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Cozy outdoor living spaces are possible even in Oregon's often-rainy weather


Photo Credit: STAFF PHOTOS: VERN UYETAKE - Jeff Metke of Metke Remodeling and Luxury Homes in Lake Oswego is a big fan of outdoor living spaces. He believes every home should have at least an outdoor fireplace.

It’s nearly November, and the rain and wind are blowing. Nothing would feel better than cuddling up on the couch next to the fireplace to watch TV or read a good book — from the comfort of your outdoor living space. That’s right, even in winter weather you can enjoy all the comforts of home outdoors if you design your space correctly.

“Oregonians love the outdoors. We’re forced indoors too soon,” said Jeff Metke, founder of Metke Remodeling and Luxury Homes in Lake Oswego. “You can stay outdoors, expand your living space and the square footage of your home by adding outdoor living space.” In his opinion, everybody should have at least an outdoor fireplace.

Outdoor living spaces afford homeowners a gathering space with special ambiance that can be used year round. Whether it is simply a covered space for the barbecue, a complete kitchen or a huge outdoor structure that accommodates a swimming pool, kitchen and living area with fireplace, outdoor living spaces are becoming increasingly popular, particularly in Oregon.

Notice the details of this outdoor living space including amenities such as the television, fireplace, the tongue and groove ceiling and columns and corbels. This space can be used year round.

Metke, who is celebrating his 25th year in business, describes outdoor living spaces as small houses without walls. They can be attached or detached from the house and incorporate attractive woodworking treatments such as tongue and groove ceilings or columns and corbels, plus a variety of surfaces, features and furnishings.

To begin an outdoor living space project, determine what you want and how it will be oriented to the house. You’ve got to take into account backyard setbacks, lot coverage, and, most importantly, know what the city will allow.

After working in Lake Oswego for 18 years, Metke understands the construction codes and is well versed in working with the staff. He has sustained the remodeling and home building industry’s ride through good and challenging times with a clear vision of how to run his business. He has a team of engineers, project managers, carpenters and craftsmen solely dedicated to successful completion of his clients’ projects.

Metke said projects can normally be completed in a matter of a couple of months, from design, engineering, permitting to build and completion, so if you want to take full advantage of an outdoor living space next summer you might want to start planning now.

Metke Remodeling and Luxury Homes is a full-service remodeling contractor, specializing in whole house remodels and new custom homes, as well as kitchens, bathrooms, additions, outdoor entertaining spaces and custom woodworking.

The office and showroom are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 17428 Boones Ferry Road in Lake Oswego. For more information, call 503-534-0985 or visit metkeremodeling.com.

Contact Barb Randall at 503-636-1281 ext. 100 or email brandall@lakeoswegoreview.com.

Determining where to orient the outdoor living space is the first consideration. Spaces can be attached to the house or detached, like this living space. Metkes experience working with the City of Lake Oswego bulding codes makes him a valuable advisor to clients.

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