Porticos, Pool Houses & Produce

Porticos, Pool Houses & Produce

Beat the Heat with a
Cool and Breezy Pool House

 
In these dog days of summer, all you want to do is lie in the pool 24/7. With a pool house, you can lounge, relax, change clothes, or have a light meal all without getting more than a few steps from the water.

Add Curb Appeal with
A Gorgeous Entryway

A portico or entryway catches a visitor’s attention and provides a visual focus for your facade. Increase your house’s value, provide a bit of shade and prevent snow build-up outside your front door. What’s not to love?

Let the Light In: Windows, Solar Tubes & Skylights

Brighten up dark corners and interior spaces with natural light. Reduce your electric consumption and enjoy the neglected parts of your home with these clever solutions.

Forget the Stove: Raid Your Garden Instead

 

Summer gardens are loaded with tomatoes and cucumbers. It’s Gazpacho time! We love this cold summer soup, bursting with freshness and the taste of sunshine. Use the Messer Family recipe or try one with a twist, from my dear friend Laura Mogil’s blog, the Inspired Chef

Messer Family Recipe:
1/2 cucumber
3-4 medium tomatoes, chopped
1/3 cup scallions (4-5, use most of the green stem)
1/2-1 chopped green pepper
2+ cups of Sacramento tomato juice (my favorite brand but use any you like)
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
Mix all together, best made 1 day in advance. Garnish with herbs, avocado or croutons.