Column: Living large in outdoor luxury

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Commentary by Randy Sorrell and Bill Bernard

Recently, we had the opportunity to tour the homes on display at this year’s Home-A-Rama. There were 11 incredible homes that each had their own unique touches. While each of the homes were unique, there was one common theme that we noticed: They each had a strong emphasis on outdoor living and its connection to the interior spaces of the home.

Several of the homeowners took steps to make their outdoor living rooms enjoyable throughout spring, summer and fall. If you’re brave enough, you could even enjoy a nice fire in the middle of winter.

The idea of creating incredible outdoor living spaces is something we’ve been perfecting for years. We’ve found that a compelling outdoor room will include most, if not all, of the following elements:

Covering – Something overhead that can provide anything from dappled shade to a complete roof.

Enclosure – There are various systems of retractable screens, collapsible walls of windows and doors.

Proximity – The relative location to the interior space feeling seamless.

Comfort – If you outfit your outdoor living space with comfortable chairs, tables, or even hammocks, you will want to go outside even more.

Sound – A source of background sounds that could come from speakers or a bubbling boulder can calm the nerves and mask out distracting noises from beyond.

Entertainment – Sources of entertainment can range from reading a book to asking Alexa to make your every wish come true.

Cooking – Your outdoor living space can include an auxiliary kitchen with grill, refrigerators, kegerators and even a pizza oven.

Isn’t it time to fire up the grill and relax?

Stay home, be moved.


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