This poolside retreat is set against a peaceful backdrop of old oaks in the Santa Cruz Mountains. We refinished this tired pool and hot tub with all new surfacing, coping and concrete surround. The old brick walls were resurfaced with a beautiful, contemporary ledgerstone veneer. The new outdoor kitchen is strategically built into the retaining wall to maximize foreground space for the large couch and gas firetable. Drought-tolerant plants in subdued white, grey, straw and purple complement the neutral color palette of the hardscape.