Award-Winning Outdoor Living Space & 2nd Level Deck
This classy and timeless outdoor living space was honored in 2014 with the Oregon Remodelers Association (ORA,) Outstanding Remodeling Achievement Award for Exterior Remodel under $100k. Design by Becky Olsen, 2014 Best of the Mid-Valley winner for Best Interior Decorator.
The objective was to build an outdoor living space in South Salem fitting the time period of the existing home; to include a weather-tight upper decking system designed to withstand the wet weather demands of the Northwest climate, while creating a show place outdoor living space designed for entertaining on the ground level.
The biggest challenge was creating a look for the project that was seamless with the period of the home. The goal was to make this new dynamic space appear as though it was always an integral part of the existing structure.
Solutions to some of our challenges consisted of creating a design consistent with the existing elements of the structure. Working collectively as a team between the designer and clients, listening to our clients’ wants, needs and over all goals; followed by working as a team to determine the best solution for each individual piece in order to complete a successful project that exceeded our clients’ expectations.
The fireplace structure and brick veneer in the cooking area were of recycled brick materials from the 1900’s, produced by Oregon State Penitentiary inmates in 1912. Ironically, this projected was completed exactly 100 years later. Some of the bricks are carved with ‘OSP Convict made 1912’. These bricks match an addition completed on the home a few years prior.
Much of the finished materials were made of recycled wood products.
The second story 5 layer deck system was an excellent solution to the weather problems in the space. It had advantages by being very low maintenance while providing a water tight shield to the living area below and maintaining the overall esthetic appeal.