A Guide to the Perfect Outdoor Living Space







It’s officially spring, the season where we emerge from hibernation. We begin to take advantage of the warm afternoons, outdoor barbecues and lingering evening sunlight. It is also the perfect time to evaluate your outdoor living space. Whether you are looking to add a covered porch, pool or fireplace; we’ve created an idea guide to help showcase design challenges and inspire your new outdoor living space.Outdoor Fireplace Attention to detail was key in this outdoor living space renovation. In order to completely redesign and construct a new outdoor living space for a stately brick home, special attention had to be given to the brick, stone and masonry selections and construction techniques to insure a seamless transition from the old to the new. After much research, we found a perfect match with a Flemish Stretcher Bond brick pattern and a Porcini Travertine, creating the ultimate outdoor living experience.Dramatic Ceiling Rustic defines this outdoor living space. The clients wanted a covered outdoor living space that provided shade and an eye-catching transition between the interior and exterior while taking into consideration possible water issues. We designed a post and beam porch to coordinate architectural details in the interior of the house. The result, a beautiful covered patio perfect for entertaining!A Living Room Outdoors This at-home backyard oasis is perfect for all ages. The homeowner’s wish list included a pool, patio and covered porch with fireplace. With the addition of the covered porch, the clients wanted the space to feel like additional living space, large enough to house plush outdoor seating an a television, while maintaining a smooth transition between the outdoor and indoor spaces. Needless to say, during the warmer months, this is the “go-to” lounge spot.Relaxing VerandaThis backyard needed a complete makeover. The small, old brick pavers had sunk and would hold water after a heavy rain. They homeowners wanted to create an entertainment space perfect for grilling, dining and relaxing. The large covered porch and patio is now the perfect spot to unwind at the end of the day as a family.

The Outdoor Living Space is Complete

This is our last video post for the outdoor living space in Midlothian, Virginia. The porch is built and painted, landscape lights have been installed and the pool has already been kid tested and approved! All that's left is the landscaping and the client's finishing touches.Stay tuned for next week's post packed FULL of gorgeous photos of this finished space where we will share overall photos down to the littlest details!

Outdoor Living Space: Porch Roof and Pool Deck

As the weather becomes warmer, the clients in Midlothian, Virginia are even more anxious to enjoy their pool and outdoor living space. Since our last video update, we have the porch roof built, the electrical work is roughed-in and we have started on the pool deck and the pool contractor has started on the pool. As you can see in the video, we have backfilled and compacted the gravel around the pool in preparation for the patio.Make sure you check back next week where we show you the finished porch, patio and pool and launch our second video project with Design Consultant Alex Van Nuys.Check out some in-progress photos below. photo 1 (11)photo 2 (10)Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Foundation, a Fireplace and a Pool

We are about two months into the project and are starting to see major changes! The foundation and fireplace are in place for the porch and the pool is underway. We are excited to see the space take shape and we know the clients are eager to have their pool ready for the summer. We only have a few more videos left before the big unveiling, so stay tuned.

Demolition Day at the Outdoor Living Space in Midlothian

It’s demolition day! In order to get started on this outdoor living space, we must first start with a clean slate. Our crews are busy tearing down the existing deck before they can dig the footings for the new deck.

Snow aside ; the photo below was taken during the pre-construction measurements. It is a great before representation. Crowder Before009 This photo rendering was created during the design process. It helped the clients, and now you, visualize how the final product will look. Be sure to check back next week, construction on the patio and pool will be in full swing! CROWDER EXTERIOR 1 with fence

Lane Homes & Remodeling Gets More Social, with a Blog!

We are excited to announce the launch of our new Lane Homes & Remodeling blog! In addition to weekly posts about all things remodeling, we are going to take you on a video tour through some of our projects from start to finish.Now let’s kick off the first post with a video! These clients are located in Midlothian, Virginia. Their goal when designing this project was to have a “staycation.” They envisioned a large covered porch veranda with a fireplace, along with a beautiful and inviting patio and pool area. Through our design build process, we were able to show them a visual rendering of their dream backyard.CROWDER FINAL WITH CO 1 EXTERIOR 3 (did not do)

Check back with us periodically to see this bare backyard turn it into a backyard oasis.