If you loved the first season of “Christina on the Coast” and were sad to see it end, we’ve got good news: There’s a new bonus episode! That’s right, designer Christina Anstead returned for one last hurrah where you can watch her and her husband, Ant, make over yet another feature of their new Newport Beach, CA, home: the outdoors.
Because while their home’s interior is now exactly the way Christina wants it, the outside leaves a lot to be desired. And we just can’t have that now, can we?
In the final (really, truly) episode of the hit first season of “Christina on the Coast,” aptly titled “My Perfect Paradise,” the high-profile newlyweds work together to renovate their backyard into a summertime wonderland. In doing so, they pass along some fantastic tips that might inspire you to redo a few aspects of your own backyard, too. Check it out!
The pool should match the house
Christina and Ant have such a great time at a neighbor’s family pool party, it inspires them to redo their own backyard. But she doesn’t want to make it identical. Christina points out that the home they’re visiting has a Mediterranean vibe, so the rock grotto makes sense there. But it won’t go with their modern farmhouse-style home. They’ll have to come up with a design that has cleaner, more modern lines.
Changing the pool’s size and shape can be outrageously expensive
If you want to alter your pool in any way, you can’t just build an add-on like you might do with your house. You have to demolish and remove the entire pool structure, and start completely anew. And who knows what you might find while you’re digging?
Christina’s pool expert, Jesse Escalera of JE Proscapes, finds another entire pool buried next to the old one they were demolishing in Christina’s backyard. They have to remove this one, too, adding about $10,000 to the price of their remodel.
Don’t skimp on the lighting
Gone are the days when one big porthole-type light in the deep end illuminated the entire pool. Today’s swank swimming hole will have extensive and thoughtful lighting both underwater and in the structures surrounding it. For example, Escalera builds a cabana over the elevated spa, and Christina considers hanging a chandelier from the roof, but ends up with five hanging globe lights overhead instead. Fancy!
Waterslides are still in
Remember those big, old aqua fiberglass waterslides at motel pools? Escalera came up with his own cool spin—a custom-made, fiberglass shoot accessed by a white wooden ladder leading up to a white wood treehouse. It’s very cute, and matches the big house nearby.
Straight edges are more modern
Christina and Ant consider whether they want the edges of the pool to be straight, with 90-degree angles, or have more of a bullnose curve. While the latter seems a bit kinder and gentler, they decide that the straight edges are more “clean and crisp and goes better with the house,” so a straight edge it is.
Adults need their space, too
Sure, a pool should be a fabulous play land for the kids, but adults need to be accommodated in style as well! Christina and Ant provide this by building an elaborate, covered outdoor kitchen with a bar and upscale booth seating. Then Ant designs what looks like a floating deck with an outdoor bed, curtains, and a cantilevered roof, so the adults can recline in comfort while watching the kids swim. Christina is so thrilled with it she promises to bring him cocktails forever.
Light is right for water-edge tile
Ant favors dark, iridescent tile to place around the waterline, but Christina feels that’s a little old school, and—surprise—steers him toward her favored gray and white. It turns out that this is also more practical, because dark tile shows the white water and pool chemical residue more than a lighter color would.
Saltwater has its advantages—and its costs
Chlorine keeps your pool water clean, but it can also turn your eyes red, your hair green, and your skin dry. Christina and Ant would like their new pool to have saltwater, which is easier on the skin, but Escalera warns them they’ll have to get a whole new pump, pipes, and heating system made of stainless steel, rather than the PVC they’re using right now. It will cost them an extra $12,000. They deliberate for about 12 seconds, and decide to go for it.
“The upgrade is expensive, but worth it to make this pool top-notch,” says Christina.
Do Christina and Ant Anstead’s designs do the trick?
They were hoping to spend about $180,000 on their backyard paradise (we know, right?), but in the end, they manage to blow through a whopping $208,000! It sure looks like it’s worth it to them, though, as we watch a big pool party finale, with the kids wriggling down the custom waterslide and all of the beautiful adults lounging about sipping cocktails and cooking burgers on the grill.
With a finale like that, there’s sure to be a Season 2, although it hasn’t been announced yet. We’ll be sure to keep you posted.
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