Member Insights

Togetherness calls for outdoor living that extends space, offers style, comfort, distancing

June 3rd, 2020

Member Insights by Bob Webb Builders

Dorothy was right… there’s no place like home. Never before has thoughtful use of space been as vital to family living as it has been these last few months as families sheltered in place. Kitchens became classrooms, bedrooms became offices, and family rooms became all-purpose gathering spots for homework, Netflix and way too many take-out dinners to count.

Unprecedented times called for unexpected togetherness as families had to get creative to carve out personal space while sequestered at home. At the end of week four, you may have thought “that’s it… we need to build custom.” And why not! When you build your custom home with premier home builder, Bob Webb, you can add all the living, sleeping and play spaces you crave, and of course, the bathrooms, storage and kitchen comforts your busy family life demands.

But don’t stop there… your outdoor space can be customized and designed to offer extended living/entertaining/play space too, so every family member has a place to relax and call their own. With Bob Webb as your partner, you can expand your livable space to the great outdoors in ways you never imagined.

Why not bring the indoors… out?

A well-planned outdoor space can give whole new meaning to the term ‘social distancing.’ Whether it’s dining under the stars, entertaining family and friends (6 feet apart of course!), or curling up by a crackling fire – think about life as you like it, not to mention increased value for your home.

Take a look at online sources like Houzz and Pinterest and you’ll be amazed at the creative ideas for outdoor living spaces of every size and scope. As you do your research, you’ll see that homeowners today are customizing their outdoor/living/relaxing/entertaining spaces with the things they love – a cozy stone fireplace, a wall-mounted TV, an automated sound system controlled by their smart phone – all the creature comforts that can transform their outdoor spaces into a true extension of their home.

And what about grilling? Today, outdoor kitchens are replacing the lowly BBQ, often rivaling the scope and scale of evolving kitchen trends with professional appliances, multiple cooking surfaces and ample prep spaces… not to mention built-in grills and smokers with all the bells and whistles.

Now more than ever, it seems that people are invested in the comfort and joy of their homes. By creating an outdoor space that lets them relax, cook, entertain and do whatever they want to do there, we’re able to give homeowners a truly personalized extension of their living space. And what’s not to love about that?

Create your own outdoor ‘living room’

Step outside and experience the best of both worlds. Why not enjoy outdoor living at its best with a space that beckons you year ‘round to come and enjoy? We invite you to customize your outdoor room with a cozy fireplace, a gorgeous built-in barbecue, or even a ‘ double western door’ that looks like a wall of windows and folds away to blend inside to outside seamlessly. This is sheer genius… an outdoor living room with plenty of ‘wow’.

Customize your new Outdoor Living Room with all the comforts of home like:

  • Comfy furnishings, lighting, rugs and more – the right accessories make an outdoor room feel like an indoor room. The perfect spot to read, work or relax.
  • A cozy gas or wood-burning fireplace – perhaps a double-sided firebox for extra ambience with a stately stone, brick, or river rock surround.
  • A retractable ‘double western door’ – looks like a wall of windows that folds back to open indoor room to outdoor room seamlessly.
  • The perfect barbecue/cook station or fully-equipped kitchen – add step-saver appliances, sink, cabinets… maybe even a pizza oven!
  • Custom blinds that open/close by remote – you control fresh air, sunshine, privacy.
  • A covered porch or courtyard with Phantom screen – screen opens/closes by remote… like an ‘instant’ screened-in porch!
  • Lighting, wi-fi, high-tech touches – LED or solar landscape lighting, an automated sound system that can be controlled from a smart phone, backyard wi-fi and a high-def wall-mount TV can elevate your outdoor space to an impressive zone for entertaining, working or relaxing.

Porches, and pergolas, and patios… oh my!

If you love the character and charm of a gentler time, think about the appeal of a wrap-around porch punctuated with wicker furniture and a porch swing. Imagine curling up with a good book while the rest of the world carries on without you.

Or perhaps a vine-covered pergola appeals to your romantic side… one with architectural interest, sheer fabric panels and planter boxes overflowing with colorful summer blooms. Now, the only question is, should it stand alone, or serve as transition to deck or patio?

And speaking of patios, don’t forget to add one or two (or more!) Not your grandmother’s patio, mind you, but creatively designed  spaces with modern family living in mind – mood-setting solar/LED lighting, a cozy stone firepit, a beautiful babbling fountain, a relaxing yoga spot or zen garden – and don’t forget to bring in lots of rich texture with natural materials like stacked stone, wood, and textured concrete or pavers.

See outdoor living ideas firsthand at Bob Webb model homes

If you can dream it, we can do it! Our professional architects will work one-on-one with you to create the perfect outdoor living plan. Then our design professionals will help you create a customized space that provides the perfect gathering place (or escape!) for everyone in the family.

See outdoor living ideas at our models!

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Evans Farm – 5776 Evans Farm Drive, Lewis Center
Ravines at McCammon Chase – 2900 Big Timber Loop, Lewis Center
The Nook at Canby Court – 11450 Canby Court, Jerome Village
Eversole Run – 11371 Winterberry Drive, Jerome Village
Liberty Bluff – 1601 Liberty Bluff Drive, Delaware

Can’t wait to schedule a visit? Go to  home page and click on any of our model home videos for a virtual tour.