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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.  


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It took Scuba four years and some serious penny pinching to be able to achieve such a beautiful and useable outdoor space.  

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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."

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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.

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(Image credit: Apartment Therapy )

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy )

 

Thanks, Scuba!

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