Sunset Pools and Spas

Lapping in Luxury: A One-of-a-Kind Indoor Pool

A new concept for an indoor swimming pool will literally leave a future homeowner lapping in luxury.

The concept: a swimming pool that takes up the entire second floor of a three-story house. The owner: well, that is still to be determined.

According to a November article published in Forbes, there is a $2 million price tag attached to building such a house, which has been named Villa Clessidra. At the time the article was written, it didn’t appear there was a particular investor attached to the project designed by a Netherlands-based architect—the original client who had been interested in building a “groundbreaking residence,” backed out, the article said.

“With the swimming pool strategically placed at the center of the house, where part of it could be seen through a transparent zone, the house feels very much like a human aquarium when anyone swims in it,” the article said. The pool will even be visible through the floor of the master bedroom, providing a view from above.

It’s always fun to highlight elite projects such as this, because they demonstrate how—within reason, budget and the rules of physics—designing your dream pool does not have to come with boundaries. Sometimes a little imagination and the right design team can do the trick.

 


Imagine that it’s summer. It’s hot outside. The kids are antsy. They want to go swimming.

Especially in the unbearable heat, the idea of driving to the public pool, dealing with the massive crowds, and keeping track of your kids is not appealing. This is the moment when you wish you had your own private pool in your own backyard.

Having a private pool can be a true luxury, especially when you have kids that are always on the move and looking for something to do. However, having a private pool also comes with a lot of responsibility, which is why designing a pool that is safe for your kids is also important.


Consider a pool like the one pictured here. It provides a good example of a pool that was built with young children in mind. It was built with an automatic pool cover that homeowners can close when the pool is not in use. Additionally, a gate encloses the entire poolscape, providing an additional barrier between the water and the kids (or other guests who may not know how to swim).

Childproofing your pool is probably the most important step you can take when installing a pool in your yard. While there are several ways to go about this including teaching your child how to swim and installing an alarm system in the pool building the pool with child safety mechanisms already in place will help to provide an additional element of comfort and security during those times when the pool is not in use.

It finally happened. The temperature in Chicago and the surrounding areas dropped to single digits this week.

Given the frigid air we experienced, I doubt you’re thinking about the next time you have to mow your lawn or trim the bushes in your yard. But it can’t hurt to close your eyes, think ahead and imagine a warmer, greener time of year—right?

Look no further for daydream inspiration than to one of our recent client projects, pictured here.


This backyard is more than just a beautiful picture that can temporarily make us forget the frosty temps; it also demonstrates how tiny hints of nature can enhance an entire poolscape.

Natural Rock

The natural bluestone squares surrounding this pool are a symmetrical and elegant addition to the yard. However, these steps have a practical use as well, as they are slip resistant. This type of enhancement is not only visually appealing, but it adds an extra element of safety around the outside of the pool where kids are prone to running and where it tends to get slick from splashing water.

Grass and Greenery

The neighborhood where this home rests is full of greenery. The grass surrounding the pool helps to bring out the other trees, bushes and grass in the area, and makes the entire picture look like one cohesive landscape.

Hints of Natural Water

And of course, we can’t forget about the pool. The inside of this particularly grand pool—which is 50 feet long and 20 feet wide—was designed with a black interior so the water would match the color of the housing development’s lake. This detail invites more of the natural beauty from the surrounding area into the backyard.

Overall, this poolscape is a beautiful reflection of the nature surrounding it, and hopefully provides some inspiration as we daydream about the warmer and greener months ahead.