It’s a pool that almost defies description, let alone the laws of gravity. Like a giant diving board jutting out from a vacation home in the Canadian Rockies, this spectacular infinity pool delivers jaw-dropping views of the surrounding peaks from every angle.

Suspended 40 feet above ground level, swathed in black glass tiles, heated during the winter months and illuminated with LED lights for late-night swims, the pool at this Whistler, B.C., residence is the last word in contemporary outdoor living.

Alka Pool

Designed by Vancouver-based Alka Pool, a visionary design/build firm specializing in cliffhanger pools, the Whistler pool is a triumph of innovation, engineering and technology.

Winner of this year’s Master Pools Guild’s Grand International Award of Excellence – the guild’s highest annual honor – the pool also impressed the judging panel of Ocean Home’s Platinum List 2015, awarding it the international pool of the year.

Owned since 2008 by cousins Carla and Rafaelle Sovernigo, whose fathers and uncle founded the company in the early 1960s, Alka Pool designs and builds some of the finest residential swimming pools in British Columbia.

“Every pool, spa, site and customer are unique in their own way and all present an exciting challenge to build a new work of beauty,” says Rafaelle.

Morehead Pools

South of the border, another family-run company takes an equally creative and thoughtful approach to quality residential pool design and construction.

Second-generation owners of Morehead Pools, located in Arkansas and Louisiana, Mike and Monica Moore take a four-pronged approach to their work: architecture, environment, rhythm and space.

“Swimming pools are no longer just watering holes. They are extensions of the architecture and environment that surround them,” says Mike.

“The backyard has become another room of the home. The outdoor living space is used for entertaining year round, a place to connect with family and friends, to rejuvenate the spirit, and an elegant escape from the stressors of life.”

Morehead Pools scooped two major honors at the 2014 Master Pools Guild Awards for Outstanding Natural Pool and Outstanding Spa, and is Ocean Home’s U.S. pool designer of the year.



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Image Credits: Photo courtesy of Alka Pool.