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A client recently hired me to design a pool in their very narrow backyard in Studio City, California. The pool’s purpose is to serve as a lap pool and a rehabilitation pool for the homeowner’s Great Danes. These Danes are show dogs and are getting older so they are having problems with their hips.

Designing and ensuring that this pool could be built took a bit of research, but when all was said and done, it was easily approved by the City.

Here are two shots of how the yard looked before:

Since this pool is going to eat up pretty much all of their yard space, it had to be designed to be extremely functional and brilliant to look at. The pool is 3 1/2 feet deep from end to end and there is an entrance ramp to bring the dogs into. At one end of the pool is a treadmill system with swim jets and a massage attachment. The pool is only 7′ at the widest point and 32′ long.

Materials to make the pool look brilliant include tumbled Utah Flagstone for the decking, custom color grout for the stone, glass tile for the pool perimeter and a sky blue pebble finish for the plaster. Simple, yet elegant.

Here is my proposed design to the clients which was accepted:

Ground breaking on this project just happened on Tuesday so I will have pictures of the completed pool and yard in a few weeks. I can’t wait to see the finished pool!

Here is a shot of what the yard currently looks like:

The company that is building the pool is Certified Swimming Pools of California. I do many projects with this company and they know how to build an amazing pool.

It really goes to show that most anything can be built if the correct research is done and time is invested.