LAKE WYLIE -- A local lakefront pool is earning its builder
Charlottean Rod Worthington will receive an international
award Thursday for a pool he helped design and build on Lake
Wylie. The pool, located at the River Hills Plantation home
of Tom and Elizabeth Carlisle, features a vanishing edge
that gives the illusion that it flows into the lake. Other
highlights include a boulder diving board, a giant raised
spa that flows into the pool and a built-in stereo system.
|| retired architect who designed the Discovery Place shark
tank and much of Asheboro zoo’s rocky landscape. The
self-cleaning pool has a black bottom so the water looks
more natural and matches the lake in the pool’s background.
Boaters on Lake Wylie can see the 28-foot vanishing edge
that spills over a 16-foot rock wall into a lower level pool
to resemble a steaming waterfall.
Worthington will travel to Texas this week to attend the
2002 International Pool and Spa Expo in Dallas.
Although he knows his will be
recognized with an award, he doesn’t know if the pool will
take gold, silver or
outside during the summer,,”
Carlisle said, adding that he wanted to avoid the typical
pool setting. Carlisle, Worthington and an architect
all worked together on the pool’s design. It started out as
a simple pool in a natural setting but then grew into
something that resembled an Oceanside resort. “We started thinking
and making all these additions to make it more unique.”
Worthington said he had never built anything as extravagant
as the Carlisle’s pool, but he was happy to tackle the
challenge. “This is definitely one of the most intricate
pools I’ve ever
| created, especially in terms of technical
difficulty,” Worthington said.
It took Worthington and his crew from Artesian Pools, Inc.
more than six months to complete the pool, which is 10-feet
deep and 58-feet long and
overlooks Sunrise Point. It’s
surrounded by giant boulders
that were brought in by the
he said. “North Carolina pools don’t usually get international attention. I mean,
we’re up against ocean-front Hollywood homes and
mountain-view vanishing pools.”
Worthington is the owner of Artesian Pools, Inc. near Steele
Creek. He can be reached at (704) 504-3224.