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Central City Oasis

Central City Oasis

This project will also be featured on the 2011 Outdoor Living Tour, May 21st. Tickets and info may be found here:

The owners of this central city project originally parked on a concrete pad and entered their home through a gate and small entry courtyard. They wanted to enlarge the courtyard and add a carport for security, all while adding to the home’s curb appeal. Avid birdwatchers and gardeners, they also wanted to add a screened porch on the back of the home, adjacent to their extensive naturalized gardens and sculptural fountain.

The original entry courtyard walls were removed: one was rebuilt at the property line to enlarge the space, while another was replaced by the walls of the new Ipe-clad carport. From the driveway, the carport is entered through a metal-clad sectional garage door (for security). Pedestrian access from the carport to the entry courtyard is through a metal-clad rolling barn door. The street side of the courtyard is enclosed by an Ipe fence. Its basket weave steel gate (with doorbell and intercom) provides privacy and security, and is complemented by the decorative copper light fixtures and copper downspouts on the carport.

At the street, Ipe fence panels and entry arbor add to the curb appeal and provide support for climbing plants. The new front yard features a native buffalo grass lawn and new low water plantings.

On the back of the home, new screened porches were added to extend living and dining outdoors for all four seasons. These new spaces are designed to maximize the views of the garden and birds in flight. A 3-panel folding ‘Nana’ window opens the kitchen to the additions and the natural light and views of the yard, while facilitating pass-through access to the dining area. Interior details include decorative sconces, copper gutter cove lighting, an integrated sound system and custom-designed end tables. Cypress ceilings add a lighter color and touch with a natural flavor and contrast with the stained concrete floor. Exterior details include copper rain chains and steel planter boxes. Outside the porches, drill stem pipes and a lawn define another outdoor room that is open to the sky; the pipes support LED twinkle lights that further define the room and animate it after dark.

Expert craftsmanship is seen in the use of wood throughout the project. A dense wood, Ipe was chosen for its warmth and durability, and was used both as siding and decorative trim for the interior and exterior wall surfaces. The porch wall screens were built with aluminum frames and are removable for ease of cleaning. Custom designed screen doors with flower motifs complete the project.

The end result of the design is a series of outdoor spaces that facilitate connection with nature. The owners have already seeded the garden for a bounty of spring wildflowers and are planning to install a small orchard. Central city living at its best!

Architect: Gregory Thomas AIA
Project Manager: Jim Venable

Photography by Jonathan Jackson, 2011

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tee5585 added this to Outdoor spaces
May 30, 2014
screened porch double doors
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October 14, 2013
lean to w slanted walls
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October 10, 2013
debradin added this to Patio Ideas
September 15, 2013
these aren't the glass doors I want but this is the idea for the garage - one open wall to the backyard
Dhinka Rizkiansyah added this to dhinka_rizkiansyah's ideas
August 27, 2013
window and light come in in
Karen Bouchard added this to Furniture
August 16, 2013
the chairs are lovely!
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May 8, 2013
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April 28, 2013
Death to the carport.
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April 18, 2013
cypress ceiling and fan
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March 29, 2013
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February 24, 2013
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November 11, 2012
Log cabin look. Stained concrete
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August 22, 2012
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August 21, 2012
beautiful doors
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July 25, 2012
Love these doors
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June 14, 2012
Back room area enclosed next to pool.
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June 8, 2012
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June 4, 2012
the design would work with my carport
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June 2, 2012
clean natural setting great decor i wish this was my room
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May 2, 2012
Don't like having two sides of the house as my screen porch walls but I do like the wall of fireplace.
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the chairs
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January 13, 2012
garage space could transform to this
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Screen porch
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Double doors
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