DIY Network Features Great Bowl O’ Fire Firebowl on Extra Yardage

DIY Network Extra Yardage

The Great Bowl O’ Fire Sculptural Firebowl™ was the star of Caribbean Courtyard, Season 2, episode 5 of Billy Derian’s DIY Network show Extra Yardage. The episode first aired September 4, 2012. The description on the site is a bit brief, but since I have great before and after pictures provided by Sean Boyriven, the Senior Producer I worked with, we can see how massively the makeover transformed this space. Here’s the design brief from the show page:

Exterior Designer Billy Derian will help Emma and Greg turn their backyard concrete jungle into a lush, Caribbean-style tropical island paradise.

Let’s look first at the Before picture of the yard before renovation— as you can see, the pool area is bare, harshly affected by the glare of the sun, lacking in shade, comfort or visual appeal. It’s a swimming hole in a concrete yard.

Before the renovation

Now a view of the project after completion— So much has been done, the space is completely transformed. The fence has been painted a light blue to pick up colors from the pool and sky. New trees, bushes and tropical plants add color and shade along the wall, as well as adding a grass lawn at one end of the pool. Multi-level bridges and decks divide the space, providing both visual appeal and offering multiple entertainment areas. The Pergola has been replaced and updated, and now encloses an outdoor kitchen or bar area. The unforgiving concrete surround has been covered with mosaic tile. A shade awning is visible in the next photo below, again using a blue color to tie the space together.

Muti-level bridge and deck spaces offer multiple entertainment areas

The shade awning picks up the colors of the pool and harmonizes with plantings

Updated Pergola and outdoor kitchen area with Great Bowl O’ Fire Firebowl

Great Bowl O’ Fire with tropical plants and pool

Closeup of the Great Bowl O’ Fire with black and green fire glass

Another closeup of the Great Bowl O’ Fire Firebowl

Gas flames in Great Bowl O’ Fire Firebowl with glass

Gas flames in Great Bowl O’ Fire Firebowl with glass

I really enjoyed working with Sean Boyriven, the Senior Producer at Film Garden Entertainment, Inc. who contacted me to request a Great Bowl O’ Fire for the show. He sent me the letter below when production on the episode wrapped. I couldn’t ask for a better letter of recommendation. Sean really appreciates art and made that abundantly clear in all our conversations.

On behalf of the entire production staff here on the DIY landscape-renovation series Extra Yardage, I want to thank you for having featured your amazing firebowl product in Season 2 of the show. We are so pleased to have accomplished a dramatic yard transformation with your Bowl O’ Fire firebowl. It’s more a work of art then in firebowl in our opinion; a perfect balance of function, form and affordability. We work with a lot of different companies on our show, but organizing our fire feature portion of the episode 205 build with the John T. Unger Studio went particularly well. The firebowl was so simple to work with and the quality is beyond the standard we strive to use on camera for the series. It’s evident that you hold yourself and your work to a higher standard, and we’re honored be associated with the John T. Unger brand.
— Sean Boyriven<
Senior Producer
Extra Yardage
Film Garden Entertainment, Inc. For The DIY network