Installations in the U.S. & Canada > Miscellaneous Pool Categories > Pool Renovations
Remodeling an entire backyard much-much less just an existing pool- is always tricky. You never know for certain how it may have been built or what hiccups you can expect to experience when you begin taking it apart. And, when you add the task of completely changing the design aesthetic in the process, the challenge becomes even greater. The original yard reflected that of a Southwestern/rustic aesthetic, complete with a free form rock lined pool, with the icing on the cake being a slightly outdated boulder formation waterfall. The pool was re-finished with Primerastone plaster, and accented with a beautiful mosaic waterline tile. We swapped out flagstone coping and flastone steppers for Lueder limestone coping with a much more modern linear-scored, bone-colored concrete. We then opted to completely level the waterfall and implement a chic, cantilevered wood deck on the back side of the pool, but we didn't want to leave them without a water feature.To accomplish this, we opted to include a hidden sheer descent waterfall which would pour water straight down into the pool from underneath the cantilevered wood deck. The client also requested a separate kitchen/bar area where the level of shade could be adjusted. To accommodate the request, we installed a custom designed/built bar and BBQ which would both be covered by a stand alone, shuttered, equinox Pergola, and outfitted with drop down screens for the side. The last remaining piece of the puzzle would be to include a new custom built, lueder topped linear firepit with a generous seating area, which happened to fit nicely in between the linear decks and walkways. Re-designing and constructing a total makeover such as this one required a keen eye and a number of talented hands. In the beginning this client wasn't exactly sure what they wanted, but they did know that their yard needed to be a sleek and modern entertaining space that was very open and inviting for the numerous people that would later pass through the front door and the back gate. They wanted it to be a seamless transition from their newly remodeled home. What they ended up with was a very contemporary pool and yard rivaling some of the most modern rooftop lounges being built today, only this space can be found at ground level. All of the decking and walkways make use of perpendicular lines that serve to modernize the look and feel of the space, which was a key element in bringing the yard out of it's previous rustic and free form existence. And while the pool still maintains its original free form shape, the raised wall and the cantilevered wood deck both do a great job of interrupting those curves with bold, straight lines that give the pool a much more modern feel than it had before. To top it off, all of the vertical surfaces in this yard are covered in warm wood tones, mosaic tile and contemporary honed ledge stone, which all play their own part in modernizing what used to be a rather dated space.
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