Can you feel that change in the air? A slightly warmer feel in the sunshiny patches? Have you noticed the days are growing longer by the...well...day? This means spring and summer are right around the corner. It's time to dust off the winter doldrums, get out the sketch book, gather the family around and begin planning a stellar backyard pool design that will make your neighbors green with envy.
WARNING: If you don't like spending long, luxurious afternoons poolside or having friends and family over for amazing backyard BBQs, this blog post is not for you!
Like everything else in life, pool designs revolve around current trends. There was a time when all pools were rectangular. Then they were kidney-shaped. Now, modern technology and exuberant landscaping plans are merging to create backyard pool designs that are worthy of an upscale resort. Here are a few of the hot pool design trends for 2013.
The Infinity Pool. If your backyard overlooks a stunning cityscape or wide-open vista, you will probably want to incorporate at least one infinity edge. An infinity pool gives the impression of being completely wall-less, so the edges appear to drop off into "infinity." In reality, the water gently spills over the edge into a reclamation trough where it is filtered and recycled. The pool we linked to also incorporates another new pool trend, which is using a much larger shallow walk-in area, great for kids or those who want to lay out sans excessive heat.
Fountains. Fountains are a simple addition that provide multiple benefits. They are visually pleasing, the sound they produce is lovely when you're inside and acts as a sound-privacy barrier when you are outside. Fountains also help to aerate and clean your pool water, which is good for your overall pool health.
Waterfalls. Waterfalls have always been a hot item in boutique and resort homes. They would occasionally make their way into hip backyard pool designs. But with landscaping trends becoming more popular than ever before, you now have a wide variety of waterfall styles to add to you pool's ambiance. Stunning mosaic tile work, rocky bottomed faux-creek beds with foliage, or greek-inspired spillways, are all available for the average homeowner.
Less is More. Have a smaller backyard and/or don't want your entire backyard space to be consumed by a pool? No problem. Backyard lap pools have become more popular - and aesthetically pleasing - than ever. You can add a pool that's big enough to swim daily laps, soak with friends, or let the kids cool off in the summertime without breaking the bank. As long as you're at it, you can even add a spa on one end for nighttime and cooler weather soaks. Even a waterfall is an option for lap pools. You can have a luxury resort feel for a more modest size/price.
So, take these ideas and begin designing a backyard pool that's just right for your family. All we ask is that you invite us to the first pool party of the summer.