Column: Beyond the backdoor


Commentary by Randy Sorrell and Bill Bernard

Tell me, what’s your first visual when you hear the word style? Likely it’s fashion, a favorite upscale boutique and an article of clothing. Certainly, stylish cars and fashion-forward glasses comes to mind. We can even imagine stylish interiors, kitchens and bathrooms. 

But, sadly, your backyard living space is probably not making the style list.

Let’s change that!

Secrets of stylish outdoor living spaces

Our previous Current article focused most on our first and important element of our five secrets to creating a stylish outdoor living space. For us, it’s establishing a friendly relationship and uncovering distinct personalities, learning how you hope to engage the space and any special dynamics/visions that are fueling the dream. 


When accomplished, the design seamlessly presents itself. Gifted designers and architects want to get excited about answering those hoped-for times on your patio. Requests are incredibly diverse and range from creating an abbreviated space to decompress and practice yoga breathing, to oversized decks that will accommodate a party of 20 because of regular entertaining and aging-in-place concerns. The more specific the hope, the better! 

Thoughtful design, our second secret, derived from genuine relationships and discovered passions helps fuel style. Thoughtful design considers focal points, site lines, privacy/shade/maintenance issues, juxtapositions and aging-in-place realitie — all of this before we even think about material selections!

Style. Get some in your outdoor living space and stay home. Be moved.


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