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Archadeck of NE Dallas-Southlake Overcomes Design Challenge to the Delight of Las Colinas TX Homeowners

Covered patio

Every now and then we see an outdoor living space that is so beautiful we wonder how the homeowners can tear themselves away to go back into the house. This combination project in the Los Colinas area of Irving, TX, consisting of an outdoor fireplace and large pergola, is one such project.

Credit for this amazing project is to be shared between the homeowners, for their beautiful patio décor, and Archadeck of NE Dallas-Southlake, for our beautiful fireplace and pergola design. Together we made a great team!

The homeowners’ patio was already in place, and our job was to build an outdoor fireplace at the edge of the patio and a large cedar pergola for shade overhead. The design challenge we encountered was at the point where one of the pergola’s posts would have stood too close to the clients’ back door. So we made some adjustments, resulting in an unusual pergola, but the pergola itself is so beautiful you hardly notice there’s something different about it.


Typically we design a pergola with a horizontal shade structure overhead supported by a post at each of the structure’s four corners. In this case, one of the pergola’s corners is fairly close to the home’s back door. If we had built a post there, it would have made passage through the back door difficult. Not impossible, but difficult. We tinkered with the pergola design until we hit upon a solution: move the post away from the pergola’s corner.

If you look closely at the photographs, you can see that one of the posts is 5 feet away from the corner it’s supporting. That portion of the pergola’s horizontal structure is cantilevered above the point where it approaches the back door. It works!

Outdoor Fireplace With Pergola

The cedar pergola features iron vintage-inspired hardware and is supported by beefy 8×8″ cedar posts with an Oklahoma chopped stone column around the base of each post.

Outdoor Fireplace

We built the wood-burning outdoor fireplace with Oklahoma chopped stone topped with chocolate Lueders stone for the hearth, the mantel and the angled pieces. The 45-degree angles and the picture framing above the mantel accentuate the fireplace and represent a Chapel fireplace design. The back of the fireplace is tied into the patio’s existing retaining wall.

As finishing touches, we installed a ceiling fan under the pergola, and the homeowners added festival string lighting for ambiance across the top of the pergola. You can see more imagery of this beautiful project, and more, in our Houzz galleries.

Covered patio

Can we solve an especially interesting outdoor living design challenge for you? If you want to add a pergola, outdoor fire feature or another amazing outdoor living structure to your home, contact Archadeck of Northeast Dallas-Southlake today at (972) 904 – 3325.

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Agustin & Amanda Garza