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Queen Sun Bed Outdoor Foam Furniture by La Fete

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Slate-and-marble Mosaic-top Gas Fire Pit

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Romance Luxury Deep-seating Furniture Collection

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Pool & Beach

Trident Outdoor Lantern

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Today, every square foot of the organic garden is brimming with tomatoes, peppers (green, red, and yellow), green beans, onions, garlic, eggplant, beets, zucchini, and a huge variety of herbs. In the winter, Taylor grows bok choi, mustard greens, cauliflower, potatoes, and four varieties of snap peas. The citrus, apricot, cherry, pomegranate, and apple trees also flower and produce. Strawberries grow in a bed of their own, a few feet from the blueberry bushes. "I'm out here every morning, picking my meals for the day," he says. "There's nothing like it in the world."


Nestled amid the decks and terraces, the deep blue pool shimmers like a jewel in the crown. Designed by Geremia Pools, its free-form shape meanders along a gallery of enormous striated boulders and native shrubs. "I wanted a heated pool with a vanishing-edge," says Taylor, "so when you're lounging on top of the water, the reward is an uninterrupted view of the valley and the coastal range separating Sacramento and San Francisco." On a clear night, the bright lights of the lowlands below and the twinkling canopy of stars are a glorious sight to behold while lounging on the deck of the pool.

Image of Pool

The retired general dentist enjoys grilling multi-course meals on the outdoor patio, surrounded by his grandchildren who love watching him from the Frontgate round woven wicker daybed.

The pool's sand-finished, beach-like entry offers a gradual submersion into the 27,000-gallon lagoon. "Last summer, my granddaughter had a blast learning how to scuba dive in the 9-foot deep end," says Taylor. In keeping with the natural setting, the pool's dark blue interior evokes nearby Lake Tahoe, while a framework of natural cantilevered stone mirrors the rock-studded terrain. Just steps beyond the pool, a bubbling jet spa beckons from atop an elevated stone foundation. The spa and the pool are just two of the property's water features, a pair of ponds with a stream in between, plays host to Taylor's colorful collection of koi.

Winding from the south end of the pool, two giant ponds resembling artisan wells, and filled with almost 10,000 gallons of water, stay connected via a tumbling stream of rills and rivulets. Taylor stocked the ponds with 30 koi imported from an award-winning breeder in Japan. "In the beginning, I lost a few of the fish to a large Blue Heron. I remember watching helplessly as he would swoop in and pluck the fish like taking candy from a jar. He was successful when they were smaller, but now the koi are one- to two-feet long." Water-worn rocks, hand-selected from a nearby seasonal streambed, were placed along the stream's edge, making the entire water garden look as if it had been there for thousands of years. "Installing the plumbing for the water garden was interesting," Taylor chuckles as he recalls brainstorming with architect Allison on ways to navigate the underground piping around the giant rocks and slope.

Rock Formation

500-million-year-old volcanic rocks from the Moses Lake area of eastern Washington erected as a massive water feature and anchor for the wisteria garden at the entrance to the home.


Few homes can boast a front entrance echoing Stonehenge, complete with a gurgling water garden. Landscape architect Allison introduced Taylor to Laddie Flock of Natural Rock Formations, Inc., who is best known for his sculptural work in the open air spaces of Los Angeles' J. Paul Getty Museum. Flock harvested 500-million-year-old volcanic rocks from the Moses Lake area of eastern Washington and erected them as a massive water feature and anchor for the wisteria garden at the entrance to the home. "In that area, lava once flowed like cake batter down through the valley, only stopping when it cooled," explains Taylor. "Throughout the centuries, wind, rain, and snow would seep down, causing the lava to crack vertically in unique hexagonal shapes. It took Flock years of petitioning for permission to excavate the volcanic rock, and once he did, the result was these fabulously oxidized 11-foot monoliths weighing 10,000 pounds each." Several smaller volcanic rocks and drought-tolerant plants balance out the home's outdoor entrance.

With five Ironman Triathalons under his belt, Taylor tries to spend as much time as possible outdoors—from hiking, biking, skiing, or fly fishing, to swimming in his gorgeous pool. The retired general dentist enjoys grilling multi-course meals on the outdoor patio, surrounded by his grandchildren who love watching him from the Frontgate round woven wicker daybed. "I own quite a few Frontgate products, and I've been happy with every purchase. That daybed stays out 365 days and has weathered wonderfully." Future plans include adding a full outdoor kitchen—with refrigerator, sink, and a wet bar—beneath the protected overhang jutting out from the upper level deck's retaining wall. "The greatest compliment is when people look around and ask, 'Roger, why in the world do you ever want to leave and travel?' They're absolutely right. Living here is like being at a vacation destination."

About the Photographer

As the photographer in charge of making Roger Taylor's pool come to life, Lesley Pollard has a unique perspective on the home and its location in the El Dorado Hills. The natural beauty of Taylor's yard and Geremia Pools' innovative pool design were captured by Lesley in a variety of lighting conditions and from many different angles.

Because of the dramatic elevations surrounding Taylor's home, the time of day had a large impact on how the area was captured on film.

"I approached it from many different lights, in the morning, mid-afternoon, and sunset," Lesley says. "It changes dramatically in different light."

Because of the home's west-facing orientation, many of Lesley's favorite shots were produced in the afternoon and early evening. "Because the house faces west, there was especially interesting light at sunset. I liked mid-afternoon and dusk; I got neat angles for light."

Asked to look at the pool through a photographer's eye, Lesley was drawn to the interaction of sunlight and the pool's vanishing edge. "With the sun shining on it, it almost looks copper," she says.

The hills surrounding the property provided eye-catching scenery, but also a challenge for the photographer. Due to the geography, capturing angles of the entire yard was one of the more difficult aspects of the shoot.

However, Lesley made it a point of emphasis to provide a complete view of the property. "I try to give people experiences at different places in the yard, but also the whole scope."

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