Scott Cohen’s 2014 Seminars:

Atlantic City Pool and Spa Show, Jan. 2014

  • The Candid Contractor; Lessons Learned from Construction Defect Expert Witness Files of Scott Cohen
  • Outdoor Fireplaces and Fire Feature Design and Construction
  • The Outdoor Room Boom

Concrete Décor Show, Fort Worth, TX

  • Oct. 2, 2014 3:00: Ignite Your Sales with Fire Features
  • Oct. 3, 2014 8:00: Designer Secrets for Outdoor Room Design & Cast Concrete Barbecue Countertops

Landscape Expo - Long Beach, CA

  • Oct. 29, 2014 10:30: 12:00 High End Pool Design and Construction

Pool | Spa | Patio Expo, Orlando FL

  • Nov. 6, 2014 - 8:00: Ignite Your Sales with Fire Features
  • Nov. 6, 2014 - 9:45: Counter-intuitive! Design & Build your own cast concrete countertops


Our Elegant Water Park Backyard project was one of Zillow's "Top 6 Digs" for the week ending Dec. 5

This Los Angeles home was just built, with only a dirt yard in place when we first arrived. Now this family has it all: an L shaped award winning swimming pool with a spa, Baja shelf, deck jets, water features, and a huge water slide. Adjacent to the spa is a fire pit with built in seating. A concrete faux wood bridge crosses the slide and leads from the fire pit area to the top of the slide. Beautiful tile accents and lighting complete this amazing project.

Our Mediterranean Splash Cast Concrete Counter
won a Concrete Surfaces Concrete Polishing
Award from Hanley Wood

“This outdoor kitchen has a tiled backsplash and two cast-in-place concrete countertops designed for convenient cooking by Scott Cohen of Green Scene Landscaping & Pools—with food preparation and cooking on the grill side, and dual serving levels on the bar side. The counters were embedded with recycled glass chips and fiber optic lights and then polished with granite finishing tools. At night the soft glow is subtle and romantic. “

See the project profile here

Two of our projects were featured in an article in Pool and Spa News about creating pleasant surroundings for hot tubs. In the pictured projects, we built cast concrete counters around the spa to create a swim up bar, accessible by either side of the counter.



5 Green Scene projects were featured in an article in Concrete Décor titled “Hot Stuff: A Guide To Building Fire Features”, and Scott Cohen’s article “Important Safety Tips For Fire Pit Construction” (Clicking these links will download a PDF file; you must have Adobe Reader to view it.)


An Inside Look at Outdoor Rooms

Get it? Eric Herman’s clever title for his article on outdoor rooms appears in the new Aqua magazine, which includes a conversation with Scott Cohen about the latest trends and how he divides up outdoor spaces to best suit the needs of our clients. Photos of two of our most recent projects show efficient and appealing use of outdoor living space. The article starts on page 37 here: http://aquamagazine.com/digitalissue/0914/


May / June

June 2014

Our Multi-Tiered Stone and Tile Backyard Retreat is featured in Landscape Contractor’s

Tiers of Enjoyment
Scott Cohen is the author of nine books about landscaping; has been featured on many national television shows including “Cool Pools,” and “Get Out, Way Out!” on HGTV; does professional seminars, training sessions and speaking engagements; and as long time member of the Expert Witness and Industry Expert with the California Contractors State License Board, regularly serves as a mediator and testifies in cases of alleged outdoor construction defects; yet still finds time to be very hands-on with his landscape company’s projects.

Case in point is this backyard remodel in Tarzana, Calif. Over the course of six months plus, Cohen’s direct involvement in the design and build helped turn a lacking landscape into a rich backyard retreat with multiple tiers. Read More

May/June 2014

DIVE IN (excerpt)
By Stacey Enesey Klemenc

One of the big trends right now is converting to saltwater. Although it can be great for the body and save money (salt is less expensive than chlorine), Scott Cohen of Green Scene Landscaping and Pools says he generally prefers ozonator or traditional chlorine-dependent systems.

“I have come across many pools where the concrete, coping, stone and brick work have been severely damaged from continuous exposure to saltwater. In waterfalls, in areas where bathers enter and exit the pool regularly, or any portion of the hardscape that gets wet and then dry, the saltwater leaves behind minerals in the hardscape materials. Over time those minerals grow (remember Moon Rocks?) and can damage or prematurely dissolve the hardscape around a pool.” Read More


Concrete Décor published our Ultimate Backyard Hacienda Resort project with a very nice article by Stacey Enesey Klemenc in their April issue.

“Looking at it today, it’s hard to imagine the focal point of this family’s backyard used to be a $300 above-ground swimming pool from Walmart. Now, the award-winning residential resort is more in line with the likes of Neiman Marcus with its outdoor kitchen, waterslide, conversation area with fire pit, and a concrete swimming pool and spa with a Baja shelf, two in-pool tables and a shaded pavilion.

Designed and built by Scott Cohen, owner of Green Scene Landscaping and Swimming Pools in Chatsworth, Calif., the “staycation” resort only retained one element from the previous backyard expanse: a wooden pergola at the back of the property, something Cohen thought was too small for the massive makeover. Read More

The Spring issue of USA Today’s Home Magazine features a Green Scene project and helpful tips from Scott Cohen.

“The biggest trend in outdoor home improvement is breaking up backyards into outdoor rooms and creating different areas for entertaining,” says Scott Cohen, author of Scott Cohen’s Outdoor Kitchen Design Workbook and a frequent contributor to HGTV shows. “The star of that, the big focal point, always ends up being the outdoor kitchen. When you think about it, any time you entertain, you just can’t get people out of your indoor kitchen. You can put out appetizers, you can do snacks — people hang out around the food and the booze.”


Scott Cohen was interviewed for the March 2014 issue of Lawn and Landscape.

“Water adds another “sense” to the landscape, and the intimate outdoor spaces Scott Cohen designs for clients gain more texture, tranquility and recreational appeal when a pool is involved.

“It’s not just how pools look – but how they sound, and the environments we create by combining water with fire effects, with the reflection of trees and plantings and texture,” says Cohen, owner of The Green Scene in Chatsworth, Calif., and author of nine books, including PoolScapes and The Candid Contractor.”

Read the article here: http://www.lawnandlandscape.com/ll0314-successful-pool-projects.aspx


Green Scene Landscaping and Pools of Chatsworth Receives Best Of Houzz 2014 Award

Annual Survey and Analysis of 16 Million Monthly Users Reveals Top-Rated Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals

Chatsworth, CA, February 4, 2014 – Green Scene Landscaping and Pools of Chatsworth, CA has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The premier landscape design and construction firm was chosen by the more than 16 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2013. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 16 million monthly users on Houzz…”

We have won 3 Awards of Distinction from United Aqua Group at the 51st Annual United Aqua Group Conference in Phoenix, AZ.

Gold Award of Distinction for Multi-Tiered Stone and Tile Backyard Retreat in the Vanishing Edge category

Gold Award of Distinction for Mediterranean Family Playground in the Fun With Your Pool category

Silver Award of Distinction for Better Than Bacarra in the Geometric category


Our Backyard Golf and Swim Club project is featured in Lawn and Landscape’s Feb 2014 issue. The issue focuses on outdoor fireplaces and fire features. The article is titled Heat up Projects.


Scott Cohen is speaking at the Atlantic City Pool & Spa Show at the The Atlantic City Convention Center

  • Wed. Jan. 29, 2014 ~ 8:30 AM: The Candid Contractor; Lessons Learned from the Construction Defect Expert Witness Files of Scott Cohen
  • Wed. Jan. 29, 2014 ~ 10:15 AM: Outdoor Fireplace and Fire Feature Design Build
  • Thurs. Jan. 30, 2014 ~ 8:00 AM: The Outdoor Room Boom

The Edge Magazine, which is a quarterly publication of the Northeast Spa and Pool Association, published an article by Scott Cohen titled The Outdoor Room Boom in their 2014 First Quarter issue, which was distributed at the 2014 Atlantic City Pool and Spa Show where Scott Cohen presented three swimming pool and outdoor design and construction seminars.

The biggest trend in home improvement is the breaking up of backyard space into different outdoor rooms. I call it the "Outdoor Room Boom". It's not just about the pool and spa anymore, as home owners are asking their designers and contractors to help them divide the backyard into distinctly different outdoor spaces.” Read more…