A Designer's Home Tour: The Pizza House

I’m back with another designer home tour! I’ll show you my favorite room outside of my main home. It’s my pizza house–you’ll love it. It’s a building dedicated to pizza-making and enjoying family time–it’s used a lot in the summer. Come in and have a look.

Keeping the pizza house warm

We have cooler temperatures in Canada for eight months of the year so I wanted to make sure this room was usable from March through to November. I brought in this carved limestone fireplace so we could heat the room on both ends, in addition to the baseboard heater. It can be about 78 degrees in this building even when it’s cool outdoors.

Limestone mantel

This is 100 percent limestone and not a manmade material. This mantel is so heavy. Most houses can’t withstand the weight of this mantel on a wall. But this building is on a cement slab, so I didn’t have to worry about the weight. The limestone mantel informed all the colors of the pizza house.


I wanted a space to display my coral and seashell collection. I store the wood for the fireplace in space under the built-in shelving and storage drawers. There’s a plug hidden in the back of a shelf so people can recharge devices.

Mixing old and new

The long bench here is a flea market find. I love mixing old and new. The bench is under the window that has an unbelievable view of a ravine.

Vinyl plank walls and ceiling

I wanted to create a chalet-type of vibe. To create this, I added vinyl planks for the wall. They are so easy to wipe down–the last thing I wanted was for a wood wall to be covered in spiderwebs and dust.

This material also stands up to extreme Canadian winters. A lot of the manufacturers of this type of product didn’t really know how the planks would hold up to the thaw-frost cycle here in Canada.

I bought a couple of planks and left them out in the winter to deal with the weather. When I checked on the boards in the spring, they were perfectly fine.

Then I had to find someone to put vinyl planks on the wall and ceiling because contractors didn’t want to be held liable if they fell off but it worked out with one of my carpenters. It’s absolutely beautiful.

The walls and the spectacular ceiling give me the absolute warmth I was looking for that drywall or beadboard would never have given me.

Cabinetry and countertops

We used marine-grade MDF (the same material used when building cabinets for yachts) and exterior-grade paint for cabinetry that stands up to cold weather.

I needed a countertop that would withstand the freeze-thaw cycle, too. I used a soft white and subtly gold-veined neutral quartzite (this is called Taj Mahal from MSI). I also used it on the back counters and around the pizza oven.

Pizza oven

A pizza oven is typically dome-shaped with a stone bottom. I wanted the pizza house to be a continuation of the style of the elegance of the main house. For example, I repeated details in this pizza house, such as using the same baseboard and window trim here as in my home.

I added a painted hood fan that looks like something you’d find in an elegant kitchen and quartzite as the facade.

I wanted the wood storage area to look like a fireplace.

Bar and secondary countertops

I have two wine fridges here and drawers that hold stemware. The countertop remains free and clear because I took advantage of the thick walls with built-in niches in the cavity of the wall space. The countertop on the other side of the bar is for rolling out pizza dough.


Above the bar are open shelves and outdoor lights. I have outdoor lights around the pizza house to create some special little moments.

Storage hooks

There are storage hooks for the wall to hang paraphernalia you need to bake pizzas.


The floor is porcelain tile.


There’s simple furniture in the pizza house including this round table, and slipcovered chairs so they can be easily cleaned.

Exterior bathroom

This is sort of an outhouse in the pizza house.

The walls are mosaic tiles in a chevron pattern although it looks like wallpaper. There’s built-in glass display shelving and lit it up so it’s pretty and unexpected for an outdoor bathroom.

The sink is a deep steel laundry sink on legs. It’s deep so I can bring gardening pots in here for watering. The faucets come off the backsplash instead of on the rim of the sink. I put a skirt on the sink to hide storage such as extra toilet paper.

There’s even crown molding above. This room stays as is during the winter–it can take it thanks to the materials I used.

Designer home tour

I hope you liked the tour of my pizza house. It shows how you can turn an outdoor room into an oasis when you are thoughtful about the material you use to stand up to winters while still making it beautiful.

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  • Anne Anne on Apr 06, 2024
    Some not so good. We get one thing, then you say that's not. Do it this way. Way out of touch. Give us a break!
  • Myb74398244 Myb74398244 on Apr 08, 2024
    This is not reality. It’s called rich people problems. I can remember my younger years scraping to find money just to buy a pizza for the kids much less worry how to decorate a mini house dedicating to making pizza. So far from reality.