Qualified Remodeler Magazine

JUL 2015

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Nature Refned Projects incorporate hardscaping and masonry for an earthy appearance, durability and the 'pop' of contrast provided against a home or landscape Compiled by Kacey Larsen SEAMLESS TRANSITIONS BETWEEN OUTDOOR SPACES, ENTRANCES ACHIEVED "Hardscaping and masonry help make outdoor living spaces warmer," says Jon Vogel, CEO and owner of New Outlooks Construction in Robbinsville, N.J. "Tey also provide a natural look and feel to proj- ects that help enhance the aesthetic look by providing great contrast to the wood and composite materials used in decks." Both the look and durability of hardscaping and masonry were key reasons New Outlooks Construction incorporated them into an outdoor living project in Manalapan, N.J. Te homeowners wanted to create a back- yard retreat where they could relax both in and out of the sunlight, explains Vogel. "One of the most important aspects of this project for the homeowners was to make sure all areas of the home were connected and cohesive with each other, including the driveway at the front of the house, pool area, kitchen via the top deck entrance and fnished basement entry from the stone walkway," he says. "Now, the homeowners can access any of the four areas mentioned from any starting point, creating seamless transitioning from one area of the home to another without difculty." Te pool, hot tub and surrounding pav- ers were preexisting, but both the outdoor living design and color palette were se- lected to complement the house and the existing spaces. Vogel explains that the lower deck, where the grill is located, is meant to stand out more than the decking areas, and the stone on the walls give the space a "pop" and contrast to other mate- rial types and colors. Te glass railing is also a featured element of the project, so it was a goal to have it stand out. "All the materials used [for the project] are very durable and will not be damaged by the weather, giving the space we cre- ated incredible durability," Vogel says. "Homeowners nowadays enjoy the safety and comfort of their own homes, so they are looking to increase their ability to en- joy and entertain within the confnes of their own home." Photos: Robert Woolley, Wolf Home Products 26 July 2015 QR QualifiedRemodeler.com | ForResidentialPros.com PROJECTS: QR Outdoors

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