Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUL 2014

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50 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Nestled on the edge of the Llano Estacado in western Texas, Big Spring is an unassuming town rich in frontier history. Ranching and oil still dominate the regional economy, and lifelong residents Stan and Sue Partee are tied to both. When they decided to renovate their outdated backyard and swimming pool, they wanted their new yard to feel as if they had entered a resort and spa, far from the sometimes-brutal summer environment of West Texas. Kelly Cook, ASLA, of KDC Associates in Midland, Texas, was the lead landscape architect on the project and developed designs for the renovation, which spanned nearly 98,000 square feet. The homeowners made it clear that flowing water, and lots of it, was essential to their desire for an exotic resort atmosphere. They wanted a space that they could relax in with the capacity to entertain large parties and events. Design & Demolition Designs were quickly drafted in AutoCAD, and the homeowners signed off on the renderings in just 20 days so construction could begin immediately. At the outset, Cook and her team had to grapple with the daunting logistics of the installation. "No one in the area could comfortably handle this project," Cook said. "Our primary contractor and his crews came from over 40 miles away every day for over a year, and the pool contractor came from almost 70 miles away. Getting services and commitments from anyone to travel that far every day is difficult." The project's timeframe was compressed by volatile Texas weather and the preparation required for the project's large scale, and the client set a fixed date for completion, as the homeowners were planning a large engagement party for their son in the newly expanded backyard. Construction took about 15 months, and was completed in time for the family celebration. Above A glass tile tanning shelf was added to the pool so users could sit on lounge chairs without changing into swimsuits, and built in stone tables were installed between the chairs. Hadrian limestone caps from Texastone Quarry in Garden City, Texas, top the low wall that encloses the lounge area.

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