Thursday, February 26, 2009

Crisis Deepens: Rich People Embarrassed To Build New Pools, Opt For Outdoor Fireplaces Instead.

This quote kinda jumped out at us this morning from Kimberly Stevens's Home section story about rich people choosing to build outdoor fireplaces instead of swimming pools, in a nod to the economic crisis.

Stevens's lede describes how a Hollywood television-industry couple has nixed their plans to build a pool at their Silver Lake home, because it seemed "too extravagant," and opted instead for a "sleek, outdoor aluminum fireplace" that only took up $2,300 of their $150,000 landscaping budget.

“Anyone with a conscience right now is not going to dig a hole in the ground, line it with cement, fill it with 60,000 gallons of water and some chlorine and wait for it to evaporate,” Jay Knowlton, the couple’s landscape designer, told the NYT reporter.

Anyone without a conscience, please call Jay Knowlton. He's about to have some time on his hands.

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