Remodeling's Erin Ansley profiles this backyard renovation that has a unique twist.
Tim Fellin and Yardscapes Northwest designed an outdoor living space for a family of four to enjoy with their family and friends in a functional and comfortable area without feeling cramped, even with up to 30 people. The $80,000 job comes with all the modern-day essentials most often requested today by homeowners. All but one, that is: the sink.
In this interview sound bit with Ansley, Fellin explains why he did not include the sink, explaining that in the Boise area, there are drastically different temperatures during the seasons. Therefore, all outdoor areas must be winterized as temperatures drop below zero. "Very rarely do we put a sink in there because the homeowners don't want that maintenance every year to get someone out to blow those lines out of the sink," Fellin says.
Mirroring the layout and elevation of the home’s interior, Fellin’s rustic and traditional design features a split stamped concrete patio with three sections that naturally flow from one to the next. The area moves along the length of the home, beginning with a stone outdoor kitchen boasting a stamped concrete countertop, grill, refrigerator and bar seating. Adjacent is a stone seating area and water feature, followed by a stone fire pit kit with locally sourced crushed sandstone as its media. An abundance of natural seating and built-in LED lighting create a warm and welcoming environment. A douglas fir pergola offers the right amount of shade, while handmade metal lattices and ivy along the property’s perimeter provide privacy.
Watch this walk through video that showcases the project during the day and nighttime for a glimpse at some of the finer details of this outdoor living space.