Builder Comments by Skip Phillips (Designer) & John Crystal (Builder)
"This project was a team effort," explains designer Skip Phillips, owner of Questar Pools & Spas, Inc., Escondido, Calif. "Working with the pool builder, the tile installer, and the home's owner, we designed a renovation that incorporates a full vanishing edge, all-tile pool into a newly refurbished contemporary venue. We carefully chose the coping, tile, and other elements in order to remain true to the setting's personality. With a careful attention to detail and a good working relationship with all of the onsite contractors, we attained our objective: an extremely complex pool environment that blends in perfectly with the home."
"The structure of the house appears to have been built into the pool with the upper veranda columns being 20 inches out into the pool. I also had the idea to flush mount rectangular pool lights with stainless steel rock guards, a single colored light, and two underwater speakers, all with stainless steel trim, to enhance the wall underneath the lounging pad. We also installed solar heating, which was a challenge because of the home's lines. But, we, along with John and Bobby with Malibu Metals, devised a plan that soon had the system functioning."
Jimmy Reed of Rock Solid Tile is a gifted artisan, and they chose a champagne gold tile with a texture back to finish the pool surface. It appears to undulate and is made of polished glass. John Crystal—builder of this pool, and owner of John Crystal Pools, Northridge, Calif.—points out that "it has a depth that is indescribable and is like nothing I've ever seen before. To make sure the beautiful tile remained a focal point, Skip and I fashioned a custom floor inlet fitting that allows the integration of tile on the surface, leaving a seamless, uninterrupted floor without standard pool inlet fittings. We also worked with the tile contractor to configure the entire pool with 90 degree corners and built all dimensions to eliminate any cut tiles."
"Additionally, we waterproofed the current structure by utilizing a new penetrating product. I was initially brought into the job because the original perimeter overflow and water system failed and contributed to water damage to the exterior of the home. There were overlooked mechanical and hydraulic components that led to the failure. Skip improved the design by upgrading the existing systems, and we built the pool to function the way it was designed to."