july 2020 - december 2020
pool: Aqua Builders
photography: provided by clients
This was a fun little project with some super cool humans. And I'm not just saying that because we've been invited for a couple of swim parties. This oddly shaped backyard had a lot of retaining and a huge Critical Root Zone to contend with, so the constraints meant fitting a pool in the remaining trapezoid. The pool replaced the existing retaining wall, and we fit star jasmine vines in the small void between the pool and fence. We reduced erosion to discourage root disturbance by adding steel-retained steps that connected to the upper level. We wanted this to be barefoot friendly, soft, and permeable, so the artificial turf with a permeable base allowed for a living space with a light touch. Shade-loving plants screen surround the tree to encourage water percolation and add texture and color to frame the corner. The upper deck is re-clad to match the boardwalk by the pool, which are both Timbertech Azec Vintage. We screened the pool equipment with a steel horizontal flat bar.
The front was sloped and grassy, so we terraced and added steps for function and curb appeal. Plants are installed in the remaining slope and at the street in riverstone beds. Circulation is encouraged at the planter by the porch.