Great design creates great memories

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IO-Sorrell

This delicious project commenced during a few years with multiple phases. We love phased projects. It allows us to get to know the appreciative homeowners deeper, create lasting friendships and learn living patterns which often prompt us to tweak future phases.

The original phase called for the architecturally-relevant screened porch addition with a very edgy, Azek decking-clad grill station nestled inside. Nestled implies tucked in and cozy. This 16-foot by 20-foot generous floor plan was anything but cramped for space. The late setting sun beaming into the porch was welcome, but mitigated with jazzy drapes that the Mrs. sourced. Thanks Angie. It adds lots of elegant drama and a fantastic designer’s touch.

3Q 2012 called for the classic clay paver patio installation with all the hoped for embellishments – a two post cedar pergola with a suspended authentic wooden swing, rustic boulder fire pit that screams rebellion and an excuse to party, romantic night lighting, “just in case,” and the correct volume of color/texture/evergreen from the surrounding landscape. Don’t forget the privacy that seems to magically happen. And that is exactly how it was planned, natural privacy, not forced.

It finalized a few weekends ago with a son graduating from Ball State University and a gigabyte of thrilled relatives congregating for the proud weekend. For whatever reason, the night lighting system was not cooperating, and we received a hopeful call to troubleshoot before guests arrived in a few hours. Imagine that a cute little critter had chomped the low voltage line into a crumbly mess. A quick repair set the stage for a wonderful celebration in this incredible outdoor living space.

That is what I love about correctly designed and constructed outdoor retreats. Great families, creating marvelous memories. Happy graduation to Alex Sutton and all the other graduates. Go get em!


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