Imagine: You're hiking in the Southern California hills above Topanga Canyon. The weather is hot and dry. Suddenly you come upon a pond you want to swim in, with a spectacular view of distant valleys and mountains.
For Ralph and Deborah Weiss, this isn't a fantasy, but a scene from their backyard swimming pool, designed by Nick Williams. Keeping the surrounding landscape in mind, Williams created a "natural watering hole" edged with boulders, flagstone, and native plants; a sandy beach entry adds to the illusion.
On the canyon side of the pool, an infinity edge, or drop-off, offers bathers an unobstructed view. "The pool integrates perfectly into the landscape," observed a juror.
DESIGNER: Nick Williams, Nick Williams & Associates, Tarzana, CA (818/996-4010)