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Luxury Pools Spring/Summer 2018

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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31 LUXURYPOOLS.COM S P R I N G / S U M M E R 2 0 1 8 DISTINCTIVE DESIGNS Beyond the rectangle. Dive into these unique pool shapes and designs. B Y K I L E Y J A C Q U E S According to pool designer Ryan Hughes, "Shape is one of the first fundamental design decisions that needs to be made." Though rectilinear pools have taken center stage for nearly a decade, there is a budding trend toward free-form shapes. Designers note the flexibility and creative freedom inherent in more organic forms, often described as relaxed, social, friendly, and inviting. So how does the curvilinear pool measure up? We've asked four industry pros to share a project illustrating the form's versatility and staying power. Don Goldstone, owner of Los Angeles-based Ultimate Water Creations, describes a project located on a small lot in North Hollywood. "It's a completely naturalistic, free-form pool with many ins and outs that make it look like a real pond," he says. Goldstone's signature artificial rocks line the entire perimeter and reach into the pool itself. He feels strongly that his reinforced solid concrete stonework plays a key role in creating an effective naturalistic setting. He enhanced the free-form shape with planter pockets that can be watered, drained, and lit without disturbing the plants. Though space was constricted, Goldstone managed to add a spacious 32-foot-long gunite pool with multiple waterfalls, which are heated to 100 degrees. One waterfall cascades over the spa, creating a hot shower effect that doubles as a massage opportunity. Other design elements include a covered patio, elevated deck, uplighting for a nighttime waterfall display, and superior finishes, such as the interior glass bead by Pebble Tec chosen for its resistance to fading and discoloring. The exterior finish, a combination of natural flagstone and cobblestone, ties in with the house. All pool equipment is located behind the spa and waterfall grotto area for soundproofing, plus quick and easy access. This free- form pool was designed and built by Ultimate Water Creations.

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