Column: Experiencing the finest in outdoor living spaces


Commentary by Randy Sorrell and Bill Bernard

Here is another Incredible outdoor living space in the elegant, leafy Indianapolis neighborhood of Williams Creek. The featured photo is a small glimpse of the large project now stretching several months in construction that includes a secluded spa pavilion and a wandering stream that cascades from the massive lanais with a stone fireplace. And there’s plenty more.

Private patio

Let’s focus on the private lower patio that’s hugged by a two-post pergola and heavily planted for both privacy and to assist in creating an outdoor-room feel. The dramatic hemlock hedge is framed by the pergola posts and a climbing hydrangea. Hemlocks have returned to our plant pallet after recent successes. Indianapolis and the surrounding areas have migrated to a Zone 5-plus which seems to be allowing hemlocks to be more acclimated to the area. We love that!

Underfoot is the luxurious silver travertine that we source from Turkey (shockingly not as expensive as it sounds) and framed in blue stone for emphasis and to echo the blue stone patios elsewhere in the estate. It’s one of the most durable patio materials and a member of the limestone family.

Note the tasteful teak furniture that is appropriately scaled, which certainly adds to the elegance of the project.

There are so many things that attribute to an amazing project, regardless of size. Material selection, scale, plant pallet and furniture are the leading contributors.

We hope that your space is getting plenty of use during our “stay-at-home” time, and we would be thrilled to assist in any thoughts you may have.


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