Author: Randy Sorrell

There are no trophies for being “average,” according to Randy Sorrell. (Submitted photo)

Column: Why average stinks

It’s a constant battle for those of us forwarding the definition of luxury outdoor living spaces. How do we fight mediocrity? How do we behave differently so that your back yard living space is...

The counter and cabinet is constructed of Ipe, an environmentally harvested Brazilian hardwood that behaves like steel.  (Submitted photo)

Dangerous meets energetic in outside projects

Mashing textures, colors and a variety of materials on luxury outdoor living projects is stimulating.  It’s also dangerous and energetic.  Dangerous because too much variety can detract from the logical flow and cause distress. ...

Turning a patio from dark and boring to vibrant and enjoyable takes what Randy Sorrell calls “solutioneering.” (Submitted photo)

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...

This incredible outdoor living space overlooks a wonderful community green space with wondering trails, meadows and an assortment of visiting wildlife. (Submitted photo)

Column: Diverse materials pay off

We love visiting projects completed several years ago to learn how they have matured. Most, like this forward thinking Zionsville family, are visited on a regular basis for additional projects that are being phased...

The massive remake of a deck turned into a stunning place for a Carmel family. (Submitted photo)

Column: Make the change: Update your deck

“MASSIVE” is an accurate description of a recent Carmel deck project. As well as “livable,” “stunning” and “incredible retreat!” The immediate feedback is as we hoped. The joyful homeowners are commenting how it has...

A pergola was the perfect solution for a family seeking shade. (Submitted photo)

Column: Shade, and how the pergola won

That was the primary objective of this Zionsville home project and an oversized pergola was the ideal solution. Of course, we considered other ideas from huge cantilever umbrellas, forward thinking shade sails and even...

Steve and Courtenay Wagner’s beautiful home, and project of the year, is gracefully nestled in an elegant, leafy neighborhood that merges into a heavily wooded area. (Submitted photo)

Column: Project of the decade highlight: Lanais

In a humble effort to continue celebrating our “PROJECT OF THE DECADE” we recently previewed, let’s explore the individual components more in depth, starting with the lanais. SCREENS? We design / build considerably more...

(Submitted photos)

Column: Build a meaty grilling station

THRILLING … the one word description of the featured grill station! It hardly seems meaty enough though. The bold confidence required to implement the first few phases of this modern project (not contemporary) was...