THIS IS WHAT I HOPED TO ACCOMPLISH, only better. No, we still don't have a pool (the kids are becoming a little more anxious as they get older), but adding an upstairs deck over the veranda and wrapping it around the west side of the courtyard encloses the outdoor living space and gives us an exterior staircase that's one of my new favorite features in this house. Like the veranda below it, the deck gives us and the kids (mostly the kids) more than enough space to hang out with friends or study outside (ha!), especially in the late afternoons. We decided to add another fireplace up there, too, but we faced it with a veneer fieldstone that reminds me of the hearth in my parents' house. I also like the French doors we added at the top of the main staircase onto the deck so you don't have to go all the way down the hall to get out there.


  • Folding glass doors/windows. A trio of full-height hinged windows from Nana Wall Systems fold away to create a true indoor/outdoor experience. Circle no. 137.
  • Fireplace. Designed specifically for outdoor use, Heat & Glo's 36-inch Dakota gas fireplace inserts (Circle no. 138) on both the deck and the veranda feature gas logs by Rasmussen (Circle no. 139).
  • Hearth. The natural stone fireplaces and surrounds on the veranda were designed, supplied, and installed by Barbara Tattersfield Design (Circle no. 140), while Owens Corning Cultured Stone (Circle no. 141) provided the fieldstone face for the deck's fireplace.
  • Ceiling fans. There's nothing standard about the various ceiling fans by Fanimation (Circle no. 142), which include dual-motor designs and leaf-inspired blades.
  • Surfaces. Both “summer kitchens” feature Formica Stone Natural Quartz Surfacing, a durable, stain-and scratch-resistant solid surface material. Circle no. 143.
  • Patio doors. Aluminum-clad wood outswing patio doors provide multiple points of access. Hurd Millwork Co. Circle no. 144.
  • Grill. Rasmussen's gas grill enables outdoor cooking on almost any scale. Circle no. 145.
  • Stainless steel cabinets. Danver provided the cabinets for both outdoor kitchen areas. Circle no. 146.
  • Pool. Champagne Aquatech Pools (Circle no. 147) installed the spectacular custom pool designed by Aquatic Consultants (Circle no. 148).
  • Refrigerator. Kelon USA's IBox offers a whimsical child-size refrigerator for the upstairs deck. Circle no. 149.