A liquid mirror

Norm Plate
The glassy water makes a striking transition from a stone-covered patio to the landscape beyond.
An Arizona swimming pool at one with the desert

The riverlike edge repeats in other features of the stone-covered patio. One end of the pool has an elevated, kidney-shaped spa; the other, an 80-foot-long, boulder-lined streambed with recirculating water that meanders down the sloping site.

Since the home sits at the edge of an open desert that's punctuated with stately saguaro cactus, the owners wanted to interject a sense of the area's wildlife. The patio features a family of sculpted iron javelinas that appear to be sipping from the water of this desert oasis.

DESIGN: Steven Rogers, Sonoran Desert Designs, Cave Creek, AZ (www.sonorandesertdesigns.com or 480/595-6400)

POOL CONSTRUCTION: Mike Ferraro, Phoenician Pool, Scottsdale, AZ (www.phoenicianpool.com or 602/996-6686)

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