29 July, 2009

Backyard Oasis...small or grand create your view

My Top 5 Garden Oasis'... nothing says it like an element of water in your garden design, & boy do these outdoor redefine the standard expectations. With the professional skills of a designer & a landscape architect an amazing vision can be realised.... Poolside Grove In this lush and relaxing setting, landscape architect Andrea Cochran placed the pool terrace between a charming olive grove and a lush, grassy Sonoma Valley meadow. Beautiful and serene, the raised lap pool reflects the white clouds of the sky.Photographer: Emily Rylander
Shimmering Stretch Set in idyllic and magnificent Marin County, California, this 75-foot-long lap pool, designed by landscape architect Bernard Trainor is stunning against the native grassland. A concrete and stone walkway leads down to the gleaming expanse, accented with coyote bush, needle grass, and rosemary, to enhance the land’s natural beauty. Photographer: Jason Liske
Bring on the Bubbly Landscape designer Anthony Exter designed this spectacular pool space in Pasadena, California, with a light installation and waterfall to mimic a bubbling bottle of champagne. That motif, plus the accompanying allee with enough space to seat 100 plus people, makes this contemporary backyard a posh party space. Photographer: Steve Gunther
Art Escape A cube-shaped grotto rises majestically out of a gleaming pool in Napa Valley. The ceiling of the grotto is equipped with programmable LED light strips to further the artlike effect. Designed by Tom Leader Studio, this pool features “wet edges,” making it look like a surreal, edgeless expanse. Photographer: Florian Holzherr
Bay Beauty Pristinely set up on a seven-acre site on Lynnhaven Bay, a part of a tributary to the Chesapeake Bay, this lovely landscape designed by Nelson Byrd Woltz appears as if the patio is a floating island. A fresh water pond surrounds the raised paths to the lap pool and adjacent family pool. The effect is that of a true getaway. Architect: William McDonough + Partners

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