Column: Outdoor living expert names project and customer of the decade
From a drab sea of blue stone and under used space to seven fabulously designed outdoor living spaces, Carmel-based Surroundings by NatureWorks+ transformed this Northside home’s backyard living area in four short months to an luxurious space perfect for family gatherings, entertaining and everyday living.
Homeowners, Steve and Courtenay Wagner, knew they wanted to upgrade their backyard to maximize the outdoor living area and utilize the space year around. They felt they had a great canvas to work with but weren’t sure how to bring their vision to life on that canvas. They interviewed multiple luxury landscape design and installation companies before selecting Surroundings. “We loved how owner Randy Sorrell and registered landscape architect Eric Beard took the time to get to know our family and how we planned to use the space. They made us feel comfortable and at ease with the whole process from planning and design to installation and the finished project,” said Steve Wagner.
The job had potential to be a phased project, but the Wagners elected to knock it all out at once in order to be able to utilize their new luxury outdoor space as soon as possible for family events and entertaining. The project included rehab to their blue stone patio, along with a considerable expansion, a stamped concrete “rug” insert to echo the ribbon around the pool, lanais loaded with amenities, and a brick and mortar formal fireplace. Also adding interest were several pergolas, formal limestone and mortar walls with raised planters, a rescued and repurposed aggregate walk highlighted with blue stone, and a deck landing for transition to the lower woods in the rear of the home. Final touches included landscape lighting, drip irrigation and low maintenance “triple threat” landscaping that included plants with four-season interest and tons of color.
“We’ve been involved in smaller projects, larger projects, more complex and maybe even more elaborate, but the Wagner’s project especially resonated with us. It speaks of elegance and forward design while paying homage to the history of the Wagner’s traditional neighborhood. Our team of luxury outdoor living installation craftsmen were simply thrilled to be involved, as were we,” said Surroundings owner Randy Sorrell.
With over 20 years in industry, Surroundings is passionate about their profession and is pleased to celebrate the Wagner family as not only the Project of the Decade, but Customer of the Decade as well! Their sophisticated project yielded multiple living spaces that each fit perfectly with the home’s lush surrounding nature, including a canopy of mature trees and a lower trail with a winding creek and meadow. Before Mother Nature was winning the battle in the Wagner’s backyard. Now they have an oasis of relaxing family living and entertaining areas. Congrats Wagner family, and cheers to staying home (being moved) and enjoying your gorgeous outdoor living space for years to come.
In continued celebration of their clients and staying home and being moved, Surroundings is launching a fun on-going social campaign where their customers can share pictures from their gorgeous and relaxing luxury outdoor living spaces featuring flat Randy and Eric. Monthly a winner will be chosen from client photo submissions for a Surroundings prize pack. To download your flat Randy and Eric for backyard fun visit www.carmelluxurylandscape.com