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A Backyard Retreat

Written by Renee Dustman
Imagery by Sandra Kicman

Imagine going for a morning swim before the sun peeks over the horizon; dining poolside while watching a game on TV; dancing under the stars until the wee hours; and unwinding in a luxurious spa before turning in for a good night’s sleep.
    Some people call this a vacation. Others call it home. The owners of this newly landscaped backyard in Brighton, New York call it both.
    “Our goal was to make our home our vacation spot,” said the homeowner. Although the couple loves to travel, they wanted to extend the use of their homeand enjoy it as much as the resorts they visited.

Game On
Over the years, the couple had compiled an idea book of all the features they liked at various resorts. When they were ready to take the plunge and invest in their own home, they enlisted the services of Design Pool & Spa and Clover Lawn & Landscape to construct a sanctuary they could enjoy anytime – alone, or with family and friends.
    With the work now complete, the homeowners are making the most of their new space. “We’re home more; we use [the outdoor area] in the morning, at night, and on the weekends.”  Outdoor heaters allow the homeowners to enjoy their backyard retreat far beyond the summer months.

Poolside
The focal point is the in ground gunite pool by Design Pool & Spa. It measures 16 feet by 40 feet, and features 6-inch square, Himalaya waterline tile and a Black Velvet pebble interior finish. Four entry steps provide a gradual descent into the shallow end and the deep end offers built-in bench seating for those lazy summer days. The maximum depth of the pool is 6 feet.
    The kidney-shaped spa, which is more for the homeowners than their guests, is located off the master bedroom. This water feature is built up and clad with fieldstone to coordinate with the barrier wall around the backside of the pool.

On Deck
Clover Lawn & Landscape worked with Design Pool & Spa to accommodate the in ground pool. The one-sided barrier wall of fieldstone is a creative solution to the sloping backyard, and provides a natural transition to the garden and tree line.
    Variegated bluestone pavers designate the patio, and multiple seating arrangements allow for a variety of functions, from entertaining to sunbathing.

Groundwork
Mature trees along the perimeter of the backyard were already in place to offer shade and privacy in the summer. Clover helped the homeowners select a variety of flowering annuals for a consistent display of color throughout the growing season. Shrubbery and grasses were also used to soften the angular shapes of the transplanted, manmade structures, and provide a transition of color each season.
    “We wanted it to be a very natural environment,”  the homeowner said.  “Clover did a really nice job.”    

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