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  • Writer's pictureJanene Bourgerie Cayton

Featured on Houzz

Updated: Dec 1, 2017

I am proud to say that I was featured on Houzz this week. Here is the write up to my article.

Article by: Mitchell Parker October 7, 2016

Houzz Editorial Staff. Home design journalist writing about cool spaces, innovative trends, breaking news, industry analysis and humor.

In many places, fall is the best season to enjoy outdoor areas — not too cold, not too hot. But when the sun goes down, a little extra warmth is very welcomed. And nothing can beat the heat and ambience of an outdoor fireplace. These three modern outdoor spaces show you how to get your flame on.

Cayton Design Studio 1. Lounge Act

Designers: Janene Bourgerie Cayton of Cayton Design Studio and Steve Sutherland of SSA Landscape Architects Location: Seacliff beach, California Size: 456 square feet (42.3 square meters); 19 by 24 feet (5.7 by 7.3 meters)

Homeowners’ request: A modern outdoor living, cooking and dining space fit for entertaining.

Fireplace: Custom masonry yellow firebrick firebox surrounded by smooth, hand-troweled plaster and a cantilevered hearth. “We wanted a low, long fireplace to create a feeling of a bigger outdoor space with a modern look,” designer Janene Bourgerie says. “It also provides a focal point for the outdoor room as well as one from the inside kitchen, dining or living room.”

Other special features: Cedar plank walls with translucent light panels. Concrete floors. Grill area. Dining table with granite top. Natural cedar cabinets with Gascogne Blue limestone countertops and backsplash.

Designer secret: “Clean lines and a minimalist approach using horizontal lines and proportions can make an area feel more spacious,” Bourgerie says. “Also, keep it simple and use select materials and finishes and carry them throughout, and bring in color and texture through plant material.”

Also on the team: Schnaible Construction; RR Jones Photography

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