Column: Redifining luxury outdoor living


Redefine luxury outdoor living by adding shade and privacy in a low- maintenance setting. (Submitted photo)

The modern definition of luxury in outdoor living is being redefined. At least, that’s my bold observation. I haven’t read it on Twitter, haven’t “Googled” it and Big Brother Amazon is not pushing out products under that title. No blogs (until now) have touted this revolution/evolution, but I am.

Think about it. Our collective generations are again appreciating the habits of outdoor living. Living commenced predominantly on our updated decks, crushed stone paths, jazzy brick patios with fire features to warm our hearts and thriving landscapes for all to sniff at and smile with. 

3 Components

I believe there are three very distinct components of luxury in outdoor living. This bold observation is based on the hope that the basics of an outdoor living space are already established: patio, landscape, andfurniture. Here they are.

Low maintenance

Our clients are telling us while they love the idea of enjoying their new space, they don’t want to spend the weekend weeding and cleaning. They want low-maintenance living. Don’t we all.


We also recognize, more than ever, that while we dig the sun, it’s best enjoyed in moderation. So, how do we create escape valves for shade?


Here’s another component our friendly clients are demanding. We love our neighbors (well, most of them), but we simply don’t want them to know what type of wine we are enjoying, book we are reading and conversation we are having when grilling out. Likely, the feeling is mutual.

Let’s dig deeper over the next few months into the stylish solutions for these luxury essentials. Sure, we will marry that with photo journals of amazingly cool patios, delicious landscapes, pergolas and other space essentials. 

Do these three luxury essentials seem odd to you? Or, do they provocatively resonate with your hoped-for style of living?