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Challenge us! Archadeck of Austin designs a permeable patio to complete the perfect combination outdoor space

Northwest Austin Custom Outdoor Living Space BuilderPresent us with a design challenge, and we will show you a big ol’ knock-your-socks-off solution. Archadeck of Austin was thrilled to work with this Northwest Austin homeowner to design and build a spectacular outdoor living space, a combination screened room, patio and deck with an outdoor kitchen. One of the things that is so special about this project is its unique patio with a hot tub and a dramatic fire wall.

What could be so unique about a patio? Well, that brings us to the challenge presented by this homeowner. We were asked to design a patio that incorporates the proper drainage for water runoff so moisture will be retained and released properly into the natural aquifers in and around the Austin area. A permeable patio, that is. Jim Schallon, Archadeck’s lead designer on this project, managed to meet the technical requirements while creating a beautiful and relaxing oasis for the homeowner, family and friends.

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The home had an existing wood deck in good shape and just the right size for an outdoor kitchen. By power-washing the deck and restaining it, we were able to restore the wood’s beauty and establish this area as the centerpiece of the project. On one side of the deck, we added a spacious screened room with a new roof cover that we tied into the existing slope system of the house. On the other side of the deck, we added the patio with hot tub and fire wall.

We placed the outdoor kitchen on the deck by building a wall, counter height, with Concrete Masonry Units (CMU, also called concrete blocks) and finishing it with a facing of beautiful ledgestone. All of the outdoor kitchens designed and built by Archadeck of Austin are built with masonry-cinder block construction. Other builders may use wood for the kitchen structure, since it will be covered with a stone facing and no one will see it. However, our sturdy outdoor kitchen construction won’t deteriorate or degrade over time; it’s permanent.

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The 1” hand-installed ledgestone facing helps provide a solid support structure for the kitchen counter and appliances. The homeowner chose brown Lueders stone for the countertops, and we used matching brown Lueders cap to top off all of the walls. A dense limestone known for its durability and low maintenance requirements, Lueders stone is perfect for kitchen countertops.Northwest Austin Screened Rooms

This kitchen’s built-in grill alone will command your attention! It’s a Memphis wood-pellet BBQ system with Wi-Fi capabilities. The homeowner can monitor and adjust the temperature of the grill from anywhere; the grill can even send an alert to his smartphone if needed. In addition to the Memphis Wood Fire Grill, the new outdoor kitchen includes a refrigerator, drawers, storage and trash receptacle.

With plenty of space on the deck for a dining table and chairs, meals will go from grill to table in an instant. If (or when) insects are a problem, the new adjacent screened room offers a pest-free dining area as well.

This screened room boasts a rich Synergy Wood ceiling with ceiling fansto  keep the air moving. A large flat-screen TV is mounted on a stacked stone wall built just for that purpose; we used the same ledgestone here that we used for walls in the kitchen and patio areas.  Of course, we built in electricity to power the TV, fans, lamps and the homeowner’s outdoor heater to take the chill off in winter. The floor of the screened room is a textured stamped concrete that will stand up to many years of constant use.

And now for the patio, which had to be permeable. For the base of the patio, we layered gravel and soil. The patio surface is a repeating pattern of large pavers and smooth stones. Together these components allow water to flow naturally through the patio surface while providing a smooth texture on which to walk. Specifically, the patio pavers are 2×2 sawn cream Lueders stone, beautiful and durable.

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The spaces between the pavers are filled with smooth Mexican Beach pebbles. Not only is the smoothness easy on bare feet but also the river rock feels cool to the touch as it retains the natural temperature of the ground at all times.Northwest Austin Patio with Custom Fire Wall Feature

Prominent on the patio is the hot tub, and next to that we built a gas-burning fire wall, which might just be the fire feature of your outdoor living dreams. It is a ledgestone wall lined with fire brick and filled with lava rock. Hidden there are 60 and 72-inch stainless steel linear T-burners.

When lit, flames seem to dance along the top of the wall. The height of the fire wall is about even with the surface of the hot tub, so, as you can imagine, occupants of the hot tub will become a captive audience for this magical feature at night.

If you would like to challenge us to create the patio, porch and outdoor kitchen combination project of your dreams, contact Archadeck of Austin today at (515) 259-8282 or via email at jim.odom@archadeck.net to schedule a free design consultation.

Jim Schallon, senior designer Archadeck of Austin.

Jim Schallon, senior designer Archadeck of Austin.

 


Archadeck of Austin Recommends Resurfacing Rather Than Staining Concrete

Austin Patio BuilderWhen is the last time you were told “satisfaction is not guaranteed“? Probably never! However, if you are looking at Austin patio ideas and are thinking about getting your existing patio stained, we ask you to give some more thought to that before you proceed. Archadeck of Austin can offer a better solution.

Perhaps you have wanted to give your old patio new life and considered staining to be like a face lift for concrete. You may have seen a neighbor’s patio that was stained, and maybe they were thrilled with it. We want to caution you about expecting the same results at your home. There is just no way of knowing how staining will turn out. Here is the truth: Staining concrete is so unpredictable that we ask our clients to sign a disclaimer before we will stain their concrete surfaces.

The best thing about staining is the price. It is the most affordable option if you simply want a new look for your patio. But is it worth the risk? We have stained patios with mixed results — and it’s not just us.  We don’t want to get too technical here, but the most important factor is the condition of the concrete. How porous is the surface? And is that porosity uniform across the entire surface? Does the patio show any (unintentional) stains, maybe from fruit punch spilled during a long-ago birthday party?

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Keep in mind that while stain adds color to concrete, it does not cover up markings already there. Stain does not cover a surface the way paint does; it permeates the concrete. If a concrete sealer was applied to your patio in years past, that sealer will affect the results of staining today. How well was the concrete cured, originally, and was it cured uniformly? Was a curing membrane applied to the concrete? There may be a lot you don’t know about that patio you see every day. Inconsistent sealing or curing, no matter how long ago, will lead to inconsistent results when the patio is stained.

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Austin covered patio with custom overlayment.

Archadeck of Austin recommends resurfacing, also called concrete overlay, instead of staining a patio to give it new life. We can show you exactly how it will turn out. If its surface is even and has no large cracks, your patio is a good candidate for resurfacing.  We will apply a concrete overlay, a cement-like material that we spray or spread over your patio to give it a new surface.

Even better, you can select a decorative finish for your patio such as the look and texture of stone. We can achieve the look of stone by stenciling or stamping the overlay after it’s applied. We can show you a wide range of textures and colors for your “new” patio. You can even request a slip-resistant surface if that feature is important to you!  What’s more, we recommend installing the concrete overlay near a pool, if you have one, because the new surface is less likely to be damaged by pool chemicals or exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

In a hurry? Many concrete overlay products dry quickly. Don’t wait to call us! If you would like to learn more about updating your patio without having to remove it and start over, contact Archadeck of Austin today at (515) 259-8282 or via email at jim.odom@archadeck.net to schedule a free design consultation.

Jim Schallon, senior designer Archadeck of Austin.

Jim Schallon, senior designer Archadeck of Austin.


This Spacious Cedar Park, TX, Patio-Pergola-Fire-Pit Combination Pairs the Natural Beauty of Flagstone and Cedar

austin-patio-builderWhat could be better than a big, beautiful flagstone patio just outside your back door? How about a double flagstone patio with a grand cedar pergola for shade at one end and a stone fire pit for warmth and ambiance at the other end? Archadeck of Austin recently completed such a combination outdoor living addition in Cedar Park, Texas, and the homeowner can’t wait to show it off.

The first two things you notice here are the spacious patio, with its unique curvy shape, and the beauty of the multi-blend Oklahoma flagstone. Equally as impressive is the rustic cedar pergola, and this pairing of natural flagstone and cedar is stunning. In character with its Texas setting, this pergola is stronger and “beefier” than some because it features big, 6″ x 6″ posts, exceeding the normal standards for pergola construction. Since shade is so valuable on sunny Texas days, we designed the pergola with 2″ x 2″ slats across the top spaced every 3″ apart to enhance the structure’s shade benefits. Strings of party lights hanging from the pergola’s rafters turn this section of the patio into the ideal spot for outdoor dining any time, day or night.

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On cooler evenings, the family will be drawn to the opposite end of the large patio where a matching stone fire pit will provide warmth as well as cozy ambiance. This is a gas-burning fire pit with a 36″ burner that heats rock and blue glass stones. The result is a highly effective and beautiful fire pit with stones that glow with firelight and put off a lot of heat. Don’t you love the custom-designed Texas star pattern of the blue glass stones in the fire pit?

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Family and friends will naturally gather around the fire pit to share stories, sing campfire songs or just get lost in the hypnotic glow of the flames. This Texas-size patio is large enough that quite a few people can gather by the fire for warmth and camaraderie. The homeowner chose to add a seating wall on one side of the fire pit while leaving the other side open for patio furniture that can be rearranged depending on the need. The seating wall was built with natural limestone that complements the flagstone patio but doesn’t compete with it for attention.

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This patio floor is built to exceed the standards for patio builders in the Austin area. Most builders only use a layer of decomposed granite with grout mixed in as the base for their patios. Archadeck of Austin actually poured a solid, full-scale concrete patio to use as the patio’s base. This is because, over time, this patio will not sink, tile chip or joints crack with this method. This gives the patio a longer life with no chance of incurring structural issues due to weather conditions or time.

Archadeck of Austin started this gorgeous project with a “blank slate” because, before we built this addition, the rear of the house simply opened into the backyard. The finished patio makes great use of an area that was once void, so this project can serve as inspiration for anyone presently lacking an outdoor living space!

If you would like to learn more about creating such an inviting outdoor living space right outside your back door, contact Archadeck of Austin today at (515) 259-8282 or via email at jim.odom@archadeck.net.

Jim Schallon, senior designer Archadeck of Austin.

Jim Schallon, senior designer Archadeck of Austin.

 


This Austin Covered Patio Serves as the Perfect Outdoor Man Cave and Much More!

Austing Patio CoversThis patio cover in Austin, TX, by Archadeck of Austin is a true masterpiece of design.  As you can clearly see from the images, the space appears as if it has stepped off the pages and into reality from one of those glossy home & garden magazines.  Jim Schallon, our lead designer, came up with the concept on this structure.

Even though some would say this patio cover serves as the ultimate outdoor man cave area, the benefits of the space exceed just enjoying the big game outdoors. This space serves a multitude of uses, it can evolve as your needs evolve. From outdoor entertaining to relaxing by the fire. The presence of the TV provides a space for family movie night, watching home videos and much more! The possibilities are as endless as the imagination.

The floor of the patio features a textured overlay finish, this was present on both the existing (older) patio and the new concrete patio and featured a custom designed Texas Star in the center.  Having the advantage of a textural finish for the patio not only increases the aesthetic appeal of the space adding to the rustic nuances present in the natural stone used throughout the project, it also increases traction within the space. This makes the area easy to navigate even when outside weather conditions may be damp.

The focal point of the space is surely the large outdoor fireplace. Archadeck of Austin designed and built this fire feature and custom fire boxes attached using the same all natural stone used on the facade of the existing home. Since the homeowner’s wanted to attached a TV over the mantel of the fireplace, we ingeniously created a built-in space under the hearth that holds the electronic equipment for the TV. By working with the homeowner’s audio-visual professional, conduit was ran to perfect this feature and in addition a speaker system was installed within the ceiling of the space. Not only is the addition of these elements innovative, it also ensures the wiring and cords stay out of view promoting a clean, wireless atmosphere.

The exterior sunshades directly behind the outdoor fireplace were installed by a local company here in Austin. Austintatious Blinds that specializes in  a diverse array of blind and shutter solutions.  From custom wood shutters to polyscreens and other shade materials for exterior and interior residential and commercial use. These retractable shades allow the homeowners to block out the late afternoon sun.

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The ceiling of the patio cover is simply stunning! We used Synergy Cypress E-Peck tongue and groove to get this amazing rustic look. Synergy products require no staining or sanding and come with an exterior grade protective polyurethane finish. You can also see a continuation of the rustic nuances evident in the ceiling are carried through the entire design including the cedar-wrapped posts. The railing we used is also cedar with aluminum balusters.

Take a look at this amazing project through the video we created for our Archadeck of Austin YouTube channel:

The homeowners are elated with the design, the process and of course, the finished patio cover!

If you would like to learn more about creating the ultimate outdoor room for your home, contact Archadeck of Austin today at (515) 259-8282 or via email at  jim.odom@archadeck.net.

Jim Schallon, senior designer Archadeck of Austin.

Jim Schallon, senior designer Archadeck of Austin.


This Urban-Chic Oasis in South Austin is Loaded with Zen-Inspired Details Promoting Calm and Serenity!

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So, you’ve mastered the design inside your home, and you’re finally feeling at peace, but what about your outdoor living space? Are you looking to spend more time in your outdoor living space, enjoying the company of family and friends, or curled up reading a book?  If you find yourself falling into this category, then it’s time to master the harmony and peace in your outdoor space.

Permeable patio builder South Austin TXThe design of an outdoor space is an area that is often designed with the impetus of functionality –for example; when planning an outdoor kitchen, the emphasis lies in placement and proximity to the dining area, or if it’s a fireplace, how many people can comfortably sit around it at night under the stars. However, once in a while the design of an outdoor space needs to reflect a lot more than functionality, it needs to reflect the interaction between the human and their environment, while providing natural energy flow.

Feng Shui is the art of placement, based off the elements of earth to improve the balance of comfort and harmony in your environment. The term was coined from two Chinese words; Feng meaning Wind, and Shui meaning Water – these are the two natural elements that continuously flow and circulate everywhere on earth. These elements have widely influenced human individuals and societies which is why it is important to design a space with Feng Shui in mind.

One of our most recent projects is inspired by the concept of Feng Shui. This urban-chic patio addition was added to this classic home in the historic district of South Austin, TX. These homeowners were looking for a more cohesive design to go along with the urban feel which the area provides.

Here is the backyard before Archadeck of Austin began the new patio addition:

Here is the backyard before Archadeck of Austin began the new patio addition:

Jim Schallon, our lead designer for the project came up with this urban-chic oasis while meeting requirements necessary for an addition that will allow moisture to be retained and released properly into the natural aquifers, in and around the Austin area. Strategic planning was necessary to find the right material that would allow the proper drainage for water runoff.

To meet these requirements, Schallon designed the backyard patio compacted with layers of gravel and soil, topping it with Mexican river rock, which will allow water to flow naturally through the surface while providing a smooth texture. Not only is the river rock easy on bare feet but also provides a cooling feel as it retains the natural temperature of the ground at all times. The patio was finished off with 2×2 sawn cream Limestone pavers throughout, but the design didn’t stop at the patio pavers and rock choice. In addition with the contemporary design, electrical was installed to incorporate the last piece of this urban chic oasis; the hot tub!

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The homeowner’s are ecstatic with their ‘Zen inspired’ patio that has been loaded with a positive energy flow, and ties in the importance of Feng Shui.

Jim Schallon, senior designer Archadeck of Austin.

Jim Schallon, senior designer Archadeck of Austin.

If you too are interested in making your dream outdoor living space a reality, contact Archadeck of Austin at (515) 259-8282 to schedule a free design consultation today or via email at jim.odom@archadeck.net.


Our Brushy Creek, TX, Covered Patio Delivers Privacy and All the Trimmings Under One Roof!

Brushy Creeek TX covered patioHere are the key elements that go into creating the perfect outdoor living space:

  • 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
  • Shade
  • Privacy

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.

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Brushy Creek TX patio cover builderThis 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.Brushy Creek TX patio cover builder

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.

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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.

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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  jim.odom@archadeck.net, and say “yes to all of the above.

Jim Schallon, senior designer Archadeck of Austin.

Jim Schallon, senior designer Archadeck of Austin.

 

 

 

 

 


Archadeck of Austin creates a cozy and contemporary outdoor space to enjoy day and night!

Austin patio roof and rail detailPart of what makes my job so rewarding is the transformation process. This process goes beyond transforming an aged, or less than functional outdoor living space into a beautiful asset to the clients’ home and property. The reward comes from reading the excitement and satisfaction on their face and knowing the enjoyment they will get from the new outdoor living space for years to come! This is exactly the kind of project our recent transformation in Austin was. Archadeck of Austin turned an outdoor area consisting of an aging wooden deck into a cozy, contemporary patio that promises day and evening outdoor living.

Before the transformation began:

Before the transformation began:

After meeting with the homeowners’ and discussing their desires and needs we went to work on a design that would compliment their home and allow them to partake in the outdoor lifestyle they craved. The new design includes a tile covered patio, inviting steps, and iron railing and is loaded with upscale, contemporary style. During construction of the project the homeowners’ also decided to add the pergola and replace two wooden gates on each aid of the yard access.  The gates on both sides of the house were old and in disrepair.

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The client asked us to design an attractive center opening wide gate design with powder coated metal posts, cedar deck boards mounted vertically in an interesting pattern.

The slab was a little over two feet above grade and was poured flush with the existing patio and attached via rebar doweled into the foundation.  Provisions were made prior to pouring the foundation for the low-voltage lights and the electrical connection for a ceiling fan to be placed under the pergola.  The client’s chose a Madison Silver porcelain tile in rectangular pieces which were laid over the new surface and existing patio. A tile schluter was used to avoid cracking of tiles between the new and old patios .  The sleek railings are Fortress rails with LED Fortress post cap lights. The addition of lighting added to the times the homeowners’ can now enjoy their new space, without limitations and bathed in ambient light!  The pergola is built from western red cedar with a bracket attached at the roof fascia.

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In addition to the changes made to their outdoor living space, the clients’ also replaced all their existing gutters and repainted the entire house to compliment the tile choice — a total transformation indeed!

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If you are envisioning an outdoor living space transformation in your near future, contact Archadeck of Austin. We can plan, design and build an outdoor space for you that will not only improve your outdoor experience but, we can create an area for you that make a design statement as well. Call for a free consultation at  ( 512) 259 – 8282  or email us at  jim.odom@archadeck.net.

Jim Odom Archadeck of Austin

Jim Odom Archadeck of Austin