Making the best use of external space is important in the Mediterranean. The external area to this solid stone village house was almost entirely a concrete drive. We built a 10 x 5 pool and used the gradient to reduce the excavation and create a split level sitting out area. A dilapidated small building became the summer kitchen and pool room and planting zones were added. Travertine gave the whole area a mellow feel. The result has transformed the space to a high value high quality external 'room'.

"A pool always makes a big impact, but without terracing and landscaping it's just a hole in the ground filled with water. In this project what really makes the look is the whole terrace and landscaping which enhance it."