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Dean: So, this is a typical backyard in Vegas huh?
Male: Pretty much.
Dean: It’s a masonry house, a lot of grass, the block walls. Well, what I'm liking about the series of wraps around the back of the house and it’s really a lot bigger than you think.
We’re thinking an out door office lounge, bringing some color with painted walls and drought resistant plantings. For hard scaping, add decorative rocks and a special grass and paper patio with fire pit and art work for entertaining clients. We mark out our corner starting point then start setting two colors of pavers on a 45-degree angle. Here too, we’re going with a desert color palette.
Male: We’re doing a nice sitting area right here. You come out of the sliding glass door off to the right, there is going to be a fire pit centered on that and we’re doing crisscross grass in between all the pavers. It will be a synthetic turf.
Dean: We’re adding even more of our highly compactable granite fines to our base. This material also goes by the name Chat and is a great south western alternative to concrete patios.
Male: What we’re trying to is Derek’s running over this with a compactor. We’re trying to get this tight as possible.
Dean: The patio’s trim is made of the same paver material and set in concrete to make sure nothing moves.
Male: A couple of gray, a couple of brown I like it. Now, we’re going to pull out rows and for these rows with the artificial turf. It’s a real cool design thing and I'm very impressed. I’ve never done it before and I think the artificial turf works well in the desert and it’s going to bring some nice green color here.
Dean: There are a couple of tricks to getting synthetic grass to look like the real thing.
Male: We want to make sure that we cut some grass along these and some against because you want the grass going in the same direction.
Dean: Now, this red stuff is called Chat and when it dries out, it gets hard like concrete. We’re going to put it underneath the grass that’s going to go on strip areas. Pack the Chat about ½ an inch down and then follow with the grass and spikes. So Tim, when we cut this we made sure the grain was going in the same direction so you want it going towards the house.
Tim: Anytime you lay it, wherever it’s going to be viewed at, they’re coming out of the door there so we lay it this way because the grass naturally lays a little bit in that direction and it looks just a little bit nicer if you're looking into cleaning this.
Dean: It makes a lot of sense.
With the patio nearing completion, we want to make sure the fire pit does as well. Finally, after three days of being kept in the dark, we’re all ready for Paula to see her outdoor office lounge. Come on in.
Male: Go ahead open them up.
Paula: Oh my God,
Dean: This is how far as cool as you can get.
Paula: My out door office lounge is like the office lounge of my dreams.
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