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Design Details Pools 2

Design Details Pools 2

  • Gasparilla

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    Eckel Advertising

    Consisting of high-end production homes aimed at move-up buyers and affluent singles, “Gasparilla” is part of a master-planned community. Outdoor living is highlighted here, with an infinite-edge pool and spa, and lush landscaping. Project: Gasparilla, Starling at FishHawk Ranch, Lithia, Fla.; Builder: Homes by WestBay, Apollo Beach, Fla.; Architect: Sharp Design Studio, Tampa, Fla.; Developer Newland Communities, Tampa; Landscape Architect Hunter Booth, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

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    Eckel Advertising

  • Lakeview

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    Whit Preston

    This home’s site was full of mature live oaks, and a prime goal was preserving them while being able to enjoy views of the Bright Leaf Nature Reserve and Austin’s Colorado River. It’s outdoor pool helps owners and visitors take advantage of the pristine surroundings. Project: Lakeview Residence, Austin, Texas; Builder: Wilmington-Gordon, Austin; Architect: Alterstudio Architects, Austin; Landscape Architect: Mark Word Design, Austin

  • Lakeview

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    Whit Preston

  • Lakeview

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    Whit Preston

  • Lakeview

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    Whit Preston

  • Lakeview

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    Whit Preston

     

  • Residence 1255

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    Dave Burk

    With the remodel of this 1950s ranch, the pool got updated environs, including a pebble garden and fire pit. Project: Residence 1255, Chicago area; Builder: Rizzolo Brothers Company, Inc., Libertyville, Ill.; Architect: Grunsfeld Shafer Architects, Evanston, Ill.

  • Residence 1255

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    Dave Burk

     

  • Resort Oasis

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    Randi Bye

    A five-star resort was the inspiration for this multi-family dwelling and its 3,000 square feet of outdoor space. Project: Resort Oasis, Soleburry, Penn.; Architect/Builder/Landscape Architect: D’Alessio Inspired Architectural Designs, New York

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    Randi Bye

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    Randi Bye

  • Resort Oasis

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    Randi Bye

  • Resort Oasis

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    Randi Bye

  • Resort Oasis

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    Randi Bye

  • Resort Oasis

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    Randi Bye

  • Resort Oasis

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    Randi Bye

  • Scout Island

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    Paul Finkel

    This home is in a conventional neighborhood, but a reflecting pool in the courtyard sets a tranquil and sophisticated vibe. Project: Scout Island Residence, Austin, Texas; Builder: Stearns Construction, Austin; Architect: alterstudio, Austin; Landscape Architect: David Wilson Garden Design, Austin

  • Scout Island

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    Paul Finkel

  • Scout Island

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    Paul Finkel

  • Scout Island

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    Paul Finkel

  • Secluded Canyon House

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    William Lesch

    In the foothills of the Tortolita Mountains outside Tucson, Ariz., this house nestles amongst steep hills and boulder clusters. A sense of privacy and openness was important to the owners, as was a pool and spa area that gets winter sunlight. Project: Secluded Canyon House, Oro Valley, Ariz.; Builder: S.K. Builders, Tucson, Ariz.; Architect Robinette Architects, Tucson

  • Secluded Canyon House

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    William Lesch

  • Secluded Canyon House

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    William Lesch

  • Secluded Canyon House

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    William Lesch

  • Secluded Canyon House

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    William Lesch

  • UES Townhouse

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    Peter Margonelli

    A classic modernist single-family house in Manhattan’s Carnegie Hill contains one of the ultimate New York City luxuries—a pool in the basement, illuminated by a skylight. Project: Upper East Side Townhouse, New York; Builder: Chilmark Builders, Pleasantville, N.Y.; Architect: Lichten Craig Architects, New York

  • UES Townhouse

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    Peter Margonelli

  • Up Over Between House

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    Brian Vanden Brink

    Views of scrub, bayberry, oaks, and finally the ocean are seen from this south-facing pool, which sits at a lower level than the rest of the house. Project: Up Over Between House, Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.; Builder: Martha’s Vineyard Construction Co., West Tisbury, Mass.; Architect: Hutker Architects, Vineyard Haven, Mass.; Landscape Architect: Horiuchi Solien Landscape Architects, Falmouth, Mass

  • Up Over Between House

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    Brian Vanden Brink

  • Up Over Between House

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    Brian Vanden Brink

  • Up Over Between House

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    Brian Vanden Brink

  • Up Over Between House

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    Brian Vanden Brink

  • Up Over Between House

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    Brian Vanden Brink

  • W Residence

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    In the Idaho pines, modern houses like this one are a rarity. A reflecting pool in the entry courtyard adds a peaceful feeling. Project: The W Residence, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Builder: Doric, Inc., Spokane, Wash.; Architect: Eric Hedlund Design, Coeur d’Alene; Landscape Architect: Riverview & Verdis, Coeur d’Alene

  • Walsh Residence

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    Charlotte Virtual Home Tours

    The clients really wanted a pool and a pool house, but the lot was pie-shaped. So, in a switch from the usual construction scheduling, the pool actually got built before the house, with a zig-zag quality that the owners love. Project: The Walsh Residence, Charlotte, N.C.; Builder: Kingswood Custom Homes, Pineville, N.C.

  • Walsh Residence

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  • Walsh Residence

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    Charlotte Virtual Home Tours

It’s the last week of summer, a perfect time to be staring into the hypnotic blue waters of a pool. To that end, we bring you the second installment of our pool extravaganza (see part 1 here), brimming with cool pools and the homes that adorn them. With styles that range from lavish to low-key, in regions around the country, ideas abound for projects of all kinds. So dive on in. The water’s nice.

Senior editors Amy Albert and Claire Easley contributed reporting to this article.