Say Hello to Summer!
As the days grow colder and the hours of daylight start to dwindle, it hits us. That late-fall seasonal shift where all you can see ahead of you is dreary winter weather, bonechilling temps and hours upon hours (upon hours) spent indoors.
For most of us, while there might be a few bright spots in the long, dark winter, we spend the season counting the days until the sunlight lingers past 8 p.m., the warm air wraps around us like a sundried beach towel, and everyone opens their doors and emerges from hibernation. At my house, these are the days when our screen door slams shut countless times a day while my kids run in and out from the backyard, and all meals, from sun up to sun down, are served outdoors. Yes, friends, these are the glorious days of summer.
In this special outdoor living issue we celebrate everything this glorious season has to offer. We jump straight to the backyard in Drawing Board (page 22) where we share expert tips and advice for creating a smart — and show stopping — outdoor kitchen. If you’ve ever fantasized about stepping out your back door to enjoy your own al fresco prep, cooking and dining space, this story is for you. Savvy Shopper (page 14), Inside Style (page 16) and Product Guide (page 28) take it outside, too, focusing on stylish summer products and design strategies for heating up all of your home’s exterior spaces.
Of course, it’s not only what’s outside, but what’s inside that counts. In “Your House, Your Way” (page 50), one company shares one of their most popular plans and the different ways their customers have tweaked it to suit their personal style. The take away? You don’t have to spend the time — and money — designing a custom home from scratch. With a little vision and know how, you can alter any existing plan to create a one-of-a-kind feel in your future timber home.
And last but not least we have our three home tours, which showcase how seamlessly this construction style can blend with its natural surroundings. From a “mountain modern” retreat in North Carolina (“Worth the Wait,” page 30) to a bright and beautiful timber frame in Ohio (“Room With a View,” page 38), this issue has something for everyone.
So, with the summer season upon us, we hope you find a sunny (or shady) spot to relax and unwind with this, our outdoor living issue. And we hope our ideas and home tours help inspire a timber home that looks and lives beautifully from the outside in — no matter the season.