Epic Backyard Swimming Pool Designs

Backyard Pool DesignThese days, there seems to be a top ten, 20 or 30 list for all sorts of things. But, for this particular list we are going to talk about pool construction trends in Stamford and of course the epic backyard swimming pool designs that are created. Swimming pools are such a beneficial thing to add to your yard. Not only is it really healthy for you to swim; great for your arms and legs, helps strengthen your lungs and is great for your heart, but it’s also just a beautiful addition that can add fun, relaxation and entertainment to any home. Not to mention the fact that adding a swimming pool to your home can lend value to the price point if and when you sell your home! That third one is usually the most beneficial to homeowners that will want to sell down the line. In any case, if you love swimming or swimming pools, you probably want some cool ideas on trends and pools so when you get yours built, you already have a few plans on what you want. Well, without further ado, check these epic swimming pools out! Continue reading

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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

Types of Pool Covers

Types of Pool Covers
Types of Pool Covers

You might not realize the exact reason to use pool covers, but you are about to find out just how important these little covers are, why you really should use them and the different types of covers available.  But, before all that let’s look at some stats for different US cities that use heated pools versus using a cover or not using a cover.  For example:

Miami

With a cover your bill could be around $416 for 78 degree weather in 1/1–12/31.  That seems pretty good, right?

Without a cover your bill could be around $2136 for the same weather (78 degrees) in 1/1–12/31.

Approximate savings:  $1,720

 

Phoenix

With a cover your bill could be around $96 for 78 degree weather in 3/1–10/31.  Fantastically low.

Without a cover your bill could be around $1384 for the same weather in 3/1–10/31.

Approximate savings $1,288

 

Los Angeles

With a cover your bill could be around $168 for 78 degree weather in 5/1–10/31.

Without a cover your bill could be around $1864 for 78 degree weather in 5/1–10/31.

 

Approximate savings:  $1,696

Now obviously these are just numbers. But, it’s just a pool cover.  It costs you a little bit of an investment to essentially save a lot of money on your heating bills. Also, another thing to remember about pool covers, is that they can even reduce the size of a solar pool heating system which could also be saving you a lot of money.  Swimming pools tend to lose energy in a variety of ways, but evaporation is one of the biggest.  In fact, outdoor pools lose about 70% energy from evaporation and indoor pools lose around 50-70% as well.  But, by using a pool cover you are keeping the water from evaporating which in turn helps you save money on your heating bills.

Pool covers come in a variety of shapes and sizes so if you’re worried about your specific pool design in Greenwich CT because it’s a small/larger pool with an odd/normal shape – don’t worry about it.  Pool covers will essentially fit any pool no matter if you have a small kidney shaped pool or a large lap pool.  Essentially a pool cover is just a piece of plastic.  But, the important thing here is to buy a quality product.  For instance, if you just want to the local hardware store and bought a piece of plastic – it would probably only last a month.  On the other hand, if you buy a pool cover which is also made of plastic but meant FOR swimming pools, it would last much longer.  Plus, a lot of swimming pool covers have extra special materials like YV stabilizers or vinyl.

Vinyl Covers

These tend to save you more money and last much longer because they are made of a much heavier material.  These also come in regular vinyl or insulated vinyl.  The insulated covers will help keep your pool warm to a certain extent, but they also fight the good fight against evaporation.  These vinyl covers also tend to be a heavier investment, but they are definitely worth it.

 

Bubble Covers or Solar Covers

 

This is a very thin material.  Think of bubble wrap when you think of this material.  It’s also very cheap, but it doesn’t have any features like vinyl does.  Obviously of the two, I would choose the more expensive route, because it’s a good investment.  But, that depends on you and what your budget for your pool is.  If you do choose bubble, you will have to purchase a new one quicker than you would have to purchase a vinyl one.

Once you figure out your cover you want, you then need to consider what type of pool cover you want;

Manual:  You do it yourself.  You pull it up, roll it away, fold it and place it somewhere safe where it won’t get ruined or scratched or get holes put in it.

Semi-Automatic:  These use a motor reel system that is usually built into the deck.  You will still need to put some elbow grease into it, but it can roll itself up.

Automatic:  These have permanent reels that are mounted and reel the cover in automatically – no work for you and it does so at the push of a button.  It’s the costliest option, but worth it for most people.

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.

Cost Benefits of Owning a Pool

Owning a PoolThere is nothing more important to you than your health. Good health trumps everything. Sadly, it does not matter how famous you are, or how much money you have in the bank, or even the extent of your assets, if you do not have your health all those material things are for naught.

If you enjoy swimming and have toyed with the idea of getting your own pool for convenience sake, or, just because of how good you feel since you’ve started your swimming regimen, don’t let the cost hold you back. Being smart about your money is good, but being smart about your health is better. If you were to look at the expense of having your own swimming pool in your backyard living area versus using a public pool, you likely would hold off on that pool purchase. But – not so fast. Sure, initially a pool is a large expense and there are costs for upkeep, but in the long run essentially you are better off having your own pool. Here’s a few reasons why you should factor the cost of a pool and its maintenance into your budget if possible. Continue reading

In Ground Pools Vs Above Ground Pools

pool fencingAs you think about getting a pool installed in your backyard, you might be somewhat confused by the various options you’ll find in store. But while a vast array of pool design schemes exist for all sorts of tastes and backyard layouts, pool construction is a relatively straight forward process. Simply put, there are basically two ways a pool can be placed in your backyard: above-ground or in-ground. Continue reading

Types of Fences for a Backyard Pool

Backyard PoolsPools are all about fun in the sun. Whether you’ve had one installed or plan to have one built in your own backyard, you’re probably looking forward to all the activities to be had both in and around the pool when the weather is right. But perhaps you have children and/or pets who might be able to gain entry to the pool area when you’re not around to supervise them? You could simply tell the kids that the pool is off limits whenever you can’t be there to oversee things, but that won’t exactly be an effective deterrent. After all, kids love pools, and they might take your absences as opportunities to go goofing around in the water. Therefore, it’s important to have the pool area barricaded with fencing. Continue reading