30 Apr Sonoran Desert Haven
California Pools & Landscape has an impeccable legacy of bringing our client’s backyard dreams to life. We worked to entirely transform this client’s property into a desert sanctuary and sunny winter retreat! Our client owned multiple homes in several states and Canada and had an abundance of experience with large-scale remodel projects—including pools. We were honored that this family, with their depth of experience, said that ours was “the single smoothest project” they had ever built. At California Pools & Landscape, we pride ourselves on exceeding the expectations of the most discerning clientele.
How We Did It
As always, our team was extremely detail oriented. No feature was too small to merit consideration. We communicated with our clients regularly and clearly – all the more challenging as they were out of town for the duration of the project!
The family had an existing pool on their property, which had in fact been purchased as two separate properties they had combined into one. The second home on the property had been converted to a “Cantina” – dedicated to nothing but fun and quality outdoor living. This was a family that passionate about the outdoor experience and creating a space for their family to make rich memories. As grandparents, they sought to reconstruct the space to better suit playful young personalities. The original pool was aesthetically pleasing, but lacked functionality – it was long and narrow, better suited for swimming laps than doing cannonballs.
So we started from scratch! After demolishing the existing pool, we created a perfect custom solution for this outdoor loving family. We built a pool with depth and wide-open spaces—perfectly suited for jumping into! For the adults, we added a spa with sweeping views, marrying form and function.
But our work on this inspiring project did not stop at the pool! At California Pools & Landscape, we pride ourselves on being able to build every facet of the ultimate backyard.
We Can Do it All
In the middle of the family’s back patio, there were two support columns that obscured the natural view of the mountains abutting the home. These columns were not merely aesthetic features, but critical structural supports. To expand the space and maximize its great potential, our team engineered an entirely new support system. We utilized steel beams to reinforce the upper floors and opened the patio to striking panoramic views from their doorstep. California Pools & Landscape has the capability and staff to build anything and everything you can dream of!
Going to Any Lengths
While adding other essentials to this outdoor haven, we spared no effort in making sure every detail was perfect. As the pre-existing Cantina structure had been built from a beautifully textured reclaimed wood, we went to great lengths to obtain the same look for the newer features in the yard, including a lush arbor, outdoor shower, and shade structure. To create cohesion with the Cantina, our team tracked down and imported the perfect 100-year old barn wood from Tennessee, creating a seamless blending of old and new elements.
Beauty in the Details
Throughout the Sonoran Desert Haven project, we sought to complement the natural elements surrounding the property. We focused on creating an organic flow between the interior and exterior of the home and let nature dictate how we designed. The result was a stunning elemental synergy between the property itself and the magnificent mountains surrounding it. For example, boulders line the pool to create a negative edge, giving the appearance of the pool spilling down into the desert. We also used stoic boulders on either side of the pool to create a natural frame for the mountain vista.
Finally, as the clients came to Arizona from Canada each winter, we installed 1 million Btu of heating in this pool—making it a perfect retreat from the cold weather!
California Pools & Landscape comprehensively transformed this space to create an ideal home away from home. We were delighted to build our clients a luxurious retreat to make memories with their family for years to come!