Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

JUN 2014

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28 LC DBM Case in point is this backyard remodel in Tarzana, Calif. Over the course of six months plus, Cohen's direct involvement in the design and build helped turn a lacking landscape into a rich backyard retreat with multiple tiers. He and his crew from Green Scene Landscaping and Pools were greeted by the sight of concrete patios, a rectangular pool with no spa, an area of grass with a play set, and a run-of-the-mill bar and cooking counter with a small grill. The homeowner had been a fan of Cohen's work on HGTV for a decade and looked forward to the opportunity to work with his company. After designing the remodel and receiving the go-ahead, demolishing the old kicked off the build. A Fortuitous Find A little research revealed that the wrought iron fence at the rear of the property was shy of the property line, and with the HOA's per- mission, the fence was moved downslope another 16 feet. "It opened up the views completely and gave us the opportunity to convert their old rectangular pool into a vanishing edge pool," states Cohen. To do so, Green Scene worked closely with structural engineer Todd Lacher from Pool Engineering Inc. The team was able to keep part of the pool shell while adding the support structure for the new elements, which besides the spillway, included a lower pool with ad- jacent seating area in the middle of it, a Baja shelf with integrated Above: The swimming pool at this residence in Tarzana, Calif., was remodeled by Green Scene Landscaping and Pools, which added a vanishing edge spillway and a tiled spa at one end. To build the fire bowls flanking the pool, the contractors started with precast concrete bowls that were then lined with refractory fireclay. Stainless steel gas rings from Hearth Products Controls Co. and lava rock complete their construction. Their columns are built of block, veneered with honey ledge stone and capped with cast-in-place concrete. The same stone was used on the front of the 30-inch-high spillway. Mosaic tiles were installed on its top and bottom edges. The flooring throughout the project is a mixture of Sweetwater flagstone and stamped, textured and colored concrete. Raised concrete pads across the shallow pool adjacent to the spillway lead to the lower seating area. Enjoyment Tiers of By Mike Dahl Photography by GreenSceneLandscape.com c o t t C o h e n i s t h e a u t h o r o f n i n e b o o k s a b o u t l a n d s c a p i n g ; h a s b e e n f e a t u r e d o n m a n y n a t i o n a l t e l e v i s i o n s h o w s i n c l u d i n g " C o o l P o o l s , " a n d " G e t O u t , W a y O u t ! " o n H G T V ; d o e s p r o f e s s i o n a l s e m i n a r s , t r a i n i n g s e s s i o n s a n d s p e a k i n g e n g a g e m e n t s ; a n d a s a c e r t i f i e d E x p e r t W i t n e s s a n d I n d u s t r y E x p e r t w i t h t h e C a l i f o r n i a C o n t r a c t o r s S t a t e L i c e n s e B o a r d , r e g u l a r l y s e r v e s a s a m e d i a t o r a n d t e s t i f i e s i n c a s e s o f a l l e g e d o u t d o o r c o n s t r u c t i o n d e f e c t s ; y e t s t i l l f i n d s t i m e t o b e v e r y h a n d s - o n w i t h h i s l a n d s c a p e c o m p a n y ' s p r o j e c t s . 028-031.indd 28 5/23/14 11:15 AM

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