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In Pictures: 2013 Pool Design Highlights

In Pictures: 2013 Pool Design Highlights

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    PHOTO BY BRADLEY GIRARD

    CONSUMATE CRAFTSMAN One of the country’s premier glass-tile installers describes his handiwork in three backyards.

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    TRIPLE THREAT Three perimeter overflow edge techniques seamlessly integrate for a stunning pool project.

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    Tom Hopkins Studio

    SET IN STONE A natural granite outcropping provides the perfect backdrop for this Connecticut pool
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    OutVision Photography

    FINISHING TOUCHES Nothing sets off a spa or pool quite like decorative tile
  • Whether its a precisely color-coordinated automatic cover, an expertly concealed lid or a well-thought out fence, builders and designers have several strategies at their disposal to help clients have a pool that is both safe and beautiful. Read on to learn about four more projects.

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    Whether its a precisely color-coordinated automatic cover, an expertly concealed lid or a well-thought out fence, builders and designers have several strategies at their disposal to help clients have a pool that is both safe and beautiful. Read on to learn about four more projects.

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    Pool Cover Specialists

    SAFETY FIRST Design doesn’t have to suffer when safety takes top priority.
  • Sweeping viewThe 77-foot-long vanishing-edge pool forms a sweeping arc connecting the main house with the guest house, seen in the top image. A black pebble finish adds to the reflective quality and adds a modern touch, while the Tennessee fieldstone deck ties with the homes rustic materials.Dorsey wanted to make the pool look as full as possible, with very little freeboard  that dry space on the wall between the waters surface and coping. To achieve this, he had a coping custom-made. Measuring only 1 inch deep where it sits over the bond beam, it is approximately 2-1/2 inches thick where it hangs over the water. This helps visually close the gap between coping and water.The design team chose to cap the vanishing edge weir with a fossilized marble from Morocco. The warm tones and embedded fossils echo the modern and rustic feel of the house; however, the material is not the most durable for enduring freeze/thaw conditions. For this reason, the team obtained extra stone with the intent of replacing pieces down the line. The material also veneers the raised perimeter sun shelf seen to the back left in the photo opposite.

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    Sweeping viewThe 77-foot-long vanishing-edge pool forms a sweeping arc connecting the main house with the guest house, seen in the top image. A black pebble finish adds to the reflective quality and adds a modern touch, while the Tennessee fieldstone deck ties with the homes rustic materials.Dorsey wanted to make the pool look as full as possible, with very little freeboard that dry space on the wall between the waters surface and coping. To achieve this, he had a coping custom-made. Measuring only 1 inch deep where it sits over the bond beam, it is approximately 2-1/2 inches thick where it hangs over the water. This helps visually close the gap between coping and water.The design team chose to cap the vanishing edge weir with a fossilized marble from Morocco. The warm tones and embedded fossils echo the modern and rustic feel of the house; however, the material is not the most durable for enduring freeze/thaw conditions. For this reason, the team obtained extra stone with the intent of replacing pieces down the line. The material also veneers the raised perimeter sun shelf seen to the back left in the photo opposite.

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    photos courtesy Medallion Pool co.

    MODERN DAY SOUTH With its clean lines, rustic materials and naturalistic stream, a North Carolina poolscape fits the local architectural style.
Here's a look at some of the most inspiring swimming pool and spa projects from 2013.