Be Blown Away by this Amazing Deck Transformation!

A client recently found us on a Facebook group of East Cobb moms. They were looking for a new addition to their home that would open up their entertainment space. The results are simply fantastic, and we have lots of photos to share! Originally, the exterior was just a painted open deck with plain wooden railings and a backyard that was not very functional for the family.

Atlanta Curb Appeal, of course, was able to take it to whole new level!

What made this new screened porch addition interesting is the grand entrance to it. Instead of typical sliding doors, adding a folding glass door wall made it feel like one great big room. They now have twelve feet of open space when the doors are fully open. The porch stays cool with industrial strength ceiling fans for the summer and a new fireplace to warm everyone up in the winter.

The fireplace is a custom gas log unit with a faux stone exterior. The amazing cedar mantelpiece works to blend in but also stand out from the overall design. The walls of the screened porch are a different shade and are also made from a beautiful cedar. Two coats of a gorgeous Sherwin Williams stain will keep it fresh for years to come. Extra electrical outlets were added to compensate for the television in the corner. It is now a fantastic space to enjoy a meal or play games as a family.

The client already enjoyed outdoor living and cooking, but a new, functional outdoor kitchen made it so much more accessible! Talk about convenience! No more trips from the grill in the middle of cooking. This modern outdoor kitchen includes a built-in stainless steel grill and a Big Green Egg stand. To keep the meat and drinks cold, a small refrigerator was installed under the wet bar. Now it’s time to party!

Moving from the wooden deck are a set of steps to the new backyard! The client had significant draining issues and was not able to grow a lawn back there, so it had to be completely redone. Atlanta Curb Appeal had some substantial hardscaping to do. To start with, a bobcat was brought in to level everything. Leveling allowed for drainage improvement and a new retaining wall installation. These two items redirected the path of the previously pooling water. French drains were also installed to pipe out the additional water flow and all the backyard downspouts. The most significant benefit to this new backyard is the increased safe space for the parents to watch the small children as they play and new fencing to keep the dog protected and contained.

The biggest surprise for the family was the timeframe that the project was completed in. They were pleasantly surprised that we were able to be flexible and make changes to the original schedule, yet still only finish one week longer than the original promised completion date.

Items Added to Schedule of Original Timeline 

-New cedar fence to enclose the backyard and make it safe and private

-Drainage problems sorted out and backyard graded

-Retaining wall built

-Additional concrete pad and wood burning fireplace.

-New 12×10 dry storage under the deck with an electrical charging station

-Cedar ceiling and wall inside of screened porch instead of beadboard and old yellow stucco

-Concrete walkway from the front yard to backyard

-Relocated the HVAC condensing units to create easily-hidden storage space for trash bins

The children love their new space and the family as a whole are thrilled that they can get the full benefit of their new dry backyard. The kids can play on the lawn or in their new sandbox or even ride toys on the concrete pad all while Mom and Dad sit on their beautiful porch to keep an eye on them.

Thanks for reading,

Andy Anderson

 

 

 

 

Dreamy Outdoor East Cobb Kitchen

East Cobb Outdoor Dream Kitchen

During the 20th century, cooking outdoors was typically a summer novelty, wearing off as soon as the leaves started to shimmy in the cool fall breeze. Fast-forward to today and cooking outdoors can be performed year-round in the South, with the right design. Atlanta Curb Appeal came together to help this family make their outdoor dream kitchen a reality.

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East Cobb Outdoor Kitchen

Step One-The Design

At our first meeting with the client, we sat down and thoroughly listened to all of their needs for a new outdoor space. We proposed a few options and came up with some hand-drawn sketches on the spot, turning their wish list into visual representations. The next step of the design process was to nail down the general location, the overall final size, and location of each system. Final decorative details, however, came later after the project progressed into the finishing stage. A combination of white and dark browns was determined to be the primary color scheme.

See the full Atlanta Curb Appeal Outdoor Gallery here 

Step Two-Construction

Clearing the space was first on the agenda for our Atlanta Curb Appeal crew. We carefully demolished the original deck and foundation since we would be replacing the entire structure. New, heavier joists and posts plus footings and a decorated railing, made of metal and cedar 2×6 decking, were installed. Higher-quality timber was chosen on this job to support the weight of the new appliances and future guests. The original cedar color of the wood was gorgeous, and we could have used a simple, clear sealant, but we gave this natural beauty a notch up with a seal of sheer, warm, brown tint.

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Outdoor Kitchen in Marietta

The hardware on the deck was the next installation stage. Typical home barbecue grills run on gas tanks, which have to be changed out after regular use. This new barbecue grill from Kitchen Aid currently runs on propane. However, they plan to upgrade it to natural gas with a conversion kit. A modified line can accept fuel from a home’s natural gas line, which means no more trips to buy gas! We will finish this gas line conversion after we finish remodeling their basement in a separate job.

The other significant addition to this outdoor kitchen layout is a Big Green Egg. They already owned a midsize model, but it sat unused for quite some time on their previous deck. They were very excited to finally get some use out of it.

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Cedar Decking Outdoor Kitchen

Some clients ask about the safety of having an outdoor grill or Big Green Egg under a structure because of the level of heat that emanates from these devices. To counteract this, we installed this Egg inside of a granite countertop; it sits on a granite platform and is surrounded by three sides of granite to protect the encompassing wood from the heat.

 

Step Three-Adding Beauty

After function comes beauty, and they wanted something different; a pergola was the answer. Adding a pergola had three functions: an aesthetic feature, which provides some shade, but more than that, its true purpose was to emphasize the perimeter of the outdoor kitchen area and to ensure privacy from the nearby street. This dynamic pergola was installed using cedar beams and bamboo inserts that tie the overall look to their matching decorative fence. We suggested this design after we found out that they had some leftover bamboo materials from their fence installation.

Our favorite part of each makeover story is sharing how the client responded to their new renovation. They shared with us, “We are blown away by the results. It turned out better than we ever imagined. In fact, our friends keep taking pictures of it!”

Our advice for those in East Cobb considering an outdoor kitchen would be to be opened-minded; there are a lot of options out there when it comes to materials and design. A customer’s budget will dictate many of these decisions. Wood, stone, tile, granite and appliance quality and style, e.g. stainless steel, and other features can change the project cost dramatically. We love exploring options with new clients.

Want to read another makeover story? Check out this Million Dollar Deck with outdoor fireplace we completed last year!