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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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46 S P R I N G / S U M M E R 2 0 1 6 LUXURYPOOLS.COM 4 6 S P R I N G / S U M M E R 2 0 1 8 LUXURYPOOLS.COM F E A T U R E S chooses, even a five-by-seven photo, can be turned into a wall-size glass mosaic. Another client was inspired by a pattern she saw in a chapel in Denmark; AquaBlu reproduced it via glass tiles encapsulated with 24-carat gold for a light-catching sparkle and glow. Although AquaBlu works mostly in pool design, the family-owned company also creates mosaic walls, backsplashes, and other features for home and commercial interiors. Tom Casey's knowledge of swimming pools is long and deep. As vice president of sales for Anthony & Sylvan pool designers and builders, Casey estimates the company has built 380,000 pools since its start 72 years ago. "Pools are becoming areas of entertainment and relaxation beyond just swimming and exercising," he says. Continuing their breakout from summer-only entertainment, swimming pools are evolving in new ways, as Casey says, "to extend the season past traditional summertime." One cool way to add major spark is with fire elements. Casey sets the stage: two or three fire bowls, set in copper pots on pedestals, perhaps with a stream of water filling each bowl and spilling over into the pool. The overall effect is a stunning statement in fire and water. "From an aesthetic perspective, they are really captivating," he says. Lighting for pools—LED is a matter of course these days—is changing dramatically. Consider creating a light show in your pool, and switching palettes as you like, Casey advises. Imagine the effect of a red, white, and blue preprogrammed light show for July Fourth, or shifting shades of blue, purple, and green for Mardi Gras, all auto-changeable with a smartphone. environments," Anderson says. "Pools have a lot of room to become aesthetically pleasing places that carefully consider the environment." A variety of techniques can create a luxe pool area that is cohesive with the surroundings and respectful of nature. Anderson's sumptuous description of kitted-up pools is addictive. As the trend in larger tanning ledges continues, Anderson's company is offering products For the most relaxing seating on the tanning ledge—partially submerged in the pool's soothing waters—designers and homeowners turn to Ledge Lounger. Their products offer durability as well as comfort, says Christopher Anderson, founder and president of Ledge Loungers Inc. in Houston. (Anderson is also the head designer for Custom Design Pools & Landscaping in Houston.) "I love creating beautiful AquaBlu Mosaics created a custom design for this pool and spa renovation. photograph courtesy of AquaBlue Mosaics. (top), courtesy of Anthony & Sylvan (opposite page)

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