Outdoor Living at FredericaFebruary 13, 2017
The beauty of our island weather is the ability to enjoy the outdoors practically year round.Frederica’s homes are designed not only to enjoy the beauty of the wooded and private settings but to embrace the views and thoughtful outdoor spaces. Whether it is a welcoming front porch or screened terrace that feels like an extension of the home, these spaces have become paramount in the design process. The original lines of the home extend into the porches allowing the transition of the two spaces to be seamless. Architects historically designed to bring the outdoors in, now they are bringing the indoors out.
Nothing conjures up coastal living as well as fabulous outdoor living spaces. Panoramic views, beamed ceilings, outdoor fireplaces, summer kitchens, beautiful chandeliers, brick or slate terraces, and even the old fashion sleeping porch all are part of the thought process in capturing the perfect spot to embrace our climate. The summer breezes off the lake allow for wonderful evenings outside and our sunny winter days allow for a wonderful spot to spend a cozy afternoon with a fire and a football game.
These spaces are often finished to the same level as the home, all that is missing are windows and a few air-conditioning vents. Top of the line appliances to allow for al fresco dining, large screen panels or phantom screens that disappear into the ceiling, and fire places with outdoor televisions create a family room, summer kitchen and casual dining room. Whether appointed with stone and richly stained beams or crisp white wood and tabby floors, these spaces become the heart of entertaining and living spaces.
ire pits have also become a standard of design, often drawing entertaining spaces into the lawn. Often set by the marsh or lake front to embrace the views, Adirondack chairs and stand of firewood promises for a casual end to an evening.