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Compelling custom solutions to off-the-shelf problems are often hard to come by. But landscape architects James A. Lord and Roderick Wyllie relished the challenge of making a standard hot tub the most exciting element in the garden. The American Society of Landscape Architects gave Surfacedesign a Residential Design Honor Award for the project.

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  More than just a clever cover, the ipe wood shell of Mark Erman's spa, thanks to its 40-foot tracks, niftily navigates the rocky straights between spa shelter, dapper deck, and bespoke buffet table.  Photo by Jeremy Harris.
    More than just a clever cover, the ipe wood shell of Mark Erman's spa, thanks to its 40-foot tracks, niftily navigates the rocky straights between spa shelter, dapper deck, and bespoke buffet table. Photo by Jeremy Harris.
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  Parallelogram-shaped stone slabs line the walkway to the hot tub.  Photo by Jeremy Harris.
    Parallelogram-shaped stone slabs line the walkway to the hot tub. Photo by Jeremy Harris.
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  The landscape architects expanded an existing stone patio to include a bamboo grove, a boxwood hedge, and the ipe-and-steel hot tub.  Photo by Jeremy Harris.
    The landscape architects expanded an existing stone patio to include a bamboo grove, a boxwood hedge, and the ipe-and-steel hot tub. Photo by Jeremy Harris.
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  Compelling custom solutions to off-the-shelf problems are often hard to come by. For their design of an ipe-clad hot tub, The American Society of Landscape Architects gave Lord and Wyllie's firm, Surfacedesign, a Residential Design Honor Award.  Photo by Jeremy Harris.
    Compelling custom solutions to off-the-shelf problems are often hard to come by. For their design of an ipe-clad hot tub, The American Society of Landscape Architects gave Lord and Wyllie's firm, Surfacedesign, a Residential Design Honor Award. Photo by Jeremy Harris.

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