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There are a lot of ways to design a pool that is not just a rectangular space in your back yard. Choosing the design that works best for the pool owner depends on several factors.
What does the location indicate? The first thing to evaluate is the type of pool that best fits the space. If the pool looks out over a lake, the owner may really want to heighten that view with an infinity pool. The pool with a water level wall on the side of the view makes a stunning visual effect where the water in the pool and the lake blend seamlessly. This type of pool will also be a great choice when the house is on a hillside, overlooking a great view. First look at what will work well in that space.
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What will the pool be used for? If the homeowner has children who have a lot of friends, and they will be using the pool a lot, then possibly rock formations along the side of the pool might not be the best choice. While using rock walls to enhance the pool is great visually, with children, it just looks like a place to stub and cut toes. With kids, maybe a more functional design would work better, where pool toys and games like a basketball hoop at one end of the pool can be set up.
What will the owner use the pool for? Consider the case where the pool will be a peaceful retreat for the owner without children after a long day at work, and there’s a small space available. Look at the possibility of adding an 8 to 10 foot wall at one end of the pool, with fountains cascading into the water. Using accent lighting to gently shine on the wall – soft blue lights that glow up from the base – provides a calming and soothing effect can create that calm space for the owner. The wall can also serve as a privacy element, blocking the pool from nearby houses. Imagine sitting out by that pool after a hard day at work, allowing the gentle sound of the waterfall to let stress fall away and replace it with a peaceful state.
Does the space allow for curves? If there’s enough room in the back yard, a pool with several curves along the sides can provide a nice visual effect for the owner. Walking out into the back yard to a view of gentle curves around the pool can make the pool itself a calming and relaxing view. Is there room for a hot tub? If so, the curve pattern can be replicated in the design of the hot tub, which provides a blending of concentric circles. It also doesn’t have to be just curves – allow for ovals to allow that same effect. In designing this type of pool, first look at what type of curved pool will be eye catching for the owner.
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Make the most of a small space. One homeowner had a very small back yard, which had a long relatively narrow strip of grass behind the house. In a very creative move, a pool was designed which had a square component off the patio, and at the back end, a lap pool extended behind the house along the narrow space. Now the kids could have a place to play, and Dad could get in some lap swimming, all while using a relatively restricted area. When looking at the layout of the back yard creatively, some interesting ideas come up to fit the space.
With ingenuity and creativity, a pool that both pleases the eye and the needs of the homeowner can be designed, providing a lot of smiles when walking out into the back yard.
Carol Atkins enjoys writing freelance articles for poolcenter.com. She has 3 kids with her wonderful husband – two boys and a girl – and two lovely black Labradors. When she’s not overseeing pool maintenance and adjusting chemicals, she spends hours at her family swimming pool, watching the kids and dogs play and have fun. She is also a dedicated runner, and diligently training for her first half marathon.