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From Dated To Dynamic, This Outdoor Space Is Uniquely Stunning In Every Direction

the Highlands of the Crystal Falls Covered Patio

When we arrived at this well-seasoned family home in the Highlands of the Crystal Falls neighborhood inside Leander, Texas, we needed to put on our proverbial thinking caps to design a plan that would resurrect this backyard and bring it to new, vibrant life.

Originally, there was a small existing rear covered porch on an existing slab. Unfortunately, it wasn’t well done and was showing the rigors of time. It had cracks, breaks, and a multitude of imperfections.

Before Archadeck of Austin began the new project.

When In Doubt, Tear It Out

Rather than try to remedy a host of sins, our best course of action was to carefully remove the aged covered patio system that was there and start fresh.

Our refreshed design resulted in a gorgeous new concrete patio with a TPC overlay in a rich and fluid Roman Slate pattern in a blend of soft beiges, corals, and cocoa.

side view of leander tx covered patio
After Archadeck of Austin completed the project.

We built this new concrete patio around the old original slab which resulted in a whole new patio system.

Archadeck of Austin specializes in decorative concrete patios. Limitless options are only the beginning. We offer multiple different decorative concrete finishes: Stamp, textured, acid stains, vertical stamps, overlays, countertops, and metallic products, for outdoor living areas.

details of patio finish in leander tx

These can all be produced with different color palettes, to achieve amazing results that reflect your unique personal style preferences. Among our claims to outdoor living space fame is that we are the masters in concrete patio stamping.

How To Throw Shade In The Best Way Possible

With our outdoor living design projects, throwing shade is 180º from its contemporary use of the word in today’s vernacular.

Rather than cast negative sentiments and dispersions, our kind of shade is the good one. Our shade from covered patios protects and provides comfort from elements of nature that interfere with outdoor living luxury.

Leander TX covered patio builders

To cover the new patio, we built a gable roof that extends 5 feet past the side of the house. Of notable interest is that there are no posts on any house walls so it ties seamlessly into the original home.

round the corner view of leander covered patio

Notice how beautiful the covered patio roof interior is, made warm, rich, and elegant with a Synergy Wood ceiling.

synergywood ceiling details leander tx

100% Real Sustainable Wood

The leading expert in prefinished wood for outdoor living structure ceilings, Synergy Wood is proudly made in the United States of America and boasts 5 stunning products:

1. Southern Pine: Premium, handcrafted, prefinished Ponderosa Pine tongue and groove ceiling boards. Southern Pine, also known as Southern Yellow Pine, is versatile and strong making it a great choice for outdoor building roof interior perfection.

2. Red Grandis: This premium hardwood is highly valued for its consistent color and durability. It has a naturally beautiful grain pattern with a uniform texture that our homeowner clients love.

3. Eastern White Pine: Popular in the greater Austin area, these handcrafted, prefinished Eastern White Pine tongue and groove boards feature light coloring and a medium grain which beautifully complements backyard landscapes and vistas.

4. Rustic Barnwood: Texas true to the core, the timeless, rustic beauty of reclaimed barn wood brings the strength, longevity and natural beauty of wood boards front and center. Rustic Barnwood is the ultimate in handsome, handcrafted, prefinished rustic tongue and groove ceiling boards.

5.E-Peck®: When “something different” is what our clients are looking for, premium, handcrafted, prefinished E-Peck tongue and groove ceiling boards recreate the rare “pecky” look of older, revered Cypress trees.

When We Say, “Let There Be Light”, We’re Not Kidding

To heighten the aesthetic excellence and innovation in this covered patio design scheme, those stunning sconce lights you see were done by a local artist.

custom local artist sconce lights provided by homeowner

The fluid horizontal dark bands provide a secure method for attaching to any vertical outdoor surface. The pin dot pattern within the brown scalloped waves casts stunning luminary effects all night long.

Add Functional Style And A Ton Of Character With An Archadeck Transformed Outdoor Living Covered Patio

Your path to a new backyard starts with one conversation with us. Schedule your complimentary design consultation right here, and let’s explore how we can create your ultimate outdoor living sanctuary.

Jim Schallon, senior designer Archadeck of Austin.
Jim Schallon, senior designer Archadeck of Austin.

Homeowners Enjoy Fabulous View Again after Austin TX Redecking and Solar Screen Installation

Steiner Ranch AZEK Deck BuilderArchadeck of Austin is a master of solutions, as these Steiner Ranch, TX, homeowners learned recently. We saved money for them by redecking instead of removing their old composite deck and building a new one from scratch, and we solved their glaring sun issue as well.

Redecking is the Austin TX Deck Resurfacing Option

If you have an older deck and you aren’t familiar with redecking, you will want to look closely at this project in Steiner Ranch, TX. Redecking is an option when you want to replace the deck’s surface boards—the portion that you see and walk on—if the deck’s substructure is still sound. Because the substructure isn’t exposed to the elements, it is usually in much better condition than the surface boards.

In the case of this Steiner Ranch home, the deck substructure was still in good shape, so redecking was possible. That’s always great news for a homeowner! Redecking offers significant cost savings over building an entirely new deck from scratch.

When Archadeck of Austin works on a redecking project, we always have to make certain the existing substructure meets current building codes. If the applicable building codes have changed since the deck was originally built, we need to make whatever modifications are necessary to comply with today’s codes.

If the original deck was wood, and the clients have chosen to redeck with a new surface of low-maintenance composite decking, we may have to add more joists to the substructure. When decking with composites, specific joist spacing requirements must be met—beyond the joist spacing requirements for a wood deck.

Steiner Ranch Deck BuildersAdditional Benefits of Redecking

Homeowners who opt for redecking are not always limited to keeping the size and shape of their original deck. Archadeck of Austin may be able to expand the square footage of a deck as part of a redecking project. Also, during the redecking process, you can usually make additional changes or add amenities that your original deck lacked. Examples would be adding built-in bench seating, upgrading or replacing the deck railing, adding a pergola or covered area for shade or even changing the direction and flow of the stairs. The Steiner Ranch project pictured here includes a pergola, which the previous deck did not have.

Steiner Ranch Homeowners Add Beautiful New AZEK Deck Surface and Cedar Pergola

These clients’ new deck surface is made of AZEK decking boards in the mahogany color. AZEK is a low-maintenance synthetic (PVC) decking product that is extremely durable. Projects built with AZEK resist mold, mildew, stains and scratches. You also don’t have to worry about material defects, splinters, or damage from termites or rot with AZEK.

For their deck railing, the homeowners selected a Fortress railing in the sand black color. We built the privacy skirting under the deck with cedar, and we added a new large cedar pergola for partial shade. Because the pergola covers almost the entire deck, it also creates a protected, cozy feeling there.

The Perfect Solution: A Solar Blocking Screen System

Did we mention the clients have an absolutely fabulous view from their deck of the nearby golf course and lush treetops for miles? The problem was, this side of their home gets absolutely blasted by the sun. Archadeck of Austin installed a remote-controlled, solar-blocking retractable screen system. The tracks along the sides of the screen are designed to prevent the screen from blowing around on windy days.

Steiner Ranch Shade Decks

Wow! This solar screen makes all the difference. Instead of staring into the sun in hopes of enjoying the view, the homeowners can simply enjoy the view. The feeling of relief and comfort is amazing when they remember how excruciating that sun could be. Take a look at how the screen works in this video featured on our YouTube channel:

Could redecking be the cost-effective solution for you? For information about redecking as well as solar-blocking retractable screen systems, contact Archadeck of Austin at (512) 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.