A natural stone pool oasis designed and under construction by Liquidscapes and several other professionals. We were retained to install the drainage, quartzite pool coping, pool and spa decks, veneer, and plantings.
Our client’s childhood memories of summer fun in her parents’ pool and family time on Long Beach Island, NJ is what she wanted to recreate for her own children in the comfort of their backyard. The client’s wish list included a pool that was versatile for all ages and activities. We teamed up with Liquidscapes to assist with the pool design process to ensure functionality and quality was achieved. The saltwater pool has a swim lane, sun-shelf, deck jets, built-in seating and a raised spa with an 8′ spillway!
The pool deck is built with limestone, which remains cool in the hot sun. A custom pavilion cantilevers the deep end of the pool serving as a shady poolside lounge. The wavy garden beds were designed to complement the freeform shape of the pool. The landscape consists of multi-layered magnolias, ilex, and cryptomeria to ensure privacy year round. Fagus, lagerstroemia, and cotinus add in-season privacy, color, and contrast. The large garden beds are filled with lush hydrangeas, perennials, perennial grasses, and ferns.
During our presentation for the front of the property, which is the final phase of this project, our client said to us: “Over the years we have dealt with many design and build companies and we’re very happy we finally found one that is a pleasure to work with and cares about delivering high quality results.”
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We offer a wide range of outdoor services and this portfolio showcases the following types of projects:
Master plans by our landscape architecture team
Historic stone & planting design
Natural stone terraces, walkways, and courtyards
Pergolas and Brazilian walnut steps (IPE)
Terrace plantings, front plantings, tree plantings, privacy plantings, perennial plantings, and driveway plantings
Natural fire pits
Ponds, waterfalls, and formal fountains
Our company has been caring for this property for over a decade! Our original client referred the new owner to us. The new owner wanted to renovate the terrace, pool, and create a backyard oasis. Drainage, stone selection, maintaining site lines, and concerns about bees were a few of the challenges and requests that we had to take into consideration while developing the design concept.
Due to the large footprint and elevation of the existing pool we had a significant amount of storm water to mitigate. To avoid using surface drains we designed island planting beds with sub surface NDS EZ-Flow drainage to absorb surface water and move it underground away from the home, pool, and landscape.
Our client considered nearly 20 different materials for his project before choosing one! It was a process. We visited and researched stone manufacturers, brick makers, and quarries in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Canada to find the perfect match.
The north side of the property looks onto a 5-acre meadow and the south side looks out over a farm field. We had to be conscious of plant and branch height to preserve the panoramic views.
One of our client’s dogs is allergic to bees and the property is adjacent to a honey farm. We used minimal flowering perennials for the project to reduce the risk of the dog being stung. Where we felt color was necessary, we strategically encapsulated the flowering species in the center of the planting beds away from walkways, pathways, and pool deck edges. We relied heavily on perennial grasses to add color, texture, and motion to the landscape.
The project included an outdoor kitchen and bar with a large granite countertop, walkways, plantings, Kichler landscape lighting, NDS EZ-Flow drainage system, a new spa, waterfall wall, poolside dining, poolside pavilion, and a sunken fire pit with built-in seating.
We asked our client what he enjoyed most about his new backyard oasis: “Roasting marshmallows around the fire with my family.”