The owners of a Bethesda home purchased the property next door with the intent to combine the two lots and build an addition to their existing house. They wanted a swimming pool with an outdoor living area, a two-car garage, family room, kitchenette, and guest suite.
Our team reviewed the site and what it would look like once the neighboring house was demolished. One of the crucial goals of the designers was to locate the pool behind the addition and keep the massing of the addition down to retain sunlight to the pool in the summer without the new structure or existing house shading the pool.
We had a place holder in our design for the location of the pool, but the detailed plan for the pool, fire pit, surfacing, and plantings were developed by the landscape/pool company and homeowner. We built the addition and the pool company poured the pool foundation. The house was on a corner lot, so the pool company was able to access the site from the other side of the house from where we were building the addition.
Outdoor Room. The covered porch area is about ten-feet by thirty-feet and is an exterior living/dining room. This area has ceiling fans, recessed lighting, and a flat screen on one wall. The client wanted operable screens, so once we completed the addition, he hired a company to install screens that lower at the touch of a button to create a screened porch. Along the back wall of the garage there is storage for pool toys and tools and a showerhead.
Michael K. Wilkinson