Manzanita Court

Grotto-style Pool

We designed this beautiful grotto-style pool to complement the mountain and craftsman architecture of our clients’ home. They wanted a natural-looking, entertaining pool that matched the feel of the house as well as providing a space for their five boys to play.

The waterfall contains multiple spillways that can be enjoyed from both the water below and the seating area at the top. The underwater rock formations near the waterfalls are an artful blend of natural rock boulders and glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC). Below the rock waterfalls, the pool is 8.5 feet deep to give the kids a platform for jumping.

A Badu SwimJet system was installed to give the homeowner a strong current to swim against for exercise - an unexpected amenity in this moderately sized pool. An in-floor cleaning and heating system was also added for low maintenance and a longer swimming season.

A raised spa is incorporated to one side and spills over into the pool, complementing the adjacent waterfalls. The spa is adorned with glass tile and is curved at the top to create a perfectly comfortable neck rest for relaxation.

The flagstone of the patio flows seamlessly into the swimming pool coping and is even laid as a veneer on the steps descending into the pool. This continuity in material creates a very natural boundary between the hardscape and the pool. The same flagstone is inlaid into the grass leading up to the pool, the path to the top of the waterfall, and the grassy area around the spa.

The project came out wonderfully balanced with flowers and plants filling the spaces in the rock and with lush grass merging into the edge of the coping.

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14435 Big Basin Way
Suite 252
Saratoga, CA 95070

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The Embarcadero
Floor 8
San Francisco, CA 94111

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