The Better, Greater Outdoors

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OUTDOOR LIVING Remodeler and designer: Marrokal Construction Co., San Diego, Calif. Remodeler John Davies only added 938 square feet of covered outdoor space to an already roomy, 7,800-square-foot southern California residence, but this luxuriously appointed alfresco addition has changed the way the homeowners entertain.

November 01, 2006

The design/build team positioned the exterior columns and archways to block the view of other homes from inside the new pavilion. 
After photos by Bail Owens Photography 

OUTDOOR LIVING

Remodeler and designer: Marrokal Construction Co., San Diego, Calif.

Remodeler John Davies only added 938 square feet of covered outdoor space to an already roomy, 7,800-square-foot southern California residence, but this luxuriously appointed alfresco addition has changed the way the homeowners entertain.

"The client really wanted an outdoor cooking area near the pool deck and spa that he could use with his children or close friends," says Davies, director of design for the design/build firm, Marrokal Construction in San Diego. "It immediately became one of his favorite entertaining areas."

Before

The new year-round space includes a full kitchen, a large gas fireplace, multiple seating areas, exterior commercial-grade heaters, dimmable layered lighting and even a discretely located clothes dryer to offer a warm towel after a dip in the pool.

The homeowner spared no expense in outfitting the pavilion with high-end finishes, including spending more than $16,000 on Verde fire granite slab for the countertops. The ceiling coffers are reflected in the scored pattern on the stained concrete decking of the space.

The team paid careful attention to the addition's orientation on the lot, says Davies, as well as to how it would aesthetically fit with of the rest of the house. Connected directly to a smaller, existing covered porch that overlooks the pool terrace, the new structure features the same stucco finish, trim detail, and roof tile as those used on the main house. Says Davies: "We were very careful to make sure that the integration of the two spaces appears to be seamless."

The new outdoor room includes its own high-end kitchen and grill area, dining space and conversation area with a fireplace.

Other key considerations included keeping the view of the surrounding mountains from the interior rooms, maximizing the prevailing daily breezes, and minimizing sun and rain exposure.

"Permitting was a big concern for us with this project because the home is located in a canyon next to a large conservation area," he says. "This means that it is in a fire-hazard zone." Fireproofing the structure, including adding a sprinkler system, was particularly important. The addition also had to pass a review by the local planning authority.

Adds Davies: "The homeowner says that he is now the envy of his neighbors."

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