Blue Ambrosia

Embedded in the desert hills of Paradise Valley is a 108-foot long luxury pool with an 80-foot custom infinity edge built within the rear hillside of an existing luxury home and guesthouse. The entire surface area of the pool spans an impressive 2,566 square feet and is built at the existing roofline or higher to take full advantage of spectacular, unobstructed Arizona views while maintaining absolute privacy for guests and swimmers. Children can enjoy the thrill of sliding down two steep rock slides or jumping off two strategically placed diving rocks, and even the family dog loves to join the fun. The pool was designed not just to be a place to swim, but a wonderful place for family and friends to share good times together and stay young in spirit.

Surrounding the swimming pool are 847 tons of Herculean boulders that were handpicked in Congress, AZ, transported one-by-one on semi-trucks, and delivered in specific sequence. The careful placement and design of each boulder (some as large as 28 tons) combined with salvaged Palo Verde, Mesquite, Ironwood, and Joshua Trees create a naturalized environment that leaves the impression the pool has always been there. Solid rock was carved out of the adjoining mountain using 1,500 cubic yards (2.5 football fields) of concrete and 100 tons of rebar to construct the entire structure including a 32-foot vertical retaining wall. Over 15,000 total man-hours and 30 concrete boom pumps were required to mount the concrete.

At the heart of this remarkable pool structure is the water circulation, filtration controls, and mechanical room, which are all located below the pool structure to remain out of the line of sight. Ten pool pumps and a king-size reverse-osmosis filtering system are dedicated to maintain the best quality of water, both chemically pure and without any particulate matter on the water surface. Precise planning and painstaking coordination was essential to enable the incredible vision of this colossal dream pool to sparkle brightly beneath the Arizona sun.

I was first impressed by the quality of the work done by Desert Star when they worked on the renovation of our house. Jerry impressed me in the way he was able to adapt in order to address our specific requirements and high expectations. For the pool, the project was far more complex and demanding. Desert Star was required to adapt, learn new techniques and many times work outside of its comfort zone. The day I have a new project, Desert Star will be my first choice.” ~ DSC Client and Owner of “Blue Ambrosia”

With special thanks to our Clients and:
Architect – Schouten Design Studio
Conceptual Design – Lash McDaniel Design Studio
Landscape Design – Lash McDaniel Design Studio
Photography – Mark Boisclair

Phoenix Home and Garden July 2015 Cover