home’s original outdoor living space consisted of a covered concrete porch/patio with a small cedar deck attached. It was all very plain and unappealing. The homeowners knew someone could do a better job of designing and building a more functional and enjoyable space for them. Enter Archadeck of Austin to the rescue.
Then, they wanted the small cedar deck extended to cover a larger expanse across the back of the house, and they needed a stairway directly from the deck down to the children’s play area in the yard.
It sounds simple enough, but it was actually a complex project. We took out the Hardie Board ceiling over the porch and replaced it with a beautiful tongue-and-groove ceiling by Synergy Wood. We removed part of the roof on one side and built a new roof extension that came out deeper toward the yard. Of course, you can’t tell a difference where we extended the roof; it all blends in and looks original, as it should.
We also had to demo some brick off the wall on the outside of the house in order to attach some of the new work directly to the original concrete substructure. Finally, we built soffits to match the original construction so that everything tied together. Once we had finished, framed and painted, we were able to install a wall of screen. Now the original porch/patio is a screened porch with a TV and seating area, and on the other side of that screen the family has a bigger deck with sheets of cedar lattice along the underside.
It feels like all is now right with the world, at least in this corner of Hayes County, TX. Our work is done here, and we have the Before and After pictures to prove it.
If you’re interested in reconfiguring your outdoor living space without having to tear it out and start over, contact Archadeck of Austin today at (512) 259-8282 or via email at email@example.com to schedule a free design consultation.
Let’s start with the hard question. Do you feel like your budget might stand in the way of you having a new and/or improved outdoor living space? Almost everyone is budget-conscious these days, and we understand that may mean different things to different people. But if you feel your budget is keeping you from having the outdoor living project you really want, Archadeck of Austin will work with you “every which way” to try to make it a reality.
Before we look at today’s combination-outdoor-living-project-on-a-budget, let’s talk about the process we go through to arrive at a quote for a job. First, after we listen to what elements a client wants included in their project, and we offer our suggestions, we have to be able to tell them how much it will cost. If the number is too high, we’ll look at choices the client can make — maybe different materials, maybe scaling it back a little bit — to bring the price down. We don’t expect the client to sign a contract until we quote them a price they are comfortable with.
The price we quote is the actual price the client will pay. Does that surprise you? It should not. But we’ve heard about other contractors (not Archadeck) who quickly low-ball a quote just to get the contract signed. They may not take the time to do the necessary research about materials costs, etc., to give a semi-accurate quote. The client doesn’t realize some costs have been left out of the conversation. Oh, yes, they find out eventually, when the job is half-completed. What choice do they have at that point? They approve the additional costs and end up paying more than they would have if they’d gone with a higher (accurate) quote from a professional builder like Archadeck of Austin.
Today’s featured project is in Austin, TX, and it’s a sweet combination outdoor living project that includes a patio, pergola, outdoor fireplace and privacy screen. The homeowners were upfront about their budget. Their Archadeck of Austin designer sat down with them to go over all of the specs, materials and costs for the project. Together, they worked out a cost-effective plan that addressed the homeowners’ needs and wants — within budget.
The clients were looking to add a shade structure to the back of the home and wanted to include an outdoor fireplace. Their home had an existing covered porch at the back door. The property was not right for a deck because there’s no change in elevation behind the house. Decking “at grade” is not a good idea. So they wanted a patio to extend outward from the existing porch and serve as the base for their new shade structure (pergola) and outdoor fireplace.
Starting with the custom patio, we always dig trenches about 12″ deep and lay a beam system within the perimeter of the patio before we pour concrete. These steel beams reinforce and stabilize the patio to prevent the concrete from settling over time (or in response to ground movement). This way we know we’re providing a strong and stable pad for the concrete patio. Keep in mind, concrete will always crack, no matter what. The added perimeter and internal beams provide more stability to help reduce the eventual outcome of any concrete deck or patio.
For this patio, we added a textured and stained concrete overlay to the surface for visual appeal.
For utilities, we ran conduit and a gas line from the main meter to the rear of fireplace for service, and we ran wiring for electrical access at the fireplace and at several other points around the patio as well.
We built the gas-burning custom outdoor fireplace with a combination of Nicotine and white flagstone. The Nicotine color is white with deposits of yellow and gold running through it, and the interplay of these colors mimics the variations in the patio’s textured-concrete surface in an interesting way.
Extending from the fireplace, on both sides, is a low stone wall that is extremely practical in two ways. First, it creates a visual boundary for the patio, and second, it provides seating. The bench surface on the wall is made of smooth Lueders stone, one of our favorites.
The freestanding pergola is stained cedar, and over the top of the pergola we added a Polygal cover to deliver maximum shade benefits. This durable covering is an affordable way to add protection from rain as well as from the sun’s rays. It’s waterproof and it blocks UV rays, making the patio enjoyable regardless of the weather.
Beside the pergola, we installed a privacy screen, also made of stained cedar, because the homeowners plan to add a hot tub to their outdoor living space in the future.
Finally, we installed a flat-screen TV above the mantel for the homeowners. Their outdoor living space comes complete with a remote control for the ceiling fan and to dim/control the lights: the comforts of the indoors brought outdoors.
If you would like to learn more about how we can help you create an outdoor living project on a budget, contact Archadeck of Austin today at (512) 259-8282 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a free design consultation.
When Archadeck of Austin began work on this project it was a diamond in the rough…
The homeowners had an existing porch that was nearly void of space to extend outdoor living activities. Their goal was to not only extend the existing space to enhance versatility but to also create an area that was more conducive to use alongside their newly installed backyard pool.
The project posed some difficult roofline obstacles due to the pitch of the roof of the existing home. Archadeck of Austin was able to come up with a final design that flows perfectly as if the new porch was original to the home.
The space is finished with HardiePlank siding matching the home on the exterior, along with a seamless gutter system. For aesthetics, the post system utilizes larger than normal posts which we wrapped in Cedar. We also created a wall that features a Touchstone drop down TV lift for easy access. The interior of the covered porch glows with beautiful details such as the Synergywood ceiling in Pine in Auburn. Take a look at the beautiful transformation in our project focus video from our YouTube channel:
These homeowners are beyond satisfied with their final project. Now they can enjoy their new backyard pool along with the covered porch simultaneously. If you are ready to make the most out of the time you spend outdoors, contact Archadeck of Austin today at (512) 259-8282 or via email at email@example.com to schedule a free design consultation.
When you take into consideration the benefits that can be gained by making the decision to add a covered outdoor living space, such as a covered porch, or patio cover, to your backyard the first thing that comes to mind is probably increasing enjoyment. Enjoyment IS a major factor when designing a covered outdoor living space, however, the benefits do not end there. In honor of July being observed as National UV Safety Awareness month.
Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. More than 1 million cases of skin cancer are found in the United States each year. Melanoma, the most deadly of skin cancers, only accounts for about 4 percent of all skin cancer cases, however, it causes about 79 percent of skin cancer deaths. Data indicates, in Texas, the odds of getting skin cancer are increased. One in three Texans will develop some form of skin cancer. Texas ranks third in the nation for malignant melanoma, the deadliest of all skin cancers according to the Texas Medical Association.
Since most of the melanoma and non-melanoma cases are directly related to sun-exposure, skin cancer prevention and awareness education could greatly reduce the number of those affected. This includes being cautious and limiting the amount of exposure you get on your uncovered outdoor living space.
Archadeck of Austin specializes in both covered and uncovered outdoor living space designs. We can address your specific needs and desires in order to determine what type, or combination of, outdoor structure is the right “fit” for your lifestyle. For some homeowner’s, just having a deck, or patio, is not enough and their outdoor living space must meet specific needs. These can include sensitivity and concern from UV light, allergies and even dealing with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Some of our most popular protected structures include screened and covered porches, patio covers, pool pavilions, cabanas and even shade pergolas. With this in mind we want to take this opportunity to point out the health-conscience benefits of having a covered outdoor space on your property to utilize:
- Greatly enhances the look and curb appeal of your home and landscape
- Adds value to your home
- Is a comfortable way to enjoy the outdoors
- Is a great place for plants to thrive
- Provides emotional benefits of sunlight (increased Vitamin D and stress reduction) without harmful UV ray
- Can become a party room protected from sudden thunderstorms that pop from a clear blue sky
- Creates a room free from the irritants of seasonal allergies (screened rooms)
- Is a dining area with a clear barrier against pesky mosquitos and stinging insects (screened rooms)
- Is a pollen-free outdoor living room (screened rooms)
Austin Porch and Patio Covers:
Our custom covered porches and patios are designed to protect you overhead without reducing your connection with nature. From simple front porches to complete outdoor entertainment areas, our porch and patio covers will transform your home from the outside in.
Austin Screened Porches and Patios:
A screened porch allows you to enjoy being outside without worrying about inclement weather, harmful UV rays, pollen or insects. You can relax while you take in the view and gentle breezes of your beautiful outdoor surroundings from the comfort of a protected space. Screened porches and patios can also be used in conjunction with other outdoor structures such as a deck, patio, or even incorporate an outdoor fireplace kitchen to add more “flavor” to the design!
A pergola offers much potential to providing shade depending on the distance between the cross beams that cover the upper portion of the pergola. The construction of the pergola can be made more conducive to providing shade through the spacing between the cross beams located atop the pergola and by using wider rafters in the pergola design. The closer the beams are set, or the wider the rafters, the more sun protection your pergola will offer. All of these factors are influenced by the intended placement of your pergola in correlation to the direction and amount of sunlight your location receives. Archadeck of Austin can build your pergola with increased sun protection in mind while keeping the original design of your pergola intact. This may include integration of a Polygal cover into the design, curtains or blinds as we have many options available which can be customized to bring the most shade and comfort to your pergola addition.
If you are ready to enjoy the unbridled benefits of outdoor living while being smart about you and your family’s’ exposure to the sun. Contact Archadeck of Austin today at (515) 259-8282 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a free design consultation. We can make sure your new outdoor structure is “made in the shade.”
Spending time outdoors is something we all wish we could do more of. With such a unique layout to this Westlake Hills outdoor living space, these homeowners can live the outdoor lifestyle to its fullest potential. Combining a backyard kitchen next to a cozy outdoor living space opens up a plethora of options on how to use their outdoor oasis every night.
From hosting a girl’s night dinner party to spending a relaxing evening in the hot tub watching the game, this multiple outdoor living space becomes the main hub of the home. Nestled at the bottom of Texas’ hill country in Westlake Hills, this covered porch/patio was designed around an existing fireplace giving the impression that you are far from the city. When in retrospect it’s only a quick fifteen-minute drive to the downtown Austin area, giving the best of both worlds.
When designing this Westlake Hills covered porch the outdoor living lifestyle of the client was incorporated for easy access from the pool to the 10-person dining area. Whether planning to have a large pool party or dinner poolside with the kids, easy access ensures that having a spot to dry off and wind down after a swim is never an issue.
This spacious covered patio integrates multiple living spaces allowing the homeowners to enjoy the outdoors to its fullest potential. The fully equipped outdoor kitchen ensures no one misses out on the fun. The cupboards provide storage space for outdoor kitchen ware while the sink and refrigerator complete the kitchen’s purpose for never having to step foot back inside.
Posing as a second living room, the outdoor furniture was perfectly placed by the homeowners between the pool and fire helping them escape to their happy place. The space harmonizes to ensure that enjoying a glass of wine with your feet up next to the warm fire while also being able to keep an eye on the kids in the pool provides the perfect setting for a relaxing Friday night.
No matter the day of the week this outdoor oasis in the hills will help you escape after a long day. Contact Archadeck of Austin at (515) 259-8282 or via email at email@example.com to schedule a free design consultation for your outdoor hideaway.
How often do you catch yourself thinking…”if I just had an unlimited budget and all the time in the world”? This is something we often hear during our initial consultation with homeowners, when we ask what they envision as their ideal outdoor living space. It’s a common misconception that the perfect outdoor living space is beyond affordable. Archadeck of Austin wants you to know you don’t have to delay creating your ideal backyard retreat any longer. We offer a phased building program that allows you to construct your outdoor living space combination project in phases as your lifestyle and/or budget permit.
We start by working directly with you to fulfill your vision of the ideal backyard retreat through the design of a “master plan” which details all the structures to be incorporated within your completed design. With this master plan in hand, we can divide the project into phases easier to swallow from a budgetary and lifestyle perspective.
One of our most recent completed projects is the perfect example of a project built in phases. The project is located in beautiful Circle C Ranch in South Austin. The first phase of the project consisted of modifying one end on the rear of the home with a stain & score concrete hardscape extension. The second, and final phase, consisted of adding a patio cover with a cozy corner fireplace. The project timeline spanned three years, and was just recently completed in 2016.
The project scope for the initial phase included excavation and repouring the tiered concrete patios and surround(s), this also allowed us to proactively pour the foundation for the upcoming open porch cover. Also during the second phase, changes were made to ensure the covered porch roof tucked into the soffit on an angle as to not obstruct the view coming from theback door of the home, as elevation was a specific concern in this area. We engineered and implemented the perfect solution through the use of a unique shed/hip roof design, which also mimics the rooflines found on of the existing home.
The finished patio cover includes a corner fireplace and serves as a versatile addition as it includes a special niche designed to house the homeowner’s TV. The fireplace is beautifully wrapped in stone complimenting the Cedar tongue and groove ceiling of the porch and enhancing the rustic vibe. We finished the space off with elegant sconce lighting.
Working closely with the homeowners and abiding by the projects master plan allowed Archadeck of Austin to work out engineering, designing and building specifics allowing for efficient future additions and amendments. To ensure a unified outdoor environment, the structural integrity, traffic flow and ultimate function of each portion of the project scope were priority considerations during each phase of building.
If you have a vision of your dream backyard but you’re not ready to complete it all at one time, our phased building program is the perfect answer. We can bring the backyard of your dreams to life one beautiful stage at a time. Contact Archadeck of Austin to learn more about our innovative approach to outdoor structure building. You can reach us at ( 512) 259 – 8282 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Enhanced beauty of your home and landscape
- Increased backyard/outdoor functionality
- Versatility and variety
- Shade and air circulation
- Room for good traffic flow and outdoor furnishings
- Protection from inclement weather
It is uncommon to have the ability to incorporate each of the key elements listed above into every outdoor living structure we design and build, but in the case of our recent covered patio addition in Brushy Creek, TX, we can say “yes” to all of the above! This addition delivers all the elements a savvy homeowner would want in an outdoor living space.
This covered porch addition is quite large, encompassing a gabled roofed area of approximately 27′ wide and 12′ deep onto the back of the existing home. It features a 33′ wide stained and stamped concrete patio that includes a combination of two(2) neautral colors for added depth and visual interest. In addition to staining the concrete patio, Archadeck of Austin also stained the entire foundation across the back of home in the same color for continuity. The soffits and fascia are clad in Hardie Board to match the existing home. The open gable design also feature an arts & craft decorative element often used in craftsmen-style structures and delivers a gentle transition into the backyard from the coziness of the porch cover.
The interior details of this patio cover are just as impressive as those implemented into the design of the exterior. The ceiling of the space was finished using Synergy Wood Products in Cypress. This amazing product is new and has been added to our arsenal of cutting edge material choices we offer here at Archadeck of Austin. This product works great for ceilings and walls and has a poly-finish that is rubbed by hand to create the high-quality aesthetic and rustic look you see here. Synergy comes in 4 finishes, Cypress, Ponderosa Pine, Yellow Pine and Cedar.
Along with the striking rustic wood detailing evident throughout the patio cover, we also installed a custom-designed privacy screen to keep prying eyes from looking into the space.
On the interior of the patio cover we also installed two large Haiku ceiling fans from Big Ass Fans ( yes, that’s the name of the company). These fans are touted as the world’s most advanced ceiling fan. Haiku fans utilize groundbreaking SenseME® technology to automate your comfort and save energy year round. These fans have won more than 60 international design and technology awards and currently hold the top 19 spots on ENERGY STAR®‘s list of efficient ceiling fans. These oversized residential-use fans make a huge statement and promote superior air circulation too cool the patio on those hot Texas days!
Archadeck of Austin also installed recessed can lighting within the space for added ambiance and unlimited evening enjoyment!
If you are ready to learn what it truly means to have an outdoor living space that gives you all the elements you yearn for, contact Archadeck of Austin at ( 512) 259 – 8282 or email us at email@example.com, and say “yes to all of the above.”