This client made a request that many designers dread:
Accompany this Peruvian-ruin-inspired home, featuring a zigzagging
back facade, with a lap pool and racing lane.
“There’s nothing uglier than a big, 40-by-70-foot
lap pool in the middle of the desert,” Deborah Malone says.
“Here you’ve got a completely natural setting with all
this vegetation in the background. How do you make this
linear-shaped pool flow?”
She and Kevin decided to shape the pool in an “L,”
so it wraps around the back of the home. “From every room in
the house in that back section, you can see the pool,”
Then they dressed up both ends of the vessel with extra
features. One side has a sun shelf for children to play on. On the
other side, in full view of the master bedroom, sit a spillover
spa, waterfeature and fire feature. Besides beautifying the area,
it makes the spa more comfortable during cooler months by keeping
the area warm, Deborah says.
To lessen the impact of the racing lane line, the Malones laid
it out in a broken linear pattern and created it out of glass
This still left them with a hard, straight pool wall right next
to the zigzagging back of the house. To transition from one to the
other, they used tumbled concrete pavers to follow the contours of
the home for the first few courses before straightening out to
follow the pool’s line.
As Deborah points out, “This is one way that you can have
what your client wants” [traditional lap pool], “but
get what you want,” [to integrate it with the house]. The
texture of the material softened the deck and the deep tones of the
Vermont bluestone coping, which was used throughout the
An outdoor entertainment area, which includes a fireplace and
kitchen, serves as an ideal extension to the living room. The
Malones tucked the kitchen away from view, just around the corner
from the fireplace.
“There’s nothing beautiful about a barbecue,”