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Near-beach experience: how to turn your backyard into your own private beach club.

PHOTOGRAPHS BY BRET GUM

Splash pool

It's just the right size (7 feet wide, 13 feet long) for 2, or for a lone castaway on a raft. The water's ue Lagoon color comes from the white plaster finish, which reflects the sky.

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Clubhouse

A barbecue, a wet bar, and built-in seating fit nicely into a space barely large enough to dock a speedboat. Whites, blues, and sandy beiges sustain the coastal mood.

Cabana

A sailcloth roof over a simple wooden frame creates a shaded retreat. With gravel on either side, the pathway mimics a beach boardwalk.

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Shell fountain

Water trickles from a copper verdigris spigot into a clamshell set int he wall. (After al, what's seaside getaway without bivalves?)

"Tidepool"

Echeverias and other small succulents, planted in a blue bowl look like underwater creatures.

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Author:Cohoon, Sharon
Publication:Sunset
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 1, 2011
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