From Stiff to Natural: A Pool Gone Wild from Caviness Landscape Design

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What do you do when you buy your dream house — but you don’t like the pool? You call for help, and Caviness Landscape Design answers. As the staff explain , “The family wanted a more natural looking pool and landscape, instead of the formal layout of the original pool.” Fortunately, “The L-shaped backyard and wooded backdrop of the home gave us the inspiration we needed. We came up with a design that incorporated a spa connected to a pool with a stream, a large natural boulder waterfall, and a smaller waterfall, native Oklahoma flagstone patio, and specimen plant material to blend in with the wooded backdrop.” Now, with mature trees on its edges and a discreet wrought-iron fence around it, the stiff formal pool is replaced by what looks like a private wooded pond in the wilderness.

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Within mere steps of the home’s back door, a walk leads to an outdoor seating area, around a rounded-triangle-shaped spa, and clear to the bases of the multiple falls, built up by native Oklahoma boulders. And, while the homeowners wanted a natural look to the pool, they weren’t averse to convenience — so a remote control system was put in place that allows them to control all the pool functions as well as the lighted landscape. As a bonus, Caviness brought in designers to install colored light that provides myriad moods by night — from elegantly dramatic to “party mode.” With their repeated successes, Caviness has won its share of awards for its pool designs; thus, it’s not surprising that this design was featured in Luxury Pools Magazine as one of their “Exquisite Poolscapes.”

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