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Example of a mid-sized classic backyard stone patio design in Seattle with a fire pit and a roof extension

Mercer Island Waterfront EstateTraditional Patio, Seattle

Here's one of our most recent projects that was completed in 2011. This client had just finished a major remodel of their house in 2008 and were about to enjoy Christmas in their new home. At the time, Seattle was buried under several inches of snow (a rarity for us) and the entire region was paralyzed for a few days waiting for the thaw. Our client decided to take advantage of this opportunity and was in his driveway sledding when a neighbor rushed down the drive yelling that his house was on fire. Unfortunately, the house was already engulfed in flames. Equally unfortunate was the snowstorm and the delay it caused the fire department getting to the site. By the time they arrived, the house and contents were a total loss of more than $2.2 million.

Our role in the reconstruction of this home was two-fold. The first year of our involvement was spent working with a team of forensic contractors gutting the house, cleansing it of all particulate matter, and then helping our client negotiate his insurance settlement. Once we got over these hurdles, the design work and reconstruction started. Maintaining the existing shell, we reworked the interior room arrangement to create classic great room house with a contemporary twist. Both levels of the home were opened up to take advantage of the waterfront views and flood the interiors with natural light. On the lower level, rearrangement of the walls resulted in a tripling of the size of the family room while creating an additional sitting/game room. The upper level was arranged with living spaces bookended by the Master Bedroom at one end the kitchen at the other. The open Great Room and wrap around deck create a relaxed and sophisticated living and entertainment space that is accentuated by a high level of trim and tile detail on the interior and by custom metal railings and light fixtures on the exterior.

Example of a mid-sized classic backyard stone patio design in Seattle with a fire pit and a roof extension —  Houzz
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Anne Wolfington wrote:Aug 20, 2013
Two Brothers Brick Paving wrote:Jan 24, 2014
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    Two Brothers Brick Paving
    Thanks for the response. I appreciate it. I wonder if he painted the backer board so that you couldn't tell it was backer board. It looks like you can see behind the tv.
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    Shuler Architecture
    Now that I look at this closely, I think you're right. It looks like the same color as the wall shingles.
gfaricy wrote:Mar 19, 2015
De Carina - fireplaces wrote:Jan 24, 2014
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    I'll check it out. Thanks for getting in touch. BTW, my engineer is from Croatia. Very talented guy.
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    De Carina - fireplaces
    We live in a small country and we have to try harder
fastback409 wrote:Dec 22, 2016
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    Hi and thanks for the question, This stone is an adhered veneer probably from the manufacturer 'El Dorado Stone'. El Dorado offers a wdie variety of product that I think looks much better than the competition. Check them out here:


    Good luck with you project.

    Mark Shuler

Jeffrey Selingo wrote:Feb 19, 2016
dgoodwin07 wrote:Oct 10, 2014
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    Hi and thanks for the question. There are very strict installation requirements for this type of arrangement. Because those requirements were not adhered to by the subcontractor who worked on the previous house, a fire occurred that destroyed this house. I don't know these specifications off the top of my head but I know the are minimum clearances that need to be maintained. Check with the BBQ manufacturer for these specs and then use common sense. If you have any questions, contact your local building official to see if they can provide with you any guidance.

    Good Luck.
Hidden Cove architects wrote:Jan 17, 2014
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    I believe these are custom cabinets with a good marine paint on them. Since this setup is under cover and protected from wind driven rain, they should last for a long time. Just make sure you protect your cabinets and you will have the same experience. BTW, the contractor of this project is based on Bainbridge if you need a builder. Just email me and I can pass along his contact information.
pkryger wrote:Nov 3, 2013
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    Hello pkryger,

    Are you asking me a question or merely commenting on the photo?


    Mark Shuler

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Cool add-on: rotisserie. If you’d love to be able to roast chicken to perfection, a rotisserie add-on for a gas grill could be your new best friend. If you are planning to add a rotisserie, be sure to choose a grill large enough to handle it — check that the lid is high enough to close with the rotisserie in place.Find grill rotisseries

Steven Corley Randel, Architect added this to How to Get a Built-In Outdoor GrillJan 13, 2014

This cozy outdoor room has a grill as its finishing touch. The grill has its own vent hood, designed into the home’s architecture. Be cautious and hire a pro when planning grills snug to the building. You want to be certain that it’s properly ventilated and the heat is well controlled.

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Cooking space next to hosting space

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Comfy couches, built in grill, fireplace, tv!

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