Column: Solutioneering. What does that mean?


Engineering creative solutions for outdoor living spaces is our provocative definition. Certainly, it carries forward to bathroom and kitchen remodels. But the dramatic results are predominantly patio/deck-driven.


  • A few weeks ago, a lovely Carmel couple wondered how they could make their dull screen porch not so dull. Their presumption was that the walls needed removed, windows added or the entire structure imploded to begin again. Nope. A few gentle nudges got the benign concrete floor, coated with a glossy cocoa stain topped with a brilliantly colored oversized rug and coordinating bright pillows on the patio chairs, added a sparkling touch.
  • The featured project photo moved the fire feature to the edge of the patio instead of the center and saved 120 square feet of patio and a few thousand dollars. That freed up dollars to build a grill counter.

Our clients accomplish the same strategy gigabyte times a year with aging decks, bland concrete patios and other tired features. Often, they just need a little love and solutioneering!

Often, value-engineered ideas are coupled with a larger vision and project in mind. Our primary driver for these crazy “makeovers” is to elevate spaces and thrill the homeowner so celebrations and family healings can happen. If it happens to free up a few dollars for the fire feature/ stone patio/lanai, wonderful!

Solutioneering:  #makingadifference one design at a time for 25 years.


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