Swimming Pools: Keeping Summers Cool, Refreshed and Safe Swimming Pools: Keeping Summers Cool, Refreshed and Safe

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Swimming Pools: Keeping Summers Cool, Refreshed and Safe

Up until last year, my family spent every summer at the beach. My spouse and I didn't want to invest in a swimming pool because we thought it'd be expensive and hard to maintain. But after my youngest child developed a skin infection from the beach's sand, we changed our minds. We contacted a pool contractor in our area that offered many different types of pools. We decided to go with an above ground pool because it seemed easier to keep up than an inground pool. Plus, our kids were safe from dangerous germs. If you need a swimming pool for your home, read my blog. I show you how to find the best options for your family and why you should choose them.

7 Add-Ons That Take A Backyard Pool From Nice To Envy Of The Neighborhood

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.