The Great Outdoors

Spring has sprung and summer in St Louis is just around the corner. In anticipation of warmer weather and outdoor gatherings, today we share a few Srote & Co Architects outdoor living space designs to get you inspired.

Modern Villa custom home design

Custom home outdoor living space design with pool in St Louis MO
Home Builder – Monterey Custom Homes | Pool – Distinguished Contracting

Kingsbury Estate custom home design

Multi level outdoor living space design with pool and hot tub
Home Builder – Bozich Construction | Pool – The Pool Specialists

Huntbridge Forest custom home design

Custom home design with covered outdoor living space and pool
Home Builder – The Kemp Homes Co. | Pool – Prestige Pools and Spas

Rittenhouse custom home design

Custom home design in Kirkwood MO with outdoor living area
Home Builder – Tegethoff Homes | The Pool Specialists

Corner Coalesce Retreat custom home design

Custom home with rear courtyard pool terrace design
Home Builder – Rafferty Company | Pool – Pool Tron

Ladue Grand Rue Estate custom home design

Home design with covered outdoor living area and pool deck
Home Builder – REA Homes | Pool – The Pool Specialists

Warson Grove custom home design

Custom home design in St Louis MO with outdoor living space
Home Builder – Freeman Homes | Pool – The Pool Specialists

Project Spotlight – Corner Coalesce Retreat

Our architecture team was proud to design this traditional, cottage inspired home nestled seamlessly within a developed residential location in St. Louis County. Our challenges included a narrow corner lot, building height and corner lot setback restrictions. This Srote & Co designed residence is what lot specific, custom home design is all about.

Custom home exterior architecture design aerial view

A mostly brick exterior with cut stone entry surround and entry terrace gardens help create a cozy feel even before entering the home.

Custom corner lot home with brick exterior and cut stone entry surround
Custom home for corner lot in St Louis MO
Architecture of traditional cottage inspired home in St Louis County
Custom home designed for corner lot

The layout was tailored to this corner lot and oriented to take full advantage of southern sun in the rear courtyard and pool terrace area while also providing backyard privacy.

Custom home design rear courtyard and pool terrace
Outdoor lanai design with private southern terrace

Project Spotlight – Rittenhouse

If you have been out and about in downtown Kirkwood recently, this award-winning residence by Srote & Co Architects | Planners | Interiors may look familiar. By adopting design characteristics of the adjacent commercial and residential properties the result is a home that blends seamlessly with the neighborhood and preserves the historic integrity of surrounding landmarks. It is our pleasure to share this award winning, Brownstone inspired residence with you today. Architecture by Srote & Co Architects and built by Tegethoff Homes.


Design of the home’s exterior consists of cut limestone detail and contrasting red brick that creates a timeless appearance and consistent with the architectural character of its Kirkwood, MO location. Premium materials were also selected to enhance the aesthetic qualities of this home, including cut limestone window surrounds for every window, stone crown molding details, and copper gutters and downspouts.

Kirkwood Missouri home design front elevation

The corner lot location which separates public, commercial and residential zoning posed the challenge of designing a comfortable yet secure family home. Special attention was given to the location of public and private spaces of the home and proper building materials were specified to control sound transmission.

Custom home design by Srote & Co Architects on corner lot in Kirkwood MO
Corner lot architecture with indoor outdoor living space

At the back of the home, a screened-in porch with fireplace that completely opens to the outside using bi-fold glass and wood doors creates an inviting and functional indoor/outdoor living space. The convenience of an outdoor kitchen next to the living space was also included and leads to the pool and patio.

custom home architecture with pool deck
architecture design with outdoor living area and fireplace

The upper deck terrace features a unique space to relax and enjoy the outdoor ambiance from above while keeping warm next to a masonry fireplace. The terrace fireplace is one of three incorporated into the design of this home.

second floor outdoor terrace design of custom home in Kirkwood MO


Featured in St. Louis Homes + Lifestyles –Family Ties by Kim Hill

The Kirkwood Missouri Landmarks Commission, 2019 Favorite Building Awards “New Home of Merit”

USA & Americas Property Awards – Best Architecture Single Residence

Outdoor Living Spaces

Mother nature is a cruel, cruel lady! After teasing us with beautiful weather last week we got snow all weekend long! I’m hoping this will be the last of winter. Until then I’ll be day-dreaming of lounging in one of these Srote & Co Architects outdoor spaces!

Have a great week!