Questar Pools and Spas Inc
Named by Robb Report as the most influential pool designer in the world, Skip Phillips of Questar Pools & Spas, is said to deliver “a palpable elegance and a sleek aesthetic.” The San Diego–based waterscape artist and industry expert places as much, if not more, emphasis on structure and hydraulics as he does aesthetics—the latter of which have been attributed to his ability to make water “dance.”
Designs by Phillips are marked by a seamless fluidity between the natural environs and the constructed landscape. In fact, he views the pool as an architectural extension of the home. “If someone walks into the back yard and feels the environment connects and that it’s a great space to be, then we did the right thing,” notes Phillips. “Fire, food, and water,” he adds, “are design tenets for defining the principles of what draws someone to a destination, [that’s] my design philosophy.”
Frequently, the designer travels in search of innovative materials and applications, which inform his signature waterscapes. Natural stone and glass figure prominently in his work, which has been featured in Deborah K. Dietsch’s Dream Pools, as well as publications like San Diego, Decor & Style, San Diego Home & Garden, Custom Builder, and Home magazines, and multiple national television profiles. Additionally, his own pool has been recognized by the Discovery Network and multiple television networks as one of the top pools in the country.
Known primarily for his innovations in vanishing-edge and other water-in-transit design details, he is also an internationally recognized educator whose focus is the intricate cosmetic and mechanical details relating to more complex pool and spa designs.
The designer enjoys working in Canada, which he describes as “a crossover” between Europe’s focus on wellness and the United States’ preoccupation with outdoor living. In Portugal, on a 15th-century monastery-turned-private-residence, Phillips repurposed a cistern—originally used to feed grape arbors—into a pool, retaining many of the architectural elements and funneling perimeter overflow into a hand-carved stone gutter.
For BioNova® Natural Pools that are completely chemical-free and ecologically friendly, Questar is the company to call. Fountains and spas are also among Phillips’s areas of expertise. After 36 years in the industry, and with so many accolades to his credit, Skip Phillips offers the ultimate in design excellence.