Monday, August 30, 2010
North Metro Pool Layout, and Initial Landscape Design
Sitting here working like a CAD monkey, sweating in the 88-degree heat while I work in the 3-season room that I have converted into my summer home studio. Meanwhile, the Minnesota State Fair is going on, and my wife has returned for her first day of school with kids in the classroom today. The final days of summer are upon us. But, of course, there are still plenty of days to get your project started and completed, easily before the fall is over. In fact, the fall is about the best time to do a project and have it ready to be enjoyed all of next year, if not for a few of the last beautiful fall weekends yet this year.
Here is a design for a space-conscious swimming pool landscape that I just finished, where there are building setbacks to comply with, and the desire to have additional "useable space" in addition to the pool deck. The pool size is to be 20 x 40, or at least 18 x 36, as a rectangle with an auto-cover. There are to be places to sit and sun around the pool deck. The circular fire pit in the design is existing, and has been integrated into the pool landscape as a "lower terrace" as there is about 23" of grade from the back sliding door to the fire pit. So this allows the pool deck to step down to another terrace with the fire pit patio as a secondary area. Having this recessed terrace makes the space feel more open and improves the views from the around the pool out to the lake.
Here are existing views of the back yard:
Here are the design graphics for the pool, as the design is in-progress and waiting for the next round of discussions with the client.