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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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Outdoor Living with Water Gardens

From Hometalk

Water has too many amazing qualities to list succinctly.  Adding water to any landscape design or outdoor living space can provide the soothing background noise required to soften a space, or can tie disparate elements together naturally.  Flowing, bubbling, or cascading water can be the difference between a cookie cutter landscape design and a sublime melding of outdoor living elements.  This post from Hometalk gives some great examples of how to incorporate a natural water garden to any outdoor space, and shows the spectacular results that can be achieved with proper planning and design.

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Customizing Your Hot Tub Location

From Pools, Spas and Patios

There are many decisions that need to me made when designing an outdoor living space.  In the Midwest, or in climate-changing areas, the location of the hot tub is one of the most important.  Is winter use of the hot tub going to be something that is desired?  Should the tub be used in the colder months, should the tub be surrounded by a radiant-heat deck?  Should the tub be near the house, or near a pool house, or inside the swimming pool?  This post from Pools, Spas, and Patios gives some great design tips for hot tubs, including some additional amenities that will enhance the ownership of the hot tub and make the experience of ownership worthwhile and fulfilling.

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Natural Stone Decking: Travertine, Flagstone, Granite & More

From Luxury Pools

It's easy to get caught up in the details of the swimming pool when one is designing a waterscape or inground pool project.  So much time and energy is spent on picking out the tile, pool finish, coping, pool features like slide, diving board, sunshelf, water features, etc. that one's brain scarcely has room for additional details.  This could be a mistake, explains this post from Luxury Pools, as the decking or patio surrounding the pool can arguably be the most important design decision for many reasons.  The post also explains the different options with their associated pros and cons, focusing on Natural Stone products. 

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LUXURIOUS PRIVATE POOLS

From Architectural Digest

When one is thinking about desiging an inground swimming pool for one's one home, usually the first step is to start looking at pictures of other swimming pools.  Websites and services like Houzz, Pinterest, Facebook, and Google Image searches are very popular ways to start viewing other finished inground swimming pool projects and to start saving ideas and features that one wants for their own project.  This post from Architectural Digest does the work for you, however, by presenting some amazingly elegant private residential swimming pool projects in this fabulous gallery.

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THE HISTORIC RISE OF SWIMMING POOLS

From Hayward

Hvae you ever wondered when the first swimming pool was constructed?  When did ancient man decide to create an alternative to natural bodies of water and create a swimming pool or hot tub specifically for recreation and therapy?  Why did man make this leap?  These and other questions are answered in this brief history of swimming pools by Hayward Pool Products.  

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