Column: Believers of outdoor living

Randy Sorrell says that often, a few simple adjustments can transform lethargic to energetic. (Submitted photos)

Randy Sorrell says that often, a few simple adjustments can transform lethargic to energetic. (Submitted photos)

We continue to collect rich stories of how an incredible outdoor living space has changed a family and how they live.

Fortunately, we hear them often, but this spring has been especially packed with life changing examples. Not all of the stories come from our clients. Some are from a competitor’s project or skilled Do It Yourselfers who have ambitiously transformed their back yard … built a patio or pergola and touched up the landscape, for example. Regardless, most simply could not imagine the impact and are now believers.

START LIVING

It’s thrilling when I stop home mid-day and catch Kim reading on the patio or discover the girls in the evening tucked in the overstuffed sofa on the lower patio. Laughing. Talking. Wondering. If it’s nice out, we dine el fresco and the weekends are built around outdoor living. The fire feature helps on chilly days and the pergola or massive cantilever umbrella offers relief when the sun is blazing.

Are you ready to start living differently? Prepared for the television to get ignored? For coffee in the morning and a glass of wine and appetizers in the evening on your deck? For developing reasons to get home early so you can be outside, even if you are doing a little business or making a few calls on your new front porch?

BABY STEPS

Most already have a deck or patio, but it may feel lethargic. Often, a few simple adjustments can transform lethargic to energetic. A contrasting paver edge, cedar pergola, elegant outdoor rugs, updated furniture/cushions, a bright colored umbrella and vibrantly planted pots can make an inspirational statement. Even a square concrete patio can be inviting with baby steps!

Never underestimate the value of a professionally designed / installed outdoor living space. Be a believer.