A Personal Resort in a Small Space: Richland Estate by Caviness Landscape Design

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If you have only an acre and a half lot, surrounded by other homes in a busy neighborhood, you probably think of a “resort” as something you get away to — but this client achieved the same thing in their very own back yard with this pool and waterfall installation by Caviness Landscape Design. As the designers explain, “The client has a very active young family, involved in various sports activities, and wanted a backyard pool that they could interact with and have an entertainment area to host get-togethers for family and friends. They were open to our ideas, so we considered their lifestyle and came up with a plan that would not only keep their family entertained for years to come but give them privacy from neighbors.” The plan? Two waterfalls, 13 feet tall; an 8-foot diving rock; and a “swim through” grotto with a dry upper level with plasma TV!

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The clients allowed Caviness to plant a large number of trees around the pool, the backside of the grottos, and the waterfall — instant privacy, with the feeling of a natural swimming spot in the woods. Several stream beds flow over the top of the cave and swim-through entrances to the pool as well, helping to further create that “forest escape” feeling. The designers conclude, “This is the kind of project that just continued to grow and evolve as the project went along.” Case in point? As the pool neared completion, the owners decided to add a pool house; Caviness made the “resort” complete with a complementary outdoor shower, surrounded by manmade rock. Richland Estate proves you don’t have to have a sprawling estate to put together your very own “vacation” spot — at home.

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