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Cyrus Outdoor Living Area

Updated: Jan 16, 2021

Lou Ann and her husband, Dwayne, have numerous renovations under their belt. Lou Ann, like myself, is drawn to a modern farmhouse style. Give us all the light and bright spaces!

Their original deck was structurally unsound and just plain ugly. Look at those tall, skinny 4"x4" posts supporting the whole structure. Yikes.

We always want an addition to be cohesive with the feel of the home, and not seem like an after thought. We also wanted this space to be functional for their family gatherings. Their wish list included a custom 3 season space with a living area, dining area, and unscreened/uncovered area for grilling.

LISTEN PEOPLE. HGTV has a crew of 1,000 that literally work day and night. Normal construction companies don't have that! Take it easy on us. Good (and custom) things take time. A project like this, if done correctly, can take up to 10-12 weeks.

This build started by removing the entire wood deck structure and starting from scratch. We installed multiple steel piers, set in concrete, since this space is more of a 2nd story home addition than a deck.

The entire structure was framed up with a shed-style roof. We installed a standing seam metal roof with skylights. We wanted to bring in tons of natural light.

Standing seam is the king of metal roofs. It doesn't have any screws on top, making it very long lasting compared to traditional metal roofs. Fact: Technically you should change the screws on top of a traditional metal roof every 3 years to prevent leaks.

We chose Fiberon composite decking boards in the Good Life line, Cottage Gray color, with white vinyl handrails/post wraps and wrought iron balusters. Fiberon makes an amazing composite product in a much better quality than Trex, in our opinion.

Matt built a custom board and batten feature wall with 2 6,000 watt commercial heaters and modern lantern exterior sconces. WOW FACTOR.

We installed a pine tongue and groove ceiling, stained with a dark walnut mix to match the hardwood floors in their home.

Our Electrician is Josh Milam with E.L.M Electric and contracting in Charleston. He always does an honest job and is a fantastic guy. He installed tons of recessed lighting, recessed blue tooth speakers, exterior fans, and all the electrical for the huge commercial heaters. We also have plenty of hidden receptacles in the posts (we're all about functionality).

Shiplap was installed as another feature wall with the gas fireplace. The herringbone insert and marble tile gas fireplace is operated by a switch to turn it on and off. The mantle was custom milled from our favorite wood mill in Northern Michigan, Matelski Lumber Company.

We installed screen panels to the living and dining areas with a storm door to the grilling area. Under the structure, we installed vinyl soffit so the project looks polished from every angle.

Check out the Hanging Rattan Chair from Serena and Lily. This space has now been featured on Serena and Lily's website and is pinned on their Pinterest page, with blue check mark in tow. EEEKKKK!

FYI, if you sign up for their email list then you get 15% off your first order.

Enough talking, here are the final project results!

We have so much love for the Cyrus family. Thanks for trusting us with your home!


Matt + Erin

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