Judge Project: Q&A with Aimee
Let’s go behind the scenes of this gorgeous project, and find out how to take the client’s vision in their head to swimming in their own dream pool!
Q: The client mentioned they had a vision, but that it changed as you got into the project. What were the differences between their original idea and the final product?
A:The clients were really inspired by the gardens of Longue Vue for the look of their outdoor spaces. We just added to original idea, which was a lap pool with fountains.
After discussing how they’d like to use the area, we added a spa, geometric cutouts for steps, and decking at the ends; our goal is always to customize the client’s project, and of course we take the time to blend the client’s vision with the pool’s actual use.
Q: How long did this project take to complete?
A: This one took a little longer than usual because of record rainfall that year, so it was maybe 10 weeks. The clients were understanding of the weather delays, so that was very helpful.
Q: Any special requests?
A: The long rectangular shape, fountains and brick columns were the starting place of the design, of course, and the columns also nicely tied the area in with the house by including the same materials.
Q: What were the materials used?
A: The clients loved the overall feel but didn’t want to exactly replicate Longue Vue, so they chose blue flagstone to recall the materials that would have been used from around the time their home was originally built. It’s a popular choice, many New Orleans area clients opt for the classic look of the flagstone.
Q: Any challenges to the project?
A: It is very important to us that each of our clients’ projects be customized to their needs and desires, and in this case especially we wanted to keep the look of the pool as though it could have been original to the home. Some other questions we dealt with were how to add the steps, and where to put the spa feature, all while keeping true to the original design.
Another challenge was the location. North Mississippi is a bit further out than most of our projects, so keeping our hands-on approach just meant a bit more time and effort. I’m proud to say we were still able to use the same sub-contractors, so there was no loss of our standard of quality just because of the location.
Q: Any similarities/differences from projects done before?
A: This was a somewhat familiar, but fun project because the Judges are like many of our clients: looking for a pool designer that will take the time to understand their vision. I think it would be fair to say also that many of our clients want a showstopper in their backyard, and of course that’s the kind of fun designing challenge we really love to take on!
Q: Biggest challenge?
A: The distance; it just meant a little more effort to get to the jobsite, but it was very important to us to maintain the personal care and management we employ on all of our jobs.
Q: Favorite aspect?
A: I’m very proud of the cohesive look from pool to house, the view is really stunning from both the house and the pool. Like many of our clients, I think their favorite part is the spa! This was a great example of what we love to do: classic design with modern amenities.