July 1 2006 12:00 AM
It’s been nearly three years in the making, but for Steve Tibbs, he wanted everything just right.

“We built a new wing onto our home,” says Tibbs. “We completely redid the home, changing roof pitches, sandblasting the house. So it was very important that the yard continue to support this look and feel.”

Still there was one nagging problem. Key areas of the property would need access to water sources. Yet the thought of hoses dotting the emerging landscape just didn’t appeal to Tibbs.

“Having a big hose wrapped up somewhere in a flower bed destroys the look, or significantly lowers the impact of the look of that flower bed.”

imgHosEnclose2.jpgWhen Tibbs began looking into what options were before him, he was surprised to learn that they we limited. One option was keeping the hoses in the garage or cabinet, hooking them up to the standard hose bib when needed, then returning them. But that wasn’t very practical.

With at least four areas of the yard in need of water access, dragging hoses to and from a garage wasn’t a very desirable alternative. There had to be another solution; and there was. It came in the form of advice from a friend.

“I looked around very casually. I didn’t have a lot of time, but I knew what I wanted. And that was something that didn’t look like this big coiled hose sitting somewhere, impacting the line of sight in my garden area. So that’s what first led me to think about a hose vault. That’s when I spoke to my friend.”

Photo courtesy: Carson Industries

That friend happened to work for Carson Industries, and they happened to have a new product unlike anything else on the market. The HosEnclose offered access to a coiled hose stored in a vault buried at ground level. It looked too good to be true. While Tibbs trusted his friend, he nonetheless, sought the opinion of an expert.

“I showed the product to my landscape contractor,” says Tibbs. “He gave me a thumb’s up and said it was as good as anything on the market that he was aware of.”

Installation of the four HosEnclose units was painless. They quickly connected to existing water lines with built-in PVC unions. Available in three colors (green, desert tan and pine brown mulch), they easily blend in with just about any landscape. And the two sizes they come in offer different length hoses and water flow, depending on the need.

The first unit was installed on the property about five months ago; subsequent units have since been installed. According to Tibbs, they’ve been trouble free, and are exactly what he was looking for.

“I have one that sits right behind a barbeque/bar area. It gives me the ability to reach down and hose down the bar and the patio. That unit is right in the middle of a flower bed, and you can’t even see it. There are tall flowers and they cover it up.”

“The nice thing about the units I have on a slope,” says Tibbs, “is that even though they’re in a newly planted area, the hose isn’t sitting in dirt. If you have just a wound up hose in that location, you’re going to have mud all over your hands when you use the hose.”

“With the HosEnclose, it’s much cleaner to use and operate. And you’re not worried about getting your hands filthy when you grab it.”

Because they are easily incorporated into the surrounding environment, the units look like nothing more than an irrigation box. But the ease of use they afford Tibbs makes them stand out in ways far beyond the aesthetic value they provide.

“What I really like is the convenience. It comes with a very effective spray head with six different settings, so I can just switch from a blast of water to clean the pavement, to a flick of the dial for the mister.”

“And it’s very easy to drop the coiled hose back into the unit. I’ve never had to worry about wrapping the hose. It just returns automatically back to the HosEnclose. I drop the lid, and I’m done.”

If repeat business is one measure of satisfaction, then Tibbs is one happy camper. He intends to install another unit in his front yard.