Showing Their Spirits
Wine Lovers Spotlight Their Hobby in Outdoor BBQ Counter
|Canoga Park, CA. (May 2003)-Outdoor entertaining has come a long way from
kettle barbecues and inflatable pools. People are designing their yards with the
same regard to aesthetic appeal and functionality that they seek inside their
homes. That's why Green Scene Landscape supervising designer Scott Cohen spends
time getting to know his clients and their lifestyles to translate their wishes
into very personalized designs.
|"On my initial design consultations, I always ask clients about their hobbies,
collections and travels. It gives me better insight into how they are going to
use the yard and what kinds of designs will appeal to them," Cohen says. During
one such meeting with clients Joel and Lisa Weinberg in Simi Valley, CA, Cohen
discovered that the husband and wife are avid wine enthusiasts who often hold
wine-tasting parties at their home.
|"The decorative nature of wine bottles made them a natural accent for the patio
design," Cohen says. He created a u-shaped barbecue counter with a four-burner
grill and built-in refrigerator topped with a cast-in place concrete counter.
Over 330 wine bottles (provided by wine distributor PRP Wine International,
Inc.) were used to create four kaleidoscopic panels in the front of bar,
back-lit with over 500 fiber optic cables.
|When planning to use the wine bottles within the counter design, Cohen carefully
researched the structural integrity of the bottles. "Working with our structural
engineer, we developed a standard weight load for an average wine bottle. They
are actually quite strong-just about equal to building with the glass blocks
typically used in glass wall construction," he says.
|Cohen also found that different colored
bottles had different lighting requirements-one cable was sufficient for white
wine bottles, while darker glass required more cables. "The effect, especially
at night, is really quite spectacular," Cohen says. "The clients were able to
showcase their love of wine in way that added to the beauty of their home in a
very dramatic way."
|To further accentuate the wine theme of the entertainment area, Cohen, a trained
ceramic artisan, hand-painted four-inch tiles with a grapevine pattern to go
around the perimeter of the counter area. The project also included an 8' x 10'
in-ground spa with 25 relaxing hydrotherapy jets. Cohen created a faux rock
waterfall that creates warm massage when it cascades into the spa. The rock was
stained and painted to mimic the colors of the local natural stone, accented by
the colorful plantings throughout the yard. The complete project costs were
PRP Wine International, Inc. is an international distributor of exclusive wines
through in-home tasting sessions with a personal wine consultant. Call (800)
835-1831 for more information.
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