Festive lighting and ample seating make this traditional backyard pool a fantastic spot to entertain. Seating is grouped into zones for conversation, dining and poolside lounging. Ample terraces connect the indoor and outdoor spaces and give the home great views of its retreat-like backyard.
An aerial view of this Greek Revival home in Darien, Conn., reveals just how vast this property is. Located on a 2.89-acre lot, the estate boasts a main house with seven bedrooms and six baths, a private terrace, a swimming pool and a separate carriage house for guests.
Thoughtful space planning maximizes views of the Phoenix valley from three levels of living at this contemporary home. The second story features a covered porch with bi-fold shade screens, the lower level enjoys panoramic stretches through large glass doors and windows and the pool sits on its own terrace, offering the same sweeping vistas.
A developed backyard with limited access and a client wanting a fun pool for the kids, but with an adult feel..The solution was to craft a vessel that would sit within the multiple terraced gardens, that were created with dry stacked stone. Our first challenge was getting into the backyard with minimal disruption, this would require importing soil to fill in areas creating ramps over walls and developed areas.
The focal point of the great room is a rammed earth wall, which is 60 feet long 3 feet thick. The wall is complete with natural striations that not only serve as a beautiful piece of art but also as an energy-efficient thermal mass system that prevents heat from penetrating interior spaces. This wall extends to the covered exterior terrace, creating a feeling of the outside living within. The transparent sliding walls of glass work in sync with the infinity-edge pool, allowing the house to breathe as the wind is gently drawn across the water and into the living space.