We’ve all fallen in love with the perfect swimming pool while on vacation and wished we could recreate it at home. As homeowners look to create spa-style sanctuaries, many are designing bespoke pools for their properties, with the help of expert architects and designers. Here are six questions to ask if you’re considering doing the same, along with some inspirational examples.
1. What are your lifestyle priorities?
Your pool should be designed to fit in with your lifestyle, so ask yourself what you’re hoping to achieve from a pool redesign. Is it to make your morning exercise routine more appealing? To provide a play area for your children? Or perhaps it’s simply to create an area to host summer gatherings.
Related: Swim Up to the SaloonJoan Miquel Seguí, owner of the eponymous Mallorca-based architecture firm, explains: “Often we work with families who want the pool to be visible from the kitchen, so they can keep an eye on children, while people who enjoy entertaining will prioritize an area for a barbecue or sun lounging. All these things should be taken into account from the beginning.”
2. Chlorine or all natural?
Water-filtration systems are another important factor to consider at the outset of your project. Salt water and chlorinated pools each use completely different filtration systems, so you need to make that decision before proceeding with any major work.
3. Which features do you want to include?
“Automation is now a big feature in pool design. Smart pools don’t just activate the pool cover, temperature, and cleaning systems, but can also include color-changing mood lighting, music, and even fountains and waterfalls, says Mikhail Chin, senior architect for OBMI, a Cayman Islands-based design outfit.
Some families with children also like to incorporate fun elements such as a rock waterfall or hidden grotto, while adults may like the idea of an infinity hot tub that appears to flow into the main pool. Something else to consider from the beginning is a pool’s depth. Traditional pools with a shallow and deep end are increasingly being replaced by single-depth options of around 1.4 meters (4.6ft), which allow people to swim comfortably but also to walk and talk if that is what they prefer.
4. Design: How much and what style?
UK-based Craig Bragdy Design creates ceramic designs for pools that sit just below the water line. He’s previously created a sand effect for beach-entry pools, colorful Art Deco designs, and even reproduced a Gustav Klimt artwork on the bottom of one pool.
5. Do you want to go beyond infinity?
For many, the infinity pool has been the last word in style and sophistication, but recently it has been given a makeover. Brian Pinkett, a partner at Los Angeles-based Landry Design Group, says: “In some recent projects, we’ve given infinity pools a twist, making the infinity edge wall entirely of glass so you can see the view through the water as well.”
6. Have you considered the finishing touches?
Bear in mind that your architect should work with you to ensure that your new pool sits well within the landscape of your garden or grounds. A great architect should also be able to suggest any other elements you may need—such as a pool house or decking—and ensure they fit perfectly with the design of your home.
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