Archadeck of Northeast Dallas-Southlake is an expert at creating outdoor living spaces that truly speak to the needs and desires of our clients. Instead of designing a space that the client can acclimate to, we acclimate the design to the individual lifestyle of the client.
Our recent outdoor living combination project in Dallas is a prime example of how our custom designs are truly irresistible.
When we met with these homeowners, their existing outdoor living area consisted of only a simple concrete slab patio accessible from a pair of french doors off the back of the home. These clients yearned for so much more! They yearned for a multi-faceted and multi-functional space that would give them the freedom of open-air and protected enjoyment. After listening to their needs and desires, and taking the home’s architecture and landscape into consideration, this is exactly the kind of space we created for them.
— Backyard before we began the project.
The sum of all its parts create a whole outdoor living room
The area we designed and built includes a screened porch with an outdoor kitchen//serving area, a spacious patio with a custom fire feature, and more. What is so beneficial about this type of design is how each element works in unison with the other. Different zones were created to address each function these homeowners wanted to enjoy in their backyard. Much like a well-oiled machine, each zone flows into another and unifies to feel like one large outdoor living room.
Working from the home outward is the screened porch addition. The screened porch was designed with a gable roof. We left the end of the gable open to bring the most benefit within the interior of the porch. The open end allows for air circulation and natural light to flow into the room. By using the Screeneze screening system, we were able to convey an open and airy feel within the porch. This is because Screeneze can span wider distances than the traditional screening method delivering unobstructed views. Their tagline is Bringing the Outdoors In, and that is certainly what this screened method does.
The homeowners wanted a more rustic and natural look for the porch floor, to satisfy this request we installed a KDAT pressure treated wooden floor. KDAT is kiln-dried to give you the appearance of a composite with the natural beauty and character of real wood. Dried to its original moisture content in a controlled environment, the wood dries evenly to minimize the natural tendency of freshly treated lumber to shrink, cup, or warp. For added impact, Archadeck of NE Dallas-Southlake also installed the flooring using a patchwork design. We stained the floor in Dark Walnut and used extra Walnut along the border for contrast.
Within the screened porch we also built a bar along the left wall. The bar will serve for easy food preparation and serving with easy access to the homeowner’s Big Green Egg located just a stone’s throw as you exit the porch by way of the screened french doors. The custom kitchen/bar/workspace area includes a bar top and along the bottom is a convenient fridge, trash cans, drawers, and a spice rack. We finished the bar using the same hardscape elements we used throughout the space, which include chopped Granbury gray stone with gray Lueder’s stone tops.
Within the porch, there are many custom finish details that help tie the whole space together with the home. These include painting the brick wall gray in keeping with the color palette chosen for this project along with an alternate exit/entry by way of a single screened door that descends into a custom hardscape path leading to the garage and driveway. We also made sure no creature comfort was overlooked in this porch design. The porch has infrared radiant heating, ceiling fans, recessed canned lighting, and an integrated sound system.
Moving outside to the lovely stain and stamp patio, you will notice there is ample space for additional open-air entertaining and enjoyment. The patio was finished using a flagstone pattern in Winter Gray with a Charcoal release. You will also notice the steps and skirting is the same KDAT kiln-dried wood we used on the porch floor. Located on the patio is the star of the show — the custom outdoor fire feature!
This custom backyard fire feature is a real head turner with its rectangular design and custom L-shaped seating wall! The fire pit is gas-burning with glass beads and the seating wall features custom upholstered bench cushions. This fire pit area is a true statement piece and adds so much to the entire design of the space even when not in use.
Lovely and livable outdoor living spaces
These Dallas homeowners are elated with their new outdoor living room! As your Dallas-area outdoor living space expert, we realize the value of combining enclosed spaces, like screened porches and screened patios, with an open-air space such as a deck or patio. Screened porches are a stylish outdoor living solution for your home, and offer true extensions of livable square footage.
As the area, premier screened porch builder, materials used to build your screened-in porches are thoughtfully planned around your home’s existing design. Archadeck of Northeast Dallas-Southlake can utilize matching siding, masonry, and paint choices to complement your home’s style and your personal design tastes. Contact us today to learn more and to schedule your free design consultation!
You can reach us at (972) 433-7526