and build pros worked together swimmingly well to redefine outdoor
residential life for a Mequon family.
The result is a
picturesque pool framed by a casual, gracious pavilion and accompanied
by carefully planned gardens and grounds perfect for a multitude of
activities. The project design and initial build was completed in 2013
and has been enhanced ever since.
David and Lori
Poull hired Deep River Partners of Milwaukee to design their dream. Lori
had wanted to add a pool since they built their 35,000-square-foot
contemporary colonial 20 years ago. David wanted a water feature that
could further attract a multitude of hummingbirds. They enjoy gardening
and landscaping and large family gatherings.
The Poulls are
unique clients, since they own Lange Brothers Woodwork in Milwaukee.
Their experience in the building trades led to the Deep River hire and
allowed them to take on the construction portion of the project.
was to design a rectangular pool with activity nodes all around
it," says Richard Sherer, president of Deep River who joined his
designer Nick Blavat on the project. Together, they tackled the
challenge of centering the main elements — the pavilion and pool —
at the back of the house over a natural swale. They raised the
structures and included drainage — enhancing pavers.
They also took
advantage of the varying topography, naturally dividing the land for
separate purposes. The plan included an 18-foot square pavilion with a
cathedral ceiling of tongue-and-groove mahogany and a frost-free slate
floor. The shaded respite had an uncovered extension in its adjoining
patio and grilling area. Both are accessible from the same level as the
home’s main kitchen on one side and a sunroom on the other.
One may step down
to the 18-foot-wide by 36-foot-long lap pool for a quick dip or sit in
adjoining deck areas and experience spraying water features for
sense-tingling sights and sounds.
fire pit and a growing number of gardens dot the landscape. It’s all
about an opportunity to enjoy a favorite spot or sample the entire
landscape. "The individual areas, the warmth of the material used
in the pavilion, and how the large yard was landscaped to divide various
areas was important to Lori and Dave," Blavat says. "That’s
not always easy in an outdoor space."
The designers and
the client/builders favor the pool and pavilion, though other aspects
also are special. "We are always improving the gardens," Lori
says. "I was surprised at how easy it has been to maintain the
pool. We have an automatic cover, which takes care of a lot of the
maintenance, and all I do once a week is add chlorine."
options and an improving economy have generated more residential
Sherer and Blavat
of Deep River Partners and James Drzewiecki of Ginkgo Leaf Studios in
Cedarburg say client tastes have evolved from the traditional rectangle
with a deep base and a diving board.
on the character of the owners and their setting," Sherer says,
adding that they can accomplish any type of water activity from diving,
swimming laps, integrating other sports and providing a desired décor
Blavat senses a
pool renaissance. "People are looking for multigenerational
flexibility so the whole family can enjoy it," he says.
the new millennium mind-set has stretched well beyond 20th century
rectangles and kidney shapes with a diving board. "Placement is
more important so that the pool works with the rest of the
backyard," he explains.
He noted other
popular options that have replaced diving boards, including nets for
volleyball, hoops for basketball and jets so that one can do laps in
place. Hot tubs, both next to and attached to the pools, also are
"There is a
lot of new technology that allows us to use different shapes and many
different types of materials," Drzewiecki says. "We also have
been able to redo pools and refresh their look and function. Pools are
as popular as they were in the ’70s. The difference today is clients
want them to look different and serve different needs."