Starting as a blank slate comprised of an expansive amount of turf, the clients were looking for a true West Coast Contemporary resort style setting, allowing for entertaining large groups of family and friends, and ensuring this would be the “place to be” for the grand children.
Some of the specific features required, included: a naturalized swimming pool and waterfall, an outdoor kitchen, fire-pit, and a large patio space to comfortably host large gatherings. The naturalized swimming pool was accomplished by designing a free form curvilinear shape, and insetting large specimen boulders around the perimeter. A dramatic waterfall cascades down the hill and under a curved viewing bridge before plummeting into the pool below. The curvilinear theme is carried throughout the space with a circular raised viewing platform cantilevered over the pool and a curved outdoor kitchen and bar on the opposite side. The outdoor kitchen is constructed of natural Brohm stone with a black slate counter, and inlay of random glass tiles. The main patio provides space for dining, lounging, and viewing. A natural fire pit constructed out of basalt boulders is situated towards the north side of the space and takes advantage of panoramic mountain views. Massive basalt monoliths and retaining walls provide a back drop to the space and the necessary retaining to make the whole project possible. Dramatic plant material completes the transformation and provides the lush softness, while hardy palms provide an exotic touch.
The culmination of a year’s worth of work and infinite persistence to detail has yielded a truly captivating, dramatic, resort style landscape, allowing the homeowners to finally have their own much needed personal paradise, that provides a true diversion from their hard working lives.
This project is the recipient of a 2009 BCLNA Landscape Award of Excellence! and the 2011 Gold Award from the Master Pool Guild Awards!