Friday, 13 January 2017 14:22

Pool Design Ideas

Dreamy Pool Design Ideas


Sometimes when designing a custom pool, a homeowner will want something very unique.  Beyond the exotic materials and various shapes and sizes, there are special features that can be incorporated into custom shotcrete swimming pools that make them special.  This post from HGTV highlights some of these features that one may wish to incorporate to their truly unique projects.

Design just the right shape and style of pool with specialty features that fit your personality.

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Cool Pool Features
An attached stone wall with water spouts and adjacent outdoor living room with fireplace complement the curved lines of this nature-inspired pool. The stone used for the fireplace ties the two spaces together. Photo courtesy of Belgard Hardscapes
Recessed Lounge Area

Giving those who want to stay dry an option is always a nice idea. This unique pool features a recessed seating area "inside" the pool so everyone can enjoy the pool together. Design by Pool Builders Inc.; photo courtesy of Digital Wave Productions

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Wednesday, 21 December 2016 15:16

Small Pool Designs



Smaller backyards can be difficult to incorporate a swimming pool, let alone a total outdoor living space.  The skilled outdoor living designer, however, has tools at his/her disposal that can make a smaller space useable, funtctional, and spectacular.  This post from presents some amazing smallish finished outdoor living spaces that will inspire!

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Three Great Landscaping Ideas For Your Pool

From Guardian Pool Fence

Its the time of year that people are planning and executing their backyard renovation plans for the upcoming season.  If those plans will include a swimming pool, then this post is going to be a great help.  Invariably, a backyard renovation with a swimming pool isn't as simple as dropping a pool in place and walking away.  The elements that make up a swimming pool project include pool patio or decking, fencing, irrigation, lighting and of course, landscaping.  This post from Guardian Pool Fence gives some simple landsacape ideas for swimming pool projects to get the creative juices flowing.  

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Landscaping Ideas For Your Pool

Landscaping by the pool can make your pool look much better, increasing the value of your home. Whether you want to get technical with concrete features, fountains, gardens, or if you want a simple landscape for your pool every touch makes it better! With many future hours to spend by your pool now is a great time to make you pool look as homie as you can. Here are some great pool landscaping ideas that you can do look and feel great.

Add a garden

This classic idea is probably the easiest to do that will drastically change how your pool looks. Planning is always the most important thing to do before you create a garden. Things to plan for are the theme, the colors of your garden, raised vs. un-raised flower beds, container use, flowers vs no flowers, and many more options.

Add featured lighting

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Wednesday, 27 May 2015 15:24

Where are the Coolest Pools in the World?


From Where Cool Things Happen

What do you get when you cross a website called "Where Cool Things Happen" with the Luxury Swimming Pool Genre?  You get the coolest compendium of luxury swimming pool designs from across the globe.  Exotic locales like Barcelona, Russia, China, Australia, etc. etc. are home to some of the most forward-thinking and ingenius swimming pool designers and architects in the world.  Perhaps the American swimming pool buyer will be able to take some inspiriation from these amazing creations.

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We made a selection of one of the best and coolest pools around the world, go check it out and take a dip in one of these awesome pools..
Shanghai Holiday Inn Glass Bottom Pool
Melbourne, Out of the Blue transparent Pool
Singapore, Marina Bay Sands, Biggest Infinity Pool in the World

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Backyard Landscaping Design Ideas-Amazing Near Swimming Pool Fireplaces

From Homesthetics

There's nothing quite like spending the day frolicking around the swimming pool with your friends and family.  If you live in the Midwest or Northeast, however, summer nights can be a little chilly.  The Fireplace which is near the pool or integrated with the swimming pool is just the feature that makes these nights as memorable as the days.  This post from gives some design inspiration for these amazing swimming pool fireplaces from some of the most amazing finished swimming pool projects in the world.

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6 Epic Water Slides That Make A Lavish Swimming Pool Even Better (PHOTOS)

From Huffington Post

Ask any kid what their favorite part of any swimming pool is, and the answer invariably comes back: The Water Slide.  Traditionally, the residential water slide is a tired option, and has recently been updated and improved by several swimming pool equipment manufacturers.  Additionally, custom luxury swimming pool builders have crafted custom and semi-custom options out of such materials as concrete, fiberglass, tile, and stones.  This post form Huffington Post shows some of these more lavish swimming pool slides to provide some design inspiration to you.  Don't dissapoint your kids and leave the water slide out of your design!

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While luxury homes often have equally lavish pools in their backyards, they're the kind of places where you can't imagine anyone actually swimming. Lounging, maybe. But upscale pools tend to be "no splash" zones. That completely changes if you're the type of homeowner who loves a good water slide. This is pretty much a big sign that says "we actually have fun in our backyard."

We've found six epic water slides that are both fun and not bad to look at. Click through the slideshow to see them all and let us know which one you'd love to give a go in the comments below.

A stunning water slide-waterfall-pool-grotto combo.

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Beautiful & Practical Parasols for Garden Decorations

From Stylish Eve

Those hot days in the sun can wear you out!  No matter how much you worship the Sun's nourishing rays while frolicking in your outdoor living space, eventuall you will need some shade!  Incorporating a Parasol into your outdoor living space can be a very smart idea; not only for the utilitarianism of providing a respite from the Sun, but also as a stunning design element.  Parasols can accent any space with color, volume, and texture.  This post from Stylish Eve shows some amazing examples of Parasol designs that will enhance any landscape design, and make one's outdoor living space relevant and comfortable at the same time!

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Parasols are one of the most practical accessories in a garden or a terrace; they are not just very useful to protect you from the sun, but they are also used as a decoration to give the outdoors a pretty look. If you are looking for practical yet decorative parasol models, we present you here a collection of the most trendy garden parasol designs to inspire you. You should know that the parasol will easily adapt to the style of your garden or your terrace. If your outdoor furniture has a minimalist style, use a parasol with geometric shapes and sleek designs, also, choose a chic color like black. The parasol can allow you to bring a touch of color to your garden decoration. By choosing a colorful parasol model, you will brighten the outdoor look. Add some touches of the same color of the parasol to the furniture and accessories. To create a pleasant atmosphere in your garden, you can opt for a parasol in a very light white color that lets light pass through; it will add a soft & charming mood to your outdoors.

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Using Your Pool For Fitness

From Platinum Pools and Spas Blog

Exercising in your swimming pool has many benefits which we have covered previously.  The viscosity of the water, the cooling properties of the water, the lower impact nature of the exercise are all great ways to improve one's fitness by utilizing the swimming pool.  Platinum Pools of Arizona provides an outline of the benefits of swimming pool exercise, as well as a great list of resources to gather additional information and workouts for the swimming pool workout fanatic!  

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here are many advantages to using your pool for exercising. Water's natural buoyancy reduces weight-bearing stress, allows greater ease of movement with less impact on joints and muscles. The increased density of water creates even and fluid resistance, which will allow you to tone and strengthen muscles with greater balance and efficiency. Regardless of your current level of physical activity, water exercise is an excellent way to improve fitness, maintain health and restore vitality.

Another great reason for pool exercise is that you can burn more calories in a shorter time than land-based exercise. Water resistance is also great for boosting cardio intensity and, let's face it, it's more fun to workout in a pool!

There is also a number of additional equipment items you can buy to help with your routine. Water fitness gloves have webbing between the fingers for added resistance. A water 'noodle' can be used with many different exercises and hand buoys act like weighted barbells when training in your pool. There are even home ellipticals, treadmills, and bikes, designed specifically for in-water use for those who want to advance their exercise to a higher level.

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Five Ways to Extend Your Outdoor Living Space

From ShadeFx

After the winter we've just experienced, many are more than ready for Summer to arrive in force!  While Spring is taking her sweet time getting here, many of us would love to have a way to make the Summer last longer, in order to make up for this past Winter.  ShadeFX has the solution in this post. They offer you 5 ways to extend your Summer Outdoor Living season well into the Fall, and who wouldn't want more Summer anyway?

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The setting of the sun doesn't need to shut down your outdoor party. Moreover, you don't need to relegate yourself to the usual rough and ready flood lights often used in exterior spaces. There are a wide range of lighting solutions for the outdoors available today that deliver ambient light that can stand up to the outdoors. You may even incorporate these lighting fixtures directly into an outdoor structure like a pergola. More ambiance? Use little "analog" touches, such as a hurricane lamp to create intimacy.

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Poolscaping Basics

From Arizona Pottery

While we usually advocate for Professional Landscape Architects to assist in designing any outdoor living space, we also believe that the homeowner should educate themselves as much as possible.  It is never a bad idea to gain knowledge in any area, especially if you are going to be spending a good deal of your hard-earned money to make the best outdoor living space possible for your family.  This post from Arizona Pottery is the perfect primer to selecting materials to surround an inground swimming pool, and will get you started on the path to being an informed consumer for your outdoor living space design:

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Like a frame around a picture, the landscape that surrounds a pool can really enhance its beauty. By adding some colorful flowers and greenery, all packaged in a stunning glazed planter, will not only look stunning but add some softness to the overall feel.

You need to note a few tips before you start your project, to insure that you have the most success. Simple things to consider like selecting plants that don't drop a lot of leaves or flower petals. You don't want to be constantly cleaning the pools surface or taking the chance that something will clog your pool equipment. This doesn't mean that you can't use a beautiful flowering plant, you will just need to place it down-wind from the pool. This simple consideration will help.

Another thing to think about is the amount of water a plant will need. If you select a pot with a drain hole, which is the healthiest choice for most plants, you want to consider the run-off that may occur. Don't place the potted plant on a deck where the run-off can create a muddy patch or dangerous situation for slipping. The damage of constant water on the deck is another thing to think about. Of course you can use a saucer to catch excess water and we offer a wide selection of them. Just make sure it's large enough to hold the water and doesn't run over. If the saucer is to small then what is the point of having it.

Lastly, we suggest you select some plant materials that have bright, bold colors, and heavenly fragrance all lovenly packaged in a high gloss decorative planter. Just a few tips but all worth considering.

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