California Pools & Landscapes works with each client individually to understand their hopes, dreams, and objectives for their ultimate backyard. Our team brought this client’s vision to life and the end result was an entertainer’s dream!

Our client was a well-known real estate agent who loved to host parties and events. Her objective was to transform her backyard into a venue perfect for hosting a wide array of gatherings – from intimate backyard drinks, to afternoon barbeques, to larger soirees under the stars. She also sought to add to her home’s value. Understanding the real estate market, she knew that a well-designed backyard and high-quality pool and spa would increase her home’s worth and attractiveness to buyers.

Our client was open-minded and trusted our designers completely. She was inspired by modern desert designs, so we worked together in that direction. She was committed to installing unique, one-of-a-kind features throughout. We focused specifically on accentuating the desert landscape while maintaining a seamless flow from indoors to outdoors.

The home itself had great features to begin with, such as pocket doors that made the transition from the living room to backyard area effortless. The home also had a very unique travertine color that we matched to the outdoor flooring – increasing the continuity between indoors and out.

For the spa, we decided on an elevated look – giving the impression of a fountain, lending a striking character to this central piece. We installed a custom copper insert water feature so one could see the spillway from the spa to the pool, and included a waterfall accent. The pool itself had a dreamy Baja shelf so guests could lounge poolside, while not missing any of the conversation near the barbecue area. We used a rough saw wood arbor for the barbeque area to match architectural feel of house, tying both structures together harmoniously. We also installed a covered outdoor kitchen and gorgeous bar as another gathering area.

To enhance their nights outdoors, we built an outdoor fireplace with a lush, botanical garden feel. We used stabilized granite and step pads to naturally lead people from the spa to warm up at the fireplace.

For finishing touches we used specimen cacti to add both texture and color to the modern design and accent the structure of the pool itself. We intentionally played up the negative space, letting landscaping features compliment the architectural feel of the pool, decking and hardscape features. We finished off with bushes and vines to soften and balance the entire space and add flourishes of color.

Our client was overjoyed with the final project and maintained a friendly relationship with our team. She hosted scores of memorable gatherings in this beautifully designed space and had great times with family, friends and colleagues. When she eventually sold her home, she reached out to let us know that the backyard design was instrumental in the final sale of her home. We are delighted that our work together served her so well!

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!

 

 

This backyard has it all and a little something for everyone!

This gorgeous outdoor retreat was built for clients who recently had retired to Arizona from San Francisco. They were ready for good times in the sun and wanted to create the ultimate backyard space for the whole family to enjoy together. These were clients who knew what they liked, and we worked alongside them to create an at-home recreational space that met all their needs. The end result was a bright, open space full of elegance, fun, and every amenity under the sun.

Poolside Entertaining!

A highlight of this sunny oasis is the sunken, swim-up bar leading to a covered ramada. This serves as the central focal point of the space. It creates a welcoming, open feeling—encouraging interaction from wherever you are. Swim up to enjoy a drink without leaving the water, or enjoy your front row seat to poolside fun without ever leaving the shade! The seamless connection between spaces makes this a true gem for entertaining. The sunken seating area offers a total escape, with a flat-screen TV wall and a cozy fire pit to make this the ideal spot for evening drinks, chatting with friends, or watching the game.

To finish off this total relaxation station, we added an outdoor bathroom, complete with full sink and shower. This met a unique need for our clients – the layout of their home featured two large, en-suite master bedrooms – and no easily assessable guest bathroom. Adding the outdoor bathroom kept their home dry and the fun outside!

A Deep, Deep End and a Golfing Green

Our clients happened to be quite tall people, who took their swimming seriously. They wanted more than a plunge pool, so we went the distance and made their swimming pool truly cavernous, with extra depth and length for dedicated swimming. We added a flowing waterfall on one end and a bubbling fountain along the side, adding elegance to the views in each direction.

No detail went unnoticed in this project – finishing touches included Art Deco patterned tile to add texture and finesse to the columns supporting the patio. We also used two-toned travertine tiles in the pool itself, giving the steps contrast and drama.

To make this space complete, we added a putting green! This golf-loving family delighted in practicing their game without ever having to leave home.

Challenges Met

This was a large project in every respect—from the sheer volume of the pool to the putting green to the size of the outdoor lounge area. Bringing our materials in presented a unique challenge. Although there was a 12-foot gate off to the side of the house, it sat on a septic system that was not well equipped to handle the weight of truck traffic. Our creative project managers tracked down the owners of a vacant lot next door and secured their permission to knock down a side panel, creating an ingress route for our materials. It was a fine example of California Pools & Landscape’s willingness to go to any lengths to get the job done for our clients!

This lakeside gem was a spectacular example of California Pools & Landscape’s seamless blending of a beautiful natural landscape with a modern backyard oasis. The stunning lake at our client’s doorstep was a central focal point of their view, so we worked to create a space that would accentuate the surrounding natural beauty while still reflecting our client’s strong style.

Our clients for this rewarding job were an artistic couple with high tastes, high standards and a fantastic vision for their space. We worked together to create a backyard that was reflective of their personalities and keen design sense. We found these clients particularly fun because they encouraged our design team to push the envelope with materials and approach – we used the opportunity to incorporate unique, cutting-edge materials throughout and enjoyed every minute of it!

This modern swimming pool meets the lake with a dramatic negative edge as the pool’s water drops off seamlessly into the vista. With no fencing obscuring views of the lake, this free-flowing, unobstructed layout brings a sense of continuity and spaciousness. This design approach also gives the yard an openness and unrestricted feeling – perfect for relaxing and taking in the view.

With the same sense of daring, we utilized this property’s unique topography to create a multi-tiered look to accentuate different gathering areas. From a chic swim-up bar, guests could step down a level to be at a modern, multi-level outdoor kitchen, complete with trash shoot, drawers and cocktail area! Continuing down another level brings guests to a covered fire pit, with an entertainment area, widescreen TV and glam overhead lighting. Stepping down a final layer brings people to the spacious lakefront. Multiple layers were creatively arrayed under cover of a tiled gazebo, matching the home’s roof.

The existing pavers were a dark, rustic color that we matched to keep the project on budget. Because our client wanted a fresh, modern feel, we used white travertine on the pool and a white Marbella stackstone that brought the clean look they were after, while effortlessly complimenting the existing pavers.

Our clients sought a Mediterranean feel for the landscape, so although the homeowners’ association required a certain amount of grass, we added vibrancy with bright desert wildflowers lining the path to the pool. Finishing touches included a cool, modern wall with a wide window to showcase potted succulents.

One of the challenges of this project was the property’s very strict homeowners’ association. We worked to meet their rigorous requirements while still satisfying our client’s vision – from rules pertaining to trees and grass species, to setback policies and other strict technical requirements, we lost none of the glamour of our design while meeting the association’s requirements.

We are delighted that this rewarding project created a perfect sanctuary for our clients to relax, entertain, and spend time with the family! California Pools & Landscape is here to make spaces for you to make memories for years to come!

At California Pools & Landscape, we realize that each client is unique and will approach their project in their own way. Our design team can accommodate any level of involvement a client has in mind. Our Desert Gem project is a modern beauty and perfect example of a wonderful collaboration with a very involved client. This client had a passion for design, and a very specific vision for their property. Our team worked tirelessly alongside them to make it happen seamlessly.

Our clients were a couple who had recently retired from a fast-paced California lifestyle to settle into a more tranquil life in Arizona. They had purchased a gorgeous property at the base of Camelback Mountain and wanted the mountain vista to serve as the central point of focus in their home. During the building process, they oriented all of the windows towards the mountains and the pool area in the back.

 

For the pool, they were seeking a modern, industrial look that would both match their home well and complement the surrounding natural areas. They wanted the pool itself to be fashioned out of a copper-colored metal to match the industrial look of the home itself. Obviously, constructing a pool out of metal presents functional problems, so we were tasked with the unique challenge of sourcing material with the right look and feel that would also not rust.

Our team went to work! We scoured the region to find the tile material that would suit the couple’s vision with both form and functionality. Once we found it, we miter-cut the tile, giving it almost imperceptible grout joints and the appearance of a single sheet of copper-toned metal. We elevated the pool slightly to make it a focal point, introducing some unique lines, and built the entire backyard around it.

 

With the rest of the outdoor area, we took a “destination” approach, creating several distinct areas for relaxing. As our clients liked to entertain, we made the spa fairly large and added an outdoor kitchen. We installed a striking fireplace behind the spa, creating another seating area with jaw-dropping mountain views. We continued the industrial theme with a sleek metal-roofed ramada – which in fact was one of our most bespoke ramada projects to date. We built the fireplace with matching tile from the pool area, tying together the look with cohesion. We continued the modern approach with metal planters for the landscaping.

Throughout this project, we sought to create a seamless transition from indoors to outdoors. As the home had floor-to-ceiling windows, we wanted to create a sense of uninterrupted flow as people moved from living room to backyard. We used 24 x 24 Travertine decking, creating grout joints that matched the home exactly. We used natural, organic materials that lent a softness that kept the modern look warm and inviting. We finished the project off with majestic Saguaros and lighting that complemented the natural desert landscape.

For the duration of this great project, we collaborated completely with the homeowners. At California Pools & Landscape, we encourage clients to get involved as much or as little as they care to. For this modern gem, we enjoyed interacting with homeowners with such great vision and passion!

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