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Paradise Restored

The artful touch of Bianchi Design on this home unlocks the jewel hidden within.

A neglected ’60s ranch in Paradise Valley, Az, situated along the north face of Camelback Mountain was not only dated, it was never designed to take in the spectacular setting afforded by its prime location in the first place.

Recognizing the opportunity at hand, Bianchi was entrusted to craft and unveil a vision for this property that would completely transform it into the gem it longed to be.

Celebrate, share, and watch as the metamorphosis unfolds!

A Complete Metamorphosis

A complete metamorphosis was needed to bring out the buried treasure hidden beneath this yard, and a family of five rattlesnakes had to find a new home!

A glass tile vanishing edge spa becomes the foreground focal point.

Here’s the short list of the awkward elements that had to be remedied:

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View of neighbors living room and kitchen windows, and corner ramada from the no-room-to-stand patio.

First, the neighbors’ living room window peered perpetually (like, all the time) and directly into the yard with no privacy whatsoever. None.

Second, the vast deep end swallowed up the patio and provided no place for furniture, or walking. Only tripping and treading water was allowed.

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Closeup of lawn pit and the why-would-I-come-here ramada.

Third, the sunken lawn must have been an arena of some sort! Intentionally excavated from natural grade a full -42″ from the patio, for no good reason.

Fourth, the not-worth-a-visit ramada was the focal point for the entire yard. See it up close! It’s gone.

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A spa is way over there. Don’t step in the boulders. Don’t fall in the trough. Or the deep end.

Fifth, the spa was shoved against the farthest wall and provided no invitation. It was so bad, it never had a photo taken! See the statue peeing between the two short columns? It’s over there. Peeing in the corner as all little boys are want to do.

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How do I get over there, and, do I want to?

Sixth, the bbq and fire place were non-functional and equally uninviting, and here’s a better view of just how crowded the furniture is. Don’t fall in!

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View from the matador’s arena. What else could it have been for?

Last, we will not mention the boulder pile droppings distributed around the yard. Oops! Sorry.HoosePool5.29.14The first order of business was to spend several weeks tearing out everything but the pool shell. Then another few weeks were spent wheelbarrowing in a few hundred yards of top soil (there was no access) to fill the matador pit flush to a more relatable -18″. The large gaping trough was then discretely hidden with large removable stones, so it was out of sight but still serviceable.

Second, the neighbor was screened instantly with a row of mature Texas Ebony trees in a raised planter, that also housed a sculptural ironwood tree as the focal point of the property, soon to be reflected in the pool’s richer Midnight Blue pebble tec finish.

A hundred or so yards of shotcrete filled not only the reclaimed deep end, but also created a sun shelf and spa ledge, now the focal jewel in the foreground as a 360 overflow vanishing edge spa clad in Pewter glass tile from Oceanside Glass, and viewed from all the interior living spaces.

The BBQ was tucked around the corner out of sight but still easy access. The fireplace for two gave way to a large inviting built in banco, with a splashes of colorful fabrics to draw one out. The fire pit serves about 10 people easily, for hours at a time.

Last but not least, the foreground of the pool became a sweeping entry shelf extending the full length of the pool, bedecked with fiberoptic starlights and six glowing bubblers set low, to just barely break the surface of the water, giving a lovely and tranquil sound while sleeping away with all retractable doors wide open.

Simple. Serene. Self-evident.  That is the remedy.

If your project needs a similar touch, more or less, drop me a line and we’ll figure out a plan.

Enjoy the before and after pictures below!

Kirk Bianchi

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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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Top Custom Pool, Landscape Designer Gives Elite Designs to Everyday Homeowners in Phoenix

For most families, thoughtfully crafted outdoor amenities have the potential to be the key improvement that could define the soul of the home, creating memorable spaces that gather friends and family together. It’s wonderful to have a backyard that feels like a resort! Yet, when it comes time to implement, many homeowners, out of their realm of expertise, inadvertently fumble the opportunity and settle for far less than they could have achieved with proper guidance. Where do they go wrong? Chances are, it’s because rather than really look into their options, they simply fell for some of the common myths about pool and landscape architects and settled for the lure of “free designs” offered by construction companies, anxious for their contract.

Swimming pools and outdoor living areas are significant investments, and if implemented thoughtfully, can prove to be invaluable enhancements to a homes useable living space and value.

Swimming pools and outdoor living areas are significant investments, and if implemented thoughtfully, can prove to be invaluable enhancements to a homes useable living space and value.

The general public has several misconceptions about expert design professionals like architects, including the following:

  • They think that architects and designers are for the elite.
  • They imagine that they will be wasting money on an exorbitant fee that will take away from their limited funds for the install itself.
  • They will have to scrap the design in the end when it comes time to build, when the contractor finds flaws in the design that make it impractical for the real world.
  • They think hiring a pro is overkill, saying “How hard can it be anyway, it’s just a pool or its just a landscape, I don’t need anything complicated. Good enough is good enough, right?”
  • And last but not least, they fear “being sold” and going broke at the hands of a talented designer, thinking they will give in and overspend, being lead down the primrose path of tempting and beautiful things that can’t be resisted.

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Make the Most of Your Outdoor Living Spaces with the Right Swimming Pool Construction & Design Firm

Many homeowners want to invest in their home because they love it, not necessarily for resale concerns or market value. Their house is their hobby, the thing they most like to spend time on making more beautiful and distinctive; therefore, optimizing their outdoor living spaces is a top priority. They sometimes run into frustration, then, when they’re presented with generic options, unimaginative or unattractive designs for architecture, landscape features, and construction.

BEFORE PICTURE:

To avoid ordinary, sub-standard solutions like this photo exemplifies, you need master design/builders who understand your site, its challenges and your objectives, and who offer personalized custom design and attention to detail.

To avoid ordinary, sub-standard solutions like this photo exemplifies, you need master design/builders who understand your site, its challenges and your objectives, and who offer personalized custom design and attention to detail.

CONCEPT PICTURE:

This concept rendering shows the design to be implemented from the same vantage point as the photo above. Enhanced landscape terracing and copper panels will turn the ugly back wall into a beautiful backdrop connected to the vista beyond.

This concept rendering shows the design to be implemented from the same vantage point as the photo above. Enhanced landscape terracing and copper panels will turn the ugly back wall into a beautiful backdrop connected to the vista beyond.

Many people believe that a paid designer, whether it is an interior designer, an architect or a landscape architect, is only for an elite few who have money to spend on extravagant endeavors. This is an illustration of the old conflict where builders are seen as realists and pragmatists on the one hand, and “designers” are “dreamers, not grounded in reality,” on the other hand. Some of this perception is earned by architects and designers who possess little practical building experience. People in the industry expect salespeople from building companies to provide design services for which the majority has little to no formal education in art or design. The result is that the general public is stuck with mediocre design, and they are forced to live with the consequences. Also, people often underestimate the real cost of construction by at least 50% and have to either cut corners or scramble to find the funds at the last minute to get what they really want.
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Kirk Bianchi – Outdoor Living Space & Pool Design Expert in Phoenix, Arizona

Kirk Bianchi

When it comes to outdoor space and landscape design, being an informed customer can make a big difference. Establishing an open business relationship with your outdoor living space expert of choice can have major benefits for the success of the design project itself.

Here is an interview with Kirk Bianchi, master landscape designer and pool design expert based in Phoenix, Arizona, answering the questions of the educated, ideal customer.
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