Column: A gathering place


Commentary by Randy Sorrell

This micro view of a master project consumed four months of installation and resulted in an incredible backyard living space with all the amenities. It now serves as the families’ favorite gathering space and hosts more than its share of fun: football tailgates under the lanais fueled by the fireplace, family reunions, grilling celebrations and quiet times in the evenings.

Here are four keys that successfully fueled this beautiful project:

  • The homeowners’ “great eye” was matched with uncompromising tastes that inspired the design process.  Old world traditions were married with updated views.
  • A classic material pallet of Indiana limestone, Pennsylvania slate and mortar joints fits the home and the traditional, red brick, leafy neighborhood.
  • As usual, well-planned landscaping inspires.  It prompted an indescribable difference and helped gently define multiple living spaces.
  • Well-planned spacious steps, planters and retaining walls served as assists in elevation changes, couples as seating walls and directs the eye toward focal points hidden from view.

What is not seen, but easily imagined, is the “magazine cover” view of the rest of the space.  Note: micro views and details matter.

Especially in your personal outdoor living space.