In transforming the backyard pool of a 1980s home for a Deephaven family, Ground One Landscape Design + Build + Maintain instigated innovative design moves to modernize this woodland retreat.
To accomodate challenging elevations in the backyard, Ground One specified poured-in-place concrete walls around the existing pool, topped with black caps. Some of the walls are as tall as 14 feet and required black cable rail for safety. Similar railings are found on the deck and inside of the home. The color harkens back to the cladding of the windows and metal roof color, and the simplicity of these materials works well with the colors and aesthetic of the home.
Simple large format paving tiles were used to accentuate and reconcile the juxtaposition of the odd pool angles with the right angles of the walls and home. One of the pool angles was repeated in a custom-built metal fire feature that operates remotely via a phone app.
The large pool deck accommodates the multi use of a sunning area, lounging area, and the fire feature area. Concrete stairs connect the home’s lower level with the deck, which has a cooking and dining area near the kitchen. The backyard space also features landscape lighting for wayfinding as well as ambiance. Plantings support, yet soften the lines in the hardscape as well as lines of the home, giving the feeling of being in a private, modern resort.
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