Landscape Architect & Specifier News

AUG 2018

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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Continued from page 14 h a rd s c a p e s 16 Landscape Architect and Specifier News pool and waterslide on the steep hillside. The grade changes worked to our advantage in concealing a waterslide. The waterslide was a must for our client with a young family but also allowed for easy access from the upper basin to the lower pool. We incorporated the slide into the design, hiding it behind the grotto structure and landscape, so it didn't become an unsightly focal feature. Instead, the infinity wall, with water trickling over various thicknesses of sandstone veneer, became a focal point of the project. The infinity wall added visual interest and linked the mountain theme of the home to another area of the backyard. Apart from pool-related amenities, this project includes multiple fire features and a full kitchen. The wood timber cabana is an architectural element that provides weight and verticality to scale with the home and rest of the project. Similar to the multi-level pools, we capitalized on the grade changes by adding functional necessities like a pool equipment room, bathroom and an outdoor shower beneath the cabana. These practical features remain out of sight, hidden underneath the outdoor kitchen, and prevent guests from tracking back into the home to use the shower or restroom. Above: The design team specified the same substantial timbers as the home into the cabana structure, which was designated to have a full outdoor kitchen and entertainment center. The tops of the swim-up bar and six-sided kitchen island are Brentwood, a proprietary natural stone that is quarried in the region. Top, Right: Boulders, real stone and stone veneer cover almost every exposed surface. Water cascades over the swim-in grotto structure (in the rear of the photo) made from all-natural stone, as well as the infinity edge wall (inset) veneered with sandstone. Bottom, Right: The enormous flagstone pool deck was augmented with custom leaf-patterned drains. In the upper right of the photo is the back of the spa that was veneered with sandstone and had natural boulders integrated into its design.

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