More stories about Design/Construction

  • The Big Time

    The commercial market is very alluring. With higher price points and already-in-place financing, commercial work can mean a company gets to avoid the all-too-common headaches of residential jobs.

  • Aquascapes: The Big Picture

    Large backyards pose a challenge that may seem like a luxury at first, but actually require a unique kind of imagination and discipline to design

  • 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. You may have to burn the tongue a few times before enjoying a taste of success. The design process on this fiberglass poolscape was no exception.

  • Project Pictorial

    The leading edge of the pool cover was tinted black for two reasons — to blend in with the overall color scheme of the aquascape, as well as to appear transparent.

  • A Test of Endurance

    Proper execution is all about learning from experience.