How I spent my summer: outdoor living room creation

This summer I spent most of my time working with Solomon Colors designing and building this beautiful addition to Solomon’s training facility in Springfield Illinois

The idea was to create a multifunctional area that could be used as a gathering place after training sessions were done for the day. This is the result:

Fox Blocks ICF’s were used to allow for speed, ability to easily create elevation changes within the project

Panoramic view of the entire space- over 1600 square feet over 2 levels including: farm fire table, seated bar and grilling area, lower fire table with waterfall/custom rock work. This space easily entertained 50-80 people without crowding
Foam core concrete closed system waterfall
ICF retaining wall with 5″ stamped monolithic cap and vertical stone veneer
Custom landscaping complete with low and mid level shrubs and shade trees
Incredible shade sail to provide relief for those hot muggy days in Illinois
Great shot of the lower fire table and waterfall above, and below are some of my heroes (and industry greats) I was lucky enough to learn from


River table detail
Anyone thirsty?
Any chance you get to work for amazing people- do it! Here are owner Rich Solomon and Tech Services Director Chris Becker enjoying a beautiful evening on a fabulous project- all built with Solomon Colors/Brickform products.

Concrete and Wood Furniture

Nothing better than adding the natural elements of concrete and wood together- here’s a few examples of some projects that include wood