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Friday, April 24, 2015

Award Winning Outdoor Living Remodel | Key Residential

The 2015 awards season for Key Residential kicked off with a bang last week when one of our outdoor living remodels won the National Contractor of the Year (CotY) Award for Residential Exterior over $200,000 from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). To celebrate this award winning project, we wanted to take a look back at the design and features that made it such a memorable and successful remodel.

Creating a backyard vacation oasis that could be enjoyed year round by the homeowners and where they could host family gatherings with their grown sons and future grandchildren was the goal of this project. The project included the expansion of the outdoor kitchen and living area, remodel of the pool and surrounding deck, and the addition of new landscaping throughout the backyard. A high roof line in the covered outdoor living area allows for an almost unobstructed view into the backyard and large windows across the back wall permits plenty of sunshine to still flow into the house. 

The expansion of the outdoor kitchen included the addition of full kitchen amenities: an undercounter refrigerator and icemaker, a clean up station with an undermount sink, integrated trash and recycling bins, and a dishwasher. Additional special features in the kitchen include a wood fire pizza oven with a ledgestone surround (an additional chimney was added to accommodate for the oven), a Wolf grill with side burner, and restaurant quality Alto-Shaam smoker. The countertops are Neolith Limestone Lava, a material designed to hold up well in outdoor elements.

The adjacent living area was expanded to allow for both a formal dining area and a seating area that could be directed towards a corner mounted TV above the kitchen. The wood burning fireplace was redesigned to include a ledgestone surround, solid wood mantel, and new hearth seat. Throughout the outdoor living extension, fans and heaters were installed to allow for year round comfort in the often temperamental Texas weather.

The remodel of the pool and deck area included removing the hot tub and expanding the pool into the space it occupied to create a wet deck large enough for lounge seating and to provide a safe place for younger children to enjoy the pool. Two waterfall features were added to the back end of the pool with one including a ledgestone surround to match the fireplace and pizza oven details. Mexican pavers were removed and replaced with limestone pavers throughout the backyard to allow for a seamless design aesthetic. Synthetic grass was inlaid between the pavers surrounding the pool, ensuring year round beauty.

We would also like to thank the many partners we worked with on this project, including InPhase Audio, Jason Osterberger Designs, Wathen Tile & Granite, Holland Marble, and Pool Environments, Inc.

See more from this project and others on our Houzz page.