Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUL 2014

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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52 Landscape Architect and Specifier News large tanning bench that accommodates 4-5 lounge chairs was installed on a ledge that allows users to recline without getting wet. Between the chairs, built in stone tables can hold drinks, magazines, and food that can be reached from the pool. "We introduced fire and moving water into the site so that the owner could both see and hear the environs in the evening. The design relied heavily on the incorporation of copper fire/water pots sitting atop stone columns aligning one edge of the pool," Cook said. "Bobe Water and Fire Features was contracted to fabricate and develop these pots. "The fire from the pot provides a wonderful contrast to the water cascading more than four feet down into the pool, which projects great sounds into the sitting areas of the backyard." A raised stone hot tub with a 10-foot diameter was installed approximately 20 feet from the pool's edge. In the center of the hot tub, another copper fire/water pot was placed so that the owners can sit in the hot tub and still have the feeling of being near the fire. "We felt it was critical to continue the ambiance of the fire into some of the more intimate areas of the site and not just at the pool's edge," Cook said. Plantings included red geraniums, bougainvillea, mandevilla vines and potted seasonal flowers. The flora was selected for its ability to withstand the West Texas heat while providing the owner with ample color. The owners needed a large area for tables during events that would allow space for a dance floor, so a level area was constructed directly outside of the residence's game and entertaining room. The patio is elevated six feet above the pool level, and provides a vantage point from which visitors can take in the entire site. "This area was critical to the site, Above The pond's waterfall projects the sound of moving water throughout the backyard. The pond's retaining walls are natural Texas sandstone and fieldstone, supplied by Alldredge Gardens of Midland, Texas.

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