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January may be a bit cold for a swim, but if you want a pool by summer, now is a good time to be thinking about getting one.
Pool design is constantly evolving based on consumer preference, technologies and improved building techniques. In recent years, pool design is trending toward less maintenance and more luxury. It’s important to design a pool that is luxurious, functional, and will be part of your family memories for future generations to come. Here are seven pool design ideas to keep in mind for 2017 and beyond.
1. Vanishing Edge Pools
Vanishing edge pools are also known as infinity edge or negative edge pools. The edge is created by shortening the pool wall on one side and allowing water to spill into a catch basin below. These pools are ideal if you have a view in your backyard. If you’re looking for luxury, vanishing edge pools are your go-to choice.
2. Smaller Pools
With many yards decreasing in size, it is no longer a necessity to have a big yard to accommodate a swimming pool. Some of the hottest pools for these yards are smaller plunge pools, “spools” (pool/spa hybrids), swim spas and other compact designs. These are great space savers, especially if you want to use your yard for other outdoor activities. They’re generally cheaper to install and maintain, and they work great on zero lot line lots and courtyard pools.
3. Beach Entry Pools
Got kids? If so, you might want to consider incorporating a shallow section into your pool design. A beach entry, or zero depth entry, is designed with a gradual sloped entry from the deck into the water, like a natural beach. No stairs or ladders are necessary to enter the pool.
4. Tanning Ledge
Also known as a Baja bench shelf, tanning ledges are flat ledges typically located at the entrance of the pool. This tanning ledge is the perfect location for a lounge chair or beach umbrella. It is a great area for those who want to avoid getting fully submerged while enjoying the pool.
5. Pool Lighting
Modern lighting options have completely changed the face of outdoor entertainment. From colored pool lights to landscape lighting that dances to music, anything is possible. The latest generation of LED lights features RGBW technology, lighting up your pool with red, green, blue and pure white for a stunning color palette. LED bubbler fountains in a tanning ledge or step can make a great addition to add sizzle to your pool.
6. Fire Bowls
When it comes to creating an outdoor sanctuary, there's nothing like the warmth and ambiance of a fire bowl. These gas-powered fire bowls can easily be switched on and off to provide light and a bit of warmth during those chilly end-of-summer evenings. The most stunning trend is a fire feature around your pool.
Today's consumers want automation and control with their electronic devices. You can now turn on your spa or pool and maintain the temperature in either. Automation enables you to use current technology to access your pool and spa needs.
These are just a few of the hottest pool design ideas for 2017. There are several additional options that can be customized to fit the needs of your family and designed to be your perfect outdoor oasis. If you want to build your own private backyard pool, there are more options to choose from now than ever before.