Anyone who has tried to put steps on a steep hillside knows you need platforms in between those steps. And while the hill tells you when you need steps, who's going to tell you how to put them there? Dean and Derek, that's who. They upgrade preexisting hillside granite steps by creating brand new platforms with canal street brick. First, they demo the existing dirt platforms-which is what most people have-and pour concrete footings. Over the footings-and as an artistic contrast to the granite-they set colorful canal street brick in a running bond pattern. As a finishing touch, they install outdoor lighting that transforms and illuminates a ramshackle step system into an elegant hillside walkway.
- Duncan Fuller