Pool season never ends - at least not from the planning stage. It seems like someone is always digging out their yard, even while much of the country is digging their front steps out of snow. If you're looking to take the plunge (literally), you'll want to know about the latest trends in pool design.
1. Beach entry
The natural transition from deck to water provided by a beach entry is great for families and those who want to keep cool by the pool without being fully submerged.
"This swimming pool design incorporates a gently sloping transition from the deck into the water. The slope is very similar to a real beach," said Master Pools Guild. "Beach entry pools can be very accommodating to a wide variety of pool patrons. For toddlers, beach entry provides a special splash area for them and a great way for adults to supervise. Chairs can easily be placed on the slope keeping watchful eyes and helping hands close while allowing adults stay cool on those hot summer days."
2. Water features
The popularity of water features continues to grow with "pool waterfalls and water fountains showing up more and more in modern pool designs with adjustable water flow, pressure and height settings," said Install It Direct. "Popular prospective pool owner requests include fountain bubblers, water sconces, and even grottos set behind waterfalls. Install It Direct is also seeing increased demand for LED lighting and fire features integrated into the design.
"Some designs feature fire elements that appear to float on water or rise out of the pool. For an extra cool touch, check out floating "islands" with fire pits in the center."
3. Knife-Edge Pools
Knife-edge pools, also known as "Lautner" or perimeter pools, are the evolution of infinity pools. Instead of water spilling over one edge, "the knife edge allows for water to spill over on all four sides of the pool," said Custom Outdoor Trends.
4. Natural pools
Natural pools are meant to look like a pond or natural swimming hole, with designs that typically "incorporate a lot of rock, sandstone and greenery to complete the design," said BlueHaven. "A true natural pool will even rely on the surrounding plants to clean the water rather than chlorine. These pools cost less to run and reduce a home's carbon footprint."
5. Aggregate finish
Most commonly known as the Pebble-Tec, these aggregate finishes create a pebbly texture on the pool lining that replaces gunite.
"At least 99 percent of all the pools we build or rebuild get a pebbled surface," said Ocean Home Magazine. "The surface is very easy on the feet, beautiful to view, and the tiny polished pebbles gleam in the sunlight."
Additional trends in pool design includes glass tiles instead of ceramic and "illusion" spas that integrate the spa into the pool instead of separating it at a different height.
Check out a few beautiful pool options reflecting the latest trends below.
Beach entry pools have a resort feel
Water features continues to grow in popularity
Knife-edge pools take infinity edge pools up a notch
Natural pools are a growing trend in pool design
Pebble-Tec pools are easy on the eyes...and the feet