Fire and Water
The clients requested a modern, low-maintenance space to be used primarily for entertaining and to include a swimming pool, a hot-tub, a water feature, and a fire feature.
To maximize the use of a limited outdoor area, the existing space was organized in three different zones, generating a multifaceted space for relaxing and entertaining. Segmenting the space created a series of connected outdoor rooms, allowing guests to circulate and to congregate in small groups. The different levels and varied materials break up what could otherwise have been a concrete monolith. The elevated spa area with a sunken hot-tub offers gorgeous views of the nearby mountains while bamboo hedging creates instant height and provides privacy. A custom-built combination fire trough/fountain, with its juxtaposition of flames hovering over cascading water, generates a dramatic effect. An elongated steel spout illuminated with LED lights spills water into a concrete trough, filling the space with a gentle splashing sound that can be enjoyed throughout the garden. The linear fire adds a warm, cozy glow to the outdoor space, keeping guests comfortable at night. The swimming pool is the main feature. The surrounding pool-patio is paved with large-scale natural stone pavers laid in a “stacked bond” pattern, giving the space a sleek, modern feeling. Contemporary garden furniture was selected to complement the overall design, letting the clients entertain in style. The vibrant red of the patio umbrella and lounger cushions provides a lively accent to the hardscape’s neutral gray tones.