M A STER DESIGN SOLU T IONS
from the Inside Out
How a well-designed pool can unify new spaces while functioning in several capacities from
the aesthetic to the recreational
By Pa t r i c k L . O ’ To o l e
FAST FACTS ABOUT home, its
THE COMPANY: gable in view
at right, is
■ Location: Fredricksberg, Texas
the core from
■ Type of project: Whole house remod- which the
el and addition entire indoor
■ Square footage before: program
Approximately 1,500 emanates.
■ Square footage after: Approximately
■ Architect: Jon Pankratz, AIA,
■ Builder/remodeler: Ricky Durst,
Durst Homes Inc.
■ Outdoor designer/builder: D-CRAIN
Design & Build, Austin, Texas. Team
led by Dylan Robertson and Heather
■ Tile consultant: Rahnee Gladwin, R.
Gladwin I. Design Inc., Kerrville, Texas.
22 May 2009 QR w w w. q u a l i f i e d r e m o d e l e r. c o m
hether you are standing in the mas- there is this progression of spaces out from the green hot tub is one area where Childs was
W ter suite, the screen porch or sitting
in the dining area of the home’s
house. And because it is long and narrow, it
draws your line of sight out from the house
able to accomplish this difficult task.
“He is very integral to making these
great room, in very short order your gaze will into the open space — the pastureland and projects come off the way they should,” says
be drawn to it: A long rectilinear pool extends the trees. It is an architectural outdoor area.” Pankratz.
outward from the protected cove of the newly Another set of important but unseen fac-
remodeled home seemingly to the horizon — Attending to the details tors into the success of the tile setting is the
quite a feat for a pool that is only 13 feet wide Designed and built by D-CRAIN (for- firmness of the substrate and the quality of
and 55 feet long. merly Big Red Sun), the pool also gained a the “thinset” that is used to affix the tiles to
In the courtyard, the pool is very shallow great deal of visual interest from the home’s the substrate. In this case the pool and deck
and is anchored by potted plants. The shal- owner Victoria Brown. A clothes designer, were made of concrete so the substrate was
lows can be crossed by traversing a series of she teamed up with Rahnee Gladwin, a tile suitably firm. With glass tiles a special thinset
square concrete lily pads. But a fe