Built an Outdoor RoomOpen to the elements and topped with a standing-seam metal roof, the new 15- by 17-foot structure is a year-round getaway. The stucco fireplace keeps it warm and cozy during the winter, while the 16-foot-high vaulted ceiling helps with airflow during warmer months. To add visual texture, Calder had the backer board of the far wall painted turquoise. Taupe-colored planks were then applied to the wall with enough space between them to allow a bit of the blue to peek through.
Added Extra Amenities
With its plush seating, dimmer-controlled chandelier, and flat-screen TV (to the right of the fireplace), this outdoor room has all the comforts of its indoor counterpart. On the left of the fireplace, a built-in cabinet with a 2 3/4-inch-thick soapstone counter houses a bar on top and a stocked mini-fridge below.
Before: An empty plot of dirt left the Clarks without space for outdoor living and lacked charm—and grass!