This truly was a fun project for us because there were so many moving parts that required attention to detail, but we were up for the challenge! This client wanted to have a lot of features packed into a tight space, yet allow for storage to be present but not clearly visible to her guests. After removing the existing pressure treated deck, we knew we had to break this outdoor living space into rooms to include all of the items on this client’s wish list, without portraying a cluttered or overwhelming feeling. Creating a low maintenance space was in the forefront, which is why we chose to construct the deck out of TimberTech composite decking material. Tying all of the rooms together was also key, so the focal point would be the main chase which houses a cozy fireplace at the basement level of the home, and the grilling station on the top level.
This client loves to cook, so we created a kitchen fit for royalty. This kitchen features a stainless steel outdoor grill, a custom glass tile backsplash behind the grill, outdoor rated refrigerator, and plenty of storage. We installed a single piece of rounded bluestone into the chase above the grilling station to cover the cook while they are creating their culinary masterpieces. The bar area in front of the grilling station is constructed with a honed titanium granite countertop and can comfortably seat seven people. We also allowed for enough room on this level to include space for a dining room table and extra chairs to relax in, all under a custom engineered wooden pergola that is completed with LED down lights built into the shade beams. The design for the pergola was minimal with only one post to support it. So while the pergola provides structure, there still is an open feeling beyond the black powder-coated perimeter railings.
Following the LED lit stairs to the basement level, it would be easy to miss the storage underneath the switchback staircase. This hidden storage area is disguised in the same material that was used for the decking. The underside of the deck was outfitted with a water catchment system to create a dry space for uninterrupted relaxation. The ceiling is complete with an outdoor ceiling fan to keep a breeze moving and dimmable recessed lighting to allow for different mood settings while lounging by the gas-lit fireplace. We created a partition in the fence and under deck structure to be completed with a window and a self-closing pool code gate as an extra precaution. One of our goals was to allow the kids to run free in the yard without a worry that they would be able to play around the pool unsupervised. To finish off the basement area, we installed a Sunbright outdoor rated television above the fireplace with additional speakers above the archways to give the client a surround sound effect. The backyard is complete with a Bose sound system for the perfect entertainment package.
To make sure this backyard project doesn’t feel as though it was built years after the home, all design work and materials were chosen to match the existing home as closely as possible. All stone used in the fireplace and kitchen chase perfectly matches the stone used on the front of the house to keep everything cohesive with the look and feeling for the overall project. We were able to take this incomplete backyard area and transform it into a comfortable and beautiful place to dine, relax and entertain!
This before picture shows the incompleteness of the backyard. We needed to create a space that had all of the homeowner's wishlist items included, but also create a nice inside-outside flow to get to the pool area.
From another angle, you can get another sense of the backyard's disconnect. This space was screaming for a plan to connect all outdoor features, for all ages.
The older second floor pressure treated deck lacked enough space to entertain, and was starting to show it's age. The pavers leading from the basement to the pool area are not ideal for safety or bare feet.
Creating custom 3D renderings of our designs is pivital in the design-built process. Here, the client can see the space as a whole and how it will function before any ground is broken.
Through our full-color 3D models, the client can fly through the project, inspecting each feature and how it will function within their space.
These renderings really set the scene; you can see clients actively imagining themselves within the space.
Even from 3D renderings, it is easy to gain a sense of how the spaces will make a client feel.
Construction starts, and you can see the fireplace and grill area chase starting to take shape. Our Lancaster-based partners are second-to-none when it comes to skill and dedication to the project.
Each of our projects is hand-crafted and exudes detail at every corner.
While construction is happening, we take the extra steps to ensure the project is always clean and tidy. Construction is a dirty job, but we are always proactive to keep the mess to a minimum.
The masons are masters of their craft. Each stone is strategically placed to create the perfect veneer on the chase.
One of the designated dining spaces overlooks the swimming pool. This is perfect for those who want to keep an eye on the kids, but still have their own personal space to enjoy the outdoors.
This space went from disconnected to the full-package! The second floor now has enough space to cook, dine and entertain, while the ground floor is ready for relaxation and poolside entertainment.
The ground-floor fireplace is perfect for those evening snuggles, ready to relax after a long day.
Designated areas for poolside chairs has never made lounging so easy.
The second floor deck area is perfect for the morning coffee or an evening nightcap.
The second floor cooking station uses the same chase as the ground-floor fireplace. The cooking area doubles as a barside dining and social area for the chef. The open concept allows for all family members or guests to interract without being closed off while cooking or relaxing.
The outdoor kitchen is well-lit at night, so the fun doesn't have to stop once the sun goes down.
The ground-level patio is shielded from the elements and provides the perfect space to enjoy a nice fire and watch the big game. The Bose surround sound system gives that little something extra to the space, to enhance the mood.