Jul 06, 2017 11:49AM
● By Ashley Pape
The simple, sophisticated design trend proves you don’t need a lot of flash in your splash.
CLEAN AND CLEAR
Particularly in Texas, yesterday’s pools tended to look as though they were carved from the hillside—even if the surrounding terrain was flat. Large boulders served as leap- ing ledges, and stacked stones often sputtered waterfalls from within. While these freeform designs certainly created an illusion of a natu- ral swimming hole, the rough edges provided the perfect place to crack a chin or bonk a noggin. Plus, keeping all those rocks secure with mortar added a maintenance element and a slip hazard.
Today’s clean edges—or even infinity edges—make the pool a backyard feature that complements the surrounding landscape without competing with it. Smooth decks and patios practically glide into the water’s surface and sightlines continue uninterrupted. Even sunning ledges seem to unceremoniously rise from the water with grace.
Not only does the design of a pool installed today differ from one installed five to 10 years ago, technology has certainly made illuminating your backyard pool more sophisticated than ever. Popular features such as Light Emitting Diodes (LED) lights are not only energy efficient, bright and durable, but also come in a rainbow of color options. Traditional blue always looks inviting, but don’t be shy about letting your family’s personality show with your choice of colors. LED lights are also heat-resistant and can even be used in the submerged features in your pool.
Fiber Optic lights offer waterproof and moisture-resistant illumination that can be submerged and installed along the pool floor. You can even create glowing lines for evening lap swims. With the right lighting, when the sun goes down, the ambiance of your pool is undeniably enhanced.
SAFETY: ALWAYS IN STYLE
Every day in the United States, 10 people drown on average in non-boating incidents. About one in five who drown are children 14 and younger, and for every child who drowns, another five receive emergency care from nearly drowning, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest data. Keep rescue equipment close at hand and ensure every person in the house over age 12 is CPR-trained.
Install slatted fencing with self-closing, self-latching gates around the pool to keep toddlers from wandering too close. Children’s Health urges families to install alarms on doors and gates leading to the pool and underwater pool alarms to warn you if someone hits the water. The hospital also encourages skipping the inflatable arm floaties and using only U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices on your children and non-swimmers at all times in and around the pool.