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.
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.
The shotcrete pool is finished with hand-troweled dark plaster to match the stone and reflect the sky.
Garden beds brimming with shrubs and native perennials provide a soft counterpoint to the stone.
Locally quarried Sugarledge stone surrounds the swimming pool.
The poolhouse is constructed of riverstone and local white cedar with a standing-seam metal roof.
With outdoor kitchen, dining area, pool, hot tub, and lawn games all in close proximity, the whole family can enjoy the space together.
A giant slab of Sugarledge stone forms the dining area floor under the pergola.
The design for the outdoor shower, made of local riverstone, takes inspiration from the Nishat Bagh gardens in Kashmir.
A slab of Sugarledge stone abuts the massive firepit, edged with local granite.