Outdoor living is a big part of life in the South. Having an outdoor area in which to comfortably relax, watch the game or entertain friends and neighbors is as important as having a kitchen. In fact, according to the 2018 Cost v. Value Report for our region the addition of a wooden deck to a home has an 88.4% return on investment, beating the national average and one of the highest in the country.
Of course, here in Columbia, SC, you have to factor in the summertime heat that starts in May and ends in October, and sits around 95-degrees for a few months. Lots of shade, good fans and easy access to cold drinks are important factors to build in to your outdoor living space. This project has got all of that, and it looks great too.
The homeowners' mission was to create an outdoor space to relax and entertain guests. Their existing screen porch was small and not easily accessible to the kitchen. They wanted informal seating, a cozy area for cooking and dining and a spot to watch the big game.
The new porch features a metal standing seam roof, acid-stained concrete floors, cypress tongue-and-groove ceilings, and oversized ceiling fans. The removal of several windows with the addition of a quad-slider door unit created easy access and flow into the main house.
The main focal point of the space is the stacked stone fireplace which sports a custom mantel and large flat-screen TV. The fireplace is flanked by an outdoor kitchen which includes a stainless steel gas grill, gas cooktop and storage cabinets. An area for firewood storage is located on the other side. Granite countertops help create a great space to entertain.
The dining area of the porch features a wet bar with granite countertops, under-cabinet lighting, a beverage cooler, and lots of cabinet storage space. To add privacy to the space, Bahama shutters were installed in between the existing brick columns. A new door creates another nice flow into the house.