Building a pool is a big project, so before you start, you’ll want to make sure you’re 100% happy with the design. While we understand wanting to play it safe, with so many options on the market, there’s no need to stick to conventional concrete pool designs. If you’re looking for inspiration, here are 5 pool design trends that will help you build the pool of your dreams.
More and more homeowners are opting to build single-depth pools. Unlike most pools that are designed to include a “deep end” and “shallow end” these pools are the same depth at both ends. A single-depth pool can lower construction costs and is typically cheaper to clean and maintain.
While you won’t be able to dive unless your pool is at least 10-feet deep, these pools can accommodate swimmers of all levels and are perfect for laps. This design is versatile and cost-effective, so it’s no wonder that more and more homeowners are opting to add a single-depth pool to their backyard.
Over the past few years, many Canadians have started using smart home technologies both inside and outside their houses. From lighting to temperature, you can now adjust your pool settings from your phone. You can opt to install remote-controlled LED lights and adjust their colour depending on your mood or the time of day.
Better yet, you can use smart technology to cut down on cleaning and maintenance costs. Smart filters and pool cleaning robots are just a few of the smart-pool options currently on the market. These technologies will cost more up-front but will save you money in the long run.
These days, there’s no shortage of ways to make your pool more efficient. The most popular way to ensure your pool isn’t wasting energy is to install a variable-speed pump. Unlike other kinds of pool pumps, you are able to control the speed at which the pump is running. Pumps don’t actually need to run at full power to keep your pool clean – but with a single-speed pump, that’s what you’ll be paying for.
Pair your variable-speed pump with larger filters and adequate plumbing to maximize your pool’s efficiency. If you’re looking for ways to further reduce your pool’s impact on your energy bills (and the environment) you can also consider investing in solar panels or other advanced heating options. While you may pay more upfront for these modifications, you’ll end up saving money in the long run.
In the past, homeowners with smaller backyards wouldn’t even consider adding a pool to their backyard. This is no longer the case – with more and more Canadian homeowners choosing to upgrade their current homes rather than move, pools of all designs are being added to conventionally smaller backyards. These pools are cheaper to install, heat and maintain than a full-size pool, and while these they aren’t great for swimming laps, they provide the perfect spot to lounge during our short Canadian summers.
What many cement pool owners don’t know is that a tile or stone border serves to protect exposed concrete from damage. While this border only needs to extend a foot into your pool, more and more homeowners are choosing to cover the entire area of their pool with tile. Tile can be used to create beautiful designs that stand out from standard concrete pools. Dark tiles have become particularly popular and can be used to create a lagoon-like feel to your pool.
When it comes to pool tile options, Canadian homeowners have a more limited selection. Ceramic, slate and marble tiles aren’t likely to survive freezing winters. That being said, there are hundreds of beautiful options on the market. Porcelain, granite and glass tiles are your best bet at ensuring your tile doesn’t chip, crack or crumble during winter’s first deep freeze. You should also ensure you pick a tile with long-lasting and durable silicone backing dots as opposed to a flimsy mesh backing. With these considerations in mind, you’ll be able to choose a tile that looks great for years to come.
Now that you’re familiar with the latest trends, you’re ready to find a designer who can bring your vision to life. Head to HomeStars.com to find top-rated pool builders near you, or click the banner below to get quotes from up to three designers.