While our friends on the East Coast may still be digging out of snow, here in Arizona it’s time to start thinking about…pool season! With an average of 300 sunny days a year, not to mention the 80 degree temperatures we’ve been enjoying the past few weeks (remember– it’s early February!), now is the perfect time to start planning for fantastic afternoons spent poolside. Whether you’re in the planning stages of creating a new luxurious backyard oasis or looking to upgrade, there are certainly some fun and exciting new pool trends to keep in mind this season.
Here are a few up-and-coming ideas that are sure to impress!
One new trend that has the potential to surpass the popularity of the infinity pool is the knife-edge pool. Also known as “Lautner” pools, slot-edge pools, wet edge pools and perimeter pools, this type of pool has water that sits at the same level as the pool deck and flows into a slot edge at the pool’s perimeter to create a mirror-surface effect. Where the infinity-edge pool has one edge where the water flows over the side, the knife-edge swimming pool allows for all four edges to spill over the sides giving the appearance from every angle of the swimming pool that the water extends to the horizon.
Also known as wet shelves or tanning ledges, Baja Shelves are usually just a few inches deep – where you can place lounge chairs or simply lie down and relax. With a wet shelf, you’re able to enjoy the water without actually swimming or submersing yourself in it. They also provide a shallow play area for children, making them very family friendly.
Some of the newest trends include adding fire bowls to pool designs to transform the space into something extraordinary. Adding the element of several small fire features around a pool’s edge or into a decorative wall surrounding the water is also a trend being seen in upscale pool designs.
Illusion spas are gaining popularity in place of detached hot tubs. These spas rise out of your pool to create one coherent look. Remember to have this in your design during construction, as this will be difficult to add to a finished swimming pool.
Now that you’re “in the know”, it’s time to start thinking about creating your own backyard retreat! Contact us today – we’ll be happy to help you design the perfect home to complement the pool of your dreams!
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