What is Modern Exterior Design?

Modern Exterior DesignWhen people think of designing or decorating a home – inside or out, they usually tend to ask themselves what types of styles they prefer.  Personally for me, I love modern styles.  But, for someone else they may like country Chic, French Country, Traditional, Art Deco, etc.  There are literally over a dozen different classified styles so you have plenty to choose from.  But, if like me, you love modern, you might think that placing modern touches inside the home is the only way to design.  But, that’s not true.  In fact, many of the things you see on the exterior part of a home can be classified as modern.  When most people think of modern styles they think of glass, natural stone, natural wood, clean lines, lots of space, etc.  These “items” are all good for outdoor space or indoor space.  But, when it comes to the exterior of your home, you might need a few specific ideas (beyond just words).  Thankfully, you’ve come to the right place.  If you want to know what modern exterior design is, just continue to read below for some cool ideas where I’ll be looking at homes and giving you a few exterior details and descriptions on modern homes. Continue reading

Types of Lighting for Pools

Lighting for PoolsInstalling the right kind of lighting around your pool is as important as the pool itself. Just like inside your home, lack of lighting, or the wrong types of lighting, can be dangerous. Couple that with slippery walkways and a body of water in your backyard, and you’ve got a serious safety hazard. The right kind of lighting in and around your swimming pool is a vital part of the security of your family and friends. It’s also the perfect way to add fun, excitement, and even elegance to your pool and landscaping. If you’re looking for better ways to light up that entertainment arena you’ve already created in your backyard, here are some tips on the different types of lighting that can help you make your pool the safe and enjoyable addition to your Stamford home you had in mind. Continue reading

How to Design Landscape Around a Pool

Landscape Around a PoolA beautiful swimming pool in your backyard … it’s part of the American dream for many people in Greenwich and throughout the country. In fact, it’s estimated that upwards of 32 percent of all home owners in the United States own a pool. Swimming pools come with myriad advantages, from recreation to fun to relaxation. And if you’ve got kids, then you’ve got a whole new level of perk to your pool. Of course, landscaping around your own little ocean can be a bit intimidating, especially if you’ve never done it before. The truth is, though, that landscaping with a pool can be just as simple as landscaping without one. By incorporating just a few important steps into your landscaping project, you can create the area you’ve always dreamed of, with your swimming pool as the front-and-center star of the show. Here are some tips on designing landscaping around your pool that can help you turn your backyard into an elegant arena of beauty and entertainment. Continue reading

How To Determine the Best Pool Size

Best Pool SizeYou’ve always wanted to put a swimming pool in your backyard, and you’ve finally decided to take the plunge. Installing a swimming pool is the ideal way to have your own self-contained holiday resort, but now that you’re ready to dive right in, your head is positively swimming with questions. Bad pool puns aside, it’s a pretty safe bet that, if you’re ready to install a swimming pool in your yard, you really are seeking answers, and the first thing on your mind likely is what size pool to get. Choosing the right size for your Stamford home is vital if you want to get the most out of your pool. There are several factors to consider when deciding on swimming pool size. The simplest way to think about what pool size to elect is to use ‘the three Ps.’ That’s right, when it comes to pool size, it’s all about purpose, people, and partaaaaays! Continue reading

How to Winterize the Backyard Pool

Winterize the Backyard Pool
Winterize the Backyard Pool

If you have an underground swimming pool, it’s absolutely necessary to winterize it.  Even if you are one of those people that live in a warmer climate, you still should be taking a few simple steps to keep your pool, the system itself and your pool area maintained for wintertime.  These guidelines below are a general rule, but because each person has different climates they live in, different pool sizes and shapes as well as different equipment, tools and mechanics, if you really want to know how to winterize your specific pool ask a profession about pool construction in Greenwich CT for more exact information. Continue reading

Types of Pool Liners

Pool Liners
Pool Liners

When it comes to above ground swimming pools, you absolutely must have a pool liner.  Not only are liners used for appeal and style, but they are also used for keeping the water inside the pool without leaks.  Liners also tend to protect the walls from an above ground pool by keeping the walls rust free and from getting deteriorate.  When it comes to pool restoration in Greenwich CT there are a few things you need to know about pool liners, as well as what pool liners are available and which ones you should use for your pool.  There are 3 types of pool liners and as with all products and comparisons, each one offers a different variable; ease of maintenance, cost and security and safety issues.  The one you choose will obviously depend on what variable is the most important to your needs and wants when it comes to a pool liner for your swimming pool.

Pool Liner Style

If you already have a swimming pool that is above ground, you can take a look at the construction of it and find out which type you have.  This is the type you should stick with, unless you are changing the entire process of the structure.  If you have not built the pool yet and you want to find out the best one to choose from; you can use any of the three below.  Each has its own distinct look, feel and price so stick to what suites you the best.  For example, if you don’t mind having to make adjustments along the way, but you also want something that doesn’t need a lot of maintenance, the Uni bead would be best for you.  On the other hand, if you want something super secure that may take a little longer to adjust because of all the mechanics, the beaded liner may be the best option for your needs.  Either way, here are the 3 types of pool liners available to you: Continue reading

Waterscape Design Trends

Waterscape DesignWater – a natural stress reliever

In a society where we are tied to our electronic devices all day, nowadays, the need to get away and de-stress is greater than ever before. The preferable place is by the water, maybe in a tropical locale, or a beautiful resort. Sometimes, people will buy a boat. Why? Because, to listen to the waves gently lapping all around you is very soothing. It is a well-known fact that people who live near the water are many more laid back than the rest of us. Psychologists tell us that floating weightlessly in water, like on an air mattress or pool float, is a comforting, almost womb-like experience which tends to make anxiety dissolve away. So also, can being in or around a pool have a definite positive impact on your state of mind. Beautiful surroundings and the soothing sound of water equate peace and offer a perfect setting for quiet meditation. It is true that your simple, rectangular concrete pool can become the ultimate stress reliever, or, you can take it one step further, and enhance that beautiful swimming pool setting by installing waterscape features in close proximity to your pool.

Waterscape design trends

As you strolled around the big box stores, you’ve seen sprinkling fountains or bubbling spheres or even a simple vertical plane waterfall. Those enhancements, either beautiful or whimsical, are easy enough ways to add some pizazz to your outdoor living space and can be done by any DIYer.

But, if you choose to pair up a waterscape extravaganza with your in-ground pool, there are options galore, especially if you are getting a brand-new pool. Don’t limit yourself to the regular rectangular-shaped pool … if you choose a fiberglass pool, because they are constructed in a one-piece molded design, you can have any shape or style of pool depending on the size of your backyard. Thus, with the pool shape of your choice, there is much more room for creativity. A naturalistic or rustic setting can be created wherein the actual pool and its accessories will just morph into the background. In-ground pools may meld into a lush tropical setting and have adjoining spas or whirlpools just steps away from the main pool area. A newer trend with swimming pools is to create an exciting “fire and water” effect wherein huge fire bowls spewing cascading water appear every ten feet around the entire pool perimeter. Hiring a local contractor who specializes in pool design can help you turn your pool area into a mini-paradise which is sure to make a big splash with your family and friends.

Rectangular swimming pools are now considered passé because these newer exciting pool shapes are more versatile and may be combined with softscape items like ornamental grasses, rock gardens or maybe consider using various types of waterscape extravaganzas. Why not try meshing your in-ground pool with a stupendous waterfall? Consulting with a pool construction expert will yield ideas and concepts to create a paradise with your regular or lap pool, and then add a cascading waterfall in the background, which will softly trickle down and empty into your swimming pool. A waterfall can even be placed amidst your existing landscape or new landscape to create a lush, tropical effect or paired with boulders from which water trickles or cascades down right into your pool or adjoining spa.

There are countless options for creating visual and sound effects using water, all designed to make your pool look and feel like paradise, and the benefit to you is it is the most ultimate relaxing go-to spot you could ever ask for. Although the cascading waterfall trickling into your swimming pool is the most popular waterscape concept, tropical-style fountains or even sheer waterfalls, can create a unique or exotic look to your pool. For fun and frivolity try adding spraying jets – they, like the waterfalls, add movement and drama, especially when paired with low lights for an evening setting. Special soft lights or even piped-in easy listening music with that moving water will mellow you out like nothing else. How relaxing is that?

Life’s a beach.

A getaway to a beach is the ultimate luxury, but a good pool design contractor can create that beach effect for you, just without the sand between your toes, right in your own backyard. A new concept for pools is how the edge of the pool is created. The way that a waterfall trickles from high above into a pool as you leisurely take long strokes across its expanse is the ultimate waterscape treat for upscale homes. But, couple that waterscape treatment with an edgy concept like the newest trend of how you enter your pool. As mentioned above, rectangular pools are so “yesterday” and trending pools are now found in any size or shape. Likewise, you used to be able to enter a pool only by steps or a ladder. If you like the feel of wading into the ocean, a “beach entry” pool edge creates that experience by utilizing a gradual slope from the deck into the water. Because no steps are involved, not only is the effect pretty awesome, it is ideal for children, seniors or those with special needs. What a great look if you are using the naturalistic background of a cascading waterfall. This natural transition entry into the pool takes many of space to achieve, so it is often used in combination with a multi-level transition in another area. The final result is the illusion that your pool area is along a sandy shore, not just beyond your back door.

Yup, life’s a beach.

In Ground Pool Design

In Ground Pool
In Ground Pool

Opulence, extravagance, elegance … these are the perfect words to describe the biggest and best trends in modern in-ground pool designs. Nothing beats relaxing pool side in summer, chatting with friends and family, and making a splash. But now how about upgrading that a bit? What if you could relax, chat, and order your favorite cocktail at the same time, without leaving your pool? Or how this … relaxing with friends, sipping that delicious cocktail, and watching your favorite summer flick … all in your own backyard! That’s exactly what this year’s hottest in-ground pool designs are all about … creating a luxurious retreat right in your own backyard. It is true that nothing says leisure like an in-ground pool. If you have been dreaming of adding a luxurious in-ground pool to your Stamford home’s backyard entertainment living space, this year’s hottest design crazes bring with them the epitome of lavish and luxury.

Swimming pools and movie stars

You don’t have to be a Beverly Hills millionaire to have a drive-in right in your own backyard! As all those big screen televisions are becoming more affordable than ever, so are their portable movie screen and projector counterparts, the ones that can create the fun and feel of a movie theater at poolside. And, as summer movie season heats up, so too will your party calendar when family and friends toss aside those long lines, high-priced popcorn, and sticky floors of the movie theaters, opting instead for a chance to cool down in your pool, party with buddies, and watch the latest flicks in cool, comfortable contentment!

To infinity and beyond

The latest ‘buzz’ in in-ground pool construction for 2014 … and beyond … is one of the most stylish and exciting designs in the pool industry ever. ‘Infinity’ … it means limitless, it means space, it means vast immeasurability, and that’s just how you and your guests will feel in your new infinity pool. Modeled after the ritziest hotels in the world, this stunning backyard style has been scaled down to fit right into your Stamford backyard. Also referred to as ‘negative edge,’ this pool’s design means just that … one edge of the pool is gone, and in its place is the striking illusion that your pool melts into the landscape. The position of the pool actually makes it look like it’s flowing right into your yard’s horizon, for a stunning effect that will amaze your guests!

Quest for fire

Backyard fireplaces and fire pits are, simply put, on fire this year! Of the four classical elements, your pool already makes great use of earth, water, and air. It’s high time you added fire. One of this season’s most popular trends is one of man’s most basic instincts … sitting around the fire. Roasting marshmallows and singing songs isn’t just for campfires anymore. With the many designs and styles offered in the latest of outdoor living, rustic and beautiful outside fire pits and fireplaces are heating up backyard entertaining like never before.

Cocktails anyone?

The swankiest resorts the world over are offering luxurious swim-up bars … and now you can, too! Nothing will get your partygoers moving and shaking like a refreshing poolside cocktail to liven things up. This year’s backyard in-ground pool designs aren’t complete without adding your own sumptuous bar for chic elegance and a touch of whimsy.

Midnight at the oasis

‘Til the evening ends, your guests will be delighted by the dazzling effects of water trickling over the ponds and fountains that gracefully enhance your backyard’s lovely landscape. Indeed, creating a backyard oasis has become quite possibly the hottest pool design trend of summer 2014. You can personally choose from hundreds of designs and thousands of combinations of the most beautiful stones, rocks, and plant and animal life to intensify the experience of your new backyard pool.

From entertaining swim-up bars to crackling fire pits to personal movie theaters and more, the hottest trends in pool design and construction for 2014 and beyond embody the very essence of comfort. For more information on how you can design and customize the backyard recreation living space of your dreams, contact a pool construction company in your area.

Types of Backyard Pools

In Ground Pools
In Ground Pools

Aint no cure for the summertime blues? Wrong! Backyard swimming pools are fast becoming summer’s best medicine for every type of stress and strife that life can throw your way. There are so many different types of pool designs, shapes, and sizes on the market these days that there’s sure to be a kind of pool that is perfectly suitable to your backyard. In-ground or above-ground, big or small, elaborate or affordable, backyard pools come in a myriad of shapes, sizes, and materials that are inexpensive for most homeowners. And you can have a pool installed for so many different reasons, including health, entertainment, relaxation, and even for backyard beautification.

Above-ground pools

Above-ground pools are among the most popular types of pool designs because pool construction companies can install them efficiently with minimal backyard alteration. These feature a base typically just below the ground with a rise of several feet of walls on all sides that hold up the pool’s structure. Above-ground pools are lined with synthetic pool liners that effectively hold thousands of gallons of water. These are often constructed with surrounding decks that allow easy access with stairs or grades. They contain a filter and pump for easy cleaning and filtration. Above-ground pools come in several different heights, styles, and shapes, including rectangular, round, and oval.

In-ground pools

In-ground pools are constructed below ground level. Pool construction companies in Stamford dig a hole large enough to contain the entire construction of the pool that will enable them to a pour concrete form that will hold thousands of gallons of water. In-ground pool pump and filter systems are located under the ground or at ground level, and either construction is designed for easy access for cleaning and maintenance. These pools often cost a good deal more than above-ground pools, but they are built to last much longer. In-ground pools can come in various shapes and sizes, from small to Olympic sized. They can also be built for diving, which means they must be constructed at least eight feet deep, with water depth gradually increasing from one end to the other.

Vanishing edge pools

Vanishing edge, or ‘infinity,’ pools are constructed with a design that gives the effect that the pool is actually extending out toward the backyard’s landscaping. This pool’s construction removes one side of the pool, with the water flowing back into a basin underneath the pool itself and being pumped back into it. The result is a kind of ‘negative edge’ that gives the illusion that the water is flowing toward the horizon or over the land.

Spa pools

Spa pools, also referred to as ‘endless’ pools, are constructed in such a way that they can be smaller, enabling them to be installed in small backyards or even indoors. They use resistance jets at one end with a system of propelling water out and pushing it toward the back of the pool. The water current is constantly flowing in one direction. This motion of the water allows for swimming, walking, jogging, or other water exercise in place.

Fiberglass pools

Fiberglass swimming pools are a type of in-ground pool, also requiring professional installation. After the hole is dug, a fiberglass shell is used as the contour of the pool. The body of the pool is constructed with a single piece of fiberglass that is then lowered into the hole that is dug in the land. Concrete decks are then built around the pool. This type of pool is considered low maintenance because it allows in less bacteria and algae. It, therefore, requires less chemicals for cleaning.

Cruel summer? Not anymore! With all the different types of backyard pool designs, there’s just no excuse for sweltering in the hot sun all season. For small yards or big yards, in-ground, above-ground, hot tubs, freeform, diving … the list of pool construction types never ends. Contact a pool design professional in your area to discuss installing a pool in your backyard this summer. Because the only kind of summertime blues worth having are the sapphire blue colors shimmering in your brand new pool!

Trends in Backyard Pool Design

Pool Design
Pool Design

Marco … Polo! Is it that time, already? Summer … yes! Time to shed that hulking winter coat, grab the suntan lotion, and dive into your brand new, sparkling pool! And this year’s pool designs are spectacular, with more functionality and affordability than ever. If you’ve been thinking about putting a pool in your backyard, but you’re not sure what pool design or construction would be best for you, take a look at these fabulous backyard pool trends for summer 2014.

In-ground Pool dEsign

Believe it or not, this year’s in-ground pool designs can work for nearly any sized backyard. Whether you’ve got a generous-sized living space, or your backyard is on the cozier side, today’s pool construction designs are affordable and accommodating.

Infinity Pools

For a yard that’s big enough for one of today’s elaborate in-ground pools, the infinity design can’t be beat. This is one of the hottest trends going in backyard pools, and for good reason. This design is patterned after some of the country’s swankiest resorts. The idea for the infinity pool construction is ‘negative edge,’ meaning a design that takes out one side of your pool wall and replaces it with the illusion of water flowing over into your landscape. Imagine it … as the water falls into a basin beneath the pool, it’s pumped back into the main pool area, and then it circulates back around. This is a stunning effect that will delight swimmers while totally transforming a big backyard into an entertainment oasis!

Spa pools

So maybe your yard is on the smaller, more intimate side. Does that mean you can’t have an in-ground pool? No way! One of this year’s trendiest pool designs is the spa pool. In fact, spa pools are all the rage for getting into the best shape while remaining cool and refreshed. A spa pool is is perfect for a small backyard because it uses resistance jets at the end of a pool, allowing you to swim, jog, walk, or even perform a healthy water aerobics workout, and do it all in one place. The idea for spa pools is ‘endless.’ What this means is that you’re able to swim endlessly in one direction because of the pool’s special propelling system that shoots out water currents, pushing the water toward the back of the pool and then funneling it back again toward the front. There are varying resistance levels, and these amazing pools can be constructed to fit into a small yard or even indoors, for a functional yet beautiful effect.

Above-ground Pools

You’ve never seen anything like it… above-ground pool construction in Stamford that look like they’re built right into the ground are huge this year! From glass-wall pools surrounded by beautiful and functional decks, to hot tubs that make your backyard endlessly entertaining, this year’s above-ground pool design trends couldn’t be hotter, and they couldn’t keep you cooler!

Decks and glass walls

Imagine a backyard swimming pool that looks like it’s built right into the ground, and yet its construction happens above the ground, without having to scoop out all that soil. This is what you can get with pool designs that are built right within a deck, having one made of glass. These pools are beautiful and stylish. At first glance, this pool will fool your guests into thinking you’ve installed an in-ground pool. These pools can be constructed in various sizes, and one is sure to be perfect for your backyard.

Hot Tubs

Hot tubs are always hot, but this year there’s a hot tub trend that is positively sizzling … dual hot tubs! Guests are in for a treat when they see that you’ve got not one, but two levels of hot tub. For summer 2014, no pool design can match the double-decker hot tub’s utility and allure, as your new addition will have room enough for everyone who’s heading for your backyard pool this year.

Nothing can heat up summer entertaining and cool down summer fever like a new pool. The shimmering blue water, the lively entertainment, the calming relaxation … nothing else comes close! If you’ve been thinking about installing a pool in your backyard, there’s no time like the present to learn about all the new design trends in backyard pool construction. Contact a pool construction company in Westchester County to speak with a knowledgeable representative who can answer all your questions about pool designs. Cannonball!