An Austin screened porch will keep the mosquitoes away and enable you to enjoy outdoor living bug free
We cannot ignore the mosquito problems facing Texas this season. This year has been the worst on record for West Nile virus cases on record for Texas. Mosquitoes have frightened us off our patios and decks and made us retreat indoors for fear of contracting West Nile Virus. I am certain many outdoor entertaining endeavors have been put on hold, and many barbecues cut short because of the mosquito. Archadeck of Austin has the perfect cure for your outdoor living mosquito induced blues; a screened porch addition to enhance your home and other outdoor living structures.
According to a recent article by The Huffington Post Texas has recorded at least 510 cases of neuroinvasive West Nile, considered the most serious form of the illness because it affects the nervous system, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. Having a screened porch to escape from the dangers of mosquitoes will not only enable you to continue to enjoy Texas outdoor living, but it will aid in reducing your risk of coming into contact with a mosquito that could be carrying West Nile Virus.
Screened porches give you the freedom and beauty of outdoor living without having to deal with the threat of bothersome insects, including mosquitoes. I guess you could call the screen porch another method of mosquito prevention because the presence of screen puts a barrier between you and the hungry bugs. Screen porches also provide protection from inclement weather such as wind, and rain.
A screen porch can be used in conjunction with a deck or patio as a focal point of an outdoor living structure combination, or can be added to your home to serve as an outdoor living room. Our screen porch designs offer plenty of functionality, from the inclusion of custom outdoor fireplaces, ceiling fans and other creature comforts. We can even construct a custom spot to mount an outdoor TV, just in time for football season. When it comes to the many benefits and inclusions a screened porch can add to your lifestyle, the world is your oyster.
Contact Archadeck of Austin to learn more about our screened porch designs and how they can ensure in keeping the bugs and rain out and the outdoor enjoyment in. Call for a free consultation (512) 259 – 8282 or email us at Austin@archadeck.net
To see more examples of bug free outdoor living at its best visit our screened porch photo gallery located on our website.
Each year a nationwide group of Archadeck offices come together to share their best practices, ideas, new products and to review outstanding leadership in design. This year, like others, the locally owned and operated Austin location performed very well. We are very proud to have scooped up on four of twelve design awards, plus a distinguished Customer Satisfaction Award which reconfirmed Austin’s place as the 2nd best producing Archadeck location in North America.
Archadeck of Austin prides itself in being “all about design and customer experience”. Here are some of the ‘Best of Show’.
Austin won second place for this project outside the Craig O’s restaurant in Lakeway, TX. This deck uses TimberTech Earthwoods Evolutions composite decking in walnut designed in quadrants of diagonal board placement converging to the center. The deck is designed for 100 lb/sf commercial loads and has a massive concrete footing hidden behind an attractive cedar skirt. A powder coated Fortress railing system surrounds the deck and is capped in the same composite. Stairs descend down to the parking lot and play area. Patrons will enjoy many meals overlooking the serene hills East of Lakeway atop this deck.
If you are curious, the following deck from outside Boston won 1st place…
First place went to our friends at Archadeck of Ft. Worth for a fabulous pool-side cabana. The Austin entry took third place, under some tight competition, with our pool-side cabana constructed in Round Rock, TX. Both of these projects are indicative of a growing trend to move the living room outside complete with integrated kitchens, outdoor fireplaces, television; everything you need to entertain outdoors.
Demonstrating the diversity of Archadeck’s designs, the Austin hardscape project took the 3rd place award vs. a really unique and innovative project outside Denver that took home 1st place. The Austin hardscape project is located in the Steiner Ranch community of Austin and includes a covered tile patio up top for visiting, lunch or even coffee. The project includes stone steps that lead down to a stained concrete lower patio perfect for every facet of entertaining. The project also includes integrated lighting so it looks spectacular day and night.
This new award category reflects the fact that great projects are rarely one-dimensional. Every year the very best projects combine multiple elements into a cohesive design that may include a shade structure, decking. masonry, and other elements to provide the homeowners with a complete backyard with multiple uses and gain the maximum added value to their home. We are excited that our project constructed in Riverplace took the spotlight for #1. The project was designed by our own Mark Mommsen, whom was also the winner of #1 design representative. The project brings together a very unique stand-alone roof structure with Permacast columns which are mounted on an elevated Tigerwood deck beside the pool and outdoor fireplace with stone benches on the opposite side of the pool. All this is designed to face the canyon/green belt and golf course located behind the residence.
If the customer isn’t happy, nobody’s happy!
As the owner of Archadeck of Austin, I’m very pleased to say we won the coveted Customer Satisfaction Award. To win this award there can be no, and I mean ‘zero’ negative responses in post-construction surveys. Last year we built 133 residential projects. We are not perfect and are always improving, but to have absolutely no negative responses is a testament to our desire for excellence in customer service. We were also recently added to the Angie’s List Honor Roll and we strongly encourage people to submit reviews to Angie’s list.
We are looking forward to a great 2012 season, with more great work in Austin,TX. If you’re on the fence, the time is really good to remodel your outdoor space the way you’ve always wanted. It is a great investment.
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I have been in the business of outdoor structures for many years and there’s a reason why I keep doing it. I love building outdoor structures and seeing the positive effect they have on my customers lives. I LOVE designing decks. I have also learned a lot over the years by not only working with my customers but by keeping in contact with them as well.
There are two things I really push for when my clients are making their decision. The first one is size. By this I don’t mean convincing someone who wants a 500 square foot deck to go to a 1,000 square feet. What I mean is measuring their furniture and seeing how much depth they really need so that the furniture can still be comfortable in the “pulled out” position, much like it will be after dinner and when your guests linger over coffee. People will pull out their chairs from the table and extend and cross their legs to enjoy the leg room that’s often needed after a wonderful and very filling dinner. You would be absolutely amazed at the difference that can be achieved by adding one or two feet of depth to a deck of patio.
The second thing I am passionate about is the view. Here in Austin we have beautiful hilly terrains, mature trees in many places and other beautiful structures and details within our yards. You may just want a good view of the backyard to watch the kids play. So often, people think that the only railing choice is one with thick and closely spaced pickets. This simply is not the case. Metal railings are very popular these days because they have very narrow pickets that not only dramatically improve the view, but they also require less maintenance.
One such job where Archadeck of Austin was able to frame the view and offer plenty of linger and leg room was a deck we recently completed for homeowners in River Place, which is inside Austin. These homeowner’s residence overlooks a beautiful view of a canyon, unfortunately, a good portion of this stunning view was obscured. This was in part by the old deck having too many benches and the railing. Literally, when you were inside the home looking out, all you could see were benches. We aimed to change that for the better in our design and re-decking plan. We aimed to open up that view so the homeowners could relish the view. Since their home is so elevated on one side they also yearned for a little privacy on the deck as well. We were able to incorporate both with this new re-decking. Since the existing frame of the old deck was in such good condition we were able to immediately move forward with the re-decking.
An older contractor had built a seat that incorporated the beautiful tree that was in the middle of the large part of the deck. We wanted to keep this in the design of the re-decking, because it gave the deck a personality and uniqueness all its own.
The deck is a massive 1,000 square feet and 5′ off the ground and in some places 11′ off the ground as well. The homeowners decided to replace the old deck with composite decking . They chose the very desirable Fiberon Horizon decking in Ipe. Today’s composites have evolved to being spectacular and are virtually maintenance free. They have no open pores so there is nowhere for mold to grow, and plastic capped composites such as this can be cleaned with simple soap and water they pay for themselves in no time because of the lack of maintenance required on a deck like this. These materials have a 25 year manufacturers warranty as well. The difference in composites today as opposed to ten years ago is the difference between night and day. People still love the tranquility and natural look of a wood deck and this can now be captured with today’s composites.
We finished out the new deck with a Radiant rail post with stunning Fortress iron railing. We still wanted to achieve a decorative effect so we used composite post sleeves, this allows the homeowners to “picture frame” the deck but doesn’t obscure any of the breathtaking view. We removed the backs from the existing benches and used the iron rails to open up the deck so the homeowners can see the canyon as well as their lovely pool.
These Homeowners in River Place, TX now have the deck and view of their dreams, built out of hassle free, worry free composites. They have plenty of room for entertaining and quaint evenings overlooking the canyon for many years to come.
Please visit our Austin composite deck photo gallery to see more beautiful decks built with this wonderful and innovative material
This angled cover pergola in Town Lake in Austin, TX gives this homeowner a unique and stunning angle on design
Recently homeowners in Austin TX contacted us to build a unique and stunning pergola which encompasses all the spirit of Texas’ unique scenery by overlooking the river in Town Lake. The homeowners knew they wanted a two-sided pergola because when the house was originally purchased they had scaled models assembled depicting the projects they wished to do.
The home has a fantastic view overlooking the river and gets plenty of wind and lots of sunshine. The existing deck is 22 feet off the ground and on a third story, this combined with the steep driveway of the home presented some difficult logistics in constructing the angled pergola which was designed to become part of the 3rd story decks integration. The addition of the pergola will help these homeowners utilize the deck properly and add shade to the upstairs deck as well as the windows of the home.
The pergola itself is constructed of beautiful western red cedar which compliments the traditional Mexican clay tile roof. we extended the joists a little further so the pergola would have a cantilever effect. The lathing on the pergola spans about 1.5″ apart as to provide shade within the pergola. The design of this pergola is unique and innovative.
Pergolas have become very popular recently. A simple flip through of any home magazine while in the grocery store checkout line will prove this. Pergolas, although they seem simple, can be very complex to build. If not constructed correctly and with sustainable materials, will wither and decay very quickly. Archadeck of Austin uses top quality materials to construct their pergolas and their designs can be tailor-made to suit your needs. We can space the lathing as such that you can use your pergola to add shade to a sunny spot. we can also add decorative elements to your pergola that you just can’t get unless you have a custom builder to construct it.
If you are thinking of adding a pergola to your deck, patio or yard contact Archadeck of Austin. We can design and build this little slice of heaven for you to help turn your backyard into an oasis of beauty and style. (512) 259-8282 email@example.com
Outdoor Kitchen Additon by Archadeck of Austin Takes a Pergola to the Flip-Side, With Stunning Results
As you may already know the Texas state motto is “friendship”. Archadeck of Austin has created an outdoor living area that is all about friendship and entertaining. This unique structure boasts an outdoor kitchen and covered porch that is sure to draw this homeowner’s friends and family to their home like a magnet.
These detailings were added to an old home that had an existing patio that was very long and had very high ceilings, about 16’ to the ceiling. We decided to enclose two ends of the patio because of the high winds that are common in this area. We then built an outdoor kitchen at one end and elevated the rear bar section of the outdoor kitchen.
The outdoor kitchen has a full-size refrigerator, a built-in sink, gas grill, side burner, storage and pull-out drawers. We used standard exterior porcelain tile with a bullnose edge and added a unique backsplash to the kitchen area. We used a combination of stone and stucco in the structure to break up the amount of stonework on the house itself.
The most unique feature of this structure is the innovative use of the pergola which you see hanging from the ceiling. We used the pergola in a hanging manner to help lower the ceiling in this massively high structure to “cozy” it up and make it more conducive to feeling like a gathering spot and to also use it to hang lighting features from and add light to the space. We had to install the pergola so it would not swing in the wind. We attached it using large iron chains secured from the pergola to the ceiling joists, we also added cross members between the chains to solidify the structure to ensure no swinging. The chains not only do the tough job of expertly securing the pergola, they also add a rustic charm to the feature.
We then hung the pergola directly over the outdoor kitchen area. All the decorative elements were added to the pergola before we elevated it. The detailed light fixtures are actually made from the antlers of white-tailed deer, adding additional character to this already unique space, and a great element to use as a conversation piece!
This structure is big on Texas style. The homeowner’s selection of wood, and stone add nature inspired beauty to this structure , as well as all the detailing that adds rustic charm. This space will be truly memorable to all who have the opportunity to enjoy it. If you are considering the addition of a “uniquely you” outdoor living space , give Archadeck of Austin a call, we can plan and construct a structure for you that will be memorable for years to come.Call (512) 259-8282
In order to create an outdoor oasis with the addition of a covered patio you have to realize that in fact, a covered patio is actually an addition to your existing home. The addition of a covered, or un-covered patio to your home should always be done by a licensed professional. An architect or licensed builder should be involved in your addition from the planning stages all the way through the construction and all proper permits should be pulled to ensure your safety and your homes structural soundness and integrity.
There is quite a large checklist at Archadeck of Austin that goes into the planning, design and construction of our patios. If we are adding to an existing patio, we generally have to cut out the patio where the posts are going to be placed. We saw through the concrete and pour a footing because we have no way, in most cases, of knowing what the previous contractor did in terms of concrete requirements. We open it up at the point of the footings and add rebar cage with 16/16- 8×18 footing.
If we are going to pour a new patio we always do the beams first. Archadeck of Austin always makes sure that all the beam sizes are sufficient to allow the span of the roof. We never under-engineer the beams for this could create a sag in the roofline over time. When you begin to think about the roof itself of the patio we have to consider the pitch. The pitch of the roof is going to be a factor and the layout of the back of the house will seriously affect the design of the roof and how we tie that roof into the house.
We always try to make the patio roof look original to the house. We maintain a minimum of a three and twelve pitch slope on each roof. The originality factor of the patio to match the existing home is carried throughout the materials used in the building process. These include the trim used, ceilings, siding, posts, shingles, paint and gutters. We also ensure all electrical and lighting wiring is done during the construction including any blocking needed within the framing to mount any heavy-duty electronics properly.
A few of the architectural details that we see here on a regular basis when we build patios are sconce lighting on the posts of the patio, motion controlled lights and even speakers added to the posts. We also see a large amount of gable end detailing, arched or round-topped windows, stone benches and cathedral ceilings. In most cases we always install ceiling fans.
Every patio we build at Archadeck of Austin is structurally sound and we always commit ourselves to lend the design in keeping the home structural integrity. We pride ourselves in the quality and craftsmanship we pour into each structure we create. If you are considering the addition of a covered or un-covered patio, give us a call, you definitely won’t be disappointed.
There is a solution. You can leave your beautiful plants outside on your covered patio, covered pergola, gazebo or other covered outdoor structure during the colder months this winter season. You don’t need to move your cars out of the garage as it becomes a temporary protection zone for your plants this winter.
Archadeck of Austin is now providing weather curtains for your existing covered outdoor area.
The weather curtains are professionally installed to hang from top to ground. They zip closed on the side to keep the whipping wind and cold elements away from your plants.
Our weather curtains are a high quality weather curtain similar to the ones used in restaurants to protect furniture, block the cold/rain, and keep out flying insects while still being able to maintain and enjoy the view.
These curtains will give you many years of year-round enjoyment and allow you to get the most out of your outdoor living space.
Easy to use
You have two options on how to lower your shades. You can either have roll-down shades or a rope and pulley system.
Clear View Curtains can be rolled up and hidden from view, drawn back on nice days to bring in the fresh air, or easily removed and stored. Enjoy your new outdoor living area year round, come rain or shine with the side benefit of protecting plants in the winter.
Clear, high-grade vinyl
You’ll still be able to enjoy the view from your covered outdoor area with your clear heavy duty vinyl shades.
Easy to maintain
When we install your new weather curtains, we provide a cleaning kit for your new weather curtains.
To enjoy your covered patio in the rain, in a bad buggy season or other times of year you might need wind, rain or bug protection, just roll down your weather curtains.
All the curtains come with a 3-year warranty, 1 year on site repair/replacement, and 2 additional years repair if you pay freight.
We also do commercial weather curtains for restaurants and other commercial applications.
Give us a ring for more information or to have us come out for a free consultation.
(512) 259 – 8282
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