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David Epstein: Welcome to growing wisdom! I am here with Gary Koller and Gary Koller is the designer for this particular, beautiful patio that you have done and I want you to give me a little bit sort of insight into some of these elements since it is very interesting elements within this patio and tell me how you came up with them
Gary Koller: Well this is a patio that is bigger than the average personal one because this is for a public space and the owners want it to be able to accommodate 50 to a 100 people for an outdoor gathering.
So you have a stone here, a very interesting stone from a place called sky line quarry which is has a beautiful color to it and it is kind of an irregular cracked ice pattern the way it is put together and all of the stones they are only set on sand and stone dust so that they will move independently in the winter time so you do not have cracking problems.
These are big culprit trays, there is a crate in the middle so you can have a bonfire over there and you can have a bonfire here if you are having a big event in the terrace. And it is basically just the big wood fire.
They are portable, so if you were having three people here and you wanted to gather the fire pit to where the people are, you can pick that up and move it. When they are having dinner at night, they can put a big bonfire in here or if they are sitting out here in the terrace they can enjoy the fire on the terrace.
David Epstein: And here you could also move the chairs around here and surround yourself around. This particular fire and sit along the wall up there
Gary Koller: And then the clients want water still as part of this symbolism of spirituality. We just toke a rock and basically that kind fitted the wall although it hangs out in both sides and it does not have to conform to the size of the wall. It can be much bigger. We actually using saws and chisels and stuff scoop it out to that to make a bird bath, I called bird bath rocks and the birds will come in here. You need a certain depth of the water that birds do not like it too deep but they need two or three inches of water and if you can slope the sides, so that they can walk down and feel comfortable. Do not come in here and they splash round.
David Epstein: Well Gary Koller thank you very much once again I appreciate it. So you have gotten to see more of Gary Koller’s work and this is some particular stone work just absolutely gorgeous and you can incorporate some of these elements. You do not have to have something quite as big in your own yard. But think about some of the elements, the fire, the water, the bird bath, and the places to set and use some of those in your own garden.
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