Contractors play a pivotal role in helping homeowners bring their outdoor living visions to life. Each month, we’ll offer a Contractor’s Corner post to share tips to help our contractor partners offer even more to homeowners and their landscapes.
Last month, Blue Max Materials in Charlotte, N.C. celebrated the opening of its new Outdoor Living Design Center. The design space is an inspiration hub and one-stop-shop for contractors and homeowners alike.
The space was created to give Blue Max customers one place where they could see a variety of work in a natural, inviting setting.
Design centers like the one at Blue Max are a great way for contractors to help their clients envision what their outdoor space can become.
Contractors love the new design center because they can bring their clients with them to help pinpoint what the homeowner is looking for and then source the materials at the same place. Blue Max owner Mike Bishop says they see two or three contractors a day bringing in clients.
“We’ve been receiving a lot of positive feedback on the Outdoor Living Design Center,” Bishop said. “From contractors to homeowners, and the installers who worked on the space, we’ve been able to provide a source of inspiration, a source for materials, and a referral source for the great companies who created the vignettes.”
Currently featuring six backyard vignettes, the almost two-acre space will be host to eleven vignettes when the second phase of construction is complete next spring.
“Our goal was to create a welcoming environment where our customers could leisurely walk the displays,” said Barb Luzum, marketing director at Blue Max. “The center was designed to feel like someone’s backyard. When homeowners walk through the space we want them to daydream about the possibilities for their own backyard.”
Each vignette was constructed by a local installer to showcase a wide variety of options in outdoor living spaces. Local installers include Belgard Authorized Contractor (BAC) Greenview Landscape, BAC Island Creek Landscape, BAC TG&R Landscape Group, BAC Overstream Landscaping, Peaceful Ponds, and The Stone Man.
“This design center would not have been possible without everyone involved, including the installers and manufacturers, like Belgard,” Bishop said. “We’re so excited to see this project come to fruition and continue to grow into next year.”