This 2010 APSP silver-medal-winning project involved a young family who owned a large lot with a lake on the back of the property — and while they wanted a pool, they had other specifics in mind as well. As Caviness Landscape Design staff describe: “They were very adamant about not blocking the view of the lake from the home, which is situated on a hill looking down toward the lake. The client also requested pathways that connected the pool area to the tennis courts, which were installed to the side of the property.” The designers knew they’d have to put in retaining walls; they cut into the hillside, then installed a dry-laid wall to give the clients both a grassy area by the house, and a stone patio — with a stone path that would also lead to the tennis courts.
Next, Caviness proposed an island for the middle of the pool — and the clients loved it; they could have raft races in the pool plus more space to sunbathe, an addition possible because the pool itself is large: 80 x 45 feet. Mature holly trees formed a wind block for the tennis courts, as well as the space behind the waterfall. The interior of the pool and spa — that seats 20! — are both glass tile, while the island was surrounded with faux rock to complement the boulders and falls. Finally, a rock diving ledge is completely separated from the shallow end, a prudent safety feature. Now, with colored lighting at night and a great view by day, the clients truly love how their outdoor space serves their playtime and entertaining needs.