Landscape Architect & Specifier News

NOV 2017

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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Below: The lower terrace is anchored by a custom hardwood swing. The beams were connected with traditional mortise and tenon joinery with round pegs. Top: The pool and spa are surrounded by Valders limestone plank pavers set on a mortar and concrete base. The modern sport pool has a depth of 4.5' to facilitate family activities like volleyball and to allowing party goers to stand in the pool (perhaps with drink in hand). The pool is clad with various shades of blue glass imported from Italy. Above: The infinity edged pool looks to the native garden area and traditional lawn. contract mason to insure a seamless fit. The pool and terrace needed to wrap around the entire length of the house and provide ample space for large parties and seating for different occasions. The terrace consists of Valders' limestone pavers set on a concrete slab and laid in a running bond pattern parallel with the home. Clean lines were obtained with a plank shape and a light sandblast finish in buff. Concrete piers were set below frost to stabilize the terrace slab. The terrace needed drainage because of the poor soils and water conditions. An extensive drainage system was designed to tie into underground cisterns. There are very few places where water flows over paved surfaces into planting or lawn areas. Pool Design The owner had two requests for the pool design: It had to be modern looking, and be completed and operational for the following outdoor season. This required the pool construction start at the onset of a Midwest winter. Excavation was completed before the ground froze, enabling construction of a wood frame and plastic housing that could be heated. Concrete and tile work continued throughout the winter months, with the terrazzo applied as spring flowers began to bloom. The landscape architect designed a sports pool for the owner, an avid swimmer, with a water depth of 4.5' 48 Landscape Architect and Specifier News

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