Column: Like people, a little maintenance is occasionally required

The three pergolas and lanais received a new coat of paint and both grill counters got a little love too with touched up grout between the ceramic tiles. (Submitted photo)

The three pergolas and lanais received a new coat of paint and both grill counters got a little love too with touched up grout between the ceramic tiles. (Submitted photo)

This Villages of West Clay project was installed almost a decade ago and it was time for a little maintenance. Gratefully, the homeowner connected with us and we employed a friendly cleanser on the Belgard tumbled red pavers that promptly added vigor to them and accentuated the color, particularly after the fresh dressing of tan polymeric sand in the joints.

The three pergolas and lanais received a new coat of paint and both grill counters got a little love too with touched up grout between the ceramic tiles. The fireplace has been protected enough and didn’t need attention but the stream and pond needed about an hour’s work. Amazing what pollution, acid rain and regular use causes.

TIMELESS OBJECTIVES

Our objectives of the original design remain relevant. Creating shade was a huge driver and prompted the multiple structures, as was a formal fire feature. Compelling landscaping that is low maintenance, offers loads of color and four seasons of interest (our “landscape triple threat”) was essential but not as dramatic as the influence the naturalized stream and small pond commanded.

NOSTALGIC

More fruitful were the stories and memories that Chuck re-lived with me. How he often finds himself casually working under the lanais making calls and doing business. The happy, now almost grown, kids and beautiful wife have loved the patios and of course the fireplace is a definite crowd pleaser. Walkers on the nearby path often stop and admire the space. So do I.

After 21 years of creating incredible living spaces we have learned a few things. Like humans, a little maintenance is occasionally required and more compelling. Properly designed and built spaces have the capacity to dramatically influence how we live, entertain and even work.

We expect this outdoor lifestyle to flourish and have a healthy generational influence.