We were very excited to be included in Western Home Journal’s Spring/Summer 2019 issue. Here is the excerpt of our section in Your Other Room is Waiting Outside:
PLANNING THE PERFECT OUTDOOR SPACE
Scott Holmer is acutely aware that his clients spend as much time as possible outside because his successful business, Patio World, has been Central Oregon’s premier patio and outdoor furniture resource for over three decades. One of the largest showrooms in the state, Patio World offers luxury brand names such as Brown Jordan, Jensen Leisure, Tropitone, O.W. Lee, and Gloster. These hand-crafted collections use the highest quality materials and world-class artisans to create and enhance any outdoor living area.
However, what Holmer sees as an integral part of his business is emphasizing to his clients and their architects/builders the need to plan ahead for outdoor living. “I see it all the time. There are million-dollar-plus homes with all the bells and whistles, but they didn’t think ahead to their outdoor living needs and lifestyle from the onset. So, now they are forced to improvise and it’s frustrating. It’s helpful when the architect, builder, and landscape architect work together in unison to help the homeowner achieve maximum enjoyment in these spaces. Therefore, I urge the client to think about what he or she may want to have now or in the future.”
I see it all the time. There are million-dollar-plus homes with all the bells and whistles, but they didn’t think ahead to their outdoor living needs and lifestyle from the onset.
–Scott Holmer, Patio World
While stressing the importance of planning ahead to his clients, Holmer recognizes that outdoor rooms require ample space to function properly. “Outdoor furnishings once meant a few chairs around a table on the deck or a picnic table and benches in the backyard. Dining tables have now grown to seat 10 to 12 people for those wishing to entertain many guests. I encourage folks to think about the desired view when choosing a rectangular table. If your space only allows the table to be placed parallel to the house, you will then force your guests on one side of the table to look at the side of the house. I prefer to place rectangular tables at a 90° angle to the house. This way, most of the guests will have a more spacious view. Make sure that you have the right amount of space to accommodate your furnishings. A basic 48” round dining table with four chairs will need a minimum of 10’ x 10’ area. Provide for the space needed by measuring the furniture layout and then add at least two to three feet on all sides for walk-around space,” states Holmer. This is just one of many considerations when deciding upon dining sets, lounge groups, cooking, and hot tubbing areas. Take time to consider that the array of furniture models that Patio World has on its floor is only a sample of the variety of styles available. There may be up to a dozen options for the color of the frames, as well as possibly hundreds of choices in cushion fabrics.
powder coating is only a process, not a quality. An inexpensive powder coating might receive ‘one pass’ in its process. It’s very often quite thin, and you could easily scratch it with your fingernail. Our pieces are incredibly durable, scratch and chip resistant, and last a lifetime.
- Scott Holmer, Patio World
Beyond a myriad of furniture details related to the size, function, color, and style, is the exposure to the elements. “An aspect of your outdoor lifestyle might require a roof over your head, which extends beyond what a simple umbrella can accomplish. You might want to consider a retractable awning for sun and rain,” suggests Holmer. “I remember one of my customers said, ‘That dining set costs as much as what’s inside my house!’ I said, ‘Sure, so why don’t you take that dining set that’s inside the house and put it outside in your backyard for a couple of months and then tell me how it works out!” The fact is exposure to the sun, rain, and often sleet and snow can damage a box store version of a lounge chair in much less time than one thinks. “My clients may see a powder-coated piece and think it is fine. But powder coating is only a process, not a quality. An inexpensive powder coating might receive ‘one pass’ in its process. It’s very often quite thin, and you could easily scratch it with your fingernail. The pieces at Patio World are incredibly durable, scratch and chip resistant, and last a lifetime.”
When furnishing your outdoor space becomes an afterthought, that’s when your budget is affected by overages. Plan exclusively for these spaces, and no one gets surprised. Something else to think about is the amount of seasonal time that you spend outside. Holmer offers these words of experience: “People consider the summer as Memorial Day to Labor Day, but in reality, we have a month on either side. We offer an early bird special for those who order before the first week of May. March is a big month for Patio World because folks who plan ahead receive their outdoor furniture by the first week of May. We love when our customers start enjoying their outdoor rooms at the beginning of the season.”