Kevin Carroll and his wife Mary Jo have raised five daughters together in their Kingston, Mass., home. Being the only male in a house full of females hasn't always been easy for Kevin, who has worked multiple jobs over the years. In fact, just finding a quiet room to relax in is nearly impossible. That's why the six females in Kevin's life have called in Dean and Derek to help design the perfect outdoor den. The guys will create a space where Kevin can just kick back and hang out - even in cold weather.
Patrick Kannan, a finance director, and stay-at-home mother of three Kelly are entertainers. These Washington-area sports enthusiasts know that one of the best parts of the game is the tailgate, and they do it right! But their basement sports bar-which plays host to an ever-expanding crowd of friends and family-is just too small. As a result, the party always spills up the stairs and out into their very empty backyard. So why not make their backyard, with the staircase as an entrance, into an outdoor wine bar, giving a new, classy feel to an old tradition? Dean and Derek start by removing the old sod and installing a patio that flows out from the basement stairs. They'll add a fireplace with a built-in hearth and seating wall in one corner and a bar with a limestone cap on the opposite end. A custom-made wine-barrel ice chest and other wine accents will clear up any question about this group's intentions.
Florida resident Barri VanCoulter and her two children, Michael and Julianna, have lots of friends in their cozy neighborhood but limited space in their small Palm Harbor home to entertain and socialize. With an inside space that's too tight and an unusable backyard with a slope and a drainage easement, Barri's entertaining options are limited. Dean and Derek agree there is only one option: a fabulous front porch! The design also includes a huge new pergola, a brick patio in a herringbone pattern, a seating wall and a fire pit.