How do you like the Star of Texas incorporated into the concrete overlay of the patio pictured here? We’ve seen clients add the Texas star to many a covered patio as wall art or as an ornament over an outdoor fireplace mantel. This is the first time Archadeck of Austin has etched the Lone Star directly into a patio. We wouldn’t be surprised to see additional interest in new patios based on this project.
Whether you’re a born and bred Texan or new to the area, we’re guessing you appreciate the value of a covered patio. There are plenty of days around Austin and Round Rock when nothing is more valuable than fresh air and a spot of shade.
The Round Rock TX home pictured here had a covered patio outside the back door. The homeowners enjoyed spending time there but wanted to enlarge their covered outdoor space. They also wanted to add something special: a wood-burning outdoor fireplace.
Our job was to enlarge the patio, add an outdoor fireplace and build a new roof structure over the patio extension. We applied a custom concrete overlay to the floor throughout to bring the existing and new sections of the patio together as one big outdoor room.
Cedar beams and 8 × 8” posts wrapped in cedar provide support for the new patio roof. We used Synergywood for the new ceiling and to cover the ridge wall as well. The clients’ selection of Synergywood in the Colonial color adds richness and complements the cedar elements beautifully. We added a new ceiling fan and recessed lighting in the ceiling, bringing creature comforts outdoors.
— Interior views from within new patio cover.
We built the 6’ wood-burning outdoor fireplace at one end, in the center, designed with hardscape firewood storage boxes on either side. We carefully matched the stone here to the stone on the front of home, a combination of white limestone with nicotine and blue Lueders limestone. Finally, we used standard buff Lueders stone to top the horizontal surfaces—the mantel, the hearth and the hardscape firewood storage boxes.
The Lone Star has a Starring Role in this Round Rock Covered Patio
Now, about that patio floor with a concrete overlay featuring the Star of Texas integrated into the surface. To create the star, our patio installers etched out the pattern with a grinder and scored the opening. They stained the star and the circle around it first and then covered the shapes carefully so they could stain the remainder of the patio surface. Depending on which historical account you read, the Lone Star emblem has represented Texans’ rugged individualism and independent spirit since 1817, 1819, 1836, or 1839. That spirit is celebrated here today.
— Amazing before and after.
Do you need shade, a covered patio, or a bigger covered patio than the one you currently have? If you’ve been putting it off, now is the time to get started. Call Archadeck of Austin today at (512) 886-8367 to schedule your free design consultation.
Jim Schallon, Lead Designer at Archadeck of Austin.