Alright, so we wanted a pool that was girlfriend friendly ie. I didn't have kids at the time, no husband, and lived on my own. I wanted something that my friends and I could lay out in and drink cocktails in and still be safe! So, we essentially designed the layout with that solely in mind!
I knew I didn’t want to have a curve, that was for sure! A couple years prior I had stayed at this Villa in Mexico that had different levels going down into the pool so that you could either lay, or sit on the different stairs and not be totally submersed. You could lie down on the top stair and still get a tan, or perch up on the one below that and so on...
Thankfully, my neighbor Kathleen was there to help me convince my contractor (who thought we were crazy) that this was a good idea. So as the pool design commenced, she would lie down as they filled the pool to show them the depth and levels we had in mind! Each step was 18 inches deeper than the next. And thats how my pool design came about.
Literally every Sunday it was my girlfriends and gay friends and it would look like the Abbey - people and cocktails everywhere - then I got married and had kids and it has been the most KID FRIENDLY POOL.
Fast forward as they started getting older and each year the kids would walk on a new step and slowly submerge them in. By the fourth year they were on the bottom step and able to swim! Not only that - we added random umbrella holes all over the pool so that we could protect their precious skin from the sun as they would swim. I would change up the color every year to whatever color I was into: I've had black and white striped, red, yellow - and it is the perfect design addition!
Of course the best part was that our pool contractor throughout the entire design process just laughed at Kathleen and I and thought we were absolutely SILLY for wanting to create a pool like this - and you know, as soon as he finished the pool, and it looked like it did, he wanted photos for his website! NEVER QUESTION A WOMAN AND HER DESIGNS!
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