If your yard backs up to a major street, you already know that privacy — not to mention noise — can be a problem; you might even think that precludes having a pool or other water feature and a useful outdoor living space. Well…think again! Caviness Landscape Design came into this homeowner’s situation, analyzed it, and found a solution — as the designer explains: “We implemented large specimen plant material and a water feature into the design to address the noise and privacy concerns, and gave him multiple entertainment areas despite the size of the yard.” One key here, indeed, is the greenery that surrounds the natural-boulder waterfall: mature trees, evergreens among them, provide a more than effective screen against traffic and/or visual intrusions; from this plan came not one, but two entertaining areas as well.
Directly outside the home’s back door, natural flagstone takes over for decking and walkways, leading right to a lovely circular spa with its own cascade that flows into the pool; even around the spa, note that young trees provide visual interest. Wend further around this compact space to the opposite end of the pool and you arrive at a cedar slat pergola, covering lounge chairs grouped around a blue-glass fire pit. Completing the package is a remote-control system with a handheld controller that makes it easy for the client to control all waterfall and pool functions with a couple of clicks — and the design also allows for the addition of an outdoor kitchen, which the client wants to do in the future. Not bad for a small space on a busy street!