Company: Neil Kelly Company
Designer: Matt Sipes
Location: West Linn, Oregon
Square footage: 900
Project cost: $229,000
The homeowners wanted their new outdoor living space to employ an open concept while being shielded from the elements year-round. They sought a design that could blend with the existing house and would look natural in their forested backyard. The existing deck needed fresh boards and guardrails as well as some framing repair in order to support the weight of any new decking.
A new roof, supported by the house and columns set directly on the ground, helps minimize the weight added to the existing deck. Maintaining the same footprint, its angles were used to create more seating and a custom-built storage bench. Clerestory windows between the two roof planes allow additional light into the space and protect against the wet climate of the Pacific Northwest.
Lanai Heat & Glo Gas Fireplace
Twin Eagles 39-in. Electric Heater
Delta Cassidy Faucet
Elkay Quartz Sink
Carson Outdoor Chandelier by Hinkley Lighting
Coyote BBQ, Side Burner and Refrigerator
Photos: Darius Kuzmickas/KuDa Photography
Company: Ryan Hughes Design Build
Location: Tampa, Florida
Square footage: 5,000
Project cost: $600,000
From an initial request for a (seemingly) floating circular fireside lounge, the company drafted a complex yet calmly cohesive outdoor design. The pool area with a circular fire patio beckons its guests from the moment they enter the front of the residence. A dining area and bar with modern seating and a stainless kitchen are surrounded by textural elements such as natural ipe hardwood.
The company designed the dramatic outdoor entertainment lounge with custom sight and sound built within a wall covered with four 50-inch TVs. Cladded with stone veneer and glass tile, this audio-visual wall flows into an adjacent hearth area. Additional lounging and deck spaces, a spa and natural plantings help complete the well-appointed, but unconfined, outdoor transformation.
Lightstream Glass Tiles
Grand Effects Fire Chandeliers
Grand Effects 8-ft. Linear Fire Inserts, Burners
Sakura Chaise Lounges
Raised Ice Wood Deck
Skyline Design Christy Hanging Chair
Patio Renaissance Sofa and Love Seats
Fire Magic Outdoor Kitchen
Norstone Stone Veneer
Tumbled Travertine Pavers
Photos: Joe Traina Photography
Company: Sun Design Remodeling
Location: Oakton, Virginia
Square footage: 1,425
Project cost: $382,820
The clients sought an extension of their indoor kitchen to the outdoors while also creating a place where the family could spend more time together. A screened porch with an interior feel features a stacked-stone gas fireplace and a sliding window to access the indoor galley. The open deck area includes a sunken hot tub, a large wood-burning fireplace and a grilling station with a beverage center.
A cedar pergola with ceiling fans defines the grilling and dining spaces, which utilize retractable shades for relief from the sun. The outdoor kitchen contains a built-in gas grill, refrigerator, ice maker, sink to dump beverages or use as an ice tub, and a stainless oval grill for baking, roasting and smoking. Stacked stone ties in with the accent around the gas fireplace in the screened porch.
Trex Transcend Decking and Railing
Wolf Gas Grill
Vintage Woodworks Exterior Barn Door
Signature Hardware Trough Sink
Sunbrella Fabric Crest Birch
TEC Power Grout
Rustic Gold Panel Stacked Stone
Rough Sawn Cedar Decking Lattice
Photos: Greg Hadley Photography
Company: Judd Builders
Location: Fletcher, North Carolina
Square footage: 11,000
Project cost: $2.5 million
Situated on 28 acres about 13 miles south of Asheville, the estate encompasses a 12,000 square-foot European-style main house and a cabin guest house. The project started as a remodel of the interior of the home, but the scope of work expanded to include exterior items such as the timber frame pavilion and outdoor entertainment space, where the owners can host one of their parties or fundraisers.
The grandiose pavilion features a gourmet kitchen with a serving bar that makes use of accordion windows. A sweeping outdoor entertainment space incorporates a grilling area, stone pizza oven, fireplace, fire pit, infinity pool with jacuzzi, and two waterfalls. The owners organize a variety of social functions, including their annual Fourth of July party and some philanthropic events.
Metal Roof from ABC Supply Co.
Marvin Windows and Doors
Mouser Cabinets from Advance Cabinetry
Ferguson Appliances Carolina Timberworks
Photos: Ryan Theede
Location: Alpharetta, Georgia
Square footage: 3,500+
Project cost: $607,000
The clients wanted usable square footage despite their sloped backyard, and they also asked for an outdoor kitchen and a custom hot tub big enough to practice Eskimo rolls with a kayak. The project had a hard completion date because the homeowners planned to host a graduation party on the finished product. A multilevel deck maximizes the amount of dry living space available.
The upper porch has a 14-foot bi-fold door that connects to the living room and a 12-foot power screen that opens up to the deck. A watertight upper level allows for the full bar below, while a covered pavilion contains a full outdoor kitchen and 10-foot teak table. The new bi-fold kitchen window leads to a serving bar on the open deck, and the lower porch opens into an in-law suite.
Trex Transcend Decking Spiced Rum
Trex Rain Escapes Watertight System
Trex Low Voltage Lighting
Fortress AL 13 Aluminum Handrail
Bull BBQ Outdoor Kitchen Products
Big Ass Fans
Photos: John Lea, Decksouth
Company: Lindross Remodeling
Location: Safety Harbor, Florida
Square footage: 3,000 (1,500 party deck/1,500 downstairs)
Project cost: $500,000
Surrounded by water, the front of the house faces Tampa Bay while the back of the home sits on Alligator Lake. The owners love to entertain and desired an outdoor living space for their kids to enjoy as they got older. The husband went to college at the University of Michigan, and his wife attended the University of Florida—hence the divided school design for the new basketball court.
The backyard integrates a putting green just off the travertine patio, and the clients made sure to put in a wood-burning fire pit close to the lake. The company installed LED rope lighting around the stairs for accent lighting at night, as well as an audio-visual system that produces great sound when playing music and enlivens the action when watching football games on the two large TVs.
24 x 24 Silver Travertine Premium Select Pavers
Emerald Pearl & Caesarstone Organic White Quartz
Majestic Gas Fireplace
Napoleon Wall Torches
Fire Magic Outdoor Kitchen
Easy Fit Savannah Ledgestone
Wahoo Dry Deck System
Synergy Cypress Ceiling in Colonial
Frontgate Outdoor Furniture
Sport Court of Tampa Bay
Mockett Pop-Up Outlets
Dan’s Fans Outdoor Fans
Retractable Roll-Down Screens by Florida Screens
Photos: Johan Roetz, Vision Photography
Company: Mom’s Design Build
Designer: Heather Sweeney
Location: Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota
Square footage: 1,100
Project cost: $500,000+
A couple enjoyed their premier waterfront setting but craved relief from the heat and glare of the intense afternoon sun along their west-facing yard. They needed an attractive solution that would draw people outdoors and extend the season without compromising the lake views. The designer, nevertheless, worked under strict shoreline management to create a convenient and comfortable outdoor space.
The versatile Arcadia pergola offers respite from a hot sun, and each of the four aluminum purlin sections can be controlled individually or simultaneously. When closed, the pergola diverts water and keeps the area dry so the clients don’t have to move inside or reschedule parties. Water flows to the perimeter frame and disappears within columns on its way to an underground drain tile system.
Photos: Justin Bullis
Company: Harwick Homes
Location: Bonita Springs, Florida
Square footage: 1,855 (850 renovated/1,005 added)
Project cost: $1.1 million
The homeowners searched for the right lot to build on but, after a period of time, they decided to stay put and make changes to fit their taste and lifestyle. They sought to develop a new outdoor living space to actively entertain large groups of guests. The clients opted for a detached cabana along the rear property line, and they wanted an outdoor kitchen area near a fire pit and spa.
They also requested a larger swimming pool, so the company removed the existing pool and pool deck and started from scratch. The outdoor kitchen space had to be free of bugs and needed some functionality because the owners didn’t want to spend any time shutting down for the season. Its structure incorporates custom motorized hurricane shutters that deploy with the push of a button.
Aluminum Pool Cage
Boral Saxony 900 Slate Concrete Roof Florida Blend
Blanco Diamond Silgranit Undermount Sink
Kohler Plumbing Fixtures
Pompeii Quartz, Granite and Azul Macaubas Countertops
Jandy Pool Equipment
Photos: Giovanni Photography QR