Mix And Match

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Tropical Pools and Spas of Winter Park, Fla., builds about 100 high-end, custom pools a year, and it's almost all new home construction, says company president Adam Alstott.

This particular project in Windermere, Fla., is set in a neighborhood of million-dollar homes Says Alstott, "It's where all the stars like Tiger Woods and Ken Griffey, Jr., live in this area."

Alstott says his client for the project, the home builder, always wants a unique and different poolscape. "They want wow," he says.

To deliver the wow, Alstott consults with the home's interior designer to select materials. "We don't want anything to clash with what they're doing inside."

The team effort resulted in an eclectic mix of materials that works well since no single element is too pronounced. "The waterline tile is a black iridescent glass mosaic tile from Oceanside, which I think is really more of a contemporary look, and we blended it with a natural-looking lagoon pool with artificial rock work," says Alstott.

The pool's gold, bullnose travertine coping adds to the modern look, and the fire feature beneath the center of the balcony serves as a focal point for the project. "Everything is remote operated with a wireless AquaLink system," notes Alstott. "So you just press a button and the fire turns on."

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