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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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84 S P R I N G / S U M M E R 2 0 1 8 LUXURYPOOLS.COM photograph by Allan Carrasco (above), by BioNova ® Dealer Partner Waterscapes, by Jesse Dutra (bottom left), by Gary Conaughton (bottom right) C A L I F O R N I A QUESTAR POOLS AND SPAS, INC. Named by Robb Report as the most influential pool designer in the world, Skip Phillips of Questar Pools & Spas, is said to deliver "a palpable elegance and a sleek aesthetic." The San Diego-based waterscape artist and industry expert places as much, if not more, emphasis on structure and hydraulics as he does aesthetics—the latter of which have been attributed to his ability to make water "dance." Designs by Phillips are marked by a seamless fluidity between the natural environs and the constructed landscape. In fact, he views the pool as an architectural extension of the home. "If someone walks into the backyard and feels the environment connects and that it's a great space to be, then we did the right thing," notes Phillips. "Fire, food, and water," he adds, "are design tenets for defining the principles of what draws someone to a destination, [that's] my design philosophy." Frequently, he travels in search of innovative materials and applications, which inform his signature waterscapes. Natural stone and glass figure prominently in his work, which has been featured in Deborah K. Dietsch's Dream Pools, as well as publications like San Diego, Decor & Style, San Diego Home & Garden, Custom Builder, and Home magazines, and multiple national television profiles. Right: Don't be fooled: this pool is far from a simple creation. Built on a hill overlooking coastal San Diego, this pool's clean lines, along with the sweeping curve of its vanishing edge and the spare landscaping, play a key role in a carefully planned design to create harmony. Notice how the water flowing from the bowl feature adds vitality to the setting. Designed by Skip Phillips in conjunction with Island Architects, built by Questar Pools. Left: This Lautner-edged perimeter-overflow pool is a multiple gold medal winning design and the perfect serene spot, featuring floating step stones and a diving patio made of Bisazza tile. This dazzling waterscape, created by leader of cutting-edge aquatic design Questar, also includes a Grando automatic pool cover, helping to save energy, cut costs, and ensure crystal-clear water. This vanishing-edge pool combines free-form and geometic-style features to create a graceful sweep. Finished in Black Marble Pebble Tec ® that creates a smooth, reflective surface, this pool is perfect for mirroring a floating fire element, stepping stones, and the natural beauty that surrounds the venue.

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