Big Picture: Spatial Awareness

February 26, 2016 -  By

LOCATION: Fairfield County, Conn.

COMPANY: The LaurelRock Co., Wilton, Conn.

THE DETAILS: The client, an interior designer, asked for a stem-to-stern redesign of her property. Her goals were to
create a modern sensibility with a sequence of garden spaces, and to resolve long-standing concerns like a lack of privacy, drainage/grading issues and a steep front walkway.

One point of interest is depicted here: the 8-ft.-long bluestone water feature, suspended over the far corner of the pool as equal parts waterfall, diving plinth and sculpture.

Construction of this piece was complex. With careful hand digging, the existing deep-end pool shell was exposed. A frost footing was poured and engaged with rebar to the shell. The bluestone slab is comprised of multiple 3-in.-thick bluestone pieces, held together with stainless steel pins around a reinforced concrete core that houses the waterfall components. The low stone walls supporting the slab echo the house foundation, marrying the house to the outdoors.

This project earned The LaurelRock Co. a 2015 Grand Award from the National Association of Landscape Professionals’ Awards of Excellence program.

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