The client wanted a completely natural pool and garden environment which not only looked like but functioned as a mountain swimming hole. To achieve this, we chose all natural finish materials such as stone, boulders, and pebble plaster to use in and around the pool, spa and water feature, and avoided using the variety tile, coping and deck designs found in most pools. We excavated the pool in a constant depth of 10’ in place of the traditional shallow to deep contour. Large shelves and swim out areas were created within the pool, and jump off points were created in the water feature by using two boulders, each weighing five tons, perched above the pool.
The client envisioned a design that captured Early California with elements reminiscent of the gold mining era. The finished project includes: a “cowboy cabin” style pavilion with distressed beams and stone counters, a tube slide with dilapidated mine shaft entry into the pool, a mine shaft outdoor shower built into the backside of the water features, and underwater boulder formations. Multiple water features including a gold panning creek and treasures, such as arrow heads and gold coins and nuggets, affixed and hidden throughout the pool, complete the ultra rustic feel.
The project design features include a 65’ x 38’ main pool which spills over an infinity edge feature into a secondary wading pool. A large boulder water feature with multiple stream beds leading into the pool. Other features include 50 specimen live oak trees and a zero edge feature on the wading pool.