More stories about Design/Construction

  • Overflowing in Style

    It is always interesting to follow the design process on a project.

  • Beauty of the Edge

    When I was in my 20s, I wrote a novel and was fortunate enough to have it published.

  • Touring Pools with Steve Sargent

    Rebecca Robledo, design/construction editor of Pool & Spa News, recently enjoyed a ride-along with Steve Sargent, president of Elite Custom Pools in Lake Forest, Calif. Steve builds some of the most high-end pools in Orange County.

  • On the Road with Bryan Chrissan

    When I recently spent a hot summer day with Bryan Chrissan, owner of Clear Valley Pool and Spa in Murrieta, Calif., I thought I was prepared. Sunscreen: Check. Water bottles: Check.

  • A Jewel

    It was a tough task. The expert jury (two architects and two home builders) had to vet more than 400 entries to select just 29 winners of the 2012 Custom Home Design Awards.

  • Legends of the Fall

    It’s rare that an opportunity presents itself to work on a historic property where landscape features such as oak trees have been maturing for more than 100 years.

  • On the House?

    Some believe free estimates come with the territory of being a service technician, while others can’t imagine providing hard-earned knowledge without a charge.

  • Making Exceptions

    As a general rule, Jerry Wallace doesn’t believe in providing free estimates.

  • Under Oath

    The lure of expert witness work can be strong.

  • Using Discretion

    An expert witness is generally the type of person who enjoys sharing knowledge to create some kind of good, whether it be to win a case or educate others.