Column: Pooling shade, privacy and landscaping


It’s always a joy to design and install outdoor living spaces for wonderful families who want to impact their living/entertaining habits, and this space is a fantastic example.

This Carmel pool area was somewhat benign (the homeowner’s description, as I recall) prior to installation and needed pulled into the home’s embrace. It lacked color, felt exposed to the world and needed privacy, low maintenance solutions and shade. But, what a beautiful pool!


  • The large, multi-tasking pergola frames dramatic views from the home, provides shade respites and contributes to developing layered privacy from the stately development behind them. Round columns and details on the pergola ends echo the home’s architecture.
  • An elegant blue stone ribbon around the concrete pool decking serves as color, urges formality and gently expands the living space just enough.
  • Spectacular colorful landscaping screams with foliage and flowers through the pool season while making the open space feel more livable.  Russian sage, nearly wild roses, ninebark and moonbeam coreopsis are several of the curated plants.
  • Indiana limestone at the pergola base stops the eye and offers a brief place to sit during large gatherings.

Let your incredible outdoor living space change how you live and entertain!!


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