I went to a party at Clint and Holly Smith’s house. They are just too cool.  You know the type.  The type of people who don’t just think “gee, that would be fun” but actually DO it?  So, they hired a Taco truck, added some music and had a party.  The real hit, though, was their new addition.  I couldn’t get over it.  I LOVE it.  I think you will too.  So, here are the details:

The Smith's house pre-renovation

The Smith’s house pre-renovation

The finished results.  Don't you love it?

The finished results. Don’t you love it?

Contractor: Dream Inc. Joe and Sunday Kovalick. [email protected].  Joe was the contractor, so he hooked the Smiths up with the stone mason, painters, floor installers, etc. Sunday helped them with choosing tile, flooring, bath fixtures, etc.

Residential Designer: Ryan Thewes, the residential designer who transformed the existing space and created the new spaces. www.ryanthewes.com

Exterior view of Smith home with garage door open into the family room.  Isn't this fun?

Exterior view of Smith home with garage door open into the family room. Isn’t this fun?

Interior view of garage doors, when closed.  They let tons of light inside while maintaining privacy.

Interior view of garage doors, when closed. They let tons of light inside while maintaining privacy.

Decorator / Designer: Tory Fitzgibbon of Fitz Ritter Interiors (her email:f[email protected] ) helped design the patio, fire pit, and the finishing touches including the guestroom curtains and bedding, screened porch furniture (from Summer Classics), the magnetic wall and the layout of their existing furniture in the playroom.  Her fee is now per $750 per room and she passes all received discounts onto her clients.

Porch Furniture from Summer Classics

Porch Furniture from Summer Classics

View of porch looking into main house

View of porch looking into main house

The Smith’s purchased their cork flooring from Expo (now closed).  Meyers Carpet has a selection as well.  The garage doors were ordered through Nashville-based Crawford Door Sales.

An easy to care for green choice, cork flooring is a great option.

An easy to care for green choice, cork flooring is a great option.

Notice the stone patio designed by Tory Fitzgibbon.

Notice the stone patio designed by Tory Fitzgibbon.

The urban Fire Pit.  A friepit, a planter, a party cooler all in one!

The urban Fire Pit. A fire pit, a planter, a party cooler all in one!

“We are truly enjoying our new space. We practically live on the screened porch, and it is wonderful for the kids to have a space for Wii tournaments, board games and homework (not to mention having a confined space for all of those things).

We’ve had a few parties and the new space is working well for entertaining. We pull the garage doors up, creating plenty of combined indoor and outdoor space that flows well. We also like having the fire pit function as a cooler for such occasions.
The garage doors are the signature element, but the pièce de résistance may be the Sonos sound system (www.sonos.com). It hooks onto our wireless network and allows us to create different “zones” in different areas of the house and manage everything with a remote control.  We like to create our own music channels on Pandora and aren’t afraid to include the occasional Atlanta Rhythm Section or Steely Dan tune.” – Holly Smith