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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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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