Column: Color, travertine look genius in spring
Commentary by Randy Sorrell
I love driving by this project! It has such a welcoming feel, is packed with color and has a compelling sense about it. To us, it has a wonderful vibe.
Imagine that our nicely custom homes all have relatively the same entry with a standard drive, benign sidewalk that lethargically moves us to the front door. Only to be met with a standard size concrete stoop. Part of the package, I guess. Occasionally we are met with something more unique and inspiring. But generally that’s not the case. Anything highly compelling in your neighborhood?
We’ve featured this project previously, but not with early spring pictures showcasing the variegated iris transplants contrasted against the highly textured blue spruce globosa shrub, stately boxwood and sprouting sweetbay magnolia. Amazing what thoughtful landscaping can accomplish. It only fuels the intrigue.
Boldly, Mr. D painted the door a vibrant red for a stroke of color … and genius. That, coupled with colorful cushions and the custom steel handrail, elevates the space to a favorite gathering space for the homeowners and happy neighbors.
The real impact of the space, however, is the slightly enlarged patio surface that we transitioned to travertine. It’s such a luxurious and rich feel. You can actually feel the historic quality under your feet. Travertine is a form of limestone, is very durable and was used widely in ancient historical buildings, including the Coliseum in Rome. It lasts and we love it.
Creating a cool vibe is such a terrific conversation to explore. How do we create it? How do you want your space to feel? What are the strategies involved? The answers are many and often carry back to your own preferences. It becomes our privilege and opportunity to marry those together.
Once you experience it … you must have it!