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Even if you prefer just floating serenely, you'll still want a pool that is both unique and beautiful.
Here are some picks that will cool you down and also have your neighbors begging for an invitation.
First of all, make sure you shop around and get several estimates.
Also consider your home's style and surrounding environs when talking to designers.Companies such as
A Pool in Every HomeIf you don't have a lot of space to work with, consider Endless Pools, which features an adjustable current that allows you to swim and exercise in place. The pools are about eight feet wide by 15 feet long, and have easily adjustable temperature. Even though they are much smaller than traditional pools, they still offer many of the same benefits. In addition, the freestanding feature makes it possible to fit one in a number of settings, both indoors and out, such as a basement, garage, porch or patio.
Aquatic ArtFor a breathtaking, unique pool, look to Paolo Benedetti of Aquatic Technology. This California-based designer creates pools that are truly works of art. And your pool will be an original, as Benedetti will never use your designs again. This custom treatment will cost you -- some of his pools go for up to $2 million. Benedetti primarily works in North Pebble Beach, Caramel and Napa Valley, but does accept work in other areas depending on the project. Benedetti also works as general contractor because of the extent of his designs. For example, he can build an underground vault for your pool equipment, to keep unsightly clutter hidden but accessible. This is especially desirable in California, where real estate is at such a premium and home owners don't want to give up a couple of hundred square feet, says Benedetti. Before Benedetti even begins building the pool, however, he meets extensively with the clients, even asking whether they're right- or left-handed (so that the remote control for a hot tub can be located on the proper side).
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