Grand Lake O’ The Cherokees
Overlooking the Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees, Monkey Island is a water-side property situated in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. The prairie-style home was built several decades ago and its definitive style laid the groundwork for our pool and patio design. While the existing home had a rectangular standard waterline pool and built-in spa, our main objective became clear when we discovered that the home owner wanted to capitalize on the water views with a well-placed infinity edge pool. Instead of converting the current pool to their vision, we created a brand new design, incorporating the home’s pronounced geometry and a pool aligned with the water’s edge. The fire pit is a unique feature that intersects with two existing columns from the home roofline. The columns integrate into the pool deck in a way that creates an outdoor room and repeats the chevron angle evidenced in the roof canopy. We carried the home’s angles into the main pool deck and as the pool deck edges toward the water, both the shapes and material selections become increasingly organic. Angles transition into rounded curves and dimensional cut paving transitions into irregular slabs of sandstone flag. The second tier patio, adjacent to the infinity edge, is a perfect location for sunbathing. We placed the all-glass perimeter overflow spa on a separate promenade, with more great views over the lake. The spa comfortably seats 10 people and becomes a stand-out design element. In addition to the pool and spa, our design included a pool house, large pump room and bathroom. The pump room is hidden by landscaping over the top. A nearby platform supports the outdoor pergola that is softened with woven fabric on the ceiling. On the farthest peninsula of the project is a wood-burning fire pit.