Once you decide to construct a swimming pool, the next step is planning. The wide choices in construction materials, lighting, and landscaping can make the planning process difficult. The swimming pool is an expensive investment that stays with you for the long term. Renovating a swimming pool is difficult. It is necessary that you get the planning process right in the construction stage itself to avoid regrets later on.
The trends in swimming pool construction keep on changing. We give you some latest trends that will enable you to construct a trendy pool in your backyard.
Traditionally, a large swimming pool was considered the mark of luxury. People have started realizing the drawbacks of constructing a large pool. A large pool will eat up most of the space in your backyard. You will also end up with lifelong maintenance expenses. A large pool is difficult to clean and costly to heat.
This explains the growing trend of small pools. Small pools are easier to clean and heat.
Fibreglass pools are so easy to brush that you can do it yourself. Small pools leave plenty of space for other features like an outdoor kitchen, bar, seating area etc. Fibreglass pools are available in many shapes and sizes suitable for various backyards. Small pools have a slick look.
How many of us use our pools for diving? Not many. Unless you intend to use your pool for diving, building a shallow pool makes sense. Shallow pools are safe for all age groups. They are also easy to clean and heat. Shallow pools incur fewer excavation costs during the construction stage.
Shallow pools require less water. They are ideal for sports and exercises. These are some reasons that shallow pools are gaining in popularity.
Seating in the pool
Pool parties are becoming trendy. They are more popular in summer. A pool is being recognized as an entertainment venue. People love to hang around near the pool or inside the pool. Lounging in the pool with a good book on a hot summer day sounds like bliss.
This makes pool ledges or bars more important. Large Fibreglass Pools come with pre-fitted ledges and steps at no extra cost. You can place loungers or other seating furniture in the pool. This seating arrangement is helpful during pool parties and family gatherings. They can also help parents to supervise their kids or senior citizens to rest between laps.
Strong colored pools
Mention pool and the color blue comes to your mind. For the longest time, white and blue were associated with the pool. Some people even found dark-colored pools repulsive. But now the trend is changing. The younger generation is choosing dark-toned pools.
Dark-colored pools have some benefits – they keep the water warm by retaining sunlight. They also hide minute dust and debris. Combined with the right landscape, dark-colored pools can make your backyard look warm and inviting. Dark-colored pools are suitable for tropical-themed backyards as well as modern houses. Fibreglass pools are available in a variety of dark shades.
Lighting is necessary to keep the pool area safe. Halogen lights consume more energy and have a shorter lifespan. But the arrival of LED lights has changed the pool lighting scene. LED lights last longer and consume less energy. They can be programmed, and they are available in an array of colors. Putting different colored LED lights can give a mesmerizing effect to the pool. It can also change the color of the pool water. Lighting can also be used to differentiate between the deep end and shallow end of the pool. There are plenty of options in lights like floodlights, floating lights, flush-mounted lights and surface mounted lights. A well-lit pool can be calming to look at even when you are not using it.
Plants and natural elements
Adding plants to landscaping has many benefits. Plants like sage, lavender, mint, rosemary and basil have pest repellent qualities. They also give out a nice aroma in your pool area. Plants can also give privacy and shade to your poolside. Adding rocks and woods will give your backyard a rustic aura.
Water features can drastically alter the look of your pool. You have a wide choice between bubblers, rain curtains, sconces, scuppers and water walls. Water features can have a calming sound. A well-lit water feature gives the pool an exquisite appearance.
Fire pits are another trendy option. Fire pits can be portable or fixed. They can be customized or ready-made. They are available in a variety of materials like steel, stone, wood, concrete, etc. You can select one according to your budget. Adding dried herbs like sage, rosemary leaves in the fire pit will keep pests away from your pool area.
Fire pits can be built inside the pool, in the seating area or near the pool. The combination of fire and water gives a beautiful effect. Fire pits give warmth to your pool area.
Latest disinfecting systems
Traditionally, chlorine has been used to disinfect the pool. But chlorine has certain side effects. More and more people are moving away from using chlorine for sanitizing the pool. Saltwater chlorinators are gaining popularity due to the fresher water produced by them. Saltwater chlorinators work well with fibreglass pools. UV pool sanitation systems and Ozone pool system are some other systems which are in vogue.
Building a pool is easy. Maintaining it is the difficult part. Ignoring pool maintenance can make it unusable. This is where automation comes in. You can choose robotic pool cleaners for pool cleaning. You can fully automate your pool or choose automatic systems for pool monitoring or cleaning. Smart pool monitoring systems will scan your pool water quality and alert you about the need to add chemicals.
Installing a complete automation system will allow you to control the lighting, heating and cleaning of your pool through an app on your smartphone. Your pool builder will help you in selecting a system suitable to your budget and requirement.