Imagine this: After a long day on the job, you return home to build a fire, cook a meal and dine on the deck. In the middle of winter.
Sound impossible? Not if your deck designer is Garth Hystad, the founder and president of Colorado Custom Decks and Mosaic Outdoor Living and Landscapes, a Colorado Springs-based design and build firm.
Hystad and his company will be featured on eight episodes of "Mega Decks" on DIY Network. It premieres Tuesday.
"We take outdoor living to a level that no one else does in the country," Hystad said. "Clients are so limited in what they see as potential if they've been in the home for a while. I call that a veil. I rip away the veil and show them what's been there all along."
Filming started last June and finished in March. Each episode will feature one project - six in the Pikes Peak region.
Hystad founded the business in 1985 and mostly does $200,000 deck projects on homes in the $450,000-$700,000 price range. With three locations in Colorado, finding a way to work with the scenery and seasonal conditions has played an important role in his work.
"I decided instead of being a builder, I'm an artist. I'm very creative," he says. "Outdoor living takes somebody who is fully committed and has passion and love for the outdoors. I've developed products - seamless glass with no frame that you can open or close - that allows us to enjoy the best of Colorado."
Glenn Covert hired Hystad to complete three sections on his Black Forest home: a glass-enclosed deck for year-round use, an exposed deck and a downstairs patio with a pizza oven and fire pit. Hystad's company also built an upstairs water feature that flows into a downstairs feature.
"We had a big picture idea," said Cover, whose home will be spotlighted on the final episode. "He sees that and he's more on the artistic side of it. His crew are a great group of guys who make that vision come into reality."