Rencently, Leech-Marosz was hired
by clients who had recently moved to San Diego from the East Coast.
Although the home had contemporary architectural elements, the homeowners
had traditional tastes in furnishings, and misses the seasonal changes
from back East. Leech-Marosz combined a contemporary-shaped pool
(including water features with vanishing edge) with plantings chosen
to add a traditional feeling to the yard.
"I was able to use a lot of deciduous
trees, so the yard will be very dynamic-different every season,"
she says. A Chinese flame tree and two golden rain trees provide
vibrant hues in winter; purple jacanranda blooms provide color in
summer, while evergreen pears sport white blossoms in spring. Azaleas,
camellias, and day lilies add a variety of color and texture.
The backyard environment also includes
areas for entertaining, including a step-down patio below an elevated
edge on the pool, a barbecue with side-burner and sink, and a flat-topped
gazebo. Quartzite steps, pavers and coping connect the areas visually,
integrating contemporary and traditional elements.
"We work with a lot of landscape
architects and landscape contractors, and we do a lot of design
work in our own office,"" says Rob Ault, President and
Owner of Pacific Sun Pools in San Diego. "One of the things
we do a lot of now is finding ways to accentuate water features
and come up with different styles, whether it's a staircase, cascading
waterfalls, meandering rock features, or vanishing-edge water features."
Melanie Jaurequi, owner of BioMirage
Landscape in La Mesa, believes in comprehensive design. "I've
gone through an evolution from believing that the pool is the main
focus to believe that no, the pool is really secondary," she
says. "It's a total environment. I like creating mystery and
drawing people into the landscape environment to explore."
Juarequi invites exploration by creating
small windows to views beyond, by utilizing refgelctive properties
of water, and by incorporating architectural features such as arbors,
among other methods.
"There are illusions you can
create with turf, making it appear longer, hidding it and drawing
it around a section to create an illusion of depth. Line design
and curves draw your eye." She adds mischievously, "Sometimes
I even hide the pool. You don't even know there's a pool in the
Recently, Juarequi designed a pool
to resemble a pond nestled discreetly into a backyard in Poway.
"It has a grass edge, with no coping along that section. That's
never been dont before, that I know of," she says. Paths Meander
abround the pond-like pool, wandering over a footbridge spanning
a stream. Water trickles down a stacked rocks into the stream lined
with lavender, ceanothus and lotus, ultimately spilling gently into
the pool. Viewed from rolling grass mounds in some sections of the
yard, the pool becomes nearly invisible. Mirror Images of trees
reflect in the glass-like surface. Flowering myoporum spills over
stacked rock surrounding an oval spa at the opposite end of the
yard completeling the total environment. "When there's no wind,
it's like a mirror," Juarequi says of the pond-like pool. "The
reflective quality of water is very important."
The homeowner, who enjoys swimming laps in the 40-foot-long pool,
agrees. "It's so peaceful when I sit out here and listen to
the water and the birds singing; it's like living in a park!"
Juarequi, a landscape designer and
artist related to Norman Rockwell, brings a unique perspective to
her work. "I want to draw people outside to reconnect with
nature and to find some peace and solace," she concludes. "I
put that love and passion into everything I create. This is about
art-and the feelings you get as you experience it"