Multi-Level Outdoor Fun: Lakeside Estates by Caviness Landscape Design

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This landscape setting by Caviness Landscape Design presented a challenge: because of the layout of the property, the proposed spot for the pool was far lower than the level of the house. Not only did the designers need to put together a stunning pool; they needed to bridge the gap in height between house and pool as seamlessly as possible — while at the same time allowing enough space for decent-sized patios on each level. That entailed steps, and lots of them! Two sets, located on either side of the waterfall, connect the upper patio to the lower one; this allows for a nice, unbroken line and “flow” from level to level and throughout the yard. Wondering where the spa is? It’s on the upper level!

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That location provides another unique element that ties together two distinct entertaining and outdoor living areas: the hot tub has its own mini-waterfall cascading into a channel that’s bridged by natural stone. This effectively connects the diverse yard “rooms,” while at the same time providing a clear demarcation between them. Building the levels took a great deal of stone work, even more so when the client first planned on having retaining walls made of boulders, then changed her mind and wanted them all in hand-cut stone. But the end result is worth the effort, a design that flows (no pun intended) from a lighted seating area all the way to loungers and umbrellas at the other side of the water.

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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).