One of the joys of living in Phoenix is the ability to relish being outdoors year round. Granted, a pool and some shade are necessities during our lengthy summers, but more often than not you have one, or know someone who does. When I had the privilege of shooting Scuba's house in February, I was delighted to find one of the most incredible outdoor spaces I've ever seen.
It took Scuba four years and some serious penny pinching to be able to achieve such a beautiful and useable outdoor space.
The pool was already installed, but the home lacked the shade necessary to enjoy summer days outside. "Typically on a weekend there's five to ten people on Friday and Saturday nights - we just love to hang out. I just felt bad that during the winter and nice months, we could sit outside and enjoy ourselves, but not so much in the summer. So, I thought, 'what's a cheap way of building something outside, where we can all hang out?' It looks super expensive, but in reality all the brick I bought was on clearance and the labor wasn't really that much."
His roommate, Jeremy Smith, built the 10' table and the garden boxes in exchange for rent. The school chairs were purchased new from a company in Chicago for $10 per chair, as opposed to vintage ones for two to three times the price. Everything else was purchased from thrift stores and craigslist.
(Images: Lindsey Nochta )