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Making Hard Surfaces Work Pavers, Rocks, Trellises, and More

Hardscaping—the use in a landscape design of non-living elements such as pavers, rocks, and trellises—is a major aspect of the three-year clubhouse expansion and transformation completed in 2013 at Broken Sound Club in Boca Raton.

A private community with more than 1,600 residences nestled beside two golf courses in 27 separate villages, Broken Sound spent $26 million on the project.

That total includes $6 million for a two-acre resort-style poolscape with a sprawling 10,000-square-foot contemporary free-form pool and a lushly landscaped tropical-style grotto. People swimming through the grotto pass behind and under what looks like a natural waterfall.

Other aspects of the poolscape include a five-lane lap pool; a heated whirlpool; and a children’s pool with a jungle gym, water slide, and splash pad—an interactive feature with intermittent jets of water through which children run. Surrounding the pools are 254 Valencia-style chaise lounges.

The plastic fiber surface of the poolscape’s synthetic turf playground cushion young trips and falls. “You can hardly tell the difference between real and fake grass. It breaks up the monotony of large expanses of pavement, it’s maintenance-free, and it has a 10-year warranty,” says Bryan Donahue, director of the landscape architecture division at Land Design South in West Palm Beach, which created the poolscape.

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