My Favourite Room… With Carson Arthur
Q. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ROOM IN YOUR HOME? Does it have to be in my house? Truth is… my favourite room is outside of my house! Last summer, I built an outdoor deck with a fire pit. It’s 15 feet in the air and surrounded by trees for privacy. Glass railings and recycled resin Muskoka chairs make it perfect for my guests!
Q. WHAT MAKES YOU LOVE IT?
Being outside at night with friends and family sitting around enjoying each other’s company is where I’m happiest. There is nothing like having the stars as your ceiling and a crackling fire as your entertainment.
Q. HAVE YOU RENOVATED THIS ROOM TO TURN IT INTO YOUR IDEAL SPACE?
Renovated it? Heck no… I built in from scratch! I had an unused hill slope where nothing would grow, so I turned it into useable space. A deck is a great way to take advantage of those awkward spots around the home because it’s so easy and forgiving to build.
Q. WHAT ACTIVITIES DO YOU DO IN THIS ROOM?
This deck is my real “living room”. I’m outside on it whenever I get the chance. It’s been my outdoor office, den, kitchen and entertainment area. The family loves to be outside as much as I do, so it’s our perfect little escape.
Q. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE DESIGN?
I kept this space clean and simple. Working with one of the newest pressure treated woods (MicroPro Sienna), I was able to make the space feel rustic, but cost significantly less than if I used cedar. Glass railings keep the area feeling open and still allow a lot of light into a shady spot. Even the fire pit was placed on an insulated pad to reduce heat on the deck, and the design of the pit results in less sparks.
Q. DOES YOUR ROOM HAVE A VIEW?
Nothing but trees and the lake! It’s heaven!
Q. WHAT WOULD BE THE PERFECT ADDITION TO THIS SPACE?
I’m proud of this simple space. I wouldn’t change a thing!
Carson Arthur is an international landscape designer with a focus on environmentally friendly design. His newest series, Critical Listing, teaches homeowners how to raise the value of their homes through outdoor renovations. His credits include; the host of HGTV’s Green Force; the Gemini nominated Room to Grow on Global TV and the Discovery network; and Better Homes and Gardens’ Home, First Home on the U.S. Hallmark Channel. He is part of the Cityline team and writes a column for Huffington Post. He is also the North American outdoor expert for Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate, the outdoor guest expert on The Shopping Channel and the author of the sold-out book Garden Designs for Outdoor Living.
Critical Listing airs Mondays at 9pm on HGTV Canada. For more information, visit Carsonarthur.com; Facebook: Carson Arthur; and Twitter: @hgtvcanada #CriticalListing and @CarsonArthur