Dec. 14th Patio/Firepit update

As many of you know, we recently decided to re-do our back yard area and include a firepit. Happy to report that we are making major progress. With Coastal Rock Productions here in Charleston.
The designer showed up this week with cinder blocks---for us to lay out our design and measurements. I know I may be crazy, but his method of taking the time to display the actual size and shape of the design, based on my family/friends height measurements! Really? He actually took the time to invite Tim and I to sit on the mock up, stretch out our legs and check the direction of the angle where my chairs will be. After some minor tweeks--ready to move forward.
So far, so good...
q dec 14th patio firepit update as many of you know we recently decided to re do our, outdoor living, patio, Measurement day
Measurement day
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  • Its great to see that they are thinking ahead by having you visualize the layout. Its a lot of hard work and knowing just where everything is going to sit before you have them cement it into place is the right way of doing things. Must be nice to work in December outside..
  • Southern Trillium LLC Southern Trillium LLC on Dec 15, 2011
    Great points Terry. It is very helpful for everyone to visualize and interact with the space and arrangement before the work moves along at full speed. We did the exact same thing on our last project with the patio and firepit. At one of the final meetings with the homeowners we were painting lines on the existing concrete slab to show the overall layout. Then as we began construction, I again drew out marks on the concrete and the curve we were proposing to cut in the concrete. We then set out blocks and were sitting on them to verify spacing and overall placement. It is well worth the extra time.
  • Coastal Rock Productions Coastal Rock Productions on Dec 15, 2011
    I gained so much information by setting up the elevations of the features and actually had Tim & Terry come down and sit, prop their feet up and just simply explored our options. I usually find ways to achieve this kind of interaction with my clients especially on hardscapes that involve concrete. We moved and shifted the seating almost 2' from our original location to achieve the desired arch in the bench.
  • Faidra at  CA Global Inc Faidra at CA Global Inc on Dec 15, 2011
    Great work, love a contractor that is willing to give you a 3D visual, can't wait to see the finished project
  • 3po3 3po3 on Dec 15, 2011
    That's very thoughtful. Not sure I would have even thought of asking a contractor for a chance to actually try out designs and sizes before committing to the project layout.
  • That is awesome, I've never heard of this but I think it's a great way to make your customer feel a part of the design. I like this strategy a lot.
  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Dec 16, 2011
    Sounds like a great way to get the client involved. Here's hoping Santa will be toasting marshmallows this Christmas.
  • Peace Painting Co., Inc. Peace Painting Co., Inc. on Dec 16, 2011
    Sounds like you picked the right contractor, Terry. CP
  • Terry Haas Terry Haas on Dec 16, 2011
    That is the best part Steve...Coastal Rock Productions asked if he could do idea--superior customer service
  • Joe Washington Joe Washington on Dec 16, 2011
    @Coastal, I know you're fully involved with the project, but it would be nice if you could share a step by step with us.
  • Diana Mackie Diana Mackie on Apr 15, 2014
    Agree with Joe! I'd love some updates of the finished product!