New outdoor living space

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Original back patio: This home, located in the Claybridge subdivision on the west side of Carmel, was built in the early 1990s, and the current homeowners are the original owners. They commented, “We had an ugly blue stone patio that had become very dirty. We really never used the back patio and we felt the great views of the water were going to waste. We thought a great deal about the design we wanted, and the designers were very helpful with ideas too.”

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New gazebo: The new gazebo includes an outdoor TV and Phantom motorized retractable screens that raise and lower with a handheld remote control. “Our favorite part of the space is the gazebo. We never realized what we had been missing by not spending any time in our backyard until we had the gazebo built. We have comfortable furniture out there, where we sit and play games together on our iPads. We also had large patio heaters installed so we can use it during the colder weather. It feels like we have added a whole other room to our home.”

Deck and patio details: The project included new Timbertech composite decking, custom black aluminum railing, a fire pit and a concrete paver patio with seat walls and a built-in grill. “When we have people over, we sit by the fire pit, which is very enjoyable. I have even had friends over during the cooler days and we enjoy sitting out there.”

Final results: The homeowners noted, “We are very happy to be able to spend time at the back of the house now. We have a very nice backyard, as (we) spend a lot of time with the flowers and landscaping, and we live on a lake. We feel like we can appreciate that area much more now. It is a delight to be out there. We joke that we feel like we are out in the country when we are out there.”

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