Converting a Covered Patio into a Four Seasons Room
From our wish list of projects, we've finally come around to the back deck. A place that has been deteriorating over the years; warping wood, nails popping out of the floor planks, all surrounded by declining shrubs that didn't fit our style. Over the years I've tried to spruce it up, but it really just needed to be redone. It was time to turn this deck into a usable, welcoming space where we want to spend lots of time.
|The before photo: covered back deck surrounded by Indian Hawthorne shrubs|
We considered several outdoor decking options. It was important to find a durable yet attractive flooring, as this is a high traffic area and soon to be home to many plants. We decided on a composite decking called Moisture Shield which is easy to maintain and earth friendly, as it is made from 95% recycled material. We also liked the tongue and grove (with hidden fasteners) option so that the flooring would be tightly sealed keeping critters and moisture out of the room.
After the flooring was installed, the framing went up. The view already felt more open and connected to the garden without the obstruction of the former railings and shrubs.
We selected floor to ceiling windows to let in as much light as possible. French doors on the east side allow for large items to be moved in and out of the room, and are flanked by two long windows. Two sets of sliding doors were installed on the north side of the room to provide easy access to the [grass] area that will become a patio/outdoor living space (next post-coming soon). Originally I had my heart set on folding doors here but they would have significantly increased the cost of this project. It turns out the sliding doors are very practical and work beautifully.
|Exterior view with doors and windows installed|
|interior view of double doors looking east to flower beds|
|full wall of windows looking west to woodland garden|
The exterior was sided with cedar shingles, which complements the window dormers on the house. The project finished up in early December with painting, staining, hanging of ceiling fans and hardware installation.
|Exterior east side with French doors flanked by full windows|
Shopping for furniture was easy. My husband and I walked around a local, family owned, outdoor furniture store and immediately fell in love with this set. Made from Ipe wood, it is durable and easy to care for.
A couple of floating shelves provide a great place for plants and some fun art from our travels. The dresser was pulled from another room and is a handy place to store items.
Various plants from around the house and a few that come indoors for the winter were set in front of the wall of windows, soaking in the winter sunlight. The 4 tiered stand was previously in our bedroom, but works better in the all season room as a plant stand.
Flanking either side of the French doors are more plants. A large container of Bougainvillea has been flowering non-stop since we moved it here. It loves its new environment.
A Ficus tree that was gifted to us from a friend stands tall in the other corner. This tree has been moved many times around our house and never seemed to fit anywhere properly. Happily, this room provides the right scale for this tree and it looks at home here.
Next post I will reveal the new outdoor living space that we added around the four season room.