Poolhouse on the Prairie


A dramatic natural setting provides the stage for Peter Kudlata’s artful design of Mark and Laurie Tebon’s Mequon yard. “I went with more aggressive perennials that I could plant in large sweeping beds to create large pools of drama,” says Kudlata, owner of Flagstone Landscape Design and Contracting, Cedarburg.

Big blooms of catmint, astilbe, Black-eyed Susan and other perennials create broad brush strokes of color against the rustic landscape and are easy to maintain.
“I designed the pool house and the pool, and coordinated the landscaping to go with the architecture of the home,” Kudlata says.

The project also includes a stone courtyard in the front of the house, an outdoor shower, fire pit and grilling area. “The back became this kind of gathering space for the family to entertain,” Kudlata says.

Views from the house feature large beds of sweeping perennials and the rustic landscape beyond.

Peter Kudlata of Flagstone Landscape Design and Contracting designed a courtyard area for the homeowners to enjoy the setting sun in the late afternoon, while their young son plays nearby. The house sits on a private lot that is shielded from the road.

A fire pit and dining area provide multiple entertainment areas near the pool.

The pool is positioned in the yard so it’s not visible from the house, particularly since the pool is only in use part of the year.