During our house planning process, I came across a covered patio inspiration pic. I remember showing it to my Husband and he was immediately on board.

Our backyard faces West so coverage for part of the day is essential.

While working up the design, we needed to consider how to provide what we needed without obstructing the view from our greatroom windows or darkening the house. We decided to go with a peak roof that would still allow for a beautiful, unobstructed view from the house with plenty of natural light. The structure includes the sunburst pattern that matches the front entrance to our house. I love that they tie in together, both wrapped in stunning cedar.
The stone used on the façade of the house carries into the covered porch on the kitchen appliance wall along with the back wall. We love the character this adds to the area.

 

 

 

 

From a functional standpoint, the outdoor kitchen is right next to the house and near the indoor kitchen. The built ins include an outdoor rated refrigerator, large direct gas connection grill, garbage cans and the smoker with access drawers. There is plenty of counter space to create a buffet of food and drinks for entertaining.

A large ceiling fan added to the space serves two purposes, allowing air flow on the hottest days and bug control.
The wood look stamped concrete adds another layer of texture to the space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adding seating for 8 and large-scale planters flanking the entrance completes the design.

(Just a tip when you put together your own flower containers, use a large statement “stunner” in the middle, surrounded by filler flowers and a trailing or “spiller” to flow down the side.)

This is one of the best places to start the day and watch the spectacular sunsets each evening.