Archadeck of Austin we take pride in every outdoor living space structure we build. From the
smallest pergola to the multi-faceted outdoor living environments and
combination spaces. When we are designing and building your project, we
treat it as if it were our one and only. People often ask us what our
favorite projects have been over the years. This is a very difficult question
to answer, because each of our designs is as special to us as it is to
you. After careful deliberation, we have chosen a few of our favorites
over the years and the reason they remain so memorable… enjoy!
A luxurious covered patio and outdoor kitchen chock full of amenities—but
with a twist … it was designed with a thoroughly rustic aesthetic.
This project in Round Rock, TX, is a freestanding 17’x19’
poolside cabana. The high, open-gable roof creates the perfect combination
of shade and light. The project includes an extra you don’t see
every day. We created a special surround for one of the mature trees,
which will preserve its health. Surrounding it with concrete would have
killed the tree. Instead, we laid flagstone surrounded by decomposed granite.
Altogether, this is a “statement project” if there ever was one.
Read more about it here:
Round Rock TX Poolside Cabana Makes a Statement
In Bee Cave, TX, these clients wanted to expand their elevated deck, add
a roof for shade and create an under-deck storage area. They also wanted
to add a patio at ground level. We built the deck with AZEK low-maintenance
synthetic decking and used Western red cedar for the skirting to conceal
the under-deck storage. The ground-level patio is connected to the deck
by a stairway. The patio provides an intimate seating area and features
a curved stone seating wall. As always, these structures were all custom-designed
for the home to provide a one-of-a-kind outdoor living area.
These clients in NW Austin wanted to use part of their existing patio for
a screened porch. They specifically didn’t want to disturb the nearby
flagstone grilling area and fire pit. We were able to create a porch that
blends into the home perfectly and didn’t encroach on any more of
the back yard. The result was a picture-perfect, light and airy screened
porch, just charming.
The screenwork on the porch showcases the fact that we custom make all
of our screens. The porch is small but effective and gives the homeowners
everything they were looking for. We were able to use the patio as the
porch floor. We added a textured overlay that increased its durability
and made it slip-resistant.
We had built this nice elevated deck and pergola in Georgetown, TX, a while
ago. The homeowners called us back for “Phase II,” installing
an under-deck system to create a dry storage area below the deck. We secured
a pan system to the underside of the deck frame so water would be channeled
to—and through—the gutters. The family’s stored items
stay dry, and we walled it in to keep everything out of sight so the yard
This was a new home, new build, in Leander, TX. We added an outdoor kitchen
on the covered patio and a custom fire pit with a flagstone walkway leading
out from the patio. The fire pit has curved stone benches with two access
points, one facing the home and the other opening to the yard.
We centered the fire pit to line up perfectly with the view from inside
the home. The clients have a large patio window that extends 15 linear
feet across the back of the house. With the French doors open, the patio
and fire pit areas become one with the indoor living space. The effect
makes this design even more special than it might have been on another
home. Read more in our project spotlight story,
New Leander TX Home – New Leander TX Outdoor Living Space
The project picture above was of those situations where the Austin-area
homeowners called us to begin planning their outdoor improvements before
they even closed on the house. The clients wanted to extend the patio
and add a hot tub space and outdoor kitchen. We designed four specific
areas. The outdoor kitchen and the comfortable seating area with TV are
in the covered space. The hot tub and the dining area—a table with
a huge umbrella—are in the uncovered space.
For the hot tub we built a recessed concrete area about a foot lower than
the patio surface. The design included a special AZEK low-maintenance
surround on two sides to keep the hot tub’s access panel accessible.
Another award winner for us, again the Archadeck Outdoor Living Design
Excellence Award. The homeowners knew when they purchased this home in
the Berry Creek neighborhood of Georgetown, TX, that they wanted to improve
the outdoor space. It was a small, plain covered back porch with the bare
minimum of a concrete pad. We were able to help them see the potential
here. We expanded the patio and added what was missing—an outdoor
kitchen. The bigger and better patio in stunning flagstone erased any
memory of the original concrete pad. A stone seating bench, curved, at
one end of the patio, was part of the magic, too.
One of our favorite screened porch projects, this one is in NW Austin.
Screened porch, shed roof, skylights and a small deck, too. Here we had
to straighten out a mess left by another contractor who walked away from
a job too complex for them to handle. What makes this project stand out
is the beautiful cedar everywhere—the screened porch, the porch
ceiling, the deck and the deck skirting. The space behind the house is
full of trees and this porch feels like a screened-in tree house!
For this screened porch addition in East Central Austin, we could say
proportions matter. The homeowners entertain a lot and sometimes work at home. They needed
an extra-large screened porch to accommodate dining and entertaining outdoors
and the needs of an occasional home office.
What’s remarkable here is their home is only about 1,400 sq. ft.
Instead of designing a porch sized proportionately to the size of their
home, we went big. The screened porch increased their usable space by
almost 50%. We added the equivalent of two new rooms. Another reason we
like this one so much: four skylights in the porch ceiling.
This luxurious detached covered porch in Davenport Ranch in West Austin
stands out among our favorites. And not just because we won an Archadeck
National Design Excellence Award for it. The large, dramatic fireplace
of white limestone is unforgettable. The open rafters, the ceiling of
Western red cedar, the outdoor kitchen with a walk-up bar, the subtle
outdoor lighting throughout …
video and you’ll see why we say this spectacular project includes everything
you could ever want in an outdoor living space.
Super South Austin deck project. Started out to be a place to sit the spa
and turned into a complete outdoor room including the spa, bar with cooler,
space to chill out and enjoy the green belt. All built level with the
house slab on an AzekPVC deck. The pergola allows shade and lots of attention
to low voltage lights, dimmable sconce lights and railing lights. Makes
you want to hang out. You can view more images of this incredible project in our
Archadeck of Austin Houzz galleries.
Probably our most ambitious roof project. This one spans 30 ft, replaced
an aging pergola and redefined the back of this home. The rear of the
home faces west and was scorched by the evening sun, thus the closed gable
roof. Inside it has a cathedral ceiling with 2 sky lights, a bar with
fridge and several fans. Now everyone can enjoy the pool and have a great
space to get out of the sun but still be outside.
We do a lot of cabanas but I particularly like this one because it complements
the space so well. The size is not too big and not too small and the detail
is outstanding. It has a corner fireplace, kitchen, bar, and space for
dining. You could just spend all day outside, at the pool and into the
evening. It’s probably the best definition of what it’s all about.
We can’t take much credit for the general design because the client
had been planning projects for many years. The home is their retirement
location in Lago Vista. Cooking is the passion here. The roof addition
and super looking fireplace were just necessities to house a kitchen with
everything. Large grill, smoker, recessed burners, surface burners, warmers,
fridge, sink, you name it it’s here. We even returned the following
year to build a separate structure for another smoker. It makes me hungry
thinking about it! Read the full story behind this amazing project in
our blog article titled: Our combination project in Lago Vista, TX, turns
up the heat with outdoor living possibilities!
Some projects are hard to capture in photographs. This is for sure one
of those. We replaced an aging deck with this multi-level deck and it
includes a new roof cover over the top deck which serves as the main cooking
and dining area. The deck actually has 4 separate levels and is built
on a very challenging grade making the back yard unusable without the
decks. This provided the homeowner a covered living space at the top center,
an uncovered area next to that which is built to provide a perfectly dry
area below. The space below the center deck was enclosed to provide storage
and stairs to navigate around the trees.
We do a lot of beautiful projects but I put so much of my personal design
touch into this one it’s probably my all-time favorite. It’s
a cliff deck overlooking the loop 360 bridge with stunning views. The
horizontal railing with a double wide cap is completely unique, as well
as the 6 sided tables made from the composite material. There are 3 zones
of low voltage lighting including perimeter lights and lights under the
tables. Love the customer and super happy they allowed us to build this.
This project was featured in the
2016 issue of Qualified Remodelers magazine and you can read all about the details in our blog post: Custom features
abound in this Austin, TX, elevated outdoor living space.
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This is one of the many Steiner Ranch projects we have done. Other than
the great stained concrete patio, kitchen, patio, and pergolas; we also
added on the exercise room that extends from the double French door to
the left. This was a completely finished extension to the home and you
would never know it was not built on the home originally.
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Also, a Steiner Ranch project that unfortunately can never be seen unless
you’re playing golf at the UT Golf Center. The project has double
composite decks and pergolas, a firepit, very unique railing design and
under deck storage. This was a complex project and tremendous enhancement
of the space
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South Austin home for someone that wanted to spend more time outside than
inside. This project added 30% more living space to the home and include
kitchen seating space and room for nice furniture. Best of all the initial
design was accepted without changes. On a project this large, that was unique.
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Wow – stunning appeal. This was a very complex roof design in a very
irregular space with lots of challenges but turned out really nice. It’s
full, giant fireplace, kitchen, cabinets, TV wall and one request from
the client was to be able to sit in the spa and watch the game –
he got that and much more. Read all about this project in our blog titled:
Join Archadeck of Austin as we explore this hideaway in Westlake Hills