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Deer Creek
Who needs a lap pool when there’s a deep, clear, inviting creek right outside the door? In this backyard, a small stream tumbles down the hillside into the refreshing pool below. Two deer look up to see who’s visiting their quiet home.

Lost In Paradise
Do you ever dream about being stranded on a beautiful deserted island? We made that dream come true for one young family with this playful backyard. Story has it they were all out boating one day when they ran aground on some rocks. Now they’re a family of castaways, having one adventure after another on this private island paradise.

Blue Lagoon
A misty Hawaiian waterfall and tranquil swimming lagoon provide the inspiration for this tropical getaway. Water cascades over the rocks into a deep grotto pool below. Behind the falls, a hidden slide plunges
through the spray into the cool water.

Relax and Rejuvenate
Water flows from a trio of fountains into a spacious area below

A Toast to the Vine
This spa pours forth a joyful, colorful, and whimsical celebration of all the gifts of the vine.

Old California Vista
This Spanish Mission style spa terrace offers an optimal spot for enjoying panormaic sky and valley views.

Water Features
This Spanish Mission style spa terrace offers an optimal spot for enjoying panoramic sky and valley views.

Top 10 Plants For Pools
Creating a beautiful garden oasis around a swimming pool has several interesting challenges. You want plantings to be colorful and lush, reflecting the ambience of the water they surround, but you don’t want litter to blow into the pool, causing frequent maintenance that requires a lot of hand skimming and filter cleaning. For these reasons, the designers at The Green Scene select varieties of plants that satisfy the need for cleanliness and are also luxuriant, colorful and look great around a swimming pool.

Pool Construction 101
Here's a brief overview of the steps involved in the typical swimming pool construction process. This section is intended to give homeowners an idea of what to expect at each of the main steps of building an in-ground concrete (gunite or shotcrete) swimming pool.

Glossary

Flipped Out
What happens when you take a vanishing edge pool and turn it around? You get a stunning, dive-in water feature that’s gorgeous no matter how you look at it.

Good Reflections
Searching for inner bliss? An Asian-inspired pool like this might help you find it.

French Country Quarry
This sunny hillside pool has the look and feel of a peaceful rock quarry somewhere in the south of France. But the quiet is frequently broken with laughter, as one child after another races down the giant slide and tumbles into the water.

Roman Pleasure Garden
This classically inspired landscape is all about style, opulence and old-world luxury. With Italianesque details and elegant water features, the yard is designed for long lazy afternoons and sophisticated evening entertainment.




Oasis with a Twist
“I’ll have a spa with a twist, please.” In this entertaining backyard, a martini-shaped spa spills into the pool and festive cocktail glasses dance above a row of colorful ceramic bottles.

Libation Sensations
Color and light. Water and flame. This yard, which offers plenty of amusement by day, turns on its real magic at night.

Over The Edge
Overlooking the hills of California’s San Fernando Valley, this striking poolscape seems to take swimmers to infinity…and beyond. It’s a great example of the illusion created when water seems to go just a bit too far.

Fire and Water
Like a modern temple honoring the primal forces of nature, this melding of fire and water speaks to the soul. Pure, clean, controlled lines contrast against the wild abandon of leaping flames

Five Star Fabulous
This sprawling poolscape blurs the line between indoors and out, creating a garden worthy of the courtyard in an old world Spanish palace.

Exotic Beauty
This sun-drenched landscape blends a bit of Moroccan spice with the poetic grace of a formal Middle Eastern garden.

Sensational Spas
Aaaah...There’s nothing like slipping into the warm soothing bubbles of a spa and feeling your tensions melt away.

Vanishing Edge Vista
You don’t need a full-size pool to add vanishing edge drama to your backyard.

A River Runs Through It
A small stream wanders through this yard ending in a rocky waterfall that spills into a generous custom-tile spa.


Sanctuary in the City
Where would you rather spend the day? In a hot residential backyard surrounded by neighbors or relaxing under the shade in a quiet Tuscan estate? In this project, sophisticated old-world styling transformed a typical urban backyard into an elegant escape in the Italian countryside.

Park Place
The view from the pool is perfect, and this coastal California backyard is all decked out for action. Guests are treated to expansive mountain vistas as they relax in the pool or sip cocktails by the fire. Sportier visitors can shoot hoops nearby.

Mediterranean Modern
Antiquity-inspired touches meet the pristine shapes of contemporary architecture in this elegant yard. The reflection of old-world columns against still glassy water makes an interesting contrast with the clean lines of the pool and spa. Throughout the yard, water pours forth its magic and fire emerges from generous troughs, like ancient offerings to the elements.

Contemporary Classic
This pool/spa makeover took a yard with a 70’s version of “modern” and transformed it into a contemporary composition for today. Now this geometric landscape sports all the right angles.

Geometry at Play
A pair of playful hippos cavorts on the lawn, throwing a humorous curve into the lines and angles of this geometric showplace. The hippos say it all: This yard was made to amuse.

Sanctuary in the City
Where would you rather spend the day? In a hot residential backyard surrounded by neighbors or relaxing under the shade in a quiet Tuscan estate? In this project, sophisticated old-world styling transformed a typical urban backyard into an elegant escape in the Italian countryside.

Park Place
The view from the pool is perfect, and this coastal California backyard is all decked out for action. Guests are treated to expansive mountain vistas as they relax in the pool or sip cocktails by the fire. Sportier visitors can shoot hoops nearby.

Mediterranean Modern
Antiquity-inspired touches meet the pristine shapes of contemporary architecture in this elegant yard. The reflection of old-world columns against still glassy water makes an interesting contrast with the clean lines of the pool and spa. Throughout the yard, water pours forth its magic and fire emerges from generous troughs, like ancient offerings to the elements.

Water Meets Sky
There’s no better way to enhance a magnificent view than with a vanishing edge pool. When that pool is perched high on the side of a mountain, the effect is almost surreal.

Romantic Hillside Jewel
Bling! The glistening surface of this sweeping, fan-shaped pool captures a pure reflection of the sky and surrounding landscape. With no visible edge on three sides, it perches on the hillside like a pristine sapphire lake.



Water Meets Sky
There’s no better way to enhance a magnificent view than with a vanishing edge pool. When that pool is perched high on the side of a mountain, the effect is almost surreal.

Romantic Hillside Jewel
Bling! The glistening surface of this sweeping, fan-shaped pool captures a pure reflection of the sky and surrounding landscape. With no visible edge on three sides, it perches on the hillside like a pristine sapphire lake.




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About Scott Cohen and The Green Scene

The Green Scene is a premier outdoor design and construction firm now in its fourth decade of operation in Southern California. The firm is led by Masters of Design Award winner Scott Cohen, whose work has been regularly featured on Home and Garden Television’s Cool Pools, Get Out, Way Out!, Sizzling Outdoor Kitchens, as well as other national media.

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