2021 Outdoor Living Planning Guide: Project Profiles

Remodelers from coast to coast extend living spaces to take advantage of scenic views as well as opportunities for cooking and entertaining.

authors Kyle Clapham | April 14, 2021

Jackson & LeRoy
Location: Highland, Utah
Square footage: 1,470
Project cost: $400,000

BEFORE

While constructing the home in 2016, the company knew the owners planned to build a pool in the area at a later date between the two lines of Greenspire linden trees. The pool-house design offers just the right amount of space to accommodate the needs of the pool area. One of the new buildings stores mechanical equipment, while the other serves as a restroom for kids/swimmers.

The trellis between these two new structures creates a cohesiveness and mirrors the trellis on the opposite end of the pool. An existing outdoor fireplace has become two-sided for the dining area on one side and a new hot tub on the other side. The traditional architecture and landscaping—which has had five years to mature—make the house and pool feel like they were established long ago.

Products
Bluestone patio
Hydrazzo pool plaster with3x7 vertical basalt stone tiles
Vertical cedar lap siding on pool house
Jeld-Wen wood windows

Photos: Joshua Caldwell Photography


Ryan Hughes Design Build
Location: Tampa, Florida
Square footage: 5,320
Designer: Ryan Hughes
Landscape architect: Jeff Zock

BEFORE

The clients wanted to offer family and guests the finest in outdoor living, so the company enclosed thousands of square feet under an engineered, arched ceiling. The truly chic outdoor rooms range from a Koi pond patio to a state-of-the-art equipped outdoor kitchen, and an illuminated sofa to a glass-tile-cladded art wall—all of it surrounded by shimmering water and contemporary lighting.

A sunken fire pit appears to float within the 1,720-square-foot pool, while black Mexican pebbles border the similarly colored tile-perimeter overflow spa. From their perch on a glistening tile sun shelf, the walls along the pool illustrate the mix of water features. A raised ipe wood deck next to the Koi pond provides a unique outdoor area with lounge chairs and modern giant pebble seating.

Products
Mosaicist black glass
Brown Jordan lounge chairs
Ledge Lounger chaise lounges
Patio Renaissance plush seating

Photos: Jimi Smith Photography


Bluestone Construction
Location: Fairview, N.C.
Square footage: 2,700
Project cost: $500,000
Architect/designer: Wayland Shamburger

Along with remodeling the entire home, the owners sought to add a huge outdoor living space to take advantage of its mountain views. The original house had no more than a set of stairs down to a steep, grassy field. The scope of the project entailed a pool with infinity edge; hot tub with vanishing edge; fire pit with recessed seating area; outdoor kitchen; and a covered seating area.

The location of the structure on the steep mountainside, which consisted of mostly clay, required extensive engineering work. A large, terrace-level entertaining area now incorporates an infinity-edge pool, hot tub, outdoor kitchen, fireplace and sunken fire pit. Landscaping the home became the final change needed to transform the whole look of the outdoor area and the property overall.

Products
Kolbe Ultra windows
Custom cedar siding
Custom masonry

Photos: Carl Amoth Photography


Allen Construction
Location: Los Angeles
Square footage: 5,700 (home); 1,000 (addition)

BEFORE

While tackling a whole-house remodel and addition, the young family wanted to create a space outdoors that they could enjoy but also use for entertaining. Located in a historical preservation zone, the home faced restrictions on what could be done to its visible front and side elevations, so the challenge became how to blend a modern, outdoor living area with its 1920s architecture.

After expanding the garage into a four-car garage with an office, bathroom and a pool house, the company set up a fully equipped outdoor kitchen with an overhead heating system for year-round enjoyment. The masonry fireplace and linear waterfall help generate a cozy place to unwind, and large doors that open from the family room to a trellis loggia produce a truly indoor/outdoor feel.

Products
Sedona by Lynx gas grill and exhaust hood
Sub-Zero 24” outdoor under-counter refrigerator
Kohler Prolific sink
Natural Stone countertop
Masonry fireplace
Linear Waterfall with seating bench

Photos: Michelle Larson, Larson Group Creative


Anthony Wilder Design/Build
Location: Potomac, Maryland
Square footage: 295 (main porch); 283 (deck); 75 (grilling area)
Architect: Marian Vaias
Estimator/craftsman: Steve Spohr
Lead carpenter/master craftsman: Mike Marion

BEFORE

The clients sought a multifunctional, indoor-outdoor living space that could be sophisticated and uniquely modern. Although the idea of an all-season room enticed them, the added expenses of insulating—plus heating and cooling—the new area became prohibitive. Instead, they pursued a three-season indoor-outdoor room that integrates technology to make it usable almost year-round.

Wood beams painted to look like steel add support and scale to the space and store the electrical, which saved on costs. To extend the use of the three-season room, the design team incorporated removable glass and screen panels—including powered screens for the garage door—and ceiling fans and a heated tile floor. Many of the elements can be operated remotely via a mobile device.

Products
Western Red Cedar trim and siding
Eldorado Stone

Photos: John Cole

Cascade Fence & Deck
Location: Hockinson, Washington
Square footage: 1,000
Project cost: $140,000

BEFORE

With an existing “man cave” in the upstairs of his garage, the homeowner had a vision to extend that space outdoors. The company installed an exterior door and built a deck outside the upstairs room and also added a large deck below, so that he could have a hot tub, fire pit, lounge area and an outdoor kitchen. A spiral staircase creates access from the upper-story deck to the main deck.

The new outdoor living space enables the client to host large parties for football games and other events. Features on the deck include a waterproof area, outdoor kitchen, speakers, lighting, composite decking and cable railing, plus stone-skirting to generate storage underneath the deck.

Products
Deckorators decking
James Hardie siding
Cultured Stone

Photos: Cascade Fence & Deck


Michael Nash Design Build & Homes
Location: Centreville, Virginia
Square footage: 1,176 (porcelain covered deck); 324 (covered porch)

BEFORE

After having their dream home built on a 5-acre lot, the owners turned their attention to the outdoors because they frequently entertain large group events. Once they met with the design staff, the blueprints for a two-story backyard extravaganza soon followed. The first level, a big flagstone patio in a circular setting, contains a built-in kitchen and grill and is surrounded by seating walls.

This space also highlights a wood-burning stone fireplace and four columns with post lights. The other part of the patio has been covered with beaded cedar paneling, facing a linear gas fireplace, and features a sprawling bar with granite top. Above, the second floor provides a large porcelain-covered deck that leads to the staircase and offers a breathtaking view of the wooded backyard.

Products
Recessed infrared ceiling heaters
Wrought iron bronze French belly railing system
LED column lights
Dark bronze metal roof

Photos: Michael Nash Design Build & Homes


CG&S Design-Build
Location: Austin, Texas

BEFORE

Following the replacement of their front and back porch doors with modern steel doors, the homeowners sought to update their exterior to better highlight the contemporary changes. They did not want to make the house unrecognizable but rather frame its existing light-colored brickwork with new siding, as well as new steel support posts and windows inspired by the darker steel doors.

The updates modernized the home while maintaining the character, and the new design included two new closets for the kids, which allowed for the addition of the second-level balcony that provides additional lounge seating and scenic views over the swimming pool. With this exterior renovation, the company created contrast, definition and sleek lines to bring the house up to date.

Photos: Ryan Davis

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