K-Z Engineering & Design, LLC

K-Z Engineering & Design, LLC KZED is a consulting firm that specializes in Landscape, Patio & Home design, electrical engineering and general drafting for all applications using AutoCAD & 3-D design applications.
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We also design Lofts- built-in style beds. KZED Uses AutoCAD/AutoDESK and Punch Home and Landscape Design Architectural Series Software

Operating as usual

06/30/2021

Recently spoke to the 10th contractor (pool, landscape, & all types of construction disciplines) in past 3 weeks that mentioned how hard it is to get workers right now. Either they and/or other colleagues are seeing this weekly. Crews are thin, not from sickness though, and while trying to bring workers back, each of them had someone tell them they get paid more NOT to work than to be on the job right now. If you're improvement project is slow, if there's few people on the job and they're taking twice as long to finish...give them some grace. It's industry wide and those who are working are trying their best and appear to be near exhausted. Managers and business owners are just as frustrated, wanting to move projects along, take on more new builds and those that I know, really want to do a good, quality job for their clients. But the slow down and lack of workers, in addition to the materials cost increase is taking it's toll on even the best companies.

Oak Point design
06/26/2021

Oak Point design

When the Client, Landscaper, Lead contractor and metal fabricator ALL say they can meet on the jobsite at the same time...to review MY design...I better not be the one holding the project up! 😬

Texas Best Fence & Patio tagged me in on this one and they're gonna make this baby happen!!

Can anyone guess what I‘ve designed to put this already over the top Full house remodel, pool build and outdoor living space just a little more over the top???

See if you can figure out the design components from my TEASER photos.

Photos from K-Z Engineering & Design, LLC's post
06/26/2021

Photos from K-Z Engineering & Design, LLC's post

Final photos from this resort style build I designed 2019-2020...construction started march 2020...swimming in August 20...
06/26/2021

Final photos from this resort style build I designed 2019-2020...construction started march 2020...swimming in August 2020. If someone tells you they CAN’T fit that in there...call me...I created a co****le game area, sunken bar and BBQ area, covered pavillion, Pergola, maragirta bar, multiple areas on every corner of the pool to gathe with friendss and family. I Incorporated a huge playset on faux turf, well thought out landscape and areas to store the pool stuff. Yard must be huge right??? NOPE!! 35’ deep yard, house to fence with a 10‘ wide utility easement on one side. #Everyinchcounted w/ Colby Coward

Photos from K-Z Engineering & Design, LLC's post
05/17/2021

Photos from K-Z Engineering & Design, LLC's post

Beautiful view waking up...Perks of building in Broken Bow Oklahoma.  Laying out the newest design today!!
03/23/2021

Beautiful view waking up...Perks of building in Broken Bow Oklahoma. Laying out the newest design today!!

Hawaain falls - What a difference 5 days make.  Plumbing and rebar almost 100% done! The PM expects the shotcrete shell ...
03/10/2021

Hawaain falls - What a difference 5 days make. Plumbing and rebar almost 100% done! The PM expects the shotcrete shell to pour by end of week.

JOY POOLS is jamming on this build so far!!

03/08/2021

More awesome drone shots of my current build in Oklahoma. Thanks Cabin Country 360 For these. I never imagined being able to see my design like this. And thank You Rustin Wheeler and Kelcea downing for trusting me and bringing this one to life.

And....dig day is DONE! took 2 days...but that’s ok..they were super thorough and worked through every corner and cutout...
03/05/2021

And....dig day is DONE! took 2 days...but that’s ok..they were super thorough and worked through every corner and cutout of this pool that’s made to fit like a glove in a 23’ deep yard. Yeah...Thats right, I said only 23’ from house to wall to work with.

When someone says “I have a small yard, pool companies told me I can’t fit a large pool and outdoor entertaining area.” I respond....Hold my beer watch this!!

With a little creativity And my love for puzzles, I created a tan ledge...a cool stepping stone feature to the hot tub, multiple benches and seats in parts of the pool, room for a volleyball game and a swim up bar too. The pool was meant to be an extension straight off the porch and it’ll have a beautiful Hawaiian resort inspired waterfall wall as the focal point that can be seen when you walk in the front door.

Anyone care to guess the width of the waterline from end to end???

Check back often to see the progress of my “Hawaiian Falls” design In Lantana, TX.

Shout out to VP excavation for the DIG!! And JOY Pools who will proudly Managment and execute the entire build.

Guess what day it is??????DIGDAY!!Check back often to see the progress of this Hawaiian inspired resort style yard.  Vid...
03/03/2021

Guess what day it is??????

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Check back often to see the progress of this Hawaiian inspired resort style yard. Videos and fun stuff to come soon!!

Awesome Video of my current build after Storm URI blanketed Broken Bow, OK in snow.
02/24/2021
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Awesome Video of my current build after Storm URI blanketed Broken Bow, OK in snow.

02/22/2021

We've had our design computer shut off since last Saturday due to the storm and to keep power up for Keith who was working the event from within the industry.

We're up and running today. All clients waiting on communication or projects from us we will get back with you this week.

Thank you for your patience!

Still chugging along on this build.  Amazing how a last minute change only enhanced this already crazy roofline.  The ’C...
02/09/2021

Still chugging along on this build. Amazing how a last minute change only enhanced this already crazy roofline. The ’Crowsnest” bump up on the upper right corner looks pretty cool! Well done @Kelcea Downing @Downing Construction and Rustin J Wheeler

They captured some great shots of the Tower House build.  I’ve tried to explain how narrow this ridge was  And how this ...
01/17/2021

They captured some great shots of the Tower House build. I’ve tried to explain how narrow this ridge was And how this will “TOWER” on the top of it with a deep ravine on the left and steep drop down to Broken Bow Lake on the right. These photos finally captured it!! I can‘t wait to See the progress in About a week. Thanks Downing Construction!

Homeowners of this proposed design have a SERIOUS issue with west sun.  The existing uncovered patio was so hot during m...
01/15/2021

Homeowners of this proposed design have a SERIOUS issue with west sun. The existing uncovered patio was so hot during most of the day it was unusable. The radiation that hits the corner window of the Master Bedroom after 4 pm makes grilling almost unbearable and created a horrible hot spot inside their master bedroom. They have a large yard but have gone in circles coming up with the best solution for shade that meets all their family’s needs.

Many times, a structure placed away from where you need shade will actually give you the shade you need during the hottest part of the day. I placed a 10-foot wide, 18-foot-long shingled cover extending from their existing covered patio. Floating the new concrete patio outside the edges of the roof gives them the footprint they need for their whole family to gather at the same time.

A 5-foot-long wood wall on the west side, combined with built-in pool storage on the end of the new cover will give them shade, privacy and creates a backdrop for their TV and possibly a zero-clearance fully contained ventless fireplace for ambiance and heat. As the sun travels west, the structure will actually SHADE the dining and grilling nook we created.

A large umbrella in the table helps with sun during the heat of the day.
There’s also an option to connect a pergola across the roof to create even more shade. Top it with a Polygal product and you have all-weather dining too!!

Highlights for the clients are that
“MAMMA” gets her relaxing swing as you walk out the back door. “DADDY” gets a sink to prep drinks at the new 4-foot-wide bar. Yup, there's some shelves above too!!! There’s plenty of room for everyone to cook and serve together at the 7-foot-long built-in BBQ counter with storage below.

Making your way towards the new pool is a graveled seating area perfect for some accent planting or as I’ve shown with a small fire table to sit around. If you don’t have enough room or budget for a fireplace or in ground firepit, a propane fire table is an affordable substitute that keeps you within all local fire codes.

Downtime and cost are a huge factor for this family who works from home and has 2 active boys. A simple fiberglass drop-in pool with an elegant concrete surround may be the best option for this pool. This pool is 14’ wide x 26‘ long...and we have room to go much bigger if wanted.
This leaves PLENTY of room for the boys to grow and play in the rest of the yard which will finish out after new sod is installed.

**Sun
**Shade
**Storage
**Relaxing
**Gathering
**Playing
**Easy to maintain

I think we checked all the boxes??

I’m a firm beleiver that a little extra time to recreate a clients home in 3-D is worth it.  Using a near exact replica ...
01/14/2021

I’m a firm beleiver that a little extra time to recreate a clients home in 3-D is worth it. Using a near exact replica allows me to add their new design seamlessly and helps the Homeowner fully visualize what their new yard can be. Did I get this one close??? ;)

Stay tuned to see what I come up with this new outdoor living space.

I’m a firm beleiver that a little extra time to recreate a clients home in 3-D is worth it. Using a near exact replica allows me to add their new design seamlessly and helps the Homeowner fully visualize what their new yard can be. Did I get this one close??? ;)

Stay tuned to see what I come up with this new outdoor living space.

On Christmas Eve-eve, When your client says “Hey...can we add a little loft for a cozy reading nook, a comfy chair and m...
01/04/2021

On Christmas Eve-eve, When your client says “Hey...can we add a little loft for a cozy reading nook, a comfy chair and maybe a small work space in the high ceiling above the master bedroom??”
My answer is-
Of COURSE I can!! Framers were literally tipping up the walls when the changes started flying. They adjusted...we began working through the possibilities with the GC and created a new roof line, a preliminary plan and gathered some inspiration photos.

The “CROWS-NEST” is what we’re calling this new area.

Heading up to Broken Bow, Oklahoma again to pull it all together! I’m super excited to see the framing progress and work through the new details and the Carriage House floor plans.

Stay tuned...Amazing photos to follow!

Reminder...all K-Z designs shared on this page are copyright protected per federal law.  ;) When your “oversized” garage...
12/30/2020

Reminder...all K-Z designs shared on this page are copyright protected per federal law. ;)

When your “oversized” garage turns into a rentable 2 story carriage house, you search for inspiration to give it a Tudor style look. Then add a stone turret since turrets are fun and this structure compliments the Tower House with 2 turrets next door, which is behind the CASTLE with 7 turrets, yet to be built. 😁 You develop a floor plan. Fit 2 Oversized king size suites, cute reading nooks, Space for a small coffee bar and Luxurious spa showers. Top it off with wrap around decks to maximize the views and lots of finish detail. Pitch the ideas to the builder and client then let them RUN WITH IT!! Second floor Framing starts next week.

Playing with adding a pavillion. 12' wide x 18' plus long.
12/29/2020

Playing with adding a pavillion. 12' wide x 18' plus long.

Adding a little space to get a LOT!! Small, but long covered porch addition floating over existing patios.  Tying in NEW...
12/29/2020

Adding a little space to get a LOT!! Small, but long covered porch addition floating over existing patios. Tying in NEW bar and grill area with 36" grill, 24" fridge, ample counterspace for prep and serving and bar seating for 3.

2 wood walls provide privacy and noise mitigation from the pool equipment. They also create the perfect nook to add drop down screens for 365 days of cooking and intimate cocktails on a cold rainy day.

A well placed trellis for some colorful vines and evergreen screening shrubbery behind it make this new area feel intimate. It's fun to have the neighbors over...but sometimes you just want to eat alone, am I right?? ;)

Working with an existing pool and patio, this little addition triples the outdoor living.

What times dinner???

It’s AMAZING watching this design go up.  They’re shooting for full roof by Christmas Eve.  Thanks @Kelcea Downing Downi...
12/17/2020

It’s AMAZING watching this design go up. They’re shooting for full roof by Christmas Eve. Thanks @Kelcea Downing Downing Construction, Inc. In the meantime...our little garage..which turned into a BIG garage, then a Drive through garage with storage, add extra windows and maybe a future kitchen suite and bath downstairs?? Then let’s plan for using Future attic space...then...let’s just Go ahead and build 2 king sized spa Inspired suites up top, add some sunset decks, enlarge the showers, turn it into a “carriage house” to compliment the Tower house. Reassess the structure with an engineer...OK....GO!! Thanks Rusty for trusting me to work through this on the fly and put the puzzle together until it felt right. Plans and Construction photos coming soon!!

The smell of Fresh cut  lumber framing A new addition....mmmmm Cassandra Homer , it’s the little things we love! Golf co...
12/02/2020

The smell of Fresh cut lumber framing A new addition....mmmmm Cassandra Homer , it’s the little things we love! Golf course views for days. Lantana remodeling. Need space? Let’s find it above!!

11/14/2020

Its pretty awesome when the construction company Posts photos of your design In process. Broken Bow Oklahoma, a fairy tale in the making. Thanks @Kelcea Downing!

LUMBER DELIVERY in Broken Bow Oklahoma!!!! I can’t contain myself!!!  FYI...the Caretakers bedroom will be even with the...
10/23/2020

LUMBER DELIVERY in Broken Bow Oklahoma!!!! I can’t contain myself!!! FYI...the Caretakers bedroom will be even with the tree [email protected]!! Views for dayz!!

LUMBER DELIVERY in Broken Bow Oklahoma!!!! I can’t contain myself!!! FYI...the Caretakers bedroom will be even with the tree [email protected]!! Views for dayz!!

Working thru options for a fairytale kinda build.
10/22/2020

Working thru options for a fairytale kinda build.

Client moved into a fabulous home with an existing pool and patio.  They requested more space for entertaining and eatin...
10/22/2020

Client moved into a fabulous home with an existing pool and patio. They requested more space for entertaining and eating, wanted to convert their BBQ area to add bar seating, add intimate gathering areas for quiet nights by the pool and make the space flow better. We tossed in some fun with a hidden patio behind a new putting green too. Taming the western sun, adding privacy from surrounding homes and tying existing materials into the new ones was key to making this design feel cohesive.

Foundation in Broken Bow Oklahoma - CHECK!!...framing coming soon...working on design enhancements Right now and floor p...
10/15/2020

Foundation in Broken Bow Oklahoma - CHECK!!...framing coming soon...working on design enhancements Right now and floor plan changes to create more space on top of our initial footprint. Can’t you just imagine the views from the second floor through that beautiful tree canopy??? Fairy tale!

Revised concept for the Safari ranch project.  Many things drive the layout of a plan.  This house will flow into a pote...
10/09/2020

Revised concept for the Safari ranch project. Many things drive the layout of a plan. This house will flow into a potential detached garage and work alongside an existing carriage house. The goal??? Unobstructed views of the lake and SAVE THE PINE TREES!! ;)

Owners meet with the builder today to start working through the details and start their cost estimates.

First concept for another Lantana, TX yard.  Pool, shade, Fire and food...CHECK!  Thanks to all my current and future cl...
10/08/2020

First concept for another Lantana, TX yard. Pool, shade, Fire and food...CHECK! Thanks to all my current and future clients for your patience. I'm working through a backlog of designs dating back through mid summer. Covid's created an insane demand for outdoor living and home improvements. Every design professional and contractor I talk to are having huge delays. This is a good thing...right?? I'm finally towards the end of my backlog. A few more this next week and I should be back on schedule!! Not taking any new designs until November. Thanks again to all who have been waiting.

More views
10/01/2020

More views

Pumping out the designs!! New concept plan...what's most important to you?  A house that ages well and/or one that you c...
10/01/2020

Pumping out the designs!! New concept plan...what's most important to you? A house that ages well and/or one that you can age well in too. Oversized hallways and plenty of room for daily living, your passion to cook and work on your hobbies too. This plan will shrink some, but it's great to start a little bigger then refine the plan and shrink when you identify the most important spaces to spend your building dollars.

If you’ve ever wondered hmmmm would I use that outdoor fireplace in Texas??? 66 degrees, not a lick of wind, Stars Hocke...
09/29/2020

If you’ve ever wondered hmmmm would I use that outdoor fireplace in Texas??? 66 degrees, not a lick of wind, Stars Hockey on the TV and football during commercials. Nights like this make evenings by the fire worth it! #theresnoplacelikehome

If you’ve ever wondered hmmmm would I use that outdoor fireplace in Texas??? 66 degrees, not a lick of wind, Stars Hockey on the TV and football during commercials. Nights like this make evenings by the fire worth it! #theresnoplacelikehome

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Lantana, TX
76226

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