Column: Solutioneering: From drab to fab
Here’s a controversial idea.
What if the material surface of your patio or deck is not as important as we imagine? What if the more critical components are its shape / size, how it’s appointed, the quality of the patio furniture and landscaping that envelops it?
Our preference, of course, is to build new patios with compelling surfaces for a huge impact. Wouldn’t we all love to have a natural stone or brick paver patio or the latest and greatest decking material? Of course! Unfortunately, life, pesky budgets and bad timing sometimes get in the way and alternatives are necessary.
We call this “solutioneering.”
From drab to fab
The very compelling pictured patio didn’t start out like this and most certainly was pretty stale…under a deck, dark and boring. Then the determined homeowners took charge, got creative and created their very own incredible backyard living space.
How did they do it? A pressure washer started the process with a quick cleaning. Brightly colored cushions on the inviting hanging swing and professionally recovered patio chairs served to brighten the area and create drama. Shade loving plants were selected for their entry pots and fresh landscaping and stone mulch furthered the objective.
That left the boring concrete patio to attack. Rip it out and spend thousands on a new brick patio? Nope. Instead, they covered the cleaned concrete with a bright floral outdoor rug, thoughtfully selected a few lively tiled ceramic tables and suddenly, the concrete patio is irrelevant.
Controversial? Nope … “solutioneering” and brilliant!