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The Green Scene In The News - 2011

Candid Contractor

Buy Scott's Cohen's new book: The Candid Contractor and save thousands of dollars by avoiding the costly mistakes of others. Read about common swimming pool, landscape, and hardscape construction errors and their consequences. Read excerpts here:

May 2011: Scott Cohen talks about Making Steps and Landings Safe
April 2011: Scott Cohen talks about Pond Liners and The Sun
March 2011: Scott Cohen talks about Beware of Exploding Lava Rocks
Feb. 2011: Scott Cohen talks about Tuning the Sound of Falling Water
Jan. 2011:Scott Cohen talks about The Case of the Vanishing Stone

Patio Covers, Pergolas, and Pavilions

May 2011 - Now Available:

Patio Covers, Pergolas, and Pavilions

No outdoor room is complete without a bit of shelter for shade, privacy, and aesthetic appeal. Scott Cohen’s newest book features gorgeous color photography and expert guidance to help you design a beautiful, functional structure for your backyard oasis.  

Buy now on Amazon.com!

Outdoor Fireplaces, Fire Pits, and Fire Features

May 2011 - Now Available:

Outdoor Fireplaces and Fire Pits

Spark your imagination with Scott Cohen's favorite secrets for creating stunning, high performance outdoor fireplaces, fire pits, and other backyard fire features. The acclaimed garden designer shows how to build a fire feature that will turn any patio into a warm, inviting outdoor room.

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The Big Book of BBQ Plans

Feb. 2011 - Now Available:

The Big Book of BBQ Plans

Over 60 inspirational designs and construction plans to build your own backyard barbecue counter by award winning landscape designer Scott Cohen. Want the ideal BBQ for some serious outdoor grilling? Scott Cohen takes you from “dream it” to “do it” with this essential volume of BBQ plans.

On December 7th, Scott presented High End Swimming Pool Design and Construction at the Canadian Pool and Spa Expo in Niagara Falls. This is what Robert Wood had to say about Scott's seminar.

"Participation in our seminars was the highest in years. A large part of the attraction was that we had secured speakers that are considered experts in the field of pool design and construction. Scott's presence on the program certainly helped bolster attendance. Our delegates left his session armed with valuable information that will help upgrade their levels of expertise and improve their businesses overall".

Pool and Spa Expo
Scott Cohen held two seminars at the International Pool, Spa and Patio Expo in Las Vegas (Oct. 30 -Nov. 4, 2011)

10/31/11 1:15 PM - 3:15 PM: Bringing Fire to the People: Barbeques, Fireplaces & Outdoor Entertainment Systems
11/2/11 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM: Build a Better Outdoor Kitchen (WE16)

Landscape Architect
outdoor fireplace and swimming pool

Elegant Backyard Retreat

When Scott Cohen of The Green Scene first encountered this California project, he came face to face with a backyard that had a lap pool with no spa, and concrete that had heaved one inch above the pool. The lot's grading was poor, with steps and trees blocking the flow of traffic through the yard. The homeowners challenged Cohen to create a completely new yard suitable for entertaining and vacationing in their own backyard in style and luxury.

Read the whole article

Backyard Solutions
Swimming Pool and Fountain Spa

Scott Cohen has won the top industry award - Masters of Design from Pool and Spa News (Hanley Wood) for this Camarillo swimming pool and back yard remodel.

A simple renovation became an extreme makeover when designer Scott Cohen decided to completely replace the existing pool — a poorly positioned rectangle that didn't highlight the nearby golf course and orchards. "The pool was centered in the backyard, and an aboveground spa blocked the views," says Cohen, president of the Green Scene Landscaping and Pools in Northridge, CA. "The flow in the yard was terrible. The pool was too close to the house and split the yard in half — when you walked out, you were forced to the left or right."

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Landscape Architect
outdoor fireplace and swimming pool

Fire Features - Lighting the Landscape
by Gregory Harris, LASN

Outdoor living spaces continue to gain in popularity as homeowners look for ways to extend their entertainment areas from indoors to outside. One burgeoning feature to these outdoor spaces is the use of fire.

A recent American Society of Landscape Architects survey found that 94.2 percent of the respondents rated fire pits and fireplaces as somewhat or very popular as a residential design element in 2011.

Read the whole article

Backyard Solutions
Swimming Pool and Fountain Spa

Scott Cohen was interviewed for the June issue of Total Landscape Care in Create the Perfect Patio Plan, by Jenny Agee-Aldridge, which also featured photos of two of our best swimming pool and patio projects.

"The big trend now for outdoor design is to take a space and divide it into several outdoor rooms", says Scott Cohen, president and supervising designer for The Green Scene in Northridge, CA, and author of several books including Patios, Pergolas and Pavilions.

"For entertaining, it's better to have several smaller patios than one large one. When socializing, people tend to break off into smaller groups. This lends itself to that idea."

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Pick up a copy of Your Home and Lifestyle June 2011 to read Scott Cohen's interview with Carolyn Runyon in Summer Staycation
resort swimming pool and spa with waterslide

An Outdoor Oasis Offers the Best Alternative to a Resort Vacation
by Carolyn Runyon

In a time when the general public is cautious about expenditures, an investment in an outdoor room might seem extravagant. But because so many families are taking staycations rather than expensive trips to exotic locations, an area right near home that offers outdoor entertainment for both adults and children—every day instead of only one week a year—might be the most practical investment of all.

Read the whole article

Backyard Solutions
Tuscan Fireplace and Swimming Pool Backyard

The May 2011 issue of Pet Product News features an interview with Scott Cohen, co-author of Petscaping™, to be released by Schiffer Publishing in 2011.

"Pets are family too, and with the current economy, more households are choosing to enjoy vacation time at home by creating a beautiful backyard respite. Along with these aesthetic considerations, the needs of four legged family members are being taken into consideration when landscaping plans are laid out." Read the article

Backyard Solutions
Tuscan Fireplace and Swimming Pool Backyard

Backyard Solutions 2011 features five Green Scene projects, including two articles about the design concepts that went into two of his signature projects, and a lot of great garden tips...

Read the articles about The Green Scene's Tuscany Luxury backyard and the Garden Resort Backyard here

Concrete Homes
Backyrd pool and spa with fire bowls
Concrete Homes Feb./March 2011 features one of our swimming pool remodel projects and an article about the modern swimming pool. "Entertaining in your own backyard is a growing trend," explains Scott Cohen, ..."As it becomes more difficult to travel, more expensive and time-consuming, people are doing more in their own backyards. Our firm specializes in creating backyard resorts, places people can go without leaving home. They include outdoor kitchens, balconies, water slides, outdoor sound systems, fire pits, and outdoor fireplaces..."

Watershapes March 2011 gives positive reviews for two books that feature Scott Cohen's designs. Check them out on Amazon.com!

..."Scott Cohen's Poolscapes: Refreshing Ideas for the Backyard Resort (Schiffer 2011) - presents 25 of his best projects and throughout the book's 150 plus pages, reveals his ability to create highly expressive, personalized environments based on his clients' desires for fun, luxury, and a bit of self-indulgence...."

..."International Award-Winning Pools, Spas, and Water Environments...is a 176 page beautifully illustrated book...

Total Landscape Care March 2011

The March 2011 issue of Total Landscape Care has our Mazahari project on the cover and features two articles about The Green Scene and Scott Cohen.

glass bottle countertop

"You may watch him on HGTV, read his design books, listen to his seminars at an industry show, or simply enjoy looking at his award winning projects, online or in print. But there is much more that sets Scott Cohen apart from the competition..." read more

Scott Cohen held 3 seminars at the Concrete Decor Show on March 15 & 16 in Nashville.

TU604S - Fireplaces and Fire Features From Design to Completion March 15, 2011
TU605P - Decorative Concrete and the Universal Solvent (Panel Discussion) March 15, 2011
WE606S - Outdoor Room Boom March 16, 2011
One of the Green Scene's backyard remodel projects has landed on the cover of Great Backyards 2011! This annual publication is chock full of garden advice and gorgeous projects from all over the country, including eight projects from The Green Scene. Great Backyards
Scott Cohen is Landscaping Network's first Featured Designer! Don't miss the YouTube video of Scott singing in the outdoor shower!
On January 19, Scott Cohen accepted 1st and 2nd place Decorative Concrete Council Awards for Countertops from the American Society of Concrete Contractors at the World of Concrete trade show in Las Vegas. 1st place was awarded for the Tiki Bar and Fire Pit project, and 2nd place was awarded for the Zamani outdoor kitchen project. These projects were subsequently featured in Concrete Decor Feb./March 2011.
Cast concrete bar and firepit Zamani Kitchen
Concrete Decor
Beshay outdoor fireplace

Thinking Outside the Firebox: Fireplaces in Outdoor Rooms

by Scott Cohen & Amy Johnson
Concrete Decor Jan. 2011

People have enjoyed sitting outside around a fire since, well, they discovered fire. Besides the practicalities of fire for warmth, light, and cooking, the comfort and romance of fire make us want to pull our chairs up to the hearth... read more

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