If you plan to do a lot of outdoor living, you’re going to need a bigger outdoor living space! That was the case at our client’s home in the Forest Creek area of Round Rock, TX. They had a tiny patio in their yard, several steps down from their back door. It was nowhere near sufficient for their needs. They needed a much larger footprint for outdoor living.
The homeowners pictured themselves spending a lot of time outdoors, and they wanted to spend it on a deck. They also needed a protected area to keep pesky flying insects away, so a deck and screened porch combination was what they chose. They called Archadeck of Austin to design and build the project for them.
Backyard before Archadeck of Austin began the new project.
Forest Creek Screened Porch Designer
Instead of demolishing the existing patio, we built the screened porch on top of it. We did a lot of prep work for the porch and deck like pouring concrete footers to support the posts. The porch and deck are tied in to the home's rear wall. We designed a shed roof porch cover with a closed gable end, finished with soffit and fascia overhangs. The ceiling inside the screened porch is made of prefinished tongue-and-groove Synergy Wood in Clear Pine.
For the screening system on the porch, we used a 2" aluminum screened frame. We boxed the openings with a wooden handrail system and 2" aluminum boxspring all the way around. Speaking of openings, how do you like this doggie door?
Custom Cedar Deck in Round Rock, TX
The homeowners chose cedar for their decking boards, railings and skirting around the deck. We stained the wood with Sherwin Williams SuperDeck stain, which is oil-based. At Archadeck of Austin, we always use oil-based stain on our wooden projects. We designed the deck skirting with 1x4 and 1x2 boards, an attractive pattern. Concealed behind that skirting is a nice-size storage area beneath the deck.
The railing system for the deck and porch features aluminum Deckorators balusters with cedar top and bottom rail. The deck has a chamfered corner making it a little narrower at the top and wider at the bottom. We designed the deck stairs to follow those angles.
These Forest Creek homeowners love their custom-designed deck and screened porch combination. They will enjoy having plenty of room for relaxing, grilling and dining outdoors.
Would a deck and screened porch combination make your outdoor living space more functional? Contact Archadeck of Austin to schedule your free design consultation.
Jim Schallon, senior designer Archadeck of Austin.