Outdoor Living as an Art Form

As an outdoor architectural designer, I bring together three disciplines; landscape, swimming pool, and exterior architecture, to form one harmonious vision that will transform and liven your outdoor experience. Ordinary settings become extraordinary.

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Professional Pool and Landscape Designer vs. Swimming Pool Salesmen

A thoughtfully integrated pool can have a great impact on the resale value of a property, its aesthetic quality, and also the enjoyment of the homeowners. However, when a homeowner is ready to add a feature pool to their property, they frequently run into a danger zone without even realizing it.

Many people have the misconception that qualified designers are only needed for extremely high-priced projects. In reality, every project needs a good designer. A good design ensures that you end up with a tastefully completed project. It can also help you get more value for your construction dollars and swimming pool cost.

This geometrically distinct home was stuck with a boring, arbitrary kidney shaped pool, but by integrating a patio and landscape design that amplified and stitched the shapes together, the two were reconciled.

This geometrically distinct home was stuck with a boring, arbitrary kidney shaped pool, but by integrating a patio and landscape design that amplified and stitched the shapes together, the two were reconciled.

You don’t want to get stuck with a run of the mill design, or one that is in poor taste. Find yourself a professional designer and then a builder, not just a pool salesman or a well-intentioned contractor. Any Joe with a pencil and paper can draw a “design” with a pile of rock waterfall at one end. But more cunning, 3D software is now available so that even entry-level sales people / contractors can prepare “sophisticated” looking 3D renderings. However, it takes someone with actual architectural design and artistic education and innate skills, along with construction experience, to design and build you a pool and landscaping that is appropriate, in keeping with the architectural style of your home, and something truly unique to your backyard.
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How to Customize Your Outdoor Living Space with the Help of a Phoenix Landscape Pool Design Expert

Why do people get in a rut and end up settling for less? Sometimes it’s because we don’t realize what we are missing out on or are apprehensive about the supposed disruptions and effort it will take to make a change.

We might say, “I don’t know what I don’t know. I don’t know where to start, and I’m afraid to make a costly mistake.”

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Or, like the homeowner who recently demolished a dysfunctional and off-putting, non-inviting backyard and pool design and had it completely redone with the help of Phoenix landscape design and pool experts, we fear the embarrassment or financial regret that comes from having made the wrong or uninformed decision.
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Reasons to Hire a Small Custom Pool & Landscape Designer for Unique Design in Arizona Neighborhoods

When it comes to companies that create custom, beautiful pool designs and build them, bigger is not always better. Salespeople of large and small companies alike are not generally versed in architectural strategies and principles, so that a pool or landscape becomes one with the home. Even their “custom from scratch” solutions can be forced and disjointed, out of sync with the space if they aren’t sensitive to the subtleties needed to blend, transition, and integrate. The unenlightened proceed with the idea that a pool is an attachment to a space, and that more is better when it comes to “stuff.”

Achieving understated elegance and refinement requires editing, streamlining, and simplifying, in order to create art with stunning impact that all respond to at a visceral level. Doing so requires a thought process that is counterintuitive to the masses and the builders that supply them.

Achieving understated elegance and refinement requires editing, streamlining, and simplifying, in order to create art with stunning impact that all respond to at a visceral level. Doing so requires a thought process that is counterintuitive to the masses and the builders that supply them.

“Wait a second,” you say. “Aren’t those ‘production-oriented pool companies’ you’ve been talking about usually the best, like a well oiled machine? I mean, how else would they have gotten where they are?”
Bigger pool companies usually don’t get big the same way other companies do, that is by slowly building their business over time. Most high production pool companies are in bed with tract and semi-custom homebuilders, and they punch out scores of cookie cutter pools in an assembly-line style. In fact, at most companies (especially the bigger ones), supervision of projects by the salesperson/designer is referred to as “meddling,” because if they aren’t selling the next job, they are taking away from profits.
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3 Things to Look for to Get Expert Level Custom Swimming Pool & Landscape Design

You are probably about to make a significant expenditure in your outdoor living space. But whom should you call first to help? It depends whether you need a quick utilitarian fix to an urgent problem, or if you want a long-term solution offering the highest level of beauty, functionality, and maximum return on your investment.

How do you discern between who offers what? The key is in contrasting the strengths of a contracting company vs. a design company, and knowing which is right for you.

The pool as it was before had a striking geometry that matched the lines of the house, but was encumbered by contrived, artificial rock outcroppings.

The pool as it was before had a striking geometry that matched the lines of the house, but was encumbered by contrived, artificial rock outcroppings.

Here are 3 things that will help you get expert level custom pool design and custom landscape design.
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Transform Your Back Yard with Good Swimming Pool Design and Quality Landscaping Ideas

“My backyard is ugly and uninviting… not a place that I would welcome friends and family.” Does this sound familiar? Plenty of people buy their home based on how it looks from the curb or how the rooms are laid out with little regard to the outdoor living areas. In fact, very often the back yard is completely neglected. Eventually, the idea occurs to homeowners that they could maximize the beauty and enjoyment of their home by giving this area some attention, so they begin to field the options for pool and landscape design. And here’s where a lot of well-meaning people run into trouble.

BEFORE: This elliptical but generic pool with useless decking areas and no visual focal point for a backdrop left the homeowners very uninspired.

BEFORE: This elliptical but generic pool with useless decking areas and no visual focal point for a backdrop left the homeowners very uninspired.

That’s because they either try the DIY way hoping to achieve the “magazine cover” effect, or something close to it, or they end up placing their big project in the hands of contractors and salespeople who are neither architects nor designers.
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