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Luxury Pools Spring / Summer 2015

Luxury Pools is for affluent homeowners ready to build the outdoor space that is limitless only to their imagination. Custom pool construction and design, spa, swim spa, outdoor kitchens grills, landscape lighting, and luxury outdoor lifestyle.

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32 S P R I N G 2 0 1 5 LUXURYPOOLS.COM contractors like to know what you envision for your new space before they draw the first line. While making your wish list, keep finances in the back of your mind. When you hire your building specialists, they will require answers to many questions, includ- ing the boundaries of your budget. Once you settle on your wish list and budget, consider where you want your pool house built. Remember, location can impact the overall design, construction, and budget. Of course, the setting might change once the professionals review the area, but at least there is a starting point from which you can make decisions. When you are ready to interview archi- tects or other building experts, start by asking family and friends for recommen- dations—you can usually obtain excellent insight from the people you trust. Then go online to search for professional organiza- tions or associations that list members in good standing. If your desired profession- al is not listed, look for other architects and professionals in your area and then re- search their body of work to find the right craftsperson for your project. IMAGINE THE POSSIBILITIES The best part about new construction is that you are the decision maker—you choose the shape, the size, the materials, the colors, and all of the amenities that will make your new pool house the ulti- mate home away from home. The worst part about new construction? You have to be the decision maker! Selecting every- thing can be a little daunting, so here are a few tips to help you make the right choices for you and your landscape. LISTEN TO YOUR ARCHITECT You hired your architect or builder based on a variety of merits, so have confidence in your judgment. That doesn't mean you should accept every proposal put forth—it is your pool house. You should feel com- fortable enough to discuss every detail of the project with the expert—and when the architect's ideas are in your best interest, be willing to defer to the professional's as- sessment. "Building design and the proper integration into a project requires a sub- stantial amount of expertise and experi- ence. Hiring a professional will make sure that the project gets started on the right foot," says Rick Chafey, co-owner of Red Rock Pools and Spas in Gilbert, Arizona. Your architect will show you a number of materials to support the pool house's design—from the shingles on the roof to the natural stone that will form the house's façade. Ultimately, the choice is yours, but keep in mind that the recom- mendations are being made for a reason. Listen and study each option. It is one thing to view pictures and another to actu- ally see a material in person—to feel it, turn it over, and imagine how it will look in your pool house. Chafey explains, "A trained designer will make sure the design complements the existing architecture of the home, the scale of the site, and the rhythm of the entire project." When finding the right general con- tractor to build your pool house, ask your architect or landscape architect for a reference. Most contractors work with a team of artisans with whom they have a positive working relationship. It is also a good idea to confer with your pool F E A T U R E S L u x u r y P o o l s Above, harmony among your property's elements is vital, which is why your pool house should match seamlessly with your home's architecture and the surrounding landscaping. Top, a pool house becomes command central on party day (especially when you include a professional grill). You can keep the fun and games in one place and wet feet by the pool. photographs top to bottom, courtesy of Artistic Pools, Atlanta, GA, courtesy of Red Rock Pools & Spas / Rick Chafey Photography

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