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On The Outside- Looking Out

“Party porches” are a new trend in alfresco Florida living. We check on three spectacular examples.

This new outdoor “room” quickly became a popular gathering place for a family of grilling aficionados. Featuring a grill, rotisserie and refrigerator, the chef has everything at his or her fingertips. To complete the setting, the design of the backsplash repeats the one seen on the fountain, and an elegant chandelier sheds its light. 

This new outdoor “room” quickly became a popular gathering place for a family of grilling aficionados. Featuring a grill, rotisserie and refrigerator, the chef has everything at his or her fingertips. To complete the setting, the design of the backsplash repeats the one seen on the fountain, and an elegant chandelier sheds its light. 

As far as Mimi Bowen was concerned the John’s Island house she and her husband John settled into was perfect – except for one not-so-insignificant thing.

“We really loved everything about the house but we also love to grill and there was no way we could to do that outside the kitchen,” Mimi explains, then with a laugh adds, “so my brain started working, which always gets to be expensive. The door you go through now had been a bay window that didn’t go to the floor so I thought well, this looks easy enough – we’ll just push out the window, put a little grill out there and everything will be fine. And then I thought, well, if we’re going to do that, why not add a guest suite?”

What the couple from New Orleans ended up with, thanks to architect Harry Howle and David Lyons from Croom Construction, far exceeded their expectations. Not only is the one bedroom/bath cabana a guest’s delight, the new, covered porch featuring a grill, rotisserie, refrigerator, table, chairs and large-screen TV has become the favorite place for family and friends to gather.

Read the entire article in the February 2010 issue