When California couple Pat and Hillary Rondero moved their family to Charlotte, getting a home with a pool was top of their list. With three young children, their daily lives had centered on sunshine, water and just being outside. They didn’t plan to give that up. They found the right lot in Charlotte’s Eastover neighborhood, perfect for a home and a pool. After researching many local pool contractors, they contacted the design team at Pool by Design to help the build their dream pool while their home was under construction.

Hillary knew exactly what she wanted: A very simple and modern pool in a natural setting. “It was a very smooth process from the initial meeting to the design approval to the final construction. The end result was exactly as I had imagined,” says Hillary.

The pool is a simple rectangle constructed of concrete and travertine coping. It was built a mere twelve feet from the house, making it an extension of their indoor living space. Surrounded by grass and a few stone pavers, it has the natural appearance they were looking for and it also features a large tanning ledge and water jets that provide visual
appeal and a soothing sound.

With over 30 years experience, Simon and Jo Spiers, the husband and wife design team behind Pool by Design, are accustomed to working with the diverse needs of Charlotte families. “The Rondero’s wanted a water feature, but unless you have a hill or an elevation, it is difficult to create a natural looking waterfall, explains Simon. The  solution to have the sound of running water was to add water jets, which create arching streams that flow from the natural surround into the pool. Being flexible and having the ability to come up with creative solutions is key to a successful pool project.”

Hillary agreed, adding the most important part of the process lies in the early planning and design stages. “We wanted to create a backyard area that looks like it was designed at the same time as the house and fits in with the character of our older neighborhood,” she says.

The Rondero’s couldn’t be happier with their new outdoor space. “We spend every day outside. All of our outdoor entertainment and parties happen right in our own backyard. Our home is the place to be!” says Hillary. Who needs California when you have this paradise right outside your back door?

Article appears courtesy of Urban Home Magazine

Bryson Thomas