Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

JUN 2014

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Getting the permits for all of this building presented a big chal- lenge. The house's original structural engineer was hired to engineer the deck extension but the process did not go as smoothly as Cohen expected, resulting in a two-month delay, so the workers started with the pool and other landscaping while waiting. The pool deck's design, including its four columns with attached custom-crafted metal panels and tied-back drapes, was another sur- prise for Cohen but he ended up loving it, as did the owners. "It created the feeling of having a stage," he says. "It really sets it off." The design of the metal panels was created by Scott. To comple- ment these panels, three solid copper panels were laser-cut with the same design and installed behind the spa. The middle panel was plumbed with a faucet whose water spills into a basin that then spills into the spa. To emphasize the pool and spa area even more, the lawn area was lowered two feet by the pool excavator. Other instances of rough ex- cavation were handled by the landscapers with their 843 Bobcat and a smaller Bobcat. The front of the house was another challenge. It is not parallel to the street so the front door is not readily discernable. To help rem- edy this, a circular patio with a fountain was designed and installed so that as you walk in from the street, you come to the patio and its roundabout character leads you to the front door – what Cohen de- scribes as "a masterful solution to a problem." During the nine-plus months of the build and installation, the Above: To take in the spectacular views of the ocean, a number of sitting areas were constructed including a deck next to the fire pit and a deck next to the pool. All of the pavers, steps, risers and coping throughout the project are from Arto, a local manufacturer. The fire pit was built from masonry block and veneered with precast cladding and caps. It has a Grand Effects ignitor, burner system and control system, and is filled with lava rock. The four columns on the pool deck feature metal panels in the same design as the copper panels behind the spa's fountain. The metal panels are backlit with LED's from Top Lighting, which provided all the landscape lighting for the project. The tied- back curtains and the furniture were acquired by Renee Meyer Interiors of Irvine, Calif. Left: The kitchen and bar are situated in the new area underneath the extended deck. Cohen's crew did all of the masonry concrete work. The countertops are custom-cut granite, which was given a leather finish. All of the appliances are from Lynx. The overhead fan and light is from Kichler. The custom-built cabinets have a mahogany finish and brass hardware. 38 LC DBM 036-039.indd 38 5/23/14 10:18 AM

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