Three award-winning designers —Shane LeBlanc, Kurt Kraisinger, and Jeromey Naugle—are leading the next trend in pools: a complete experiential environment. The three have found individual success in their own markets, but their power to create world-class designs has tripled now that they have formed one company, Tributary Pools. Their formation mirrors the image of streams from three different regions pooling together into a larger body—hence, the name Tributary. Their integrated approach of marrying landscape architecture and pool design creates a seamless quality.
“There are a lot more interesting things going on besides the pool,” says Kraisinger. “We’re looking at our clients’ entire lifestyle and carrying that design aesthetic throughout the project.”
Launched summer 2015, the trifecta aims to reach affluent clients around the globe who understand good design has value in both personal enjoyment as well as financial return.
Additionally, the group will reach underserved areas, where a truly thoughtful approach to pool and environmental design may be lacking.
Each designer prides himself on never repeating a design. “I [don’t like] the word ‘custom’ because every project should tailor-fit the client and site,” says Naugle. “I make whatever I’m doing blend with the environment by finding areas of interest, and then putting the pool inside that area.”
To their credit is a deep knowledge of soils, plants, and landscape materials— from one coast to the other. Not only are they creative visionaries, the group excels at quality control, taking into account grading, drainage, and site perspectives. Each water shaper brings with him a regional specialty, which when combined, makes for designs that function properly in any given context.
“All three of us are different in a lot of ways, but chances are [good] one of us will know how to detail plans for a particular site and what to consider,” says LeBlanc. “If we’re anything alike, it’s that our clients completely understand what we’re talking about and trust us.”
In the ebb and flow of an industry dominated by similar designs and short-lived construction, Tributary stands to last.