The Remodeled Backyard
The old pool area of this backyard featured a pool that was surrounded by two brick steps up to the pool, creating almost a tripping hazard. The spa was very small and located at the far end of the pools. The walls retaining the pool area were at odd angles, so I tried to preserve some walls for budgetary reasons and changed some out of design necessity.
This photo of the completed remodeled pool shows the new colored/stained paving with precast coping, new glass tile and white Pebble-Sheen plaster. I removed the spa in the deep end and created a seating area. Above the old pool was a slump-stone raised bond beam with a tired Spanish style fountain into the pool. The are behind the pool was a mixture of concretes and two narrow to be a functional sunning deck. I designed the new spa, centered in the pool as the focal point with a weeping water wall behind and spilling from the spa into the pool with symmetrical steps flanking each side of the pool with stepping pad walkways on each side leading to the spa.
Outside of the living room, I created a formal fountain garden.
We refurbished the existing patio cover off of the kitchen and added steps and planters leading to the pool area, as well as, a fire pit feature.
Photo: Wendy Harper
Master Builder: Ken Palmer