The clean classic lines of this pool blend seamlessly with the architecture and garden to create a cohesive landscape at this estate. The state of the art pool was given old world charm by adding whimsical fountains and stone details to keep in line with the tone of the residence.
As the heat of summer slowly gives way to cooler days, many are left yearning for the height of the season, when lazy days were spent lounging poolside. For those without pools, but in want of one for the following summer, or those who just want a pool refresh, fall is the perfect time to begin the planning process.
By planning that far ahead, homeowners are able to take advantage of the still-warm weather to survey their spaces, work with architects and designers on what they want from the space, and ultimately seek permitting that will allow a pool to be built in time for the first heat wave next year.
To make those dreams a reality, the experts at Chadds Ford-based Wallace Landscape Associates can help. With many years of experience producing award-winning work, they know how to transform a space and make dreams of a pool a reality.
For many Main Line homeowners, a pool is the perfect complement to their landscape. Rather than spending the entire summer at the shore, or eschewing time outdoors on weekdays because of the heat, homeowners can retreat to their own backyard oases to cool down and relax.
Since many estates in the region are historic or designed with historic elements in mind, a modern pool can feel jarring. Wallace knows how to maintain the charm and history of a property while incorporating a pool. “A lot of work we build is trying to tie into the historic East Coast landscapes and architecture,” says Richard Lyon, principal landscape architect at Wallace.
To do so, they use materials that closely match those incorporated elsewhere, like stone on a home’s façade or in the landscaping, ensuring the look is consistent and aesthetically pleasing.
This vanishing edge pool was nestled into the hillside and positioned to take advantage of the beautiful bucolic setting of the horse pasture. This luxurious pool was crafted from local materials and incorporates progressive details.
Pools were once used exclusively for swimming and lounging. Today, pools serve a much greater purpose. They’re often show-stopping centerpieces in the backyard and can have myriad elements to increase their soothing nature and aesthetics. To capitalize on their soothing qualities, many homeowners opt for water elements, which both look beautiful and offer a tranquil sound.
Among the options are waterfalls, water jets and even spas. Other commonly incorporated elements include sun shelves, which allow homeowners to lounge in the pool without actually being in the water. No matter what the element, it’s always beautiful and functional. “The backyard’s the sanctuary oasis. One of the key things behind that are the functional elements that make the sensory elements working,” says Lyon.
This pool was skillfully carved into the existing hillside to create a dramatic multi-level outdoor entertainment space. Accent lighting highlights the stonework and creates spectacular views to the pool throughout the seasons.
The stone fireplace and attached stone seating wall complement the geometric lines and bluestone paving of this Mediterranean style inspired pool. The pool season is extended with an outdoor fireplace and heated pool.
Choosing the Right Pool Shape
For those who want to exercise in their pools, the shape might be different than for those who imagine their pool being used more for entertaining. Pools come in a range of shapes and sizes and with the help of a professional, can easily encompass other outdoor living elements, like dining areas, kitchens, fireplaces or pits, and pool houses, ensuring connectedness. Infinity pools are becoming increasingly popular as well, for their modern, seamless looks.
Its location overlooking the Delaware Bay treats swimmers to a prime vantage point. Using travertine pavers comfortable seating areas flank the pool allowing visitors to enjoy the ocean views.
Embracing Tricky Properties
One of the best parts of living in the Brandywine Valley is its rolling green hills, many replete with horses and woods. While they are utterly bucolic, those hills can be tricky when it comes to building. Based in the heart of the Brandywine Valley, Wallace Landscape Associates can easily manage those trickier properties, working with homeowners to determine the best options for their space. That means taking into consideration the topography, the type of pool and elements an owner wants, and how they want it oriented in relation to the property and the sun.
Some prefer pools that bask in the glow of the sun all day long, while others like a bit more shade for their lounging areas, all factors Wallace takes into consideration when designing a pool, especially when there are hills involved. Another important factor is proximity to the home, especially for those who want year-round use out of their pool.
For those with shore or beach homes, Wallace can also tackle sandy properties, ensuring the flow is seamless. They can even add a beach entry, allowing for easy access from one oasis to the next.
Regardless of the property, nobody wants to obscure the beautiful views around the pool, whether that’s a sun-dappled wood where deer frolic, or open golden fields in the distance. By using a landscape architect, homeowners can ensure they’ll never sacrifice their views.
With any pool, safety is a key factor in the design, especially when homeowners have children or pets. Because of their expertise in landscaping, Wallace is able to incorporate fencing, pool covers and other safety features, without taking away from the aesthetics.
A charming Wayne home has the ideal outdoor space for entertaining friends. A custom-built pavilion with built-in BBQ, sink, refrigerator and a granite-topped bar and seating are the extras that turn the pool area into an oasis.
Even though summer has ended, it’s never too soon to start looking ahead to next season and the joy that can be had poolside. Take the stress out of designing a pool and leave the work to the experts. Wallace Landscape Associates ensures that everything is perfect, so that when the season rolls around, you can sit back, relax and soak up the sun.
4 Surprising Ways a Garden Can Actually Improve your Health!
For centuries people have taken pleasure in having a garden and being in nature. Gardens have the ability to inspire, heal, and connect us to nature. If designed correctly they can be magical and bring joy to the homeowner. Gardens can both be a retreat for personal reflection or a place to gather with family and friends. Beside beauty, being outdoors has proven health benefits. Studies show that simply looking at landscapes can improve mental health. Being outside in nature is great for physical health as well.
Spring is the perfect time to create a garden. The experts at the Chadds Ford-based Wallace Landscape Associates can turn your dream garden into a reality.
Practical Made Pretty
Gardens are meant to be an escape, but it’s hard to escape when you can’t enjoy your backyard because of common nuisances. Many homeowners don’t know where to begin when trying to create their dream backyard. The landscape architects at Wallace Landscape Associates can use their expertise and collaborate with clients to create a vision that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing.
“The backyard should be an oasis; a retreat from daily life. One of the key components behind creating a beautiful garden is understanding the technical aspects of the landscape,” explains Richard Lyon, a partner and principal landscape architect at Wallace Landscape Associates. Some aspects one may not consider are, drains and grates for storm water collection, hiding unsightly pool filters or fenced areas, and, perhaps most importantly, creating privacy from neighbors. An unsightly view to the neighbor’s property can be transformed to a focal point with a beautifully planted privacy screen.
Other elements to enhance your garden may include adding hardier plants, stone walls, hedging or other natural elements. The result is a beautiful, but functional space.
Wallace can also create outdoor living areas with kitchens or barbecues, and outdoor lighting; taking the best of the indoors outdoors.
Integrating Existing Aesthetics
Unless you’re building a home, an aesthetic likely already exists. In these cases, one of Wallace’s architects takes those factors into consideration to create a cohesive design. “We try to create authentic gardens, landscapes specific to every client and how they live in their house and on that piece of land, and that it reflects the greater culture of the society they live in,” says Lyon. That can mean everything from an ornate garden to a minimalist garden to everything in between.
Oftentimes, designing a garden means looking at the contextual landscape, taking into consideration the materials of a house, walls, fences and existing indigenous vegetation. Throughout the Main Line and Brandywine Valley, many houses are historic and built of stone. “We live in a region where everything is very traditional,” says Lyon. “A lot of work we build works to tie into the historic East Coast landscapes and architecture.”
To seamlessly integrate with an existing aesthetic, Wallace Landscape Associates implements similar materials so that gardens and landscaping are harmonious with the home.
Water is a popular addition to a garden or backyard. The sound of water is a soothing sensory element in any garden. This can come in many forms, from a small fountain in a city garden to a larger property with space for a swimming pool. “Not only can a swimming pool be a place to swim and play but it can be designed to be a focal point by adding fountains, walls and sculptural elements,” says Lyon.
Pools are a popular feature for their beauty and recreational use, explains Lyon, and they’re especially ideal for families. He also likes adding ponds with goldfish to bring in additional natural elements.
Keeping it Family-Friendly
For many, ensuring their garden is not only beautiful but safe for their children is a top priority. “Lawns cannot only be beautiful, but it’s a place to have ballgames, the Thanksgiving Day football game,” says Lyon. Many families also like to integrate play sets for younger children. When this is the case, they work with the client and the property to ensure it will grow with their family.
“Playgrounds can come and go because of the children aging,” he says. To ease the transition, he likes to add different elements, including mature trees, so that if and when the set is removed, the landscape isn’t barren and the children have a new place to explore. Adding wildlife-attracting plants, especially for butterflies and hummingbirds, are also popular for children.
Vegetable gardens are also a great way to entertain kids, grow food and encourage kids to be outdoors, he adds.
When choosing a landscape architect, it’s important to select somebody who will have your best interests in mind. With their many years of experience and award-winning work, Wallace Landscape Associates is that firm. They understand the many reasons people want to create gardens and work to make that a reality. Whether entertaining a crowd or looking for a quiet corner to escape to, Wallace can create your beautiful backyard oasis.