Wow. The Before images of these majestic dual-facing elevated structures are pretty impressive. Unfortunately, those two second-level deck balconies were about to go kaput. Who to call? Why Archadeck of Austin, Texas, of course.
Before we arrived on the scene of this Westlake home, both high-rise deck balconies were done in tile. They were rotting due to the seal plates underneath them.
Our solution was outdoor living surgery and rescue. It was a large demolition, as you can clearly see from the girth of the structures. We strategically and carefully removed it all and began the project of restoration and rebuilding.
Two Heads May Be Better Than One, But For Expansive Outdoor Living Functionality, One Is The Right Number
With a backyard home exterior this vast, our thinking was that one expansive outdoor living deck balcony would be in the best long-term interest of the family.
Instead of the original floor foundation of tile, we thought about combining low maintenance and long life, so AZEK PVC decking was the winning solution. Meticulously manufactured from a PVC resin and a harder PVC shell, these materials are extruded together to create a truly beautiful deck board.
With a beautiful grain and assortment of variegated colors, AZEK is the carefree decking master choice among discerning home improvement experts like Archadeck.
A Dozen Colors To Choose From, And Countless Benefits With This Low Maintenance Decking Wonder
At a time when homeowners are extending their living space to their exterior balconies, front porches, screened porches, and covered outdoor living rooms, the visually inspiring colors from AZEK Deck’s Vintage collection are sure to add richness and design interest.
The latest addition of AZEK decking colors includes Mahogany, Dark Hickory, Coastline and Weathered Teak – all variegated colors, inspired by exotic hardwoods, with a wire-brushed, natural matte finish.
Manufactured with a tongue-and-groove design, AZEK PVC decking creates a very small, consistent gap between the surfaces of the boards, while only requiring one fastener per joist, after the starting board is installed. AZEK low maintenance and high-performance decking is protected by Alloy Armour Technology, enabling it to withstand harsh weather and resist stains, scratches, fading, mold, mildew, and moisture damage while providing a slip-resistant surface.
In fact, the material is covered by a best-in-class 30-year limited fade and stain warranty and a limited lifetime warranty. Also, unlike wood outdoor living structures, no annual sealing or staining is required with AZEK.
Quality Finishing Touches Complete This Transformation Story
Our construction team also replaced the homeowners’ existing rail with a new custom horizontal iron railing and balusters, simply stunning and sleek in rich black.
The area under the double-wide deck is a dry deck area and here, along with the dry deck system, we also installed a beautiful Synergywood ceiling in the color Ebony.
Due to the slope of the existing space, we used a new under-deck system called DEK Drain.
Why DEK Drain?
This innovative rubberized membrane with sloped valleys in between each joist proved to be the ideal foundation for this build.
Protective panels – custom fabricated from a long-lasting, thick rubber membrane material and pre-cut to match your deck’s specific measurements – are attached to the bottom of your deck’s joists, capturing water that slips through the surface boards.
This proprietary deck drainage system creates dry, functional space below your deck that has virtually unlimited uses, while mitigating damage from precipitation and moisture.
Whether you plan to use your under-deck area for storage or to expand your living space with furniture, a finished ceiling, and more – DEK Drain ensures that you won’t have to strip everything bare in 20 years and start all over again.
DEK Drain is the only deck drainage system on the market offering a fully transferrable, limited lifetime warranty – which complements the outstanding one offered by AZEK.
It is interesting to note that DEK Drain systems have been successfully installed in all 50 states and 7 foreign countries, and not a single claim has been filed to date. And that is what we call true peace of mind in material selection.
All This – And More – Can Be Yours With Archadeck Let’s put our creative minds together and brainstorm about your next outdoor living space. To get started, all you need to do is click here.
Yes, we love those larger-than-life outdoor living space transformations that have made us a household name here in Austin. But sometimes, our clients simply need a touch or two to create a better, more desirable, and appealing outdoor leisure environment.
Meet The Small Outdoor Living Project With Big Results
The homeowners wanted to add some functional pizazz to their existing covered patio area in the Vizcaya neighborhood of Round Rock, TX.
The first order of this home improvement project was to extend the footprint of the front exterior foundation of the patio to give it more dimension and interest – as well as adding a wraparound garden bed for perennials along the rear perimeter of the space on either side of the new stone stairs leading into their backyard.
To do just that, we used white limestone with nicotine on the planter façade, creating a stunning plateau of form and function. We also used chocolate Lueders limestone as the cap atop the limestone planter wall – a rare find indeed in today’s materials market.
The finishing touch? Fortress aluminum railing in black for privacy and protection was used. Durable, affordable, and memorable, Fortress aluminum railings allow us to build smartly and boldly.
The railing’s aluminum foundation isn’t susceptible to corrosion or rust. It can easily hold up to tough weather, including ice, snow, rain and UV rays. And if that isn’t enough, aluminum railings won’t splinter, twist, shrink or warp and they require little upkeep. It’s a great way to enjoy elegance and style without excessive weight or expense surrounding your outdoor living space.
Proud To Be All Things To Some People
We are often asked the question, exactly what does Archadeck of Austin build?
Our answer is we are ALL things outdoor living.
Regardless of the size or scope of the project or outdoor living space enhancement, we build decks, porches, poolside structures, outdoor kitchens, outdoor fire features, pergolas, and much more! We specialize in designing and building custom outdoor living structures for the way you want to live outdoors. From high-quality, low-maintenance composite and PVC decks, to perfect porches, patios, and pergolas, we do it all.
With an expansive and extensive selection of premium building materials to choose from, our goal is to bring only the best to our clients and that includes not only the best design and craftsmanship but also the finest materials available.
What Kind Of Outdoor Magic Can We Custom Create For You Today?
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The beauty of working with Archadeck of Austin is that you need not spend a fortune to upgrade and improve functionality in your outdoor living spaces.
Here’s living proof.
Project designer, Jim Schallon, carefully listened to the homeowners when they said how they were hoping he and his outdoor building team could add more comfort, usability, and functionality to their existing backyard patio.
The first issue to address was the wind. Sometimes it was so strong that the family had to head back indoors when it was in full force. Cushions and décor items would be blown all over the place. And that is not luxurious, peaceful outdoor living by any stretch of the imagination.
How To Tame Strong Winds And Lessen Them To Gentle Breezes
Enclosing the three large open areas of the patio adjacent to the rear of the home with a dependably hefty and strong solar 60% shade screen. Not only does it deflect strong rays of the sun, but its denser fabric and tighter weave block the wind beautifully, achieving the primary objective.
While we were there, the family also requested that we add an extension to the patio they already had to accommodate an open-air grilling space at the far end – where an occasional burst of wind actually adds to the grilling experience – without negatively impacting family members and guests in the newly screened-in patio.
This patio extension also now serves as a sun deck for catching some rays when the family wishes to sunbathe. It is easily accessible from the screened patio via a screen door. And from the backyard lawn, it is a mere two-step ascent.
The floor of this patio extension was beautifully crafted with an overlay on the entire space in a decorative concrete finish. We used a lime coat process in a running bond design that allowed us to match the flooring that was inside the home.
To heighten the aesthetic flow of the newly expanded outdoor living space, this also allows the homeowners to open their existing bi-fold doors to the new screened area and use both the interior and exterior living space simultaneously.
Better Building By Design Is Our Promise
From start to finish, you can be certain you’ve entrusted your outdoor living space project to a company that conducts business with professionalism, exhibits integrity, has respect in the community, is committed to high-quality standards, offers a written warranty, and has a history of satisfied clients.
And since we are locally owned and operated here in the greater Austin, TX, area, we make it easy to see examples of our work nearby and talk to other homeowners who’ve chosen to build with Archadeck. You never have to worry that you’re working with a contractor who doesn’t meet state and local licensing requirements or isn’t insured or bonded. Our commitment to detail, excellence, and trustworthiness speak for itself.
As an Archadeck client, you can expect to be treated to the highest level of service. Archadeck of Austin is proud to share with you our acclaimed points of difference:
• Knowledge of local building codes and terrain
• Professional-quality building standards
• Professional codes of conduct and values
• Insurance and warranty protection
• National praise from peers, suppliers, and social media
• A long history of satisfied clients
We Invite You To Chat With Us About Creating A Better Outdoor Living Experience For You And Your Family
It is our pleasure to offer you a personalized design consultation – at no charge or obligation whatsoever. To schedule yours, just click here.
What started out as a beautiful covered porch patio, resplendent with a majestic wood-burning fireplace, was upgraded and transformed into a chef’s outdoor kitchen with the vision and direction of Archadeck of Austin’s lead designer, Jim Schallon.
Round Rock, TX Outdoor Kitchen Builders Agree That Archadeck Is The Best For Outdoor Living Space Upgrades And Transformations
The alignment and structural flow of this outdoor kitchen upgrade is a dream for outdoor chefs everywhere. Luckily for this Round Rock family, it’s right here in Texas.
From left to right, overlooking the fenced backyard, let’s start with that fabulous Big Green Egg, the ultimate outdoor ceramic grill and smoker.
Without question, The Big Green Egg is the highest quality, most versatile and simplest-to-use outdoor cooker you’ll ever own. The Large Egg is the most popular size and a favorite to handle the cooking needs of most families and gatherings of friends.
It handily accommodates all branded accessories for baking, roasting or smoking. It’s versatile enough for weekend cookouts or pizza parties, large enough for eight steaks at once, and efficient enough for an impromptu meatloaf for two!
A spacious stone countertop follows at right with plenty of space for food prep and eventually serving.
And then we have the motherload of all outdoor grills with this four-burner, 36-inch DSCS unit, complete with a rotisserie for chicken, leg of lamb, brisket, or any other meaty barbeque favorite the chef fancies. The rotisserie feature cooks with radiant heat, and has a sear on the back end for the perfect roasted finish.
Convenient storage drawers below the unit assist the chef with easy-to-access tools and spices as needed.
Round Rock Outdoor Living Takes The Inside Kitchen Outdoors With Strategic Planning And Flawless Execution
Following their lead for utility and function, we made this outdoor kitchen design work for the area the homeowners already had in mind. For the gas, the shut off had to be accessible from the exterior of the kitchen, so we had to replumb it to make this happen.
The non-traditional kitchen design features a decorative octagonal tile backsplash with a blue ceramic tile front. The structure is also full masonry featuring Buff Lueders stone caps.
Here’s Your Chance To Get Cookin’ Good With Archadeck
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Sorry, to brag, but this installation deserves some loving.
Among Georgetown, TX outdoor kitchen builders, ours is – how should we say it? – AMAZING!
When we arrived at our new client’s home for their free, no-obligation design consultation, the only outdoor living space feature in their backyard was an existing covered patio – and pretty sweet it was.
But, alas, the homeowners were foodies – and you know what that means. Truly world-class meals will be lovingly prepared at every opportunity for family, friends and even some very lucky neighbors.
Custom Outdoor Kitchens You Will Absolutely Love Throughout Georgetown
No matter how you look at it, this project is much more than your typical covered patio amenities and covered patio upgrades. What was really cool about this project was that the clients wanted virtually every convenience they had inside their interior house kitchen to be duplicated outside in their covered patio.
Interestingly enough, the home was a new build, so our outdoor kitchen installation really completed this new move-in transition beautifully.
According to Archadeck designer Jim Schallon, Archadeck of Austin designed and installed this snazzy new outdoor kitchen in an existing covered patio space that was until then just an area to lounge, relax, and enjoy the evening sky.
What was missing was the aromatic pleasures that were typically found inside their kitchen.
To the left of it, you’ll notice an extra-wide outdoor grilling station for steaks, hamburgers, hot dogs, and another family favorite – grilled vegetables.. Also, notice the generous storage drawers below the grill and the gas stove top burner. Once stocked with their preferred essentials, there is no longer a need to go back into the house because “Oops, I forgot something!”
The far left includes a pull out trash drawer for food trash, as well as recyclables.
And in case you didn’t notice, check out that big red smoker at far right, atop – and surrounded by, the stacked stone foundation.
It’s the Kamado Joe Ceramic Grill and Smoker, and low and slow is the way to cook with it.
The generously-sized 42-inch diameter features a grill that also has a rotisserie that cooks with infrared heat, a 20-inch power burner, trash can, storage, and a warming drawer. The setup is so complete that there are even 3 additional power outlets in the backsplash.
The beautifully rich stonework is Limestone with a Buff Lueder’s cap. We chose Lueder’s as it is a tried and true Texas limestone and is sawn on top, as well as the bottom.
It contains a rich variation in gradients and colors from buff, light-gold, dove gray, to even deep-golds. If you happened not to be familiar with it, Lueders limestone originates from a well-established stone quarry in North Texas.
Native to North Texas, this rectangular-shaped limestone showcases abundant shades of charcoals and grays. Lueders natural stone veneer presents a timeless classic look to any application. Formal sawn heights in buff, white, cream and brown have made this a popular choice.
Because of the size of the grill, the kitchen needed to be designed and built with a larger depth than we typically construct, since once you get over a 36-inch grill, the lid of the grill descends further back. So it requires a standard depth surface (30-inches with a 6-inch backsplash) to accommodate the swing of the back of the lid/cover of the grill. This finished outdoor kitchen is 42-inches deep per the final specs.
Also, the cap on the backsplash is a little bigger than normal to coincide with the other larger dimensions. And if the client wants to screen the patio cover, it can easily be done without obstruction.
Should readers be interested in having us design an outdoor kitchen for them, too, make note that a building permit is now required in Georgetown, TX as well as Round Rock – which is a recent requirement.
When planning, new outdoor kitchen clients may want to contact their local building department and inquire to make sure they are aware when planning and budgeting.
As you can see, choosing an outdoor living contractor is easy when your name is Archadeck. Admit it … now you want one, too – right?
Contact Archadeck of Austin today to schedule your free design consultation.
From a distance, this multi-level sprawling outdoor living creation is what deck and porch combination design is all about.
To create a wide-open patio, deck and covered porch combination space, Archadeck started at the far left rear of the home by installing a concrete overlay patio that has the luxe look of travertine. It accommodates an outdoor barbecue and alfresco dining area, with generous room for seating many family and guests.
To the immediate right, you’ll find a two-step rise to a lower level deck which is a great way to handle guest overflow when entertaining at that backyard level.
Continuing to the far right is the Holy Grail of this stunning outdoor transformation – a majestic covered porch, accessed by a 3-tier staircase.
The interior of this open space is the stuff rustic dreams are made of. Cedar is the exquisite material of choice used here by this covered deck builder.
Like a row of soldiers at attention, the beams in the ceiling reflect and pay homage to the incredible richness and beauty of this treasured wood.
Notice the stunning and captivating open rafter design on the interior porch ceiling starring our perennial favorite tongue and groove cedar. The gable roof porch extension for this project with beam/kind truss detail defines it as a unique custom design for this most deserving family.
In addition to crafting the ceiling from cedar, it was also used for the deck floor, as well as for the deck skirting.
Less expensive than teak and lighter than oak, cedar possesses many major advantages that make it suitable for outdoor furniture, as well as building outdoor structures. One of its strongest benefits over time is its ability to resist insects, rot, termites, and Powder Beetles.
With its natural resistance to rot and decay, a protective finish is an optional choice. But if you want to enjoy the aroma of varieties such as Western Red Cedar and Incense Cedar, leave the wood unsealed and bask in the multi-sensory experience of this amazing wood.
Creative Storage Solutions With This Round Rock, TX, Deck Builder
In addition to designing and meticulously building this beautiful backyard oasis, outdoor living builder Jim Schallon was forward-thinking enough to include storage.
The height of the deck left plenty of room underneath for dry space storage – great for garden tools, lawn equipment, and other outdoor living and upkeep necessities. The great thing about it from an aesthetic perspective is that it is out of sight, secure, and totally sheltered from the weather. For access after dusk, there is even a light installed conveniently in this area.
It is attributes like intelligent design, flawless craftsmanship, and attention to detail that make this Austin outdoor building team so highly regarded. For more exciting features about this premier Archadeck of Austin location, visit us on Facebook and check us out on Google, too.
Backyard Bliss Like This Can Be Yours For The Asking
Contact Archadeck of Austin today to schedule your free design consultation, with no obligation to commit whatsoever. Your design consultation is free, but the results are destined to be priceless!
Patio builders and pergola builders may come and go, but one thing is for certain. With an extensive and creatively-designed outdoor living space transformation like this, Archadeck of Austin proves we will be here for the long haul. Using our acclaimed expertise to create the ultimate in Round Rock patios and fire pit combos, we made the magic happen for this Round Rock family.
Before we began the project, the homeowners had an incredibly small and limited backyard. Sadly, it was not very versatile, leaving little if any room to even turn around. Additionally, the area lacked a sidewalk providing access to their front gate, too. Archadeck of Austin put on our thinking cap for this outdoor living space transformation.
Archadeck Comes To The Rescue With A Bigger, Better Design
First things first, our team began by adding a much larger patio space. Adjacent to the new patio and accesible via the new beautifully fashioned river rock pathway, we built a wood-burning fire pit for those evenings when the outdoor air is just a tad too chilly.
The crowning glory to this beautifully large patio is the majestic pergola, structured to evolve seamlessly off the rear roof of the home. To provide a more convenient and natural way to access the front gate leading to the backyard, a four-foot-wide concrete sidewalk was added as part of this transformational plan.
To accent and frame the new sidewalk, we removed a good portion of the side yard lawn and installed a heavy-duty weed block to prevent unwanted growth around the new pathway. Atop it, we installed two to three-inch Texas café river rock on either side of the sidewalk.
To ensure that the pathway down to the wood-burning stone fire pit would stay strong and in place, our team used a metal edge on the pathway downward. The area where the fire pit area is located measures a generous 12-feet in diameter.
The new main patio area adjacent to the rear of the home is new concrete with a flagstone overlay application. As for the beautiful pergola, it is handcrafted out of cedar with a TopGal polycarbonate cover for added protection.
Unlike fabric pergola shade covers, TopGal is excellent for more intense weather situations like rain and snow. Made from high-quality PVC they make an excellent choice for pergola roofing thanks to their affordability and high light transmission.
Archadeck Is Ready To Design & Build The Backyard Of Your Dreams
Round Rock, TX Patio Undergoes a Miraculous Transformation Extension in the Most Beautifully Artistic Way
One of the perks of being Austin’s favorite builder of combination outdoor living spaces with integrated fire pits is that beauty is all around … you just have to look for it and see the potential.
This was the case with this rear backyard outdoor living space rebirth.
Wanting a larger area to enjoy their outdoors but also looking to maintain privacy options for their outdoor space, this Austin family connected with Archadeck of Austin after hearing such wonderful things about our process, our reputation with hardscapes and our work in specializing in Red Rock outdoor fire features.
For us, being Austin’s favorite custom fire pit builder is icing on the proverbial outdoor cake, as our claim to fame has been designing and creating memorably stunning combination patios and pergolas with niche outdoor living rooms and outdoor kitchens.
TURNING SMALL AND PLAIN INTO LOVELY AND LUXURIOUS
Remember the story of Eliza Doolittle in George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion and her seamless transformation? That’s kind of what this outdoor re-creation was like. Truly transformative in every way.
We started with the home’s “good bones” and turned boring and so-so into a true masterpiece.
This well-preserved Round Rock, TX classic home needed more. More functionality. More aesthetic appeal. More outdoor living spaces. Our solution was to kick it up a notch by kicking out the rear of the outdoor living covered patio they already had in place.
We removed the downward staircase that sat at the left rear of the home and extended the area to triple its former size.
In addition to increasing its size, we added stunning finishing touches, so much so that this outdoor living space is now known as the crowing jewel of the neighborhood’s Austin backyards – and a recent favorite spot for friends and neighbors to frequent.
ARTFULLY DESIGNED WITH ATTENTION TO EVERY DETAIL
As the extended patio was built out, we decided to add an angled staircase on the right side of the structure, as it led to a more fluid green space in the rear yard.
To compliment the black powder-coated railing, we chose Hideaway privacy black metal screens to create the feeling of enclosure and intimacy on both the left and right sides of the newly extended area.
In keeping with an eye for beauty – as well as safety and functionality – we added a 36-inch iron fortress railing, along the far width of the space. It defines the useable area beautifully.
At the base of it, we created a low maintenance garden area for accent shrubs and greenery, giving the homeowners the option to further customize it with perennials at their whim.
Likewise, nestled into an angled corner where the new staircase is located, we installed an inset garden area to introduce more depth, elegance, color and fragrance to the space.
SHARING THE EVENING WITH THE WARMTH OF FRIENDS AND A NEW FIRE FEATURE
Especially now with longer evening hours, family and visitors are more than welcome to stay outdoors as long as they wish warmed by the conversation and laughter of good company and this stunning fire feature.
A sea of multicolored coral, white and gray glass serves as the foundation for the vibrant gas flames that appear with a flick of the finger. All of the surfaces of the new fire pit and planters were created with Lueders Limestone, both on top as well as on the bottom. For those not familiar with it, Lueders is a tried and true Texas limestone from a nearby quarry in North Texas.
The stone’s natural composition boasts a rich variation in gradients and colors from buff, light-gold, dove gray, to even deep-golds which partners well with the fire pit interior space.
Carrying through the new schema of warmth and welcome for this extended outdoor living oasis, the homeowners decided to choose intense orange colored all-weather cushions for their outdoor living furniture and accent rugs.
WISHING DOES MAKE IT SO WHEN ARCHADECK IS INVOLVED
The stuff that outdoor living dreams are made of starts right here. Schedule your free, no-obligation outdoor space design consultation now.
New Low-Maintenance Deck Provides Open Area Where These Falconhead West Homeowners Can Enjoy Their Fabulous Canyon View
Once in a while, a client requests the opposite of a typical Archadeck of Austin project. We are always happy to work out a great custom design for them! So often, our clients have an open outdoor living space like a patio or a deck, and they are looking for a shade solution. Frequently we design a new covered porch to work in combination with a homeowner’s existing patio or deck. In many other cases, we replace an existing patio or deck with an entirely new covered porch and open patio or deck combination.
It all adds up to the same thing, no matter the starting point. Homeowners who enjoy spending much of their time outdoors, at home, love having both a shaded and an open outdoor living space. The same is true for homeowners who love to entertain outdoors. The versatility you gain when you have an open and covered outdoor living combination is immeasurable.
Our clients at this home in the Falconhead West neighborhood in Bee Cave, TX, had the opposite problem of most. They have a beautiful covered porch at the back of their home. And they have a magnificent view across the canyon below. What they needed was an open-to-the-sky outdoor space where they can enjoy that wide-open view, day or night. Given the slope of this property, a deck was a better option for them than a patio.
Austin’s Low-Maintenance Deck Designer Helps You Enjoy Your Hill Country View!
At Archadeck of Austin, we absolutely love helping you enjoy your marvelous view! What good is a great view if you don’t have the perfect place to enjoy it? For these Falconhead West homeowners, we designed a beautiful deck using TimberTech/AZEK low-maintenance decking. They selected two colors, Weathered Teak for the main deck surface and English Walnut as an accent color. Our custom deck design incorporates the darker color for picture framing, a parting board, and stair risers.
Archadeck’s high-quality work shines through in the details of this custom deck design. Picture framing refers to the darker boards that form the outer edge of the deck surface. We also picture-framed the small landing on the deck stairs. The parting board is the dark board that runs straight through the middle of the deck from the steps across to the far side. In addition to adding visual interest, the parting board provides a tidy way for the diagonal decking boards to meet in the deck’s center. No one likes to see the raw ends of two decking boards meet up with each other, if we can prevent that. As you can see, inserting a parting board allows for a cleaner design.
Notice the black railing around this deck – it practically disappears when you look out at the view. The homeowners have placed decorative black bollard lights at each railing post, inconspicuous because they blend in with the black posts. The beautiful, ornamental detail of these lights will provide amazing ambiance on this deck at night.
From the ground, looking up, you can see that the deck itself is cantilevered over the under-deck storage area. We built the solid board deck skirting with cedar. The homeowners have plenty of storage space under the deck, an excellent use of this space. Contact Archadeck of Austin today to schedule your free design consultation.
The purchase of a swim spa was the inspiration for these homeowners in the Mayfield Ranch area of Round Rock, TX, to call Archadeck of Austin. They needed an extra-strong concrete pad for their new swim spa. It was the perfect opportunity to extend and upgrade their existing patio. Now they enjoy a much larger patio while they wait for their swim spa to be delivered. When it finally arrives, they will be more than ready for it!
Multi-tiered Patio Extends this Mayfield Ranch Family’s Outdoor Options
Our clients had a covered patio at the back of their home and wanted to extend it. We added what is essentially a second patio, just a few steps down from the first. The result is one big, multi-tiered patio that extends from the house out to the new swim spa location. The original patio is the family’s shaded area, and the new section is open to the stars. They will especially enjoy this open patio after dark.
In preparation for the new patio area and swim spa support pad, we did a lot of digging! The early stage of installing a concrete patio involves digging trenches and laying steel rebar. The rebar stabilizes the concrete floor to give the patio a longer life. On this project, we also used the trenches to bury conduit so the client’s electrician can run power to the swim spa when it arrives. They will install outdoor electrical outlets, too, so the homeowners will have electricity on the patio for their convenience.
The new patio surface features a beautiful flagstone pattern overlay. To create this surface, we used a mixture of quartz and concrete that is 8 times stronger than the concrete surface it is binding to. We etched the flagstone pattern into the surface of the overlayment, completing the grooves and grout work by hand. Then we hand-stained each individual piece and sealed the patio surface.
Turning Patio Steps Into an Art Form
Tying the new patio area into the existing patio, we rebuilt the patio steps more to the clients’ liking. These new steps leading from the covered patio to the open patio are wider and deeper than the original, increased from 12″ deep to 18″ deep. They are also shallower than the original steps, creating a more graceful transition from the upper to the lower tier.
As a finishing touch, we built a bench of chopped stone with a smooth stone cap for seating. Much like a seating wall, a bench like this saves space on the patio because it can seat more people than a row of bulky chairs. It’s perfect for additional seating. The homeowners can also use its surface as a place to set out refreshments.
Now the clients’ remaining task will be to install the swim spa on its new concrete pad at the end of the patio. With dimensions of 16’ long x 7’ wide x 60″ tall, this swim spa will be big and heavy. The concrete pad we have prepared for it will stand up to the test, we are certain.
Do you need a larger and more beautiful patio and a place for your hot tub or swim spa? We would love to create a custom solution to meet your outdoor living needs. Contact Archadeck of Austin to schedule your free design consultation.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Today’s featured patio and deck project in South Austin illustrates the almost-unlimited scope of an Archadeck of Austin backyard makeover.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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
.Would a covered patio make your outdoor living space more comfortable and more enjoyable? Contact Archadeck of Austin to schedule your free design consultation.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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?
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When a project isn’t completed properly, you may try to live with it for a while. Perhaps you hope that, as time passes, you’ll decide it’s “good enough.” It has been our observation that sometimes this works, but more often it does not. Most clients who call us to complete another company’s work feel that when a project isn’t done right, it’s just not right. So they call Archadeck of Austin to finish the job correctly, sometimes to re-do the work of the first contractor. You might be surprised to learn how often we receive these calls.
Such was the case with the Brushy Creek patio featured here. This home is located in the Cedar Park neighborhood of Brushy Creek, TX. The homeowners were disappointed in the work of the company that poured their concrete patio. Their primary complaint: the patio just wasn’t finished in a way that spoke to their outdoor living needs.
When is a Cedar Park patio finished? The word “finish” has several meanings. First, we mean completed. The patio builder left the job without completing it (although they evidently believed they had completed it).
Austin Patio Builder Takes Patio from Barely There to Beautifully Appointed
Having their concrete patio finished properly was just the beginning for these homeowners. They had a vision for their patio that was based on how they wanted to use it. And not just that, but how they wanted to feel when they used it. They wanted this setting to feel comfortable, intimate and luxurious. Their vision included nighttime use, which meant the addition of lighting. Finally, their vision included entertaining guests, which meant the addition of bench seating around the patio’s perimeter.
Archadeck of Austin was able to improve upon the patio by creating the cozy space they craved through enhancement of the original design. We built a low stone wall around the patio’s perimeter with flagstone and capped it with a smooth stone surface for plenty of seating. We also skim coated the turn down wall (face wall) of the patio to give it a finished look.The finishing touch to the project was elegant lighting that provides the perfect ambiance after dark. For this lighting, we ran an electric line out to the patio and installed 6-inch LED lights between the stone wall and the wall’s top cap.
This feel-good story gets even better! We used the homeowner’s super smart transformer for this lighting installation so he can control the lighting intensity from an app on his cell phone. Sheer perfection.
Whether you are looking for an outdoor living company to re-do a poorly done job, or you simply want to be sure it’s done right the first time, call Archadeck of Austin today at 512-259-8282 or email us to schedule your free design consultation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Have you interviewed Austin patio builders—only to be told the project you want cannot be done? That’s a sure sign you need to give Archadeck of Austin a call instead because we don’t talk that way. We figure out how to get your project done. The Northeast Austin patio project featured here is a prime example. These homeowners wanted to add a covered patio at their back door. Logistical issues included the size of their back yard and the 10’ setback requirement, with their back fence already very close to the home.
Archadeck of Austin’s Innovative Solution
As professional builders, we have to take setback requirements seriously to obtain the necessary building permits. In this particular case, the setback requirement prevented our clients from adding a “permanent structure” to their lot. While some Austin patio contractors would have stopped there, Archadeck of Austin got creative and applied some forward-thinking to the situation.
Our solution for these homeowners was to design a hybrid structure that would not be considered “permanent.” To be more specific, we custom-designed a raised permeable patio system. As long as it has a permeable surface, the patio isn’t considered permanent. The only portion of this project that’s considered permanent is the solid concrete footer supporting the walls of the patio. Everything else is built over clean white gravel that filters rainwater and doesn’t encroach on Austin’s regulations about the impervious ground cover.
We built the patio wall with medium nicotine and white limestone, and the smooth slabs across the surface are buff/white Lueders limestone. There’s more to this project than meets the eye, too. As part of the project we installed a drainage system. Rainwater flows through the patio, into the drainage system and into a common area.
Cedar Pergola Adds Style and Cover
Anyone in Northeast Austin wanting to include a pergola with their outdoor living project should take a close look at this pergola. It’s not as large as some we’ve built as Austin’s premier pergola builder, but it’s perfect for this home. It adds a bit of flair as well as protection.
There are two significant things to notice about this pergola. First, it covers a portion of the patio, not the entire area. At night, the homeowners will want to sit out under the stars and enjoy their fire table, a wonderful amenity for any patio. In the daytime, as the weather cools and they seek the sun’s warmth, the homeowners will always have the option to sit in the sunlight.
The second aspect to notice with this pergola is its Topgal polycarbonate cover. It shields the covered area from rainfall, so our clients can enjoy their patio “rain or shine.” While it may look like a simple sheet of plastic, this cover is a four-wall structure that provides thermal insulation. The pergola cover allows light to pass through but blocks UV rays to reduce solar heat gain below. It’s an excellent weatherproofing feature with an unobtrusive appearance.
As a finishing touch, we added a custom cedar privacy screen at one end of the patio to block the noise coming from the clients’ AC unit. The screen adds charm while serving an essential purpose.
Are you ready to add a patio and pergola combination to your back yard? Whether you are replacing a patio or interested in adding one for the first time, call Archadeck of Austin today at 512-259-8282 or email us to schedule your free design consultation.
Replacing a deck at your Austin-area home doesn’t mean you have to make a lot of changes. Our clients in The Hills of Lakeway, TX, liked the deck they had. They liked the color, the size, the shape, and the way it hugged the back of their home. The deck was built with cedar, however, and what the homeowners did not like was the way their wood deck was starting to deteriorate. The deck was low to grade, exposed to moisture near the ground, and the wood was beginning to rot. It was time for a deck replacement.
Will a Low-Maintenance Deck Rot Like Wood?
Not likely! One of the reasons many homeowners choose low-maintenance decking today is for its moisture-resistant properties. Composite and synthetic decking is capped with polymers making it extremely resistant to moisture damage. You can tell by these products’ lengthy warranties that they’re made to last a very long time—without rotting. At Archadeck of Austin, we recommend synthetic (PVC) decking if your deck is low to grade.
Like many of our clients, these homeowners in The Hills of Lakeway wanted a new deck that would look great without a lot of upkeep. For their deck replacement, they selected AZEK low-maintenance decking from TimberTech’s Harvest Collection in Slate Gray.
Your Austin Deck Replacement: What to Keep, What to Change?
Since the homeowners liked so much about their original deck, design decisions for their deck replacement were easy! That’s the great thing about replacing a deck—you don’t have to make a lot of changes if you don’t want to. In this case, our clients wanted us to use the same footprint for their new deck’s scale and size. They chose a similar shade of gray, too, and they wanted similar benches along the sides of the new deck.
We laid the decking boards out in a picture-frame design. Since the decking is monochromatic, the picture-framing is not as noticeable here as it would be on a deck with contrasting board colors. Picture-framing gives the deck a smooth edge, which is especially significant at the location of the step down to the yard.
We also built the new benches with AZEK. We used low maintenance PVC for the deck skirting, too, so the mulch around the deck will never cause rotting in the future. The Hardie stucco-finish board we used on this project is a low maintenance material as well.
And the Rest of the Story …
The scope of this job included a side project in addition to the deck replacement. The clients had a little walkout/stoop at a doorway elsewhere on the home that was built with the same cedar boards as the original deck. Archadeck of Austin removed the cedar stoop and built a new one with concrete.
Has the time come to replace a deck at your home? Whether you are replacing a deck or interested in adding one for the first time, call Archadeck of Austin today at 512-259-8282 or email us to schedule your free design consultation.