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August 2006


FEATURE

Water's New Edge

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"We look at how it moves, how it spills over. Something that's become popular over the last five years is using elevations of the water." The infinity pool has become almost ubiquitous, and some say overused. But a negative edge that surrounds all four sides, called "wet coping," is a new take.

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"What happens is the coping is slightly beveled away from the pool on all four sides," Herman explains. "The water sheets over all the sides and then goes into a hidden gutter around the pool, and then the water is recycled." This creates a look of abundance. As Scott says, the higher the water level is, the better a body of water looks.

Pools have also been serving double duty as water features. Inspired by the water show at the Bellagio in Vegas, many have requested similar dancing jets of water for backyards.

"For a rectangular pool, you would have water shooting from the sides of the coping into the center," says Roberto Fernandez, a landscape designer in Greenwich. "It's a beautiful focal point. But when Sunday comes, you can switch off the jets and the kids can go into the pool."

In the end, a pool should meet its owners' needs. For a family with children, Fernandez recommends surrounding it with as much lawn as possible, as well as narrow decking. "The more open space around the pool, the better," Fernandez says. "And don't overcrowd the poolside with too much furniture." Like any other evolving thing, it needs room to breath.

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