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Idea House 2017 | Outdoor Living Reveal

The TOH Beach House features multiple spaces for outdoor living, each with its own distinct look and all easily accessed from inside. With plenty of colorful, coastal-inspired furnishings and accessories, we’ve created unique spaces from the front porch to the backyard, perfect for entertaining, relaxing, and dining. Let’s take a stroll

Coastal Curb Appeal

Photo by Nat Rea

Designed by Union Studio Architecture & Community Design and built by Sweenor Builders, the 2017 TOH Idea House incorporates classic Shingle-style elements: gambrel roofs, a balcony, walls that curve into windows, a deep front porch—and, of course, wood shingle siding. The wraparound front porch not only evokes the traditional porches of Shingle-style houses, but is also designed a roomy 8 feet wide to allow for easy circulation and furniture placement.

Paint: Front door in Chinese Porcelain, Trim in Swirling Smoke by Olympic Paint

Siding: Eastern White Cedar Shingles by SBC Cedar, factory-finished in Seashell stain

Trim: Preservative Treated Primed Pine by LIFESPAN Solid Select

Lighting System: Wireless System with In-Wall Dimmers from Caseta by Lutron

Roof: Timberline Ultra HD in Charcoal by GAF

Windows: E-Series three-over-one windows in Watercolor Blue by Andersen Windows

Porch floor: AZEK® Porch Harvest Collection in Slate Gray

Chippendale Balcony Railing: custom-built with AZEK, by Walpole Woodworkers

House Wrap: Ice & Water Shield, Vycor Pro, and enV-S Barrier by GCP Applied Technology

Insulation: Closed-cell, Spray-foam Insulation by Icynene

Garage doors: Canyon Ridge Limited Edition Series Design 35 Doors by Clopay

Landscape: Matt Smith for Shalvey Bros. Landscape Inc.

Front Door Flourish

Photo by Jeff Sweenor

Satin brass hardware pops brightly against the deep blue of our front door, and classic industrial gooseneck lights cast a warm, welcoming glow.

Door: Craftsman Style Two-Panel, Three-Lite Door Style 6803 with Craftsman Style 6175 by Simpson Door Company

Paint: Front door in Chinese Porcelain, Trim in Swirling Smoke by Olympic Paint

Hardware: Davos Tubular Entry Handleset in Satin Brass by Emtek

Lighting: The Cherokee Uplight Gooseneck Lights by Barn Light Electric

Lighting System: Wireless System with In-Wall Dimmers from Caseta by Lutron

Planters: Solid Wood Chippendale Planter Box in Black by DMC Products, from hayneedle.com

Rug: Recife Stria Texture Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug in Champagne/Blue by Couristan, from hayneedle.com

House numbers: Verdigris Iron Numerals by Terrain

High-Performance Porch

Courtesy of AZEK

The AZEK® Porch in on-trend Slate Gray is splinter-free, low maintenance, and extremely durable. This capped-polymer material resists mold, mildew, and moisture damage, making it a perfect choice for this coastal location.

Porch floor: AZEK® Porch Harvest Collection in Slate Gray

Front and Center

Photo by Cynthia Brown Studio

Quintessential wood porch rockers atop a colorful rug make a perfect place to sit a spell, wave to neighbors, or enjoy a cold iced tea on a summer eve.

Furnishings: Avondale Wood Rocking Chair Set and Avondale Wood Side Table by Belham Living, from hayneedle.com

Rug: Courtyard indoor/outdoor area rug by Safavieh, from hayneedle.com

Accessories: Outdoor Toss Pillows in Harbor by Coral Coast; Nanu Geo Rectangular Throw Pillows by Pillow Perfect, all from hayneedle.com

Porch ceiling: Preservative Treated Primed Pine by LIFESPAN® SOLID SELECT

Side Entrance Swing

Photo by Nat Rea

A door in the dining room accesses the wraparound front porch and the comfortable swing for two.

Door: Exterior Thermal Sash Door Style 7504 by Simpson Door Company

Furnishings: Kimbro Lutyens Outdoor Porch Swing with Cushion and Brighton Beach Wood Planter with Trellis, from hayneedle.com

Seagull Shingle Art

Photo by Nat Rea

At the mudroom entry off the front porch, seashell-colored stained shingles and light-gray capped-polymer porch flooring all set a beach-house tone. Check out the time-lapse video of this custom seagull cutout being created here!

Furnishings: Chippendale Recycled Plastic 4-ft. Bench by Polywood, from hayneedle.com

Shingle art: Seagull by Jeremie Cabaceiras, Master Craftsman, Sweenor Builders

Mudroom Entry Seating

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A handsome bench at the mudroom door provides a place to shake the sand out of your shoes before you enter the house.

Furnishings: Chippendale Recycled Plastic 4-ft. Bench by Polywood and Small Butterfly Outdoor Throw Pillow by Mina Victory, from hayneedle.com

Garage Door Design

Photo by Nat Rea

The oversized two-car garage is front and center, so showstopping doors were a “must-have”—and Clopay’s faux-wood carriage house doors fill the bill. Beautifully crafted, they are constructed to be energy-efficient, with a 2-inch-thick polyurethane foam-insulated core that provides a 20.4 R-Value, and built to withstand high winds; the larger door, accented with clerestory windows, allows easier access for oversize vehicles and watercraft.

Garage doors: Canyon Ridge Limited Edition Series Design 35 Doors by Clopay

Lighting: The Cherokee Uplight Gooseneck Lights by Barn Light Electric

Pavers: Treo Enduracolor Pavers NY Blend with accent ribbon in Copthorne Basalt by Unilock

A Backyard Built for Entertaining

Photo by Nat Rea

Tucked into the back of the house, the bi-level deck and patio offer casual outdoor space that’s screened from neighbors and has plenty of room for entertaining a multitude of guests. Exterior doors lead out from the kitchen and the screened porch; their three-over-one cottage style echoes the windows and is consistent throughout the house.

Doors: 7504 Thermal Sash Doors by Simpson Door Company

Deck: Deck Harvest Collection in Island Oak by AZEK

Pavers: Thornbury Permeable Pavers in NY Blend with accent ribbon in Copthorne Basalt by Unilock

Trim: Preservative Treated Primed Pine by LIFESPAN® SOLID SELECT

Cozy Conversation Space

Photo by Cynthia Brown Studio

A comfortable conversation set placed around the fire pit entices guests to gather, even on the chilliest evenings.

Furnishings: Bellevue All-Weather Outdoor Wicker & Wood Sofa Sectional and All-Weather Resin Wood Adirondack Chairs in Gray by Belham Living, from hayneedle.com

Pavers: Thornbury Permeable Pavers in NY Blend with accent ribbon in Copthorne Basalt by Unilock

Accessories: Cleremont Wicker Rectangular Planter by Belham Living; Farmers Lantern Candleholders by IMAX; Urban Wave Short Planter by Syndicate Home & Garden; Outdoor Toss Pillows in Harbor and Classic Adirondack Chair Cushion in Harbor by Coral Coast; Vacation Bird Watch Decorative Pillow by E by Design; Pom Graphic Design Oceania Throw Pillow by Kess In-House, all by hayneedle.com

Outdoor Cooking Power

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Designed to evoke American sports cars—and proudly crafted in the USA—the American Muscle Grill is every griller’s dream. With over 110,000 BTUs of raw cooking power under its stainless-steel hood, it makes cooking for a crowd of guests effortless.

Grill: American Muscle Grill with freestanding cart by Summerset Grills

Fuel Flexibility

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The ultimate in fuel flexibility, the American Muscle Grill has the ability to burn different fuels individually or simultaneously, so users can select wood chunks, lump coal, charcoal, infrared, propane, or natural gas, making it ideal for any cooking scenario.

Grill: American Muscle Grill by Summerset Grills

Outdoor Shower Stall

Photo by Nat Rea

Every beach house benefits from an outdoor shower enclosure. This one, made of weather-resistant cellular PVC, is built on a rear corner of the garage, and a whimsical vintage whale adorns the wall facing the patio.

Shower enclosure: Sandwich Shower Enclosure by Walpole Woodworkers

Upcycled Accessories

Photo by Nat Rea

The builder fabricated the fixture panel and shower bench out of remnant pieces of AZEK decking.

Fixtures: Modern Rain Shower, Berwick Thermostatic Shower Valve Trim Kit, and Serin Complete Hand Shower kit, all in Brushed Nickel, by American Standard

DIY Details

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To add a pop of color and a nautical touch, we stenciled a compass rose onto the basement doors (facing due north, of course).

Stencil: Cutting Edge Stencils

Dining Alfresco

Photo by Nat Rea

A black-finished steel set of table and chairs with all-weather, UV-resistant cream-colored cushions is the perfect blend of classy and casual for outdoor dining.

Furnishings: Augusta Metal and All-Weather Wicker Patio Dining Set and Augusta Wood & Metal Raised Planter by Belham Living, from hayneedle.com

Accessories: CooknCo 10-piece Jar Set in Green by BergHOFF; Oyster Plate in Canary Yellow by Abigails; Coppetta Aquamarine Dipping Dishes by D&V, all from hayneedle.com

Extended Living Space

Photo by Nat Rea

The screened porch off the living area may well end up as one of the most-frequented spaces in the house. Instead of extending the screens all the way down to the floor, we’ve added a solid board-and-batten wall for the lower 30 inches, which suggests more of an enclosure. Plenty of generously sized screened windows and a circulating fan will keep fresh air flowing, and comfortable furnishings create a welcoming space.

Porch floor: AZEK Porch Harvest Collection in Slate Gray by AZEK

Ceiling fan: Rainman Wet-Rated 54” Ceiling Fan by House of Antique Hardware

Rug: Monroe Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug by Safavieh, from hayneedle.com

Furnishings: Brighton Outdoor Wood Conversation Sectional Set and Seacrest Cottage All-Weather Resin Square Side Table in Capri Blue by Belham Living, Xquare X36 Wooden Patio Coffee Table by GloDea, from hayneedle.com

Accessories: Santorini Ceramic Square Planter and San Vicente Estate Solar Lantern in Distressed White by Belham Living; Shell Outdoor Pillow by Surya; and Wooden Garden Plant Tray by HGC, all from hayneedle.com

A Year-Round Room

Photo by Nat Rea

The porch can be accessed from the living room’s French doors or from the back deck. A gas fireplace extends the use of the porch to three–or even four—seasons.

Paint/stain: Wall frames and doors in Swirling Smoke, fireplace in Dover Gray by Olympic Paint. Ceiling and Alaskan Yellow Cedar beams stained in Antique White by Varathane

French doors: French Style Door 7152 by Simpson Door Company

Fireplace and grills: Fireplace Xtrordinair 864 TRV Gas Fireplace by Wakefield Fireplace & Grills

Vintage lighted anchor wall art: The Pink Pineapple

Clever Coverup

Photo by Cynthia Brown Studio

This miniature pergola is not just an architectural detail – it encases and protects the exterior HVAC system.

Pergola: Sweenor Builders

HVAC Outdoor Unit: Toshiba Carrier Single-Phase VRF Heat Recovery System by Carrier

Interest Underfoot

Photo by Cynthia Brown Studio

Classic flagstone with a contrasting brick accent ribbon adds interest leading up to the front porch.

Landscape Design, Plantings and Hardscape: Design by Matt Smith for Shalvey Bros. Landscape, Inc.

Pavers: Treo Enduracolor Pavers in New York Blend with Copthorne accent ribbon in Basalt by Unilock

Rear View

Photo by Nat Rea

The impressive roofline of the home is punctuated by matching charcoal-shingled gambrels atop the main house and garage. The deck and patio are tucked into the house, creating an intimate entertaining space.

Roofing: Timberline Ultra HD Shingles in Charcoal by GAF

Siding: Eastern White Cedar Shingles by SBC Cedar, factory-finished in Olympic Seashell stain

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