Though the pools recently aired on television were very expensive pools, they demonstrated the fact that "money alone does not buy class or good taste." With a couple of exceptions, almost every pool displayed was nothing more that a collection of everything possible - including the kitchen sink.
Just because a client can afford to include everything, does not make the design correct. The design becomes secondary and the monstrosity becomes the focus. Soon, options begin to be added in the oddest of places, with no rhyme or reason.
"Because they can..."
Just because a client can afford to include everything imaginable, does not mean that a project should. Someone needs to exercise the voice of reason and sanity. If the project is being built for a Disney Resort, then by all means.
A designer will quickly show their "true colors" and focus (money, money, money!), when these type of project begin to get out of hand. They do not offer the client reasonable options or even attempt to incorporate the new elements into the design. They merely hang the new option onto the project and issue a change order.
Time tempers the insanity...
Years after the project has been completed, "newness" has worn off, usage has dropped off and the client is looking at a monstrosity in their yard and reviewing exorbitant monthly operating cost they begin to ask themselves... "What have I done?"
When it comes time to sell a property with such a project, the pool becomes an issue. Very few people want a pool in their backyard that appears to have been build without any sense of reason.
These eventually become white elephant pools... destined to be torn out.
Paolo Benedetti, S.W.D. - Aquatic Artist
"Creating water as art."™
Aquatic Technology Pool and Spa