Custom Oasis

By Cabanas, With Pool

This custom backyard oasis was part of a brand new build and was coordinated with the builder of the house. The owners wanted a complete outdoor living package, which included a pool, but also incorporated their love for baseball. In addition, there were some drainage issues to be considered in the overall design.

The owners wanted the pool to incorporate water movement and sound. So a natural boulder waterfall was created which flows into the saltwater pool. The sun ledge features built-in bubbler fountains, which provide additional soothing water sounds. The pool deck is further enhanced with tiles that are made specifically for a southern climate and doesn’t get hot. To showcase their love for baseball, a special elevated patio was designed in the shape and color of a baseball. Off white stone created the backdrop for darker clay tiles curved into “seams”. The various changes in elevation and beautifully curved rock walls are more than just visually aesthetic, they funnel rainwater away from the house and outdoor living spaces.

Since the outdoor space was designed to perfectly match the new house plans, it truly is a custom backyard oasis. This was such a successful project that it inspired several other property designs in the area.

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An Entertainer’s Delight

By Cabanas, Outdoor Kitchens, With Pool

This stunning property was designed to create an outdoor living space perfect for entertaining. The owners enjoy hosting guests every week and wanted a design to bring people together.

To achieve the feeling of togetherness, the cabana with outdoor kitchen and TV entertainment was built close to the pool and spa. Also, a lower sunken seating area was created between the cabana and pool to facilitate conversation. The natural flagstone tiles for the pool deck carry on into the water for a cohesive look. In addition, a built-in bench extends around the pool and leads to a shallow sun ledge. The spa spillover into the pool provides visual interest as do the water jets coming out of the landscape. A full lighting package ensures that the fun can carry on well into the evening hours. And the addition of heat to the cabana extends the season of outdoor entertainment.

Although this is a newer house, access to the site was difficult due to a steep hill in the back. During the wet season, the hill became slippery for equipment and people. We overcame this obstacle and finished the job in 2 1⁄2 months during the spring. Now the owners and their friends enjoy hours of fun together in this stunning backyard delight.

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