Warth Construction Inc., Highlands, N.C.
The existing deck was open to the elements, and the homeowners wanted an enclosed space that could be used for parties and social gatherings throughout the year. They wanted several seating areas, an outdoor grill, a dining area with seating for eight, and a large masonry fireplace that was to be the center of the space. The new space features rustic details, such as forged iron hardware, copper vents and gutters and a wrought iron lighting fixture. A stone floor was installed in the covered portion of the deck, and ipe wood was used for the exterior portions.
Huseby Homes LLC, Nashville, Tenn.
The owners of a recently purchased spec house wanted to transform the backyard with a new pool and landscaping as well as screened porch with a masonry wood burning fireplace; pool pavilion with a bathroom and outdoor shower; and an arbor. The project made use of Old Carolina brick, a limestone fireplace surround and a Pennsylvania bluestone pool deck. Coordinating the project with several designers, including a landscape designer, interior designer and an architectural millwork designer, was a challenge, as was a snowy winter and wet spring. Drainage issues also had to be addressed.
Lamar Design, Winter Park, Fla.
Although the owners of a 1930s Spanish Mediterranean house enjoyed outdoor activities, there was no covered outdoor space to escape the Florida sun nor was there space to grill. The project scope was to design an outdoor living pavilion that supported cooking and entertaining while staying true to the architectural character of the home. Included in the new space were a fireplace, pizza oven, sink, grill area, television, dining table and seating. A delicate balance was achieved between the functionality of the new area and keeping enough green space for sports activities.
CG&S Design-Build, Austin, Texas
The owners of this central-city home parked on a concrete slab and entered their home through a gate and a small courtyard. As part of an exterior improvement package, the courtyard was enlarged and a carport added for security, at the same time improving the home’s curb appeal. At the back of the home, screened porches were added at the request of the owners, who are avid birdwatchers and gardeners. Interior details include decorative sconces, copper gutter cove lighting, an integrated sound system and custom-designed end tables.
Marrokal Design and Remodeling Co., San Diego, Calif.
Creating outdoor living space around a modernist bungalow on a 50-by-52-foot lot was no small task. Cast-in-place concrete slabs created a versatile patio, dog run or triple-deep off-street parking. The side yard serves as an outdoor theater in summer, where images are projected on the façade of the house. Rectilinear forms and patterns created by wood and concrete slabs and translucent panels dictate different area functions. Fire and water features further define the space. Drought resistant landscaping, low-voltage garden lighting and a sheer-descent fountain that functions as a modern moat make for a varied yet cohesive outdoor living experience.