As the years go by, residential swimming pools become more and more luxurious. Suburban swimming pools are now more than a place to cool off and serve to entertain guests in far more extensive ways. Pools have also become large contributors to the aesthetic of outdoor living spaces. In 2019, we can expect to see residential swimming pools surge in resort-like luxury. Consider some of the following trends, brought to you by a gunite pool builder, for your pool in Westhampton, NY.
An Extended Tanning Shelf
Tanning shelves have been taking the realm of residential landscape design by storm in recent years. A tanning shelf refers to a wide ledge situated at the perimeter of the pool, which is submerged in only about a foot of water. This enables people to sunbathe or sit upright while surrounded by cooling water. However, gunite pool builders expect homeowners to become braver with tanning shelves, with plans to extend them to create entire poolside living spaces submerged in shallow water. This creates opportunities for cool, refreshing relaxation and a spa-like atmosphere.
Poolside Fire Features
Fire pits and other fire features create the friendly warmth of a campfire, soft intimate lighting, and a tranquil soundtrack of soft crackles. These qualities all serve to enhance the atmosphere of an outdoor living space after dark, making it more captivating and inviting. Install a raised fire pit along the edge of the pool to cast a comforting glow on your late-night dip in the pool. You won’t ever want to get out of the water! Situating fire features near the pool creates merges two contradictory elements—fire and water. This can make an outdoor living space more memorable and unique, by taking its design to the next level.
A Dark Interior
Pools are classically finished with a cool white or blue interior, which makes the water look even cleaner, colder, and more inviting in the summer. However, more homeowners are now abandoning the status quo and opting for dark interior finishes instead. A dark interior makes a pool look more natural and allows the water to resemble that of a pond or lake. This is not only an unexpected visual touch that can do wonders for a landscape design. In fact, it also makes swimming more enticing and refreshing, as it looks and feels like the swimmer is moving about a natural body of water.
Simple Lap Pools
A long, rectangular single-depth pool is perfect for swimming laps and practicing water sports. However, many homeowners with contemporary hardscapes also value its aesthetic appeal. Single-depth pools look sleek and minimal, pairing perfectly with modern hardscape design trends. Their simplicity also tends to make a visual impact among more textured and complex elements, and ironically, these understated pools often stand out.
A “Swim-Up Bar”
Swim-up bars are usually only found in luxurious resorts but are rapidly infiltrating residential landscape design. To create the swim-up bar, an outdoor kitchen or bar is installed right beside the pool at a slightly lower level than ground level. As a result, the countertop for serving drinks should be flush with the edge of the pool so that the two surfaces may merge. Install a tanning shelf along this edge of the pool so that guests can relax in the water while being served food and drinks. The tanning shelf will also keep the water shallow enough to ensure that the adjacent kitchen doesn’t get soaked.