Outdoor Fireplace, Outdoor Kitchen
What originally started in a backyard that was overwhelmed with trees and underbrush (the clay soil kept the ground wet and soggy), the area was made usable with some smart updates. The project’s main focus: allow for proper drainage while accommodating large groups for entertaining and providing cozy, intimate spaces.
The homeowners had a substantial “wish list,” and we were able to deliver on ALL of their desires. Outdoor cooking and dining were must-haves, so we provided a large granite countertop, a massive grill, a full-size sink, and custom cabinets – all nestled under an arbor with lights and fans. The space also includes a large dining area where 6 can dine comfortably. The outdoor living room is spacious enough for guests but cozy enough for two to warm themselves by the large brick fireplace. Another design plus: the fireplace hearth provides additional seating, while very conveniently hiding a TV.
We designed multi-purpose planters so they could provide additional seating when needed. Tucked in one corner is seating for two, creating a perfect spot to enjoy morning coffee or a private conversation. Likewise, the swing under its own pergola is inviting and a family favorite.
Cosmetically, we maximized the existing courtyard by carrying the same pavers into the space which provided a sense of unity, and the bricks used for the fireplace and in other areas were selected to match those of the home, providing a sense of visual continuity. This family’s personal oasis will be enjoyed for many years to come!