Designer Tonya Bellusci of the Neil Kelly remodeling company oversaw a metamorphosis in Sherwood. The owners of a farmhouse wanted a grand Craftsman-style, lodge-like residence with a connected outdoor living area.
The goal, pre-COVID, was to enhance the ease of entertaining, improve the flow and function of the living spaces and visually connect the home, the new covered patio and an aluminum-clad outbuilding with one unifying style.
Bellusci and her team indeed transformed the space.
Timber, stone and other natural materials, which are the hallmarks of the Arts and Crafts style, are the handsome leitmotif chosen here.
Twelve-foot beams were added to the existing vaulted ceiling in the great room and kitchen and a sliding glass door now opens to the open-air patio. Glass panels also make the outdoor space visible from the inside, erasing boundaries between the environments.
The roofline was extended off the back of the house to incorporate the covered outdoor space, which is outfitted with rough-sawn beams, cedar gable brackets and elements of hammered steel.
The rustic and forged features celebrate the origins of the Craftsman movement founded more than a century ago. The structures also showcase the style’s signature stone-based columns with cedar rising to the roof.
“We used natural and cultured stone, granite and cedar, and skylights to bring in natural light,” Bellusci says.
Bellusci approached the project with remodeling experience, architectural expertise and guiding principles of making changes look cohesive, especially in the transition zone between the house and the outdoor living space.
Here, the owners barbecue, watch sports on a TV and socialize overlooking their forested land.
“It feels very much like a resort,” Bellusci says of the property.
The covered outdoor space has no walls, but wide roof overhangs expel the rain. For year-round comfort, the space has a wood-burning stone fireplace, heaters and a ceiling fan over the seating areas, plus lighting to create a warm, fun exterior space, she says.
Although Arts and Crafts architecture is on display here, Bellusci says blending indoors and out can be achieved with traditional, transitional and modern styles.
“To achieve continuity, pay attention to materials, colors and textures,” says Bellusci, who co-hosted a design episode on HGTV. “Some materials can’t be used outside so you need to think how to make [practical substitutes] work and still keep the overall aesthetic.”
In addition to the remodel, Paradise Restored Landscaping & Exterior Design planned the hardscape, plantings and path to a fire pit.
Tonya Bellusci of the Neil Kelly remodeling company offers these tips to creating a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor spaces:
- The outdoor structure needs a unifying design that ties it to the home and the property.
- Establish a strong transition with a six- to eight-foot opening from the interior such as a sliding door. Windows and sidelights also allow for you to visually see the outdoor space.
- Use materials that create a consistent aesthetic. If not the entire home, at least the rooms connected to the outdoor space should relate stylistically.
- You can build the outdoor space in stages to match a budget. But it’s best to install electricity, plumbing and gas pipes for a barbecue or heaters, in the first phase. Electricians can wire the locations for light fixtures and a ceiling fan that can be purchased later on.
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Here are more tips from designers as well as resources to consider as you plan your outdoor spaces:
- Pick an underused, flat area in the yard. Select the look you want. >Cost Plus World Market has a directory of fun styles called coast casual, Riviera beach, Marrakech modern, Napa Valley chic, Pacific Coast picnic, Ojai ranch, Montauk summer, Savannah siesta, Sedona sunset and natural elegance.
- Built-in cabinetry, benches and counters need to have a timeless look to last 20 to 25 years. >Select standard-size outdoor kitchen appliances that can be replaced without altering cabinets.
- Make a color and patten statement with a rug and other elements that are not permanent or pricey >eSaleRugs has discounted outdoor rugs up to 50%.
- To furnish the outdoor living space, start with items you already have on the patio or even furnishings inside your home that you can roll out. Add outdoor cushions for extra warmth on cold evenings. >Lowe’s has replacement patio cushions and pillows. See how to measure for patio cushions.
- For seating, some people buy inexpensive chairs and expect to replace them every couple of years. Portland designer Michelle Rolens of Neil Kelly recommends investing in long-lasting products such as cushions filled with marine-grade foam and covered in Sunbrella fabric that last decades. >Joss & Main is offering up to 70% off weatherproof, outdoor furniture plus free shipping on orders of $35 or more.
- Awnings or shades can serve as weather-protection in a covered space. A trellis can provide overhead protection. >Find the umbrella size that fits with this Home Depot chart. Protect furniture with rain covers.
- Keep the outdoor space warm year-round with a precast fireplace or heater. >BBQGuys has a winter sale on electric fireplaces, fire pits, grills, outdoor kitchen appliances and lighting. Patio heaters are on sale at Amazon, Frontgate, Home Depot and Wayfair.
- Blankets, throws and water-resistant picnic blankets are sold at Amazon, L.L. Bean and Walmart.
- Connect speakers to the patio to listen to music or enhance the sound of an outdoor TV >Best Buy has outdoor TVs sold with a price match guarantee and free delivery. BBQGuys has SunBriteTVs were engineered to withstand the harsh effects of rain, dirt, insects, extreme temperatures and UV rays.
- Find indoor-outdoor ceiling fans at Home Depot.
- Home Depot has outdoor lighting on sale up to 25% off and hundreds of different water fountains. >Lumens specializes in lighting with many outdoor options. Also check out 1-800Lighting.com, which offers 20% off your first order.
- Kohl’s has Adirondack chairs in child and adult sizes and a variety of colors, plus outdoor decor in styles such as farmhouse, coastal, tropical and natural.
- 2 Modern has modern outdoor furniture, lighting and decor, including contemporary chairs, tables, lamps and accessories on sale.
- Serena & Lily has upscale tables and chairs for brunch in the garden or a living room on the terrace. Shipping is free.
- Terrain has backyard games like a bocce set. Dick’s Sporting Goods offers free shipping on orders of $49 or more.
- Woodland Direct is having a sale that includes fire pits. Solo Stove has a 25% off sale on fire pits. Frontgate, Walmart and Wayfair also sell fire pits and fire tables.
- Other sources to visit for outdoor furniture and furnishings: Bed Bath & Beyond, IKEA and Macy’s, which is having a furniture closeout.
— Janet Eastman | 503-294-4072