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2012 - Summer Issue
Casas Bonitas
Outdoor Living
Article: Jessica Muncrief
Photos: Bill Faulkner
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"It's all about the view when we build a pool," says Joe Beechler or Paradise Pools, "And the project budget will determine how we dress up and orient the pool to take advantage of the view." Joe has been building pools for almost 30 years and he has some pretty impressive projects in his portfolio. Mark Nash of Nash Patio and Garden has also incorporated some fantastic pools into the homes he's worked on over the years. Whether a home is perched on a hilltop overlooking the city lights, nestled against the base of the scenic mountains or tucked into a manicured golf course, Joe and Mark know just how to take advantage of the prime eye candy. "The view is always pretty self-evident," Joe notes, "but then we have to take the whole picture into account. We look at the architecture of the house and take cues from the colors and textures of the home. Even roof style is taken into consideration. We want to create a total look that ties the view, the home and the pool and patio together." These two experts sat down with Ventanas and gave us a bit of insight into a few of their most memorable pool projects and the nuances that went into taking advantage of some spectacular views.

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1.) Paradise Pools

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3.) Paradise Pools

4.) Paradise Pools

5.) Nash Patio & Garden

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Paradise Pools
Joe Beechler

Nash Patio & Garden
Mark Nash
"I had for the pleasure of designing a pool for this family when the home was fairly new. It was a pretty standard and straightforward installation for its time, nothing spectacular. More than 20 years later, they asked me to build a new pool and this time it was all about aesthetics. The homeowners had some great ideas for the new backyard. We took full advantage of the awesome view with the vanishing edge. Fortunately, we were also able to add the stone wall with waterfalls without competing with the views. The primary focal points for any pool should always direct your eyes towards the view, but never distract from it." – Joe Beechler

"This home's orientation was perfect for either a vanishing edge or a grand waterfall feature. Though the waterfall was more expensive, it won out in the end. In order to do both, the waterfall would have to have been placed in such a way that it would have competed with the vanishing edge and become a distraction from the spectacular view. We also had to surround the pool with divorced-decking, an invention I created that allows us to use floating slabs of deck in sites that have expansive soil. Separating the slabs allows them to act independently instead of upon each other which results in cracks. The fact that it is beautiful is just a plus! " – Joe Beechler

"Here, the primary view is of the golf course. This pool has an infinity edge that vanishes into the golf course. Most vanishing edge pools have no usable perspective for the homeowner from the backside, so we don't have to dedicate a significant part of the project budget to creating an additional feature with the spillover water. This edge faces the golf course where a lot of people are going to see it, so we had to dress it up with the stone and a weeping water effect. It is simply stunning from any viewpoint." – Joe Beechler

"We naturally wanted to take full advantage of this home's amazing views and the owners also wanted to add more covered patio area. However, this yard has limited space, so in order to accomplish everything we wanted to, we had to invade the pool with the patio area—the patio actually continues right into the pool. On hilltop pools, we sometimes have to call in an engineer if we feel the soil is unstable or that we might need an additional support structure. In this case, the yard had an existing, unremarkable pool, so we opted to build a new Paradise Pool on top of a section of flooring from the old one because it saved money and provided extra stability." – Joe Beechler

"Our main concern building at the base of the hill was not to disrupt the natural drainage of the canyon in which the home is built. A neat effect however, is that it appears as if the water is coming straight off the mountain into the pool. In order to take advantage of the natural elements of the surrounding landscape, we didn't use any plaster in this pool; it is constructed entirely of moss rock flagstone." – Mark Nash

"This home site is blessed with panoramic views, so we really couldn't misplace the pool here. We definitely wanted the vanishing edge, but it would have been a huge project to build a basin all the way around a pool of this size. We decided instead to put the vanishing edge on a smaller wet patio area at a slightly raised elevation. Not only did it require a smaller basin, but the water that flows off the edge is returned to the larger swimming pool in the form of two really pretty waterfalls." – Joe Beechler ///
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