The holiday season is right around the corner.It’s arrival hearkens the presence of comfort and joy within your home because friends and family will be coming to call. Lack of interior space during the holidays can sometimes make hosting holiday celebrations a little less comfortable and less joyful for you and your guests. Archadeck of Austin has the perfect solution to your holiday house woes by the addition of an outdoor space to your backyard. Outdoor structures are less invasive and most of the time cost only a fraction of what an interior room addition can cost. The good news is in our mild Austin climate, outdoor structures can bring added functional space for the holidays and give your more room to spread out, relax and enjoy the season.
There are many benefits to adding an outdoor space to your backyard. The upcoming season makes the perfect reason to go ahead with those plans on your wish list. The beauty of choosing to build now is that it will not only provide you with a space you can enjoy in time for the holidays, it will provide you with an area that you can utilize the whole year through. Here are just a few of the rewards you will reap by the addition an outdoor structure.
The more the merrier
Having more space is always a plus. More space is especially important when entertaining. Moving the party outdoors can open up more space for dining and seating, or both. Everyone is more at ease and jovial when they have plenty of room to relax and enjoy the moment instead of having to worry about space confines. Can you imagine having the ability to take your Christmas party to the covered porch or deck and have plenty of room to dine and exchange presents without space constraints? Texans are fortunate enough to be able to move the festivities outdoors on a whim due to the warm climate. We deliver you a functional space to pull off any shin-dig at a moments notice. This is what outdoor living in Texas is all about.
Master the art of multi-tasking
Some outdoor areas will also give you the benefit of being able to multi-task. This involves an outdoor space that serves more than one purpose. One of the most efficient uses of outdoor space includes an outdoor kitchen. Having the luxury of an outdoor kitchen can take the load off your interior kitchen during a holiday dinner, or large event. Today’s outdoor kitchens can be outfitted with everything from warming drawers to smokers. When it comes to the choices available for your outdoor kitchen the possibilities are endless. With outdoor living combination that includes an outdoor kitchen you are destined to become the master of multi-tasking in your outdoor domain. We can custom design your space to include serving and bar areas for added seating and dining space where you need it. I have always heard that the kitchen is the heart of the home, this saying holds true for an outdoor kitchen as well.
Set the mood
Can you imagine the scene; you and your guests are gathered by the fire on Christmas Eve to exchange gifts, relax and just enjoy each other’s company? The kids may even be busy preparing gooey sweet s’mores over the open flame. This is all possible by adding an elegant outdoor fireplace or fire pit to your outdoor space design. The soothing sounds and warmth of a fire can be yours anytime you like. Outdoor fire features help set the mood and create ambiance in any setting.
Festive and fun
You may not realize the holiday decorating opportunities that arise by adding an outdoor structure to your backyard. Many types of structures can be decorated with lights, garland and wreaths in honor of the season. Pergolas make the perfect spot to hang holiday lighting, as do gazebos. These graceful outdoor designs come alive with enchantment when decked out for the holidays. Decks, screened porches and other outdoor rooms also make the perfect place to trim a tree. Even the mantel of your outdoor fireplace can become a place to add festive touches.
These are just a few of the many benefits you can take advantage of by adding an outdoor structure. Along with beauty, they will heighten function immeasurably. It may even make you wonder why you’ve waited so long to take the leap into outdoor living bliss!
Contact Archadeck of Austin to learn more about improving your home for the holidays, outdoors and indoors. Call for a free consultation today (512) 259 – 8282
You can see more stunning examples of ways to turn up the heat this holiday season in your backyard by visiting our outdoor living photo gallery located on our website.
No matter which part of the country you live in there is no denying the allure of autumn. It is true that here in Austin our close proximity to the gulf makes us a spot filled with year round warmth, with spring and fall being hard to even tell apart. Our mild autumn temperatures however, still provide evenings filled with a “nip” in the air perfect for enjoying hot apple cider and telling ghost stories by the fire. To some residents fall is all about pumpkins and pine cones, Archadeck of Austin is changing those notions by creating a new tradition for many homeowners with the addition of an outdoor fireplace or fire pit to add sizzle to the season.
Outdoor fire features can enhance your outdoor enjoyment year round. The season of fall in itself exudes a sense of warmth and coziness that makes the perfect backdrop for outdoor living by the crackle of a fire. Can you imagine being able to roast marshmallows or melt s’mores in your own backyard on Halloween night? The entertaining opportunities and added function these features can add to your backyard are endless.
Outdoor fireplaces and fire pits not only increase the function of your outdoor space they can also anchor the look of your entire outdoor living space. By using dramatic mediums such as stone and various hardscape materials they are destined to make a bold statement in any outdoor setting. Whether you are planning to weave your fireplace or fire pit into an existing outdoor space, or start from scratch and use it as the glue that holds your new design together, adding a fire element is a solid choice.
A continued trend in fireplaces and fire pits is inclusion within a myriad of outdoor living combinations. Adding an outdoor fireplace to your covered patio, or covered porch can enhance your outdoor living experience and create a perfect gathering spot for friends and family. With that same comforting ambiance in mind, a fire pit integrated into your patio can also help set the mood while your patio is in use.
Archadeck of Austin can also ensure your new “hot” spot is packed with convenience as well. We can custom design your outdoor fireplace to include mantels, raised hearths, fire boxes for storing wood and even a recessed niche’ above the mantel perfect for hanging a TV. Our custom fire pit design options include built- in seating walls that make a great spot to sit and enjoy the firelight. Some of our fire pits can even double as a fountain or planter when not being used as a fire pit delivering diverse elements and options from one season to the next.
No matter which of these choices lights your fire, we can help make an outdoor fire element a reality in your backyard. We have many styles, shapes, and material options to choose from. Contact Archadeck of Austin to learn more about adding a little a little spark to your outdoor living season to beautiful season. Call us for a free consultation (512) 259 – 8282
See more outdoor fireplace and fire pit designs by visiting our outdoor fireplace and fire pits gallery located on our website.
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.
When you are looking for ways to create the perfect backyard often times we let our dreams of our ideal space be fall to the wayside. Homeowners need to realize that what makes their version of the perfect outdoor living space right for them comes from within. No two people view the idea of outdoor living the same way, that being said we specialize in customizing your dreams to suit your desired function within that space, the area you have available to create your space and your budget.
We have compiled a list of the top 10 ways to create that outdoor oasis you have been dreaming of. This list will help provide ideas and insight into how you can make your outdoor oasis a reality.
Top 10 ways to create an outdoor oasis
1) Pick you own personal style – create a backyard that flows with style. Create everything from formal by using columns and classic lines, to more modern by using curvilinear edges on your patio or deck edge, sticking to monochromatic color palettes and even introducing metal into the mix. If you can’t decide on just one style, then you can use a combination of well-chosen elements for an eclectic unique look.
2) Embrace textures – this maybe the most crucial design element that is often overlooked when building an outdoor living structure. By mixing wood, composite, stone and other hardscape materials together within your design, you create a feast for the senses. Combining a hardwood deck in combination with a flagstone patio will leave you with a space that begs to be lingered in. On a simpler note, even adding a pergola of rough-hewn cedar in conjunction with a hardscape feature will provide the same stunning contrast.
3) Be creative - outdoor living design is not black and white. There are no set rules, so go ahead and think outside the box. Employ the use of unexpected design opportunities to add visual interest. From adding a seating wall around your fire pit to placing deck lighting in an unusual spot to create ambiance, these details make the difference. A little creativity goes a long way.
4) Work with what you have – take a good look at your backyard and cultivate your outdoor living space with ingenuity. Mature trees, a spectacular view, or the slope of your yard can all be used to your advantage to get the most function and enjoyment out of your outdoor structure design.
5) Live outdoors and still have privacy- by designing your backyard with intimacy in mind; you can still have a highly functional outdoor space that offers privacy. Retaining walls and privacy walls are a great asset to your space and add a way to keep prying eyes away. This can also be achieved through landscaping methods, such as borders that can add color and lush foliage to your space too.
6) Choose your function – in order to get the most from your space, it is important to decide what you want the primary use of your space to be. Entertaining, cooking and dining, relaxing and even a need for a shaded area are viable reasons to choose one structure over another. If you intend to use your space for multiple functions then a design that includes multiple outdoor areas that offers separate designated functions may be your best choice.
7) Borrow upon the elements of nature – the 5 elements of nature are water, metal, earth, wood and fire. By using one or more of these elements in your outdoor space you will create an atmosphere that blends with your backyard. An outdoor fireplace or fire pit adds an intoxicating feel to any outdoor design. The flame, the sound and the warmth bring out some primitive instinct that makes us want to be near it. Water plays on our senses in much the same manner. By adding a water feature such as a rock waterfall into your outdoor space, you will hear the soothing sounds of moving water on a regular basis which relax and renew.
8) Decide the amount of maintenance your material choices will require- many times homeowners convey their wishes to use certain materials without realizing the amount of maintenance their structure will require. For example an Ipe or Tigerwood deck requires annual maintenance, and sometimes more frequent in certain climates, to keep the wood looking new. In order to maintain your structure to get optimum results, it is important to decide the amount of time you are willing to put forth to maintain your investment. Many of the materials we have available require little or no maintenance and will remain looking new for many years to come.
9) Create an outdoor room – screen porches, covered patios and 3 season rooms can now be treated as an outdoor room with all the functionality and creature comforts that an interior living room can provide. Outdoor kitchens, fireplaces, ceiling fans, outdoor televisions, recessed lighting and plenty of electrical outlets are some of the many options available in outdoor structure design. The hardest part is deciding what you want to include in your space.
10) The details make the difference- an outdoor structure without decorative accents or outdoor furnishings that individualize it is just an empty shell without character or personalization. By choosing furnishings that offer comfort and style to your space you will want to use it more often, and so will others. A comfy outdoor sofa with overstuffed cushions will create a place that you will never want to leave. The small touches that put the icing on the cake are the decorative touches like planters placed on your new deck stuffed with beautiful foliage and blooms, or maybe a reclaimed architectural piece placed as a focal point; these things are the glue that binds the perfect outdoor oasis together.
Whether you are ready for a new deck, yearning for a quiet spot to keep the sun off of you so you can read in the garden, or are ready to transform your entire backyard with an outdoor living combination structure, we can make it happen. Outdoor living is all about fun, friends and family; to us outdoor living is personal. Contact Archadeck of Austin to learn what the stuff of dreams are made of.
Call for a free consultation: (512) 259 – 8282
See more inspiring images of other outdoor living areas by visiting our shade gallery, outdoor living gallery and patio and hardscapes gallery located on our website.
Archadeck of Austin brings the backyard fairy-tale to life with this custom poolside cabana in Austin, TX
An outdoor living structure is only as good as the amount of outdoor living you can get out of it. In the case of this cabana we recently constructed for homeowners in Austin, TX it is packed with all the functional amenities and space anyone could ever ask for in an outdoor area.
The cabana includes a gorgeous custom stone outdoor fireplace with built-in HDTV above the mantel. It also includes an outdoor kitchen area that has a grill with side burner, an icemaker, refrigerator, kegerator, and a Big Green Egg smoker. To make this cabana cool on those hot Texas afternoons we even included two ceiling fans.
Aesthetically this space has a pleasing combination of wood tones, custom stone and a floor built using CoolDeck concrete to match the pool surround. The interior ceiling of this beauty boasts soaring clerestory details that are big on Texas sized rustic charm. Watch as the storybook unfolds on this one-of-a-kind outdoor space.
Archadeck of Austin can bring the fairy-tale to life for you too, by designing an outdoor space in your backyard that can make the ultimate outdoor living space a reality. Contact us today to learn more.
Call for a free consultation: (512) 259 – 8282
When you think of a covered patio design often times your mind will automatically picture a square structure under a hip roof. The fact of the matter is that our covered patio designs don’t fall into a generic, cookie cutter style. Many times your ideal design and roof type can be something quite different and unique. When we design an outdoor structure area that is connected to, or in close proximity to you existing home we consider all the factors that keep the design original to your home’s materials and structural details.
We recently completed a project in Austin that takes the covered patio to a whole new level. This covered patio includes an outdoor kitchen, an outdoor fireplace and abundant space all under an octagonal roof design. This type of roof is often used when building gazebos and when used as a covered patio roof delivers dramatic beauty evident from the backyard as you look up to the structure and on the interior on the structure as you look at the interior ceiling of the patio. We also used a king-truss which spans the width of the patio and serves as much for aesthetic appeal as for support. The result is stunning.
Not only does this covered patio feature a unique roofline, it is also packed with every luxurious amenity that you can get in a covered patio design. We detailed the extensive use of high-quality materials in our last post by Archadeck of Austin, the materials combined with the space this area offers the homeowners takes an otherwise vacant space and creates the feel of an outdoor family room. The brick and white limestone fireplace expanses plenty of room for comfortable outdoor furnishings to surround it so this family can curl up by the fire any day of the week. Above the fireplaces’ mantel we pre-wired the conduit through the fireplace so no wiring is visible to the naked eye for the homeowners to mount their flat-screen TV. The large gourmet outdoor kitchen gives them the freedom to leave their indoor kitchen any time they like and prepare and dine together outside on their new covered patio. We included plenty of lighting and ceiling fans in the design to make sure no creature comfort was left behind. The space also offers endless entertaining possibilities because of the amenities and spacious square footage contained under roof.
From the backyard the covered patio is a design masterpiece, from the custom iron staircase that spills gracefully into the beautifully landscaped backyard to the stucco finished skirting used around the base of the covered patio to give it a finished look that ties it into the existing home perfectly. The image that comes to mind when I see the completed project is a photographer searching for the “best angle” to photograph a shot of his subject. This covered patio is full of angles and it looks beautiful from every one of them. This space delivers everything you would want in a covered patio design; harmony, functionality, cohesive tie-in to the existing home and it also increases the value of the existing home with the added outdoor living space.
Contact Archadeck of Austin to design your perfect covered patio, or outdoor structure, we can create a work of art for your backyard too. Call for a free consultation : ( 512) 259 – 8282
To see more stunning covered patio designs you can visit our covered patio photo gallery located on our website. You can also visit our outdoor fireplace and fire pit gallery as well as our outdoor kitchen photo gallery for endless inspiration for your outdoor endeavor.
At first glance, when you look at this recently completed addition in Austin, TX you will assume it to be a typical covered patio under a roof that mimics the look of a large gazebo, but indeed it is so much more than that. At closer inspection you will see the covered patio has all the amenities that make an outdoor structure great. The space contains an outdoor kitchen, abundant dining and seating space and an outdoor fireplace. The materials used in this construction are some of the finest used in outdoor structure designs.
On the outdoor fireplace we used a combination of brick that was chosen to match the brick used on the existing home and stunning white limestone. We used the limestone on the hearth and firebox that surround the fireplace and also added a decorative key made of limestone into the area right above the hearth. We also carried the use of limestone into the outdoor kitchen area where we used it to finish out the area on the side of the bar. Limestone is a solid choice for use in outdoor structures such as these, not only for its beauty but also for its density. Limestone is a dense sedimentary rock that is very hard. On this project we used white limestone, but limestone is available in a wide range of colors such as vanilla, beige, tan and darker hues like taupe and dark wood tones. Using limestone can also help bridge the gap between two separate design styles. Limestone is a transitional material and adding it in small touches or in a wide spectrum can help you mix two styles such as traditional and modern more easily.
Along with using limestone around the side of the bar/serving area in the patio cover’s outdoor kitchen area, we also brought in granite for the counter-tops in a complimentary neutral color. Granite is another natural stone. Granite is quarried from natural granite beds in large deposits beneath the earth’s surface. It comes in a wide arrange of hues from pink to black and is perfect for use in kitchens because of its resistant to man-made mishaps that are common in a kitchen setting. Granite is alkali and acid resistant, boiling water, oils, and wines will not affect the granite and granite is easy to clean. The material also offers resiliency to cuts and scratches as well.
The floor of the patio cover is finished in beautiful 12 x 12 ceramic tiles which carry the theme of natural stone influence used in the entire design of the space. Tile is easy to clean and will withstand the test of time better than wood, and it also stays cooler in the warm Texas weather and helps keep the space cooler by a few degrees. The use of stone, combined with the ceiling fans we installed in the covered patio will equal more enjoyment on the patio on those sultry days.
As you descend off of the covered patio into the beautifully landscaped backyard you will also notice the clever use of high-quality composite decking on the steps. This will make for easy upkeep and low-maintenance in keeping this stairway looking like new for many years to come. We paired the rich hues used in the steps alongside a custom iron railing for added elegance.
The entire completed project exudes an elegance that ties in all the uses of various materials into an eclectic style. The Austin homeowners are ecstatic about all the outdoor living opportunities their space has opened up for them. They view the covered patio as an extension of living space, and look forward to enjoying all it has to offer in the years to come.
If you are envisioning a covered patio in your near future, contact Archadeck of Austin. We can plan, design and build an outdoor space for you that will not only improve your outdoor experience but, we can create an area for you that make a design statement as well. Call for a free consultation : ( 512) 259 – 8282 email:Austin@archadeck.net
Patios are very popular here in the Austin area and flagstone patios in particular are one of the most requested type of patios among our customers. The rustic elegance they provide compliments our Texas landscape and unique home designs. Installing a flagstone patio requires a lot more steps than it may seem.
The first steps begin once the dimensions are determined during our pre-construction meeting with the homeowners. Following this important meeting we then have the concrete poured to form up the shape of the patio. Sometimes the homeowner first needs to contact their sprinkler system company and have them re-locate any sprinkler heads that are in the area of the intended patio, if not Archadeck of Austin will cap off the heads. If we are building a “full-on” patio next to a house that is built on a slab our professional concrete contractor will also install rebar every two feet to connect the foundation of the patio to the foundation of the house. This extra step ensures a stable patio foundation. Once this step is completed we then pour the perimeter of the patio. We pour this 1ft. by 1ft. around what will become the perimeter footing, we also add rebar to this area as well for an added measure of strength. Most other companies just don’t take this step; we however feel it very important for the strength and life of your patio.
Depending on the slope of your yard, we may install a fascia. A fascia involves the underpinning which is concrete paint that is trimmed so it doesn’t convey a rough vertical surface. We will then use vertical stones around your step areas. Typically this is not done around the entire perimeter because over time it can flake and break off so we do something that will last over a long period of time.
On the top of the poured patio base we add a 4″ deep cap and pour an additional 4″ of concrete strengthened with wire mesh. Depending on the size of your patio, we may also install man-made, control and expansion joints every 10-12′ depending on the width. Once those layers of concrete properly cure, the flagstone will then be delivered by the stone company so our expert masons can lay out the flagstone in a mosaic pattern. Once they are laid out and everything is concise, we then put in the mortar that was chosen by the homeowner. One thing we are proud of is the tight mortar joints we do so well, this gives you a flagstone patio that looks like stone when you look at and not all mortar. After all, our customers are paying for stone, not mortar. After the mortar is done, the next step is to apply a sealer. The sealer is undetectable to the appearance of the patio, but it keeps moisture from penetrating the stone and also keeps mold and mildew out. The sealer also gives the finished patio a cleaner look. After applying the sealer you shouldn’t have to do any further maintenance for 5-10 years.
When the stone selections are made we generally meet our customer at the stone shop to help them with their selection and any questions or concerns they may have about a particular stone. There are actually 10-14 various types of flagstone to choose from. The most popular flagstone choices are Oklahoma, Arizona and Mexico. All the most widely used flagstones come from Oklahoma. Sometimes when we use flagstone we will incorporate beautiful and useful features such as stone benches or even a stone kitchen island if your patio incorporates an outdoor kitchen.
Flagstone patios are not only gorgeous, they are a solid material choice for your patio because with a stained concrete or concrete patio when it cracks, and it is not a question of if it cracks, but a question of when, you will have to live with it. When you use flagstone and the concrete underneath cracks you may get a little separation of mortar joints over time but you won’t see a line in the stone. Making sure your flagstone is installed by a licensed professional ensures the beauty and enjoyment of your patio is treasured for many years to come.
If you are ready to add a flagstone patio or other outdoor structure to your life this season, contact Archadeck of Austin to make it happen. Our talented design staff can come up with the perfect outdoor oasis to fill your needs. Call for a free consultation ( 512) 259 – 8282 email:Austin@archadeck.net
To see more beautiful flagstone patio creations visit our flagstone patio gallery located on our website.
Are you yearning for a covered patio to grace your backyard this season? Maybe you are holding open a special place in your heart for an outdoor structure that will provide the function and beauty you have been wishing for. Archadeck of Austin specializes in creating stunning covered patio designs to help satisfy your craving.
Since the covered patio is the ultimate outdoor living structure, and you can design each patio cover with a multitude of different options, we have compiled a list of the top 10 features our customers repeatedly ask to include in their design.
Top 10 most loved covered patio inclusions
- An outdoor fireplace
- An outdoor kitchen, or “smokin hot” outdoor smoker
- A bar for eating and serving
- A floor with personality and style
- Custom columns and footers
- A wall-mounted outdoor TV
- An attached deck or patio
- Rustic stone details
- A stunning vaulted ceiling worth staring at
- Room for lots of stunning outdoor furnishings
No matter what your pleasure Archadeck of Austin can create a covered patio that is sure to become your favorite spot in the house ( even though it is outside), contact us today to learn more and begin the journey of making your dreams become a reality. Call for a free consultation: (512) 259 – 8282
Archadeck of Austin works with architectural challenges to deliver a stunning L-shaped covered patio
These Cedar Park, TX homeowners contacted us to construct a covered patio for their two-story home. The house is flat on the backside with lots of windows and their landscape architect had already completed some significant rounded rear patios that we were to incorporate into the design. The project was not without its challenges, but we were able to come up with the perfect complement to the existing home and structures.
We initially experienced some issues with the covered patio because the home’s upper windows and large nearby tree were constricting to the allowable height of the area where the covered patio was to be placed. The homeowners wanted a closed wall where a TV could be mounted as well as a full option outdoor kitchen and a dining room area. We were at odds with the interaction of the room facilitated with the height limitations, the existing bay window over the kitchen and the roof pitch.
We came up with a design that includes a lower and shallower roof pitch to compensate for the 2nd story windows and make the design cohesive. We also extended the area further on the right than the left, so the patio would still fit the guidelines of the rounded patio floors already constructed. We added structural supports in prime locations and used larger than normal beams to accommodate the extended span. To make the two roofs we built work together we used a cathedral ceiling on one side and a flat ceiling on the other.
The finished project includes a gorgeous stone bar which was designed to coordinate with the circular lines and add enough space so you can view the TV from any angle. The prime location of the bar area allows flow from the outdoor kitchen, and dining areas as well as access to the TV. In many cases it is difficult to decide where the bar stools should be placed in projects like this because you want a significant enough area to take in all the function and beauty of the entire structure and also allow for proper furniture placement and “pull-out” room as well. We used similar materials to finish the patio that were conducive to the integrity of the existing home. We used complimentary stone on the front of the kitchen and integrated unique stone and tile inserts into the counter tops. The outdoor kitchen includes a propane grill and side burner, refrigerator, storage and plenty of electrical outlets. The finished project created an outdoor oasis that adds value to the home and the homeowners lifestyle.
If you are thinking about creating an outdoor oasis in your backyard, contact Archadeck of Austin to make it happen. This is the season to enjoy the great outdoors and all it has to offer, family, friends, fun and your own little slice of paradise right outside your back door.
Call for a free consultation: (512) 259 – 8282
A backyard can hold the key to the ultimate outdoor living enjoyment. A backyard begs to be improved upon, much like an artist’s canvas serves as a backdrop for creativity and visualization. These Austin homeowners took their backyard to a new level by adding a cabana-style covered patio with endless amenities.
When we originally met with these Austin, TX homeowners they had recently installed a new pool and had the area adjacent to the pool poured to accommodate a 15 x 15 pavilion. The homeowners had meticulously collected pictures of what they had in mind, but most of the photos were out of scale. We spoke with them about what aspects of the pavilion where the most important and transferred those into the custom design we prepared for them. They already had a nice grill but also wanted an outdoor fireplace, outdoor bar sitting area, outdoor kitchen with refrigerator, ice maker and sink. They also wanted a place to hang a big screen TV to enjoy within the cabana as well. The dilemma was to fit all the elements they wanted into the 15 x 15 design, which couldn’t fit within the space allotted. We strongly urged them to allow pushing the design out two more feet on two of the sides, which would incur the design components to cover all the newly extended concrete.
The clients had a stunning brick home that also had an existing wood deck, their pool had a decorative stone back and canterra beams. We designed the structure support with that part of the pool in mind and used cedar to pull the whole thing together. The home, the existing outdoor designs, and the new covered patio blended effortlessly as if they had all been built together. Since the home is located in a weather zone and receives a lot of hail, the roof was also upgraded with steel shingles and a crushed stone application so it looks like clay shingles and is durable and strong.
The interior of the cabana boasts custom cypress cabinets which are stair stepped 12″ and 18″. Ingenious design was used to accommodate the TV which required consideration of the placement of the TV as well as the DVD player and cable box, and all the accoutrements that surround the TV. Our cabinet builder customized the TV cabinet and made it deeper to hold all the electronics. We also installed recessed cans for additional lighting in the evening within the covered patio. The existing canterra column lights also aided in night-time illumination. For the bar/serving area we constructed a 6′ bar that can be accessed from either side. This area provides an easily integrated area into the design without becoming a full-blown area to take up too much space. We even installed stucco walls to aid in creating privacy from the neighbors that also hides the children’s playground. Each facet of this cabana’s design allows for flow and easy accessibility.
The homeowners are ecstatic with the covered patio design. It has added in their outdoor, and living enjoyment as a whole. Now the family is directed outside to enjoy the area throughout the week instead of just on the weekends. It is the perfect place to have dinner, family movie night, and sleepovers for the kids. They like to spend their time in the covered patio in the evening as a family watching movies or just enjoying each others company by the outdoor fireplace.
This covered patio is the epitome of an outdoor oasis. This structure is the perfect place for this family to make memories that will last a lifetime, and have a lot of fun in the process! A true work of art in the realm of outdoor living structures.
Contact Archadeck of Austin to turn you backyard from basic to beautiful with our many functional and gorgeous outdoor living structure designs. Call for a free consultation: (512) 259 – 8282
Are you tired of the hot Texas sun beating down on you the entire season while trying to enjoy your deck? If so, we have the answer to your woes. We can, in many cases, turn your existing deck into a haven of shade and comfort by adding a roof and making it into an open porch or screened porch. Covered decks are the savvy way to enhance your existing backyard. We will inspect your existing deck to see if it can accommodate the addition of a roof. Often times we can reinforce the foundation enough to support a roof.
Open and covered porch transformations are a great way to add beauty and enjoyment to your landscape, and can also function as an outdoor room. Screened porches give you all the benefits of an open porch, but with added protection from the insects. Both structures are a viable option as long as your deck can accommodate the added weight. We can evaluate your existing deck to see if it fits the bill, and can often offer reinforcement to the structural components within your deck to ensure strength and structural compatibility with adding a roof.
Your new porch can be equipped with finishing touches such as lighting, ceiling fans, or even an area reserved for that glorious flat screen TV. The beauty of having a screened or open porch design is that is no limit to the interior reveals that can be brought into the mix. We often use bead board ceilings, rustic beams and recessed lighting in many of our screen porch designs. How ornate or rustic you make your space is all up to you.
If you are considering “putting a lid” on the hot sun this season by adding a roof to your deck, contact Archadeck of Austin, we can open up a new world of backyard opportunities for you and your family this summer. Call for a free consultation: (512) 259 – 8282 Austin@archadeck.net
Have you ever looked at your home and wished you could purchase adjoining acreage just to add on a playroom, living room other space to your existing home? Why not think about your ideal living space in a broader sense. The fact is there is a plethora of living enjoyment area right outside your back door that can be utilized more efficiently than an interior addition.
Living space doesn’t necessarily have to mean “interior” living space. There are a multitude of outdoor living structures that lend themselves to dining, entertaining, relaxing, and play. Today’s outdoor structure designs can be outfitted with all the same amenities an interior addition to your home can offer, and in some cases even more. Here are some ideas that will inspire you…
The covered patio or porch
Covered patios keep you cool on hot days, and offer protection from the elements as well. They can be constructed from a vast array of materials such as wood, brick, stone and other hardscape material. Covered patios can be attached to your home or your deck, or can even be used as a freestanding structure within the landscape. Covered patios can also be situated beside your pool for a cabana style covered patio. Covered patios can be wired to accommodate ceilings fans, sound systems, computers, telephone, and even flat screen TV’s. Patio covers can include built-in fireplaces and even contain fully functional outdoor kitchens with all the fixings. These include refrigeration, sinks, food preparation areas, warming drawers, microwave, smokers, and grills. You name it, we can include it into the design of your patio cover. If you are looking for the perfect place to watch the game, and prepare a feast for your guests all while watching the kids play, the covered patio is an all-around best outdoor structure. An outdoor living room with mother nature as the backdrop.
The screen porch
The screened porch is another way to utilize all the amenities of an outdoor living room, minus the insects. Here in Texas, the warm temperatures will give you the benefit of year-round enjoyment of your screen porch. We also refer to these as sun porches and they make a perfect spot to relax and rewind. The beauty of a screened porch is that you get the pleasure of the outdoors without actually being outdoors. A screen porch offers an extension of outdoor as well as indoor living space.
Multi-structure outdoors living areas
We are starting to see a trend in multi-structure outdoor living areas. These are outdoor living areas that contain the works. These can include open patios, outdoor fireplaces, fire pits, pergolas, outdoor kitchens and decks all in one. This offers homeowners the ultimate in luxury and convenience, not to mention adding to your home’s value. Our multi-structure designs are planned to compliment each structure as it flows together. Instead of getting an outdoor room, you are actually getting an outdoor paradise where each outdoor room or area caters to a specific function but also harmonizes with the other elements within the entire design. Imagine having an area right outside your back door where you can dine, cook, read a book, roast marshmallows, listen to the crackle of the fire on those cool Texas nights, entertain, or just enjoy the fresh air.
See more awe-inspiring outdoor living rooms by visiting our outdoor spaces photo gallery located on our website. For more ideas on covered porches and covered patios you can visit our covered porch gallery, and our covered patio gallery, also 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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Over the last couple of years, we’ve seen a huge rise in the number of people looking for covered patios. But, today’s covered patios are nothing like the ones of old. Today’s patios are an outdoor room fully furnished with love seats, huge comfy chairs, outdoor rugs that look like indoors, fireplaces, outdoor televisions and all the accoutrements of an outdoor kitchen. The great thing is each covered patio is different. The fun part is deciding what custom elements to put into each covered patio.
Here’s how we start? We start with these 3 answers:
- What is the most important thing you want to do in your outdoor room?
- What are another 5 or 10 things you want to do in that room?
- Are there times you want to entertain other people in the covered patio? How often? How many people? What activities?
Question 1: What is the most important thing you want to do in your outdoor room?
Often we start by thinking about where our room will be located in our yard or how we’re going to furnish it. While this is incredibly important, the answers to those questions should be derived from how you want to live in your room. Do you want to spend weekend afternoons out there watching football with good friends and having a place to warm snacks and keep drinks cold right at your fingertips? Or, do you want to spend chilly nights in your outdoor room reading books and snuggling near the fire? In short, what is the top thing you want to do in your room?
Question 2: What are another 5 or 10 things you want to do in your new covered patio?
Question 2 is very important because it will drive what features, how large, and other details about your room such as whether it will be completely open or have 1-3 closed walls.
Question 3: What about entertaining other people?
Do you host the family reunion every year? Do you host poker night or book club night or other important gatherings on a fairly regular basis? You might want to consider these when designing your room.
When we say designing, you don’t need to do the architectural designing or any other up-front design. You simply tell us what you want and together we work to come up with a structural design that works for you. We review it together and make sure it’s exactly what you want before we start the job.
Then you can do the fun designing – the interior design of your exterior room!!
Give us a ring for a free consultation at (512) 259 – 8282 or send us an email at Austin@archadeck.net. Whether you’re ready to build now or in a few months, it’s never too early to start planning.
2011 will go down in history as the year of the endless Texas summer, with 100 days exceeding 100+ degrees and little to no rain. Cooler fall winds and our parched landscape brought about devastating wildfires, striking several Greater Austin communities and sparking fear in just about everyone. Resilient as ever, Central TX consumers have somehow managed put the recession behind them. They are already thinking about projects like covered patios, porches, and shade structures to help them escape next summer’s heat. With 130 successful projects behind us last year, we really look forward to a more fruitful 2012. Reflecting back on 2011, we can sum up the year with 3 outstanding P’s – People, Projects and Partners.
- The spot light has to go to design consultant, Mark Mommsen, who will rank #1 or #2 within the Archadeck US system, very impressive.
- I’m very pleased to have brought my son into the company, Tory Odom, with the company now a full year in project management/customer service, doing a great job with very positive customer feedback.
- Christine Methvin, joined the company in as office admin capacity in September, and is doing a fabulous job. Christine has a background in architectural design and construction administration.
See the image above for a myriad of shots of this year’s finest projects.
We’ve enjoyed building so many diverse projects this year including patios made of beautiful, natural stone, plus a variety of detached outdoor structures including pavilions and covered patios. A number of these structures were complete outdoor rooms, chock full of culinary and entertainment amenities, with every detail imaginable. Outdoor fireplaces were very big this year, several of which were free-standing and many were integrated with other structures such as patios or covered porches. As our name entails, we constructed decks in 2011. Discerning clients continue to seek multi-level, multi-area outdoor living spaces incorporating decks with patios, porches, fireplaces, firepits and so much more. One of our most popular decking woods continues to be Tigerwood, a Brazilian hardwood with gorgeous, warm tones and stripe-like patterns. Hence the name “Tigerwood”. Always popular, composite and PVC decking continue to be in demand for customers seeking low maintenance alternatives to wood.
People are decking out their projects with all sorts of traditionally indoor amenities. We installed and integrated large screen TV’s into numerous projects. Our kitchens included much more than the standard refrigerator. Many were outfitted with ornate marble counter tops, grills, steamers, and a multitude of electrical outlets to plug in everything from a laptop computer to a blender for frozen daiquiris. Several die-hard Texan barbequers even chose to add the Big Green Egg smoker to their favorite outdoor space.
Detailed in every aspect, our top overall project included just about everything – a covered patio, stained concrete, an exquisite fireplace, a full outdoor kitchen, and a dining area. It was a perfect fit for our customer’s backyard living space. Read more about our Archadeck of Austin top project here.
We worked with HGTV this year on a project for their show HGTV’d. We also re-decked the John Simpson pool in Steiner Ranch.
People are talking – 40% of our business comes from referrals. We are focused like lasers to deliver superb craftsmanship and the utmost in customer service. Archadeck of Austin was also given the distinction of being named as one of Angie’s List recent Honor Roll members.
Look for us in Community Impact, Dartz, and listen to KUT. Or simply find us in your neighborhood. Call for a free consultation. (512) 259-8282
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Archadeck of Austin
This Austin patio cover features a custom stone outdoor fireplace and much more to soothe your senses, and your soul
Having an outdoor structure that functions as an outdoor living and gathering area opens up a whole new world of lifestyle possibilities. Being able to extend entertaining space from the interior of your home outdoors not only makes things run a little bit smoother when entertaining family and friends. It can also become a place that offers intimacy and refuge from a hard day. That is exactly the type of structure Archadeck of Austin built for these Austin, TX homeowners. This design incorporates a stunning covered patio which also contain an outdoor fireplace, a custom stone outdoor kitchen, stone benches and a stone surround that runs the entire perimeter of the structure that also serves as a hardscaped flower bed.
The covered patio was designed in the spot where we removed an old sunroom. After removing the sunroom we extended the roof to accommodate the new covered patio. The patio floor is finished with stain and seal concrete to compliment the gorgeous custom stonework that was used throughout the entire structure. Some of the key areas where we used Leuders stone include the outdoor kitchen, the flower bed surround, the stone benches as well as the bench toppers and of course the mesmerizing multi-tiered outdoor fireplace. Within the interior of the patio cover we used a tongue and groove cedar ceiling to add some rustic flair to compliment the natural characteristics that are evident in the usage of the stone and concrete. We also stripped and stained the homeowners existing deck in order to match the hues found within the covered patio. The use of colors, textures and design lines throughout the patio make it truly breathtaking. The talented homeowners also finished the interior of the patio in expert style, with well-appointed patio furnishings and well blended accessories that tie the whole project together perfectly.
The focal point within the porch cover is undoubtedly the elegant multi tiered custom stone fireplace. The homeowners took a unique approach to the popular practice of utilizing a TV above an outdoor fireplace. Many homeowners opt to construct a recessed perimeter to house their TV, such as a flat screen, for permanent placement. These Austin, TX homeowners did not wish to keep their TV above the outdoor fireplace permanently, so we designed the fireplace using multi-tiered custom stone ledges with a customized pull out shelf on the fireplace’s mantle that is outfitted with a cable and electrical outlets. This shelf makes it easy to place the TV on the outdoor fireplace whenever they wish, and when the TV is not in use, the shelf can be pushed in and hidden and no one is none the wiser. This feature is an example of this structural convenience that is built into every inch of this outdoor structure. Archadeck of Austin also made certain to add plenty of outlets into the columns used on the patio cover, to add more convenience as well.
The expert stone work on this structure was achieved using select Antique Leuder’s stone, which is an upgrade from limestone. The use of this stone can be seen in the bench toppers, the outdoor kitchen, the stone benches under the roof cover and many other areas throughout this outdoor oasis. To create an essence of ambiance, Archadeck of Austin made sure to include outdoor lighting throughout the patio cover. The creative placement of a large amount of low voltage lighting around the entire perimeter adds to the “feel” of relaxation and refuge. Low voltage lighting was placed strategically within the stone benches, surrounding the open area we built to showcase a water feature, and we added recessed LED lights in the existing decks as well.
These Austin, TX homeowners are now sittin’ pretty in this breathtaking covered patio, that is full of amenities to refresh their senses and their soul. A multi-functional outdoor structure design such as this could not be accomplished without having a project manager to contact at any time which always plays a positive role in seeing a structure to fruition. Our expert project managers are a big bonus for going with us. To learn more about our stunning outdoor living designs, contact Archadeck of Austin today.
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Talk about a room with a view…
A little while back, we were called upon to build a new 1,000 SF outdoor dining area for the new Craig O’s restaurant in Lakeway at the Real Del Lago building. We’re finished!!
We used TimberTech’s low maintenance Earthwood decking in walnut color. What do you think?
We don’t just build structures to fit the way you want to live, we build structures that support the big moments in your life.
When you think about what motivates homeowners to make the decision to add an outdoor living area to their home and backyard, in many cases the motivating factor that drives them to act upon their decision is a holiday, party or event they have planned for the near future. Let’s say for instance with the holiday season just around the corner, a homeowner may decide to go ahead and add on that new deck, covered porch, or outdoor fireplace with a custom stone patio surround in anticipation of family and friends that are planning to visit and having the structure up and running will create a great place to relax and spend time with family and friends within a unique outdoor setting to make new memories together. It’s almost as though you have the indulgence of an extra “family room” with a unique outdoor setting. Could you imagine having an outdoor kitchen incorporated into your deck or patio that could serve as a secondary food preparation area on Thanksgiving? The hubby can fry the turkey in the outdoor kitchen, and be out of the way, while the lady of the house prepares all the sumptuous side dishes in the house. Having the function of an outdoor kitchen to take some of the stress out of the kitchen, especially if you prepare Thanksgiving dinner for a large crowd, can make “Turkey day” run as smooth as a french silk pie.
The beauty of our business is when a homeowner approaches us and needs their outdoor endeavor completed within a specific time frame most of the time we are able to accommodate their request. We do absolutely everything we can to accommodate it. We always quote a lead time to begin and give an expected completion date and 90% of the time we meet it with 2 or 3 days. Just this month we had a deck that was needed for a wedding, a restaurant deck for an opening last week, and a cabana finished for a party. This week we engaged on a job for a Christmas party mid December. In most cases, if you need it, Archadeck of Austin can have it ready for you within the time frame you need it.
Many outdoor structure builders hesitate to make these kind of promises to homeowners because they lack the project management that is necessary to make sure every aspect of your outdoor structure is run in a professional, timely manner. We make certain on all of our jobs that each specific layer of the building process is set up in the order it needs to be accomplished to avoid delays, and have wiggle room if a problem arises. The keys to being able to deliver what we promise are superior project management, frequent and effective communication with the homeowner, a solid design, and good weather.
Wouldn’t the thought of having your New Year’s Eve bash under the cover of the warm Texas evening on your new deck sound enticing this year? If you dream it, we can build it. The bottom line is that if you need to get a job done to fit your individual schedule we can do it. Contact Archadeck of Austin to learn more and remember, we take care of everything but the weather. (512) 259 – 8282
Some outdoor structure designs flow into their intended surroundings effortlessly, without any effort and appear like they were always meant to be. Other designs however, create more of a challenge to appear easy and original to their surroundings. As a seasoned outdoor structure builder I set the bar high. I like for my structures to look as though they belong with the existing home and it’s surroundings. Sometimes in order to do something creative it takes more of a professional eye in order to overcome unanticipated obstacles that may present themselves. At this home in the Steiner Ranch community, we ran into one such obstacle and we were able to come up with a simple solution to a somewhat complex challenge.
When we met with the Steiner Ranch homeowners they wanted to add an aesthetically pleasing and weather friendly area to their existing concrete slab patio . Their wish was to transform their slab concrete patio into an outdoor area they and their family could use to relax and entertain. The space intended for the proposed patio cover contained a bay window which created a structural challenge to overcome. The bay window and the area surrounding the bay window left no obvious place to attach the covered patio. Our goal was to attach the roof of the structure at the easiest place on the house that would stay true to the homes structural integrity. Thus, we extended the kitchen window out and put a gable roof over the top. We then used a standard gable extension off the roof to attach the covered patio in it’s destined location.
We used mixed mediums of beautiful, rich cedar along with aluminum for the railing. We were able to construct a patio cover for these Steiner Ranch homeowners using the elevation of the original existing concrete patio, which not only keeps the homes originality intact it creates good movement on the covered patio as well. The homeowners are ecstatic about their new outdoor living space, now it has become a treasured space to spend time together.
Contact Archadeck of Austin to design your perfect outdoor structure. We can create a unique resolve to your structural obstacles delivering to you an outdoor structure that fits your home and your lifestyle.
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These Round Rock, TX homeowners have one of the most beautifully lush backyards. Being able to incorporate an outdoor living structures within this backyard could seem like a challenge to some, but not to us. The mingling of the wood and flagstone we used to create this outdoor retreat is mesmerizing set against the beauty of the rush of green in this residence.
These homeowners had an existing concrete patio that was not serving their needs. Our goal was to extend the patio and pour a whole new facet of enjoyment into their backyard. Our design included a covered patio extension complete with an outdoor kitchen and pergola-style roof and another patio that descends from the covered patio to the new outdoor fireplace.
In designing the master plan to transform this Round Rock, TX backyard into a paradise for the senses we first had to overcome some obstacles. The first challenge was to incorporate all the desired structures into the homeowners minimal backyard and also deal with the small elevated back porch. The design we decided upon that would work best was to actually create two structures out of one area by extending the small space to make it larger and adding another space to serve as the focal point for the outdoor fireplace.
We designed an extension of the existing concrete patio and added stone over the top of the concrete for seamless design. We then added the pergola with an extension as well over the patio and added a little slope to compensate for the existing patio being so high. The small round patio located in the design accents the large outdoor fireplace located at the corner. We used a round design for the patio and continued the curved design feature into the fireplace’s eyebrow and hearth.
The medium we chose to cover the patios with is gorgeous Oklahoma flagstone in buff peach. We also used block stone in the design using Autumn blend block stone. The element of the two separate stones working together along with the cedar pergola and the trees on the property is truly breathtaking.
The outdoor kitchen is located inside the patio cover and includes a grill, refrigerator and plenty of electrical outlets. The countertops are finished out with a very nice tile that compliments the homes brick colors. The rustic outdoor fireplace is graciously equipped with custom cedar cabinets above the firebox made especially for housing a television and keeping it safe and dry from the elements.
These Round Rock, TX homeowners couldn’t be more thrilled with the transformation, they say it feels as though they have a whole new backyard. We can create a stunning transformation of your back yard as well, contact Archadeck of Austin to learn more (512) 259 – 8282
Here is a slideshow of this Round Rock, TX backyard oasis that is a feast for the senses….
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When you close your eyes at night to dream does your mind take you to a place where you can hear the crackle and feel the warmth of the fire amid comforting images of roasting marshmallows and relaxing with family and friends? Then chances are you are dreaming of your own outdoor fireplace or fire pit. Homeowners are taking their backyards to a new level by adding an outdoor fireplace or fire pit. Owning one of these glorious feast for the eyes and the senses has become the crown jewel of outdoor structures. Being able to entertain, or just “hang out” with the element of fire close at hand takes being outdoors to a place where all your senses come into play, and the result is as unforgettable as some of the outdoor fireplace and fire pit designs that come to us in our dreams.
Deciding to add an outdoor fireplace or fire pit to your backyard, or in addition to your existing outdoor structure can be a big step for many homeowners. Archadeck of Austin has been in the business of creating award-winning outdoor fireplaces and fire pits for our customers here in Austin, TX for many years now, and we know a thing or two about the correct way to ignite quality and style into the construction of your outdoor fireplace or fire pit. Here are some of the important considerations to think about when deciding to add one of these stunning structures to your life.
Light my Fire?
There is more than one method to obtaining fire in your outdoor fireplace or fire pit. There is of course, the traditional wood-burning structure that we are all familiar with. When considering a wood burning structure the dimensions of the fireplace itself are important. The smallest capable wood burning fireplace can be built no smaller than 5×8 and has to be at least 2-3 feet deep in order to function properly.
Outdoor fire structures can also be lit by gas through a gas started system or full burning gas log kits. In either case the “draw” needs to be correct on a fireplace or fire pit, and this can only be achieved by having a professional outdoor fireplace contractor build the structure for you. Improper drawing on a structure such as this can be dangerous and cause a safety hazard, so the chimney itself has to be designed and constructed properly to achieve an appropriate draw.
When considering the design mediums that outdoor fireplaces and fire pits can be built with, typically the wood burning structures are either masonry or stone. Archadeck of Austin uses a great deal of flagstone for our outdoor fireplace and fire pit designs, it looks the part and is a high quality stone that functions well with the fireplace itself. The main aspect when looking at material choices is that they are acceptable for use on a fire structure and that they hold up well under the conditions. Flagstone is strong, beautiful, and can take the heat well and will look gorgeous for many years to come.
Another design consideration is whether to embellish or add anything to the structure. Some homeowners add mantles which can serve as a focal point for your structure. We place the mantle 12″-18″ above so it is not flush with the grade therefore the heat can radiate at a similar level. Mantles provide more aesthetic appeal in form than in function and aren’t really used much. However, fireboxes are a useful addition to your structure. You don’t want the firebox area to be too large, but large enough to hold wood or other essentials. If you are thinking of integrating the firebox into the structure itself, it will have to comply to building codes and be built within certain dimensions.
Fireplaces and fire pits match to a T
As any seasoned outdoor fireplace designer can tell you, outdoor fireplaces and fire pits are the perfect companion to other outdoor structures. They look great built with and alongside covered or uncovered patios, covered porches, pergolas, and even screened porches. It is not just about beauty though, functionality plays a key role in the attraction. Being able to enjoy an outdoor fireplace or fire pit in conjunction with your outdoor structure adds ambiance and fun beyond comparison. There are certain codes and rules associated with building a fireplace in and around another structure that require the chimney and flue stack be a certain elevation higher and a certain distance from surrounding walls, especially where a wood structure is concerned for the risk of heat build-up. In these cases wood will have to be a certain distance away from the structures internal flue. Each state and county has certain criteria to follow for safety reasons and your outdoor fireplace contractor will see that these guideline are met accordingly.
Archadeck of Austin can make your dreams of fireplaces and fire pits come true. We construct dozens of these structures a year. They are not only stunning, but they are a structure the whole family can enjoy. Outdoor fireplaces and fire pits can add value to your home and your life. Here is a video that showcases some of our fireplace and fire pit creations…
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Ever heard the old phrase “to have your cake and eat it too”? Well, that is exactly what this Austin, TX homeowner was able to do thanks to Archadeck of Austin. The homeowner came to us with the desire to add an attached covered structure to his lovely residence, unfortunately the exterior architectural details of his home made this impossible based on the elevation of the windows, walls and points of attachment on the home. This dilemma presented us with one of those situations where you look at the glass as half-full as opposed to half-empty, in doing this we were able to design a simply stunning detached patio cover that turned out to be more than the homeowner ever imagined in terms of function, beauty and style.
We built a free-standing covered patio over a stained concrete patio with a roomy outdoor kitchen. The material we chose to use on the patio cover is a wonderfully rustic western red cedar with a tongue-and-groove cedar ceiling. The rich hues of the wood play off the beauty of the patio floor beautifully. For added drama we used an open cathedral ceiling with a standard ridge beam and left the gable open with decorative Y bracing. We finished out the patio cover with electrical outlets for all the little creature comforts and ceiling fans for those balmy Texas days. The patio cover spans a lofty 12 X 18 and careful consideration was taken to ensure the structural integrity of the structure over this large span. Many builders would not have the expertise of know-how to ensure the strength of a structure with a span of this size, but Archadeck’s national design team along with all our locations nationwide work to ensure the structural integrity of each and every structure we build. Archadeck of Austin is an experienced builder who knows exactly how to accomadate any changes or fluctuations within the structure that are sometimes unforeseen until construction is underway.
The stain and score concrete patio plays off the beauty of the patio cover. Archadeck of Austin installs a great number of these stain and score patios, they are really nice and add character to the concrete and gives it a very nice finish. Stain and score is a less expensive way to get the look you are aiming for with todays homeowner taking the rustic, or old world route in terms of design. The misconception of these floors is that they will eventually crack, this is certainly not the case with every concrete patio. Archadeck of Austin entails the correct expansion techniques when installing concrete patios and uses the standards set forth by the American Concrete Association. The key is the strength of the concrete as well as the reinforcement and joints needs to be correct in order to reduce your chances of cracking. Changes in moisture and temperature can cause the concrete to expand and contract to give way to cracking, careful planning and placement of the joints will reduce the chances of this occuring. The main thing that attracts most homeowners to stain and stamp concrete is its beautifully smooth finish. We can apply a finish coat to the completed patio floor to gain some traction to prevent slippage and falls.
Even when we are faced with an obstacle that in the case with other builders would be cause to become disheartened, Archadeck of Austin comes up with a masterful plan that creates and amplifies the excitement the homeower feels in anticipation of building and completing their outdoor structure. This is a another case where you get your cake, and get to eat it ( and enjoy it) too.
If you are dreaming of an outdoor structure but don’t feel confident that what you have in mind would work in your particular circumstance, whether it is a issue of limited space, or it seems architecturally improbable, contact Archadeck of Austin, we can create an outdoor space that will end up being more than you could have ever imagined.
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