Photography by: Chelsey Ashford Photography.

    Stephen Smith sold his first high-end custom pool at the age of 24.

    “I knew at that moment that was what I wanted to do,” he says.

    An Upstate native, Steve grew up in the pool business, learning the ins and outs of the industry from a young age. He didn’t have plans to go out on his own, but over time began to see an opportunity to capitalize on his ability to specialize.

    Seven years ago he launched Atlantis Luxury Pools, specializing exclusively in the design, construction and renovation of the highest of high-end custom gunite pools. Steve does not seek to be all things to all people; Atlantis doesn’t deal in pH testing and pump repairs and Steve won’t be vacuuming your pool, but he does promise to transform your property into your own personal paradise.

    “I love doing things differently, creating my own designs and raising the bar,” he says.

    Paradise comes at a price, and Steve has no qualms letting people know his projects start at $100,000 and can range as high as $500,000 and beyond. Atlantis limits itself to 18 to 20 projects each year in order to maintain Steve’s high standards on each one.

    “We are not volume people,” Steve says. “We have a very unique niche that we work within. People come to us because they want top quality.”

    Atlantis has developed a reputation for excellence among local high-end home builders, landscape architects and interior designers, and as a result most of their business comes through referrals. Steve takes pride in the fact that people don’t necessarily know an Atlantis Pool when they see one, because he’s not tweaking the same designs over and over again.

    “Every one of our projects is unique,” he says. “We go in with a blank slate and find out what’s important to the client, then we customize every single detail specific to those wants and needs.”

    Steve’s goal is to create for his clients an oasis from the stresses of the outside world, right out their back door, and the sky is the limit when it comes to design options. Popular elements include tanning ledges with umbrella sleeves and bubbler jets that can double as an elegant LED-lit water feature, swim-up bars complete with stools, and tables with umbrellas that allow swimmers to take a break from the sun without ever leaving the water. Waterfalls, spill-over hot tubs and hidden grottos are also on trend.

    The Atlantis crew is highly skilled in all things hardscape, as well, and can complement your show-stopping swimming pool with everything from custom fire pits and patios to cabanas and outdoor kitchens.

    When he’s not making backyard dreams come true, Steve enjoys spending time with his friends and family, and the water is their favorite place to be, whether that’s poolside or on the lake. Steve is also a two-wheeler enthusiast, motorized and otherwise.

    Photography by: Chelsey Ashford Photography

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