Big-Scale Big-Time Pool Enjoyment from Caviness Landscape & Design

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Nine feet tall? Really? Yes, really — the client truly wanted a diving platform 9 feet tall as part of his pool. This pool is for a large family that needs lots of space, literally…but even so, Caviness Landscape and Pool Design wanted to make sure that that number was accurate! As the plans were formulated, Mom thought 9 feet was a little much; to solve that dilemma, they added a second diving platform at half that height — and that was only the beginning of this marvelous pool and waterfall design. The designers found that the yard had a dramatic slope in it…toward the house. To eliminate potential water overflow in the area’s occasional heavy rains, a dry stream bed was put in, and digging into the grade began.

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Now, the pool boasts a 12-foot by 60-foot waterfall — using some 200 tons of native Oklahoma boulders — with diving platforms over the falls; the pool depth goes from 12 feet in the deep end to 3 feet in the shallow end. Large retaining walls — some 10 feet high — create multiple-level terraces around the pool, and a “tunnel” through the stone walls allows access to steps and the diving platforms. Past the diving area, the pathway leads to a fire pit and a sunken stone bench that can seat 50. Landscaping softens the rock edges and helps provide privacy in the pool and fire pit areas; and, by night, breathtaking colored light shows play over the flowing water and reflect in the depths. It’s a large-scale project, for large-scale enjoyment — and it’s another award-winner from Caviness.

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).

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