That mixture of Territorial, Spanish, and contemporary styles continues into the backyard, where a stone deck looks out onto the horizon. After a leisurely afternoon of sunbathing, the owners and their friends can cross the pavers towards the pool for a refreshing swim.
Phoenix pool builder Kirk Bianchi removes the “artificial penguin exhibit” and replaces it with an ironwood tree salvaged from the desert (one of three he places around the yard). He declutters the landscaping, introduces new decking and adds overflow to all sides of the pool, enhancing the lovely mirror effect.
Comfortable lounge chairs overlook the contemporary pool and Pacific Ocean beyond. Columns outfitted with curtains provide protection from wind and sun, as well as an element of privacy. Native grasses soften the hardscaping.
This contemporary pool house includes a kitchen and seating area. An oversized, cantilevered ceiling provides shade and shelter to the grilling area, and a telescoping glass wall can be closed to protect the seating area and bathroom from the elements when needed.
Contrasting themes between traditional and contemporary, light and dark, and geometric and organic makes the simple design compelling. The L-shaped swimming pool surrounds the raised deck, which is a perfect spot to relax and entertain. Key materials, like weathering steel, ipe wood and stone, are used throughout the space to create a unified backyard.
A smooth travertine deck keeps visitors safe while they're walking around the pool's edge. But look closely, and you'll see that an inner layer of darker stone frames the water and turns it into a focal point.
The swimming pool, which flows through the entryway and around dining and living spaces, is an integral part of this contemporary house's design. Walls open up to the outdoors creating a seamless transition to the natural surroundings.