Arizona residential pool project channels Polynesian influence

Oqq 1008 AqThe homeowners are big entertainers, and what they were trying to do was create a dual-purpose environment," says Judd Smith, president and CEO of Tahitian Pools and Spas, Chandler, Ariz., "one for children and one for adults." The "Bora Bora" concept came to fruition when the homeowner told Smith about the experience he'd had in Tahiti.

The lagoon-style pool, finished with prism blue Pebble Sheen, has a reverse negative edge that visitors see pouring toward them as they enter the house.

The kids can enjoy sliding down the grotto and navigating their way through the well-lit cave, and can also bounce all afternoon on a trampoline.

While the kids play, the adults have their own little haven to hang out in. A 35-foot-long swim-up bar - with deck jets that shoot water out of the bar top - features a barbecue, pizza oven, refrigerator and sink. It also sports a 52-inch flat panel TV and full stereo system.

Because the homeowner is a sports and entertaining fanatic, says Smith, the entire project is wired for more TVs and space to accommodate at least 200 people.

"With this design, and as unseparated as it is, you are able to achieve both a child and adult atmosphere," says Smith. "There are lots of little places here and there for making conversation. It lends itself to large group parties."

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