The Mediterranean design style of the home and the personal preferences of the family were integrated within the 1.5-million-dollar project. The design provided ample space and bountiful experiences for family fun to a gathering of 500. Private relaxation was also addressed by incorporating a dedicated owner’s patio with lounge seating, spa and landscaped privacy.
“The homeowners envisioned an exciting and all-encompassing outdoor space much like what they had experienced during visits to a famed resort,” said Hughes. “They looked to our team to recreate this multi-faceted retreat in their own back yard allowing the relaxed atmosphere to welcome their guests and entertain their family.”
Critical Sight Lines
The plan began with establishing critical sight lines originating from within the opulent home and continuing to each defined area and major outdoor feature. Guests are able to capture the totality of this residential resort upon entering the home.
“As soon as guests enter the front door, they are able to look out the rear windows down the center line of the pool,” says Hughes. “This view also provides a forced perspective taking them through to the island spa, splash pad and grotto,”
Organized and Organic
The pool area and adjacent pairs of fire features were also the focal point for a sight line that commenced within the outdoor kitchen and dining area. The owner’s patio with a private spa, pergola and seating area was purposefully placed on a direct line from the curved terrace off the owner’s bedroom. This design style allowed Hughes to capitalize on the organized architecture of the home while adding an organic feel with the encircling river.
Anything but Lazy
The six-foot-wide river lined completely with pebble-finish glass tile and travertine edging was positioned to curve and wind around a sunken fire lounge, along open vistas and beside multiple lounging areas. A wooden walking bridge connects the game room portico to the island created by the river. Multiple access steps are positioned for descending into the running river.
Created by state-of-the-art Riverflow Current Systems’ mechanics, the inner workings of the lazy river are anything but lazy. Through the engineering expertise of the Hughes team, the waters are able to flow at a relaxing speed to accommodate any number of guests. Each element that is incorporated into the design also is factored into the flow planning and allows for an undisturbed ride from beginning to end.
The island created by the river is completed with a sunken circular fire pit and a custom-built grotto with spa. A circular splash pad adds entertainment while the entire space is natural appointed with tropical plantings.
The uniquely shaped swimming pool that abuts the river is another resort-like element. Like the lazy river, the pool is completely dressed in hand cut glass tile from Mexico including decorative in-pool detailing. The entire pool deck features Harmony Stone – Aspendos Travertine tile. Robust fire pots line the edges of the elegantly designed swimming pool.
Resort seating styles complete the vacation ambiance desired by the homeowners. Deep seating, and bar seating from Patio Renaissance’s Catalina collection were positioned within the property’s lounge and dining areas. Additional pieces from Source Outdoor, Lloyd Flanders and Skyline Design were incorporated within the outdoor living design. featuring glass tile hand cut in Mexico.
Warmth and Ambiance
Within the dining portico area, the outdoor kitchen features a Black Diamond grill by Fire Magic as the centerpiece. A television lounge for outdoor movies or sports is also conveniently placed near ample seating. After dark, entertainment and gathering are given an added glow thanks to pool and border lighting by Pal Lighting. The use of LED lighting creates a warmth and ambiance while tying the entire resort space together.
The ultimate flow of the resort styled lazy river allowed for a design connection between each area in the project. Just as with a string of pearls, each place along the way glistened with innovation and experiential style.
Project Name: Ballmont Lazy River
Location: Tampa, FL
Creative Director/Designer: Ryan Hughes
Landscape Architect: Jeff Zock, RLA
Photographer: Joe Traina Photography
Total Outdoor Living: 8,000 sq. ft.
Lazy river distance: Over 200 feet
Total Project Cost: $ 1,000,000 to $ 1,500,000
Rain Falls: Great American Waterfall Company
Fire/Water Bowls: Grand Effects
Scuppers: Great American Waterfall Company
LED Bubblers: Jandy
All Equipment: Jandy
River Pumps: Riverflow Current Systems
Main Drains: Color Match Products
Spa Jets: Waterway
Pool Lighting: Pal Lighting
Strip LED’s: Pal Lighting
Landscape Lights: F/X Lighting
Stone Veneer: MSI Stone – silver travertine
Pool Deck: Harmony Stone – Aspendos Travertine
Pool Tile and Mosaic: Mosaicist
Faux wood on grotto: Knotwood
Cast Stone: Elite Cast Stone
Flagstone Pavers: Belgard – Mega Arbel
Outdoor Kitchen Appliances: Fire Magic – Black Diamond
Outdoor Fireplace: Heat n Glo – Palazzo
Outdoor TV’s: Seura
Splash Pad: Life Floor
Drainage materials: NDS
Patio Renaissance Catalina couch w/ Palazzo fireplace installed under TV
Fire pit with custom cushions constructed of glass tiles designed & built by RHDB.
Firemagic Black Diamond appliances in outdoor kitchen area
Patio Renaissance Catalina bar chairs in kitchen area
Lloyd Flanders Catalina lounge chair w/ ottoman and teak side table
Skyline design heart dining chairs with custom table by Ryan Hughes Design
Custom built pergola structure by RHDB
Elaine Smith Pillows
Circa Sectional by Source Outdoor
Umbrella by Treasure Garden
Lounge Chairs – Skyline Design – Dynasty
Halo Day Bed by Skyline Design