A Secluded Pool in a Busy Oklahoma Neighborhood: Twin Bridges Estate

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When you first look at these peaceful, colorful waterfalls flowing into this beautiful pool, you probably don’t picture yourself in the middle of a busy neighborhood. But thanks to some clever work by Caviness Landscape and Pool Design, the homeowner has a feeling of seclusion and complete privacy in a very small space. Behind the high boulder walls, a row of mature trees wraps around the entire pool and falls area, giving you the impression of being in a forest. A narrow flagstone deck flows around the asymmetrical spa, which in turn has two waterfalls that spill into the pool. Further along the deck is a spot for lounging, where a small pergola and sheltered area tucked into a leafy corner of the yard feature comfy red lounge chairs.

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The clients wanted a natural feel — and they got it, with the use of native Oklahoma plants, boulders, and flagstone. The “beach entry” to the pool slopes down to a natural boulder waterfall, which “steps down” over various levels of rock; in yet another part of the water, a fall combines both cascades and “steps,” and rock has been carved out like a bowl to divert a water flow out the sides. Despite the small yard space, the swimming pool has plenty of room to relax; there’s even a spot where the homeowner can stand up under the waterfall! And, as the sunlight fades, customized light shows give swimmers a dramatic display of color and sparkle through the falling water. It all adds up to a cozy “swimming hole” in the middle of the block — with a little help from Caviness.

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Written by Janet Butler

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).