When the mosquitoes are coming for you, day after day, it’s time to take action! A screened outdoor room by Archadeck of Austin is the perfect solution, as these clients in Southwest Austin can attest.
Whether you call it a screened porch or a screened room, this is the structure that will make your outdoor living space usable again. Mosquitoes, so prevalent in this part of Texas, are more than just annoying. They cause discomfort, and they carry disease. You don’t have to let them ruin your enjoyment of the outdoors.
Archadeck of Austin, Screened Room Designer
These homeowners knew their deck had reached the end of its useful life. One option would have been to replace it with a new deck. The homeowners had something else in mind, though. They saw this outdoor renovation as their opportunity to reclaim their outdoor living space from the hordes of mosquitoes that plagued them. A screened room was their solution.
Their Archadeck design consultant agreed this was a wise choice, especially given drainage issues on their property. Their old deck was at ground level. Moisture penetration, rot, and decay would eventually threaten a new deck as well. At ground level there was no way to seal the underside of the deck to prevent those issues.
The topography and slope of this property were responsible for the client’s drainage issues. The homeowner built a diverting channel where the pump recirculates, along with a drainage basin, in unison with the Archadeck of Austin project featured here.
Having two great reasons to replace their deck with a screened room, the homeowners didn’t give that old deck another thought. Archadeck of Austin designed a beautiful screened porch that not only protects the family from mosquito misery, it adds an enjoyable leisure space to their home.
Customize Your Outdoor Space by Choosing Your Materials
Archadeck of Austin works with you, the homeowner, to help you determine the materials you prefer. As an Archadeck client, you put your own personal stamp on your custom project by your materials selection.
Two of the most striking items in these photos are the floor and the ceiling of this new screened room. The homeowners selected beautiful ceramic tile for their flooring. For the ceiling, they went with one of our favorites, the Synergy Wood colonial ceiling. Synergy Wood ceilings use beautifully prefinished tongue-and-groove wood planks for a rich, warm look. For the interior walls, the homeowners selected low-maintenance Alumawood.
For amenities inside this Southwest Austin screened porch, the homeowners selected our standard electrical package, recessed can lighting, and standard insect screens. The new ceiling fans will get a lot of use around here!
The home’s second-story windows guided our choice of a shed roof for the new screened porch. The shed roof has a low slope, and, as always, we applied ice and water shield to the entire roof. We built the posts supporting this roof with pressure-treated wood wrapped in cedar.
In addition to building a screened porch, we constructed a patio extension using the same ceramic tile flooring. The patio extension provides the perfect outdoor (open) space for the clients’ chimenea, a portable outdoor fireplace.
A portion of the patio required railing, and the homeowners chose black iron railing from Fortress Railing Products. Their selection of black rail with fairly thin black balusters is a great choice for better views from the screened porch and patio.
Finally, we also did some stucco work on the rear wall as part of this project.
Would a screened outdoor room make your leisure space more usable? Call Archadeck of Austin today at (512) 886-8367 to schedule your free design consultation.
Jim Schallon, Lead Designer at Archadeck of Austin.