Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

JUN 2014

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34 LC DBM Second, the wife's father had built the house several decades before and the couple wanted the existing stone and other materials to blend seamlessly with the new materials to create the illusion that it had all been constructed at the same time. Knight Strategies was up for the challenge and began creating an outdoor living area that would draw attention to all the right spots with curving walls and decks that would invite family and friends to sit back, relax and enjoy for de- cades to come. And what better way to enjoy family and friends than outside sur- rounded by nature, yet with convenient access to a kitchen that keeps you engaged with the party while preparing an evening meal. Since the kitchen in the main house did not provide that access, Knight Strategies recommended installing a full service kitchen in the new outdoor area. The plan incorporated a 48-inch grill, two side burn- ers, warming drawer, icemaker, sink and refrigerator, as well as am- ple storage for plates and silverware. The kitchen was strategically placed under the covered area of the patio to maximize its use whether rain or shine. Its centerpiece is a hand-selected Tennessee crab orchard stone which was carefully set into the wall just above the grill with the quote "Live, Laugh, Love" carved into its surface, reflecting the owners' personality. The re- mainder of the covered space was used for a comfortable seating area, which can quickly be slid out of the way to accommodate a family game of pingpong. Shading the Site The uncovered portion of the patio overlooks the stunning views of Lake Lure but is subject to the hot afternoon sun so Knight recom- mended the area be covered with a pergola. Outdoor curtains were added for a touch of elegance and the practicality of further blocking the sun's heat and glare. This then provided a perfect spot to place the refurbished picnic table, which added charm and ample seating for dinners on the lake. Guests can also pull up a stool to the one-of-a- kind, curved, granite countertop adjacent to the kitchen to enjoy an evening glass of wine. Just down from the dining area, the free flowing lines carry on to draw guests to one of the most intimate areas of the design: an el- egant curving deck that surrounds cozy seating and a fire ring, and that cantilevers out above the landscape to create an infinity edge overlooking the stunning views of the lake. This design heightens the drama of an evening around the fire as the lights from distant houses twinkle off the water. Merging the Decades In order to blend the new construction with the existing structure, careful attention was given to new masonry columns and walls to help them match the stonework completed 50 years previous. Sea mist stone was selected as a veneer for the columns, the fronts of the counters and the back wall in the kitchen. Larger pieces of the stone were used for a two-sided, solid stone wall addition to the existing foundation wall behind the grill. To pave the covered area and the patio, Knight chose 24-inch- square Italian porcelain tile, which adds warmth to the space and ties the areas together. The owners wanted to salvage the original metal railing along the edge of the patio so it was cut into sections, sand- ed, finished with a Rust-Oleum spray paint that mimics hammered 032-035.indd 34 5/23/14 4:37 PM

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