Often, that’s what anxious homeowner’s hope for. An unbiased opinion. A creative perspective. And, thoughts on how to transform a stale backyard living space or add energy to a tired landscape. Or energy for how we live.
It helps if an adviser’s perspective is not prejudiced by an area of specialty. A firm that just builds decks or pours concrete will likely guide its clients to do the obvious.
The “fresh eyes” perspective will deliver a balanced approach that trends toward your likes and preferences. Rarely does a homeowner know precisely what they are looking for, it’s usually the opposite. Our responsibility is to guide.
Smashed fingers. Diesel. Sweat.
This site in the rolling hills near Turkey Run surrounded by God’s best creativity is a tasteful example. The previous deck was decayingly perched over a 30-foot dangerous slope that managed its way toward an updated pool. Another deck was the obvious solution and what we imagined. Yet, as we gratefully wandered the wooded surroundings, massive boulder outcroppings with rich tones kept emerging.
We wondered how we could marry these historic elements closer to the home and coordinate it with the grade changes required. After a handful of provocative designs, we landed with this blend of earthy flagstone patio spaces transitioned by more than 20 tons of rustic boulder walls merged with native greens. The massive back door stone steps were in 8 feet wide by 4 feet. It challenged our new skid steer. The men loved it. Sweat. Diesel fuel. Smashed fingers.
“Fresh eyes” moved us from what would have worked quite well to something that spoke to the environment. Something that begs for interaction and hopes for engagement. Spaces that are both intimate in feel, yet generous enough to hold the distant family and friends as they descend on a magical retreat, found far off the road.
Never get stale.