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Case Study: New Holland, PA Landscaping Project with Patio, Pavilion, Outdoor Fireplace and More

Posted On: May 31,2018 By: Mary Dresser, RLA ALSA

New Holland, PA landscaping project pool, patio, pavilionWhen it comes to constructing a complete outdoor living space, it often happens that not everyone in the household agrees on exactly what they want. Of course, considering the fact that an outdoor living area is a big investment, it’s important to make everyone as happy as possible.

That was what happened with this New Holland, PA landscaping project. While one decision maker of the household loved straight lines, the other loved curvilinear designs. These two conflicting requests might have seemed impossible to accommodate but actually posed an excellent opportunity to create a truly unique pool design.

Overall, the main goal of this project was to design an outdoor living area that increased family time outdoors while the children were growing up. To start with, the family only had a small deck space and a playset the kids had outgrown. The new wish list included a pool as well as a pavilion with an outdoor fireplace and television for entertaining.


Custom Landscaping in New Holland, PA

Beyond the challenge to incorporate a pool with both lines and curves, which was achieved with a unique design, this family had another challenging request. They felt it was important that a parent was always in the pool with the kids, who were relatively young at the time of the project’s construction. But the dad also wanted to be able to enjoy his brand-new fireplace and outdoor television that would be located over in the pavilion. Finding a way that he could do both was key.Landscape pavilion in New Holland, PA with outdoor fireplace and television

The answer came down to the layout. In the design, the outdoor fireplace and television were positioned in a way that there was a straight shot view from a long bench within the pool. This meant the Dad was able to watch the game and enjoy the view of the fire while still being right there with his kids in the pool.Patio and pavilion in New Holland, PA with pool and fire bowls

These New Holland homeowners also had a lot of ideas in terms of material they wanted to be incorporated into the project. In fact, during one of the first design meetings, the family’s middle school daughter had been listening in on the conversation.

The very next day our designer received a complete Powerpoint presentation outlining some of the plant material she would like to see incorporated into the project and why it was meaningful to her. Tiger Lillies, for instance, reminded her of her grandmother’s house. A blueberry plant was important because she loved to eat blueberries. We were able to incorporate almost all of her plant choice requests and for those that we could not, were able to find a suitable replacement that still gave her the look she wanted.New Holland, PA pool patio with plants & trees

While the pool area used pavers in a light color which would be cool on bare feet around the pool, the coping was blue sapphire granite, which had a slight red hint to it in the sunlight. This helped the pool area to complement the rest of the home, which was brick.

In the pavilion, the fireplace was constructed of natural stone. It was important that the size of the fireplace was able to accommodate the size of the outdoor television the family desired. Since it was important that it could be easily seen from the pool, the television was relatively large.Natural stone outdoor fireplace with television in New Holland, PA

Another interesting detail added to the pool area was the use of fire bowls that incorporated a water feature. Water cascades out of the bowls in a sheer descent while gas allows the flame to come off and on easily. The finished look creates a beautiful aesthetic that makes the pool area enjoyable even without being inside of it.


From the Inside Out

In fact, the pool area is so enjoyable to look at, that the husband and wife made some changes to their master bedroom, which overlooked the pool. They decided to take out a window and turn it into a door with a little porch and a spiral staircase leading down the pool area. The new glass door also gave them an even greater view of the pool in the evening hours when they were in their bedroom.Back windows overlooking landscape with patio, pool, and pavilion

Views from inside the home are just as important as views from outside and should definitely be considered during the design phase. One thing that was very important to the mom of the family was that she be able to view the pool from the kitchen window.

The pavilion could have blocked this view had there not been a thoughtful approach taken to the design. The pavilion was turned on a 45-degree angle and created with a wide opening to its doorway. These factors helped prevent the obstruction of the view from the kitchen window. The design and construction were more challenging but the end result met the family’s needs.


Finding Expert Landscapers in New Holland, PA

landscape-design-softwareA lot of times homeowners assume they have to find a landscaper for their project who is located right in their small town. But looking 10-20 miles of your immediate area can open up the possibilities to include landscapers that might be a better fit. It may even be a good idea to expand your search even farther if you have a large project. Local doesn’t always equal expert.

It just so happened that this New Holland homeowner found the expertise they needed without searching too far.With an average landscaper, there are many details of this New Holland, PA landscaping project that could not have panned out the way the family truly desired. The family might have just been told there was no way to have both straight and curved lines in their pool design.

Earth-Turf-and-Wood-EquipmentOr the pavilion might have been built with no concern about obstructing the kitchen window. Even the request of the dad to be able to enjoy both the pool and the fireplace/television might not have been given the attention it deserved. But the end result would not have satisfied everyone to the very best of its abilities like this project did.

By choosing a company with a Registered Landscape Architect (RLA), you can be sure that every little detail of your project will be accounted for in the design and that the landscape crew who constructs it, will ensure everything is built right. In the end, this will make a huge difference in the finished product.

With no detail overlooked and an effort to fulfill challenging (and even conflicting) requests, your outdoor living space will be a place that everyone in the family can truly enjoy.

If you’d like to start a conversation about how we can bring your outdoor ideas to life at your New Holland, Reading, Lancaster, Lebanon, York, or Hershey, PA home, contact us for a free consultation or give us a call at (717) 276-9447.

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Mary Dresser, RLA ALSA

Written by Mary Dresser, RLA ALSA

Mary Hatch Dresser is a Registered Landscape Architect with a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia School of Environmental Design. Mary has designed landscapes for 32 years and joined ETW exclusively in 2009. Mary is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA); and also serves on the Shade Tree Committee in Strasburg Borough where she resides. Mary prides herself in carefully listening to her clients to professionally meld their ideas and personal criteria with sound, experienced design practice.

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