We are looking to redesign our outdoor patio, and in the future, add a garage to our back yard.
Phase 1 includes adding an open covered outdoor patio off of the existing family room. The current patio is simply a paver patio which we hope to keep. The large maple tree is in poor health and will be removed before the start of this project. The current patio area is surrounded by several mature gardens; the goal is to maintain or replace as much of the garden area as possible. The covered patio should be supported by as few columns as possible. The interior area of the new patio should have a finished exposed structure (see photo) with skylights to let in more light. Where the roof of the new patio ties into the existing family room, it would be preferred if the roof of the family room can be raised to give a larger feeling of the existing space.The new patio design should also incorporate a modest outdoor kitchen (outside of the covered area, yet within easy access.
Phase 2 is to add a garage in the back yard. The design of the new garage must harmonize with the architectural style of the existing house, including color palate and materials (see photos). This garage MUST be attached to the existing house or covered patio with a breezeway or similar structure. The size of the garage is 18 ft wide by 28 ft deep. The garage is preferred to have a hip roof with large overhangs, similar to house. The garage should be designed with a 12 ft wide by 8 ft high garage door plus a single pedestrian door. The windows in the garage should be wider than they are tall and mounted high on the wall (see photo). There will also be a new driveway extended back from the existing driveway with a 10 ft wide paved exterior parking space between the garage and fence (see attached site plan drawing).
I would like to see a site plan and perspective view(s) for Phase 1 by itself, then a separate site plan and perspective view(s) for Phase 1 + Phase 2 together.
The design goal is to make the existing family room and the new outdoor covered patio feel like an extension of the same space, just separated by a glass doorwall. Additional windows may be added to the family room area to enhance the lighting and to give a more connected feel between the spaces.
Secondly, the goal is set the garage far enough away from the house and new patio to keep its "presence" from being felt while on the patio, yet while keeping the connecting breezeway as short as possible. While sitting on the patio, the presence of the garden should dominate, and the garage should feel like it is in the background.
Finally, the goal of the breezeway is to connect the new garage to the house/patio with as minimum structure as possible. It is only being included because the garage is required to be attached, so keeping it to a minimum, both visually and cost, is strongly desired. Keep it as short and minimally visible as possible. The breezeway is required to have a shingled roof and pitch similar to the house. It should be narrow and provide a covered walking path through the garden to the garage. In the future, I *might* remove the breezeway (depending on the mood of the association), therefore, the best design will also be appealing even with the breezeway gone.
The homeowner's association has the following mandatory requirements that MUST be included in ALL designs presented:
- The roof pitch and cornice of the patio, breezeway, and garage must "conform" to the architectural lines of the existing house. The existing house has a 4/12 pitch roof. The pitch of the garage roof may be made only slightly steeper to allow for somewhat more headroom in the attic area of the garage.
- Detached garages are not allowed, therefore, the patio, breezeway, and new garage, MUST all be interconnected and attached to the existing house.
- The minimum setback for all structures is 16 feet from the side and rear lot lines, however, the new paved exterior parking space should be placed within this setback area, directly along side of the garage.
- The garage must have at least 50% brick or stone exterior and designed to blend as seamlessly as possible with the style of the existing house.
A couple final notes:
The gardens are VERY important! Extra consideration will be given to the design that incorporates significant garden space around the patio into the final design.
These descriptions and sketches are provided to give a general idea of what I am currently thinking. However, I encourage creative, tasteful designs that may deviate from these ideas yet still contain all of the association's requirements.