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Design. Build. Maintain. A Single-Source Inground Pool Specialist is Your Partner in the Process

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The majority of homeowners often desire to install luxury inground pools in their outdoor spaces. Luxury inground pools add a whole new charm to your yard and deliver excellent functionality. Although costly, it is always worth building a luxury inground pool. Nevertheless, there are certain factors you have to consider when constructing a pool. Let’s look at some of them in this article.

Design. Build. Maintain. A Single-Source Inground Pool Specialist is Your Partner in the Process

The pool design

One of the most important factors you have to consider when building a luxury inground pool is the design. More often than not, these pools have world-class designs. You have to employ a creative pool contractor who can come up with the best pool design for you. Alternatively, conduct thorough research on the best pool designs available on the market. Then, see whether it complements your requirements.

Most pool construction companies are now embracing 3D pool designs. So, you’ll be able to tour your backyard way before the pool is constructed. A professional pool designer will first visit your property and evaluate your requirements and budget. From there, they’ll present several 3D pool designs that complement your outdoor space.

The type of property

In most instances, luxury inground pools incorporate a complex construction process. So, you have to check whether your property can accommodate this pool design. Expert pool designers use aerial imaging software to examine the credibility of your property. They will also check for any underground cables that can hinder pool construction. At this time, professionals also analyze the size and shape of your property. The larger your property, the higher the chances of constructing a bigger pool. All in all, your pool should complement your property.

Time to Talk Budget

Another important aspect to think about is your budget. Your budget determines the type of luxury inground pool you choose to build. Be honest with your pool contractor about the amount you want to spend. From there, they can always advise you on the best pools you can build. A good pool contractor will always make the most out of any budget you have. Nonetheless, note that more complex pool designs are more expensive. But this does not mean you can’t create your dream luxury pool with a limited budget.

Luxury Pool Features

If you plan to build a luxury inground pool, it would be best to add several water features. Water features often spice up the pool to make it more appealing. Some of the most common water features used in these pools include grottos, waterfalls, infinity edges, and pool lighting. All these water features work towards transforming the pool into a premium haven.

However, it is essential to know the best luxury pool features that complement your pool. Conduct thorough research on the best water features to install. Alternatively, ask your pool contractor for the best features to install. Of course, the water features you install are often determined by your pool’s type and budget.

Pool Automation

Almost all luxury inground pools incorporate a specific type of automation. Automation makes the pool more user-friendly. Pool automation helps you control your pool with the simple touch of a button. Some of the most common automation features among pool owners include automatic filtration and UV light systems. UV light systems quietly disinfect your pool without any manual operation. Using pool automation makes pool maintenance much more manageable.

Your Luxury Pool Type—Ready to Build

Currently, there are three main types of pools; vinyl, fiberglass, and concrete. Each of these pools has its own unique advantages and disadvantages. When building a luxury inground pool, it is crucial to choose the best pool type. Generally, most of these pools are concrete pools. Concrete is more versatile. Hence, you can customize it to almost any shape and design. However, concrete pools are the most expensive to build and maintain. Building a vinyl or fiberglass pool will limit your design options.

Pool maintenance

At times, luxury these pools can be expensive to maintain. This is because they have many features and a complex pool design. So, before building one, ensure that you’ll be able to maintain it. Get the estimated cost of pool maintenance before you proceed with the construction. Ultimately, build a pool you can maintain both in the short run and in the long run.

Conclusion

When building a luxury inground pool, you have to consider incorporating several things. For example, consider pool automation and luxury pool features when constructing these pools. In addition, do your best to make your pool more appealing and user-friendly. This way, you’ll boost the aesthetics of your property and have an easy time with maintenance. Moreover, always consider the pool design and budget before you proceed with construction.

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Pool News coverage brought to you by Pool Magazine's own Marcus Packer. Marcus Packer is a 20 year pool industry veteran pool builder and pool service technician. In addition to being a swimming pool professional, Marcus has been a writer and long time contributor for Newsweek Magazine's home improvement section and more recently for Florida Travel + Life. Have a story idea or tip you'd like to share with Pool Magazine? Email mpacker@poolmagazine.com your story idea.

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Cantilevered Pool an Alpine Dream – Hotel Hubertus Pool

Hotel Hubertus -massive cantilevered Sky Pool is a jewel of the Alps

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Cantilevered Pool Design - The Hubertus Pool is the jewel of the Alps

Today we’re looking at the incredible cantilevered pool located at the Alpin Panorama Hotel Hubertus – a magnificent resort nestled in the Puster valley in the Alps. The picturesque locale is known as a world destination for hiking, skiing, biking and mountain climbing. Located in Valdaora, at the base of the Kronplatz at an altitude of about 4,400 feet, the hotel offers sweeping views of the Dolomites and the Vedrette di Ries Mountains.

At Pool Magazine we look to highlight inspiring projects that are pushing the boundaries of design and engineering. The cantilevered infinity pool at the Hotel Hubertus is one shining example that has been captivating the imagination of people around the globe.

Hotel Hubertus is known for its magnificent infinity pool that offers panoramic views of the Alps.
Hotel Hubertus is known for its magnificent infinity pool that offers panoramic views of the Alps. Photo Credit: Booking.com

The designers behind this breathtaking luxury pool design is none other than noa* network of architecture. The award-winning firm with offices in Germany and Italy has been drawing mass attention with its glass-bottom floating pool design.

Swimmers tell of experiencing an illusion that they are swimming in space. Photo Credit: Hotels.com

Approximately 82 feet long and 16 feet wide, the pool was designed to look like a floating rock coming to rest and was built from anthracite-colored stone. Its cleverly concealed edges create the visual impression the pool is floating in space.

Hubertus Hotel Pool
Hubertus Hotel Pool – Alpin Panorama Hotel Hubertus – Sorafurcia BZ, Italy

The architects took on the challenge of designing the pool as part of an overall renovation project. The pool connects the hotel’s new and existing areas, which include 16 enlarged new suites, a new kitchen and restaurant, an alternative entrance lobby, a wine cellar, and a brand new fitness and leisure room with panoramic terraces.

Guests enjoy sweeping panoramic vistas while relaxing in the cantilevered pool.

From inside the hotel looking out at the pool area, the water appears to float into space. With a glazed window on the bottom of the pool, swimmers can This sophisticated effect gives one the impression they are floating in an alpine lake suspended somewhere between Heaven and Earth.

The key challenge in the project was to create a link between the existing building and the new design, in order to keep a uniformal and consistent appearance.

ANDREAS PROFANTER – *noa – network of architecture
Massive supports hold up the 82 foot long cantilevered pool which has ignited social media. Photo Credit: Casalgrande Padana

Rising 40 feet from the ground sits the jewel in the crown of the Hubertus, the massive cantilevered pool. Supported by massive native larch tree trunk facades, the aesthetics create a homogeneous appearance following the natural topography of the area.

Cantilever Pool Design for Hubertus Pool
Cantilever Pool Design for Hubertus Pool – Photo Credit: *noa – network of architecture

Suspended pools such as the Hubertus Pools have been capturing the public’s imagination as of late. Photos of this incredible cantilevered pool structure began circulating on social media as far back as 2017. Over five years later, the interest in this uniquely engineered pool still has builders talking.

Alpin Panorama Hotel Hubertus

Address: Via Furcia, 5, 39030 Sorafurcia BZ, Italy
Phone: +39 0474 592104

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The Swimming Pool From It’s a Wonderful Life

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The famous pool scene from It's a Wonderful Life

Recently while watching It’s a Wonderful Life, I noticed the swimming pool scene where George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) and Mary Hatch (Donna Reed) are at the school dance. It’s a defining scene where a retractable basketball court opens up to reveal a hidden swimming pool beneath it. As George & Mary are dancing they don’t notice the floor begin to open. The cheering crowds spur them on even further, as they think everyone is cheering their dancing they fail to see they are dancing right over the edge and plunge into the pool.

The Pool Scene from It’s a Wonderful Life

Many of the other people at the dance dive right on in and an impromptu pool party ensues. It’s a touching scene in a must see movie that should be at the top of everyones holiday movie list. Many people believe that the swimming pool wasn’t real. Frank Capra the director of the film had the entire set of the town of Bedford Falls created on an 89 acre back lot at RKO Pictures in Culver City.

The set was actually inspired from the real life town of Seneca Falls in New York. Film buffs suggested that the pool itself was also a prop. As it turns out, according to Snopes.com who did the fact checking for us, the pool has been identified and is real. It’s known as the Swim Gym and is a Beverly Hills landmark. The pool was built by the WPA historical pool contractors in their own right, and designed by Stiles O. Clements in 1939.

Historical Land Mark Swimming Pool Has Been in Many Movies

The retractable pool belongs to Beverly Hills High School and was actually used in the filming of the movie. What’s even more interesting is that the pool is still around today! The pool itself is 25 yards long and is still used in swimming competitions. With the turn of a key the inground swimming pool the retractable pool cover converts back to a basketball court / dance floor.

Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed falling into the pool in It's a Wonderful Life
Swimming Pool Scene from It’s a Wonderful Life

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In Dallas For The PSP Deck Expo? Visit Thanks-Giving Square

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In town for the PSP Deck Expo? Visit Thanks-Giving Square Park

We’re in Dallas for the 2021 International Pool Spa Patio Expo. It’s still a few days until the show actually starts, but there is so much to do in the city that you might just want to come a day or two early so that you can get the full experience. A stroll through the downtown area is a must if you’ll be in town for the Expo this week. After all, this is a city steeped in rich architecture. As frequent visitors, it would be remiss of us to visit without highlighting one of the best water features in the city – Thanks-giving Square.

In town for the Pool & Spa Expo? Visit Thanks-giving Square – Photo Credit: Thanksgiving.org

In Town for the PSP Deck Expo? Visit The Incredible Water Feature at Thanks-Giving Square

The scenic and soothing water features are the centerpiece of the park and are definitely one of those iconic tourist attractions you really need to see for yourself. Located less than a mile from the actual Convention Center at the Omni Hotel in Dallas, it’s a definite must-see for anyone visiting the city. A serene and tranquil oasis in the center of the hustle and bustle of the Dallas downtown area, Thanks-giving Square is a place for meditation and reflection.

An enormous chatterfall water feature helps drown out the noise and commotion of daily city life.

The soothing sounds of moving water permeate the square, drowning out the noise of daily life in the 9th largest city in the United States. First planned in 1964 after the Kennedy assassination and completed in 1976, this beautiful spiritual center has brought together people of different faiths, cultures, and traditions for over 45 years.

The Great Fountain provides a place to reflect and meditate in the center of the city.

The Great Fountain’s flowing waters provide a tranquil ambiance ideal for reflection and contemplation. Visitors from all over the world, remark on the exceptionally planned public space.

The bell tower, which is supplemented by a nearby mosaic of Norman Rockwell’s iconic “Golden Rule” picture, punctuates the space to the west.

Mosaic tile artwork by Norman Rockwell symbolizes unity and our spiritual connection as people.

Perhaps the most remarkable feature of the park is the chapel which features a curving white edifice symbolizing the spiral of life and the human spirit. Visitors remark at the exceptional beauty of The “Glory Window,” a beautiful stained glass masterwork, located on the upper level.

The beautiful chapel features 73 panels of hand-crafted stained glass. Photo Credit – Marianne Trusty

VISITOR HOURS

Garden: Open every day 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Chapel of Thanks-Giving: Open every day: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Hall of Thanks-Giving: Open for special events or by appointment only

Address: 1627 Pacific Ave, Dallas, TX 75201

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