From the coping around the edge to the finish at the bottom, there is a lot more than water required for a spectacular swimming pool. If you’re in need of aquatic inspiration, peek inside these fabulous local projects.
Baker Pool Construction
• Framing the back of this kidney-shaped pool is a feature that combines form and function: a stone-veneered wall. “It’s acting as a retaining wall, but it gives a nice architectural element to the pool side,” says Holt.
• Near the pool is a freestanding valence. For those hoping to achieve a similar look, Holt recommends you keep flow of the space in mind. “Anytime we go into a project like this, we’re trying to balance the architecture of the home, the topography of the land and what the customer wants.”
• For those thinking about starting a project of this magnitude, Holt recommends starting early. “There’s the tendency when the weather gets warm for people to think about swimming pools, but a project like this takes a few months of planning,” Holt says. “The more custom you want to make it, the more you want to think through each of the materials.”
O’Brien Swimming Pool Service
• This project began with a keyhole-shaped pool featuring dated tile, says O’Brien. One of the added upgrades? Deck jets. “Not only do they cool the pool through aeration, but they’re a nice feature for relaxing, parties and entertainment,” O’Brien says. “It’s an easy and less expensive way to add something special to your pool.”
• At the other side of the pool is another decorative, yet practical, addition: three fountains. “St. Louis is known to have hot, long summers; and deck jets and fountains are a great way to help cool down your pool,” O’Brien says. “They work most efficiently at night when the air is cooler; it draws the cool air into the pool.”
Liquid Assets Pools
• As if the hot tub were overflowing, water cascades from the spa into the pool—but it’s all an illusion. A sheer descent waterfall exports cool water into the pool, explains Jacobsen, from the holding tank inside the hot tub’s retaining wall.
• “The homeowner’s chose a sand-colored bottom, and we don’t do a lot of those in St. Louis,” Jacobsen notes. “I think people see it when it’s dry, and they think it’s dirty or dingy . . . but the water color is extraordinary.”
• Flagstone and limestone can be seen around this backyard oasis. Jacobsen notes stone coping as an upscale upgrade for pools. “Stone takes it to the next level.”