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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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30 F A L L / W I N T E R 2 0 1 5 LUXURYPOOLS.COM F E A T U R E S Luxury Pools photograph courtesy of Ryan Hughes Design (top), by Motley Mélange (bottom) ance to the pool area. Stonescapes with beautifully cascading water might give the feeling of swimming in a natural lagoon, while flowers adorning the edges could convey quiet gardens. And if landscape and planting elements can be brought right up to the edge of the pool, or even into the pool itself, so can other comfort features such as in-water umbrellas, in-water furniture, tanning ledges, Baja shelves, and shade sails that cantilever over the pool. Conversely, skimping on landscaping is like serving "a cake with no icing," Ander- son says. "Typically people don't budget enough for landscaping," he says. "It's what ties everything together, it makes everything pretty." CREATE OUTDOOR ROOMS The fluidity and softness of a perfectly integrated pool and landscape design can extend to other outdoor living areas as well by creating distinct, functional "rooms" throughout the space, including outdoor kitchens, sitting and bar areas, and spots with hammocks or daybeds for napping. "From an entertainment stand- point, everyone gets to spread out," says Peterson. "There's lots of different places for them to go." Although some of these spaces can be covered with pergolas or cabanas, much is open-air; after all Hughes notes that too many walls defeat the purpose of outdoor living. Therefore, designers devise other ways to define the different "rooms," with each spot feeling like its own alluring des- tination. There might be a cabana or trellis over the outdoor kitchen. A stone walkway might lead to a dining area shaded by trees and situated a few steps up on a raised plat- form. A sunken sitting area might include couches and a fire pit or an elegant, deco- rative fire bowl adorned with moving water features. Additionally, "The hardscape surfaces are a great way to delineate from one out- door room to the next," adds Hughes. For instance, wood is more relaxed, whereas stone is more formal. Larger shade trees also add softness, intimacy, and comfort to the space, says Hughes, who likens them to curtains on the inside of the home. Anderson also points to landscaping lighting as an important design feature throughout the outdoor living space, and thanks to LED lighting, it's now very easy to maintain. Lighting not only adds beauty and drama to the pool and its surrounding design elements, but also extends the amount of time people can spend outdoors at night. At its best, perfectly integrated outdoor living and pool features should conjure feelings of relaxation and ease, re- calling your favorite European getaway or spa weekend—all without leaving home. "Your outdoor space should evoke that same feeling," Hughes says. "All of a sudden, all of your stresses and worries disappear." cdphouston.com, ryanhughesdesign.com Create inviting and livable outdoor spaces with appropriately designed hardscapes and lighting.

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