Best 12 Modern Pool Designs by Serenity Pools

From Stylish Eve

Modern inground swimming pool designs feature clean lines, uniformity, balance, symetry, and in some cases, sophisticated edge treatments.  Not every home or design taste calls for a modern swimming pool design,  but when the right home and landscape meets a skilled modern swimming pool designer, the results can be sublime.  This post from Stylish Eve presents a dozen examples of when this confluence occurred with spectacular results.

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Pools From Space

From AQUA

Ever wonder how many inground swimming pools exist in the United States?  How about which state in the union that has the most inground swimming pools?  This post from AQUA shows a recent survey from P.K. Data on swimming pools in the United States, and provides some unexpected results.  Additionally, there is a startling image that represents what the concentrations of swimming pools would look like from a low-earth orbit satellite.

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Landscape Lighting Ideas

From Landscaping Network

Designing an inground swimming pool or outdoor living space is complicated, involving many moving parts.  What most people don't realize is that with all the energy placed into space allocation, traffic patterns, swimming pool placement, plant species, material choices for hardscape, grading, drainage, etc. etc.,;precious little energy is often placed into the nighttime use of the space.  Skilled designers realize that after the sun goes down, the fun really begins.  Properly designed and installed landcape lighting is crucial to enjoy and accentuate a sublime landscape design after dark.  This post from Landscaping Network discusses the finer points of landscape lighting design to ensure that your own backyard paradise doesn't go dark when the sun goes down.

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Gadgets for your Swimming Pool

From Poolcenter.com

Once your inground pool is complete, it is time to outfit the pool with all the amenities.  Floats, towels, toys, etc. are the little finishing touches that your pool designer or builder doesn't necessarily provide, but will make your pool that much more fun and usable for your family.  This post from Poolcenter.com presents the latest and greatest gadgets and toys to provide the "cherry on the sundae" that will put the finishing touches on your wonderful inground pool project.

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Keep Cool with These Five Patio Shade

From Shade FX

One of the key design elements for any backyard landscape design or outdoor living space is the creation of shade.  There are many elements that can be utlitized to create shade naturally, but an open air patio is much harder to shelter from the blazing sun.  This post from Shade FX gives 5 great ways to accomplish this goal, but utilizing umbrellas, pergolas, trees and canopies.

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11 Essential Landscape Tasks for Fall

From Barn Nursery

Believe it or not, we are on the downside of summer heading into Fall.  It's hard to believe that the 4th of July is in the rearview mirror, but in a few short weeks the kids will be back in school and those halcyon days of extra sunlight and hanging out by the swimming pool will be just a loving memory.  This post from The Barn Nursery gives you a handy guide to preparing for Fall and Winter by tackling the tasks in your garden and landscape that are necessary for Fall.  With proper preparation and care, your outdoor living space will be much healthier and easier to get ready for next years Memorial Day party!

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7 Luxury Swimming Pools That Have To Be Seen To Be Believed (PHOTOS)

From Huffington Post

As this article from the Huffington Post states, "a high-end home would just feel incomplete without a swimming pool."  We couldn't agree more.  While the swimmng pool has become the ultimate luxury item for the high-end custom home, some designers have advanced the artform to a new stratosphere.  This post presents seven of these over-the-top designs that are described using terms like "amazing" and "extreme".  Check it out for some design inspiration on your own backyard shangri-la.

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Designing for Fireside Warmth: Tips for Outdoor Furnishings

From Garden Design

Once one has been through a landscape construction or outdoor living construction project, the first reaction is usually to want to utilize the space.  After all, the reason that the homeowner undertook the project in the first place was to have friends and family around in a comfortable, warm environment.  The final touch, and one that sometimes gets overlooked is providing proper furnishings to outfit the space.  This seemingly innocuous detail can make the difference between just having a space and making the space useful and spectacular.  This post from Garden Design gives some great tips to wrap up the final stage of design and construction correctly for the homeowner, and to outfit the space for maximum enjoyment.

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