A swimming pool is the ultimate backyard amenity. It’s the center of family life with children spending much of their summers in the water. Other homeowners see a pool as a strong aesthetic element, the focus of the entire landscape. When pools include water features, unique lighting, specialty materials and design features, they have powerful influence on adjacent outdoor living spaces, particularly when well illuminated by night lighting.
It’s vital to remember that a pool is just one part of the larger landscape. Therefore, it’s best to use a landscape architect to design the pool as well as the rest of the site at the same time. All too often a pool contractor is employed first to design the pool without an overall site plan. The result is that your pool and landscape do not compliment one another, and you lose the opportunity to integrate options that provide more value for the same price.
Because pools are such an expensive proposition, it’s important to give a lot of time to design. You’ll only build it once, and therefore your choices of materials and detailing should be high quality and timeless so your pool design won’t go out of style in the near future. Beware of fads. Question new materials before you invest. The rigors of weather and chemically treated water may have far reaching consequences for newer materials that have not stood the test of time and use.
Many homes with older pools are being upgraded, and that means the pool itself must be remodeled. Do not underestimate the cost and difficulty of such a proposition. Remodeling can cost almost as much as building a whole new pool. Problems with the old pool such as corroded rebar, leaking shell, or aged electrical and piping can be costly to repair because there is so much demolition involved. Designers and contractors should be experienced with remodeling pools before you decide who will take on your project and for how much.
Above all, stick with well known companies that have been in business a long time and will remain so into the future. With recent unpredictability in the economy, the risk of contractors going out of business is greater than ever before. Do your homework and research customer satisfaction because pools take time to build, and if you are left with an incomplete project by a shaky contractor, the cost of finishing it up with someone else is sure to exceed your budget.
How to pick the right pool style for your home
When it comes to swimming pools, the style options are unlimited. By combining materials in unique combinations you can have a look that is all your own. A good starting point for selecting a pool style is to look at the style of your home. Designing your new pool in a similar fashion will make it look as if it was there all along.
Swimming Pool styles
Modern pools are characterized by clean lines and geometric shapes. They often feature vivid colors and eye-catching displays of mosaic tile. In order to keep the simplicity of shape, spas are often inset in modern pools. Coping is either non-existent or very refined, poured concrete is popular.
Mediterranean pools are best known for their aqua water color and Greek or Roman shapes. Stone decking is a popular choice, with colorful ceramic tiles accenting the waterline. Waterfalls are popular features to include in a Mediterranean swimming pool.
Traditional pools are the most common. They usually have a classic shape such as rectangular or kidney. The coping on a Traditional swimming pool is distinct, with brick or paving stones outlining the perimeter visually. Timeless paving materials are using for decking, think brick, pavers or natural stone. Many traditional pools feature a raised spa that spills over into the pool. Typically, the water color is that of a natural lake or pond.
When you think of the tropics, water and relaxation automatically come to mind. A tropical pool can bring a bit of the vacation atmosphere to your backyard. Waterfalls, lush plants, boulders and palm trees are all hallmarks of tropical-style swimming pools. To take your tropical pool over the top, try adding planters right up against the coping, or inlaying a mosaic of fish, turtles or another tropical motif on the bottom of the pool.