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SPECIAL DESIGN ELEMENTS
Tropical-themed concrete pool/spa
5.5 m (18 ft) coral reef tiled mosaic
Underwater bench and dry-drink tables
BUILDER | Master Pools by Dominion Gunite
www.masterpoolscalgary.com Tel: 403-221-9030
C Calming and relaxing are the words that come to mind when describing this indoor,
tropical-themed swimming pool and spa installation in Calgary. Designed and built
by Master Pools by Dominion Gunite, also of Calgary, the theme for the project was
mainly inspired by the owner’s experiences in the West Coast of Mexico.
Aquatic A R T
Recreating the allure of the tropics
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As a result, the entire basin of each aquatic feature was ﬁnished with glass-pebble
tile, creating a brilliant, tropical-like turquoise ﬁnish. Various handcrafted Mexican
mosaics were also incorporated into the tile work, including a 5.5-m (18-ft) coral reef
on the pool ﬂoor. This feature mimics these underwater structures, complete with tiny
living animals (e.g. sea anemones) found in marine waters. At night, attention is drawn
to these features via strategically placed ﬁbre optic and light-emitting diode (LED)
lighting assemblies, which heightens the ambiance of the space.
The ‘L’-shaped swimming pool has a gradual depth from 1 to 1.8 m (3.5 to 6 ft)
and includes an underwater bench and dry-drink tables that are located just below
the automatic cover track elevation. These features provide great lounge areas for
large pool parties in addition to oﬀering rest areas for those swimming laps along
the pool’s longest wall.
The spa, located adjacent to the swimming pool, furthers the calming and relaxing
appeal of the aquatic environment as it allows the homeowner to soak away their aches
and pains in warm, jetted, hydrotherapeutic waters without being removed from the
main pool area. A water feature wall, which includes various spray-jet features, was
also included to add further fun and excitement for the homeowner’s children.
To make maintenance and operation easier, Master Pools included automatic
chemistry and water level control equipment, allowing the homeowner to control
various items, including both pool and spa covers, lighting, and water features with
the push of a button.
And, thanks to the design of the pool and spa enclosure, the homeowner is
oﬀered the best of both worlds as the use of large windows and bi-folding doors
create a free-ﬂowing connection to the outdoors.
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