Column: Imagine, if you will, stunning backyard luxury


Commentary by Randy Sorrell and Bill Bernard

I don’t know about you, but when I look at my home, I can’t help imagining what could be. I can envision a nice new deck that leads to a lower patio. It would be great to have a pergola with an adjacent fire feature. What about a nice water feature that provides a relaxing background noise?

The outdoor living space pictured here represents the culmination of a master plan that has been 15 years in the making. Throughout the years, we have incorporated the following improvements: A large deck was added to increase the outdoor living area; an eyebrow pergola was added to generate some visual interest on the back of the house; and a freestanding pergola was added to frame a view to the landscape beyond. The bluestone patio was added to increase the available entertaining space along with a fireplace to provide a cozy area to relax.

The landscape was “naturalized” with a hint of East Asian influence, and plantings were strategically placed to provide the desired level of privacy. Most recently, an existing shady area was expanded to create a lawn area useable for general play. To highlight the beauty of the space, we strategically placed light fixtures of various types to accentuate the gorgeous setting.

When you look at your backyard, what do you imagine?

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