Unexpected Spa and Pool Combo by Caviness Landscape Design

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This plan for White Fences Estate by Caviness Landscape Design was a challenge the designers loved. As they put it, “In the design, we put the spa in the middle of the pool. We then thought of how cool it would be to keep the spa hidden under the water level when it is in normal pool mode operation.” So they did: when spa mode is activated, the water level of the pool drops an inch and a half, revealing a glass-tiled spa and stone beam bridge from the patio. And that “hidden spa” is only one unusual feature of this multi-pool design. The “pool” is actually two pools: one is 46 feet long by 22 feet wide and has a diving rock at one end; to get to the spa from this main body of water, swimmers go through a faux rock tunnel! Swimmers can also enter the spa, of course, over the stone path…a truly ingenious layout.

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The already fun layout is enhanced further by the waterfall, which is activated in either spa or pool modes. Customized colored lighting was installed to up-light the boulders and falls area as well as illuminate the pool for nighttime swimming fun. A spacious flagstone deck provides plenty of room for entertaining around the water; towering pines behind the waterfall create a “forest” illusion that adds to the ambience. And this design is also a prize-winner: the APSP (Association of Pool and Spa Professionals) has given it their “Gold” award in the category of Spas Built in Conjunction with Swimming Pools. The clients, of course, don’t care too much about the award part — they’re too busy having fun off that diving rock.

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