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El Patio DesignsBy El Patio Designs
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El Patio DesignsBy El Patio Designs
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About

We're Todd and Julie from El Patio Designs. As gardening enthusiasts and long-time owners of a landscape company, we put plants just about anywhere we could. But we were often frustrated by the lack of stylish options for getting plants more than a few feet off the ground. That's why we developed the EP3 Wraparound Planter; to create an eye-level pop of color and character without the drawbacks of traditional planters and hanging baskets.

The Problem

Planters that sit on the ground can take up too much space on your landing. And hanging baskets block your windows and spoil the view. Even plant hangers on posts aren't ideal because they use old-fashioned hanging baskets that look out of place on many styles of homes.

The Solution

To us, the solution was simple—a clean, stylish, great-looking planter that wraps around an existing house post. It had to be adjustable, because many posts aren’t a standard size. But nothing like that existed, so we had to make it ourselves. And when we set our minds to something, it’s best to get out of the way.

 The Design

After many variations, we arrived at an elegant solution. One interlocking piece used four times, one for each corner of a 4x4 to 6x6 post. 

(NOTE: actual measurements of standard 4x4 posts are 3.5" x 3.5". And standard 6x6 posts measure 5.5" x 5.5". It's a construction thing.)

The Full-Wrap EP3
The Full-Wrap EP3

 

"But what about bigger posts?” you ask? We also created an extender so the Large EP3 can fit 8x8 to 10x10 posts. (Actual measurements for these posts are 7.5" x 7.5" to 9.5" x 9.5". Weird, right? )

The Large EP3 includes 4 extenders
The Large EP3 includes 4 extenders

And lastly, we created end caps that let you turn one full planter into two front-facing Half-Wraps. 

The Half-Wrap has two corner pieces and two end caps.
The Half-Wrap has two corner pieces and two end caps.

The EP3 is designed with 1/8" walls of recycled polypropylene. This is no flimsy mass-market flower pot—it's nearly five times as thick—and resists flexing, warping, cracking and breaking in extreme temperatures. It's also UV-protected to resist fading. In short, it's built to last.  

The Large Half-Wrap in situ
The Large Half-Wrap in situ

 And installation is easy.

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Where it works

The EP3 is great for house posts, fence posts, mailbox posts, arbors, pergolas and more. It's perfect for apartment porches and balconies where floorspace is at a premium. And it can be used on wood or metal posts—just be sure to use the appropriate screws for your post material.

Before | After
Before | After

You can also use the EP3 to create a raised garden display or an herb garden you don’t have to bend down for.

Raised Garden Display
Raised Garden Display

Or as a platform for seasonal color and holiday flair.


Where we are in the process

After more than a year in product development, our injection molds are now in production in Moldova. So the product photos you’ve seen here are prototypes, not production samples.

Molds in production
Molds in production

 

One of our molds
One of our molds

We also have a manufacturing facility in West Virginia standing by, ready to start production when the molds are complete.

The EP3 will be proudly Made in the USA.
The EP3 will be proudly Made in the USA.

And we're offering the EP3 in multiple colors so you can choose which one works best with your home. 

Available in Flint, Terra Cotta and Sandstone
Available in Flint, Terra Cotta and Sandstone

We can't promise the product in time for the holidays, but if you want to give them as a gift, we'll email you a gift certificate to put under the tree.

The Gift Certificate
The Gift Certificate

Our Timeline

  • May - August 2016 | Design and development
  • September - December 2016 | Prototype testing
  • January - March 2017 | Select manufacturing partners
  • April - June 2017 | Finalize design and raise seed money 
  • July 2017 | File patent application
  • July 2017 | Begin injection mold production
  • September 2017 | Begin creating Kickstarter assets
  • November 2017 | Launch Kickstarter Campaign! 
  • November 2017 | Receive first production samples
  • December 2017 | Mold texturing, Fulfill Kickstarter gift certificates
  • January 2018 | Begin production
  • February-March 2018 | Pack and ship Kickstarter rewards    

Our Story

We're a creative couple with a passion for making and building things. Fifteen years ago, we started Santa Clara Landscape Company to indulge our love of plants and flowers. We sold that company three years ago and have now established El Patio Designs to bring the EP3 Planter to market.

We hope you'll join us in bringing the EP3 Wraparound Planter to life. We can't do it without you.

Todd & Julie
Todd & Julie

 

Risks and challenges

Once we've received our first production samples and approved the mold, it will be air-shipped from Moldova to Detroit for texturing. Once texturing is complete, the mold will be sent to the manufacturing facility in West Virginia to begin production. We plan to be onsite when the first product comes off the line to oversee packing and shipping. So unless there's a delay in the texturing process or shipping, we should be on track.

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