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OASIS IN THE OAKS

UPDATING A POOL AND PATIO

The owners of this space had a dated pool and patio area. I saw a real opportunity to update the space. There was a great view of the foothills through live oaks. While an existing deck was well situated, the adjoined pool equipment blind really cramped the space and diminished the view. By putting the pool equipment below the deck and removing the surrounding wood fencing, the view was greatly improved.

  • A collage of the re-finished pool, deck and plantings.A collage of the finished pool and patio remodel.
  • Another collage of the re-finished pool, deck and plantings.A collage of the finished pool and patio remodel.
  • The space as it existing before remodeling.The space prior to being remodeled.

The pool was completely curvilinear but the concrete pool deck was an odd combination of curves and graceless straight lines. Creating curvilinear planter edges complemented the pool's curves and contrasted well with the raised wooden pool deck.

The muted dark greens of the surrounding oak trees were a wonderful backdrop in which to put plants. I wanted to create an oasis-like effect and combining the vibrant lime greens of Phormium, Ginkgos and, Datura, with the cool blue/grays of Lamb's Ear and Gold Coin Daisy, created vibrant plantings against the muted oaks.