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MAY 2018

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plumbing and drains make incorporating wa- tering systems very easy." PLANTS IN OUTDOOR BATHROOMS "A lot of people want an outdoor bathroom," Haugeland observes. "Outdoor showers and hot tub are most popular. They are often connected to pools or master suites." Messervy, too, has worked on a number of outdoor shower projects. "These are often open to the air, but under a roof. Nothing much more fun than showering in the out-of-doors! A fence or hedge can bring privacy, and bamboo in big con- tainers can be beautiful as a decorative element." "Hot tubs are behemoths in a landscape and need to be hidden where possible," she adds. "We always plant tall perennials and grass- es around any hot tubs in order to hide them. If a client can afford a built-in spa, then these can be nestled into a hillside and surrounded by handsome stonewalls and planting beds." PLANTS IN OUTDOOR KITCHENS "We've designed living walls, vegetable gardens, pots with herbs and even a millstone table with herbs planted in it for plucking. Probably most popular, because they are the easiest to plant and care for, are containers – you can plant just about anything in a container from small trees to shrubs, vegetables, herbs or flowers," Messervy recommends. Containers are popular with Greenery NYC's urban clients, too. "We have installed many veggie gardens to grow tomatoes, straw- berries, peppers, cucumbers, melons and lots and lots of herbs," recalls Bullene. Of course space is very limited in New York City outdoor kitchens, so we're mostly trying to maximize the yield in a very small amount of space; con- tainer gardening plays a big role in that." Haugeland's clients are focused on living architecture: "Most often the plants are for screening, or for dividing the space into rooms, or to create a backdrop for the kitchen. Sometimes we do plant herbs or a vegetable garden near the outdoor kitchen." PLANNING FOR PLANTS Just as you do for so many other aspects of your projects, you need to plan ahead for plant installations. "The earlier a plant professional is brought into the build discussion, the bet- ter," Bullene says. "It can be heartbreaking to have to re-open a wall and run more plumbing on a near-finished project because the design/ build team didn't know where the plumbing should be located for the plants." LAST WORDS Plants are healthy for your clients, for the plan- et and, with the right planning and coordina- tion, your profitability. ▪ Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS is an independent designer in San Diego, the author of New Kitchen Ideas That Work and the New Bathroom Idea Book (Taunton Press), and a design journalist, NKBA Chapter Presenter, and industry consultant. Her website is She was named one of Kitchen & Bath Design News' 50 top innovators for 2017. A sophisticated plant installation in this outdoor kitchen provides both edibles and architecture. A sophisticated plant installation in this outdoor kitchen showcases succulents. Photo: Shades of Green Landscape Architecture Photo: New Landscaping Ideas that Work/Photo © TriaGiovan 46 Kitchen & Bath Design News • May 2018 TREND SPOTTING w w Sconset Quidnet Madaket Collections Stainless Steel Kitchen Sinks V3.18 All Your Sink Needs In One Place. Great Point Brant Point Collection Vitreous China Undermount and Vessel Bath Sinks V12 .17 Te r r ito r ies Ava i lab le Serving the Kitchen & Bath Industry for over 30 Years! Sagehill Designs & SunnyWood See all of our collecƟons at: / VerƟcali Vanity Grayson Kitchen CollecƟon - New Blake Vanity CollecƟon - NEW Circle No. 30 on Product Card Circle No. 29 on Product Card

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