Have you been dreaming of a backyard paradise? Don’t feel guilty – most of us do from time to time! The exciting part is that you CAN have a dream pool in your backyard to enjoy on warm days. Swimming pools are more than just a luxury. They encourage families to spend more time together, enjoy extra physical activity and spend fewer hours in front of the television. Let’s talk about how you can choose a design for your dream pool that meets your family’s needs, budget and fun factor.
Pool Shape Type
First thing is first. What type of pool shape do you prefer? Consider what shape will complement your space and your intent. If you don’t find something you like, you can have the pool custom designed. The most common pool shapes include:
- Figure 8
Available Pool Technology
Pool technology has come a long way in recent years, allowing you to do more in less time. Think about what technology will help you maintain the pool of your dreams. A variety of automation tools are available for controlling lighting, covers and heaters from a remote control. Imagine how convenient this would be in the middle of an unexpected rain storm! Salt water swimming pools can benefit from salt water generators, and energy-efficient pumps cost less to operate but offer the same efficiency.
No swimming pool is complete without some type of visual enhancement. Some enhancements are purely for aesthetics while others offer function as well. Colored lights, for example, look beautiful at night and also provide much needed illumination. Fountain bubblers, laminar jets, deck jets and waterfalls look and sound lovely, completing the look of a retreat. Or, think bigger with an outdoor kitchen, fire pit or attached hot tub.
Types of Decking
The final piece is determining what type of decking you want installed around the pool. Concrete is sturdy and cost-effective. For added appeal, consider decorative concrete that can be stamped to look like stone or brick. Of course, if you want the original material, stone decking or pavers are good options for poolsides. Just be sure you pay attention to sealants that can make the surface slick.