How to Create Outdoor Living Rooms
A brick arch marks the entrance to the alluring third room, an ivy-draped "dining court." Seeing no need for a huge house, the couple "blew the roof off" the back corner of the dairy, keeping its brick walls intact. "We call it the grotto," Deborah says. "It's the best place to host a dinner party."
French doors connect this inviting dining area to the kitchen. "As soon as spring arrives," Deborah says, "we spend as much time as we can outside. Our house becomes twice as large."
Climbing ivy softens the aged brick walls; a rusty door, original to the dairy, adds earthy character.