Column: Low-maintenance shade and privacy


This delightful outdoor living space is strategically nestled in a leafy Geist neighborhood and exudes our modern definition of luxury we have been exploring. It screams low maintenance, privacy and opportunities for shady escapes. After all, aren’t those the primary components of comfort?

Low maintenance

Easy to maintain Trex decking landings, shaped like baby grand pianos, comfortably allow a small bistro set and smartly carries you from the home to the patio below with generous steps. The tumbled Belgard pavers remain timeless, even with updated materials available and clean up annually with a little scrubbing. Notice the seat walls constructed out of corresponding materials with the stroke of vibrant lawn in front? A fun play space for kids or even a blanket to softly rest on.

Deck/patio /pergola construction materials and the landscape pallet are the primary drivers of low maintenance living — or not! Our clients are demanding options that are as free of maintenance as reasonably possible. After all, would you rather spend weekends pruning, cleaning and maintaining or relaxing around your cool space?

Privacy and shade

The woodsy lot makes privacy a breeze here. Typically, privacy issues are at the forefront of conversations, and creative strategies follow. A few perimeter spruce and heavy branched viburnum confidently filled in the few gaps.

Accomplishing shady escapes was somewhat effortless, too, with the dappled shade produced by the wispy honey locust tree. A small umbrella lets guests enjoy lunch by the pool without too much concern for sunburn. We imagined a large shade sail or pergola off the corner of the pool but agreed that might be too much.

Outdoor living is all about making space for relaxation and entertaining. Don’t let the “triple threats” of modern luxury interfere. Plan ahead for low maintenance, privacy and shade and — enjoy!

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