More stories about Projects

  • Dropping Bombs

    Ken McKenna hasn’t raised prices in three years. If anything, he’s dropped them to compete

  • Desert Drama

    This Phoenix-area townhouse sat on a golf course and had little space in the backyard. But, as is so often the case, the homeowners still wanted a lot of bells and whistles.

  • Everyone on Deck

    Often, a deck is the most visible part of the backyard, so you don’t want to neglect it with a finish that looks like a sidewalk.

  • Cutting Corners

    Photo illustration by Denise BakerJim Kuenzi has seen how new-pool prices have dropped, and he’s had enough.

  • Back in Time

    When it comes to renovations, some projects are minor, some are major, and some are let’s-just-pull-the-whole-thing-out-and-start-again

  • A Test of Endurance

    Proper execution is all about learning from experience.

  • Fire & Ice

    If you need an attention-getter in the backyard, you can’t do any better than a feature boasting fire and water.

  • Big & Beautiful

    Larger backyards can seem like an embarrassment of riches: Where most pool professionals have to work within tight constraints, a bigger space means the only limit is the designer’s imagination.

  • Broussard Associates, Clovis, Calif.

    When Bartell was hired to design this substantial backyard, there only existed a large swimming pool in the middle of the property with grass extending 3 feet back. Beyond that there was just dirt.

  • Gregory Lombardi Design Inc., Cambridge, Mass.

    The oddly shaped lot is wide near the house, with a narrow strip running to the back of the property line. Lombardi took advantage of this long piece of land by stacking the hard structures there — a pool, pool house and tennis court.