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Pooling Around

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Brian Cullingworth Custom Pools and Spas

The Piini family of Temecula wanted a pool with a tropical-resort feel for entertaining guests. With a $150,000 budget, Brian Cullingworth Custom Pools & Spas took advantage of the site’s slope, designing an intimate raised area for dining or drinks next to a waterfall and, above, a 36-foot slide. The pool also has a swim-up bar.

For a small backyard overlooking Lake Elsinore in Riverside County, Cullingworth in-house designer Scott Spear created seating by the lake view with a firepit. For the $70,000 pool, he included a sunken bar and a spa; speakers were placed in the engineered rocks. For more
great ideas: Brand-new this summer is a huge Cullingworth design center, Summer Place Pools, in Murrieta.

Mission Valley Pools & Spas

Bob Cunningham, president of Mission Valley Pools & Spas, designed this $70,000 vanishing-edge saltwater pool especially for some old friends, the Fitzpatricks, at their dream house in Scripps Ranch overlooking Miramar Lake.
“We used some optical tricks to make it look like the water is rushing over the edge faster,” Cunningham says. “The pool is 1 or 2 feet higher on either side of the vanishing edge,
and it also curves away from you.”

The water spills into a trough and flows into an underground tank, where it is recycled every day. (The pool requires a separate filtering system.) The pool edge and deck are surfaced in simulated-slate porcelain tile. The pool also has a two-speed pump for energy conservation. “You can run 50 percent of the flow for one-eighth of the cost if you run a pump on low speed,” says Cunningham, who stays ahead of the curve: Beginning in 2008, a two-speed pool pump will be mandated in the state of California.
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