Ping jloomis - Patio Build

Re: http://www.delorie.com/wood/abpw/
That's quite a project. Neat and nice overall design. Good job.
I like that old tree, off to the side. The homeowners should try to highli ght that tree (I'm thinking they have considered that). It's a nice natur al feature for that whole scenario. My thoughts: It has lasted the test o f time, for a California site.... I'm thinking landslides survival, though it may not be in a vunerable area. I like unusual trees as that.
Reminds me, somewhat, of a 60's era mindset/comment(?): Outdoors is In. I ndoors is Out.
The patio benches: Rather than straight backrest rails, both upper and low er are curved. Curved are more appealing, +1. Expanding on that, similarl y curved vertical slats might look nice, also.... this small seat came to m ind - https://www.flickr.com/photos/43836144@N04/8011560641/in/photostream
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