Take a Tour of the Cox Family's New Backyard 4

Dream Outdoor Kitchen and Screen Room by Heartlands Building Company

Mike and Donna Cox wanted to find a way to better enjoy the backyard area of their Chesterfield home and to utilize the space as a place to entertain family and friends. When the Cox family moved into their home in 2009, it already boasted a lovely pool in the backyard; unfortunately, due to the presence of bugs and a lack of shade they weren’t able to enjoy being out in the backyard as much as they would have liked. Mike and Donna called and invited several building companies to come take a look at the area and to help share in their vision of adding an outdoor living space onto the back of their home.

“Most of the companies we talked to seemed uninterested to work with us commenting that the space was too small to work with because of the closeness of the pool to the house. Larry Brost from Heartlands Building Company came in and had great ideas on how to create just the kind of space we wanted,” says Donna Cox.

Heartlands Building Company worked with the Cox family to create an outdoor screen room complete with a stone gas fireplace, automatically retractable screens and colored, textured concrete flooring.  The screen room is a true extension of the interior of the house and a shady transition out to the yard and pool.

“Before we added the room, there was absolutely no shade out here and the bugs made things unpleasant at times. We really hardly came out here at all other than to swim. Now, with our room addition we are always out here; we are so happy with it,” says Cox.

The screen room is decorated and furnished like an interior room. “We purchased the furniture from Amini’s in Chesterfield and it is very comfortable and sturdy,” says Cox.

The outdoor room has a large flat screen TV installed over the fireplace. The TV is held by an arm bracket that allows the Cox Family to pull it out and angle it to watch TV from the pool, and other areas of the yard.

Across the pool, on the opposite side of the yard from the screen room is the new outdoor kitchen—also installed by Heartland Building Company. The outdoor kitchen has granite counter tops and top of the line stainless steel appliances including a grill, refrigerator, ice maker and supply storage. One end of the outdoor kitchen features a counter area for serving food and the other end has counter –height seating sheltered by an umbrella that has lighting installed inside its canopy for evening use.

“Heartland Building Company worked with our ideas and added their own to come up with a great plan to make our backyard a great place to entertain; they were very professional and delivered on everything they promised. We are looking forward to our first summer with our new room and outdoor kitchen,” Cox says.