Sunshine and warm temperatures are now beckoning you and your family outside, so it’s important that you’re able to enjoy your backyard without worrying about curious neighbors.
Backyard Privacy Options
Finding a privacy solution isn’t a one size fits all endeavor. Perhaps you need full yard coverage, or simply need to block one side of your yard. Whatever your needs, you’re going to need to create privacy in one form or another. Here are some helpful tips:
Property-line plantings can provide year-round screening and shade. Where space is limited, opt for fast-growing evergreens like Italian cypress and arborvitae can provide a simple solution for separating property lines. Planting a mix of deciduous or evergreen trees, shrubs, and perennials create a natural look, particularly if you layer them.
Fence or Wall
A traditional wood fence comes in various styles to complement the architecture of your home. A fence might solve the privacy problem, but it’s not always the most beautiful solution. To break up the plain appearance, add an open lattice top, and planting flowering or climbing plants in front to soften the stark wood. Iron or brick fencing and border walls are also elegant alternatives to wood.
Adding a beautiful custom pergola created dimension and privacy in your backyard. It can turn a hot tub into a private soaking area, or a dining set into an al fresco outdoor dining room. Add climbing vines to create a natural Tuscan feel to your outdoor living area.
Maintain Audio Privacy
Even if you can’t actually see the neighbors, you may still be close enough to hear their conversations or backyard ruckus. Maybe you’re tired of the constant traffic noise coming from nearby. Adding an outdoor fountain to your yard or poolscape can mask unwanted sounds with pleasant white noise. Fountains not only create ambiance and tranquility but are beautiful to boot!
A Space of Your Own
Even if you love your neighbors, it’s nice to occasionally step outside without having to strike up a conversation. The whole point of a backyard is to create a safe outdoor living space for you to relax and entertain in. Whether you’re daydreaming of evening swims or private lounging by the pool, you should be able to enjoy your backyard in peace and privacy!
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Lounging poolside is a favorite summer pastime for nearly everyone. Whether it’s in your own backyard or a faraway destination, there’s nothing more relaxing than a crystal blue pool.
From Backyard to Bali: 7 Incredible Pools
With summer in full swing and temperatures on the rise, it’s time to start hitting your local pool. While the standard pool designs can cool you off, why not dive into the deep end with some truly incredible pools? Daydream of faraway places, or get inspiration for your own backyard oasis with these pools from around the world:
The Library Hotel is located in Koh Samui, Thailand. Its swimming pool features a mosaic of deep red tiles contrasting against the white sandy beach it faces. The hotel’s library offers a collection of more than 1,300 books to read poolside.
In Budapest, Hungary, the Gellert Hotel pool is actually mineral baths that fill the thermal pool, naturally reaching temperatures of up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s reminiscent of a Roman bath, with mosaics, marble sculptures, and columns under a gorgeous stained glass skylight.
If you’re lucky enough to stay at the Hanging Gardens Hotel in the Balinese jungle, you’ll get to enjoy sunsets through the trees as you swim in a two-tiered infinity pool that seems to hang in the treetops over the lush rainforest and river below.
San Alfonso del Mar
The San Alfonso del Mar resort in Chile is one of the world’s largest, with space for small paddle boats and sailboats. The crystal-clear pool looks more like a lagoon at more than 20-acres. Its 66 million gallons of water is filtered from the Pacific Ocean.
Bauhaus Bedroom Pool
Located in Atlanta, Georgia, this private residence pool sits atop the master bedroom. With a glass bottom and a large skylight in the master bedroom ceiling, you’ll drift to sleep feeling like you’re under the sea.
A boutique hotel in Santorini, Greece, the pool offers the largest infinity pool on the island, where you can swim up to the edge and gaze across the sparkling cobalt-blue Aegean Sea, which is particularly impressive at sunset.
Bigger in Texas
This private residence pool in Houston, Texas (featured here) is shaped like the state itself! With a square hot tub at the top end (Amarillo) and stairs at the bottom tip (South Padre Island), this completely unique custom pool proves that everything’s bigger and better in Texas!
Taking The Plunge
If you’re ready to design or remodel your own pool, consider thinking outside the box. Use these pools as inspiration to guide you to a backyard waterscape you’ll never want to leave!
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As the days lengthen and the weather gets warmer, the idea of building a pool becomes more and more attractive. For many years, outdoor pools were little more than a rectangular swimming hole. Recently there’s been incredible advances in what’s possible, limited only by the builder’s creativity.
Swimming Pool Details to Amaze
If you’re thinking about adding a swimming pool or upgrading one you already have, don’t feel restricted by conventional design. Here are 5 details that will take your pool to another level:
1) Evening Appeal
Pools used to feature 1 or 2 large lights built into the wall to light up the water for nighttime swimming, with 1 in the deep end and another in the shallow end of the pool. This hardly created ambiance and didn’t provide much in the way of safety lighting. LED lights can be installed under the pool coping or in pipes in the walls. They create a soft glow, perfect for evening swims. Low-voltage lighting around your yard is still the best way to enhance your outdoor living spaces and provides safety to guests walking around the pool at night.
An edgeless (or infinity) pool produces a visual effect of water with no boundary. They’re often designed so that the edge appears to merge with a larger body of water or with the sky.
3) Swim-Up Bar
Extra touches make all the difference in how a pool looks and feels. A swim-up bar at the edge of the pool adds undeniable luxury. For an extra sense of fun, put the bar into an alcove located behind a waterfall.
There’s almost nothing as dramatic as fire features around your pool on a dark night. Pillars can be added to the corners of your pool with gas fitting that can be turned on and off with the flip of a switch. Such custom features are often added to an existing pool to upgrade its appearance without significant structural renovation.
5) Lounging Area
Pools that feature a wading area an easily have in-water lounge chairs. Doze for an hour, then transition seamlessly into the pool to cool off. It’s the ultimate in luxury lounging.
A Beautiful Backyard
Pool details and trends have borrowed heavily from luxury resorts and hotels around the US and internationally. Once reserved for vacations, these elements add flair and interest to your own backyard and make you feel like you’re worlds away.
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Your backyard is your own private retreat. Adding a pool creates an instant impressive sight from your back patio and backyard-facing windows. But today there are more extra features than ever available to enhance your pool. These provide acoustic ambiance, warmth, and fun, and really set your waterscape apart from the rest.
How to Enhance a High-Quality Custom Pool
When you’re designing your pool, why not add functional, beautiful custom features to maximize the pool’s function? These not only provide added visual and acoustic interest but can encourage spending time outdoors.
Waterfalls add customization and tranquility to any swimming pool design. The sound of rushing water is a calming addition to a backyard oasis, blocking out neighborhood and traffic noise. From natural designs like small rock falls, to sleek modern spillovers, the possibilities are endless.
Imagine warm, flickering light reflecting off the surface of your pool. Fire pits or fire features light up the night and add a touch of luxury. Fire features add warmth on cooler nights, but also provide unparalleled ambiance.
Does your pool have features for little ones to enjoy? Bubblers are a fun addition that the kids will love! Bubblers offer a fun outlet for little ones to play in, while aults cool off while they watch nearby.
if you want to build a larger swimming pool or even a lazy river-style design, a custom bridge is a perfect way to connect various portions together. Not only does it look beautiful, but swimming under the bridge is a unique and original feature not usually seen in smaller designs.
Is there anything more exhilarating as a kid than sliding down a waterslide? A favorite among kids and families–pool slides provide a fun and active way to enjoy your custom pool! Small or large slides can be constructed from various materials, from faux-stone to fiberglass.
An Impressive Sight
Being in nature can relax and recharge you. Just 20 minutes outside every day can calm your mind, improve blood pressure and decrease stress. The fresh air and sunshine act as instant mood booster and time spent in your pool offers real benefits to your body and mind. Make your backyard waterscape somewhere you want to be all the time, and enjoy a better quality of life and an impressive outdoor scene.
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Ready to take your backyard design up to backyard paradise level? A custom pool is arguably the essential component. Imagine endless hours of fun and relaxation for you and your family, right in the backyard!
Custom Pool Designs 101
The options are truly endless, more than enough to accommodate your preference and style. Express your personality! Get started with the following tips:
1) Shape and Size
There are countless options available for custom pools, starting with pool size and shape. One pro tip to keep in mind is you’ll want your pool size, shape, and style to compliment your home and yard. You may want to go with a geometric design, that is, a pool with a specific shape such as oval, square, or rectangle. Or you may find a freeform pool, customized to your specifications will look best.
2) Water Features
Once you have your ideal size and shape, enhance your backyard pool experience with custom water features. Waterfalls, scuppers, fountains, and bubblers add calming sights and sounds for relaxing evenings after long days. Finally, for children, nothing beats endless hours of fun sliding down your custom water slide! Spice up your pool with these exciting water features.
3) Add a Spa.
If relaxation is part of your interest in buying a pool, consider adding a spa as well. Imagine coming home after a long work week and escaping to your backyard spa. Relax. Unwind. Escape!
4) Other Pool Features.
Add a little style to your pool with additional custom features. For a larger pool, a custom bridge is a great way to divide sections, establish walkways, and create an exciting swimming experience under the bridge. Add warmth, excitement, and an exotic flair to evening gatherings with custom fire features. Make your pool standout. Infuse it with your personality and style.
5) Outdoor Living
You’ll also want to think about your pool surroundings. What other elements would enhance your backyard, make your pool a focal point, or round out your backyard paradise? Outdoor structures such as arbors, pergolas, and patio covers make great gathering places. Add style and a touch of nature with backyard landscaping, ponds, and streams. Or take it to the next level with an outdoor kitchen or living room. This is just the beginning. Explore all your outdoor living options for your optimal backyard design.
Transform your backyard into a paradise experience with a custom pool, features, and landscaping. Create the ideal setting for having fun, relaxing and unwinding, and for entertaining family and guests. It starts with your custom swimming pool, but the possibilities are limitless. Get started with this guide to custom pool designs.
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A pool will provide years of entertainment and value, but nothing truly lasts forever. At some point, you will notice that the lining is starting to crack, or the decking has faded. Perhaps you weren’t the owner that built the pool and you’re hoping to make it your own by updating the design. Whatever your reason, there’s never been a better time than now to update your pool!
Exciting Pool Renovations
Don’t be overwhelmed by the idea of renovations for your pool. If you’ve noticed wear and tear, keep in mind that the longer you wait, the bigger the problem may get. Take the opportunity to create the pool you’ve always wanted. From fire features to decking, the following updates can transform the entire look and feel of your pool.
A pool is the best place to spend a summer day, but what happens when the sun goes down? A fire feature is the perfect way to create a night-time focal feature. Place comfortable seating around the fire, inviting guests to wind down and stay warm. Let the conversation and relaxation flow with this unique feature.
Coping provides a cap for the edge of the pool. Although it’s a structural necessity, the coping provides a decorative accent. Poured concrete allows the coping to flow directly from the patio surface. This creates a more cohesive look. It can also be stamped or stained to give it additional flare.
Tile can be used to add instant class to your pool renovation. Glass tile, in particular, lends an artisan feel to pool siding. Incorporate tile with vibrant sparkle and watch the sun cast rainbows on the surface of your pool. Add a splash of color with dramatic tile pairings and accents. Adding tile allows you to stay true to the style of your home while adding a subtle difference.
Decking comes in a variety of styles and material. The most common is cement, which is easily stained and painted to resemble wood, tile or stone. It’s durable, doesn’t get too hot and has traction to avoid slips. If your cement decking has seen better days, it might be time to restain it or opt for another material. Brick and wood are elegant options. Natural stone always makes a beautiful and cohesive flow from landscape to hardscape.
5) Water Features
A swimming pool waterfall adds a sense of luxury, but also provides relaxing sounds for you to enjoy. This is particularly helpful to mask or hide the noise from a busy road. Waterfall designs range from simple stacked stone to extravagant cave-like structures. Get even more creative with a pool fountain. Create a spa-like atmosphere with a sleek fountain feeding into your hot tub. Add a kid zone equipped with splash fountains to entertain all the kids.
The sky’s the limit when it comes to pool luxury. Add a custom stone slide for the kids or a swim-up bar for entertaining. Deck jets provide additional entertainment for swimmers, as well as visual interest. With today’s custom features, you can even have your own lazy river!
Give Your Pool a Facelift!
Renovate your pool today and save money and grief tomorrow. Pool renovation, modernization, and replacement deliver a big bang for your buck. Start the new year off swimming in style!
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