One of the ultimate luxuries a home can have is a stylish swimming pool. With conventional, rectangular style in-ground pools dominating the scene, it can be a bit difficult to find inspiration for a pool that would fit your family’s needs whilst also standing out from the crowd.
That’s why today we will be discussing the various ways you can make a statement with your pool design as well as the pros and cons of the most popular options. By the time you’re finished reading this guide you’ll have the tools to narrow down your choices, and you can submit your criteria to your contractor or landscape designer. Once the hard part’s over, all you have to do is sit back, relax, and shop for a new bathing suit!
Understanding what you hope to get out of your pool ought to stand at the foundation of its design. Do you envision a hopping scene with 20 of your friends enjoying some hangout time by the pool? Do you hope to teach your little ones to swim here instead? Considering how you and your family are likely to use the pool will help you to narrow down your options.
After you’ve assessed your vision for the pool, one of your first decisions to make about the actual structure is what shape you’d like it to be. While it’s most common to see a rectangular pool, kidney shapes and others are totally possible. Next, let’s think about the depth. Is your pool intended for adult swimmers or youngsters like the ones featured here? Opting for a decorative splash pool like this one by Tabata Sekkei can add immense aesthetic value to the home while still being fun for the kids.
There are three typical materials used in pools today: fiberglass, concrete, and vinyl. Fiberglass will require the least amount of maintenance to maintain. Fiberglass pools usually consist of a blue shell that is placed in the hole that was dug to match its dimensions. While this procedure might sound simple, fiberglass pools actually have the highest installation costs.
Next, there’s concrete. This material will morph to fit the exact dimensions you’d like for your pool, rather than being prefabricated at a certain shape or size. While this is an obvious plus for many, it’s important to recognise that concrete pools require regular maintenance. What’s more is that you’ll have to replace the concrete every couple of decades.
Lastly, vinyl pools are those that are made by covering the hole with vinyl sheeting. Naturally, this is quite cheap to do, but vinyl is also the least durable, meaning it’s most vulnerable to expensive wear and tear.
One of the fun parts about pools is that they come with the potential to add myriad extra features. In fact, this is one of the realms in which pools possess the most versatility. Some options include connecting a hot tub to the pool, adding a waterfall like this one, installing heaters or jets, setting up a diving board, or attaching a slide to the pool.
These features are undoubtedly fun and likely to enhance the overall experience of the swim. With this being said, it’s important to remember that some features have unintended costs. For instance, your home’s liability insurance can increase with the addition of a diving board or slide.
Now that we’ve gotten some of primary basics covered for the actual structure of the pool, it’s time to consider something of equal importance: the look of your pool’s surroundings. To start, it’s useful to consider how to integrate the new pool with the existing backyard’s style.
One way to create cohesion between the two is to focus on the materials you want to use in creating the pool deck. Concrete, for example, is cheap and versatile. You can adapt its colour and texture in addition to stamping it with patterns to better fit the yard’s existing look.
Alternatively, using natural or synthetic stones, as we can see in this example, will add more dimension and earthiness to your pool area. Plus, the right stones can help prevent people from slipping. Tile, on the other hand, is slippery when wet and expensive to install. Yet, it is highly durable and easy to maintain.
An equally important aspect to consider is the landscaping you use around the pool. Here the options are even broader in terms of what is possible. You can really let your creativity soar as you explore the different ways you can bring your pool to life with the help of some well-place plants, shrubs, and trees.
One option is to use the landscaping to help add privacy to the pool. This can be a great alternative to a conventional wall or fence. Even adding a few palms like we see at this poolside will enhance the overall vibe your pool has. For example, these palm trees add a sense of tropical breeziness and tranquillity.
Once everything is pulled together, it’s time to enjoy all your hard work. We decided to end with this example because it shows just how much versatility there really is with regard to creating a pool that fits your family’s needs, tastes, and preferences.
Now, before we leave you to the fun in the sun, remember that your pool will require maintenance. To discern just what exactly this will entail, consider the materials your pool is made of and treat them accordingly. Be mindful of the risks and benefits the particular material has so that you’re on the look out for any potential damage that occurs over time.
For more tips about how you can enhance your outdoor living spaces, check out these ways you can turn your backyard into a hive of social activity!