An overview of the landscape with bright flowers, oaks and a pool.
 
 

Close to the land

Our clients were our greatest inspiration for this gracious and comfortable landscape.

A young family with a love of the land wanted to turn a tumbledown, overgrown hillside into a contemporary agrarian setting for entertaining and recreation. Equally important was celebrating the site through preserving all native oak trees and accentuating the panoramic views.

We designed a series of contemporary terraces that respect the natural siting of the oak trees and create dramatic views. The infinity pool became the fulcrum for a series of vignettes for entertainment, relaxation and play. Paths meander through the garden to well-considered areas for recreation, such as the bocce ball court and the stables for the horses.

An indoor/outdoor fireplace is a focal point when evening falls and illuminated rows of trees lead the family back to the destination pool house. We worked to incorporate the rustic vernacular of the barn and the pool house with a beautiful, contemplative landscape.

Life here is easy.

Close to the Land

Our clients were our greatest inspiration for this gracious and comfortable landscape.

A young family with a love of the land wanted to turn a tumbledown, overgrown hillside into a contemporary agrarian setting for entertaining and recreation. Equally important was celebrating the site through preserving all native oak trees and accentuating the panoramic views.

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We designed a series of contemporary terraces that respect the natural siting of the oak trees and create dramatic views. The infinity pool became the fulcrum for a series of vignettes for entertainment, relaxation and play. Paths meander through the garden to well-considered areas for recreation, such as the bocce ball court and the stables for the horses.

An indoor/outdoor fireplace is a focal point when evening falls and illuminated rows of trees lead the family back to the destination pool house. We worked to incorporate the rustic vernacular of the barn and the pool house with a beautiful, contemplative landscape.

Life here is easy.

 
A fountain spills into the pool, creating a subtle and relaxing sound.
The pool has a vanishing edge along its long side, where the water falls over a stone surface like a fountain.
The pool house has a shaded porch and fireplace, providing a cool area during the day and warmth when it cools off at night.
The hand-colored master plan shows the pool, horse stable, barn and meadows.

PROJECT TEAM

Russ Dotter: Dotter & Solfjeld

ARCHITECT

Elements Landscape

LANDSCAPE CONTRACTOR

Michele Lee Willson

PHOTOGRAPHER

A firepit seating area is arranged under a sweeping oak tree, surrounded by soft, low-water colorful flowers and grasses.
A second fountain provides the soft sound of falling water near a gathering area.
The renovated barn is seen over the pool and native grass plantings.
On a lower terrace, there is a bocce court.
An upper terrace is grand enough for parties with hundreds of people.
The pool at night, with a spa centered along the left edge.