Recap of Episode 7 “the longest yard”
Even though I was not on the show I wanted to give my opinions and maybe some tips on how it could have been better. Ok final four 25K to build out a 10,000 sq ft yard. To HGTV this is totally unrealistic.
The FINAL 4, Torie, Dan, Antonio and Lonni. Congrats on making it this far, I was sorry to see Torie go home, I love them all but there is no pop of personality now. Lonni has not been edited to show she is funny, Dan has shown some of his funny side but its all been to serious, which he is. Antonio, my bro, good for you taking charge but you know I would have rocked that challenge and for once not been in the bottom.
First, there was not real design plan on what and how. The client wanted tropical Zen garden with play space. You got play space but where is the Zen. River rock is a great way to bring that in but as little as you guys used it made no sense.
Second, the White vinyl “box hardware store” Pergola. Why why why? You could have gotten that thing for half the cost if you had negotiated. Dan you jumped right on it. Torie gave you 5K in the van and I know you guys were dead tired an I see how that could have been misinterpreted, but 10K come on, its plastic.
Third, the water feature, thank god there was something existing that gave somewhat of a Zen fell to the garden. Water is always as great way to bring in sight and sound.
Forth, the pool deck, this was a great opportunity to have brought in a bolder color instead of just plain grey. You can stain concrete or at least given it a pattern. You could have also softened the edges with some gentle curves.
Fifth, NO colored plants, guys come to Florida and see things in bloom its not all green. You could have gone crazy with some Birds of Paradise, hibiscus or even an orchid tree, very fragrant and beautiful red and white blooms.
Lastly some tips to making a Zen Garden.
- More rock
- More water, a rectangular 2” high 12” reflection pool, just deep enough to lay in gives you a pool and a great Zen fell.
- 4qty 4×4 post with a bikini top in a bright fabric to give the same effect of a pergola but much more stylish and Zen and CHEAPER.
- ART, find a great sculpture. It takes up a huge amount of space, plus you could use the bench from my first room.
- Furniture, drop the woven crap it is so done. You could have found some vintage metal or aluminum and painted bright colors.
Stay tuned to next week to see what happens and who goes home.