To replicate the lines of the rectangular pool, we installed an ipe wood border along the edge of the pool and a raised deck on the Northern end of the pool. Ipe wood does not retain heat like some other wood, so the decking will never be too hot to walk on despite being in direct sunlight.
Ipe, often referred to as Brazilian walnut due to the fact that it hails from South America, is desirable because it is naturally resistant to rot, abrasion, weather, and insects. Ipe is extremely dense and hard and lasts up to 75 years due to the natural oils within the wood making it an ideal, albeit a luxury choice for outdoor use.
In contrast to the smooth wood, Landscape Assistance installed a lush, low maintenance, drought-resistant hybrid Bermuda lawn. Though lawns have become uncommon in Southern California some homeowners opt to have them installed and Landscape Assistance commonly recommends this variety and has it installed as sod. Sod installation is quick and provides instant results. Hybrid Bermuda sod, in particular, possesses a nice denseness, lush texture, grows and repairs itself quickly which makes it a great choice high traffic areas, athletic fields or parks.
The original La Jolla home came with a pool and the homeowner wanted to keep the pool but update the look without a full replacement. Swimming pool installation requires a separate contracting license, so Landscape Assistance works with many trusted local pool contractors and referred the homeowner to Berny’s Pool Service, a San Diego company that has specialized in existing pool redesign since 1982. The pool retained its original rectangular shape but received an updated pool pump, a new bottom and tiled backdrop with Berny’s expert craftsmanship.
Around the updated pool pump, Landscape Assistance built a structure out of ipe wood to disguising the equipment from the front and making it accessible via the back.
High quality beach pebble rock in the blue/dark blue variety was used throughout the landscape in addition to Phoenix Robellini palms, hibiscus, colorful anigozanthos and variegated dianella plants. The installed plant material was chosen for their tropical feel, colorful foliage, low maintenance reputation and drought tolerance.
Landscape Assistance built and installed two freestanding ipe wood structures to perfectly frame and accent the backdrop of the updated pool. By adding this design element, Landscape Assistance achieved a cohesive and contained look creating the lush, private and tropical paradise with a modern feel the homeowner desired.
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