Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JAN 2016

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70 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Whimsical (Continued from page 68) steppingstones, complete with a hot tub that looks like glass but is actually acrylic. "To be kid friendly, we kept the diving board, and set it in the pool on the steppingstones," said Cloonan, who has a degree in landscape architecture from Ohio State University. The steppingstones are made of limestone that had been sandblasted. "Finding white stone was a challenge," he said, " but white was important to pull off the California contemporary look." The hot tub has an infinity edge on all four sides, and a holding tank underneath the pool area replenishes the spa with warm water whenever people enter and exit the spa. Cloonan also said the pool area has a sophisticated "gutter system." Water from the spa won't comingle with the cool water from the swimming pool, even though it appears the two are connected. Landscape lights and 28 LEDs were installed in the pool area. "They create an amazing light show," he said. Step and rope lighting lend a resort-type feeling to the backyard, and outdoor lights accentuate the whole landscape even more. "Subtle, yet powerful," he added. The building process was challenging, though, as Cloonan's client wanted the pool done before the short summer season ended. Work began in December 2014. "We dug the pool in January, and we had record cold temperatures," Cloonan said. "We built tents and heated them over the pool and masonry. But my team rose to the occasion, and we finished in late July." "It has a very unique and outstanding look," he said. "The tree just puts an exclamation point on this entire project. It's really out-of-the-box." Above The building process was challenging, as Cloonan's client wanted the pool area done before the short summer season ended. Work began in December 2014, and the job was completed in July. The materials for the walls and columns, a custom mix of stone, came from Van Ess Stone, a supplier in Russell, Ohio.

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