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Woodland Escapes

April 28, 2011 Leave a comment

An elaborate, natural-looking pool is the main landscape feature of this wooded, nearly six-acre property in Chantilly, Virginia. Landscape architect Chad Talton of Surrounds Landscape Architecture + Construction, Inc., was tasked with providing a spacious entertaining area and a pool big enough to swim laps. The property was largely flat, but it contained a woodland area with rock outcroppings, which Talton used to sculpt the landscape into a multi-level outdoor living space. Boulders ranging from two to ten tons were craned into place, and a berm on one side of the pool creates a waterfall.
A sizeable terrace provides ample space for entertaining and connects to another terrace with a natural stone fireplace. There was not quite enough space for a standard-length lap pool (75 feet), so a swimming jet was installed on one side of the pool along with a spa area. The main challenge, says Talton, was to “keep it natural, to match the environment of a woodland, rural setting.”

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