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#TEAMTRIBUTARY By Tributary Revelation

Recap June Tour -Oceanside, CA June was a fantastic month filled with many surprises; (Team Tributary even did an excellent job of keeping a secret for a few days- so that a Member could propose to his longtime love on the beaches of Cali!) The fun in the sun ignited a meeting of the minds and set ablaze a brand-new passion for The Revelation! Taking our tour to Southern California, where we spent a few days Oceanside… what a memorable experience it was! Not only did some of our Tributary Members get to see the Pacific Ocean for the 1st time; we also were able to meet the entire OGT team and see firsthand the Oceanside process from A to Z! There is something truly unique about having a hands-on experience with a product- especially one that is made with love and respect! The product ...

The Well “Tales From An Angry Chef” By Nick Buchholz

As I open the gate to enter the backyard of a potential client, I notice the backyard is in need of a complete overhaul. From the landscaping, pool, and patio, everything could use a burst of energy. Mundane colors dominate this backyard. The sun casts through the trees and I see a glimmer out of the corner of my eye. I notice a sparkling chrome handle of a bbq grill. The 48 inch, 800 thousand btu monstrosity, do all things, rotisserie, led light grill, is staring at me. Like a head to head threat. He brought along the warming tray, quad door with pull out shelves, the quad side burner, the Big Green Egg, Keg cooler, and 900 can refrigerator. This setup is ready for war! Upon first glance I notice how clean this all is. We have a $39 thousand dollar weekend warrior’s wet dream sitting out ...

Importance of Design By Kurt Kraisinger

As with any great design, whether it’s painting on a canvas or a designing an outdoor space, it’s important for a designer to work from general to specific. As designers, before we ever get to specific material decisions with clients, we must first make foundational decisions about the design concept for the space. The concept of the space includes both the purpose of the space (or program elements) as well as the overall theme. First and foremost, the process always begins with something that most people don’t include in their design considerations: grading, drainage and circulation. These are not exciting factors in the design process but understanding the site is pivotal for creating a design that actually works. Understanding grading, drainage and circulation is like knowing the size o...

Outdoor Living by Randy Angell

It’s no secret that the fascination with outdoor living has been building to an unprecedented level in recent years. In the late 80’s, when I began in the design business in Dallas, the focus of outdoor design was really all about the swimming pool, and loads of decking, for sun worshiping. Covered patios were minimal at best, and for the most part non-existent. Of course, in the 80’s, our idea of sunblock was a bottle of baby oil and some tin foil, so perhaps our priorities were off balance. As the decades passed, the focus of outdoor design began shifting. Luxury pools became more of a design element in the landscape, and the space surrounding them started taking on new meaning. As with any trend, the ship turned slowly, but boy did it turn toward an incredible new sea of creativity and ...

Prevailing Aspirations By Marco Perrella

I had just pulled into the driveway last week and begun unloading a few tools after an exciting day of setting pool equipment and being engulfed in PVC glue fumes when it hit me, the unmistakable aroma of marinated meat being grilled by the next-door neighbor. That’s all it took to induce instant hunger pains. Despite possibly still being under the influence of the PVC fumes my brain had been triggered and realized that Summer was officially here! I went into the “no way I’m going inside yet mode” and began setting up for a relaxing outdoor evening. I knew where my “safe space” would be tonight. Outside, with the soothing sound of water splashing in the background, an inviting grill nearby to ease the hunger pains, a screen for the game that was on soon, a comfortable sitting area to take ...

The Influence of Technology By John Ogburn

INTRO As the watershapes and surrounding outdoor living environments we create continue to advance, it is imperative to stay current with the technologies that help us continue to push the envelope. There is no substitute or shortcut for acquiring the knowledge required to execute our projects, only education and experience can provide for this; however, technology truly affords us the ability to push this knowledge to new heights and to create some incredibly complex and functional works of art. I am a firm believer in embracing current and developing technologies as tools to improve processes, and ultimately to provide for better outcomes and experiences. My role in this industry is mostly within the design, client interaction and construction documentation sphere, and as such, I will be...

#TEAMTRIBUTARY by Tributary Revelation

A leadership role requires a strength of character. A successful leader will create more leaders, that can provide support, creativity and a unique sense of a different opinion. It isn’t enough to simply learn from others by following their lead, and the depth of your success, is shallow in comparison to what you can achieve by creating a team of leaders. Together, Everyone Achieves More! Jason Brownlee of J.Brownlee Designs, Jason Vickers of Vickers Pools of the Southeast and Nick Buccholz of Outdoor Bloom Environments have been hard at work to hone their leadership skills; to form a dynamic trio that will obliterate the envelope of success. This inspiring team enjoys blending their individual talents into one fusion of success for many reasons. Fun and laughter are a great perk, but it’s...

The Well “Moments In Time” By Jimi Smith

“Why build it if no one will see it?” asks Jimi James Smith as he shoots a designer’s pool. Jimi has been specializing in landscape photography now for a few years, and in his years of working hands on with builders and designers; he’s come up with a few bits of advice on how to maximize your photographer to get the highest quality shots and what to look for when searching for a professional. Building and designing a landscape art is just the beginning. Not only will your revenue grow by hosting a gallery on your website to illustrate what you can do, it helps your clients visualize the possibilities! It sets your firm up for recognition within the industry. It sets you apart from your competitors. Today’s world is image obsessed, and one in which if you are not creating a presence online,...

Aerial Drone Technology By John Kay

What initially started as a hobby has enhanced and improved the way I do business in the landscape and watershape industry tenfold with a technological advance called a drone aka UAV. The general non-educated consensus of drones is that they are an expensive adult toy and some even see them as a nuisance for their uneducated reasons but the reality is the use of drones on a design-build construction project is virtually endless. I have always been a huge fan of the camera and how it can be used in the work environment going back to pre-social media and or smart phones. When I started my landscape design company in 2001, I had a portfolio of non-digital project pictures which I heavily relied on to help close deals. Soon the photographic capabilities advanced to digital photos. The result w...

Recap: April 2017 Las Vegas Tour

Tributary Revelation wishes to express our utmost gratitude to our generous Sponsors for hosting us on our 1st Tour of 2017 in Las Vegas, NV. We had an incredible time talking shop with each Member, learning about everyone’s journey, and making memories. It is an immense pleasure to be surrounded by a harmonious group with zero competition, and only positive motivation involved. The handson cultivation we could gain from each experience of touring the facilities, and getting face to face with the creator’s and their products was ground breaking. Special thanks to Bob Roman of Fire By Design, Noah of Structure Studios, and Dennis Wightman of Acrylic Tank Manufacturing for hosting our lively group! We all had a blast and are counting down the days to our next event! We are grateful to hold a...

The Well Featuring Jimi Smith

The scene opens with a ship, sailing on the ocean into the sunset. The Captain is headed out with a group of travelers for a special nighttime dive under the sea in the surrounding waters of the Islands of St. Thomas. The boat is filled with the traveler passengers, diving equipment, cameras, a few guitars for entertainment and the Captain’s trustworthy first mate, his best friend and dog, Tilt. This is not the opening of a blockbuster movie, this is just the daily life of Jimi Smith. Jimi’s journey to land him on the beautiful Caribbean paradise that he now calls home- is a journey that Hollywood movie scripts dream of. Growing up in Athens, Georgia Jimi’s life began as most Southern men’s do- attending college and taking care of his mother. Although he attended The Berkley College of Mus...

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