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June 3, 2014

Cool water features make a big splash in landscapes across Utah.

By Brad Mee

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To enrich his Holladay home’s lush Japanese-style landscape, Tuck Landscape’s Rob Radcliffe created a series of ponds and waterfalls that spill into a main pool filled with colorful koi, lily pads and water hyacinths

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Falling from weirs integrated into a 3-foot-high masonry stone wall, water flows through grates into a nearby pool while also providing a safe and splashy play area for small children. Designed by Landform Design Group for a Springville residence, the feature wall is illuminated at night by flush, ground level lights.

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In Farmington, Landform Design Group created a lawn-covered bridge that spans 18 feet and links grass areas on opposite sides of the large property’s natural stream. 

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In St. George, water flows from a glass-tiled wall, over a series of steps into a sparkling reflecting pool below. Behind the wall, a hot tub enjoys privacy and desert views. Landscape designers Kent Bylund and Josh Hellewell teamed with McQuay Architects and Assoc., Sunset Pools and Split Rock Inc. to create the multi-level water feature.

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Topiary junipers surround a large sparkling pool surrounded by the tailored landscape of a 1938 Holladay estate

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Measuring only 12-feet by 22-feet, this “spool” or combined spa and pool overlooks the valley from an Avenues residence. The spool boasts a negative edge design, hydrotheraphy jets and color changing LED lights. Eschenfelder Landscaping teamed with Omega Pools to create the feature and framed it with coping made from honed Park City gold sandstone from Brown’s Canyon.

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Looking like a plane of water suspended over Ivan’s desert landscape, a three-sided infinity pool spills into a contemporary pond 12 feet below. The pool was designed slightly narrower at the end most distant from the main house to create the illusion that the pool is longer than it actually is. Landscape designer Kent Bylund worked with McQuay Architects and Assoc., Sunset Pools and Split Rock Inc. to create the spectacular water feature.

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For the outdoor living area of a historic Pioneer-style home in Riverton, Northland Design Group created a lighted splash pad that, when not operating, doubles as dining patio furnished with easy-to-move table and chairs. Exposed aggregate concrete provides a non-slip surface for the family-friendly feature.

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Purchased in France for an Orem home’s elegant landscape, this town square fountain is surrounded by French Limestone and features bronze spouts spilling water into a serene koi pond. Designer Don Brady and Aaron Inouye teamed to create this and other striking features integrated into the chateau’s property.

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To create the look a lush natural landscape in Holladay, Big Rock Premium Landscaping and Design created waterfalls spilling into a 14-foot deep trout pond that, in turn, flows into two bubbling streams. Weeping beech, Japanese maples, evergreens, scotch moss and other layered vegetation hugs the tranquil water feature and enormous slabs of imported Brown’s Canyon sandstone.

Ashley Miller
September 3, 2014

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