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Exterior Spaces to Connect your Twin Cities Custom-Built Interior to the Splendors of Summer

As residents in the Twin Cities, we can’t get enough of summer. After we endure the brutal, unrelenting, winter months of Minnesota—summer is payoff. Schools out, the days are long, and our outdoor spaces become utilized once again. Here a few features L. Cramer incorporates in our custom homes and remodeling projects to enhance the warmer season.

Decks & Patios

Decks and patios are both versatile transition spaces and essential architectural features. The process of design and site analysis will guide whether an upper deck is appropriate, a wrap around veranda is feasible, or an elaborate stone patio can be accessed on-grade through French doors. These spaces can vary between a small space to greet the day off an owner’s suite to an extensive area for large furniture groupings, tables, fire pits, or fireplaces.


With large windows and comfortable furnishings, sunrooms enhance indoor comfort with the beauty and views of the outdoors. Usable year round, sunrooms offer a relaxing, separate space to provide a retreat. Whether you open up the windows to let in the warm summer breeze or keep everything closed in case of high humidity or allergy concerns, these light-filled spaces celebrate the interior/exterior connection.

Outdoor Kitchens

For the ultimate outdoor entertainment space, many L. Cramer custom-built and remodeled homes feature an outdoor kitchen. A variety of options include outdoor refrigeration, sinks, beverage storage, pizza ovens, and multi-burner grills and cooking equipment. Outdoor entertainment is one of the highlights of Minnesota summer evenings and weekends with family and friends—an outdoor kitchen maximizes the ease and enjoyment of flipping burgers and steaks, dishing up salads, and serving up pitchers of lemonade.

 Pergolas and Gazebos

Many L. Cramer custom-built homes and remodels also feature attached pergolas or stand alone gazebos to enhance outdoor spaces. These outdoor amenities also are opportunities for architectural expression and can accommodate large seating and entertaining areas. These types of exterior spaces can also provide some shelter from the hot sun while allowing enjoyment of an outside environment.

There are many ways to enhance the enjoyment and architecture of your L. Cramer home throughout the seasons. The Twin Cities custom home building team at L. Cramer would be happy to translate your dreams into the spaces you enjoy winter, spring, summer or fall.  Contact us at (952) 935-8482 to begin your home building or remodeling journey today.

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- Chad Greenway
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