Create an Oasis in Your Own Back Yard

Adding an outdoor living area to your home will be one of the best investments you ever make. Not just because it increases the value of your home, but because it will increase the value of the time you spend there.

Furniture and landscaping are important, but building thoughtfully designed areas for relaxing and entertaining is the best place to start because it will expand the time you are able to spend outdoors. In the St. Louis area, it is practical to cover your outdoor living area with an insulated roof for relief from sun and rain, but also to have the option to add screens to protect your family from insects. If you don’t like the idea of closing off your space with screens, consider retractable screens. They roll up with the touch of a remote control, giving you the versatility of a screen room when you need it and a more open space when you don’t.

If your property allows for a patio, you don’t have to settle for a plain gray surface. There are many decorative concrete possibilities to give character to the space. If your lot is sloped, maximize your outdoor space by building a low maintenance composite deck and creating an outdoor room underneath, utilizing an under-deck drainage system. Water is captured and diverted into your gutters, providing a covered dry space for a screened room, sitting/TV area, grilling area, and/or hot tub adjoining your yard or pool deck.

An outdoor kitchen takes your entertaining possibilities to the next level. It gives you the opportunity to cook for and serve your guests without missing any of the fun. Friends and family always gather in the kitchen and your outdoor kitchen will be no exception. Imagine a stone-faced, built-in barbeque area with features such as a refrigerator, ice maker, storage and a granite counter top. There are so many products now that are rated and warranted for the outdoors, that you’ll have a hard time choosing!

When there’s a chill in the air and you need a place to snuggle, there’s nothing more romantic than sitting by a fire, whether it’s a fire pit or an outdoor fireplace. A fireplace is the most requested feature in an outdoor room and a beautiful focal point, but there are many outdoor heating options that are practical and attractive that will extend the use of your outdoor room.

In the St. Louis area, one company that has been leading this trend in creative outdoor living spaces is Heartlands Building Company. Since 2002, Heartlands has become known as a designer and builder of custom outdoor living areas, with over 2,000 satisfied customers. Their success is fueled by their passion for delivering quality.

Larry Brost, founder of Heartlands, focuses on listening to customers and working with their ideas for how they would like to use outdoor living areas. He says, “Customers can’t always visualize the final product, but they can describe how they plan to enjoy their outdoor areas, ranging from date nights to barbecuing to entertaining family and friends.”

Customers are pleasantly surprised that their design is exactly what they wanted. Larry believes in fully integrating outdoor living spaces into the existing home. These outdoor retreats are constructed for frequent high traffic use, and, to be worry-free long after completion, Heartlands uses the most durable exterior rated products. This passion for quality is shared by co-owners Dick O’Brien, Adam Twellman and Jake Halloran.

Heartlands Building Company has enhanced many of the finest homes in St. Louis County and surrounding areas, and will work closely with you to develop a design, work plan and a fixed price for your dream project. You can call Heartlands for a free at-home consultation or an appointment at their showroom in Chesterfield Valley at 636-728-0003. You can learn more about them and view a gallery of their screen rooms, decks, homes and additions at