Column: Create a summer, winter escape
Commentary by Randy Sorrell
The leafy magnolia gracefully weaves its way through the overhead pergola structure adding a sense of historical relevance to this industrial modern-outdoor living space. The contrast is especially striking as peaks of the galvanized steel bench facade and dark mocha painted pergola columns compete with the bright lime green curtains.
The initial charge from the well-traveled homeowners was a sunroom or some sort of outdoor “room” that allowed for four seasons of enjoyment. As is often the case, enhanced privacy and improved shade rose to the top of the conversation during design stage.
Complex rooflines and a wall of windows discouraged the room addition and forced our creative juices to rocket inventive exterior solutions. As a result, a protected patio was born and structures built. A transition deck landing constructed. Privacy panels erected and plantings installed.
A crushed stone patio with massive flagstone inserts behaves as the floor with a linear natural stone fire feature as a focal point. Dark mocha painted pergola columns warm the space and serve to soften the crunchy stone patio and boulder accents. Lush plantings do the same, as the golf course views are framed.
Summer and winter
The predominantly year-round space allows for comfortable summer outdoor entertaining in the respites of shade where cool breezes meander through. When the curtains are opened and the fire is raging, the frigid winter temps are forgotten. Coats are shed, glasses clink and laughter invades the space.
I am reminded almost daily how incredible outdoor living spaces can dramatically impact how families live and entertain. This one is a favorite testament to that.