Make A Splash

Thursday, 5th March 2015

Many homeowners are now thinking “outside the norm” when it comes to exceptional pool designs. They’re not just looking for a quick dip, but their own oasis where they can get away from it all and create a cooling effect on those hot summer days and nights. If this idea appeals to you, consider some of the following extras:

Pool Design: Rather than just traditional rectangle, these days it’s possible to have your pool custom designed with as many curves as you wish to really enhance and complement your landscaping. Consider, though, that the shape of the pool should be inline with the style of your home. For example, a sleek contemporary style should follow with nice clean lines applied to the design, with a more structured garden; while a more traditional home could possibly be a bit softer with curved edges and a lush foliage backdrop. Of course from there it can really be brought to life with the array of tile selections available for the pool interior and pavers for the edging. Then it’s really is about making it work with your space, while creating something unique that reflects the interior design of your home.

Backyard Pool Decks: Well-designed decking around your pool area can be a place for family and friends to recline on a deck chair or sun lounge and it integrates your pool into the greater design of your home.

Pool-Spa Combo: A spa is a great way to unwind after a stressful day. Many designs combine a heated spa with a larger swimming pool, so that you get the best of both worlds.

Fountains and Waterfalls: Feng shui experts have known for years that water features enhance the energy and ambience of your home. Why not apply the same idea to your pool, where these options can also offer a luxurious feel to this space? It can be as simple as a trio of water streams piped out of a backdrop wall, simple, effective and with a soothing sound.

Pool Lighting: Pools aren't just for day use and the addition of coloured lights create an ambient backdrop to your summer entertaining, whether you're in the pool or dining alfresco and enjoying this simple but effective light show.

Pool Patios: Free-standing or attached to the house, these structures offer greater convenience and luxury to your pool area. They can provide a way to lounge in the shade on a hot day, can be equipped with a kitchenette/bbq or even house a bathroom so swimmers don’t track water into the house when they use the restroom.

Final Tip: When choosing and designing your pool, the most important thing is to think about how you and your family will use it. Let this be your guide to choosing the best options that will work for your lifestyle.