Clemens & Associates Inc.
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Moorish-Inspired Courtyard Pool

The foothills around the Santa Fe Opera are the backdrop for some of the most spectacular views of both the Jemez and Sangre de Cristo mountains. So, when Catherine of Clemens & Associates Inc. was chosen to redesign this residence’s exterior spaces (on the tail end of a major home renovation), she knew the end result must be equally awe-inspiring. Catherine created a design that distinctly blends an aura of antiquity with Moorish architectural elements, framed vistas, exquisite accents and lush plantings into a sublime mélange of comfort and signature style.
The centerpiece—and most challenging aspect—of Catherine’s vision was the existing pool courtyard. It originally featured a brick surround that was framed by a sunken area that abutted two portales on either side of the pool. Catherine recommended raising the pool area to create a seamless, leveled flow of tumbled bricks across the space. An adobe wall was added to the courtyard’s open end for the purpose of maintaining the view of the mountains, while blocking the road for enhanced privacy. A water feature consisting of an adobe wall accented with hand-painted tiles and a marble bowl hand-carved in Italy was also added for dramatic effect. As with the other exterior spaces, the pool is framed by many attractive containers featuring shrubs, perennials and annuals.
Adjacent to the pool area is cozy circular seating area built into the hillside and consisting of an alcohol-fueled fire pit, flagstone paving, ample seating (featuring custom cushions) and perennial beds. This rustic, yet well-appointed space is a perfect setting to enjoy the expansive New Mexican skies and starlit nights.
Project Year: 2015
Project Cost: $200,001 - $500,000
Country: United States
Zip Code: 87506
Moorish-Inspired Hacienda Courtyard
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Entrance to a Mediterranean style courtyard with Moorish influence. Rustic wood antique gates open into a lush, brick-paved courtyard with plush outdoor furnishing and a carved fountain with hand-painted tiles. Photo Credit: Kirk Gittings
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Hacienda-style front courtyard with a Mediterranean- stye carved stone fountain with blue tile and rustic-style wood outdoor seating with plush cushions. Photo Credit: Kirk Gittings
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A carved fountain with blue tiles provides central interest in a front hacienda-style courtyard of a historic Santa Fe property. Outdoor pillows accent a built-in seating banco with a custom cushion. Photo Credit: Kirk Gittings
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Outdoor furnishings in the front courtyard of a historic Santa Fe estate. Carved teak chairs accented with Elaine Smith Pillows are set around a custom upholstered ottoman. Photo Credit: Kirk Gittings
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Hacienda-style front courtyard with a fountain, lounge seating and small, tiled dining table. Metal Morrocan-style cutout lanterns hand from a mature Russian Olive tree over the seating area. a fountain provides a soothing sound and, along with richly planted ceramic pots, lends a feeling of lushness to the courtyard. Photo Credit: Kirk Gittings
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Southwest Stone Fire Pit Plaza
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A custom fire pit plaza built into the hill off the parking area of the residence provides an evening escape to admire the expansive New Mexican sky. A custom alcohol-fueled fire feature is built into a boulder. A semi-circular stonework bench with flagstone topper and custom cushions/ outdoor pillows (not shown) provide ample seating for residents and their guests. Photo Credi...More
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Southwest Stone Fire Pit Plaza
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A custom fire pit plaza built into the hill off the parking area of the residence provides an evening escape to admire the expansive New Mexican sky. A custom alcohol-fueled fire feature is built into a boulder. A semi-circular stonework bench with flagstone topper and custom cushions/ outdoor pillows (not shown) provide ample seating for residents and their guests. Down-lit la...More
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Moorish Courtyard Pool
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A rectangular leisure pools sits in the middle of a Mediterranean-style hacienda courtyard. The pool is paved in a deep teal-blue pool plaster and lined with custom hand-painted tiles, giving the look of an exotic oasis. Lushly planted blue-glazed ceramic pots flank the carved wood columns that support the Spanish tiled portal. Unique antique decorative pieces provide interest ...More
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A rectangular leisure pools sits in the middle of a Mediterranean-style hacienda courtyard. The pool is paved in a deep teal-blue pool plaster and lined with custom hand-painted tiles, giving the look of an exotic oasis. Hand-painted tiles surrounding a hand-carved Italian marble basin fountain at the head of pool provides a stunning focal point against the backdrop of the moun...More
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The portal of the inner hacienda-style pool courtyard provides a sheltered space to showcase the client's collection of unique antique pieces. Blue accents on the upholstery and in the ceramic pots echo the blue of the pool and create cohesion in the space. Deep lounge seating around the pool allows the clients to comfortable enjoy the space. Photo Credit: Kirk Gittings
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The portal of the inner hacienda-style pool courtyard provides a sheltered space to showcase the client's collection of unique antique pieces. Blue and white accents on the upholstery and the tiles around the steps into the house echo the blue of the pool and create cohesion in the space. Photo Credit: Kirk Gittings
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The portal of the inner hacienda-style pool courtyard provides a sheltered space to showcase the client's collection of unique antique pieces that mirror the tone of the interior decor, creating cohesion throughout the property. Morrocan style lanterns provide a soft ambiance to the space in the evenings and compliment the Moorish inspiration of the design. Photo Credit: Kirk ...More
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