Swimming pool with reef step

Are you thinking about adding a swimming pool to your yard? Or perhaps you already enjoy your backyard pool, but you’d like to enhance it with some convenient or attractive new features? The following trends in swimming pool additions might be just what you’re looking for.

Beach entry:

This feature is exactly what it sounds like; a long, sloping entry to your pool – just like at the beach! This option is fun and attractive, but it’s also convenient for young children and those with mobility issues who have difficulty with stairs and ladders. The only downside is that you will require enough pool length for the slope to be constructed correctly, so this option won’t work well for smaller pools.

Reef step:

This type of wide step is basically a shelf, submerged about 8 to 16 inches below the surface of the pool, and provides easy entry. Young swimmers can enjoy a shallow spot to play, pets can utilize the step as an easy entry point, and those who have trouble with typical pool ladders will certainly appreciate it. Reef steps can also be used for sunbathing in shallow, cool water.

It’s easier to incorporate a reef step into a new pool, but it is possible to redesign your existing pool to add this feature. Just keep in mind that the shelf might not match your current pool’s surface exactly, or you could resurface the pool during the project.

Hot tub:

A hot tub will provide relaxation, and possibly therapy for sore muscles. It’s a great place for adults to socialize separately from the noise and splashing of the family pool, and it will expand your use of the pool space during cooler months.

You can always add a simple, pre-made hot tub to your pool deck, without adding too much expense. However, if you want to incorporate a hot tub feature into the pool’s design, be prepared with a generous budget. Depending upon your current pool’s construction, this could require a significant redesign. As with any construction project, the features and materials you choose will greatly impact the final cost.

Water features:

Waterfalls and fountain features can be incorporated into a new pool design or added later. Both children and adults will enjoy these additions, and you can customize them in almost any way that you imagine. Naturally, the more complicated the feature, the higher the cost. If you decide upon a waterfall feature, consider landscaping around the pool that will add to the tropical feel.

Fire features:

Fire features, like fire bowls, fire pits, torches, or candeleres, add an exciting element to nighttime pool parties. Many of these options are easy to add to an existing pool and provide an alternative to typical electric lighting.

For information on any of these swimming pool features or others that you have in mind, give us a call. We can help you weigh the pros and cons of various options, and design a beautiful backyard pool environment that suits your needs and budget.

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