Romantic Hillside Jewel

Homeowner Testimonial


“Tuscan Opulence is what HGTV called this award winning project. The goal was to create the feeling of a romantic getaway in Tuscany. This couple is constantly holding hands and agreeable on nearly all subjects. Quite different than the “battle of the sexes” that I often find myself mediating. The project is broken down into different outdoor rooms and includes an outdoor kitchen, shaded dining patio, stone fireplace living room, side contemplation garden, view deck, sun-deck and fireplace plateau.”

“The all tile swimming pool fans out from the central focal point of the home. In addition to the vanishing edge, I chose to remove the coping from the landscaped side of the swimming pool and spill over both sides. The result is that this swimming pool and spa look like a natural lake. To create the effect, water is carried off via a “runnel” to catch basins inside the planters anchoring both sides of the swimming pool. This eliminated the “slurping” noise problem often associated with perimeter overflow swimming pools.”

“The outdoor kitchen counters are cast in place with recycled bottle glass and then polished with granite finishing tools. The pavilion adjacent to the Spa is constructed of all hand wrought iron scrolls and a custom Styrofoam™ mold of my design.”

“The contemplation garden is surrounded by fragrant flowering vines on custom iron arbors overhead.”

This family started from scratch with a newly-built home in a empty lot in The Oaks of Calabasas. We installed a top of the line cast concrete outdoor kitchen (which is better than granite) because they love to grill. An infinity pool and spa. The vanishing edge is showcased by the mosaic tile. We installed a peaceful Zen garden behind a large travertine paver patio, adjacent to a custom stone outdoor fireplace. An iron gazebo covers the outdoor living room next to a sunken fire pit. The front yard landscape features a travertine driveway and entrance patio with a custom gate.


Western Pool & Spa Show 30th Annual Design Award Contest: Bronze Award: Best Design Swimming Pool and Spa Combination

Winner of Pool and Spa News’ Masters of Design


Featured on the HGTV show Get Out, Way Out!, in Ponds USA and Water Gardens, Total Landscape Care, Aqua Magazine

Cover of Pool and Spa News‘ 2009 Industry Events Calendar

2010: Water Garden News

2012: Aqua Magazine

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