New deck with lots of shade accommodates this large family in Texas Hill Country

When you have a house this big, overlooking a large swimming pool AND the Colorado River, not just any deck will do. You need a very special deck, a one-of-a-kind deck for this one-of-a-kind Texas Hill Country home situated between Lago Vista and Marble Falls, TX. Archadeck of Austin was the right company to design and build this splendid deck with four pergolas.

The homeowners wanted their old wooden deck replaced with a larger deck made of low-maintenance material. One of the criteria was that the new deck be large enough to have room for a dining table that can seat six people. We were able to achieve that by adding two feet to the size of the deck.

For the decking boards the client selected AZEK decking in the autumn chestnut color, part of AZEK’s Harvest Collection.The deck features Fortress vertical cable railing with a black sand finish. The vertical cables are marine-grade stainless steel cable, and the railing and posts have a durable, multi-layered anti-corrosion coating, virtually maintenance free and long lasting.

We also replaced the old deck’s three existing pergolas with four new ones. We mounted the new wooden pergolas on 6×6-inch custom-fabricated steel posts with a black finish matching the deck railings.

Even though the homeowners didn’t want a roofed structure tied into the roof of the home, they did want a roof over each of the pergolas for additional shade. We installed a standing seam metal roof over each pergola. Three of those are flat roofs, while the fourth is a gabled roof that covers the portion of the deck opening out to the stairway leading down to the pool.The gabled pergola is tied into the roof to make it more rain tight.

The gabled roof design of the fourth pergola provided a covered space for sconce lighting and a ceiling fan. Archadeck of Austin did all of the necessary electrical work to add these finishing touches.

To complete this low-maintenance project, we added wooden latticework underneath the deck. All of the wooden surfaces were stained in a subtle gray color.

This handsome new deck, nicely shaded, accommodates the entire family as requested. No one will be left out as they dine al fresco overlooking the river and the pool. Furnished with a collection of comfortable seating including a couple of rocking chairs, this grand deck is a crowd pleaser.

If you are looking to expand and replace your existing deck, or create one from scratch, contact Archadeck of Austin today at (515) 259-8282 or via email at jim.odom@archadeck.net to schedule a free design consultation.


Jim Schallon, Lead Designer at Archadeck of Austin.

Round Rock, TX, homeowners enjoy our newest patio-and-patio-cover combination — The next one could be yours!

Sometimes you just have to trade it in! We all know this about a car or truck, but how about a deck? These Round Rock, Texas, homeowners have enjoyed their ground-level deck over the years but found that the pergola over the deck didn’t always provide enough shade. It can get pretty hot out here in the direct sunlight! They called Archadeck of Austin because it was time for a double trade-in: (1) the deck for a patio and (2) the pergola for a patio cover.

As we talked with them about replacing the pergola with a more-shady shade structure, it became clear that the deck needed to be replaced as well. Rather than a new deck, they were more interested in a patio this time around. Patio cover, meet patio.


Before we began the project.

Archadeck of Austin removed the deck and pergola. As with most demolition situations, once the original structures were gone, we were looking at a blank canvas — the site of our next piece of outdoor living artwork.

The combination patio and patio cover is a work of art in the genre of outdoor living spaces. These Round Rock homeowners are extremely pleased with the results. They are especially pleased that the exterior of the patio cover looks original to the home. Nothing about it sticks out to say “this was added on later!”


Stage one; installing the patio.

We built a concrete patio and applied an overlay that we textured, stamped and stained. The effect is attractive, and the textured patio surface will be slip-resistant in the event of a spill.


Second and final stage; adding the patio cover.

For the patio cover, we used the durable, low-maintenance HardiePlank siding for the soffit, the fascia, and to wrap the posts and beams. We built the ceiling with Synergy Wood, a beautiful pre-finished, hand-stained wood of very high quality. There is something about the richness of Synergy Wood that we find soothing.

These homeowners are spending the remaining days of summer on their new patio, shielded from the harsh heat of the Texas sun. And they will appreciate another benefit of the new patio cover every time it rains; no longer will they have to run inside when a storm pops up.

If you would like to learn more about replacing a deck, patio or porch with a new outdoor living space, or adding a patio cover or porch roof to your existing outdoor structure, contact Archadeck of Austin today at (515) 259-8282 or via email at jim.odom@archadeck.net.


Jim Schallon, Lead Designer at Archadeck of Austin.

How hot does it have to get before you consider adding a shade structure to your Austin home?

How hot does it have to get before you consider adding a shade structure to your Austin home?

Where do you go for shade at your home? With temperatures hovering around the 100 degree mark in Austin, we are looking for shade anywhere we can get it. It’s amazing how much difference a shade covering can make.

Let’s talk about that heat. The temperature reading you see in a weather report is actually taken in the shade. So if it’s 100 degrees outside, that really is “100 degrees in the shade.” In direct sunlight, you will be even hotter. Direct sunlight makes the air feel 10 to 15 degrees warmer than the official temperature.

You can stay inside, but those of us who enjoy spending time outdoors each day are looking for other solutions, something more comfortable than sitting under the nearest tree.

If you have an uncovered outdoor living space such as a deck or patio, do you find it less enjoyable this time of year? Perhaps your deck or patio sees plenty of use during more temperate seasons but sits empty and forlorn in the Austin summer heat.

Archadeck of Austin, the area’s premier porch builder, does have a solution for you — several solutions, in fact.

Covered porch

A covered porch provides a more comfortable way for you and your family to enjoy the outdoors during the summer months. The roof of a porch shields you from the sun’s harsh rays but doesn’t interfere with any breeze that might drift by. You’re still in the open air, just not feeling the summer heat magnified. You may even enjoy gardening there, nurturing potted plants that can’t take the full-on sunshine all day. Container gardening is a perfect hobby to take up under the protection of a covered porch.

We recommend adding a roof over your existing deck or patio to convert your outdoor living space into a covered porch. Or, we can design a porch to include a new paver patio if you don’t already have one. The best of both worlds would be to extend your patio and add a porch roof over part of it, leaving a portion uncovered for those times of year when you do want to sit in the sun.

Under a covered porch, the deck or patio surface won’t get as hot, making your outdoor living environment more comfortable for bare feet. Also, that porch roof will protect you and your family from exposure to the harmful UV rays associated with skin cancer. Finally, an outdoor roof will keep you and your party guests dry during those pop-up showers that otherwise send everyone scurrying for cover.

Attached, detached?

Now that you’re convinced you need a covered porch, we will work with you to design one that fits perfectly with your home, your current outdoor living environment and your lifestyle. All of the porches we build are custom designed to meet each homeowner’s needs. Depending on the layout of your back yard and existing deck or patio (if you already have one), you may want a porch roof that ties in to the roof of your home, or you may want a detached porch — something like a pavilion — that provides the perfect setting for an outdoor kitchen. There are many possible variations. Archadeck of Austin has designed and built all kinds of porch covers, attached as well as free-standing, so we are experts in this field.

Screened porch

We couldn’t talk about porches without mentioning screened porches. With a screened porch, you get protection from the hot sun, and you also gain protection from the nuisance of insects. Returning to “the best of both worlds,” you may be most pleased with a combination of two kinds of porches. You could have a screen porch with a roof that extends beyond the screened room, creating an additional covered porch outside of the screened porch. While it may sound extravagant, it is the perfect place for the rocking chairs you have always wanted outside on the porch you knew you would have some day.

Poolside

Do you have a swimming pool surrounded by a hardscape area exposed all day to the brutal Texas sun? Consider the comfort a free-standing covered porch would add to the area beside the pool. We’ve already mentioned bare feet and how a roof over the patio can keep cement or stone flooring a good bit cooler. Another benefit of having a covered porch poolside is that it provides a shaded area for the adults who are watching the children swim and play. The kids in the pool don’t mind the sun, but if they are young enough that an adult needs to watch them, it can be torture sitting next to the pool without shade.

Have you considered adding a cabana, bathhouse, changing room or utility closet near the pool? Archadeck of Austin can design the perfect set-up to include whatever poolside building you desire, extending the roof toward the pool to provide a shaded seating area. This design will be a hit with family members and guests who enjoy the fun and games poolside but don’t actually want to get in the water — and don’t want to be scorched by the sun this time of year.

There are many reasons to add a porch to your home. In addition to providing shade, a porch can add value to your home and enhance the look and appeal of your home and landscape. Regardless of your motivation, with a covered porch you are more likely to enjoy the outdoors on those hotter Austin days.

If you are looking for shade and interested in seeing how our creative porch designs could work for you, contact Archadeck of Austin today at (515) 259-8282 or via email at jim.odom@archadeck.net to schedule a free design consultation.

Jim Schallon, Lead Designer at Archadeck of Austin.

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