Harmonic Living

Published 12:47 pm Thursday, July 9, 2009

Driving east on U.S. 280, one’s eye can’t help but be drawn by the added highway appeal of the outdoor living display set up at Geostone in Westover.

David Agee and father, Fred, deal every day with concrete retaining walls and sea walls, and most recently added outdoor decorating to their repertoire.

“We’ve been watching trade shows and right now outdoor living areas are huge,” he said. “We just hopefully want to add something to the area that no one else has.”

Homeowners can create their own combination of elements; raised fire tables surrounding a patio or water fountains flanking a fireplace.

The outdoor series also includes elements like a wet bar, which includes a refrigerator, sink and cabinets; a grill island for the cook in the family, fire pits to sit around on cool evenings and even an outdoor pizza kitchen.

Agee said in today’s economy, people want to know how to make the most out of staying close to home. He said these elements add the extra flair they’re looking for without having to travel to a resort to get it.

“I know you’ve heard the term ‘staycation,’” Agee said. “A lot of people, instead of spending money on vacations, they look for things to make them feel relaxed at home.”

Agee pointed to the state’s climate. He said with weather remaining comfortable three-fourths of the year, people already spend their time outdoors.

“We’ve got gorgeous falls and gorgeous springs. With those settings there is no better way to have a dinner party than to be able to enjoy it outdoors,” Agee said.

Agee said he also believes many people are in the market for something to distinguish their homes from all the rest.

He said when the housing market turns back in the seller’s advantage, outdoor living spaces will stand out as one of the ultimate upgrades.