This pool terrace in southern Vermont is nestled into a hillside below the main house with a breathtaking view of mountains receding into the distance. The terrace unites the pool, hot tub, pool house, outdoor kitchen and dining areas, firepit, and abundant planting beds. To complement the scale of the view and the house, all the design elements for the pool area are appropriately oversized.
The pool and its amenities occupy a flat terrace carved into a hillside, with a view of distant mountains as the primary focal point. Photo: Susan Teare
The flagstones for the pool deck are cut from local Chester Stone, a mica schist that lights up in the sun.
Paved tire tracks allow maintenance vehicles to access the pool area or a four-wheeler to bring guests to the hot tub in winter. Photo: Susan Teare
The shotcrete pool is finished with hand-troweled dark plaster to match the stone and reflect the sky. Photo: Susan Teare
Garden beds brimming with shrubs and native perennials provide a soft counterpoint to the stone. Photo: Susan Teare
Photo: Susan Teare
The poolhouse is constructed of riverstone and local white cedar with a standing-seam metal roof. Photo: Susan Teare
With outdoor kitchen and dining area, pool, hot tub, and lawn games all in close proximity, family members of all ages can enjoy the space together. Photo: Susan Teare
A giant slab of Sugarledge stone forms the dining area floor under the pergola. Photo: Susan Teare
The design for the outdoor shower, made of local riverstone, takes inspiration from the Nishat Bagh gardens in Kashmir. Photo: Susan Teare
A slab of Sugarledge stone abuts the massive firepit, edged with local granite. Photo: JMMDS