Living In Your Back Yard

Home Essentials / Stories / August 1, 2014


Kim and Mike Roberts have lived in their home in the Valley Park West subdivision for 15 years and have always loved their backyard, which overlooks the woods and a small creek running along their property line.

Kim is a pharmacist at Pyramid Pharmacy and Mike, the former Chief Meteorologist for KRCG-TV for 15 years is currently an Administrative Officer with the Missouri National Guard and has been deployed twice to Iraq, once with the Missouri Army National Guard’s 110th Engineer Battalion. Married for 25 years, the couple have three children, Becky, Brendan and Jessica. They love to entertain, but their house and small outdoor deck was too small to accommodate a larger gathering of family and friends.

Before our house was very linear, with long narrow rooms and when we had people over a few could be in the kitchen and others in the family room,” Kim said. “We wanted an area both inside and out where we could all be together.”

A year ago, they turned to Jude Markway Construction Co. to begin an expansion project, which included constructing a third-car garage, removing the deck, enlarging the family room and adding an outdoor entertainment area. Draftsmen Darin McKinney and Markway’s son, Levi, who work at Scruggs Lumber, drew the plans.

The outdoor entertainment area really expanded their living space and has become an extension of their home,” said Markway.

Due to the rules of the subdivision, the third-car garage, built to house Mike’s Harley Davidson motorcycle, had to be attached to the house somehow, so a wooden pergola was constructed.

Concrete Design Concepts used stamped concrete in a flagstone pattern, similar to that used in the front of the house, for the walkway under the pergola that leads to a large patio, which was designed to be two distinct areas and blend into the landscape.

We wanted a more informal side where the sink and the grill are located and we also wanted a nicer dining area, too,” Kim said.

One portion measures 20 x 28 and includes the grill, sink, bar and seating areas while the 14 x 24 patio is located behind the family room where the dining table sits. There are also two patterns of stamped concrete used, the flagstone in the dining area and a smooth look under the kitchen area.

Inspired by the bar she saw at the Midwest Block & Brick display at the Home Builders Show, she chose Rosetta to achieve a natural look with Belvedere a man-made interlocking stone. A concrete countertop and sealer that’s low maintenance was also installed.

We also wanted an open kitchen space and to be able to cook on the grill and sit at the bar and look out toward the woods,” Kim said.

Made with real Eden Stone, the fireplace serves as a focal point of the patio and also separates the two areas. Kim designed and modified the mantle and the hearth from one she found in a photo in a home living magazine. Brian Rackers, a landscaping specialist at Midwest Brick & Block was also involved in the project.

We like to sit and have our morning coffee and watch the wildlife in the woods,” said Kim. “We love how everything turned out.”


Alvin Leifeste

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