Building a swimming pool on one’s property is a big investment that comes with obvious benefits. Not only can it be used for recreation, but it adds vastly to one’s property value. (That is, if you choose to sell your house, you will fetch a much higher price with a swimming pool. Of course, if you have properly landscaped pool, parting ways with it might be easier said than done.) Whereas traditional vacations can become costly and are subject to a family’s schedule (which is, needless to say, often conflicting), swimming pools can provide a private oasis retreat that is exceedingly convenient to get away to. Of course, aside from the entertainment value of them, there is also the added benefit that swimming provides. Since most people usually only install a swimming pool once on their property, it is a big decision that must be done with foresight and care. The pool will instantly become a vital part of the whole backyard where the landscape offers the perfect setting. Pool design should then be done with the big picture of site function and circulation in mind so it is placed in the optimal location. There are certain aspects to consider when installing a pool or partaking in pool landscaping.
The Rock Factor
Rocks are often a consideration when pool landscaping. There is often a divide amongst pool enthusiasts when it comes to the debate between artificial stones and natural stones. True, natural stones must often be hauled and set on site, and large boulders have a higher price tag and can sometimes lead to engineering problems. Nonetheless, there are those who see the difficulties of having natural stones well worth it in the long run. Still, artificial pool boulders continue to grow in popularity since they are adaptable to the pool’s site and include a large selection to choose from. Whatever route is taken, having planting that works together with the rock work to create a realistic appearance and create a pleasant contrast is what matters the most in terms of rock selection.
Choosing Water Features
Needless to say, when it comes to pool landscaping, the natural thought that follows it is water, not rocks. This is why choosing water features is often doubly important to building a swimming pool. The visual and audible spectacle of falling water transforms an inert swimming pool into a stunning fountain. There are many water features to consider. A waterfall can be engineered to spill over boulders. There can be spurting stream of water going into the pool from a statue. There can even be a vanishing edge integrated into the pool. (A vanishing edge—known by many other names including negative edge, zero edge, infinity pool, infinity edge pool, and disappeared edge—produces the visual effect of water extending to the horizon, vanishing, or extending to “infinity.” This effect is produced by one edge of the pool being constructed lower than the water level wherein the overflowing water is recirculated into the pool by a catch basin.) Indeed, there are many water features to choose from. Not only are there different options when it comes to the visual aspects of a waterfall, but the sound effect of the waterfall can also be specified. Some waterfalls push water out as a single row of streams away from the pool wall. These rows create the sound of rain. Other types of waterfalls project a clear arc of water, and this creates a sheet-like effect. Even a classical gentle splash into the pool can be created if desired. When implementing a pool water feature like a fountain, it is beneficial to have it visible from not only outdoor living spaces but from primary indoor living spaces as well. This makes sure that the swimming pool feature is visible during every season.
Selecting Swimming Pool Materials
While “water” is often the logical image that pops into mind following the phrase “swimming pool,” water must have a container. This is where being shrewd with decisions is quite important. Factors to consider for pool materials (e.g., concrete, vinyl liner, fiberglass) include safety, durability, comfort, and appearance. These materials must account for the fact that chlorine will likely be in contact with it. Since sometimes merely standing in the pool makes for an enjoyable time, a material that works well with bare feet is a must. This is why selecting a dark surface can be a mistake as it absorbs heat, and the sensation of having burning feet is not exactly optimal.