Sunset, a natural stone that resembles slate, highlights the
pool deck, which is nestled into the landscape by the natural
topography of the property.
With a towering
woodland as his backdrop and environmental restrictions dictating the
footprint of the project, landscape designer Peter Kudlata created a
resort-worthy backyard for an Ozaukee County couple.
really anything there besides the house and some shrub beds," he
says of the five-acre parcel near Lake Michigan.
first wish was to put in a pool, but they expanded the project to
include a pool house and a substantially larger pool, Kudlata says.
||A dry river bed
the stone pool house, which includes a kitchen, dining and recreation
spaces and a bathroom. His Flagstone Landscape Design team constructed
the European-influenced structure — a first for the firm. Kudlata
worked with Sup Design on the cabinets and an interior designer with
fabric selections, but did all the rest of the design work. "Now
it’s a huge family hangout," he says. "The kids use it all
Peter Kudlata likes Karl Foerster feather reed grass (pictured
above) for its upright, wheat-like appearance in the summer and
white plumes in the winter. "Winter interest is the best
part of ornamental grasses," he notes.
The yard also
includes a large play space, grilling and eating areas, and the pool.
Using the natural topography of the property, Kudlata designed the
pool into the hill, with retaining walls surrounding it for extra
seating. The pool area includes a sun deck and hot tub with waterfall.
In order to
accommodate Department of Natural Resources restrictions, Kudlata
designed a dry river bed that facilitates drainage to Lake Michigan.
Bold, colorful plantings ring the entertainment areas, and include a
mixture of timed perennials and annuals.