Outdoor Oasis: Moroccan-Inspired Swimming Pool

Moroccan style flows throughout this backyard retreat, from the star-shaped water fountain to the swimming pool's tiled walls. A plant-covered pergola offers welcome shade while providing cover to an outdoor dining area and kitchen.

Photo By: John Ellis Photography

Photo By: John Ellis Photography

Photo By: John Ellis Photography

Photo By: John Ellis Photography

Photo By: John Ellis Photography

Photo By: John Ellis Photography

Photo By: John Ellis Photography

Photo By: John Ellis Photography

Photo By: John Ellis Photography

Spanish Bungalow in Los Angeles

A low garden wall separates this Spanish bungalow from the street, making the home feel secluded, even in Los Angeles. Poured-in-place concrete steps and a custom laser-cut metal gate mark the entrance to the courtyard. Credits: Architecture: Koffka/Phakos Design; Landscape Contractor: New View Landscape; Pool/spa and Masonry: Darin Marten Construction; Metal Work: Salvador Delgado

View of Fountain from the Street

Layers of silver and rich dark greens frame the courtyard's fountain. Four low-branched olive trees define the space, while the water feature adds some soothing ambient sound. Credits: Architecture: Koffka/Phakos Design; Landscape Contractor: New View Landscape; Pool/spa and Masonry: Darin Marten Construction; Metal Work: Salvador Delgado

Moroccan-Inspired Water Fountain

A custom Moroccan-inspired fountain not only serves as a focal point for the courtyard, but also invites guests to stop and really take in their surroundings. Credits: Architecture: Koffka/Phakos Design; Landscape Contractor: New View Landscape; Pool/spa and Masonry: Darin Marten Construction; Metal Work: Salvador Delgado

Beautiful Bluestone-Paved Courtyard

After passing through the gate, guests will enter the courtyard, which has been paved with full-color Pennsylvania Bluestone. Salvaged steel wash basins flank the front door, with Kalanchoe beharensis and Sedum morganianum plants adding a splash of color. Credits: Architecture: Koffka/Phakos Design; Landscape Contractor: New View Landscape; Pool/spa and Masonry: Darin Marten Construction; Metal Work: Salvador Delgado

Backyard Becomes Escape From City

That gorgeous bluestone continues into the backyard, where an intimate dining area and swimming pool give the owners room to unwind. With lush greenery all around, this outdoor space is easily a sweet escape from the city. Credits: Architecture: Koffka/Phakos Design; Landscape Contractor: New View Landscape; Pool/spa and Masonry: Darin Marten Construction; Metal Work: Salvador Delgado

Swimming Pool and Lounge Area

After soaking up some sun on the deck, the owners and their kids can cool off in the pool. A blue tiled accent wall with three water fountains makes the space feel even more refreshing. Credits: Architecture: Koffka/Phakos Design; Landscape Contractor: New View Landscape; Pool/spa and Masonry: Darin Marten Construction; Metal Work: Salvador Delgado

Moroccan-Inspired Design Ties Home Together

The Moroccan-inspired motif of the entry fountain is repeated in the pool tile, making the two spaces feel connected. The deep greens, rich browns and cool blues of the tile echo the colors of the landscape and tie the front garden and rear garden together as well. Credits: Architecture: Koffka/Phakos Design; Landscape Contractor: New View Landscape; Pool/spa and Masonry: Darin Marten Construction; Metal Work: Salvador Delgado

Pool, Tiled Accent Wall Framed by Pergola

Retractable fabric adds another level of shade to the dining space. Because it sits just across from the pool, this refreshing area also comes with views of the water fountain and tiled accent wall. Credits: Architecture: Koffka/Phakos Design; Landscape Contractor: New View Landscape; Pool/spa and Masonry: Darin Marten Construction; Metal Work: Salvador Delgado

Dining Set Complete With Outdoor Kitchen

Stephanotis floribunda climbs the pergola and so keeps the dining area below cool and shaded. To the right, an outdoor kitchen with a grill and bar ensures that the owners and their guests are never without refreshments. Credits: Architecture: Koffka/Phakos Design; Landscape Contractor: New View Landscape; Pool/spa and Masonry: Darin Marten Construction; Metal Work: Salvador Delgado

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