More Pool, More Space: Los Altos Hills Renovation by Kikuchi + Kankel

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Dive in and have a swim in the inviting pool, or settle in for some conversation and good food around the outdoor table — possibilities for entertaining are almost limitless in this Los Altos Hills renovation design by Kikuchi and Kankel Design Group. The order of business? Update the existing pool and pool house, then expand the outdoor living area to include a covered space and full kitchen. Now, a beautiful wood grain pergola extends almost the full length of one deck, giving the kitchen, al fresco dining area, and poolside chairs subtle shade and protection. Overseen by windows from the interior of the house, the fully-equipped kitchen includes a large grill, refrigerator and sink, as well as granite-topped work space enough to prepare feasts for a crowd.

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Beneath skylights, an extended back porch looks out over a neatly trimmed lawn and oval flowerbed; notice the sculpture in the very corner. Flanking the pool deck, lilacs provide a visual and fragrant treat, while black-eyed Susans are a touch of gold, and a subtly blue trellis is ready for climbers. On warm afternoons, plush white loungers by the pool provide space for relaxing, while cool evenings are the perfect time for a crackling fire in the stone fire pit just outside the tennis courts. Best of all, these outdoor “rooms” are mere steps apart, on a smooth stone pool deck that ties everything together nicely. Whether it’s a round of doubles, a splash party, or a family barbecue, this newly polished space can handle it…thanks to Kikuchi and Kankel.

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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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