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Contemporary Pool Design Ideas

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Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri Shares Ideas for Contemporary Pool Design

Contemporary pool designed by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri in a custom home he designed and built in Heathrow

Contemporary pool designed by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri in a custom home he designed and built in Heathrow

For years, lagoon-style and mediterranean-style pools dominated outdoor styles in luxury homes but lately, mainstream taste is leaning towards more modern, sleek designs to coordinate with contemporary architecture.

Contemporary pool designed by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri in a custom home he designed and built in Lake Mary, Florida.

Contemporary pool designed by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri in a custom home he designed and built in Lake Mary, Florida.

These rectilinear resort-style pools bring a sophisticated, chic ambiance to outdoor living spaces captivating attention with understated water features, LED lighting and vanishing edge spas. In contemporary pool designs, curves are replaced with a combination of squares, rectangles and straight edges.

Rendering of Contemporary Pool under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri in a custom home he is building on Markham Woods Road in Lake Mary, Florida

Rendering of Contemporary Pool under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri in a custom home he is building on Markham Woods Road in Lake Mary, Florida

Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri  recently designed a contemporary luxury pool for a new custom home under construction in a gated enclave of estate homes on Markham Woods Road in Lake Mary.

Rendering of Contemporary custom home under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri on Markham Woods Road in Lake Mary, Florida

Rendering of Contemporary custom home under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri on Markham Woods Road in Lake Mary, Florida

“The design challenge with contemporary luxury pools is to give the layout movement and depth without the use of curves, a more traditional feature.  I designed the pool in a configuration of squares and rectangles tieing the shapes together for a balanced, beautiful and functional layout,” explains Ulibarri, who notes most lagoon- style pools rely on curves for flow and function.

Rendering of Contemporary pool under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri in a custom home he is building on Markham Woods Road in Lake Mary, Florida

Rendering of Contemporary pool under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri in a custom home he is building on Markham Woods Road in Lake Mary, Florida

Jorge designated different zones of the pool including a play area for kids, an entertaining area for adults and shallow water ledge for sunbathing. The kids play area is located in the center of the pool, spans 16 x 24 feet and is deep enough for children to jump in, splash around and swim. The sunbathing deck is submerged in shallow water on a ledge with pool lounge chairs. The pool’s focal point is a modern-style pergola with a rain curtain centered on the back of the pool and visible from the foyer of the home through the great room. The spa entertainment area has a vanishing edge.

“Choosing the right finishes is key to pulling off an urban look.  Light-colored stone pool tiles, typical of lagoon and Old World style pools, don’t  work with contemporary looks. I spent a lot of time searching for dark designer pool tiles and discovered the perfect option—a natural stone in black travertine for the pool coping and tied together with a 6 x 6 porcelain black graphite tile for the pool water line,” explains Ulibarri, who designed the Lake Mary custom home with a rectilinear facade accented with stacked ledgestone accents.  

Finishes and materials that will be the design elements in a Contemporary luxury pool under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri in a custom home he is building on Markham Woods Road in Lake Mary, Florida

Finishes and materials that will be the design elements in a Contemporary luxury pool under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri in a custom home he is building on Markham Woods Road in Lake Mary, Florida

“I created contrast with light gray and black and glass mosaic tiles for a reflective element to define the shape of the pool emphasizing its silhouette,” adds Ulibarri. The pool deck is made of concrete pavers in glacier field to give the appearance of split granite, creating contrast around the pool.  A border of black stone around the pool deck and the pool creates a dramatic outline. The pool integrates glass mosaic tiles in dark blue, light blue and platinum color on the spa and the pergola raised deck. The interior of the pool has pebble stones in a light gray to create more contrast between the dark border and the interior of the pool.  For more design ideas for Orlando Custom Homes, check out Jorge’s video series, Trade Secrets for insider tips and useful information about luxury home construction.

Sport and Resort Pool, The Latest Trend in Pool Design

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The latest trend in pool design combines sport and resort for a pool that does triple duty as the home’s showpiece, social hub and gym.

A pool designed for exercise and entertainment can be a wise investment-increasing your home’s value and enhancing your quality of life. The latest trend in pool design is Resort and Sport. Florida Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri says clients these days are asking for pools built for a workout and a party. “Clients no longer want the lagoon-style pool with its boulders , cascading waterfalls and meandering shapes. Although these pools are pretty to look at, they aren’t as functional as the more contemporary, sleek designs,” explains Jorge, who is building a Sport and Resort-style pool for one of his clients that embodies this latest trend.

“Today’s pool designs are more contemporary and polished looking with clean lines. From a cost perspective, this look is affordable depending on the types of finishes the homeowner chooses. The beauty comes with the pool’s contrasting colors and mosaics. The contemporary style lends itself to a lot of creativity as opposed to the lagoon-style pool and its limited design,” says Jorge.

The design of a pool is dictated by its function. The homeowner wants this 1000 sq. ft. pool to become part of his fitness routine so its design spans 80 feet long to accommodate swimming laps. (Note a 25-yard pool is considered standard lap pool.) As an added bonus, the pool’s length makes it visible from every window of the house giving it a resort look.

Also designed to entertain, the saltwater pool features several social spaces such as a swim-up table, shallow water lounging areas, sunken seating, stepping-stones and a spa. The pool gets its contemporary edge from ample use of cobalt blue mosaics and pebble stone bottom with contrasting ivory travertine coping (pool’s edge)

The saltwater pool integrates with the outdoor covered living room via the spa, where water gracefully spills over the sides and flows back to the pool. Bubbling fountains throughout contribute to the soothing, melodic ambiance.

The budget for this pool is on the higher-end but Florida Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri says there are always opportunities to save. In our next blog posting, we’ll give you some money-saving tips on the latest trends in pool design. Check back and be sure and subscribe to our blog and video series Trade Secrets for more affordable design ideas.