A Study in Harmony: Eclectic Outdoor Room Unites Function and Form
The Lotus team was tasked with creating a unique and modern outdoor room for a beautiful home in Scio Township. The couple wanted a space that allowed them to enjoy the outdoors in true comfort, without compromising on style. Year-round access was a must – the space should be able to serve as an entertainment hub as effectively in winter as it could in summer. Their priorities included cooking options, watching movies, hosting, and seamless access.
We arrived on-site with the first task being to replace an aging and dated pressure-treated deck. With the client, we designed a dark-toned Trex deck, designed with a delicate curve to complement both the house and the landscape. From the beginning, we knew this decking would form the basis of the rest of the new design, balancing the stone elements with its warm wood finish and the new outdoor room.
We started by expanding the deck to meet the house and created a cedar-dressed timber structure to enclose the space. A bluestone patio was built into the contour of the decking, increasing the floor plan and providing a distinct outdoor section. This curved design was crucial to combining the different elements into a cohesive whole.
We created a new cooking area, formed of two freestanding kitchen units with smooth granite countertops. Designer Traven echoed this cool stone detail by constructing a new staircase from the same granite, adding function and form to a previously overlooked section. A small herb garden was set up near the kitchen to allow for easy access while cooking.
With the key structural elements in place, we started on the details. A firepit was constructed in the room, and large outdoor screens were mounted to create an alfresco movie house. This created a cozy, natural-feeling space that would provide a welcoming sanctuary for the family through all four seasons.
Budgeted at $60k+, the project was completed in just six weeks