Blueprint for Improvement: Exterior upgrade on Geist Reservoir


Built in 1988 on Geist Reservoir, this home’s owners were looking to update the exterior and increase the waterfront backyard’s aesthetic appeal and entertaining space.

  • A covered deck made from Ipe, a Brazilian hardwood that naturally repels insects and resists decay, replaced a gravel patio. Retractable screens hidden in the deck’s columns provide protection from the elements at the press of a button.
  • The upper deck was reconfigured with clean lines for a modern appeal. Trex composite decking and a water mitigation system ensure durability with minimal maintenance.
  • A pool house and Smart Pergola with an outdoor kitchen and fireplace were added to increase entertaining space. The Smart Pergola is equipped with louvres that can be angled to direct the breeze or closed to deflect rain for all-season outdoor enjoyment.
  • The stonework around the pool was replaced with a sand matrix concrete that stays cool in the sun, is nonslip and comfortable underfoot.
  • The brickwork on the façade was repaired and painted for to unify and modernize the exterior.

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