The back of this swimming pool including the raised jacuzzi spa was built close to the edge of the wetlands line. For those not familiar, land that is declared wetlands is protected by law and can not be disturbed.
The engineered height of the new pool was approximately 30″ above the wetlands ground level. And the jacuzzi spa was another 30″ above the pool height.
We had to construct boulder retainment off the back while not disturbing the wetlands area. The boulder retainment would give structural support to the pool and jacuzzi spa construction.
Also, we would need enough level space between the pool and boulders to fit pathways to the jacuzzi spa.
In the pictures above there is a secondary path to the jacuzzi from “dive rock” and deep end of the pool. This informal path is made of irregular flagstones set in a “casual” pattern. The steps to the jacuzzi on this side are limestone boulders – same as what the waterfall is made of.
These last 2 pictures show a view from the opposite and shallow end of the pool. There’s an expanded area of brick pavers for lounging.
To provide access to the jacuzzi from this area we had to bridge large flagstone from the pool’s coping over the retainment boulders. This walkway averages 4 feet wide.
We planted tall ornamental grasses at the base of the boulders to give height adjacent to the walkway. This helps guide people to stay on the path.
Notice the stone slab-steps leading up to the jacuzzi on this side. These steps make the approach “less rugged” than the more natural approach on the other side.
I would call this the primary path to the jacuzzi spa. It is the way most folks will get to the spa and it should be more “user friendly” than the secondary path.
This pool was already half completed when I was asked to get involved with the landscape. I right away began thinking of different ways this pool could have been designed to better handle the challenges of space and the wetlands area. This is just another example of how important early and comprehensive design is to the outcome.
Here’s the previous post for this project.