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Stone fire pit in corner of backyard
Stone fire pit in corner of backyard

A stone fire pit nestles in a far corner of the yard.

Outdoor kitchen with resin cabinets by NatureKast, quartz counters and a TV
Outdoor kitchen with resin cabinets by NatureKast, quartz counters and a TV

The kitchen has bar-height seating, resin cabinets by NatureKast, quartz counters and a TV.

Gabled rear porch accessible through double glass doors
Gabled rear porch accessible through double glass doors

The plan added on a gabled rear porch, accessible from the kitchen, dining and living areas through double glass doors.

Stone floors and vaulted fir ceiling in backyard lounging and dining areas
Stone floors and vaulted fir ceiling in backyard lounging and dining areas

Stone floors and a vaulted fir ceiling are a welcoming backdrop for lounging and dining areas.

Backyard Retreat

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

BEFORE

Backyard Retreat - 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.

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

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