At Archadeck Outdoor Living, our motto is “better building by design.” Each one of our projects is custom designed and built with the homeowners needs and tastes in mind. How the space functions as room is integral in any living space design, be it indoors or outdoors, and how one person uses a space can be vastly different than the next. It’s our job to take the clients’ needs and create a space that not only looks beautiful but will truly work for them.
This recent project from our deck builder outside of Denver is a great example of creating space that’s perfect for the homeowners. When designing this covered porch, the clients were clear: they wanted a space where they could cook, eat and relax outdoors when the weather was nice. They didn’t want it to be cramped and it needed to blend into the overall style of the home.
The Archadeck team knew the most important thing for this family was to create a well-equipped outdoor kitchen. It needed space for preparation, cooking and serving and needed to be the center of the structure. A U-shaped kitchen was created with everything a chef could want, including eating space for when the cooking is complete.
To ensure that the space could be used most of the ear, the Colorado weather needed to be addressed. Sometimes it’s hot, sometimes it’s cold and sometimes, it’s just right. For the warm months, the covered porch will provide some reprieve from the heat by providing shade, but even then it could be warm, so a large ceiling fan was mounted in the middle of the porch to provide some air flow. For the cooler months, two additions were strategically added to the design. As you can see there is a beautiful outdoor fireplace in the corner. It’s a focal point of the entire porch, but we weren’t sure it would be enough to keep people outdoors. In addition to the fire feature, two heaters were installed in the ceiling as well, heating the area below and instantly increasing its function.
The finishes on the entire space were all about blending it all together with the home. Knotty woods and natural stacked stone were used to complement and follow the house’s color palette and finishes to make it look as if the space had always been there.