The Inspiring Winners Of Our Pinnacle Awards

In the eyes of our esteemed judges, these projects represent the year’s best in pool and outdoor living design.

Water That Welcomes You Home | Sky Pool in London | Splash Down | Mediterranean Oasis | Romance of Lavender | Residential Resort | Elegant and Modern | Contemporary Vibe | Chic Ranch Living | Coastal Modern | Smooth as Glass | Hill Country Water Wonders | Modern + Moody | Sunken Cabana | Parkland Bay | Rural Escape | Villa Linda | Zen Reflection | Entertainer’s Delight | Eye on the Prize | The “Wow” Factor | Quiet Reflection | Contemporary Outdoor Living | Stainless Steel Treetop Pool | Black Pearl | Quiet Elegance | Precision Design | Mosaic Masterpiece | Dazzling Dimensions | Straight Lines | Bubbles + Beyond | Stonelake Haven | Curvaceous Edges

Photograph by Jimi Smith

Water That Welcomes You Home

What an entrance! This 1,800-square-foot water feature includes 21 water bubblers, 32 LED lights, five wall mount scuppers, and two floating stainless steel firepits. The property is also home to a stunning infinity pool.

Project Team
Melo’s Pools and Outdoors
Par Development
Fedderly & Associates
Pool Engineering, Inc.
RA Structural Engineering
ProSeed Landscape & Irrigation

Sky Pool in London

The sky’s the limit! Located 115 feet in the air, this pool has one solid 14-inch-thick piece of acrylic and is made from totally transparent polymer.

Project Team
Eckersley O’Callagan
Ecoworld Ballymore Group
HAL Architects
Reynolds Polymer

Photographs by Mike Farley

Splash Down

This design is packed with amenities! It includes a kids’ zone with a splash pad, tennis court, fire pit, dual cabanas, slide, and pool and spa. Floating tables provide a gathering space between the dual cabanas.

Project Team
Farley Pool Designs 
Claffey Pools 
AllScapes Inc.
Southern Accents, Too!!

Mediterranean Oasis

Welcome to a Mediterranean oasis! The pool, spa, and landscape design utilize unique, high-end materials to provide a clean, cohesive feel with subtle splashes of pop for added flavor. 

Project By
AquaTerra Outdoors

Photographs by Neil Landino

Romance of Lavender

A balance of modern technology with the use of rustic materials gives a sense that the home and garden have been there for years. The three-sided negative edge pool blends into the gardenscape and includes a custom slide.

Project Team
Foxborough Inc.
Kaiser Trabue Landscape Architecture
McAlpine 
Splinterworks 
Winchester Inc.

Photograph by Steven Martine

Residential Resort

The lagoon-style poolscape is loaded with features, including rock waterfalls with a grotto underneath, swim-up bar, ipe-wood bridge that leads to an island and spa, illuminated rain curtain, and beach entry.

Project Team 
Almar Jackson Pools
Lucido & Associates
Fine Homes by Rick

Photograph by Jimi Smith

Elegant and Modern

The Lautner knife edge and vanishing edge combination, porcelain deck, exquisite all-tile interior finish, and elegant seating  areas make this pool and outdoor living space a modern work of art.

Project Team 
Aquatic Consultants, Inc.
Mosaicist, Inc.
Reef Tropical Pools

Photograph by Adam Pass

Contemporary Vibe

This clean and minimalistic design includes a vanishing edge, spa with a perimeter overflow edge and square cut coping, and Bobé stainless steel knife edge. 

Project By
Thomas Flint Landscape Design and Development LLC

Chic Ranch Living

A watershape channel to the zero-edge hot tub is the main visual feature and gives the ranch a contemporary vibe. A swim-up bar faces a large brick wood-burning fireplace and lounge area. By using the exact brick from the home construction, the team created an inviting outdoor living space that is cohesive with the overall design. 

Project By
Tipton Spires Design|Build

Coastal Modern

This expansive outdoor living space celebrates the Florida Keys—featuring an large outdoor kitchen with a professional built-in cocktail station and large television. Toward the water lies an infinity pool with a spillover vanishing edge that runs parallel with the ocean. 

Project Team 
D’Asign Source
Mosaicist, Inc. 

Smooth as Glass

The perimeter overflow, vanishing edge design mirrors not only the modern look of the house, but also to enhances the view of the river. When no one is swimming, the pool is like a sheet of glass. 

Project Team
Atkinson Pools
Dixon Architects

Photographs courtesy of Cascade Custom Pools

Hill Country Water Wonders

A well thought out design that works beautifully against the massive house structure, this poolscape is the result of extensive engineering, including the redirect of a river flowing beneath the property. 

Project By
Cascade Custom Pools

Photograph by Phil Johnson

Modern + Moody

The straight-line design allows the pool to fit in the yard like a puzzle piece. Design amenities including LED bubblers, floating steps, stylish cabana, and ample seating areas make it an entertainment playground and the perfect space for hosting year round. 

Project Team
Presidential Pools, Spas & Patio
Blue Square Manufacturing 

Photographs by Laura Farley

Sunken Cabana

Clean lines, spacious ipe wood decking, and numerous fire and lighting elements create a sleek outdoor living space. A sunken cabana and outdoor kitchen is a showstopper, adding depth to the design.

Project By
Claffey Pools

Photographs by Jimi Smith

Parkland Bay

This project was designed so the pool’s vanishing edge blends with the horizon. A large rain curtain falls down onto the pool and the shallow lounging area comes under the structure of the house. The back yard has a full kitchen, basketball court, putting green, and perimeter overflow spa. vanishing edge, marble pavers, rain curtain and industry best energy-efficient pumps, filters lights, and heaters.

Project By 
Ike’s Carter Pools

Photographs by Jimi Smith

Rural Escape

The pool and outdoor space connects the house to the land while creating fun and unique character spaces for this home nestled in the woods.  The vessel is a black reflecting pool with a vanishing edge surrounded by a white modern paver patio. The design beautifully blurs the line between pool and hardscape. 

Project Team 
J.Brownlee Design
Watermark Pools
Bear Ridge Builders
Kole Custom Homes

Photographs by Jimi Smith

Villa Linda

This tropical outdoor oasis boasts an expansive pool and experience-filled outdoor area, including a sunken fire lounge with contemporary stepping stones. A sun shelf chaise lounging area overflows into the pool. The outdoor living courtyard is a complex space full of water, natural materials, fire lighting,
and venues for leisure. 

Project By
Ryan Hughes Design Build

Zen Reflection

There is no start or end to this pool. The water floats at the coping level and spills into every view. The floating pebble sculpture, which is carved out of solid granite, mirrors the smaller pebbles covering the sun shelf. This is an elevated design with sculptural qualities that tie it into the surrounding environment beautifully.

Project By
Lucas Lagoons

Entertainer’s Delight

This well thought-out, elegant design is an entertainment paradise. The amenity-rich outdoor space includes a putting green, bocce ball court, sunken seating area, see-through fireplace, rain curtain, perimeter overflow spa, and complete outdoor kitchen.

Project Team
Radelli Design | Build
Watershape Consultants 

Eye on the Prize

This beautiful and creative design breaks the norm. The project had some limitations because of the curvature of the space, resulting in a pool with interesting curves that hug the property line.

Project Team
Danny Wang Design
DW Development

The “Wow” Factor

From stunning sculptures to waterwalls and an outdoor kitchen/entertaining hub, this design is not only captivating, but packed with energy-efficiences, including variable speed pumps and LED lights throughout. Adds one judge: “An outstanding design. Artful, very inspired, and every detail is by design.”

Project Team
Westmod
Sarmen Inc

Photographs by Jimi Smith

Quiet Reflection

A garden statue is the focal point of this outdoor space. Surrounded by stylish areas for relaxation, it’s a sophisticated sanctuary.

Project Team
Danny Wang Design
DW Development

Photographs by Jimi Smith

Contemporary Outdoor Living

A masterful design, this project incorporates an offset arc-and-tangent style pool to play with the angled setback lines while maximizing water play area and keeping the vessel aligned with the site lines from the house. 

Project Team 
J.Brownlee Design
Pantheon Construction
Watermark Pools Tennessee

Photographs by Jimi Smith

Stainless Steel Treetop Pool

Suspended on steel trusses high above a ravine and nestled among the treetops sits a custom stainless steel swimming pool. Amazing views of downtown Austin Texas are showcased through the acrylic wall. 

Project Team 
Design Ecology / Design Aquatics
Diamond Spas
Jon Luce Builder 
Olson Kundig Architects

Photographs by Jimi Smith

Black Pearl

The home, pool, outdoor living, and landscape blend seamlessly together, a result of thoughtful design and intention. Unique in shape, the black tiling and clean lines are subtle yet striking. Offers one Pinnacle judge: “This design represents the couture of pool building.”

Project Team
BIANCHI Design
Liquid Evolution Pools

Photographs by Jimi Smith

Quiet Elegance

This design is like a whisper: soft, elegant, and subtle. Every vanishing point is considered and calculated perfectly, blending seamlessly with the home and surrounding landscape. 

Project Team 
Melo’s Pools and Outdoors
Fedderly & Associates
Par Development
Pool Engineering Inc.
ProSeed Landscape
The Outdoor Plus

Photographs by Jimi Smith

Precision Design

A waterfront property with stunning views from multiple vantage points, the negative edge embraces the horizon for a breathtaking panorama. The pool dazzles at night with 1,300 fiber optic lights embedded in the pool floor, 25-foot fire feature, and custom torches.

Project By 
Steele’s Signature Pools

Photographs by Jimi Smith

Mosaic Masterpiece

The entire outdoor space with its surrounding buildings and architectural elements connects the home to the backdrop of formal Italian gardens and lavish lawns. Custom mosaic tiling presents an impeccable blend of history and modern craftsmanship.

Project Team 
Bressler Custom Homes & Design
Mosaicist, Inc. 
Paradise Pools by Design

Photograph by Seth Balogh

Dazzling Dimensions

This feature-filled modern design incorporates lines and geometric angles, open spaces, and outdoor rooms all planned for the optimum in outdoor enjoyment. The pool dazzles with dimensionality at every angle.

Project By
Ryan Hughes Design Build

Straight Lines

This outdoor living design for a contemporary ranch house is all about the straight lines. Packed with amenities including a covered sunken dry bar and swim-up bar, oversized hot tub with perimeter overflow, and a large linear fire pit, this backyard is ready for entertaining in style. 

Project By 
Tipton Spires Design|Build

Photographs by Jimi Smith 

Bubbles + Beyond

This pool is bursting with innovation. An acrylic bar table appears to float in the pool and bubbles via Paramount’s airbar add drama and depth to the design. Pinnacle judges declare it to be “next-level build” and “best of show.”

Project Team 
Melo’s Pools and Outdoors Pool Engineering Inc.
Slot Drain Systems 
Stanley Anderson
Titan Aquatic Exhibits

Photographs by Jimi Smith

Stonelake Haven

The elegant and contemporary outdoor design delivers an entertainment and relaxation rich platform with a soothing and natural vibe. Multiple layers are woven perfectly together to create a remarkable space with seamlessly connected spaces.

Project By
Ryan Hughes Design Build

Photographs by Jovan Valdez

Curvaceous Edges

Circular and linear elements combine to create a truly unique water shape. Multiple fire elements, LED lights, and glass tile by Sonoma Tilemakers provide for a striking poolscape. Multiple levels of lounging areas allow for stunning skyline views, day or night. 

Project Team
Premier Pools & Spas of Sacramento
Sheba Development, LLC 
JLC Concrete