The homeowners started with the additon of a Florida Room- a mostly glass room designed to bring you closer to the outdoors. The room is climate controlled, lets in lots of light and suited a excellent purpose. But the room didnt quite bring them close enough to the wonderful Florida outdoors.
The next project was creating a new space- the Outdoor Room. Outdoor living as a concept has grown extensively in Jacksonville over the last few years. The idea of the outdoor room is the transition from a simple concrete or wood patio with a few folding chairs and a picnic table to an elaborate outdoor living space with a kitchen, pavers, walls, fire pit... well limitless possibilities.
This project started as a blank slate of grass, with a small wood deck off to one side. The homeowners gave us a list of the ameneties that they wanted to include and shared with us that they wanted to be able to gather in a large group, but also have several quaint areas that would accomodate smaller groups of people.
The first thing to go in was the pergola. A rough cut cedar structure built with large posts and accents to suite its large scale size. The pergola was stained to reduce future maintenance and prewired for lighting and an outdoor ceiling fan.
The kitchen components were set- gas, electrical, plumbing etc. and we were ready for pavers. We used a product called Mega Olde Towne which is a three piece cobble paver, meaning the sides and corners of the pavers are pillowed slightly to give a cobblestone like appearance, though the surface of the paver is still flat and smooth. The color chosen was Sierra, consisting of Sandstone, Tan, and Charcoal blended together accenting the home, pergola, and kitchen. These pavers are manufactured locally in Jacksonville.
The three tiered seat wall is also in the Sierra color, providing permanent seating for the fire pit on one side. The seating wall utilized a five piece wall system called Country Manor, which is both textured on the surface and tumbled for an old world look.
After the pavers were installed the kitchen could be built on-site complete with a grilling station, refridgerator, lots of storage and counter space, and a bar.