Naturally Entertaining

Pool with Outdoor Kitchens

The residents of this beautiful hillside home in Saratoga came to us to help them create a relaxing and entertaining environment for both adults and kids. We created this vision of a pool with outdoor kitchens (yes, two!), spas and a waterslide.

This project required creativity because the yard is quite wide and very shallow. There is a large retaining wall running parallel to the yard to hold back a steep hill.

We transformed the unsightly retaining wall by giving it a facade of natural rock boulders and glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC). We softened the angles and blended in the structure with an assortment of ivy, flowering plants and multiple small waterfalls.

The house has steep elevation changes so we used a freeform design for the swimming pool to continue the natural feel of the rock wall.

Then we created a fun surprise with a large water slide that begins up on the hill, runs through the rocks and emerges like a waterfall as it plunges into the swimming pool.

Two elegant, curved staircases descend to the pool area from the house. We designed the pool steps with the same radius as the staircase in the home so that the home and pool design flow together.

We created a raised spa next to the stair and gave it a secluded feel by adorning it with large rocks. Mirroring the spa on the opposite end of the pool is a large diving rock with a built in waterfall.

We designed a fire pit conversation nook and an outdoor dining area with entertaining in mind, by placing it next to a sunken outdoor kitchen. This pool with outdoor kitchen conveniently creates a perfect place for a swim-up bar for drinks or bar-b-que.

On the other side of the yard, we created an expansive lawn area and tiered planters disguising that portion of the retaining wall. In the evenings, the family can enjoy the views from higher up the hill at a seating area complete with a fire pit and a mini outdoor kitchen. This was a later addition to the plans and is not shown in these photos. You may also notice a rendering image with a pavilion.

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California Silicon Valley
14435 Big Basin Way
Suite 252
Saratoga, CA 95070

California Bay Area
The Embarcadero
Floor 8
San Francisco, CA 94111

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1229 Lakeview Dr
Franklin, TN 37067

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