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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56 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Big Spring (Continued from page 54) children, which was placed on a boulder above the water level. Planters hang from alternating pergola supports, between Mallorca fixtures (Minka-Lavery) with 60-watt candelabra bulbs. KDC Associates strategically placed two-inch round copper cannon scuppers throughout the walls and terraces of the backyard. Some fall into the swimming pool, some into brightly colored freestanding urns, and some into smaller pond features. One eye-catching water element was the incorporation of eight laminar fiber optic stream fountains (Fiberstar). These fountains produce a steady flow of water that arcs gracefully five feet into the sky and then down into the pool. Each water stream is internally lit with fiber optics, and the system incorporates a color wheel so the owner can change the color of the fountains based on the seasons or event themes. The lighting controls extend into every riser of the yard's steps, providing an enjoyable lighting effect at night. A pool controller (Pentair) is smart-wired to control all aspects of the site from the interior of the house. "We have water emanating in some form or another from 56 different locations around the pool area," Cook said. "Almost anywhere that you walk around the entertaining areas of the backyard, you will encounter falling water, which is what the owners were after – their own personal oasis on the West Texas plains." Right Fire/water pots and fiber optic lighting illuminate the pool and gathering spaces at night. Mallorca series light fixtures with 60-watt candelabra bulbs (Minka-Lavery) were affixed to alternating pergola supports. Below, Left & Right The large upper terrace was designed for entertainment and dancing. The fiber optic lighting system, which includes the steps from the upper terrace to the pool area and the illuminated pool fountain jets, uses a smart-wired controller (Pentair) with a color wheel that allows the homeowner to change the color of the lights and fountains based on the seasons or event themes. Team List Landscape Architect KDC Associates, Midland, Texas Kelly Cook, ASLA, Principal General Contractor Hector Ramirez, Midland, Texas Pool Contractor Aranda Pools, Odessa, Texas

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