Another pergola-ish idea from Jason's portfolio.
“That challenge would’ve been so easy for me, and I would’ve been $10,000 under budget—easily,” Jason said. “You can use a lot of plants that are less expensive that have big impact.”
That whole honkin’ big backyard for fifteen grand? How, Jason?
“I would’ve used a lot of Eureka palms and the bamboo could’ve been a cheaper style. They bought one of the most expensive bamboos out there…they should’ve brought in traveling bamboo. They could’ve contained it by burying vertical sheets of tempered glass into the ground, making a glass box around the bamboo. If you do that and leave that glass cube sticking up out of the ground about three feet, it would add architectural interest and keep the bamboo from taking over your yard.”
As for the pergola that added more off-screen than on-screen drama, Jason had a fabulous idea I wish I’d thought of myself. “They could’ve put up four 4×4 posts and stretched the coolest, loudest fabric over it like a bikini top for $400 and it would’ve looked a lot better than the *expletive* $10,000 white vinyl big-box-store pergola, which was ridiculous.”
Other ideas and points of interest that Jason brought up:
They could’ve used the bench from my first room!
They could’ve found some inexpensive metal furniture and painted it with brighter colors.
None of the fabrics they used were outdoor fabrics, so they’re going to rot and fade within a very short timeframe.
The chaise lounges they bought would’ve felt less traditional if they’d been painted silver, and they should’ve sewn new cushion covers!
Use flowering plants! (Even I think this was self-explanatory.)
No conversation areas?
“That little river of rocks that Lonni and Dan were trying to do? That’s decorator bull***!”
No natural elements like boulders and tree trunks?
A hammock would’ve been nice!
That big tree where they started to put the rocks, that was the perfect place to put the sandbox because that kid’s gonna climb the tree and if he falls out, sand is going to be much softer than hitting the rocks.
Beach pads by the pool would’ve given them extra seating and huge pops of color.