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Looking to the future to create a modern waterfront residence

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This oceanside project proved to be an extensive one, taking the Landscapes by Randy Lee team 24 months to complete the project, with 18 months of on-site time. (Photo: Landscapes by Randy Lee)
This oceanside project proved to be an extensive one, taking the Landscapes by Randy Lee team 24 months to complete the project, with 18 months of on-site time. (Photo: Landscapes by Randy Lee)

Location: St. Petersburg, Fla.

Company: Landscapes by Randy Lee

When Randy Lee, owner of Landscapes by Randy Lee, and his team of six subcontractors took over this waterfront property, the client had clear expectations — a modern waterfront residence with a contemporary landscape design.

“I had worked with this client for four other properties of theirs and it was a major remodel of one of their parents’ homes on the waterfront,” says Lee.

The location proved to be the biggest challenge the project presented, Lee says. Specifically, when it came to the pool installation.

“Because we were so close to the water, the pool had to be put on pilings, which is a feat in itself,” he says. “They couldn’t keep (the pool) dry because the property only sits about six to seven feet above the sea level. I think the shell of that pool used over a hundred yards of concrete.”

The pool required the use of commercial pumps to remove excess water that came from both the ocean and several storms during construction, Lee adds. Midway through the project, Lee’s team got more room to work with as the client purchased an adjacent property.

Additional installations included over 400 seasonal monochromatic flowers and 150 LED lights along the pots and planters.

Landscapes by Randy Lee won a gold award from the National Association of Landscape Professionals’ Awards of Excellence Program for this project.

(Photo: Landscapes by Randy Lee)
(Photo: Landscapes by Randy Lee)

The client had a clear vision, seeking to develop an area for future generations to enjoy.

(Photo: Landscapes by Randy Lee)
(Photo: Landscapes by Randy Lee)

Because of the project’s location, the pool sat just seven feet above the water meaning Lee’s team had to work with extra caution.

(Photo: Landscapes by Randy Lee)
(Photo: Landscapes by Randy Lee)

In addition to the pool installation, Lee’s team was responsible for the installation of a zoysiagrass lawn, flowers and LED lights.

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