A Room of Your Own: Elite Pools

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Homeowners’ names: Stephanie and Shane Smith

What was the homeowners’ vision for the space? What were the most important features they wanted to include?

The Smiths came to me with a vision. Their contemporary home constructed in the spirit of Frank Lloyd Wright demanded something exceptional. First of all, the pool would have to be part of the home, so we brought the travertine floor tile incorporated throughout the home right out to the water’s edge, then cantilevered it out over the pool several inches. We used black granite waterline tile everywhere so the cantilevered coping would be even more enhanced. That wasn’t going to be enough though. The homeowners’ vision also included a 50-foot reflective vanishing edge along the far side of the pool. Now, for the “WOW Factor,” Elite added a perimeter overflow spa and sunk it right in the middle of the massive tanning ledge. Black Pebble Tech finishes the inside, and the entire project is an automated “Smart Pool™.”


1. The best tip for purchasing a pool for any budget is quality and low maintenance.

2. It pays to do the legwork when shopping for a contractor.

3. Design your outdoor environment into the rest of the house via materials and architecture.

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