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Luxury Pools Fall / Winter 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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27 LUXURYPOOLS.COM F A L L / W I N T E R 2 0 1 5 Custom Design Pools & Landscaping takes advantage of the stunning terrain to create a seamless indoor/outdoor retreat. BASIC INSTINCT B Y A L E X A N D R A P E C C I Landscaping and architecture meet luxury pool design to create a perfect outdoor living space. Imagine lounging in your zero-entry pool beneath the shade of a Medjool palm tree, while overlooking a calming infinity edge that blends seamlessly into an ocean or lake view beyond. Perhaps a stone walkway meanders through the trees away from the pool and into a sunken sitting area, and beyond, toward cabana-covered daybeds that beckon for afternoon naps. In the past, pool design and land- scaping were separate afterthoughts for homeowners. Even beautifully built and meticulously cared for houses had template-design pools, simple decks, and perhaps modest outdoor kitchens and screen enclosures. "For many years, whether you had a $200,000 house or a $2 million dol- lar house, that was the status quo," says Ryan Hughes, president of Palm Harbor, Florida-based Ryan Hughes Design/Build. But for those who want the luxury of their home to extend outside as well as inside, the status quo is a thing of the past, as landscaping and architecture meet luxury pool design to create outdoor living spaces that blend together into a single, perfect vision. CREATE A MASTER PLAN According to the experts, achieving an out- door oasis where the pool and landscape designs blend perfectly together starts by working with designers and builders who can design and execute the entire project, ensuring a single, cohesive vision. "Our philosophy is that the outdoor living space has to be designed, as a whole, by one designer," Hughes says. "You can- not have a pool guy and a landscape guy and a hardscape guy and expect to have the ultimate result." Christopher Anderson, co-owner of Houston-based Custom Design Pools & Landscaping, agrees. "We try to really deliver a master plan for the client, and try to encourage them to think through the entire space," Anderson says. "I very much compare it to homebuilding."

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