When the owners of this Vancouver-area home were ready to start designing their new backyard, they had some unique challenges. They wanted to create an area for their children and grandchildren to play together. They also wanted to create a space for themselves to relax and lounge.
“What were the design challenges? There were lots,” explained designer and installer Tim Valerioti, owner of Hampton Pools & Landscape. “It’s a small back yard that is basically one solid rock, and there’s a sheer cliff at the end of property. The design needed to comply with subdivision guidelines and the neighbor view line right-of-ways. We also needed to take privacy and safety into consideration, plus the aesthetics… It was a challenge.”
As the owner of a pool and landscape design business, Valerioti is very familiar with the hardscape options on the market today. For this site, he recommended Rosetta as the best solution “to achieve the natural rock look they wanted but with the added engineering capabilities the stone provided,” Valerioti explained.
The project included several Rosetta products, including:
“For installation, the primary challenge was the very tight space we had to work with,” Valerioti explained. “Once the main pool was in and the Rosetta work began, we had very, very little space to work with machines. We actually had to drive the equipment under the house’s upper deck to get stone from one side of the property to the other. Then working around a very tall and long slide so close to a finished concrete pool and a cliff on the other side was a huge challenge.”
While Rosetta products are commonly used to build retaining walls, custom applications like this are a great example of the flexibility of the system. “The project outlines a creative, sculptural use for Belvedere and Outcropping. It demonstrates the creativity that can be achieved with the product apart from standard retaining wall applications. The contractor [Hampton Pools] is a visionary,” said Brian Nemez, Business Development Manager for the local Rosetta manufacturer, Barkman Concrete Products.
What do the owners think of the completed project? “They are very happy,” Valerioti said. “They enjoy it quite a bit during the summer. They were amazed with what was produced from my original design and how it all came together. They get lots of compliments from friends and the neighbors.”
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