By Lacey N. Howard
September 27, 2005
Harry Taylor

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 patternedcushions extend the interior's living and dining spaces. "Weselected durable outdoor fabrics and furnishings so there are noworries about coming in off the beach and plopping down on theporch," Allyson says. "The fabrics are fun, but fairly neutral,"she adds, noting that the color scheme blends with the water andnatural landscape. In the porch's corner, a teak swing harkens topast Southern summers.

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

Where the stone gives way to composite decking, a round teaktable, folding armchairs, and a parasol offer shady alfresco spacefor dining near the fire pit. "The firelight adds a lot of ambienceto the outdoor rooms and provides warmth in the cooler months soeveryone can still enjoy the terrace," says Allyson.

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

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