Purchasing this Round Rock, TX, home was like purchasing a beautiful painting with one section yet to be completed. One area in the back yard still needed the attention of an artist’s imagination, brush and color palette. The artist in this case was covered patio designer Archadeck of Austin! We worked with our clients to understand their vision for filling in the missing piece of their outdoor living space. With the addition of a new patio, freestanding patio cover and outdoor kitchen, their back yard is now the beautiful private oasis they envisioned.
Picture a jigsaw puzzle with one piece missing. When our clients purchased this Round Rock home, it had an amazing backyard inground pool. The area beyond the pool, however, was unfinished. A blank canvas. Just a rocky, uneven space that was uninviting and unusable. The new homeowners learned that the previous owner had intended to add a sheltered/covered area behind the pool, but they never did. Therefore, the pool itself was never used like it could have been.
The homeowners wanted to add a covered patio to use as a pool cabana. A fully-outfitted shelter where they can escape the sun, prepare meals, dine, and watch movies, sports and their favorite TV shows. Refreshments will always be near at hand.
At Archadeck of Austin, we love a job where we can start from scratch. When we say we designed and built a new covered patio and outdoor kitchen from the ground up, we mean we had to start by digging. We used a perimeter beam system to make the area level, back filled with road base gravel, and poured a concrete base reinforced with rebar. The result: a level foundation for the pool cabana. We also dug a trench from the house and installed conduit so we could bring power out for the electronics and kitchen appliances.
The freestanding patio cover is a very sturdy structure. It features engineered beams on all four sides, and for looks, the beams are wrapped with cedar. At the corners are 8×8 cedar support posts instead of the typical 6×6 posts. We added the cedar crows feet detail you see in the gable end of the roof at the front. On the interior, we built a beautiful Synergywood ceiling finished in Auburn.
For the patio surface, we added a stamped concrete overlay to the concrete slab we had poured as the base. The clients chose a random stamped finish with lots of undulation, and the color used for that was Houston Tan.
The fully-finished outdoor kitchen is … wow… amazing! For the base, we used chopped stone with smooth Lueders stone countertops. For cooking, there’s a large Artisan 36" grill, a side burner, a smoker that runs on propane, and a pizza oven that heats up to 700 degrees! For everything else, there is a double-stacked-door fridge, trash bin, storage drawers, and a second refrigerator.
We added a cedar privacy screen atop the back side of the kitchen, and the clients’ TV is mounted there. The space includes ceiling fans, recessed can lighting in the ceiling, and pendant lights hanging over the countertop workspace.
This pool cabana is a beautiful addition to the property and actually completes the pool as an outdoor entertainment area. We predict this Round Rock TX covered patio will see plenty of action this summer!
Are you ready to transform your outdoor living area? We can custom design and build a patio, outdoor kitchen, deck, or whatever it will take to make your outdoor living space complete. Call Archadeck of Austin today at (512) 886-8367 to schedule your free design consultation.
Jim Schallon, Lead Designer at Archadeck of Austin.