A pool can transform your backyard into an oasis. It can serve as a mini-getaway for relaxing days in the sun, an entertainment focal point for family fun or the center of a summer barbecue for entertaining guests. Aside from the logistics associated with building a pool, style is an important factor. You want it to fit your aesthetic, while also flowing with the design of your home.
Here are some pool designs to give you some inspiration.
Infinity pools, also known as vanishing edge pools, give the illusion of an endless horizon. Usually built on a hillside or slope, they instantly grab your attention with the water flowing over one edge and into a catch basin. Infinity pools create a luxurious atmosphere with visually stunning lines that blend seamlessly with the surrounding landscape.
Geometric pools are designed with clean lines and sharp angles. They are perfect if you want a modern and minimalist look. These pools are often rectangular or square in shape, and typically paired with a sleek and contemporary style.
Natural pools, also known as eco-pools or bio-pools, are designed to mimic the look and feel of a natural swimming hole. They are typically constructed with natural materials like rock, stone and gravel.
They are are often surrounded by lush vegetation. Natural pools are ideal if you who want a low-maintenance, eco-friendly pool that blends seamlessly with the surrounding landscape.
Lap pools are for swimmers who want to swim laps for exercise. They have long and narrow characteristics and can be built in a variety of shapes and sizes. You’ll love a lap pool if you prefer a private and convenient place to exercise without the hassle of a public gym or community pool.
Things to Consider When Building a Pool
Building a pool is a major investment, and there are several factors to think about before figuratively diving in. Here are some of the most important things to keep in mind.
Pools can range in price from a few thousand dollars to over hundreds of thousands of dollars, depending on the size, style and features you choose. It’s important to set a realistic budget and stick to it.
Features, such as fountains, built-in-spas and quality of material, all add the price.
You’ll want to choose a spot that gets plenty of sunlight and is free from obstacles, such as trees, power lines or underground pipes. If you can’t avoid putting your pool in the shade, it may not get as warm during the summer months. If you prefer higher temperatures, you may want to invest in solar pool heaters.
Pool Size and Shape
The size and shape of your pool will depend on your budget, the size of your backyard and your personal preferences. You’ll want to choose a size and shape that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Don’t forget to leave room for accessories like lounge chairs, patio furniture and a jacuzzi.
You’ll want to consider the maintenance required to keep your pool in good condition. Proper maintenance can not only extend the life of your pool, but also ensure the health and safety of those who use it. Maintaining proper chemical balance is one of the most important aspects of maintenance. You can use chlorine to sanitize the water and prevent the growth of bacteria; however, you must balance it with other chemicals like pH, alkalinity and calcium hardness. An imbalance of chemicals can lead to problems, such as cloudy water, skin irritation and damage to the pool’s equipment.
Regular cleaning is another important aspect of maintenance. Debris, such as leaves, twigs and insects can accumulate and clog the filter and pumps. Skimming the surface of the water, vacuuming the bottom of the pool and brushing the walls and tiles can help keep the pool clean and prevent algae growth.
If you live in an area with cold winters, it’s important to properly winterize your pool to prevent damage from freezing water. This may involve draining the pool or covering the pool with a winter cover.
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