In March of 2004 we decided to completely relandscape our backyard and have a custom pool and spa built. A dozen contractors and four plan proposals later, we chose to go with Garden View, a company in Sierra Madre that is well known for their spectacular pools, spas, and landscaping. The plan they submitted was beautiful, creative, and thorough. We signed a contract with them in June; they promised a start date no later than mid-September based on their current workload. This site was created as a weblog and photo journal of the project for friends and family to enjoy.
The first image shows the rendering I made after carefully measuring our backyard. I gave this to each prospective contractor as something to start from. They then submitted a pool design for our review. The second image is the actual plan submitted by Garden View (designer: Edward Anaya) that unanimously won our vote (and contract). A few details have changed (and will continue to change) as the project progresses. West is toward the top of the image. The spa will reside in the Northeast corner of our yard. The third image is the plan for the front yard that was submitted (and approved) in September; the fourth image is a composite that I made showing the whole property.
November 22-23: Startup, Planter, and Grass
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