The Gnome

at FRANKLIN LAKES

It can be difficult to figure out what to do with your back yard when there is not much room and tough town setbacks to adhere to. The owners of this Franklin Lakes property were having this issue and needed a little guidance as to what they should do, so they came to Visionscape Design.

FEATURES: GUNITE POOL & SPA, CAMBRIDGE 3-PIECE LEDGESTONE POOL PATIO

 

ADDITIONAL FEATURES: SPA SPILLOVER, SUNDECK

 

This backyard features a 17’ x 28’ gunite pool & 8’ x 8’ spa combination with a sundeck, perfectly centered on the French doors so even if these homeowners are inside, they can still enjoy their tranquil retreat. Just larger than a cocktail pool but smaller than the typical pool you may see, this elegant water feature is perfect for relaxing on a warm summer day. The addition of the sundeck allows the homeowner to enjoy the refreshing water while still being able to lounge in the sun without the fear of losing a beverage all because they fell off a floating raft. As for the spa, this recharging station allows the homeowner and their guests to comfortably enjoy the warm water on a chilly night during the early fall while the spillover offers them a peaceful soundtrack to let their minds fade away and enjoy their relaxation without the worry of being bothered by anything else. These features are highlighted by the use of bluestone coping which helps to bring a boundary to the calming water from the outside world.

 

Surrounding the pool and all of its features is a 887 SF Cambridge 3-Piece Ledgestone patio sized to perfection as to not overtake the main feature which it is enhancing. On three sides of the pool, the patio is 3’ wide, giving enough space to walk around it comfortably while also keeping some lawn area and leaving space for plantings to enhance the beauty of the pavers and the pool. The shallow end of the pool patio is wider at 12’ to allow for enough space to step off the stunning wet laid bluestone porch without fear of stepping into the pool. This patio is laid out wonderfully to connect multiple entrances and exits of the house for optimal homeowner and guest travel. Also attached is an area designated for a table and chairs to enjoy a meal outside on a summer evening. 

 

Across this property, the addition of plantings can be seen that help lift this space to another dimension. From the beds along the residence housing evergreen shrubs to the bed along the back of the property that gives privacy with the help of the green giant arborvitae, and everything in between. The addition of native plantings work together to bring this property to life!

 

KEY FEATURES IN THIS DESIGN:

  • 17’ X 28’ GUNITE COCKTAIL POOL
  • 8’ X 8’ SPILL OVER SPA
  • BLUESTONE COPING
  • 887 SF CAMBRIDGE 3-PIECE LEDGESTONE PATIO
  • GREEN GIANT ARBORVITAE
  • COLORADO BLUESPRUCE
  • CATMINT
  • JAPANESE BLOODGOOD MAPLE