Installing a pool: 7 hot design trends

| April 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

You’ve decided what kind of pool to build, and who should build it. Now you just need to settle on how customized you want your pool to be. That brings us to part 3 in our series on pool installation.

geometric pool

Unusually shaped pools, like this one in British Columbia, can help take advantage of unusual topology or property shapes.

The great thing about inground pools, especially concrete ones, is that they can be custom designed to fit almost any shape and backyard. But the pool shell is just the beginning of the ways you can trick out your pool to make it the envy of the neighborhood. Overall, sustainable and low-maintenance design remains popular when it comes to outdoor design trends, according to a recent survey from the American Society of Landscape Architects. Here are seven of today’s hottest swimming pool design trends and customizations.

1. Geometric shapes. For a long time, organic shapes that mimicked nature ruled pool design. But the latest trends are for squares, rectangles and even circles. Think geometry and you’ll see the possibilities. Unlike the simple rectangular pool of the past, however, today’s geometric pools use multiple shapes to create architectural statements. As a bonus, the geometric shapes help you take full advantage of the space you have available.

2.  Tanning shelves. Sometimes called Baja ledges, these are shallow shelves anywhere from 6 inches to 9 inches deep, where swimmers can lounge in warm shallow water. Think of them as mini beaches where you can lounge in and out of the water. The shelves have become so popular that manufactures are now making furniture specifically designed for tanning shelves.

3.  Infinity edges. As the name implies, the infinity edge creates the illusion that your pool extends into infinity. The illusion is created by a wall that is flush with the water. A catch basin recirculates water that spills over the edge during swimming. These pools are also known as vanishing edges because the pool wall seems to vanish. Whatever you call these pools, the effect is stunning.

singapore infinity pool

Infinity pools depend largely on the view from their height… and good luck equaling this view of Singapore. From Sarah Ackerman.

4.  Wireless controls. Just as you can control your TV and your car wirelessly, now you can control your pool just the same using your smart phone or tablet. These systems allow you to do everything from turn on the lights to heat up the spa.

5.  Energy-saving equipment. Today’s pool equipment isn’t just smart, it’s also ultra efficient, meaning it can save your thousands in energy costs. There’s even rebates from utilities and government to help defray the initial cost of installation. Whether it’s a variable speed drive pump or solar water heater, these green machines are the future of pools.

6.  Water features. Anyone who’s been to Las Vegas knows the power of water features. From the Bellagio fountains to the Venetian canals, water features create a resort feel. Smaller versions of these can be created in your own backyard that transform it into a mini resort. Whether it’s natural-looking cascading waterfalls or architecturally designed fountains, water features take swimming pools to the next level.

7.  High-end hardscapes. The deck and hardscape surrounding your pool sets the stage for the pool itself. These days, homeowners are choosing luxurious hardscapes such as Italian travertine stone to set their pools apart. But you don’t have to spend a fortune to get a high-end look. Even simple pavers can make a statement if they’re installed with a design in mind.

hardscaped pool

This gorgeous masonry-hardscaped pool probably didn’t come cheap, but it does add character to the deck. From ARNOLD Masonry.

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About the Author

Gary Thill is the former editor of Aquatics International, an award-winning magazine for the commercial pool and waterpark markets. He is a nationally recognized writer and editor with an extensive communications background that includes print, online and social media.
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