Mid-Century Outdoors

Episode HORJD-103H

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Katie & Andrew are a hip young California couple who live in a classic 1960s architectural home. They even have a pool, though it's in desperate need of sprucing up along with the rest of their crumbling deck. The couple dreams of an outdoor lounge where they can host pool parties and relax with friends. Jamie heads to Palm Springs, California for inspiration. Known for it's mid-century modern architecture and desert landscape, this small city is the perfect inspiration locale for Andrew & Katie's back deck. Here Jamie explores several structures by architect Albert Frey. The clean jutting lines of the Albert Frey Tramway roof provides Jamie with ideas for a way to replace Andrew and Katie's glass terrarium with an angled white shade cloth structure that will create spaciousness and respite from the sun. The Frey House itself, set right into the hillside amidst desert boulders, inspires Jamie to think about how to put architecture into the environment rather than around it and bring the outdoors in. The poolside banquet seating leads to sculptured poolside benches for Andrew and Katie's deck and also function as a fix for the crumbling retainer wall. Tropical palms, cactus and drought-tolerant plants mixed with red arid tiling and natural stone complete the look of a desert oasis in the city.

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