patio design

Begin Again
This project started with an unexpected phone call. The clients, who live in Iowa much of the year but have a second home on the water's edge in Tampa Bay, had spotted a Wall Street Journal article in which a photograph of a swimming pool with a "floating" fire pit had been included. They loved the look and figured they could use it to dress up the poolscape that had come with their Florida retreat - if only they could find a local company to do it! Looking through the text, she spotted a reference to the fact that we at Ryan Hughes|Design|Build had designed and competed the project that
EasyPro Assembles Vianti Waterfall Kits
EasyPro Pond Products (Grant, MI) offers Vianti Falls Kits – everything needed to turn a…
MistAmerica Offers MiniCool Systems
MistAmerica (Scottsdale, AZ) has released MiniCool, an outdoor cooling system for residential applications. Designed to…
Organic Emergence
This project began with a client's dropped jaw. I'd been called to the site by one of my usual subcontractors to help resolve a minor problem he was having.  While that was being resolved, I noticed that the new steps in the remodeled pool were far more troubling.   With the client and a bunch of other people standing there, I asked for a demo hammer - and saw the looks of astonishment as I smacked the top step and
Artistic Paver Introduces PlankLock Pavers
Artistic Paver Mfg. (North Miami Beach, FL) has unveiled PlankLock, a paver system designed to…
Want to Avoid Getting ‘Hosed’?
There are all sorts of amenities associated with outdoor living that, taken together, conspire to create what I see as undesirable visual clutter. This is why, when I approach any backyard project, I take my time in sizing up my clients and doing all I can to figure out how they’ll be using the space. If it’s to be an active, family-oriented play/recreational space, for example, I’ll start thinking about
2011/11.2, November 23 — Outdoor Rooms, Trevi Fountain, Life on the Leading Edge and more
November 23, 2011 WATERSHAPES.COM FEATURE ARTICLE Inside ‘Outdoor Rooms’ If you think designing patios begins…
2011/11.1, November 9 — Patio Flow, Soils Reports, Elevating the Game and more
November 9, 2011 WATERSHAPES.COM FEATURE ARTICLE Defining the Flow The often-overlooked key to good patio…
Defining the Flow
    At the same time I’m interviewing my clients about their patios and determining exactly what they want and how they plan to use them (see my article in the October 9 edition of WaterShapes EXTRA!), I’m already thinking about traffic flow.  As I see it, this constitutes one of the keys to 
2011/10.2, October 26 — Patio Design, Historic Pool, Valuing Trade Shows and more
October 26, 2011 WATERSHAPES.COM FEATURE ARTICLE A Patio Primer Continuing his ongoing discussion of key…