Outdoor Living Space
About The Project
The homeowners bought their house on the lake a few years ago, and decided that it was time to take advantage of the waterfront views by enhancing the outdoor living experience of their home. Of course, the biggest challenge is always “how do we accomplish this”?
An engineer was called in to inspect the existing deck which was deemed to be structurally unsafe. Once it was determined that the deck needed to be removed, the client asked Keystone to create a design that would utilize as much space as possible year round. The plan incorporated an outdoor kitchen and an outdoor living room under the new deck. Tennessee field stone was applied to the wall surrounding the fireplace and recessed TV, and a custom barn door was made to close off the TV when not in use. Undercover Systems, Inc. installed ceiling panels under the deck boards to catch water, and the built-in gutters and downspouts are incorporated in the cedar support columns. The dead space under the lower deck/outdoor kitchen is now storage for the kayaks with easy access to the lake. Designing the doors to disguise their functionality was important since they face the lake. The shadow wall design for the side wall of kayak storage allows plenty of ventilation to enable wet lake accessories to dry while in storage. Additionally, the landscape design included a hot tub and a separate sitting area complete with Adirondack chairs and a fire pit for making s’mores and roasting hot dogs!
Last but not least, the old screen porch that was off of the kitchen was converted into a sun room. The transformation of this previously dark and gloomy porch into a bright and cheerful space would lift anyone’s spirits. This unique outdoor living area is now perfect for entertaining or just enjoying the view almost any day of the year.
Photos by Jim Schmid Photography