The yard measured a snug 72- by 30 feet, but Bret Shallenberger and
homeowner Frank Wiedner made the most of it. “One goal was to
create a lot of gathering areas in a relatively small space without
having it feel crowded,” says Shallenberger, owner of San
Diego Fiberglass Pools in San Diego. This was accomplished with
optimal placing of the pool, a five-person spa and a fire pit that
provides seating on three sides.
There’s a unique geometry to the scene as well. “We
wanted to incorporate different elevations,” Wiedner
explains. “That’s a theme that fits into the
surrounding mountains. So it was a lot of straight lines, but there
are also soft edges to blend the environments
In order to establish harmony between the design and home,
Shallenberger mimicked the stucco exterior of the house with a wall
he constructed to encircle the back and side yard.