Starting to wrap up some projects, here are some photos of a project on Dayton.
The scope includes:
Reclaimed Timber Pergola with Louvered Slats and Glass Panels, Built in Tali Planters with Ornamental Trees/Grasses/Boxwood/Perennial Grasses, Sectional and Lounge Chair, Custom Firepit, and Lighting
In the midst of the busy outdoor living building season it is easy to get lost in the daily tasks of project management. The job becomes a juggling act of construction schedules and product deliverables blurring the vision of what we really are, designers. If we were just builders we would hang a sign in the window ‘you draw it, we’ll build it’, but instead we methodically pour over the details of fire pit locations to increase efficiency, align pergolas to increase shade cover and built spaces that defy the status quo. While every design may not make the cover of architectural digest the emphasis is always on what I like to call ‘deliberate decisions’. The idea is simple, identify problems (whether they are in structure, function or appearance) and make decisions that fit the aesthetics and budget of the space. With our clients help we thoughtfully weigh costs, budgets and phasing to create realistic visions of what each homeowner envisions within their space. How do you envision enjoying your outdoor space? Maybe these will help inspire you.
I recently read an article on the Zillow Blog speaking on the value of outdoor space when purchasing and selling a home. Here are a few of the key points I walked away with;
“The key word when identifying the value of outdoor space is “usable.” Having usable — easily accessible — outdoor space from the house that can be enjoyed most of the year definitely helps sell a property. This is why, if you’re a seller and you’ve got the goods, you should make the extra effort to showcase your deck, yard or patio”
“If you’re selling and you have this outdoor real estate gold, focus your staging/prepping time on it. Much like giving the front of the home curb appeal, pay extra attention to the outdoor spaces. People love to entertain, especially during the warmer months. So it’s important to show potential buyers how they can live and use this space.”
“Properties these days take longer to sell, and outdoor space is an asset. Consider it an extension of your home. The nicer it looks, the better the interior of your home will look — and, with luck, the easier your job of selling will be.”
Many people have yet to realize the value of the outdoor space they have access to. A roof deck, back patio, or even front parkway are all opportunities to increase the perceived size of your space and give more livable square footage. Utilizing and maximizing these space through lighting, heating, outdoor entertaining elements, shade, and protection all add value and longevity to your existing space. No matter the amount of space, be sure to highlight and utilize what you have.
It is January and there is still no snow on the ground, no doubt a rare feat for Chicago. The pessimist in me fears that Old Man Winter will catch up with us and remind us just why we have the snow shovels in the back of the car. On the other side, the optimist in me hopes this means that Spring will come quickly which means next season is almost upon us. I like the optimism.
So we can start off the 2012 with a look at a few designs we are already working on and some early trends.
Reclaim your space with timbers
Next time you are driving from Chicago to Indianapolis take note of the abandon barns on the side of the road. You see a barns, I see building materials.
Get out the Windex, we’ve got glass
Tempered glass, resin panels, acrylic panels and frosted glass are all the rage in design magazines and made into a few of our projects last season. We are expecting glass to be huge in 2012!
The drinks aren’t tropical just the wood
Ipe was the word of 2011, but some new comers have hit the market that are going to give this tropical beauty a run for her money. Grappa, Tigerwood and Cumaru are all vying for a shot at the next decking project.
The Usual Suspect, fire
Fire will never go out of style, but it is how we are using the flame that could change in the next year. With a flush of new gas and liquid fed burners we will be able to incorporate fire not just as a centerpiece but an accent piece as well.
I’m “Pro” Concrete
I don’t want to say I am over granite, but my new mistress is poured in place concrete and boy is she sexy!
Wild Card: Kids. This isn’t a trend or a response to some new product rather it is a prediction that I will have more clients ask for elements to entertain the little ones. Some concepts include built in sprinklers to synthetic turf and kids scale benches and planters.
As the Holiday quickly approach, it is a great time to get your outdoor space ready for visits from friends and family. Don’t let the snow hinder your decor, instead, use it to enhance your outdoor space. Placing native greens and plantings in your planters and flower boxes livens up and sets the tone for a festive holiday season. Mix in shimmering ornaments and natural elements such as pinecones, twigs, pomegranets, and logs to add even more color and textures to the space.
While the temperatures drop, your rooftop space can be a great area for building snowmen, creating snow angels, and extending the holiday feel. Below are a few great ways to add a little holiday cheer to your roofdeck and outdoor space.
All photos via Pinterest
You can now see our ad in CS Interiors Fall Edition! (It’s on page 136)