Check out the world's largest pool, latest in design

From Ashbury Park Press

It is sometimes instructive to pay attention to macro trends around any industry or business to try to see where the trends are going.  Outdoor Design, and specifically the inground swimming pool industry is no different.  This post from APP gives the latest trends in luxury and custom swimming pool design from around the world.  Discussing such things as the largest pool in the world, the most unique, the latest design features, and many more items to inform one's own backyard waterpark or outdoor living room.

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MY POOL WATER IS NOT ALL THE SAME COLOR?

From SwimmingPool.com

The most common misconception and the most common problem that all swimming pool owners, builders, and designers run into boils down to one simple, innocent question, "What color is my pool water going to be?"  Seems innocuous, but it has caused more trepidation, time, and money for more builders, owners, and designers than any other issue.  This post from Swimmingpool.com addresses this bugaboo head on, and gives some great information that can help the consumer and the designer alike go into this process with eyes wide open.

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Mesmerizing High-Speed Photos Capture People Barreling out of a Water Slide

From My Modern Met

Many people who are contemplating the installation of an inground swimming pool and also have young children are usually faced with a crucial decision:  Should I include a diving board or a water slide?  While the pros and cons of the diving board are debated ad naseum online and in other forums, the waterslide is usually revered for its consistent ability to deliver unadulterated fun to young and old.  Nowhere is this pure joy captured better than in the photos depicted in this post from My Modern Net.  Using High-Speed Photography, these images capture the very moment that people are ejected from a full flume waterslide into the water.  If you were to try and describe the joys of owning an inground swimming pool, you would be hard pressed to to it any better than these images.

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CANOPIES, PERGOLAS & GAZEBOS. A LOOK AT POPULAR & FUNCTIONAL OUTDOOR STRUCTURES

From Cipriano Custom Swimming Pools

Nothing adds interest, verticality, shade and a focal point like an outdoor structure.  Skilled Landscape Designers will use canopies, gazebos, pergolas as tools in their arsenal to create interest, gathering areas, and to create vignettes in the outoor space.  This post from Cipriano Landscape Design and Custom Pools in New Jersey presents a short treatise on these outdoor structures, and discusses when the various forms of these structures are appropriate to incorporate into an outdoor living space.

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5 Questions To Ask When Choosing A Pool

From Rising Sun Pools, Inc.

Deciding to install an inground swimming pool can be a monumental decision, but that is only the beginning.  Most people who have taken the intellectual leap to bring the recreation area to their backyard don't know what the first step is to getting started.  That's where this post from Rising Sun Pools comes in.  This post helps guide the first-time swimming pool buyer through the very first stages of designing a swimming pool by presenting the 5 key questions that need to be answered before beginning the process.

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Strokes of Genius: 8 Stunning Lap Pools

Saving space and suited to both serious swimmers and toe dippers, lap pools can be a brilliant addition to the landscape

From Houzz

The Rectangular inground swimming pool, or lap pool, had fallen out of favor for a few years.  Homeowners that wanted the resort-style or waterpark feel to their swimming pool projects, or the lagoon-style pond-type swimming pool, had overwhelming chosen the freeform pool as their design preference.  In a move that is somewhat back to the future in nature, the old-world, european-style lap pool has been coming back into vogue.  This post from Houzz presents a gallery of these types of pools that have been elevated to an artform.  

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25 Stunning Pools Worth Visiting In your Life Time

From Architecture and Design

Swimming Pools have become the central attraction at some of world's most exclusive and fabulous vacation destinations.  Architects and Designers realize the attraction that a spectacular swimming pool amenity can draw, so they have been upping their game at these 5 star destinations.  This post from Architecture and Design gives an amazing compendium of these water paradises, and encourages you to use the list as inspiration for your next getaway.  

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Artistic Fire Pits For Long Summer Nights

From Landscape Architects Network

Outdoor living enthusiasts understand that long summer days can easily turn into cool summer nights.  Harkening back to days of yore, sitting around the campfire roasting marshmallows, nighttime can be the most relaxing and congenial time of the day.  Unfortunately, without a source of heat and focus, these summer nights can turn into indoor gatherings, defeating the purpose of having a fabulous outdoor living space.  Firepits are a great way to extend the day, and keep the memories building.  This post from The Landscape Architects Network presents a different spin on the firepit;  one that turns the source of heat and focus into high art.

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HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN BACKYARD PUTTING GREEN

From Hayward

What is the ultimate outdoor living amenity?  Usually the answer to this question will vary depending on the lifestyle of the homeowner.  Some will say it is their outdoor dining area or outdoor kitchen.  Others will point to their outdoor pizza oven our outdoor fireplace.  This post from Hayward offers a different amenity that is no less amazing or stunning:  The Outdoor Backyard Putting Green.  One doesn't necessarily have to be a golf addict to enjoy this amenity, but imagine the fun you could have practicing your putts while your family splashes and frolics in and around the swimming pool!

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Spectacular swimming pools – in pictures

From The Guardian

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.  Sir Isaac Newton stood on the shoulders of Giants in order to succeed, meaning he merely advanced the knowledge that his predecessors uncovered.  The same principle can apply when you are designing our own outdoor living paradise.  These amazing swimming pools from around the world will inspire you to bring something sublime into your own backyard.

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