Porch and Outdoor Kitchen

We remodeled much of this home several years ago. However, the back porch and patio area had not been addressed during the previous remodel and were in serious need of updates and improvements.

The existing porch spanned 3 different levels, with a dilapidated wood-framed deck, a failing brick patio area, and then a concrete apron around the pool. And, while there was an outdoor dining space on the deck outside of the kitchen, there was no shelter from the sun so in the hottest part of the days, the space was not very functional.

The design that Dennis Kemp put together for this space elegantly joined all three surfaces, creating a seamless outdoor entertainment and gathering space. An outdoor kitchen with a grilling area, concrete countertops, and pizza oven, along with a covered pergola, create a space that is both functional and elegant, while providing some shelter from the hottest part of the day.

From our crew, Ben Farmer and Curt Silvers did a fantastic job of addressing the different levels of decks and preexisting conditions to create a framework for the new deck that was safe, functional, and accessible. Nathaniel Baker led the charge on the finish work with some help from Stephen Baker, and the rest of our finish team, while Jim Oliver and Jake Loudenbarger did the beautiful stonework to support the pizza oven.

The details and work on this porch represent a great cross-section of the work of our team and we are proud to continue to play a part in rehabbing and reshaping this historic Bloomington home.