Bowman Outdoor Living is a family owned and operated business. Three generations, father, daughter, and granddaughter, all work together at this locally born company that has been creating beautiful exteriors for SUN City residents and the Georgetown area since 1995.
When Charles Petru and his daughter Janice Bowman moved here, Georgetown was less than half the size it is today. They both fell in love with the city’s serenity and peacefulness, a far cry from their Houston stomping grounds where most of the family still resides.
Father and daughter both built homes in Georgetown the same year they started their company. They joined and have been active at St. Helen's, a Catholic church at 2700 East University. Ms. Bowman’s three children, Brittney, Brandan, and Bailey attended elementary school at St. Helen's. Ms. Bowman said some of their longest, dearest friendships started there; their accountant, their administrative assistant, even the superintendent who brought them into Sun City are blessings from their many years in that congregation.
Brittney Bowman is twenty-three now, with both entrepreneurship and accounting degrees. She joined the company in May, 2017, bringing the third generation of the family into their business. According to her mom and grandfather, she takes equally good care of the books and their customers.
In 1995, there were no homes and it took a golf cart to get into Del Webb’s future Sun City development. Bowman Outdoor Living was hired in that early phase to do decking. Over the years, their expertise has grown to include wrought iron fencing and many types of masonry work, as well as landscaping. Their website, www.bowmanoutdoorliving.com shows examples of screened arbors, outdoor kitchens, patios, water fountains, fire-pits, and many other custom-built outdoor living projects.
Ms. Bowman mentioned, “We also have highly experienced crews. Many of our employees have been with the company more than a decade. Some since the beginning.”
Having grown up with Sun City, Bowman Outdoor Living is expert at custom building for the unique needs of its citizens. Most of their business comes through referrals and customers tend to become friends, bringing ‘thank you’ gifts by the office on a regular basis.
Ms. Bowman said, “Over three-quarters of our projects are for Sun City and its residents.”
Their headquarters, just east of the Sun City entrance on Williams Drive, keeps a large inventory onsite. They tend to make bulk buys that match the Sun City look they helped create. Mr. Petru claimed, “Our location and inventory are big advantages that help us quickly meet project needs, make supervision easier, and keep our prices under control.”
Ms. Bowman explained, “Everything we do is focused on making the exterior of a home an extension of the interior living space. From the front door through the patio in back, we have the experience to blend our designs into one unique SUN City living experience.”
Ms. Bowman added, “And every job is personal because our name is on it!”