1 The pool's construction document, drawn in CAD. It is required to permit and build the pool, but it doesn't begin to represent how the pool will look in real life.
1The pool's construction document, drawn in CAD. It is required to permit and build the pool, but it doesn't begin to represent how the pool will look in real life.
2The overall pool model with the house for context.
3The finished pool; surrounding the pool with lush tropical planting is the secret to its success. The plants soften the pool's height and corners, and create the sense that the pool and garden are one, rather than the pool looking like it was just stuck into the backyard.
4A good view of the future "Bale" seen from across the pool.
5The Ipe wood deck and the posts are installed.
6SketchUp helped with decisions on how to frame the Bale and how it would look in context with the rest of the garden and pool.
7The pool sits 16" above the ground, and that allowed us to create a water spill-over effect that is the focal point when viewed from the living room. The catch trough into which the water falls is lit with 4 underwater lights that cast shimmering shadows at night.
8The spillover in action
9A view looking over the spa back toward the house, with the Bale in the mid ground.
10Bougainvillea draping over the pool with the spa in the foreground.
11The pool as seen from the living room. This view helped determine the location of the spillway and decide how long it needed to be.