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Emerald Bay Crown Jewel of a Pool

Rock Solid Tile, Inc.

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1 Emerald Bay



Emerald Bay Laguna Beach, California


  • Jimmy Reed


  • Interior Designer: Gary Morris Design Group

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Project Description

This show-stopping custom pool and spa was designed and surfaced by Jimmy Reed, President of Rock Solid Tile, Inc. on top of Emerald Bay, an ultra-exclusive cliff-side enclave of luxury homes well-positioned high in the San Joaquin Hills of southern Orange County.
Nearly all homes in Emerald Bay have majestic vistas of the Pacific Ocean, as well as of the famous, crescent-shaped, half-mile cove and white sand beach directly below. The warm, shallow waters inside this half-circle bay destined to crash on Laguna Beach and then return, take on a vibrant green hue much like the precious natural gemstone the private, gated community was named after.
Despite the modern, sophisticated custom pool and spa system designed by Reed with all its intricacies, the most powerful feature of this waterscape is by far the visual one. The mesmerizing beauty created by the sublime contrast of colors between the pools sparkling 1x 1 Fleet Blue Oceanside Glasstile interior surfaces and the regal, light tans of the natural Limestone coping and deck surround.
From the residence, the luxury pool and spa appears to be the “contemporary” water feature Reed claims it to be, with square transitions and plumb walls in a traditional, rectangular shape. But this luxury water feature is far more than that. Reed hides the sophisticated, intricate details that allow for the breathtaking infinity views well out of sight below the far, seaside wall of the pool.
The intricate pool system starts with the slightly raised, square-shaped therapy spa that’s ringed on three sides with Limestone coping tiles. The only open spa wall is the exposed top infinity edge that provides direct access into the pool. The infinity spa lazily overflows the exposed front wall beginning the pool’s complex system that’s mostly hidden from view. The signature design element Reed included in the spa design is the two, L-shaped, overlapping glass mosaic tile surfaced panels that serve as the spa’s stylish bench seating.
The far, ocean-side wall of the main pool was also custom-designed by Reed with a free-form, wave-shaped infinity-edge wall that spills over into a three-foot wide cascading, river-like trough with a Limestone tiled retaining wall that mirrors the shape of the pool’s exposed vanishing-edge. This river-like trough below the infinity wall happens to provide a beautiful visual, and it doubles as the pool’s water collection and return system.
For the exposed overflow face of the infinity spa and the long, wave-shaped seaside vanishing-edge of the pool, Reed switched up the surface visual and artistically installed the remarkably beautiful iridescent finish option of the same Fleet Blue color-range from Tessera collection produced by Oceanside Glasstile. Amazingly, even with the shimmering, radiant beauty provided by the traditional Fleet Blue glass mosaic tiles used for all the interior pool and spa surfaces, the iridescent finish-style for the exposed top faces elevates this already show-stopping water feature. The exposed infinity-edge surfaces artistically surfaced by Reed with the iridescent Fleet Blue finish seem to dance and sparkle in almost indescribable soft blues, violets, grays and silver-like shades, especially when amplified by the California sun.
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