We’ve been daydreaming about the swimming pool ever since our recent visit to SF-based landscape architect Scott Lewis’s award-winning project, A Napa Valley Garden That Belongs to the Land. Today we dive in for a closer look:
Photography by Matthew Millman courtesy of Scott Lewis.
Above: Lewis won an American Society of Landscape Architects Honor Award for the transformation of a one-acre Napa Valley property. “There are vineyards you can see on four sides of the house,” he said. “Part of what we did was clear the clutter away to take advantage of those views.”
In the process, an existing swimming pool got a facelift: it was re-plastered (with plaster that has a gray tint to make the color of the water more reflective) and the coping is limestone.
Above: The size and site of the pool remained the same. Turf grass A large pool deck was replaced with the slimmer profile of the limestone coping, surrounded by turf grass.
Above: A spa area is adjacent to the master bedroom and bath. The spa tile is a custom blend of 2-by-4-inch “Aegean Blue” and “Azure” from McIntyre Tile Company in Healdsburg.
Above: At one end of the pool, limestone pavers lead to a widened ipe deck covered by a painted steel arbor.
Above: An arbor shades the deck and dining area without blocking the view.
Above: Four olive trees are a focal point and have been underplanted with lavender. Uplighting in the olive trees and other outdoor lighting is by Anna Kondolf Lighting Design.
Finally, get more ideas on how to integrate a swimming pool into your landscape or exterior home project with our Hardscaping 101: Swimming Pools guide.