deck with covered outdoor room after remodel
Floor Plan: Brian Gomsak

After: Outdoor Room Entertaining Paradise

A big backyard isn't necessarily a sociable one. Take the quarter-acre lot behind John and Linda Marshall's 1946 home, in Statesville, North Carolina. It had plenty of lawn and a little patio with next to no seating, plus eyesores, like sprawling shrubbery and a chain-link fence. The space was uninviting enough to keep the couple from enjoying it themselves, much less with friends.

Shown: A large deck with a covered outdoor room, complete with a stone hearth and a lace-top brick wall, makes a great place for get-togethers.

Contractor: Bryan George, By George Inc., Statesville, NC; 704-437-0355
Garden designer: Jan Enright, Jan Enright Creations, Mooresville, NC;704-663-050
Furniture: BenchSmith
Pillows: Pottery Barn
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