Pool Guide 2009: Make a splash with a variety of styles from which to choose
What you enjoy most about your pool: Privacy offered by enclosed courtyard; pool views from most rooms in the house; playing volleyball.

Features you would add, change or omit: Plan to add a waterfall and other amenities over time. And more Italian glass tile.

For workout, playtime

A raised spa flanked by fire bowls adds drama to the rectangular pool of Bill and Danielle Johnson, who live in Orlando's College Park neighborhood.

Water cascades down the series of wide steps from the spa into the pool, which is deepest in the middle. Designed with lap-swimming in mind, the 34-foot-long pool has steps in the center, not at the ends, where the water is 4.5 feet deep — features that make flip-turning easy.

Danielle, who is assistant vice president of cardiovascular services at Florida Hospital, is the lap-swimmer. Her husband, who provides support for the hospital's scheduling system, prefers to relax in the pool. Their two teenage sons enjoy all the amenities with their Edgewater High School friends.

"It's the best all-purpose pool," says Danielle.

Pool company: All Seasons Pools, Sanford.

Features: Midnight-blue color, flame bowls, two side entrances, deep in the center and shallow at each end for laps-swimming, raised hot tub with multicolored tile walls and spillway.

Cost: $49,000.

What you enjoy most about your pool: Swimming laps, the kids jumping into the deep middle section, the ambience from the sound of the spillway and the sight of the flaming bowls.

Features you would add, change or omit: "Nothing. We love it just the way it is."

Jean Patteson can be reached at 407-420-5158 or jpatteson@orlandosentinel.com.