Stone floors and a vaulted fir ceiling are a welcoming backdrop for lounging and dining areas.
A stone fire pit nestles in a far corner of the yard.
The kitchen has bar-height seating, resin cabinets by NatureKast, quartz counters and a TV.
The plan added on a gabled rear porch, accessible from the kitchen, dining and living areas through double glass doors.
Stone floors and a vaulted fir ceiling are a welcoming backdrop for lounging and dining areas.
A stone fire pit nestles in a far corner of the yard.
The kitchen has bar-height seating, resin cabinets by NatureKast, quartz counters and a TV.
The plan added on a gabled rear porch, accessible from the kitchen, dining and living areas through double glass doors.

Backyard Retreat

Sun Design turns a mundane backyard into a welcoming, indoor-outdoor retreat

BEFORE

After working out of their house for a while, an Alexandria couple decided to embark on some home improvements. With young kids who love to play in the backyard, “they wanted a better indoor-outdoor connection for their family that would improve their work/life balance,” says Bob Gallagher of Sun Design, who was hired for the job.

The plan added on a gabled rear porch, accessible from the kitchen, dining and living areas through double glass doors. Stone floors and a vaulted fir ceiling are a welcoming backdrop for lounging and dining areas as well as a kitchen with bar-height seating, resin cabinets by NatureKast, quartz counters and a TV. A stone fire pit nestles in a far corner of the yard.

The owners also wished to enhance the curb appeal of their home, which occupies a corner lot. The side garage was reconfigured with carriage lights and a standing-seam metal overhang. A driveway paved in bluestone and concrete conveys a clean, crisp look.

Award: Grand, Residential Exterior over $200,000. Renovation Design & Contracting: Bob Gallagher and Greg Gunther, project managers, Sun Design, Burke, Virginia.