With the use of a powder coat steel pergola structure and board-formed concrete walls, an additional room is added to this Highlands living space. A fire pit creates a focal point to draw family members and friends from the interior to the outdoors, while gracefully connecting an existing covered porch with the new patio space below. A comfortable and contemporary atmosphere is created using a clean, simple material palette and geometric shapes. Low-maintenance and low-water plantings complement the linear forms of the home’s architecture and the hardscape design. Whether settling in for an intimate evening with family or firing up the grill for a big gathering, this space accommodates all manner of connecting with loved ones in the open air.