A gathering place in Laurel
This resort-like backyard in Laurel was conceived with family and friends in mind. Chris Hall and Paul Guillo, of CP Complete in Calverton, focused the design on four criteria: a family friendly pool, a shaded area on the patio, a spacious spot for lounge chairs, and an open space for lawn and garden.
“Preserving open space for a lawn area, gardens and specimen trees was a major consideration,” Hall said. “The privet that surrounds the property acts as a perfect border and frames the symmetry and balance of the pool, pergola and patio.”
The pool was designed with stadium steps across the entire shallow end and bench seating in the deep end. The light gray color was chosen to blend into the landscape, as well as attract and retain heat to warm the pool water naturally.
The shaded patio area was achieved by installing a 20-by-12-foot pergola with a retractable canvas cover while the fire pit provides warmth and ambiance on a cool summer night.
The travertine stone patio bestows a welcoming rich color and remains cooler to the touch than other materials. As well as being attractive, it is a family friendly stone for small children as well as adults.
“It is an ideal place to soak up the sun or to enter the pool to cool off,” Hall said.