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January 2016 33 the elaborate sound system. The husband was concerned that they would disrupt his view from the house. HWH suggested that the contractor set up silhouettes of the gazebos and check various deck levels. This was done, and the deck was placed approximately 15' below the infinity pool level. Construction became a blend of specialty firms. The owners hired Green Impressions, a contractor well versed in construction along a bluff, as well as separate pool installers and deck contractors. A crane was required to auger footers out over the hillside. Extensive shoring and grade beam tie backs set the waterfall and edge of the infinity pool. The waterfall drops were initially to be varied with one long drop, but aligning the drops with the wall heights, approximately 30", made it easier to hold the hillside and produced a stronger rushing water sound. The pool and water features were constructed with cast- in-place concrete walls and then faced with ceramic tile. Landscape terrace walls were built out of Unilock segmented block with a custom color sandstone finish, and the perennials irrigated with a Rainbird System. The deck was made of Trex Company's eco-friendly recycled material with a checkerboard pattern added to serve as a small helicopter-landing pad. Several railing styles were reviewed, and glass systems were quickly focused on, as they would provide a clear view of the lake and shield seasonal winds. The owners originally wanted a clear top edge to the glass, but saw the advantage of incorporating a lighted top rail to highlight the deck edge for both aesthetics and safety. Other design features incorporated into the project include gas fire elements set on either side of the infinity pool and the waterfall, rainbow colored Vista Professional Outdoor Lighting for the water wall, and four fountain jets streaming water into the pool. The final feature, and among the most important for the homeowners, was a state-of-the-art sound system. An audio enthusiast, Dave wanted to be able to coordinate music with the water and lighting effects, similar to Las Vegas resorts. The final project was successful. On summer nights when the Neiderests are on their deck with waterfalls, music, and lights in full display, pleasure boats drifting offshore, pedestrians congregate on the nearby public pier to enjoy the spectacle. The oasis they created for themselves is bringing joy to others along the lake. Project Team Landscape Architecture: HWH Architects Engineers Planners Inc., Cleveland Construction Coordination & Landscaping: Green Impressions Landscaping, Sheffield, Ohio Pool & Waterfall: Hi Tech Pools, North Olmsted, Ohio Deck System: Dream Decks, Akron, Ohio Sound System: Light Year Music, Parma, Ohio Vendors Landscape Material: Native Roses, Sedum, Liriope and Catmint Perennial Deck Material: Trex Company Inc. Gazebos: Cedar Siding & Metal Roofs Pavers: Unilock Beacon Hill, Unilock Copthorn Retaining Walls: Unilock Pisa II Extra Large (custom color) Lighting: Vista Outdoor Lighting Irrigation: Rainbird