Looking Down the Pool
Previously, brick edge coping, along with an odd curb hiding pool equipment, was all too close and overwhelming. After the redesign, the planting areas creep to the pool edge, which is defined by natural stone. Blue fencing all but disappears in the reflection of the water. Butia palms, alongside a round orange lounger, are now a focal point.
Looking Back Toward House
We planned on changing the colors as well as the windows to coordinate better with bluestone and plantings. The palm trees, boulders, and plantings now softly divide the space.
Because the backyard space had been unused previously anyway, we decided to move the pool equipment back and add a changing room and outdoor shower. The “after” photo here shows the floating dividers that separate yet add dimension and functional space.
“Outdoor Living” Area
Before: concrete meets turf meets a hedge—not nice! Now the fluid lines soften the edges of the different areas. In addition, we have seating, entertaining, cooking, and “urban farming” instead of unusable turf.