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More Brits Buying Million-Pound Dream Homes 23rd November 2016

Rear view of luxury home with swimming pool

 

For many people, owning a lavish million-pound house with its own gym, luxury pool and huge open-plan kitchen is a pipedream. However, for more Brits it is now becoming a reality, as sales of super houses have risen in the last year.

 

The number of people buying houses worth over £1 million has increased by 12 per cent from the first half of 2015 to the first six months of 2016, according to the latest figures from Lloyds Bank.

 

This is despite house prices for properties over £1 million having fallen by seven per cent over the last two years, although this is thought to be down to the sales of extremely luxurious homes exceeding £2 million and £5 million.

 

“The strength of the London economy, stamp duty changes and the attractiveness of UK prime property to overseas buyers, could all play a part in the boost to sales at this level,” commented Sarah Deaves, private banking director at Lloyds Bank.

 

While the south-east has the majority of million-pound home sales, with 91 per cent stemming from London, the wider south-east region, and the east of England, it is the north that has experienced the biggest changes in the market.

 

Sales of million-pound houses soared by 83 per cent in the north-east of England between the first half of last year and the same period this year, which is the largest increase across the UK.

 

If you’ve been lucky enough to buy a house over £1 million and want to fit a luxury swimming pool in your palatial abode, take a look at these beautiful handmade ceramic tiles and water features that could really add character to your property.

Posted: November 23rd, 2016 Category: News Comments: (0)

Swim Through The Sky At The Hotel Hubertus Resort 23rd November 2016

 

view on the Lake Braies and a hotel, surrounded by the peaks of the Braies Dolomites in South Tyrol, Italy; blue sky and white clouds, hiking area

 

If you’re looking for something a little different for your luxury swimming pool, then pay a visit to Hotel Hubertus, a wellness resort in South Tyrol in Italy, where you’ll find an incredible 82-ft long pool that’s been suspended 40ft above the ground.

But that’s not all – the pool has also been built with a stunning glass window in the bottom of it so that swimmers can enjoy the illusion of floating through the sky… which does sound amazing but certainly not for the faint of heart.

Speaking to MailOnline Travel, Noa architect Lukas Rungger said: “For the design of the pool we were driven by the aim to blur the physical limits to create an element, which is interweaving with the landscape, mirroring the clouds and framing panoramic views.”

If you’re not particularly taken with the idea of swimming through the sky, there are other swimming opportunities to enjoy at the resort. There are six other indoor and outdoor swimming pools, the Alpenreych Spa and a sun terrace, so you’ll have a lovely holiday even if you don’t brave the suspended pool.

For further inspiration for your own swimming pool designs, if the idea of a suspended pool doesn’t appeal, do some research into the Cathedral of Christ in Moscow. Did you know this was once a swimming pool? The building itself is stunning and could certainly give you some food for thought with regards to colours and patterns for your own pools and ceramic tiles. Certainly, featuring gold as an accent shade could be a brilliant way of showing your new pool off at its best.

Posted: November 23rd, 2016 Category: News Comments: (0)

Would You Have A Red Wine Swimming Pool? 17th November 2016

 

wine

It’s the natural order of things for luxury swimming pools to be filled with water. It’s the way it’s always been. But if you’re after something a little different, then you should perhaps book yourself a stay at luxury retreat the Yunessun Spa Resort in Hakone in Japan… where you’ll find the spas filled with red wine, green tea and even ramen noodles.

Of course, the resort has all the mod-cons and spa treatments that you would usually expect to find in such a place, but it’s the themed baths that have really captured people’s attention of late… and it’s not hard to see why.

According to Atlas Obscura, wine and coffee-pouring ceremonies are carried out several times a day near the pools, with each themed bath featuring giant drinks containers – so, for example, the wine bath is filled from an oversize wine bottle, while huge fake noodles can be seen hanging over the ramen pool.

Of course, the style of this spa won’t be to everyone’s liking but it’s always worth having a look at places like this to see if there are any ideas you could potentially steal for your own luxurious swimming pool designs. And at the very least, if you do decide to whisk the family off to Japan for a few days of rest and relaxation, the children will have an absolutely brilliant time splashing about in the green tea spa. Just perhaps keep them away from the red wine pool.

If you need help or ideas for your own bespoke swimming pools, get in touch with our friendly and experienced team here at CBD Pools today.

Posted: November 17th, 2016 Category: News Comments: (0)

Try These Retro Interior Design Ideas On For Size 7th November 2016

 

Architectural detail part of a decor of a building in "modernist" style

We keep hearing here at CBD Pools that the 1970s are back with a serious vengeance this year, from interior design to haute couture… so we thought we’d take a look to see which retro design ideas would work particularly well when used for luxury bespoke swimming pools. Have a read and then let us know what you think of them all. Which of these would you adopt for your own home style?

 Stained glass

Look to art deco and art nouveau patterns and ideas for inspiration when it comes to your own stained glass. If you’ve decided on an indoor pool, there’s no better option for your windows than a bit of stained glass. You could go all out and have it installed from top to bottom or just give a nod to the 1920s and 30s by having the top panes done in stained glass. It would be absolutely magical swimming with the light shining through the glass down onto you.

Bold colours

When you think of kitchens from the 1950s, you tend to think of big, bright and brash colour pairings. As good as these look in the kitchen, they also work incredibly well for swimming pools, whether you have your ceramic tiles done in blues, greens and yellows, or if you’d rather keep it minimal and use them as accent colours here and there.

Tortoiseshell

When done well, tortoiseshell looks incredible and it’s enjoying something of a resurgence at the moment (although make sure you buy faux to help protect wildlife around the world). This kind of motif for your swimming pool tiles would look amazing, especially if you pair them with other white accoutrements… your pool area will look delightfully 1920s but with a modern spin on it. What more could you ask for?

Velvet

Getting the vintage look right without going overboard or making your house feel dated is tricky, but it’s all about how you use various elements. Velvet is a really luxurious material that was often seen in the wealthiest homes decades ago and it’s coming back into fashion now, so think about adding in a few touches around the pool to help bring it to life. You could have velvet curtains hanging up, or have comfortable seating with velvet cushions or even a velvet robe for when you get out of the pool.

Go grey

One of the best colours for decorating has to be grey, since it makes other colours really come alive. It’s also a very chic option (even more so than white) and is a favourite shade of none other than Christian Dior, so you’ll certainly be in excellent company if you paint the walls of your pool room grey. Alternatively, you could use grey ceramic tiles to help you create a beautiful vintage aesthetic.

For further advice on what tiles to go for, call us at CBD Pools today.

Posted: November 7th, 2016 Category: News Comments: (0)

A Look At The World’s Most Extraordinary Swimming Pools 31st October 2016

 

JANUARY 11, 2016: Vector Illustration of David Bowie, eps10

 

With news this week that an artist painted a giant mural of musical legend David Bowie on the bottom of a swimming pool, we thought it was an excellent opportunity to delve into some of the most daring and eye-catching pool designs around the world. If you’ve got ambitions of creating your own unique swimming pool, take a look for some inspiration.

 

David Bowie in a pool

We had to start with the masterpiece that is David Bowie on the bottom of a pool on Vashon Island just outside Seattle. Local artist Ten Hundred spent hours painstakingly painting the pop legend as Major Tom, with a bit of Ziggy Stardust flair on his face. There’s even a timelapse video of the whole process.

The end effect is stunning, with Bowie framed by an abstract space background. The artist used stencils to draw up the outline, before hand painting the finished picture, which looks slightly other-worldly once it’s submerged underwater.

 

Bloody Mary pool

This isn’t quite what it sounds – you won’t be swimming in a pool filled with vodka and tomato juice – but the iconic cocktail lent some inspiration to the red-hot swimming pool at the Art Hotel Pyrgos in Santorini.

The Daily Mail highlighted its stunning design earlier this year and we have to agree it’s incredibly striking. As its name suggests, the Art Hotel is all about art and it’s put the red swimming pool at the centre of the complex.

Red ceramic tiles glisten in the light, and the water has a very alluring quality thanks to the dark colour of the tiles. With the surrounding walls in a plain white, the pool really is able to take centre stage. Of course, you can do more than just swim here – the poolside bar offers a range of signature cocktails.

 

Stairway to Heaven pool

The pool at boutique hotel Villa Honegg has been causing something of a stir online lately, after a Brazilian tourist posted a short video of it on social media. What begins as a stairway into any normal pool quickly becomes a lot more special when she turns to take viewers outside to a breathtaking view of the Alps from a serene infinity pool.

Wrapping around the corner of the building, the design of the pool itself is simple and classy, letting those incredible views of the mountains and the lake below do all the talking. And with the pool heated to 34 degrees C, it’s a treat to visit at any time of the year.

 

Marble paradise pool

The indoor swimming pool in the spa at London’s Corinthia hotel was noted as a hidden gem by Stylist Magazine and we have to admit it looks pretty special. The pool looks incredibly sleek with its black tiles and ceiling that reflects the pattern of the rippling water – perfect for relaxation.

Other touches such as marble heated loungers and poolside private sleep pods make this a truly dreamy place to escape to. If you’re thinking of creating your own indoor pool, this is a fantastic example of how to make it a luxurious and beautiful place to swim.

Posted: October 31st, 2016 Category: News Comments: (0)

Can You Fit A Swimming Pool In Your Home? 28th October 2016

 

 

 

Relaxation Area with swimming pool, artificial waterfalls and wooden chairs

 

Swimming pools are a wonderful addition to any property, but they do take up a fair amount of space and working out whether you’ve got room in your current property can be a challenge.

 

The first thing you need to decide is whether you want to have an indoor or an outdoor pool, and then think about where you will locate either option. If you have enough room in your garden for an additional building, this will allow you to have an indoor pool without any disruption to your home while you build it.

 

Outdoor pools are a popular option, but in the UK you need to consider how often you’ll be able to use it given our changeable weather.

 

Kate Moss has recently had planning permission granted to convert two outbuildings on her property, according to the Daily Mail, and these will become an entertainment area for guests complete with a swimming pool.

 

This is another option open to you should you have outbuildings on your property.

 

When you’re thinking about the space you need for a pool, remember to account for the area surrounding it where you can lounge and relax when you’re not having a dip. This is particularly important for indoor pools, as it will affect the size of the building or room where you’re planning to put the pool.

 

Once you’ve established that you have the space to add a luxury swimming pool to your property, you’ll need to think about the decor and design. Here at CBD Direct we have extensive experience in producing ceramics for swimming pools, so contact us to find out how we can elevate your pool to a work of art.

Posted: October 28th, 2016 Category: News Comments: (0)

Artistic Properties Highlighted 28th October 2016

interior design home with indoor pool luxury country house

There are many examples of art within architecture, and now the Telegraph has highlighted some of the most striking high-end developments where artistic flair has been considered in equal measure with functionality.

 

And some of these exceptional properties also feature swimming pools, offering excellent examples of luxury pool design.

 

One of the properties featured is Ashberg House in London’s Chelsea, which includes a 12.5 m swimming pool among its array of facilities. The pool itself is designed to imitate sculptor Richard Wilson’s 20:50, a permanent installation at the Saatchi Gallery.

 

The original piece of art is an oil-filled room, with a shiny glass floor that resembles a pool of water. In Ashberg House, the pool is finished with immaculate black tiles, while a polished black plaster ceiling above the pool reflects the water.

 

Floating limestone steps that disappear into the pool’s depths, and a Brazilian black slate wall finish the look, all designed to perfection by Morpheus London.

 

Speaking to the newspaper, the firm’s head of design Alex Isaac explained more about the aesthetic they were creating: “We sought to recreate the holographic nature of Wilson’s installation and the endless configurations of mirroring that can be seen in the walls, ceilings and surface of the floor.”

 

This is a particularly striking example, but there is much you can do by using the right tiles in your pool. We recently highlighted top trends for ceramic tiles, which included a move towards clean lines and the use of bold colours to accentuate light backgrounds or aspects of a pool room.

Posted: October 28th, 2016 Category: News Comments: (0)

Pool Inspiration: Milan 26th October 2016

 

MILAN ITALY - AUGUST 29 2015: Luxury Store in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping mall in Milan with shoppers and tourists strolling around. Prada is an Italian luxury fashion house founded in 1913

 

When it comes to a sleek, chic aesthetic in your interior or luxury swimming pool design, looking to the Italian for inspiration is a must. Of course, there’s no standard one look when it comes to Italian design or ceramics for that reason, but there are design tropes which you may see time and time again flipping through the pages of Elle Décor Italia which can help you to create a truly stunning Milan-inspired look, whatever country your pool is grounded in.

 

Of course, high-end Italian homes tend to use marble unsparingly – it’s a locally-sourced product, with marble formations spread throughout the land, and Italian marble really is considered one of the best.

 

While pure marble may give an incredible luxury finish, another great Italian export which is enjoying an interiors renaissance is terrazzo-style flooring. Originally invented by Venetian construction workers as a budget alternative, terrazzo sees scrap chips of marble and other stones cast in concrete.

 

And talking of renaissance, of course, Italy is perhaps most celebrated for its Italian Renaissance paintings and artists – a style which is still adopted in modern homes today. Italian homes are houses of contrast – super sleek modern interior pieces sit alongside Renaissance-inspired art cast in ornate baroque frames among traditional, highly patterned marble.

 

It’s a style that crosses minimalism and maximalism in a way that defies explaining, but can be seen time and time again in Italian culture. Compare it to Italian fashion, with design houses such as Versace who create cutting edge design with boldly ornate designs, which can be seen to be drawn from historic interior references such as the ones that make up Donatella’s own home.

Posted: October 26th, 2016 Category: News Comments: (0)

10 Swimwear Trends for 2017 24th October 2016

Full length shot of a fit young woman in swimwear standing by a swimming pool. Attractive female model standing on the edge of the pool with her hand on hip and looking away.

Although summer 2016 may feel like a distant memory, fashion is already casting a glance towards 2017. If you’re jetting off to sunnier shores or simply staying at home and lounging in your luxury swimming pool, it’s the perfect time to contemplate how to look your best.

Over the past few months, designers have been showcasing their wares with an eye to influencing next year’s beach and poolside styles. Miami Swim Week, held in July 2016, showcased the looks that will be hot next summer.

According to Elle.com, what they refer to as a ‘frong’ was a frequent flyer throughout the shows – in other words, swimsuits with high-cut legs to the extreme, a look that has been seen on many a celebrity in recent months.

One-piece bathing suits remain timeless classics, with a variety of styles gracing the catwalk. As noted by Cosmopolitan.com, sheer cut-outs are a common theme, along with slashed or lace-up sides. Asymmetric designs are also prevalent, with one-shoulder straps making a comeback.

Another hot trend is the halter neck, either as a suit or in bikini form. The Fashion Spot spotted that these feature heavily in the 2017 collections, as do tassels, a trend Cosmopolitan picked up on too.

Men are not excluded from the fashion forecast either. At the South Beach Men’s Show, also held in July, noted styles included closer-fitting, thigh-length board shorts, as well as geometric patterns and vivid colour blocking.

Wherever you intend to relax, you are sure to find a style that suits.

Posted: October 24th, 2016 Category: News Comments: (0)

Top Trends For Ceramic Tiles 17th October 2016

SWIMMING POOL STEPS

 

 

 

There are a lot of decisions you’ll have to make when contemplating your luxury swimming pool designs, but one of the most important is what kind of ceramic tiles to go for. Why is this an important factor? Because the style and design of these will seriously affect the overall impact of your pool.

 
It makes sense to see what’s trending in the interior design world when considering what style of tile to go for. At the moment, interior trends are pointing towards modern, clean lines, with light backgrounds that are accentuated by bright and bold colours, so consider bringing these ideas in when buying your swimming pool tiles.

 
The 1970s have been huge news for interiors over the last few months and this certainly doesn’t look as if it’ll be going out of style any time soon, so why not see if you can bring in a few concepts from this particular decade? Oranges and teals are big news right now, but you could go down the earthier route and have your pool tiles done in muted shades like browns and deep reds. Don’t be deterred by the idea of red tiles for your pool – this has been done before and it really does look amazing.

 
As for patterns, look to rain drops, hexagons, herringbone and baroque designs for a bit of inspiration. Hand-painted shapes like those you might see in Spain or other Mediterranean countries are popular right now and would look lovely in your pool. If you’d like further advice on what tiles to go for, call us at CBD Pools today.

Posted: October 17th, 2016 Category: News Comments: (0)

Top Exercises To Do This Autumn 6th October 2016

Running man in forest woods training and exercising for trail run marathon endurance race. Fitness healthy lifestyle concept with male athlete trail runner.

Running man in forest woods training and exercising for trail run marathon endurance race. Fitness healthy lifestyle concept with male athlete trail runner.

As the temperature drops, many people may feel inclined to stay indoors and hang up their running shoes for another season as they put their fitness regime on the backburner. However, no-one should be put off by cold weather, and even when winter sets in, there are still plenty of exercises you can do to stay fit and healthy.

Here are just a few:

– Swimming

Avoid the chilly winds and harsh rain altogether by making the most of your luxury swimming pool and swim several laps a day. As well as being convenient and comfortable for those who have their own pool, swimming is a fantastic form of exercise.

Not only does it use lots of muscles in your body for a total workout, it is a great calorie burner too. For instance, 30 minutes of front crawl can burn 404 calories, which is more than running for the same amount of time, and almost double the amount used when cycling.

– Running

If you love feeling the fresh air on your face and being outdoors when running, then you don’t have to give it up just because it’s colder. Simply invest in good sports gear to help you stay warm, ensure you have a good grip on the road, and keep dry in wet conditions. You should also have jackets and leggings with reflective panels so drivers, cyclists and pedestrians can see you in the dark.

– Team sport

This could be the perfect opportunity to learn a new skill and get involved in a team activity. Exercising doesn’t just have to mean hitting the gym, running solo or doing a DVD at home; you can have fun dancing, playing football, having a squash game with your friend, or learning how to box – and these days, you can do them all within the comfort of a well-heated sports hall!

Posted: October 6th, 2016 Category: Advice Comments: (0)

Vacuum Cleaner Millionaire In Hot Water Over Swimming Pool 4th October 2016

Modern House In Minimalist Style.
A luxury swimming pool is a staple in every millionaire’s home, but it is essential to get the correct planning permission if you are intending to get one built into your mansion. This is the mistake vacuum cleaner entrepreneur Sir James Dyson made, who has got himself into a spot of bother over fitting a beautiful pool in his impressive Dodington Estate home in Gloucestershire, the Daily Mail reported.

Despite the pool being completed four years ago, planning inspectors from South Gloucestershire Council have only recently been made aware of the £1 million addition to the Grade-I listed 18th Century house.

Sir James, 69, who is famous for inventing and launching the Dyson range of vacuum cleaners, bought the home together with his wife Deidre in 2003.

They decided an eight-foot wide pool would complete the grand, historic feel of the 600-acre estate, so set about constructing one. They had it fitted with Tuscan marble and uplights were set into the limestone floor for an atmospheric look.

The millionaire now faces a possible fine if the local authority does not grant permission for the pool, despite it having been in the building for the last five years. In this case, the basement, where the pool is situated, will have to be returned to how it looked originally.

In the worse case scenario, Sir James may be sent to prison for two years for breaching regulations when it comes to carrying out work on listed buildings.

If you have already received consent to build a swimming pool in your home, make sure you consider the look of the pool carefully. Craig Brady Design offers a wide choice when it comes to ceramics, so you can have the pool of your dreams in your luxury abode.

Posted: October 4th, 2016 Category: News Comments: (0)

Moscow’s Cathedral Of Christ The Savior Was Once A Swimming Pool! 26th September 2016

Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. Russia, Moscow

It certainly makes for interesting reading finding out about the amazing luxury swimming pools there are around the world and even though we’re experts in our field, we do come across a story that surprises even us from time to time.

And we’ve just discovered that the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow, once the biggest church in the orthodox Russian Empire, was transformed into a swimming pool a few years after the second world war.

According to Daily News Egypt, the cathedral – renowned for its stunning golden cupolas, visible from the Kremlin – was one of the casualties when the Soviets took power in 1917, with almost all churches in the country closed down, property confiscated and thousands of members of the clergy sadly shot. There was seemingly no place for religion in this new society, with churches given more secular functions such as libraries, cinemas, storage spaces and homes.  And, of course, swimming pools.

Joseph Stalin did apparently consider replacing the cathedral with a Soviet palace and a statue of Lenin on the top of the building, so the cathedral was blown up in 1931. However, this construction project was never finished but later down the line the biggest swimming pool in the USSR was constructed, twice the size of a football field.

The water in the pool was heated so residents could enjoy a swim all year round, although these days many Moscow locals admit that they have mixed feelings about the massive
swimming pool on the site of the cathedral. While they do have good memories of learning to swim there or meeting up with their friends in the summer months, some of them feel bad for
spending time in the waters of the pool, located on what was once a sanctified place.

If you’re planning your own swimming pool design at the moment, it might be a nice idea to bring in elements and ideas from this beautiful cathedral. You could, for example, give a nod to the shining gold cupolas and have beautiful gold ceramic tiles laid at the bottom and sides of your pool. Quite the talking point!

Posted: September 26th, 2016 Category: News Comments: (0)

Enjoy Total Relaxation In Luxury Hawaiian Resort 23rd September 2016

Luxury Hawaiian resort

Most of us dream of luxury tropical holidays, and a trip to Hawaii seems to have it all – gorgeous sunshine, charming culture and beautiful natural scenery.

Another thing it boasts is the Lumeria Maui hotel where guests are encouraged to completely unwind during their stay, taking part in daily yoga sessions, meditation, movement and new thought classes so they can let the hustle and bustle of their normal lives fade away.

One of the most loved featured of this boho-chic resort is its luxury swimming pool where you can enjoy a few lengths before breakfast or simply float around on your Lilo.

Situated near to the pool is its Maui Spa Retreat, offering a huge range of natural healing treatments that will ease aches and pains, make you feel more relaxed and give you the chance to pamper yourself.

If you’re going away with your partner, you can even enjoy a couple’s outdoor massage or acupuncture session, basking in the glorious sunshine as you indulge your body.

Away from the hotel, Lumeria Mauri’s location means there are plenty of activities to take part in nearby. For instance, you could discover the tropical rainforests of Maui, enjoy lying on its golden beaches, sample some tipples on a winery tour, or get your adrenaline pumping with zip-lining, wind surfing, kayaking, snorkelling, whale watching, a round of golf and horseriding instead.

Of course, if you don’t want to leave the resort, you’ll have plenty to do here as well. The ethos here is to encourage guests to really connect with Maui culture, so you will find daily yoga, sound therapy, aromatherapy, meditation and horticulture classes.

What’s more, you can book packages that include wellness credits that can be used for spa treatments or Maui excursions.

Posted: September 23rd, 2016 Category: News Comments: (0)

Temperatures Hit 34C In Summer Heatwave 16th September 2016

UK beach in summer weather

Britain is not known for its high temperatures, but this week many people across the country have been dying to enjoy a splash in a luxury swimming pool as the mercury hit mid-30s C.

The hottest day of the year was even experienced, with Gravesend in Kent reaching 34.4C on Tuesday (September 13th), which made it the highest September temperature recorded since 1911.

Gravesend was not the only boiling hot place in the UK either, with Heathrow and Kew Gardens also hitting 32.8C on Tuesday as well, according to the Met Office.

The country has not experienced temperatures above 30C in September for ten years, making this week’s weather a freak occurrence.

Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said Tuesday’s temperatures were the peak of the heatwave, and weather will start cooling down over the weekend.

Nevertheless, the sunshine made the south-east – where most of the warm weather was felt – hotter than the likes of Ibiza, Marrakesh in Morocco, and Thailand’s Bangkok.

Unfortunately, those living in the north did not experience such fantastic weather this week, with heavy rainfall and flash flooding occurring in the north-west, north-east, Yorkshire and parts of Scotland instead.

Those with their own outdoor pools will have very much enjoyed this summer, with the UK having enjoyed several unprecedented heatwaves throughout the last few months.

According to the Met Office, Britain saw 178.8 hours of sunshine in August, which is ten per cent higher than the average. Most of this sunny weather was in England, experiencing 12 per cent more sunshine than typical readings for the month.

Posted: September 16th, 2016 Category: News Comments: (0)

Luxury Indoor Pool Features Car Showcase Platform! 13th September 2016

luxury indoor pool car

If you love your sports car as much as you love your luxury indoor pool, then it makes sense to combine the two so you can enjoy them both at the same time.

This is exactly what’s on offer at this five-bedroom home in Virginia Water in Surrey, which is currently on the market for £20 million. It comes with a dining room, cinema, gym, steam room, sauna, spa and beauty salon as well – but the piece de resistance simply has to be the swimming pool and car showroom.

The homeowner can house all their supercars in the lower ground floor showroom, which comes complete with its own lift, and install their very favourite motor in a glass-enclosed platform (which spins) that has been positioned next to the pool.

The estate agents note on Rightmove that the house is an “imposing architectural masterpiece, with magnificent detail in its limestone elevations”. It overlooks 3.5 acres of lawns that lead down to the River Bourne and there is approximately 18,200 sq ft of space, including the garages and the spa.

There’s also two guest bedrooms and bathroom suites to be found on the lower ground floor, three main reception rooms, a prep kitchen on the lower ground floor, a wine cellar and a two-bedroom staff apartment included.

Transport links are also excellent if you work in the City, as there are three stations located no more than a couple of miles away – Egham, Longcross and Virginia Water (which is the closest). If you’re looking for a brilliant family home that offers you luxury, a country lifestyle and boasts a close connection to London, this is undoubtedly it.

Posted: September 13th, 2016 Category: Design Comments: (0)

This Spiral Pool Design Is Perfect For Disabled Swimmers! 7th September 2016

Disabled person swimming pool lift

With the Paralympics about to kick off in Rio (September 7th-18th), our thoughts have turned here at CBD Pools to how you can keep your luxury swimming pool ideals and still make sure that your new pool is perfectly suited to disabled people as well.

Swimming has been a part of the Paralympic Games since it was first included in Rome back in 1960. In all, four strokes are used by swimmers and this year, there are 151 medal events taking place for men, women and mixed relay teams.

Now, you may not want to have an Olympic-sized swimming pool installed at home (although if you’re a very keen fitness enthusiast, it might be appropriate), but it might be a nice idea to consider how your pool could accommodate people with needs different to your own, even if you don’t have any disabled people in your family or network of friends.

For example, you could invest in a gadget that allows wheelchair users to lower themselves in and out of the water, so they too can enjoy a refreshing dip when the weather heats up. Or you could have an access platform installed, or do some research into moveable steps to make it easier for people to get in and out.

However, we recently came across this article in Dezeen magazine that showcased a series of tent-like buildings that were designed by Issei Suma, an architect in Tokyo, who was keen to come up with something to help provide accommodation and meals to a small community in Japan. Called Jikka, the complex contains five separate structures that include features and facilities such as a spacious kitchen, timber roof beams and concrete walls – as well as a luxury paddling pool.

It was this pool that really caught our eye and got us to thinking about how pools could be designed and built to look amazing while also being disability-friendly. Mr Suma’s idea of designing the pool in a spiral is absolutely inspired, so wheelchair users can simply roll their way into the water and not have to worry about struggling to get out either. All they have to do is wheel their way out again.

Not only is it brilliantly practical from a disabled person’s perspective, but it’s also incredibly beautiful to look at. If you’ve got the space, you could incorporate this idea into your own luxury pool designs so that it spirals at one end perhaps and then stretches out to form a more traditional-looking swimming pool.

We’d love to hear what you think about this beautifully designed swimming pool. Is it something you would consider having in your own house or do you have something else in mind?

Posted: September 7th, 2016 Category: News Comments: (0)

UK’s Top 3 Outdoor Pools 1st September 2016

Mosaic luxury swimming pool pattern

Unless you’re lucky enough to have your own luxury swimming pool, you might want a chance to dip into cool, refreshing water on some of our hotter days this summer.

That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the best outdoor pools you can find in Britain.

Thermae Spa, Bath

For a unique bathing experience, head down to Bath’s Thermae Spa where you can enjoy the warm waters of the thermal baths.

Its rooftop pool allows you to soak up the historic scenery of this south-western city and you can make use of the luxurious spa facilities when you want a break from the steaming waters.

This may not be the most refreshing dip on a hot day, but open all year round, it is the ideal place to head to when the weather turns frosty!

London Fields, London

You might not have thought London would be the place to find an open-air swimming pool, but Hackney is home to an Olympic-sized heated lido with a sun deck and plenty of loungers.

Its 50m-long lanes are ideal for those who want to keep up their exercise routine during the summer months, while it is also a great place to head to after work with some friends to splash around on a balmy evening.

Stonehaven Open Air Pool, Aberdeen

While Scotland might not be known for its hot weather, it doesn’t matter with its heated outdoor seawater pool in Stonehaven, Aberdeen.

The Olympic-sized pool boasts temperatures of 29C and has several different sessions, depending on whether you want a splash around with the kids, quiet swims in lanes, or even the chance to swim at night to disco music.

Posted: September 1st, 2016 Category: Advice Comments: (0)