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Build Your Dream Pool

Deciding On A Pool Design

News September 12, 2014

Why do people buy swimming pools? Here in Texas, that’s a pretty simple question to answer� It’s HOT!

Other than that obvious answer, however, people have other reasons for building pools too. Some want to show off their lifestyle and good taste; others are looking for relaxation in a resort-style atmosphere; many people choose to build a pool for health reasons, and most want a place to build memories. Depending on your reasoning to buy a pool, you have many options available to you.

If you’re mainly building a pool for the look & feel of the atmosphere�
You probably want your pool to look gorgeous. You want it to match the style of your home, and you want it to reflect your lifestyle. Glass tile is a great addition to the design. It will reflect the sunlight perfectly and add a little glamour to your pool that you wouldn’t get with standard tile.

The other thing you may want to consider is the color & style of your plaster. Every plaster will create a different water color. Check out all of the water colors you can have with Pebble Tec, Sheen, Fina & Beadcrete on the Pebble Tec website.

If you’re building a pool for relaxation�
You want a place to sit back and unwind after work or a place to have your morning coffee as you think about the day ahead of you. If that’s the case, you may want to add some water features. The tranquil sounds of a bubbling waterfall are calming. In fact, Wallace J. Nichols coined the term “Blue Mind” (the name of his book), which, according to the Washington Post is the “relaxed state that we find ourselves in when we are in, on or under water.” You should add a patio area under a nice shade tree for a small table and a few chairs so you can sit down with a good book and listen to the moving water. A spa would also be a great addition for relaxation.

If you’re looking to stay healthy�
Water is the best place to exercise. You can swim laps, jog in place, or do some low-impact stretching. It is easy on your joints, and it increases your flexibility and range of motion. Swimming involves many muscle groups that are otherwise untouched with typical daily activities. If you’re looking to use your pool for exercise, you’ll want it to have a clean lap lane and a minimum of 3’6″ depth. Don’t worry if you have a small backyard though. You can have a relatively small pool and add a Fastlane (shown in the photo above), which creates an adjustable current to swim against, so you can swim at a more constant pace.

If you’re looking for a place to build memories�
You want a place for the family to gather and have fun and a place to entertain friends and enjoy each others’ company. If this is your main reason for building a swimming pool, think about adding a sun shelf. The sun shelf is a six-inch deep area at the entrance of the pool where you could put loungers or have a small area for younger children to play. We’ve even seen dogs who don’t like to fully jump in the water enjoying their sun shelf. An outdoor kitchen is another must-have. Nothing says summer memories like barbecuing by the pool!

All in all, you want your pool to enrich your life. You want it to provide fun, enjoyment and pleasure, and that’s what we’re here to do for you. Nothing gives us better satisfaction than knowing our customers have a higher quality of life thanks to the work we do for them.