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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Make a Splash with Your Pool this Summer



As summer begins, it’s time to think about outdoor swimming. Pools are hotter than ever in 2018, with design trends that exude luxury and modernity. You don’t have to get a basic concrete or tile pool anymore; there are dozens of options to create a truly unique backyard landscape and enjoy the outdoor elements. Enjoy the summer warmth in New England with a gorgeous backyard landscape with a pool at the center, an oasis in the heat and humidity.

These are the trends in pool entertainment, creating relaxation and fun for family and friends:

Miniature Pools

Not everyone has room for a full-sized pool, but they still want to enjoy the comfort of cooling water in their backyards. These mini-pools are less 150-square feet and fit perfectly into a city backyard. You can add powered resistance for exercise (as there is less space for laps) or a small wading area for little ones.

Infinity Pools

They’ve been on trend for a while, but they’re not going anywhere—infinity pools are capturing homeowners’ eyes and wallets. If you have a backyard that overlooks a body of water, you can blur the line between where the pool ends and the surrounding landscape. You previously only saw these pools at luxury hotels, but they’re now a viable option for those who want a modern aesthetic.

“Smart” Pools

In the increasingly growing Internet of Things (IoT), almost anything can become automated, including your pool. Imagine heating your pool while you’re out at a restaurant, so it’s warm when you get home. If you’ve forgotten to clean your pool on vacation, you can do it with a touch of a button on your smartphone. Pool maintenance is much easier than it’s ever been before.

Waterfalls and Firepits

For a centerpiece of your pool, consider a waterfall or firepit. A controlled waterfall creates relaxing sights and sounds, while a firepit accent can be a great way to enjoy a poolside summer night. Fire and water don’t have to be separate with poolside fire pits. These are more design flourishes than essential parts of the pool, but they can be the final touch to your backyard design.

Natural-Looking Pools

You may think of the traditional blue vinyl liner when you think of pools. Pool design is trending toward the use of concrete and natural materials in place of vinyl. The shift is partially due to the prevalence of these materials in other elements of exterior and interior design. Homeowners also want a more natural look that’s inspired by the natural landscape and utilizes readily available materials.

If you’re thinking of putting a pool into your backyard this summer, work with a landscape designer to create an environment that makes you feel at ease. Your oasis should have the elements you need to relax or exercise, spend time with friends or have a family reunion.

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