So you’re thinking of having a swimming pool professionally installed? Planning the perfect oasis has never been more exciting, as innovations in swimming pools continue to expand into luxury pool options, such as natural and infinity pools. Here are six ideas that represent the cutting edge in swimming pool design for 2016.
Natural swimming pools have a lot of advantages over traditional pools – which is why they’re quickly garnering more and more attention. Natural pools imitate ponds in nature, blending into the surrounding environment seamlessly. A variety of plants filter the water and keep the pool clean versus standard filtration systems. These pools are both environmentally friendly and chemical free. They also have low ongoing maintenance costs. You can also choose to use a salt water filtration system.
Infinity pools, also known as vanishing edge pools, are designed to produce a visual effect of water extending over the edge. These pools often provide a spectacular view, particularly a water view. The infinity pool design is said to have originated from Bali, Indonesia, where its inspiration was drawn from the island’s ubiquitous terraced rice paddies. While beautiful, infinity pools do require a different level of construction than traditional pools, which lends to their expensiveness.
In-ground spas have always been a favorite addition to any pool – as they conserve space and share resources. Spas surrounded by rocks and plantings provide a tranquil setting for relaxation. In-ground spas can also be crafted with a simple ledge that allows water to spill into the pool or with a glass zero edge that makes the spa and pool look like they’re one. The options for in-ground spas are seemingly endless! Be sure and discuss the available options with your preferred pool builder.
Freeform Pool Designs
Freeform pools live up to their name – particularly since their contours don’t have to obey the rules of geometry, they can be designed any way you’d like, making them ideal for homes in more natural, tropical, or rustic settings. A freeform pool can imitate a tropical lagoon or a tranquil oasis. These pools are excellent choices for homeowners limited on space, you can make them as small or big as you’d like, as well as for those who wish to incorporate a pool into an existing asymmetrical space.
Glass tiles add immense beauty and allure to swimming pools. They are available in a wide variety of shapes, colors and finishes, and can be used to accent any pool design. Glass tiles provide the perfect way to set your pool apart from the ordinary. Common applications include waterline, pool steps and edges, raised spas, water walls, pool interiors, and mosaics. Imagine creating a true masterpiece at the bottom of your pool with glass tiles.
Custom Pool Decks
One of the biggest trends in outdoor design today is a custom pool deck. Travertine, pavers, Trex, cement, are just some of the material options for upgrading your pool’s deck. Not only are materials, such as these, attractive they go a long way towards complimenting the exterior of your home and melding with the outdoor environment; all without sacrificing your safety as they can be designed to be slip resistant. The choices for designing a custom, functional, and affordable pool deck are at your fingertips.