Qualified Remodeler Magazine

MAY 2018

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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says. One material that he has seen homeowners request for several of McCutcheon Construction's project of late is Connecticut Bluestone. Part of the Bay Area's climate is very moderate, Tibbs explains, so there is a trend toward larger openings with NanaWall Systems or LaCantina Doors' folding systems for a fully integrated indoor/outdoor experience. Such a door system is a major investment, so he sees it being the basis for improving surrounding spaces in many cases. "When we're doing projects with those door systems, that, many times, is where an outdoor space comes into play because people want to blend the remodeled in- door space with and upgraded outdoor system," he says. "Because of these large door systems and the fact [they] can create a seamless transition from indoors to [outside], some people are using time that goes from the indoor space and just continues out. So it's an indoor/outdoor tile that can continue from the inside to outside, and that can take different forms—it can be natural stone, it could be man-made— but I would say that is a trend being driven by those large door openings where it makes sense," Tibbs adds. | phase can help ensure they will work with the patio and/ or hardscape area for the long term. McCutcheon Construction has a focus on green and sustainable building practices that extends to all its work. Tibbs notes this emphasis can mean installing permeable hardscapes that facilitate drainage and reduce runoff, as well as considering the environmental impact of man-made pavers versus natural stone that needs to be quarried. "If you invest in good quality design and materials that are going to last longer, that's much better for the environment because if you're reducing the number of times that a space is remodeled, you're reducing the debris you have to deal with," he adds. CONSIDER THE FUTURE Part of selecting materials that are going to last means considering a patio and/or hardscape color palette. "We recommend, and I think most people follow this, to se- lect something that is very neutral and complements the house because hardscape is expensive to do, [so] it's not something you want to do over at a later date," Tibbs Pool Enviroments, based in Plano, Texas, partnered with Designer Randy Angell for an entire backyard remodel in Frisco, Texas. Despite six weeks of rain and contending with a strict homeowners' association, the project results include the addition of a cantilevered wood deck, under which is a hidden sheer descent waterfall into the pool, a custom bar and a barbecue area covered by a standalone, shuttered Equinox Pergola and a Lueders limestone-topped linear fire pit. Photo: Vernon Wentz QualifiedRemodeler.com QR May 2018 37

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