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.
A setting this dramatic needs no extraneous adornment.
Paved tire tracks allow maintenance vehicles to access the pool area or a four-wheeler to bring guests to the hot tub in winter. Garden beds brimming with shrubs and native perennials provide a soft and colorful counterpoint to the stone.
The design for the outdoor shower, made of local riverstone, takes inspiration from the Nishat Bagh gardens in Kashmir.
The poolhouse is constructed of riverstone and local white cedar with a standing-seam metal roof. A giant slab of Sugarledge stone forms the dining area floor under the pergola.
The shotcrete pool is finished with hand-troweled dark plaster to match the stone and reflect the sky.
With outdoor dining, pool, hot tub, and lawn games all in close proximity, family members of all ages can enjoy the space together.
A slab of Sugarledge stone abuts the massive firepit, edged with local granite.