Here’s a listing that wouldn’t surprise me:
This is a remodeled and expanded home designed for entertaining and outdoor living. The 2,317-square-foot home at 123 High Cotton Road has 4,634 square feet of living space.
Oh, so traditional: The home has three bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, two living rooms, two dining areas and an attached two-car garage. The living room has a fireplace. The kitchen has eating space, a breakfast bar, pantry, granite counters and double ovens.
Oh, so mundane: The master bedroom has a full bath and walk-in closet. The home has window treatments, combination woodwork, wood floors in the entry and kitchen, a covered patio and security system.
But the outdoor living space is resplendent — and redundant! It includes three outdoor sleeping areas, 2 1/2 baths (trees are labeled), two outdoor living rooms, two outdoor dining areas and a detached, uncovered two-car parking area, also outdoors.
The main outdoor living room has a fire pit. The outdoor den-study is naturally shaded and lends itself to deep contemplation — outdoors.
The outdoor kitchen has outdoor eating space, an outdoor breakfast bar, an outdoor roll-away pantry, outdoor granite counters (super authentic; the granite came from outdoors!) and double outdoor ovens.
The master outdoor sleeping porch has a full outdoor bath and walk-out closet.
The home has exterior window treatments, combination woodwork au naturel, dirt floors outside the entry – and inside the outry — and just off the outdoor kitchen.
It also has an uncovered patio and living security system (the dogs). In a corner in the back yard are a simple portable charcoal grill, classic picnic table under an umbrella and a Slip ‘N Slide, staged for a reminder of how far we’ve come.
Movement hardly new
The outdoor living movement isn’t exactly new, although calling it “outdoor living,” rather than “hey, let’s go to the patio” is fairly recent.
The furnishings and appliances that go with serious outdoor living space rival the indoor stuff — if they don’t surpass it.
Nowadays, in interior design — wait, exterior design — whatever it’s called, outdoor living is firmly a part of design for living space: “Establish traffic patterns,” “Create a focal point,” “Zone your space,” Connect to the indoors” are all tips from Better Homes and Gardens.
And I went to an extreme here, just for fun. Outdoor living areas can be great. But I wonder:
Our ancestors worked so hard to get the kitchen, beds, bath, heat and air-conditioning and everything inside the house.
They surely would be dumbfounded to see people work so hard to get so much back outside again.