Al Fresco Dining


Two years after landscape architect Stephen Wlodarczyk of Botanical Decorators completed a master-plan installation for clients in Darnestown, Maryland, they called him back for an update. The couple entertains a lot and wanted a design for a warm and casual outdoor living area that included a full-service kitchen and fireplace. They also wanted to keep the views open to surrounding meadows and gently rolling hills beyond.

Wlodarczyk decided to locate a sizeable and luxurious pergola—16 by 30 feet—just beyond the swimming pool. This new entertainment center encompasses all of the elements required for the perfect summer soiree: Viking grill and mini-refrigerator, granite countertops, sinks with hot and cold running water, stainless-steel cabinets and drawers, ceiling fans and even a chandelier. A retractable awning by Shade Tree screens the area from midday sun, while a stone fireplace enables the owners and their guests to enjoy the outdoors in any season.

As Wlodarczyk explains, “We had to bridge the gap between a sophisticated adult entertaining space for friends and business associates and a big family-oriented pool area good for children.” The clients, he said, now have everything they need for parties and “a fair amount of luxury in the middle of nature.”

Stephen Wlodarczyk, Botanical Decorators, Olney, Maryland.

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