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Outdoor Living Room Elements

June 2016 Cedar Ceiling

Custom Cedar Ceiling

This ceiling is made with a smooth cedar and stained with a clear finish. It has a vaulted center section with a hand-painted tin ceiling from which the chandelier hangs.

Audio Video


A surround system is installed with a large TV over the fireplace. A smaller TV is inside the garage window over the hot tub.


Custom-Built Fireplace

The long horizontal opening of this fireplace creates a more contemporary look and opens on both sides to visually expand the area a little bit more. It has two shades of gray slate and a basket weave tile accent. The mantel is made out of quartzite to match the kitchen counter.

Outdoor Deck


This home is on a pier and beam foundation so a deck was necessary. The homeowner chose composite decking for easy maintenance. The small yard has a large tree so construction had to take care to not damage the tree and allow for water to reach its roots once the deck was in place.



This space incorporates carriage lights, indirect lighting, a large chandelier, pendant light and step lights in the levels of the composite deck.

Steel Railings


Columns A powder coat on the steel was also used on custom railing to match.

Outdoor Kitchen


Kitchen This kitchen includes a grill with magic view window, fridge and stainless steel cabinets. It also includes a quartzite counter and basket weave and slate pattern.

Outdoor Seating


A seat wall coming off the kitchen area provides additional seating for guests while entertaining. Behind the couch, a counter-height bar-type table allows for a separate dining area plus a sitting area. A hot but is placed outside the covered area but is used as a part of the main living space.

Electric Seating

Electric Heaters

Electric heaters are placed above the doors. Coupled with the fireplace, this makes the room suitable for wintertime. The space also includes fans to keep the air moving in the summertime.



The roof of the patio cover is a hip roof that matches the pitch of the home. Beams were pocketed into the house wall per code and roof connected to the original roof with lay downs that were screwed into the rafters of the home.