A small outdoor space but you’d never know it!
Take a look at a couple of the pictures from this space and all of the customized and personalized details. It’s cozy and carries the feel of a secret luxury hideaway or a European terrace. We tried to use every square inch effectively.
When the owners purchased this gorgeous Green Hills home, it had only a very small back yard with a small raised concrete patio. They were looking for an oasis that provided privacy through great design. They wanted an outdoor space with all the trimmings. That’s our kind of challenge.
We started with the screened porch. The space allowed for a long slender room. We came up with shutters on the back wall to allow lots of light but they acts as a great privacy feature. We created a super tall porch to line up with the gutter lines. Having height on a small space makes it seem bigger. This 11′ x 19′ porch goes up to almost 20′ at its peak.
The french doors leading out to the screened porch have an arched transom detail. You’ll see that we carried the arch motif throughout the design including the screened windows and even out to the outer gate.
Many of our customers prefer an exposed rafter ceiling. We mixed the formal walls with the casual ceiling. This unique ceiling has painted rafters but stained sheathing. We often design a casual roof with formal walls which our customers love.
You may notice the star of the show in this picture. In addition to being man’s best friend, Murphy works with his owner at local hospitals to provide caring affection to patients. Murphy also needs a place to relax after his long days’ work.
Murphy has one more private space although you’d never know it by looking at pictures. If you look closely at the picture above, there is a door between the screened porch and the brick wall. Behind that wall is Murphy’s private backyard space.
We added a tile floor on top of the concrete patio. The wall is a low beadboard wall. We used boxed columns which are outfitted with coach lights which serve the double purpose of adding to the ambiance while providing light. The ceiling fan includes a light and we also have track lighting pointed up at the ceiling. This is another feature we often have. By pointing the track lighting at the ceiling, it illuminates the ceiling while allowing some light to spill back down into the room.
Moving outside to the patio area, we build a paver patio surrounded by a lovely decorative brick wall. The back wall has an arbor and on an alcove is a small outdoor kitchen. One of my favorite features is the gate door. It’s made of ipe. Ipe is a Brazilian hardwood that’s super strong and super heavy. In addition to having a gorgeous deep rich color, it won’t splinter or fall apart and termites will not eat it. You’ll notice how the arch motif is continued on to the door.
If you’re considering building a porch at your Nashville-area home, give us a call for a free consultation at 615-469-1391. We look forward to your call.