This project began with a need for privacy for the homeowners and turned into an award-winning full-on renovation.
By Debby Larsen | Photography by Colin Catron
Allen Denomy of Denomy Designs tackled multiple challenges for this landscape renovation at a foothills home. The complex project, which entailed the construction of several different new features, won an award from the Arizona Landscape Contractors’ Association in 2016.
First up in the project was solving a privacy problem with a nearby property. A rammed earth wall consisting of five, nine-foot walls, spaced one foot apart was built to create a visual screen. Not only was the wall functional, it added artistic interest to the new patio.
Each wall is two feet thick, constructed of a mix containing 90 percent native soil and 10 percent concrete. Integral color was added to the mixture in many shades, the wavy patterns mimicking a mountain silhouette. An LED strip for nighttime illumination was recessed inside an opening in the center wall.
The pool’s shape, interior finish and tile were not altered. However, the original coping and Kool Deck were replaced with concrete pavers that simulate natural flagstone.
The steps and the patio near the spa were expanded. A dramatic ground-level metal fire feature was added above the pool. Curved blue glass tiles were installed on the spa overflow section, resulting in a bright focal point. Three synthetic turf areas offer green relief from the flagstone patios and became play spaces for the dog.
The homeowners enjoy cooking outdoors, and a new kitchen — with granite countertops, a cantilevered bar area, and a built-in grill and smoker — was an important feature of the renovation.
Elsewhere in the re-do, custom designed metal trellises help to screen pool equipment, and a purple plant palette became a focal point. Lantana, Texas ranger, Texas mountain laurel and lilac vines added a touch of color to the landscape plan.
A cactus-inspired sculpture from Stone Cactus Water Features, from a local artist David Weinert, incorporates soothing sounds. Queen and ponytail palms gave the yard a touch of the tropics.
The homeowners have told Denomy, “Now we want to spend more time in our new, improved space!”
Allen Denomy, Denomy Designs, https://www.denomydesigns.com/
A rammed earth wall consisting of five, nine-foot walls, spaced one foot apart was built to create a visual screen.