Column: Durable and diverse: Two words for your backyard
Durability was a primary driver of this fully textured outdoor living space. It’s screaming with enough amenities to comfortably entertain this families’ 4 growing boys and their gigabyte of hungry teammates. It’s a place to gather, to relax and entertain. And, just as importantly, a place where a cup of steaming coffee and the Current newspaper can be leisurely devoured in the early morning calm.
Notice the extreme diversity in materials? It intentionally helps define the somewhat separate living areas. The elegant clay pavers signal a more formal and rich dining area. Crunchy compacted stone denotes relaxed areas to gather around the steel fire feature or grill and behaves as a transition to lawn. The rescued stumps from their recently completed tree removal, was an added bonus that “just sort of happened.”
I can see myself hanging around the bar-height granite counter the team constructed supported by rough sawn cedar 6”x6” posts and framing. It’s especially inviting on a sunny day with the umbrella cleverly secured in one of the posts, seeming to grow out of the granite. Contrasting bar stools offers a hint of steely brightness and a place to perch.
MAKE IT YOURS
Over and over again we have inspiring conversations with hopeful homeowners that are searching for a mechanism to bring their family, friends and loved ones together. Often that mechanism is an outdoor living space. The critical factor is making the space yours. Does it need to be durable, like this one? Or does elegant and formal speak to you? Is a courtyard feel more appropriate or should we search for natural and flowing.
Regardless…we all hunger for a place to connect, to gather, relax and have that morning cup of coffee with this week’s Current.