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Taking the inside outside

Written by Jane Trabert Schmitt
Imagery by Courtesy of Keystone Custom Decks

One lucky family in Penfield, New York, is living the dream with a brandnew outdoor room that offers a three season experience in enviable style.
   With a built-in Napoleon gas grill, Bull refrigerator, one-of-a-kind stone fireplace, flat-screen TV and cushiony seating, this is where they come to unwind and entertain nearly all year long.
   Indeed, that was the goal when they turned to Keystone Custom Decks to build a “seamless” addition to their twostory home that looked like it was there from the beginning.
   It’s a trend that shows no signs of slowing down as homeowners look to extend their living space with outdoor kitchens, entertainment hubs and more.
   Simple patios have given way to covered or uncovered “rooms” where they can connect with family and friends and enjoy all the comforts traditionally seen inside the home.
   Builders have responded with custom projects that reflect people’s desires for such features as outdoor kitchen islands, cozy bar areas, pizza ovens, daybeds, specialty lighting, vertical herb gardens and more.
   The outdoor living movement isn’t just about quality of life, however. Home values rise as a result of thoughtfully designed space that balances function and style while seamlessly complementing the exterior.
   The builder describes the Penfield project as high end with a quick turnaround, a special request from the homeowners. The work, which included tearing out an existing deck on the back of the house, commenced in early July 2018 and was completed in just three weeks.
   “We were in and out,” said Mahlon Esh, a partner in the Keystone company. “The homeowners didn’t want us there all summer long. They were eager to use the space.” Features include low-maintenance TimberTech® composite decking, a rustic pine ceiling with recessed lighting and retractable, weatherproof curtains that can be called into action when there’s a need to block sun, wind or rain.
   “More and more, we’re seeing that people want to get the most out of every season,” Esh said. “We live in a colder climate so anything they can do to maximize their time outside, they’re going to do it.”

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