• Cinde Ingram

Under the Pines

Expanding allure of golf and outdoor living

oval-shapedThe oval-shaped patio at the back of the house accommodates plenty of deep seating and is easily accessible to the adjacent golf course.
Located in the heart of the north Carolina Sandhills, Pinehurst has attracted serious golfers and their families since Donald Ross first surveyed the property in 1901. Hosting the U.S. Open golf tournament increases interest each year.

As part of the renovation of an approximately 3,600-sq.-ft. vacation home in this golfing mecca, the homeowners wanted to create an expanded outdoor living space in time for this year’s U.S. Open. They brought in Christi Barbour, a finalist for 2015 ADAC Southeast Designer of the Year.

“We started the project a year in advance. That sounds like plenty of time, but we had to work within the existing rental calendar so we only had two windows of opportunity that were basically the off-season,” Barbour said. “We looked at the overall project schedule, the project scope and divided it into two parts. The actual time frame we could be in the house doing the work was a fairly short window.”

Barbour worked with the builder, Ducey Dabbs of Dabbs Brothers Construction, to provide design direction and layout, which he turned over to an architect to have drawings produced. “The architecture was wonderful,” Barbour said. “I was pleased with how the project turned out.”

Painting the brickPainting the brick exterior and adding a small patio area at the front of the house provides quiet space for a cup of coffee and breakfast croissant.
Although the homeowners wanted to make changes to the back of the house primarily to take advantage of its golf course views and be part of the tournaments, the front was renovated to provide a comfortable outdoor space. “They wanted somewhere to be able to go out and have a cup of coffee and a breakfast croissant near the kitchen, so we did a little courtyard patio right off the front,” Barbour said.

Before the renovation, the house had a smaller screened-in porch and no outdoor patio space. “We wanted to create a large and dynamic outdoor living space off the family room to increase the entertaining space for the home,” Barbour said. “We eliminated the screens from the small porch to open up the space and incorporate it as part of the larger outdoor living room. Then we brought the overhang out to give the back of the house some presence in terms of architecture, which is where you’ve got that nice A-frame entry onto the covered porch. We wanted multiple patio spaces so that there were options in terms of the groups coming to use the house.”

The property now features a large patio that extends to the back of the house and attaches with a meandering walkway to the side, creating two distinct outdoor living areas. Future plans call for installing a putting green beside the house, which explains why that patio is lower and doesn’t have a wall.

“The large almost-oval patio behind the home is scaled such that it can accommodate occasional seating and dining seating,” she said. “A break in the wall with integrated lighting allows easy access to walk right off that patio onto the golf course. It very much incorporates living on the golf course into that outdoor living space.”

extending the roofBy extending the roof at the back of the house, the homeowners have added a nice covered porch that serves as an outdoor living room.

The combined outdoor living areas measure about 1,200 square feet on the heavily wooded lot. “The patio is situated such that visitors have the choice to sit in the sun, partial shade or under the porch,” Barbour said. “Our primary goal when designing this home inside and out was to give visitors choices to create the best experiences for themselves. As a rental, you have a wide variety of people in this house – young and old, couples, families and groups of friends – all who use the space differently.”

Although Barbour was asked to source new outdoor furnishings for another project at their primary home, the homeowners had existing furnishings they wanted to be incorporated in the Pinehurst project.

“The measurement of success for us is that, since they renovated this house, their rental has been at full capacity because people love this house and continue to rent it,” Barbour said. “Another comment that I found quite flattering is they have always used this as a rental property, and the owners now want to block out time for themselves because they love the house so much. They own other property in Pinehurst so I took that as a nice compliment that they have other options and that’s one they like to be in.” Barbour said her most appreciated result of this project is a great new friendship.

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