Tidewater Landing: Outdoor Living

Text by Lacey N. Howard
With the plan's more than 1,800 square feet of open-air spaces, homeowners enjoy bay breezes year-round. On the first-floor porch, two groupings of synthetic-wicker seating covered in patterned cushions extend the interior's living and dining spaces. "We selected durable outdoor fabrics and furnishings so there are no worries about coming in off the beach and plopping down on the porch," Allyson says. "The fabrics are fun, but fairly neutral," she adds, noting that the color scheme blends with the water and natural landscape. In the porch's corner, a teak swing harkens to past Southern summers.

Beyond, a deck of honed, Tennessee crab orchard stone surrounds a small pool. "It has enough texture to keep people from slipping, but is still comfortable to walk on barefoot," says builder Jim Sykes.

Where the stone gives way to composite decking, a round teak table, folding armchairs, and a parasol offer shady alfresco space for dining near the fire pit. "The firelight adds a lot of ambience to the outdoor rooms and provides warmth in the cooler months so everyone can still enjoy the terrace," says Allyson.

In the screened cabana, the designers outfitted a kitchen as an outdoor chef's dream. A professional grill topped with a powerful cooking ventilation system in a sleek, stainless steel finish keeps the cabana smoke-free. Other outdoor appliances-under-counter refrigerator, draft-beer dispenser, sink, and warming drawer-help create the ultimate cooking system. Guests watch the chef at work from a glass-topped dining table and wicker chairs beneath a whirling ceiling fan. "The outdoor kitchen is fully functional," Allyson says. "You could prepare a five-course meal out here."

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