Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

JUN 2014

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30 LC DBM mantle and caps. The firebox was made from concrete and built to burn wood. The new cooking and serving counters have cast-in- place concrete countertops hand-seeded with glass chips. Fiber optic cables were fed through the bottom of the counters and attached to individual pieces of glass, which presents quite a sight at night. To finish off their distinctive look, the countertops were ground and polished resulting in a glass-smooth gloss. "These are the types of artistic touches that clients are looking for to make their yards differ- ent from everyone else's," Cohen says. For that reason, he doesn't like to install tile countertops anymore. And for another rea- son, delamination, granite countertops are not favored. This is further explored in "Outdoor Kitchen Design Wookbook," which is distributed through Amazon as are all his books. The appliances are from Viking. The custom backsplash is decorated with mosaic tile. On either side of the backsplash, the three to five person crew built a column from the same stone as the fireplace and topped it with a Lightcraft Lantern. On either side of the pool, they added a similar column topped with a fire feature, which was assembled from a precast concrete bowl, refractory fireclay, stainless steel gas rings from Hearth Products Controls, and lava rock. Elements In Sync This all brought about a multi-tiered stone and tile backyard retreat with upper seating and dining areas and spa, a center area with cooking facilities, fire features, vanishing edge pool and fountain, and a lower pool, which has porcelain Koi tiled to the bottom and raised concrete pads that allow the homeowners and guests to walk across water to a lounge area and enjoy the waterfall wall, including its soothing sound. "One thing we forget about with water features is how important sound is," reminds Cohen. "It plays a major role in how it's enjoyed in the yard." And as evidenced by the final sights and sounds of this project, a well-crafted landscape makes the entire yard enjoyable. DBM LC Top, Left: The new cooking area consists of a back counter for the appliances and a split-level serve counter with built-in umbrella stands. The counters are constructed of cinderblock with concrete footings. The cells of the blocks are grouted solid with steel and concrete. Both counters have a cast-in-place concrete top with embedded glass chips (inset). Top, Right: The outdoor kitchen has a tiled backsplash and stainless steel appliances from Viking that include a 48-inch grill, side burner, warming drawer, refrigerator and icemaker. To introduce stone that matches the pool and the fireplace, Cohen built two light columns with cast concrete caps. The lanterns are from Lightcraft. Left: The new raised spa spills into the pool. The crew tiled it with the same mosaic tile used throughout the project. Its built-in tiled cocktail table sits right at the waterline. Left: The upper and lower pools each have their own filter and circulation pump. Jandy by Zodiac was the choice for pool equipment, along with an Ozonator water purification system. The Koi are actually Hawaiian- crafted porcelain pieces that are tiled to the floor. 028-031.indd 30 5/23/14 11:15 AM

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