Photography by Sara Blancett Reeves

 

This outdoor dining set sits just outside the covered living area and extends the entertainment space, allowing guests to eat and/or play games ... while watching  Razorback football.

This outdoor dining set sits just outside the covered living area and extends the entertainment space, allowing guests to eat and/or play games … while watching Razorback football.

Once this home’s interior and exterior were renovated by Richard Harp Homes and Better Lawns and Gardens, it was time to create an outdoor space to allow the family to maximize their outdoor living. David Munsey of Better Lawns and Gardens started working on this project about 1.5 years ago.

“The old space consisted of a plain concrete patio that butted against a 4-foot retaining wall,” Munsey said. “The homeowner is a huge [University of Arkansas at Fayetteville] Razorback fan, so our first goal was to include a television and a fireplace to allow the area to be used in cooler weather. From there everything just evolved to a covered structure and furnishings for the space.”

TIPS:

Think ahead. Decide how you want to use your space. Being able to view television outdoors — even in cold weather — was important to this homeowner, so a fireplace was a must.

Cover up. This pergola provides protection from the sun, shade for television viewing and defines the living areas.

Invest in durable furnishings. These patio and dining sets were made by Ebel, a company known for quality outdoor products that are used in commercial and residential settings. The cushions are made of weather- and sun-resistant fabrics.

Soften the space by adding planters, being sure to keep in mind how sunny and shady your patio is at different times of the day. The majesty palms in the planters, shown on the left, work well for the area as they require both sun and shade. Remember to add color and choose plants that add height and will fill out, such as these geraniums, along with varieties that will drape, like this sweet potato vine.

When looking for a landscape company, ask around. “You’ll want to select a company that has a good reputation, someone who you feel comfortable with and that you know will help meet your vision for your property,” Munsey said. “Customers very often underestimate the timeframe of a project, and while they may have an idea of what they’d like, sometimes it’s good to provide a visual. We can generate 2D and 3D renderings to ‘walk’ the customer through the space. This helps with the process.”

 

RESOURCE LIST

David Munsey

David Munsey

Antique Brick Outdoors
1609 E. Ninth Street
Little Rock, Arkansas 72202
antiquebrickoutdoors.com
(501) 375-0060

Avias Sound and Video
2224 Cantrell Road
Little Rock, AR 72202
(501) 744-2484

Better Lawns & Gardens
betterlawnsar.com
(501) 454-9803

Miguel Newberg
M’Nteriors
mnteriors.com
(501) 993-2766

Richard Harp Homes
17200 Chenal Pkwy., Suite 300
Little Rock, AR 72223
richardharphomes.com
(501) 690-4277

 


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