“Our dream outdoor space is now just two steps away from our kitchen door.”
“Ever since we moved to the St. Louis area four years ago, we wanted to create a great cooking and entertainment area in our back yard. We love to cook, be outdoors, and entertain friends and family, and had a very good idea of exactly what
But this Wildwood family started to give up on having their dream outdoor room. They spoke with three different reputable builders over a three year period, each of whom said it either couldn’t be done how they wanted or it would cost almost as much as their house.
“Despite the fact that they were very competent and respected builders with great references, they either could not envision the look and openness we wanted, or they couldn’t see how to build it the way we wanted. It was clear that our project would be something they had never done before and I was not comfortable with that, and I sensed the builders weren’t either!” They were even going to draw up plans to build a cabin on their lake property just to create the outdoor space they wanted!
The family was about to give up on having an outdoor space added to their home when they saw pictures of Heartlands Building Company’s work in this magazine. The entire family had the same reaction: “That’s the room we want!” After meeting with Larry Brost of Heartlands, and seeing their previous work, they knew Heartlands could build the outdoor living space they wanted the way they wanted. “The fact that Heartlands specializes in outdoor rooms clearly showed. We were so confident we had the right builder, we signed the contract in less than a week.”
Once the contract was signed, plans were drawn and Dan, the Heartlands project manager, used 3-D software to let the family see all the details they wanted as well as some features they hadn’t thought of as they were dreamt up. He coordinated with the retaining wall and pool contractors to make sure all aspects of the outdoor area flowed together. “The entire Heartlands team is professional, competent, and experienced. They were so friendly and courteous, they became like part of the family. Unlike most builders we have worked with, they took great pride in keeping the job site clean; never forgetting the site was not just where they work, it’s where we live.”
With the help of a structural engineer, Heartlands was able to limit the number of support posts, creating an “open” covered area between the pool and the lower level of the house. The deck above is low maintenance and environmentally friendly Fibron composite. The custom extruded aluminum railing is strong enough to lean on and wide enough to accommodate guests’ cups and plates. The deck adjoins a stone patio with a big, beautiful stone and brick wood burning fireplace. A decorative concrete counter and cooking area sit between the two. Between the fireplace and the infrared heaters Larry recommended, the family was surprised to find that they could use their outdoor room all winter long.
“Our addition clearly looks like it’s another room of the home, not simply an added on deck or cooking area. We just love the outcome.” You can see more completed Heartlands living spaces at www.heartlandshome.com. The gallery of projects includes outdoor rooms as well as custom homes, home additions and remodels. To discuss a project at your home, you can call Heartlands for a free in-home consultation or an appointment at their showroom in Chesterfield Valley at 636-728-0003. clm