Column: Project of the decade highlight: Lanais
In a humble effort to continue celebrating our “PROJECT OF THE DECADE” we recently previewed, let’s explore the individual components more in depth, starting with the lanais.
We design / build considerably more open-air porches (lanais) than we do screen porches or sunrooms. The conversation evolves from client to client. Some are horrified at the thought of mosquitos and flies buzzing around their outdoor room, but many tolerate them or simply don’t have an insect problem.
Steve and Courtenay Wagner’s beautiful home, and project of the year, is gracefully nestled in an elegant, leafy neighborhood that merges into a heavily wooded area. Yet insects curiously aren’t an issue. The lanais needed to communicate smartly with the rest of the seven outdoor living spaces. Yes … seven fabulous spaces! A few are small, intimate escapes and others are centered around the art of entertaining … surrounding the pool, positioned in front of the fireplace or growing from the grill station as festivities and family joy spreads.
We chose premium cedar as the primary structural lanais components with a few flairs to pull the details from the home into the lanais. The ceiling fan helps with airflow and is a contributor to discouraging flying insects from hanging around. Because of the woods canopy, shade wasn’t a driver in the structure, simply a resounding place to gather. And this place has it all.
TV. BAR-COUNTER. TAP.
I can only imagine how powerful, yet peaceful, it must be to celebrate with family and friends while the Colts game screams on the outdoor TV. The formal brick fireplace situated a comfortable distance away, crackles under the loud cheers from another Luck touchdown as a local craft beer flows from the bar station tap. Another Colts win!
That’s why this is our “PROJECT OF THE DECADE.”