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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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3 8 S P R I N G / S U M M E R 2 0 1 8 LUXURYPOOLS.COM EXTREME LANDSCAPING B Y A L E X A N D R A P E C C I Outdoor living spaces that combine an aesthetic vision with the realities of the local climate and conditions In the United States, wildfires might blaze on one coast while a Nor'easter rages on another. There are mountains and valleys, deserts and tropical shorelines. Thankfully, there are also beautiful outdoor environments perfectly suited to each of these extremes, with aesthetics to match. "I think for the most part people are wanting to stay true to what's local to their landscape," says Sarah Lograsso, photographs by Andrew Pielage director of marketing for California-based Eldorado Stone. "They are selecting products that resemble the exterior landscape around them." On the Northwestern coast, for instance, Lograsso says homeowners favor color palettes that are earthy and dark, compared to the tans and Sedona reds in the Southwest, or the light, fresh, coastal reef-inspired colors in the Southeast. With local geographies, climates, soil conditions, aesthetics, and flora in mind, let's take a look at a few of these extreme regions across the country, tapping experts from each locale for ideas, instructions, and inspiration. THE PLACE Phoenix, Arizona Working in the desert climate of Phoenix brings with it nearly daily sunshine, warm weather, and limited rain that clears up quickly, says Chris Griffin, EIT, SWD Master, and president of Unique Landscapes and Custom Pools in Phoenix. "In Arizona, one of our only challenging conditions is the extreme heat in the summertime. And we have a wide array of soil conditions," Griffin says. That heat impacts a variety of design decisions, from employing higher strength concretes in pools shells to using xeriscaping for creative, lush landscapes. F E A T U R E S

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