Hawaii in California

Water Features on Many Levels

For this landscape and pool design project in Los Altos, our client wanted to feel like they were in Hawaii, swimming in a hidden pool fed by natural waterfalls. The home backs up to a huge hill, which created a steeply sloping backyard pool design challenge.

We’re extremely experienced with designing pools on hills and the end result shows off our experience. With the right designer, you can do incredible things with a small, asymmetrical working space and severe restrictions imposed by the city.

We raised the elevation of the patio coming from the house to provide more flat area for the lower deck. This was constructed with Brazilian Ipé (pronounced “ee-pay”) wood, with natural-cut stone as the coping for the pool.

Large natural boulders and embedded waterfalls along the entire length of the back of the pool disguise the retaining wall which is necessary for most hillside pools and water features.

A Badu jet creates a strong enough underwater current to provide resistance for those who swim for exercise.

Instead of tile, we used sheets of real rock pebbles along the waterline to create the natural feel. In the corner, a relaxing cascade of warm water spills into the pool from the spa on the level above.

At night, Italian café lights beautifully illuminate the water features and the landscape with a prismatic display of adjustable color.

In the woods beyond the pool, stone pathways lead to a secluded family dining area. Crossing a small bridge in the back of the yard will find you in a hidden lounge area, complete with a gas fire pit.

All of these elements come together to transport the client to a secluded private Hawaiian landscape where they can completely forget that they are in the middle of a sprawling suburban area.

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