by Christy Heitger-Ewing | photos by The Home Aesthetic


Jennifer Osborne and her family loved their home nestled inside an established community, but there was one hitch in their idyllic property. Their disjointed backyard stood in the way of hosting summer gatherings. In addition to creating a beautiful and functional space that catered to gatherings large and small, the homeowners were looking for a bit of privacy from neighboring properties.

Osborne and her husband turned to the team at BPI Outdoor Living for a master plan to transform their outdoor living space into a blend of the comforts of indoor living and the joy of being outdoors. The BPI team delivered a cohesive design that features areas for both relaxation and conversation as well as plenty of privacy. Under one covered area, the Osbornes can comfortably watch television or gaze into the dancing flames of the fireplace. Their new outdoor kitchen is fit for a master chef, with a large bar, deluxe stainless-steel grill, outdoor refrigerator, trash drawer, and ample storage.

“This space is a true transformation that embodies our core vision,” says J.D. Durst, Partner/President of BPI. “The BPI design team created a unique outdoor living space that will allow for memorable outdoor moments for this client and their family and friends.”

A decorative cedar pergola with infrared heaters connects the home to the bar, enabling the homeowners to sit outside even when there is a nip in the air.

The patio, which is covered by a large hip roofed structure, includes a gas fireplace with a large outdoor television above and speakers tucked into the structure’s ceiling. The fireplace is flanked with decorative cedar screens to provide privacy and visual appeal. Just a few steps away, a cozy firepit patio invites guests in for gooey, scrumptious s’mores or simply to get warm and toasty.

The outdoor living space can be accessed from the rear of the home and from the motor court via a connecting paver walkway.

As the homeowners enter the outdoor living retreat from the back of their home, they step onto a composite landing with large steps that lead into the new paver patio. They can then take a seat on a comfy couch or chair by the fireplace or rest in one of the six Adirondack chairs by the firepit. The ambiance is enhanced by soft landscaping lighting.

“BPI helped us transform our backyard from a disjointed space with a separate deck and fireplace to a seamless outdoor living area,” says Osborne. “Brant [Hile, Design Associate] took our ideas and translated them into a beautiful design that we enjoy every single day. Larry [Madison, Project Manager] worked diligently to make sure we were updated on questions and the timeline. We are so happy with our resulting space that includes a covered area, dining area and fire feature that all seamlessly work together to make entertaining a joy.”

Connect with BPI Outdoor Living team and ask how they can bring a magnificent master plan to life for you at bpioutdoorliving.com