Ann Arbor Pool Design and Build
Once you’re fortunate enough to earn grandparent status, you’ve collected a great deal of wisdom. Lotus Gardenscapes recently completed a large project that’s a perfect example of this: make your home such a great place for your children, grandchildren (and their future children) to create happy memories that they won’t ever want to leave. And when they finally do, they will carry those memories with them forever!
“This was a large legacy home pool project for our clients’ new ‘forever home’ and a place for the generations to gather,” says Lotus Landscapes Owner Traven Pelletier.
With 30 grandkids, a grandmother who loves gardening, and a triathlete grandfather who loves swimming, there were quite a few important things on the “must-have” list for this project. Those on the shortlist included an indoor lap pool, multiple beds for transplanting beloved plantings from the previous home, and a variety of outdoor living spaces for everyone to enjoy.
All of this and more was being constructed on a beautiful site with significant river frontage and native plantings overlooking the Huron River. Though beautiful, the site was challenging from a design/build perspective, as it included a high-sloped hill and ravine.
“There are two pools, the indoor lap pool and an outdoor pool for fun, along with a hot tub,” says Pelletier. “Plus, this was a multi-level terraced project. So we had to work with the natural drainage concerns as well as being able to accommodate the logistics of these features being added to the landscape.”
A lot of this initial work had to be done immediately to accommodate what needed to be retained on the site and the proper drainage would happen. It was also a large project that included several large “outdoor enjoyment areas,” including about a 1,500-square foot natural bluestone patio with a firepit, an upper outdoor pool area, and stair access between the two terraces. The project also included a heated walkway to the hot tub. (Wow!)
The front of the home was not neglected either. Taking a comprehensive approach and incorporating all the client requests meant that when completed, the entire property was beautiful.
“Our client loves to garden, but she also has a long-time gardener that she works with,” he says. “Not only are the beds beautiful now, but they will continue to be for many, many seasons.”
The entire project took about a year and a half to complete and took a true team effort. Lotus joined the project while it was under construction, and the project really had the perfect team to make it a success. Other team members included High Format Montrose, Bluestone, Hobart Stone, and Beninati Pools.
“We had a lot of great families and collaborative team members on this project,” he says. “This was the last project for David Wall and Coppernail Building before he retired, and he did a great job. We presented him with a little retirement award from Lotus when he finished.”
Now that this project is complete, the extended family not only has a place to gather now but for the future. And just as importantly, it’s a space for the clients to enjoy on a daily basis when they are home.
“It’s such a beautiful project,” Pelletier says. “This is something that our clients, their children, and their grandchildren will enjoy for many years to come.”