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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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40 S P R I N G 2 0 1 5 LUXURYPOOLS.COM the breadth of decisions they are asked to make. For example, the past 20 years has seen white and colored plaster joined by various exposed aggregate (pebble) finishes alongside more subtly textured polished and colored aggregate finishes. Within that genre alone nearly infinite variations are available through combining colors of cement, pebbles, glass beads, and even seashells. Even traditional plaster now comes in a wide range of colors as well as admixtures used to enhance product longevity and resistance to damage from chemicals used to treat pool and spa water. The most dramatic advancement on the pool surface scene in recent years has been the resurgence of all-tile pools. Once reserved for rare vessels—such as the historic Neptune pool at Hearst Castle in California—tile finishes, whether ceramic, stone, porcelain or glass are now common- place. Glass tile in particular has caught on due to its extremely wide variety of colors, textures, shapes, and sizes. Some glass tile product lines feature semitranslucent, prismatic, and iridescent qualities, all of which can lend the pool surface a jewel- like, shimmering appearance. This dramatic expansion of material choices is not only limited to the pool's interior finish as materials used for coping, decks, retaining walls, but also associated water features have also expanded. Among the more popular options, natural stone materials such as travertine, limestone, granite, and quartzite are often used to give the setting a rich natural look for decks or as ledger cladding for vertical surfaces. Along with all of those choices, you'll also have vast options for artificial rock treatments, natural boulders, river rock, and a spectrum of decorative concrete op- tions. Add to that bronze and other alloys used in fire features and fountain fittings and you have a truly vast array of choices. With so many options to consider, you can expect a professional designer to offer a range of material possibilities. They will photograph by Allen Carrasco Along with a vast array of natural stone choices in the marketplace, there are loads of decorative concrete options as well. F E A T U R E S L u x u r y P o o l s

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