Summer weather has arrived which means lots more backyard fun here in Greater Indianapolis. In the spirit of the season, we thought we would highlight one of our favorite outdoor living spaces, perhaps inspiring you to envision your perfect place for summer activities.
Our clients wanted a space to be able to get out of the sun when they were using their pool as well as a spot to grill. Our goal was to create a pool house that was an extended version of their home, with all the amenities needed for outdoor living. The design needed to serve many needs: kitchen, dining, bathroom, laundry, storage, and entertaining. To achieve this, we enlisted the help of Gary Nance, a well-respected, talented conceptual designer, to create the vision. Once the plan was finalized, the Steve Gray Renovations team brought the vision to life.
Since our clients wanted to create an entertainment space separate from their home, the new structure is not attached to the house. Rather, a pergola over the dining area transitions their home to the outdoor living area, and was also set on that side to provide a quiet space to gather. The pool house itself is a fully covered structure.
The backside cooking wall is a walkaround space, creating a hidden area for a dirty kitchen, laundry facility, and storage. The area can be closed off with our custom-made pocket doors. The cooking wall includes a Wolf grill, a medium Green Egg, Sub Zero refrigerator drawers, and a full size fridge off to the side. Above the grilling area is a Gary Nance design structure that houses the recessed television, while concealing the commercial ventilation unit.
The huge island houses a beer dispenser, wine fridge, ice machine and sink, and is topped in a brown marble to complement the stain, trim and stone. A two-level countertop design hides the sink and prep space. The cabinetry is made of powder-coated stainless steel. One of our favorite bits of lighting is the oversized gas lanterns located on each stone column. We installed them with a remote sensor so they will run dawn to dusk, offering a cool ambiance.
The custom wood ceiling, adds a warming balance to all of the stone. One interesting design aspect of the ceiling is the cupola – it is open above the island so you can look straight up to see though it. It is a great visual when lit up at night, both inside and out. The fireplace wall includes a TV. The Control 4 system operates all audio, video, and lighting inside and around the pool area.
To complete the functionality of the pool house design, the bathroom includes a changing area, a sink area with free floating concrete vanity and custom cabinets below with a pull out stair system so small children can reach the sink, and a toilet room.
The backyard is professionally landscaped and lit. It is accessible via a new custom site built cedar gate designed by Gary Nance.
Every project has a challenge and this one came once the stone floor was installed in the new pool house area. Our clients liked the look so much they decided to carry it out to the existing pool surround. The challenge was that the stone would not be level (which our clients wanted) if we simply installed it on the existing pool deck. To achieve this last minute design change, we expertly removed the concrete and lowered the deck 3½ inches so the new stone would be flush with the pool. Not an easy task to excavate around a 20 X 40 Gunite pool, but problem solving is our specialty.
Haveyou ever watched a truly skilled stone installer work? They are puzzle masters, examining each piece of stone and how it relates to all the other stones, and then placing them in such a way as to make it all work together. During this project, our stone installers found a piece that looked like the state of Indiana, so they placed it in an area where it could be enjoyed by the family.
Interior Designer Tonya Ballew advised our clients on the finishing touches like material selections, finishes, and furniture/decor. We feel our team has created a fantastic pool house. Our service includes winterizing it each fall and opening it each spring.