Column: Space planning and patio furniture

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Commentary by Randy Sorrell

Clearly, these delightful homeowners have an elevated sense of fashion, taste and thoughtful space planning. Often, this seems to be an afterthought in outdoor living, when it ideally would be an early stage conversation — particularly if your hopes are for an incredible outdoor living space instead of just a patio.

MATERIAL SELECTION

Certainly, material selection is a critical part of the design process. What sort of paver, natural stone or decking to employ is very strategic. How it speaks to the home, hoped for feel of the space and neighborhood are components of that selection process. Price in a strong influencer as well.

PRIMARY COMPONENT

We often unearth the primary component and let the remaining decisions/selections be fueled from there. The featured project photo is a classic study of that successful process where the earthy Azek decking launched the warm feel of the space. It married well with the natural cedar pergola that has since been painted the trim color of the home, and lush/sleek lounge sofa selected specifically for the rectangular lines of the space. They influence each other.

There is a delicate balance between fashionable variety and chaos. It’s our vision to guide that curation and create the incredible outdoor living space you’ve been imagining.

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