Newlyweds Ryan and Kristin Welch recently bought a home in Las Vegas. Ryan is a professional poker player who's living the Las Vegas dream. Ironically, he doesn't have much space inside his house to practice his craft or play with friends-many of whom play professionally. But poker playing and late-night parties inside are turning their nice new house into a cluttered disaster. With an unfinished backyard that needs help, Kristin decides to take the party outdoors with a relaxing outdoor poker room for Ryan! Working with some already-completed elements like a pool, Dean and Derek bring function to this desert area with a gazebo and outdoor poker table. Because no poker game is complete without a few beverages, they build a bar veneered in stone to match the pool and top if off with a recycled glass countertop. They retain the back slope by carving recesses into the earth with jackhammers and build small alcoves walled with interlocking block. Modern planters and lots of desert-friendly plantings sustained by a new irrigation system are added to complement the space and make the boys feel like they're playing on The Strip!
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.