As it gets warmer outside, it’s inevitable that we start to think about gathering our family and friends for backyard cookouts. Outdoor entertaining has exploded from the picnic tables and grills of our childhood. These days, we want to shade our guests from the hot sun with pergolas, pavilions, or covered patios and warm them on cool evenings with rustic seating around fire pits or perhaps slightly more refined gatherings near fireplaces.
This project was all about bringing the inside out. The homeowners had renovated their Granville, Ohio, home a few years prior, creating an open floor plan inside. Now, they wanted to bring the same feeling of wide, open spaces to their backyard area.
The rear of their house faces west, making shade essential. And since the weather is so unpredictable, a large covered area ensures that outdoor entertaining can ensue rain or shine. Ceiling fans keep the air moving so guests can stay cool on hot, breeze-less days. Skylights let in natural light during the day, and recessed lighting keeps the area well-lit at night.
The large covered area is anchored by a custom stone-wrapped Rumford fireplace. Rumford fireplaces are built shallow and tall so that longer logs (up to 36 inches long) can be stood upright while burning to maximize the amount of heat returned to the space.
Two open sky areas bookend the covered area, one for dining and the other for lounging, providing several seating options for family and friends. Whether they want to soak up the sun or bask in the light of a full moon, when the weather is right this family can dine or lounge al fresco.
The homeowners and their children loved the idea of a rustic fire pit, reminiscent of a campfire. Situated at the edge of the woods, the fire pit area is far enough from the house to feel secluded but close enough to make cleanup easy. Prefect for roasting marshmallows, unwinding with a glass of wine, or simply enjoying the warm glow of the fire while gazing at the stars above, these homeowners are sure to spend many summer nights around this inviting fire pit.
Rain or shine, hot or cold, this multi-area outdoor living space is ready for an all-night party or day long relaxation. Whether with friends and family or just a quiet evening for themselves, these homeowners love the new outdoor addition to their home.
Before the Ketron team designs an outdoor entertaining area, a great deal of time is spent learning what the family wants and how they entertain. It’s our job to listen and understand what they hope to achieve. Throughout the preliminary discussions, we are constantly gathering information. Once everyone is on the same page, then it’s time for creative solutions.
We have worked with Ketron Custom Builders on 4 projects, a large backyard patio and outdoor fireplace, beer taps, custom interior barn door and interior remodeling/basement project. Their workmanship and attention to detail is outstanding. Travis and Shari have a great process, including thorough and creative designs and ideas and great customer service throughout the entire project. The final products have exceeded our expectations. The project managers are also excellent craftsman, as well as people you can trust to be in your home when you are not. We certainly would recommend them for any project and will definitely be continuing to use them in the future.
Want a great outdoor living space for barbeques and entertaining? Ketron Custom Builders can design and build a backyard area perfect for any occasion. Call us with your ideas and let’s get started.