Moorpark Magnificence Design and Contracting by Green Scene Landscaping and Pools, Chatsworth, Calif.
Some 40 years ago, Scott Cohen started a lawn care business in Southern California. Today, he is the owner of Green Scene Landscaping and Pools in Chatsworth, Calif. Mr. Cohen is a licensed contractor in landscape, swimming pool and general construction. He is also the author of 10 design and construction books. Scott's role is as a supervising landscape and pool designer.
The other company principal, Dave Bender, is a landscape designer and licensed landscape contractor. Dave's role is landscapes and also pool designs. The duo coordinate every aspect of project work, including photographing and measuring a property, sketching perspective drawings, creating plans in AutoCAD, creating proposals and contracts, permitting, obtaining HOA approval and working with engineering firms (as necessary), and planning, coordinating and implementing all phases of demolition, construction and planting. Masonry and construction crews are under the direction of a
A three-time "Masters of Design Award" winner, Green Scene Landscaping and Pools has frequently been showcased on HGTV (e.g., "Cool Pools" and "Get Out, Way Out!") doing what the company does best--transforming backyards into engaging outdoor living environments.
A Tabula Rasa
Green Scene's residential client in this feature is a young couple with children who bought a new home in Moorpark. Moorpark (pop. 34,421) is a city in Ventura County in Southern California, about 48 miles northwest of Los Angeles. The "backyard" was just dirt, a tabula rasa, or what an artist might call an empty canvas.
The homeowners engaged Green Scene clean slate. Like any homeowners, they wanted a backyard that the entire family could enjoy, and a place to entertain friends.
The clients wanted a pool large enough to swim laps, but not so big that it would dominate the yard. To accommodate this desire, only a portion of the pool was extended for lap swimming, making the pool appropriately sized for the space.
The client also wanted a fireplace to anchor the outdoor living area. Given the space taken up by the pool, the logical place for a fireplace was the far corner of the yard. Easy access to that area was a problem, as the lap pool was in the way. The solution was a cast concrete bridge that spans across the lap pool portion and connects to an outdoor living room pavilion with custom ironwork and a fireplace. The overlook patio is stone texture stamped concrete with Tuscan cast concrete columns. The home is built on a "view lot" with elevation. The outdoor living room is perfectly situated to take advantage of the views.
A popular supplement to any pool is a spa. Green Scene designed an infinity spa that creates a wonderfully reflective surface. During the day the hills and sky are reflected in its waters; at night the dual fire bowls on either side of the spa mirror the flames.
An outdoor kitchen is the central hub of the new backyard designs. In addition to a 36-inch dual burner barbecue, counter and trash bin, the client wanted a customized wet bar. The designers created quite an unusual wet bar. The counter top is cast-in-place concrete hand "seeded" with melted wine and scotch bottles provided by the homeowners. Scott Cohen maintains a ceramic studio and melted the bottles in his kilns so they could be used as countertop "tiles." The facade of the wet bar is 300 empty wine bottles lit with fiber optic cables. There are two illuminators required to light this feature. Three hundred fiber cables power each illuminator. Dark bottles require 3 fiber optic cables; lighter colored bottles need one or two. The cables are held in place with corks and silicone. The countertop bottles and chunks of recycled glass are lit underneath with cables and then polished with granite finishing tools.
The Moorpark residential project was filmed by HGTV for a documentary on the latest trends in outdoor room design called "Property Buzz."