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Luxury Pools Spring/Summer 2018

Luxury Pools is for affluent homeowners ready to build the outdoor space that is limitless only to their imagination. Custom pool construction and design, spa, swim spa, outdoor kitchens grills, landscape lighting, and luxury outdoor lifestyle.

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3 9 LUXURYPOOLS.COM S P R I N G / S U M M E R 2 0 1 8 Unique Landscapes and Custom Pools creates backyards that belie the dry desert landscape and make the surroundings feel lush. For clients wanting a traditional Southwest-style landscape, Griffin uses elements such as concrete pavers, flagstone, and plants like agaves, succulents, and saguaro cactus for a "blooming desert" look. In fact, he says a lot of Arizona neighborhoods require native-style landscaping in the front yard. But peek behind those traditional- looking homes and you'll often find backyards that belie the dry desert landscape, complete with pools, waterfalls, swim-up bars, and lazy rivers, not to mention green plants, lots of grass, hedges, and artificial turf that make the surroundings feel lush. Such projects often incorporate plants that aren't traditionally southwestern but are still conducive the climate, like boxwoods, crepe myrtle trees, ficus trees, queen palms, and medjool date palms, to name a few. "People want to feel like they're in a desert oasis," Griffin says. "That's what people want in their backyards here in Arizona." THE PLACE Coastal Massachusetts Gloucester, Massachusetts, with its dramatic granite cliffs plunging toward the ocean, is ruggedly beautiful. Emphasis on the word rugged. For landscape and hardscape designers, this equates to high salt winds, poor sandy or acidic soils, and sometimes multiple microclimates on the same property, plus sun, rain, snow, drought, and temperature extremes. "Environments like these really keep you on your toes. They can be both captivating and pretty hostile," says Greg Bilowz of Sterling, Massachusetts-based Bilowz Associates, Inc., who's worked on coastal properties for decades. That's why Bilowz loves using gran- ite hardscape elements. Many are local to coastal Massachusetts. They weather beautifully, reflect light in a lovely way, and have many different hues—plus they are softer on the feet and don't get as hot as something like bluestone. He is cur- rently working on a 14-person, ocean-side infinity-edge spa made of granite that has warm gray and buff pink tones with a soft-to-the-touch finish. "I like developing stone details that are very tactile," he says. "Almost like a beach pebble that's been softened by the water." When it comes to plant materials, Bilowz recommends native plants and other tough plant species that can withstand the elements, like mugo pine, Japanese black pines, lilacs, spirea, hydrangeas, and several rose varieties. He also likes using "windblown

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