Tuesday, May 11, 2010

So excited about this design feature

I tend to Push (pardon the pun) my clients to consider things that might otherwise seem ridiculous but sometimes we can pull it off. In this case, we pulled it off. From the outset of the development of the design of the home I wanted to incorporate a water feature into the landscape and outdoor living spaces of the house. As you all know I always defer to reclaimed or salvage materials first. In this case I have been trying to conceptualize how I could blend the upper space or front entry and the lower outdoor living space under the sitting room together so there was some cohesion. Subsequently we needed 2 large retaining walls just to the right of the front entry bridge to hold back fill from the front of the house. So I had Sargent Construction build a 4ft x 15ft long retaining wall out of leftover ICF blocks from the foundation as one retaining, then for the big one I found out that Southern Concrete here in Asheville uses left over concrete to make very large 3'x6'concrete blocks for various reasons and they are only $35. So I had then deliver 8 blocks and they stacked them on top of one another. The smallest of the 2 walls is about 9ft below the top of the other, so to create some harmony between the two and develop this illusive water feature we took the next step to design a 2 tiered steel feature. I bought 2 reclaimed steel I-beams, turned them on their side and they will act as the pool/waterfall into a larger beam that will be the basin.The longest beam runs under the entry bridge and cantileavers out over the other beam from 8ft above and will dump water into the lower beam that will recycle the water back up top for what I think has turned out to be amazing. I try to pride myself on being creatively resourceful and in this instance I am pleased with my persistence or stubbornness it took to pull this off without driving everyone on the job crazy, most importantly my gracious clients.


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