Johnson of Johnson Design Inc., Oconomowoc, designed an outdoor
retreat for a Brookfield family. "We are seeing a trend toward
these transitional spaces," Johnson says. "Originating in
states like California, Arizona and Florida, areas like this give the
architecture of the house added importance by creating additional
dimensions of shade, shadow and light. What we are really doing is
bringing back the old idea of porches."
Here are three
keys to creating a functional outdoor space.
1. Visual Flow
Clad in smooth
cedar siding, the striking porch is exceptionally inviting.
"Because we used a material often seen indoors, the transition to
the exterior of the house is smooth and visually expands the interior
to create more living, dining, relaxing and entertaining space,"
Johnson says. Doors to the area open from the living room and den,
with a great flow for parties.
2. All the
The long space
affords defined areas for dining and lounging and high-end outdoor
furniture raises the comfort level. The Lannon stone floor is locally
produced and ceiling fans help move the air. Speakers and lighting
make it feel even more like an extension of the house.
from the Elements
porch faces south, overlooking the three-acre property, it is a
protected space. Perhaps the most unique features are the
"phantom screens" that are built into the soffits. With a
push of a button they can be lowered to protect against insects. M