Having your very own swimming pool right in the backyard is a dream come true for many people. Being able to jump in and cool off on a hot summer's day is both refreshing and convenient. Depending on your tastes, you can choose a traditional rectangular pool or one with more curvilinear lines, but the customization doesn't stop there. There are many add-ons that you can select with your pool contractor to make your pool stand out from the rest.
1. Hot Tub: While adding a hot tub is nothing unusual, it is essential to creating the ultimate backyard oasis, especially when you can use it on a cold winter night.
2. Swim-Up Bar: Tropical hotels do not have the market cornered on swim-up bars. You can install one in your own backyard and entertain in style.
3. Waterfall: Waterfalls are both visually appealing and can provide a 'white noise' diversion for houses that are located near busy streets. If you have an HOA (homeowner's association), make sure you check the by-laws regarding the height of your waterfall prior to installation.
4. Grotto: Hidden grottoes are a fun feature that your pool contractor can add to your suburban pool for you. Not only is it a conversation starter, but it can offer some much-needed shade on a hot day.
5. Shade Sails: Speaking of the sun, shade sails are are great additions to your pool area, especially if you live in the southern part of the United States. They can keep a portion of the pools surface shaded for those that need to get out of the heat or burn easily.
6. Zero Entry: One of the newer trends to hit pool design is the zero entry -- or beach entry -- pool. Instead of jumping in the pool or using a ladder, swimmers can walk into the water, just as they would if it were a lake. An added bonus is that it makes a great, shallow area for young children to play.
7. Scuba Diving Pool: If you really want to take it over-the-top, you can dig your pool to the depth of 26 feet and create a space that can be used for both swimming and scuba diving. While it sounds unrealistic for the average backyard, it has been done -- and done well!
For more information, contact a pool contractor who offers pool design services about your ideas for creating the ultimate backyard and see what can work with your space and your budget.